Written by Jorge Velasco
This past weekend proved that the English Premier League is the most unpredictable league in the world. Will that continue this week? Before I continue, let’s recap on what happened this past Saturday and Sunday:
Chelsea (3) vs. Arsenal (1)
Arsenal are doomed for the Premier League title after a 3-1 defeat against Chelsea, almost kicking them out of the title race. Chelsea had their 9 point gap remain the same and increased their chances at the trophy.
West Brom (1) vs. Stoke City (0)
The battle of the mid table began as West Brom remained EPL underdogs when they were gifted three points at The Hawthorns. Matt Phillips has been on the downfall in the last four weeks, scoring 9 points in his last 4 matches. Peter Crouch’ goal run came to an end as the Potters were goalless after 90.
Watford (2) vs. Burnley (1)
Watford are beginning to be back on track after a much needed win against Burnley who also needed 3 points as both teams are fighting for the mid table and the title for the underdogs of the PL. Troy Deeney is also making a mark for him as an unusual goal drought has led him to only scoring 7 goals this season, but as of last season, he had scored 13 goals.
Southampton (1) vs. West Ham (3)
Manolo Gabbiadini marked his first for the Saints as he made his debut ever since signing from Napoli. That wasn’t enough to help Southampton as Andy Carroll continued to score for his 3rd out of his last four. Manuel Lanzini came out of my team due to inactivity.
Hull City (2) vs. Liverpool (0)
Liverpool fans were left speechless as well as point-less when the Reds’ title hopes came to a close after poor form the last 5 games, only securing three points out of their last 5, which really isn’t a standard for a title contending team. Hull City fans should feel revived after making a comeback with new manager Marco Silva with new improvements in the squad that have almost helped them escape relegation.
Everton (6) vs. Bournemouth (3)
After a nine-goal thriller against the Cherries, Romelu Lukaku became the leagues top goal scorer when scoring over half of their six goals. Bournemouth almost made a comeback when Joshua King scored twice to make it 3-2, but the Belgian beast shut them down scoring back to back goals in the 83rd minute to secure a victory.
Crystal Palace (0) vs. Sunderland (4)
Crystal Palace were devastated after an absolutely embarrassing loss against last place Sunderland after all hopes were lost at HT after three back to back goals before the half were conceded on Palace’s behalf. Selhurst Park were in disbelief, making the Eagle’s relegation chances even bigger. Palace are set to face West Brom, Spurs, Chelsea, Southampton, Arsenal, Liverpool, Man City, and Man U in the next 14 weeks.
Tottenham Hotspur (1) vs. Middlesbrough (0)
Despite Middlesbrough creating a lot of chances, 2nd place Spurs only scored one goal after Son was tackled inside the box and conceded a penalty. It came down to the wire when Spurs were forced to park the bus and Alvaro Negredo nearly scoring twice alongside Van Roon missing a wide open volley in front of net.
Man City (2) vs. Swansea City (1)
Manchester City newcomer Gabriel Jesus was the man of the moment when capitalizing on his opportunities to score a very late winner. Gylfi Sigurdsson once again rose to the occasion for the Jack army, scoring 35 FP in his last 5 games. In other words, make him captain as Swansea is returning to the Liberty Stadium against a reckless Leicester City, who are extremely desperate for three points.
Leicester City (0) vs. Man U (3)
With this loss, Leicester have now gotten only 3 points in their last 5 games. Henrik Mkhitaryan netted a goal along with an assist that earned him 14 points, but I wouldn’t add him due to his price at 8.8M, there are many more options at midfield.
Now that you have an insight on what happened, let’s see what we learned and who to sub in and out.
GK: IN- Eldin Jakupovic, Hull City, 4.0M
Jakupovic has shown 19 points these last two weeks against struggling top 6 teams, Liverpool and Man Utd. Both were clean sheets and either resulted in a draw or win. Although it has been only two games nor started every time, his first 5 games ended in with him having 23 points. Hull City are coming up against Arsenal, their third match playing a top 6 team in a row. If he manages to frustrate the Gunners, it would put him at, arguably, the best bargain buy in FPL. For only 4.0M, he is a must IN.
OUT- Hugo Loris, Tottenham Hotspur, 5.5M
Hugo is the most dynamic goalkeeper in the world, no doubt, but his FPPG have not been very convincing for a keeper like him and at his price. Coming up against Spurs, there is a possibility that both teams will score, so Hugo is out.
Defender: IN- Seamus Coleman, Everton, 5.8
Coleman has a 9.0 form coming into this weekend against struggling Middlesbrough. In the last 7 games, he’s had 53 points, an astounding amount of points for a defender. With this kind of matchup, he’s my top play of the week.
OUT- Patrick Van Aanholt, Crystal Palace, 5.0
Crystal Palace have lost 8 out of their last 10 games, a record for a losing streak. Coming against a top form Stoke, they’re going to need to pull this out of the bag and really pull it through to have a chance to stay in the top flight.
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