FPL Gameweek 14 Squad Preview

Hope everyone had a good weekend and FPL was kind to them in what proved to be a tough week for many.

Before we go into our GW13 review, take a look at our previous article discussing our plans and team for GW13.

GW13 Review

Total Points: 47

Overall Points: 825

Overall Rank: 27,970

It proved to be a tough game week for many FPL managers, with the real winners being the Sterling/Sane owners. We have dropped by 2,000 in the overall ranks, a reflection of the difficulty this GW was.

Here is our GW13 points:

GW13 Points

The decision to play safe and go for Salah over Richarlison was justified after the Liverpool man got on the scoresheet. Like many managers, we were very tempted to go for a differential captaincy pick in Richarlison. We play FPL based upon timescale and ranking, and the first half of the season we treat as damage limitation. The second half is the time where we take calculated risks if our rank is poor and playing catch up.

The transfer in of Digne was a success, returning 6 points and a clean sheet. His stats were not exactly impressive over the weekend, but he was brought in for the great fixtures and potential attacking returns.

Although our other transfer Jimenez did not score – although was 1cm away from getting on the scoresheet – it was a positive transfer. The fall man Issac Success started on the bench, justifying our decision when discussing him as a future rotation risk.

City and Liverpool defences continue to show why they are soo heavily owned, both registering another clean sheet. Ederson and Robertson – our two representatives – brought home the regular clean sheet points, to make up for the awful displays of both Alonso and Doherty.

Aguero and Arnie both had days to forget, with neither returning any attacking points. We expected it from Arnautovic, however it is disappointing for City to win 4-0 and Aguero not contribute towards any goals.

GW14 Transfer Thoughts

We are going into GW14 with 1 free transfer and £0.5m in the bank.

After a game week like last week, it is really important to not jump into transfers without keeping a strategy in mind. LetsTalkSoccer have recently chatted about the importance of patience when making transfers – well worth a read for managers.

It has been spoken regularly on Twitter about the great fixtures both Arsenal and Spurs have after their London derby in GW14. We have some of these players in mind, especially after Spurs’ impressive victory over Chelsea. The Spurs players seem the more attractive of the two teams, and Kane is firmly on the radar.

Therefore, it looks like we will be rolling the free transfer this game week in order to have flexibility in changing the team. The introduction of these players will require the loss of 1 or 2 highly owned players. Both Hazard and Aguero are the two that are currently top of the list, with the rotation of Aguero continuing to be a limiting factor on his performances. City also have 8 matches in the next 30 days, and we think his risk of being rotated will only increase.

Hazard on the other hand has been in a slump of form, not returning any attacking points in his last 4 league matches. Priced at £11.2m, there are a number of players that are proving better value than the Belgian over the last month. Chelsea face Fulham this weekend, so it would be risky to transfer him out before this match. However, after this match Chelsea face some tricky matches and could be a good time to cash in on him.

So a boring week of transfers for us unless an injury occurs over the week, with many playing in European matches.

Captaincy Options

Unlike last week, we have a number of potential captaincy candidates to choose from. The front runners are Salah (v Everton H), Hazard (v Fulham H) and Aguero (v Bournemouth H). Each player has a decent fixture, but all have their own worries. Salah playing in a Merseyside derby will prove to be a tough test, especially with the recent performances of Everton under Silva.

Hazard based on early season form would be hard to look past, but recent form and possible injury casts doubts over him. The appointment of Ranieri as Fulham manager always brings a sense of new-found motivation to any team, and we can see this being a tough London derby for Chelsea.

Aguero has returned attacking points in every home match this season, and we can’t see that changing this weekend. The decision will be made clearer with the team selection by Pep for the midweek Champions League match.

Although they are practically through to the knockout stages, the goal for Pep is to win the group and they will achieve this if they beat Lyon away from home on Tuesday. The decision of starting Jesus or Aguero should see the other starting at home to Bournemouth in GW14. For our sake, we are hoping Jesus starts against Lyon!

So plenty of options and hopefully the decision will be clearer after the European matches. Aguero though currently has the armband.

Here is the team for GW14:

GW14 Team

If we make any changes to the team we will post it on Twitter, so be sure to keep an eye out.

 


 

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