Talking Points For GW35

The Fantasy Football transfer window for game week 35 is now closed. Join me in our virtual Fantasy Football world while we watch the games and hope our points rack up. Sit back, relax, enjoy the football and hang-out here with your fellow Fantasy Football managers and chat in real time as the action unfolds. Perhaps everyone else is experiencing the same “Aggghhhh” player difficulties you are, or the same “Yeahhhh” moment as your captain puts the ball into the back of the net? Talking Points is simply a chat area for us Fantasy Football First managers. Tell us about your highs and lows, and get into the match day atmosphere. Get involved. 

To help you with your early transfer, these are the expected talking points for this weekend

Good Runs

Chelsea

Everton (A) Middlesbrough (H) Watford (H) Sunderland (H)
West Brom (A)

Chelsea restored their lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points with a convincing win over Southampton at Stamford Bridge. The Blues face one tricky fixture at Everton but once that’s out of the way, it’s smooth sailing with games against Middlesbrough (H), Watford (H), West Brom (A) and Sunderland (H) to end the season.

Conte manoeuvred his resources to perfection in the victory against Spurs at Wembley – and did it again here as Hazard and Costa made decisive contributions to a vital Chelsea win. Diego Costa was quiet in the first half but then exploded in the second – scoring his 50th and 51st league goal for the Blues. Hazard on the other hand has scored 15 league goals this season – his best return in a single campaign in the competition. Keep one or both until the end of the season.

The Blues have now failed to keep a clean sheet in their past 11 Premier League games, but both Alonso and Cahill made offensive contributions with an assist and a goal respectively. For those playing their wildcard soon it’s worth including a Chelsea defender, despite the lack of clean sheets.

Manchester City

Middlesbrough (A) Palace (H) West Brom (H) Watford (A)
Leicester (H)

Manchester City and Manchester United fought out a goalless draw at the Etihad Stadium. This was deja vu for City and Guardiola – so much possession and territory, too little result. They remain in fourth place, with United a point behind in fifth as both sides have five games remaining. City’s schedule does look very good though with games against Middlesbrough (A), Palace (H), West Brom (H), Leicester (H) and Watford (A).

Vincent Kompany’s return to form and fitness has been massive bonus for Manchester City and Guardiola – and the 31-year-old who has captained the club to two Premier League titles looked back to his imperious best against Manchester United. This was the first time in more than a year Kompany has put together a sequence of three successive games and came after a tough 120 minutes in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final defeat by Arsenal at Wembley. The Belgian looks to be the most nailed on option at the back and could be a great differential, although Pep’s rotation policy is still looming large.

In attack Sergio Aguero attempted nine shots in this match. The last player to attempt more in a competitive game against the Red Devils was Cristiano Ronaldo (11) for Real Madrid in a Champions League match back in March 2013. This equals the most shots that Aguero has attempted in a Premier League game without scoring (9) – level with his appearance versus West Brom in March 2015. The Argentinian is now prone to rotation as Gabriel Jesus recovered from injury and will certainly be pushing for a starting spot.

Bad Runs

Middlesbrough

Man City (H) Chelsea (A) So’ton (H) Liverpool (A)

Middlesbrough had a mixed week after they lost heavily at Bournemouth but then won the Tees-Wear derby to fellow strugglers Sunderland and register a first victory of 2017. This victory means Boro cannot be relegated this weekend but they face a tough run-in against Manchester City (H), Chelsea (A), Southampton (H) and Liverpool (H).

In a tepid encounter, de Roon’s alertness to Adam Clayton’s lofted pass was a rare moment of quality. The Dutchman has scored twice in his last four Premier League appearances, as many as in his previous 26 combined. Coming in at 4.4 million you can keep de Roon as a bench filler but replace all other assets as soon as possible.

West Ham

Stoke (A) Spurs (H) Liverpool (H) Burnley (A)

West Ham’s Slaven Bilic was the happier of the two managers as the point against Everton edged his side closer to Premier League safety on 38 points, seven clear of Swansea in 18th, with four games remaining. On paper those games are quite tricky, with trips to Stoke and Burnley, as well as home games against Tottenham and Liverpool.

West Ham showed a lot of effort, dedication and determination in an uninspiring encounter, but if any team deserved three points it was the Hammers. They limited Everton to one chance but lacked quality in their decision-making on the other end.

