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Well I have had another stinker but then I would have, as I haven’t been listening to my own advice. I only got a mere 28 points with only Russell Martin getting me more than 3 points. That was way below the average of 44 points, so I have reshaped my squad completely and activated my wildcard.

I’ve done that for a couple of reasons: firstly, because too many of my players are out of form, I have Walcott who didn’t even come off the bench in the last game. Secondly, I wanted Aguero and to get in on some of the price rises. But this is about you and your teams, so let’s look at last week and the one coming up.

 

Gameweek Two Review

In the Friday night game, United managed to scrape another 1-0 victory, in a game they controlled without being exciting. Rooney didn’t do anything bad but mostly because he didn’t really do anything at all; he could be out of many teams. Another clean sheet though means the United defence and goalie are certainly becoming strong options. Villa options are still unclear and are probably best avoided at the moment.

The early kick off on Saturday was a shock as Everton won away to Southampton 3-0. This firstly raises question marks on the home sides defence now Schneiderlin isn’t shielding them, but it also makes Lukaku and Barkley genuine strong additions to teams. However, I wouldn’t worry about Southampton’s attackers as they created plenty of chances and will most likely return to scoring ways next week.

At half time Tottenham were looking great and Nacer Chadli had bagged his first goal of the season, but come full time they had conceded two and finished it 2-2. Anything can happen with Spurs and that was summed up in this game. Stoke options are still unclear, as the goals can come from anywhere but it is yet to be seen how Shaqiri fits into the Premier League.

Sunderland conceded three goals at home to Norwich and are a complete mess, just stay away from them. Although Jeremain Lens is clearly a class above. Norwich though are looking promising but like Stoke their returns are pretty spread out still.

Swansea continued their strong start with a 2-0 win over Newcastle who aren’t in great shape themselves. Ayew and Gomis are strong options especially as they have Sunderland next, but Newcastle are still best left alone. Swansea’s defence is an option as they can continue their solidarity from last season.

Another strong defence from last season that kept a clean sheet at the weekend was West Brom as they drew 0-0 away to Watford, who themselves are still hard to work out. The West Brom defence is a solid investment despite being fairly expensive.

In a clash of the first week heroes, Leicester City‘s trip to West Ham ended in another win for the Tinkerman. Mahrez and Payet were both on the score-sheet and both must be considered in your team. Payet especially, as he is clearly their best player and everything will go through him. Adrian got sent off ridiculously and their appeal has been rejected so he needs to be shipped out of teams.

On the Sunday, Arsenal beat Palace 2-1. Sanchez was back in the line up and Walcott didn’t even make it off the bench. Palace showed plenty of attacking potential but they do seem to lack that top quality striker still. It may be worth staying away from Arsenal defenders though with their recent showings and having Liverpool in their next fixture.

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The big game of the weekend was of course Man City v Chelsea where a perhaps unexpected rout ensued. Aguero & Co ran out comfortable winners against a Chelsea side that looks a shadow of the team it was last year. Silva and Toure got among the points as did the resurgent Vincent Kompany as he bagged another goal. It really may be time to abandon the Chelsea defense and time to get on City as they have Watford coming up after Everton.

Monday night football gave us another average Liverpool performance in which they scraped a lucky 1-0 win via a controversial goal. Benteke’s strike, however, will give hope and optimism to his owners that he will score plenty more and they are probably right. Bournemouth though have failed to score again and this must be a worry but they have West Ham next and must put this right.

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Manchester United are again the first team to play at the weekend and against Newcastle a clean sheet could well be on the cards. The cheapest way into their defense is Sergio Romero at £5.1m. Memphis is also an option after his brace midweek against Club Brugge especially as Rooney has continued to disappoint. Worth staying away from Newcastle again for this week.

Crystal Palace face Aston Villa and it is a hard one to call but I expect goals. Safer to go with the home side and Wilfried Zaha £5.5m could be a great differential this weekend as he looked lively against Arsenal and netted in their opener against Norwich.

