FPL can be crazy over the Christmas period, with gameweek’s happening twice a week. It’s been tough to keep up for many managers, so we have provided a quick update on our teams GW19 performance and how the team is shaping up for gameweek 20.
Gameweek 19 Review
#GW19 Review 🤮
17-point Digne on the bench sums up the week, but the only way is up!….surely? 👀
Green arrows are great but remembering #FPL is a game, we enjoy the challenge of poor weeks 💪🏻
Roll on #GW20
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— FPLFootballAdvice (@FootballAdvice5) December 28, 2018
GW19 proved to be one of the worst weeks of the season, seeing the team drop 60,000 places in our overall rank. The last minute decision to change Digne and Doherty on our bench turned into 15 point mistake, however who was to know he would score 2!
The positives in the squad was the returns again from both Kane and Robertson, with Liverpool’s defence looking the best value for managers. Less can be said for Man City’s defence, now having not kept a clean sheet since GW13. Ederson proved to be a great FPL asset at the start of the season, but has been a real disappointment over the past few months.
Our transfers of Lacazette and Fraser to Ings and Martial didn’t hurt us, however we didn’t get any FPL rewards either. The news of Martial being dropped through illness was a major blow, and still remains a doubt for the upcoming gameweek. Ings was disappointing however at his price tag, he is too good FPL value to worry about for a while.
Gameweek 20 Transfers
So we went into GW20 with 1 free transfer and £2.6m ITB, with an eye on a number of players to be sold. However, the major problem that we have with the team is the double City midfield that we own. The decision to bring in both was based on the form and free scoring that City had up to GW15, which we stick by to this day.
What wasn’t expected was the fall from grace that has happened to City over the past month, losing 3 of their last 4 league matches. Throughout this, highly owned FPL players including Hazard and Salah were both capitalising on their poor form. We do think that City will bounce back from their recent form soon, but it now doesn’t warrant the argument of owning two midfielders.
The question for us this week was whether to firstly sell Sterling or Sane, and secondly which premium midfielder to replace. With the money in the bank, we had the luxury to afford any midfielder with the sale of Sterling, while Sane could still be replaced with Hazard.
We recently discussed the thought behind choosing which of the two to sell (click Tweet to view):
Sane v Sterling
For those #FPL managers owning both, it seems the time has come to ship one out! ♻️
After the recent run of poor results, we’ve taken a quick look at the stats of the two over this period👇🏻#FPLCommunity #Sane #Sterling
— FPLFootballAdvice (@FootballAdvice5) December 27, 2018
Both have similar stats and rotation risk, but we eventually decided to sell Sane. His brilliant stats speak for itself, but we can’t help but think that Sterling will be the highest points scorer over the coming fixtures. Both are going to be rotated over the coming fixtures, so that couldn’t be a factor when making the decision.
The sale of Sane meant that we were unable to fund Salah without the sale of another player in the squad. While we have been debating selling Alonso recently, we think that the coming Chelsea fixtures are too good to jump ship now. We think Salah will be one of – if not top – points scorer this season, but with two tricky matches it didn’t seem like the best entry point. Also, the points hit required to own him and downgrade of another position didn’t sit well with us.
So that left Hazard, who we previously owned earlier in the season before his injury. Hazard has been a frustrating FPL player to own, with his points scoring seemingly coming in patches. He is a player that you have to own long term to benefit, and thats the intention that we have. As mentioned, Chelsea have some great long term fixtures, and with his new striker role it seems that everything good that will happen with the team, comes from Hazard.
So our GW20 transfer is Sane to Hazard, leaving £1.2m ITB.
It seems that there is a number of potential captaincy picks this week, especially with the resurgence of Man United. Unfortunately for Martial owners, his case of food poisoning has made his choice for captaincy dead due to his possible rest for a second GW.
The real eye catching fixture for FPL managers is Spurs’s home match against Wolves this Saturday. Kane has scored 3 league goals in his last 2 matches, and being brought off earlier last GW you’d expect him to be fit for Wolves. The only worry for potential Kane captainers is the impressive away record that Wolves have, only conceding 9 goals in 9 league matches. Although Spurs have scored 11 goals in 2 matches, we don’t think it will necessarily be a walk over like previous weeks.
For the 37% of managers that own Hazard, an away match against Palace awaits to tempt them for captaincy. Palace have only conceded 8 goals in 9 home matches, and again can’t see Chelsea winning the match comfortably. But as mentioned, everything good that comes from Chelsea seems to come from Hazard.
Our other option with Sterling, after the decision to keep the Englishman. However, his rotation risk and current team form puts him out of the running for this week. We do expect though for him to become a regular captaincy option again in the upcoming fixtures, another reason why we kept him.
We have decided to captain Kane, due to the amazing form that the team currently find themselves in. We are not comfortable in the stats leading up to the match, but hope that Spurs will have too much confidence and fire power for Wolves this weekend.
Gameweek 20 Final Team
So here is the team for GW20:
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