Happy New Year IEFSA fans. If you thought the previous nineteen games of the season was intense, then you better strap yourself in for what’s coming in 2017! The transfer window is now open again. The race for the championship seems to be mirroring the actual Premier League, with @RotoZdroik taking the role of Chelsea. But unlike the three teams facing the drop, a whole ten teams in the IEFSA league will be for the chop for the start of next season. With this in mind, every single game becomes a six-pointer from now on. Also, in the second half of the season I’m sure you will see more blatant maltreatment of my team from @THE_IEFSA Fantrax fixture computer; starting in Gameweek 20 with a game against @TRKingston. The team that began the season by getting a favourable decision over my side by only 0.5 points.
|Not much between the top 10 sides. It's squeaky bum time!|
Danny Rose and Miles Jedinak were the stars of Week 1 for @TRKingston, hauling in 35 points between them. Rose is still in Todd’s side, but that was the only game Jedinak played before heading to the greener pastures of Aston Villa. Yohan Cabaye was on the bench that day and this week should be in @TRKingston’s team when Crystal Palace play Swansea at home. The French midfielder should rack up the points against the managerless Swans team. Not that @TRKingston needs help getting points, he is one of the highest point scoring teams in the league. His team are the second highest scorers in the game and if his typical line-up all hit their average, it will take over 128.2 points to beat him.
|Will Burnley give more reasons for Pep and David to feel down?|
Another midfielder with plenty of scoring potential this week for Todd’s side is David Silva. Man City will be looking to bounce back after their reversal to Liverpool, and have a home tie with Burnley to take out their frustrations. Most of @TRKingston’s points in Defence come from the player already mentioned, Danny Rose. The Spurs left wing-back averages over 20 points a game. He is comfortably the best Defender in the game, averaging over three points more per game than his nearest rival, Marcos Alonso of Chelsea. Todd also has two goal, three assist, Jose Holebas of Watford in his team. On Tuesday Watford face a Stoke City side who have conceded eight goals in their last two games. And you don’t think the Fantrax fixture computer doesn’t have it in for my poor side.
What I Need To Happen
I’ll really need David Silva to be kept quiet on Monday. Even if he doesn’t play a full game, he could well do a lot of damage playing behind Aguero against Burnley. Failing that, perhaps Cabaye can be marked out of the game on Tuesday as Swansea lock things down tight in search of a positive result. Then hopefully come the Tottenham versus Chelsea clash on Wednesday my side will be a good twenty points ahead so as to negate any damage Danny Rose could do.
|Danny Rose will be tested against Chelsea this week|
As for my side? Well, just as things were looking up with the return of Pedro and Arnautovic from suspension, Jack Wilshere will be unavailable because he is playing against his parent club Arsenal. That’s a big no-no according to the FA. I would have had no problems with it though, as he would surely have broken his duck for Bournemouth against his old teammates. Another problem with my side is the ever changing nature of the Manchester United starting eleven. Mkhitaryan started the last game, yet scored off the bench the game before that, so will he start again? Lingard missed out against Middlesbrough, but started the game before against Sunderland. Will he start? Will either of them be subbed on if they don’t start? Also, we are two games into the Ibrahim Afellay Experiment and things are not going well (3.4 points per game).
An improvement in predictions as I called six correct to three incorrect. @RotoZdroik is still six points clear at the top, he faces a tough fixture against @nealjthurman this week though. To see how this and the other games go, remember to follow @THE_IEFSA on Twitter.
Good Luck Everyone.