Anything can happen in this game, it really can, but Leicester v Tottenham is almost guaranteed goals. Where they come from though is anyone’s guess, and for that reason it’s best to go cheap and your best bet for this weekend is Riyad Mahrez £5.7m. He is likely to cause all sorts of trouble for the Spurs full backs and could pop up with an assist.

Norwich take on Stoke who struggle defensively without Ryan Shawcross. I therefore expect Norwich to score a couple with Nathan Redmond likely to be involved, but Wes Hoolahan £5.0m is £0.5m cheaper and has already got three assists in the first two games so could be the way to go.

Sunderland are at home to Swansea and the difference in form is staggering. Sunderland are a bit of a mess with Kaboul at the back and I fully expect Swansea to score at least a couple. There are a few options but the main man up front has to be Bafetimbi Gomis £7.1m. If you still have Pantilimon in goal, you need another plan.

West Ham take on Bournemouth which should be a exciting match, one in which I expect both teams to score. I tipped Payet last week and while it’s difficult to look past him, I reckon this could be the week we see returns from Matt Ritchie £5.9m who looked very lively and even hit the post against Liverpool.

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Pulis’s tough West Brom defence take on Chelsea and really anything could happen, depending on which Chelsea turn up. With it being such a tough one to call there is no harm in risking a real differential but at an expensive price, Salomon Rondon £7.0m. The new signing could really make himself a hero for his new club by scoring against the defending champions.

Two teams who have scored 11 goals between them already go head to head on Sunday as Manchester City go to Goodison. There are many options but only one main man, Sergio Aguero £13.1m, for me the only player that is a true FPL must have. There are of course many options from both clubs like I mentioned earlier but if you have one player he is that one.

Watford take on Southampton and I fully expect the Saints to go back to scoring ways. Saido Mane £8.0m is the subject of a Manchester United bid has yet to get on the scoresheet and I fully expect that to change this Sunday. Watford I would imagine will score as well, so Deeney wouldn’t be a bad idea.

Monday night is the big one. Arsenal host Liverpool. A massive game for both teams, and while neither side has been overly convincing, they are both scraping wins. The safe bet here is to say there will be goals and the best player on the pitch will be Alexis Sanchez. Alexis is the obvious choice but here I fancy a slightly left field choice in Mesut Ozil £8.5m. He is obviously a class player and could make the difference in an tight game.

Captain Choices

There are quite a few this weekend. Sergio Aguero is of course an option as he will be every week. Bafatimbi Gomis could well be a great differential against Sunderland. If you have a United attacking player there probably isn’t a much better time to captain them. Memphis also could be a great differential and if you want to give Rooney one more go, then why not go all the way.

Summary

I think it is time to get Sergio Aguero in. If you have saved your transfer then there is quite the possibility that it should be easy enough. If he is out of your budget then for now there is Swansea players such as Gomis and Ayew who face Sunderland. If you were unfortunate enough to have Adrain in goal, especially after having Courtois, then Romero now may be the way to go. Don’t be afraid to wildcard, but if you are in an OK position then use a double transfer if you have it to sort out your weaknesses, such as Walcott and other big money non-performing players. Get in those cheaper ones who are set to rise in price.

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Chelsea

Willian could hold key to Tottenham landing Anthony Martial

If Manchester United land the Brazilian it would undoubtedly improve Tottenham’s chances.

Jamie Watts

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Manchester United are reportedly preparing a £60 million bid to bring Chelsea winger Willian to Old Trafford this summer, according to reports from the Daily Mail, with manager Jose Mourinho having been linked with an approach for his former star for some time.

Chelsea were unwilling to sell at that time, but it is possible that Willian could be interested in a new challenge after apparently growing frustrated with life at Stamford Bridge, according to recent reports from Sky Sports. He managed a combined 25 goals and assists in 55 appearances in 2017/18, but only 20 of his 37 Premier League outings actually came as a starter.

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Tottenham meanwhile, have become frustrated at United’s assertion that Anthony Martial will not be sold this summer (Sky Sports), after Mauricio Pochettino made the Frenchman his priority target last month (the Sun), as he looks to bolster the supply line to Harry Kane next term.

