Day 2 of International break and I’ve already cleaned my house, learned how to drive, and I can now tie my shoelaces. I’ve also managed to review Gameweek 7’s Bookie team for the last game week, and see how we performed!
After a wildcard in GW6, I felt that the OddsOnFPL team was in absolutely fantastic shape going into GW7. With Tomer Hemed scoring and rising in price, Chancel Mbemba was seemingly nailing down a left-back role, Loftus Cheek playing in the hole, and potentially playing as a false-nine due to Benteke’s injury everything looked rosy.
And then, as soon as Tomer Hemed has scored and gotten the three bonus points he’s punished with a three-game ban, for – at least to me anyway – an unintentional stamp on DeAndre Yedlin. That is where it all started to go from rosy, to dreary and fear.
Midweek, Phil Jones had been said to have picked up a knock and would be out for the Premier League fixture against Crystal Palace, which had worried owners due to his strong partnership with Bailly. The opposite happened. And Loftus-Cheek was injured, so overall we ended up with only 10 starters.
Jordan Pickford – 2 points
I’m starting to think there is something with ex-Sunderland keepers, and playing in Merseyside. Pickford has been poor so far for Everton, and you’d expect more from the most expensive English keeper ever. The 30 million pound signing has all the quality to prove me wrong, and their fixtures early on in the season have been dire, so maybe it might be too soon to write him off just yet. That said, have you seen where Sunderland are in the Championship without him? 23rd in the Championship and have conceded an average of 2 goals a game, and are genuinely looking like dropping for the second time.
Stephen Ward – 12 points
Wardy added to his game week one goal with the assist for Hendrick’s opener against Everton. Only 6% of FPL players own Ward at the time of me writing this, which has probably risen since. The two-footed Ireland international comes up against West Ham, Newcastle and Swansea in the next five game weeks at home, expect more clean sheet points.
Nacho Monreal – 15 points
Nacho, you beautiful, crisp legend. The full-back, now center-back managed to score his first goal in 4 years, during his first year in England against Swansea. What we didn’t take into account before selecting him in our side, was that the Spaniard had predicted that he would score against the Seagulls. With him seemingly having new shooting boots from Puma™, get a new pair of boots for this unsponsored post™(c).
Nicolas Otamendi – 5 points
You stupid, crap bearded twat. Otamendi was on course for two bonus points, until he got yellow carded at the end of the game. The Argentinian fouled Willian in the 89th minute but still managed to keep Chelsea goalless away from home, which is no mean feat. There was a 3 point swing in the final 3 minutes due to the yellow card, though, which is frustrating. With all that said, Otamendi has been fantastic this season and has more of a license to play football than seasons prior. Otamendi created the play from deep for City’s opening and the only goal of the game against Chelsea.
Eric Bailly – 0 points
In what could only be described as a Kieran Gibbs and Oxlade-Chamberlain moment, it seems that all of the midweek chatter from Jose Mourinho was about Eric Bailly instead of Phil Jones. All throughout the week, many FPL players were made sweat over the inclusion of Phil Jones in the United XI due to a knock. Surprisingly it was Bailly who failed to be in the starting eleven with Chris Smalling starting instead of the Ivorian.
Andy King – 1 point
Subbed off at half-time after a pretty dull first half. The Welsh midfielder has become a bit of a scapegoat for Leicester fans as of late, with Craig Shakespeare’s position being close to untenable after a poor start to the season. With Spanish recruit Vincente Iborra and Portuguese midfielder Adrien Silva set to compete for a midfield slot, the ten year Leicester veteran could be closer to playing his testimonial than his next game for the Foxes.
Dele Alli – 2 points
Dele Alli is annoying me a lot lately. After diving to try and get a penalty against Huddersfield, even his boss stating that “This type of action doesn’t help him, doesn’t help the team and doesn’t help football.” The England midfielder got a yellow card for his stupidity and ended the week with 2 points. He is undeniably out of form, as of late, but came close by hitting the post. The signs are there for a monster week, and the bookies will still price Alli as one of the most likely scorers in the next game week.
Alexis Sanchez (c) – 12 points
Alexis Sanchez reminds me of the type of player at 5-a-side which regularly gets lumped out of it. There was a moment during the game where he dribbled to the corner and did 4+ stepovers when nobody was anywhere near him.
Throughout the match, he was probably Arsenal’s biggest threat, but it was another week of what could have been for Alexis Sanchez. The Arsenal attacker managed to get an assist, but once against failed to score, something which has become a bit of the norm for the Chilean.
Gylfi Sigurdsson – 2 points
Performances like this must remind Spurs fans of the former Spurs player, instead of the Swansea one. The Icelandic creator of disappointment has only disappointed Everton fans so far and has done absolutely nothing in the Premier League. While many hoped that playing Sigurdsson playing more centrally would have affected his playing style, he failed once again to impress. For the money Everton has spent this season, they look infinitely worse than the season prior. Sign up Barkley for another three years and look for your receipt. Performances have to improve for Everton, or they could be under a new manager sooner rather than later.
Romelu Lukaku – 6 points
An abject performance, which was capped off by a late goal to save the blushes of many FPL players this week. Lukaku was rumoured to have been unfit for the fixture before the game, and potentially rested, and has since not trained for Belgium due to an ankle issue. According to reports, he played through the pain against Palace, and overall it was noticeable in his game, apart from his goal he was pretty much absent. But he keeps scoring, so really, can you complain? He has scored 11 goals in 10 games and only failed to score once. Blankaku no more. A tough fixture away to Liverpool awaits.
Alexandre Lacazette – 2 points
Selfishly didn’t pass through Alexis early in the game, and was unlucky to not score with a beautiful snapshot off the post.
While a stellar performance against West Brom wasn’t matched, Laca has admitted that he is finding it tough in the Premier League, and decisions made by the referees are different to that in Ligue 1.
‘I have not totally adapted yet, there are things that still surprise me, but I am trying.’
‘I am watching quite a few matches to understand English football, I am watching quite a lot of my matches with Arsenal and when I look back and see what I didn’t do right, I try to learn from it.‘
‘Which hopefully facilitates my progression. The refereeing decisions [still surprise me]. Sometimes I think it is a bit dangerous.’
The ex-Lyon striker was subbed off midway through the second half for compatriot Olivier Giroud. The forward seemingly has a case of Ozilitis, where he can’t seem to finish the 90 minutes. A rather popular fan theory on Twitter is doing the rounds, about the €7m worth of potential add-ons to be paid by Arsenal following the original €53m payment.
It wouldn’t surprise me.
Rob Elliot – 2 points
Conceded a world class, but stereotypical Coutinho goal. After conceding a worldie, Elliot kept out a one on one against Sturridge and controlled his area well; the Dilsh has made the position his own. And going by early season performances, I don’t think Rafa Benitez will be looking to replace him anytime soon.
Chancel Mbemba – 0 points
Mbemba when Chancel started matches? I mbemba. Florian Lejeune coming back into the side, and Javier Manquillo starting ahead of him could affect minutes, but I believe it was more of a tactical decision for the Liverpool fixture. Mbemba should still get minutes until Dummett is back.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek – 0 points
He’s a bit injury prone, isn’t he? The Chelsea loanee will be out of the next fixture also due to playing his parent club. RLC has failed to perform as an FPL asset thus far, despite flattering to deceive. Palace plays Newcastle and West Ham soon, where RLC could manage to get some points other than for starting.
Tomer ‘lost his’ Hemed – Still Banned
Brighton appealed his ban to no avail. Personally, I don’t think he purposely stood on DeAndre Yedlin.