One step forward, two steps back last weekend. Chelsea finally kept a clean sheet and Memphis Depay ups his game and completes 90 minutes for Manchester United. But Villa can’t stop West Brom from scoring and Scott Sinclair only managed 45 minutes at Villa Park. Couple this with Mangala’s 45 minutes at the Etihad which saw West Ham score twice and earn my team a whopping 0.1 points, and my team limped to 35.6 points, a total that would have beaten only two sides that weekend. Unfortunately one of them was not @wrigavin, who thanks to his new signing Son Heung-Min sent me packing, and I currently sit 12th with two wins and four losses. But things are going to turn around this weekend against @nealjthurman right? Right?
Clean Sheets! Neal’s Boaz Myhill has four clean sheets, a feat only bettered by Joe Hart over the first six weeks of the season. He also has been riding Tony Pulis’ good run with Morrison and Brunt in his side. Russell Martin at the back for his side has been a stand out performer with three goals, this despite Norwich not being able to keep a clean sheet as of yet. His other points in defence have come from Bellerin at Arsenal, his main big signing at the back. Further up the field Neal looks to Fabregas, Ritchie and Giroud to pull in the points, they have three goals and an assist between them. @nealjthurman sits on three wins and three losses. If I lose this week my team will be four games behind Neal, a huge gap this early in the season. So this is a big, big game!
|Probably the most important matchup of my Fantasy career this weekend|
What I Need To Happen
Obviously I’m hoping Myhill will finally let in a goal or two this weekend at home to Everton. Norwich and Martin head to West Ham which might prove difficult for the Canaries to get that first clean sheet, but Martin can’t score again can he? Up front, Neal will have to play Giroud, as Wickam is out injured for Palace, but perhaps Wenger will continue to play Walcott as the lone striker and leave the Frenchman on the bench. But he could also fall back on Glenn Murray if he gets the start for Bournemouth at three o’clock on Saturday. Matt Ritchie is nailed on for a start for Bournemouth though, so if Stoke were to finally win a game and shut out the Cherries, that would improve my chances of picking up the win.
For my team, Memphis Depay will surely not get a better chance to find the back of the net than against Sunderland at home. Schweinsteiger might even get the start for United! At the back I’ve thrown Mangala back to the wolves of the waiver wire and picked up Alberto Moreno of Liverpool. He was a bright spot last weekend against Norwich and Aston Villas visit to Anfield this week looks like a good chance to pick up a clean sheet. All three of my defenders are playing at home and I would be hoping to see at least two clean sheets from them. In saying Villa look like a soft touch for Liverpool, I do have three Villians in my squad, so will perhaps be looking for other players to drag me over the line this week. Ayew, Wijnaldum and Arnautovic will be relied upon to be the creative sparks for their respective sides on Saturday.
5 from 7 in Week 6 was an improvement on the week before. @BenDinnery failing to find a goal or an assist, and @GalinDragiev’s team having Pantilimon in goals, scuppered my predictions last weekend. The @THE_IEFSA (follow on Twitter) league table is starting to form, so the predictions are probably going to get easier! Here goes nothing.
Enjoy this weekend’s Premier League matches everyone.