GW 27 FPL ReviewMarch 2, 2015
West Ham 1-3 Crystal Palace
Pards is writing an end of season escapade. Gus and Roberto Martinez have an heir already. Palace look so reincarnated and it was on show again at Upton Park. Murray had a fine performance bar the red card later on. Points-wise, Puncheon bagged a hat trick of assists to gain the game’s maximum BPS and the GW’s best performer. Priced at just 5.6, Jason looks like a good bargain especially with a fair run of matches coming up. A goal from a defender translates to sweet points. Dann doesn’t do it often but he did. I would recommend him, for the bench though. West Ham face Chelsea and Arsenal next, tough times but sticking with Downing for an assist (for Sakho maybe?) or a consolation goal might just be the only recommendation from the Hammers.
Burnley 0 – 1 Swansea
Swansea’s defence reaped some good points from the win owing especially to the heroics of Fabianski and Kieran Trippier’s own goal. Burnley look to have packed bags ready for the drop. They face Liverpool, Man City, Southampton, Spurs and Arsenal in the next 5 fixtures. Drop already! Fabianski looks worthy of a place in a team with the number of saves he makes. He’s the third best in the FPL GK logs. He will have to be on top of his game as Harry Kane and co welcome them to the White Hart Lane before Sturridge and Sterling come calling. After that it eases off as they face Aston Villa, Hull, Everton and Leicester in the next 4.
Man Utd 2-0 Sunderland
One man, Wayne Rooney! The captain must have been relieved to grab a brace in the second half after a frustrating first. This could be a norm as Rooney shifts from midfield to lead from the front. Another tick in Garry Neville’s “United recommendations”. Young is back in the starting XI and was unlucky not to get some points, he looks threatening and a bargain from the United midfield. Herrera has a shade of Cesc in him, would probably be a deeper shade if he had Costa ahead of him instead of the misfiring Falcao. Panti and his defenders have a chance to rack in points from a decent run of fixtures. United on the other hand have to make a miracle fight to win the top four race. Keep it Wayne only from the red side of Manchester for now.
Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa
Cisse’s goal the only solid from both set of attackers. Newcastle’s defenders put in a good shift as Janmaat went ahead to get some attacking points. He looks set for attacking points as they face defences with shut-out discrepancies. His teammate Cisse looks to benefit from the same. But if there is a points time bomb way due for some explosion it should be Benteke. Everyone at Villa Park is down on their knees trying to ask the gods to cut short the dry spell that has engulfed The Beast. I’m among those who will watch keenly for his first goal.
Stoke 1-0 Hull
Coming off the bench, Peter Crouch earned the crucial points for The Potters but more rewarding for managers is that the BPS had three players getting the maximum BPS (3). Wilson and Wollscheid had a great match and the clean sheet was very much deserved. Do they do this again vs. Everton on Wednesday? No one is particularly in form from the two teams but one man catches the eye for a potential differential: Walters. Everton, West Brom and Crystal Palace up next; possible to nick in a decent haul.
West Brom 1-0 Southampton
Is it just plainly too much for Southampton? The Saints already trail the race for top 4; slots they made theirs for a better part of the season’s start. They are crying for goals and you can see why; Pelle is on a bad patch of form and they have had to rely on Tadic and Mane from midfield. The clean sheets to have dried up but maybe Bertrand’s return could as well be the incentive they need at the back. West Brom are the likely source of defensive points with current form. The Baggies have now bagged five clean sheets in their last seven Premier League games. Call it the Pulis effect. They face a relatively easy run of fixtures and an investment in one of their defenders is more likely for me.
Liverpool 2-1 Man City
Stunning goals from Henderson and Coutinho sealed the win for The Reds, the most in form team in the premier league. It wasn’t easy but tactically the Reds got it right, using their men’s abilities to get past as seemingly resolute City defence; from outside the box. Sterling or Coutinho is a must have and so is either of Aguero or Dzeko with the latter in a “Oooh, you bought Bony? You don’t need him!” kind of show. They screamed “points” yesterday and they didn’t entirely disappoint. Yaya Toure and Silva will definitely be among the points soon. But the lads are worth some cheddar especially with cashable opponents in four upcoming fixtures.
Arsenal 2- 0 Everton
I had thought this would have been high scoring from both sides. Bust Ospina looked comfortable in between the sticks to claim his 4th CS. Per’s benchwarming exploit was more welcome at the end of the game than an hour before KO when the team sheet was announced. Gabriel put in a good shift, not really eye-catching but got the job done. Lukaku seemed out of sorts and less confident while Giroud on the other hand breathed a sigh of relief when he seemingly miscued his kick but got the goal in the end. Two assists for Ozil and unlucky not to get a goal thanks to Jagielka’s pinpoint sliding tackle. No extra points for Sanchez for three GWs now. It is an expensive drought but I wouldn’t cash in on him yet. They have their annual trophy race for 4th on and this time with Liverpool and Manchester United for company. Cometh the hour, cometh the man.
The Dugout King
Are you better than our own King? Each GW, The Dugout King will follow FPL rules and come up with a 15 man squad to face a guest’s team. The two name their starting XI and four ordered subs. At the End of the GW The King and the Guest get their tallies. Let us play!
S1, S2, S3 are substitutes in numbered order. Captain is in bold.
It’s a disappointing start for The Dugout King as an 8 point margin spells defeat in the game’s debut. Fabian’s real differential is Newcastle’s Janmaat. The defender racked up an assist as well as a clean sheet for his side and was rewarded with maximum Bonus Points. TDK will be cursing given that he chose the wrong Manchester United player to not only bench, but also to captain! Di Maria had a horrible half against Sunderland and didn’t show up for the second. Wayne Rooney did and bagged a brace notching 13 points for the GW. Of note is also the number of points Fabian benched with the defenders. Williams and Lescott earned clean sheets as opposed to Cresswell and Clyne, the preferred starters.
The Dugout King faces Bix in GW28.