Adrian kept his fourth clean sheet of the season; the same number fellow West Ham keeper Darren Randolph has kept but the Spaniard has played 10 games fewer (12 games). He was shielded superbly by a three-man defence in which Collins excelled. He made a game-high eight clearances and five interceptions, and kept Lukaku quiet. Stay away from the Hammers unless you’re looking for a left-field differential.

Other Talking Points

  • Lukaku failed to have a shot on target against West Ham – the third successive away game the Belgian striker has failed to do so. It is the longest run without a shot on target away from home in the Premier League.
  • No player has scored more headed goals than Fernando Llorente in the Premier League this season (six – level with Romelu Lukaku and Michail Antonio).
  • Only Kevin de Bruyne (13) has more Premier League assists than Gyfli Sigurdsson this season (12 – level with Christian Eriksen), while the Iceland international has provided more from set plays than any other player in the competition (seven).
  • Another tireless performance by Clucas, who covered 11.73km in the centre of the park, more than any other player bar fellow midfielder Alfred N’Diaye (11.8km). He also led his team in tackles (5) and – most importantly – made sure of three priceless points with a stunning goal.
  • Marc Pugh will not forget his 250th league appearance for Bournemouth in a hurry. The 30-year-old set up the first and scored the third. While the Cherries do not have double gameweeks, they do have an easy schedule and keeping a cheap bench filler could be useful. Get Pugh as a differential or King, who has now scored 11 Premier League goals in 2017.
  • Benteke’s sharpness in front of the Liverpool goal was the glaring difference between the two sides and he deserves all the plaudits after this display. Benteke (11) is one of only four players to register 10 or more away goals in the Premier League this term (Alexis Sanchez 13, Sergio Aguero 12 and Zlatan Ibrahimovic 10).
  • Since Philippe Coutinho made his Premier League debut in February 2013, only Yaya Toure (14) has scored more goals from outside the box than the Brazilian (13). Coutinho is the fifth Brazilian player to score 10 or more goals in a single Premier League season after Gilberto Silva, Juninho, Robinho and team-mate Roberto Firmino.
  • Ander Herrera has provided six assists in the Premier League this term, as many as in his previous two campaigns combined. The Spaniard cemented his place in the starting eleven and might be worth a punt.
  • As well as contributing to the winner, Monreal gained possession eight times in Arsenal’s new-look three-man defence. Get him for the double game weeks or go cheap with Gabriel.
  • Sunderland will be relegated at the weekend if:
    • They lose to Bournemouth and Hull avoid defeat at Southampton
    • They lose to Bournemouth and Swansea – who play on Sunday – beat Manchester United
    • They draw with Bournemouth and Hull win at Southampton
  • Christian Eriksen has had a hand in 16 goals in his last 12 games in all competitions for Tottenham (5 goals, 11 assists). Since his debut in September 2013, he has scored more Premier League goals from outside the box than any other player (14).

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  1. This is my GW 36 team. Have not chosen a cpt yet, so ignore that.
    Would love to hear how you think I can improve the team?
    Have 1FT .1mib
    Concerned about Aguero… Should I swap Bailly for someone else? Or hold?
    Have not played any of my chips yet.
    Thanks all!

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    • @bees393 I’ve got Coutinho but was heartened to hear the injury wasn’t as bad as first feared, so am keeping him. I’m just monitoring the Kun situation and will move him on for Jesus if need be. Bailly probably not worth taking a hit for, especially if he’s on your bench. Again to be monitored.

      • @Kralin – So it is the waiting game… Hopefully Kun will play.
        I need to do TC and bench boost. Have you done yours yet? Thinking of TC next week and bench boost GW 38.
        This week it could be Haz or Aguero if he plays. Have to think about it.

        • @bees393 I’d bench boost in week 37, which is probably what you mean, i.e. the big DGW. I’ll be boosting then, anyway.

          I’m going to TC this week with Kane, Hazard and Kun/Jesus all good candidates. Kun/Jesus probably edging it, Hazard is appealing though against Middlesbrough.

        • @bees393 week 38 can be fun if the league and relegation places are still up for grabs but there are often a lot of deck chairs out by then.

    • @SergioSammut – Looks good. Not sure about Jesus though, or who (both)? is going to be playing all the games btwn him and Aguero. MC comes with a “start at your own risk” tag.
      How much cash do you have left? I too have Gabbi and not sure how he is going to pan out.
      All the best!

    • @SergioSammut That looks fine. You could exchange Firmino for Eriksen, who is in excellent form. Then Vertonghen for one of the Arsenal defenders maybe. But maybe leaving as is would be OK. When I wildcarded I moved Jakupovic on but he’s been a good asset this season and I can understand keeping him (I got Pickford).