However, Martial’s revelation that he wants to leave the club could be vital for Spurs, as Mourinho has previously stated that he would never stop a player from moving if they really want the move and the money is right. And he’s backed up his words, selling two-time Chelsea Player of the Year Juan Mata to his current club in 2014.

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The Red Devils are currently stacked in terms of depth for the left wing, with Marcus Rashford struggling to start games over January signing Alexis Sanchez, but wide-right is somewhat scarce and Willian would undoubtedly improve United’s balance for the better.

Although the manager would prefer the Frenchman went abroad, if he asked for the move to north London, Willian’s transfer to United would undoubtedly improve Pochettino’s chances of securing his key man. United will also be buoyed by their recent business with the west Londoners, having surprisingly secured the signing of Nemanja Matic from Stamford Bridge last summer.

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Everton

Gylfi Sigurdsson shows why Everton splashed £45m on his services

Everton fans will hope they see Sigurdsson in fine form next season.

Mathew Nash

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Iceland pulled off another shock at a major tournament, as they managed to hold out for a draw against Argentina. Alfred Finnbogason scored the equaliser after Sergio Aguero had given the Albiceleste the lead. Lionel Messi then saw a penalty saved as Iceland fully deserved a share of the spoils.

One man who was in sensational form throughout the game was Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson. Only recently returned from a knee injury he was the beacon of quality that Iceland needed. When they needed a player to keep possession he was there and he was a constant thorn in the side of Argentina’s defensive generals.

It was a performance that will remind Everton fans just why they spent £45 million to bring him from Swansea City last summer. It also highlighted that, used correctly. The ‘Iceman’ could be Everton’s talisman.

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When Sigurdsson arrived last season he did so at the same time as two identical players. Davy Klaassen and Wayne Rooney also joined Everton last summer leaving them overbooked in that area of the field.

With Everton failing to bring in sufficient wide options, Sigurdsson also found himself playing wide left for much of his time at Goodison Park.

What is clear from the Iceland game is that Sigurdsson is best in the number 10 role, playing off of the front-man and hopefully next season that is where Everton will see him. With Cenk Tosun ahead of him, pace out wide and reliable generals behind him in midfield the Icelander will be free to roam and play his best football.

If Everton do that, then they will see more and more of the real Sigurdsson next season.

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Manchester United

Chicharito shows he’s capable of replacing Marko Arnautovic at West Ham in brilliant Mexico performance

The striker was unrecognisable from last season at West Ham.

Jamie Watts

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West Ham United striker Marko Arnautovic is still heavily linked with a move to Manchester United, although the club have attempted to deter interest by slapping a whopping £60 million price tag on the Austrian, according to the Daily Star.

Although the price is considerable, it’s conceivable United could match the fee, or something close and Manuel Pellegrini may have to begin lining up replacements, in case a switch to Old Trafford materialises. But the Chilean coach may very well have his man already on yesterday’s evidence, ironically, in the form of former United fan favourite, Chicharito.

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Chicharito made a name for himself throughout his career for his impressive ability to improvise a finish in the penalty area, and his movement, which has led to countless poacher goals. However, his performance for Mexico yesterday could indicate a change of responsibilities for the striker in the future. And West Ham will be thrilled.

Against Germany, he did everything but put the ball away. Non-initiated viewers may have been shocked to find out that the striker went into the match one goal off a career tally of 50 for his country, as he plied for the 90 minutes as a forward linch-pin, connecting play in the final third for almost every counter-attack. His general touch, awareness of approaching defenders, vision to see runners and execution of passes were all sensational on the night.

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It could be argued that his national pride conjured this new style. but now there can be no doubting he has the ability to play the Arnautovic-type role, and in emphatic fashion. And if Pellegrini can tap-into this style, he could already have the Austrian’s ready made replacement at the London Stadium.

Last term the 30-year-old struggled to break into the team on a regular basis under David Moyes, making 33 appearances in all competitions, bagging eight goals and an assist, but his contribution next year could be far more valuable.

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