It's a crunch week for who is really going to win the league.
Next gameweek is certainly the crunch week regarding who is going to be where in the Top 4 and indeed, if City can even qualify for the Champions League by the end of the season.
Obviously, Leicester made themselves into true contenders with their emphatic win at the Etihad on Saturday. City have a severely decimated squad where 8 out of their senior outfield squad of 20 are currently out of contention including some very key players such as Kompany, Silva, KdB and Nasri. And then there’s the Pep effect. Pellegrini certainly caught City napping when he decided to make the news official last week but that was probably yet another bad decision by the Chilean. There are too many players in the City squad who know they will definitely not be in contention for a place in any team of Pep’s to think that this could be a motivation for the squad as a whole. It’s no coincidence that Yaya has been subbed off in the last two games.
It’s City v Spurs next week. Spurs really could win the league if Leicester get the wobbles and Spurs can beat City away. The weakness is obviously their massive reliance on Harry Kane. They really should have bought another centre forward in case Kane gets injured or has a lack of form. However, their defence is wonderful. With Jan Vertonghen out for upto 2 months with a medial ligament problem, Kevin Wimmer has stepped in and registered two clean sheets in a row. Spurs aren’t brilliant at clean sheets however, but they rarely let more than one in and have only lost 3 games all season. With Eric Dier dropping into the defence when the full backs push on, Spurs look like they could equal Leicester’s defence come May.
Arsenal did what they had to do against Bournemouth but next week they face Leicester at home. They need the full 3 points if they are going to maintain their challenge for the title but they’ve not scored as many goals as Spurs and have a worse defence. That really does add up to another point in the race for the top. What makes it worse is that Leicester love to play the top teams away, hit them on the break and go home with the points. Wenger will have to be craftier than Pellegrini if he’s not to fall victim of the very obvious Leicester tactics, but despite everyone knowing what they’re going to do, nobody but the lower teams seem to know how to stop them. Is it significant that the two games they’ve lost all season have been against Bournemouth and Villa? Could Leicester’s upcoming ‘easy’ fixtures be their eventual downfall?
For us FPL managers there’s big decisions to make up front, scoring midfielders, forward running full backs and clean sheets but probably next week’s results will give us a good idea of where to spend our dough.
In our league, Bauhaus’s Ben Wilcox has hung on in first place despite yet another mediocre week. This week however, he has his sister of all people chasing him down with a MOTM score of 84 points, as well as the usual suspects. If that doesn’t get him out of his slump, nothing will. Talking of slumps, what has happened to Paul Cellini? Well three of the last six weeks, his overall score has begun with a 3. That’s what happens eh Paulo?
The Top 10 are as follows:
Ben Wilcox, Bauhaus
Natasha Wilcox, Futura Rec2Rec
Luis Cruz, ConSol Partners
Manager of the Week
Nick Aiyegbusi .......
Despite having the highest score on Page 1 this week, we think Nick Aiyegbusi could have done so much better if he’d left his BB Chip in the locker for a better week. After all, playing a Bench Boost when your bench is Rudd (1), Gosling (2), Muniesa (1) and Galloway (0) doesn’t seem to us to be a good way of maxing that chip out.
Still a very good week Nick. Well done!
Page 2 Pacesetter
Alan knew enough to have bang-on-form Rooney as his captain this week, but not enough faith in Mahrez to make him the captain and take his overall score to over the ton. However, Alan was richly rewarded for the faith he’s had in Sigurdsson all season with three goals in the last three games and no less than 28 points over that period.
Welcome to the newsletter Alan!
The Best of the Rest
Robert Simpson .........
With a massive 90 points Robert Simpson has simply too good a team to be lying in 145th place. We actually thought he must have just played his wildcard, but that’s still in his pocket. It’s a fantastic team and we just don’t understand how he’s languishing down the bottom of Page 3.
A great week Robert and looking at it, a great many good weeks to come.
The impressive England stopper hasn’t had too good a time of it recently. With just one clean sheet in seven and 16 points in that same period, Jack’s form along with his team’s form, has fallen off a cliff. With Ryan Shawcross being severely missed due to injury and an overall lack of confidence in the Stoke side it’s time to say goodbye to Our Jack.
Get him binned!
One to watch..........
It may seem strange that we have selected Firmino as our One To Watch. Surely everyone knows that he’s now Kloppo’s first choice forward despite being a FPL midfielder, that he’s scored 48 points in his last 5 games, that he’s the most in-form FPL midfielder but when he’s only got a 13% ownership he really someone who needs to be in more teams. Perhaps he will be very shortly. Of course, he’s out for the Gameweek 27 for the Capital One Final, but he’s got a juicy game against Villa before that and faces City’s desperate defence in Gameweek 28, just a few days after they face each other in the final.
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