      • @Kralin @bees393 Nothing in the bank. I have Firmino as a differential because all the players ahead of me in my ML don’t have him. I feel like Hull will fight to stay up so Jakupovic will at bare minimum rack up some save points. My worries are Ward-Prowse; not very sure about his game time and Smith but I don’t see any good replacement at his price.

  2. Ok – just 1 question than :

    Hazard or Ozil – wild card this week and bench boost next…

  3. Kun and Townsend to Jesus and Hazard is the right move yes? Still worried to see aguero leave

    • @FantasyFanatics Sounds a nice swap but I’d wait on news of Kun, which hopefully will be tomorrow. Crystal Palace may score against Man City though: most teams seem to find a way. Townsend could be involved. Would the double move mean taking a hit?

      • @Kralin no hit, you’d imagine that hazard and Jesus would outscore the other 2 no?

  4. I have Coutinho and Aguero…will they start? Will Jesus start all matches? If yes, it could be worth swapping him before his price goes up.
    May swap for Coutinho for Ericksen, even though I have Alli and Kane.
    Your thoughts please?
    Thanks!

    • @bees393 If Aguero is ruled out, I think Jesus will start all the matches. If Aguero is ok to play, I would expect both to play together like they did in the last match. In essence, I think he’ll play part of all the remaining games. They’re fighting for a CL spot.

      I expect both Cout and Eriksen to get points because both teams have something to play for. Eriksen gets the edge because he is on all set pieces and always looks like assisting and Coutinho has a small niggle that might lessen his time on the pitch, especially when they have secured/miss out on a CL spot. I’d honestly flip a coin though.

      • @SergioSammut – I will hold off and see what news is available tomorrow. If I get Jesus for Aguero, with an 8ph I can get Costa in. Too risky?
        Cheers!

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        • @bees393 I wouldn’t swap Bailly for Huth/Morgan. Leiciester don’t have anything to play for, one foot will be already on the beach. I’d wait for tomorrow and see if there’s any news on Aguero + United play their Europa League match. I wouldn’t go too crazy on hits either at this point of the season.

  5. Thats my final wildcard choice.
    Is that optimal starting team with these players or I should change someone ?
    My choice for captain this week is Hazard. Do you think I could improve ?

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    • @jackthejackal Defense can be improved but I guess there is no cash… Maybe Luka to Vardy and spread some cash in defense?

      Other than that, all set.

      • @Charlie Dance – that is great news, thanks mate.
        I am thinking of swapping Aguero for Jesus. This would allow me to get Costa for Gabbi. Good idea would you say?

        • @bees393 No worries!

          Seems good, but you’d be missing out on Gabbi’s double double GW, but then again he’s form hasn’t been great, out of interest who’s your other striker?

        • @Charlie Dance – Thanks mate.
          I don’t trust Gabbi, so went with Costa and Jesus.
          Here is my team.
          I want to triple captain…any advice?

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        • @bees393 Nice forward line. 5 decent picks there – Hazard, Kane, Jesus, Costa and Alli – prob Hazard for me out of those 5 as his home form has been good lately. It should be noted that it’s a make or break game for Middlesborough – but they are pretty poor away from home!

        • @bees393 Ummm….yeah I think so lol
          I’m captaining Sanchez, even though I half know he won’t produce again!
          I’m ahead by nearly 200 points in my main league (which is the one I really want to win) but I’m behind in my other 2 leagues so I figured it’s time to go large or go home – took an 8 point hit and got in Jesus, Hazard and Monreal for Lukaku, Alli and Barragan. Hopefully it’ll pay off over the next 2 weeks!

        • @Charlie Dance – 200 points ahead? Wow, that is fantastic!
          I know what you mean about Sanchez. It could be a hatty, or nothing. All the best to you!

        • @bees393 Yeah I really wanted to beat the guy currently in 2nd place as he beat me by 14 points last year! (It was my first ever year of FPL and I started in week 3 and didn’t really know the rules till about week 9 lol).

          I’m thinking he’ll probably blank – but I’m hoping for a hatty! Best of luck to you too!

  6. No love for Costa? CHE will surely want to win this match against MIDD…
    If I get Jesus for Aguero I can afford to swap out Gabbi for Costa. Is this a good idea?
    I see Jesus’ price has not gone up yet.
    Cheers!

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