Thursday, 22 September 2016

5th Birthday: Free Entry Competition & Small Survey

Rules:

Only one entry per person.

The winner will be the person who FIRST submitted the correct answer (thus only one winner).

In the unlikely event no one is able to successfully predict the correct first scorer from this Saturday's 3pm kick offs, the winner will then be based on the correct first assist from the original first goal submissions.

The winner will be announced this weekend.

The winner will receive a classic football shirt from a specific collection.


 
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Monday, 19 September 2016

Capoue! Cheap Mid Bang In Form- GW 5 Review



Etienne Capoue is fantasy football gold, now becoming a more viable option as a 4th choice or even 3rd choice midfielder as a key man in Watford’s attack after a 3rd double figure score of the season. He takes up a free role in midfield and makes forward runs into the box to good effect. It’s now 4 goals in 5 games for Capoue (4 of Watford’s 10 goals so far) who only started the season at an FPL price of 4.5. Capoue is proving clinical in front of goal, with just 1.4 shots per game. Many will now consider him as a starting player now Watford’s difficult set of opening fixtures are over and their next 5 are all games Capoue is expected to deliver in (bur, BOU, mid, swa, HUL). Get him in fast though, because his price is rising quickly.

Ibra’s Stock Falls, Lukaku’s Rises

Aguero is back in gameweek 6 at 12.9 and he may be easier to afford now with Lukaku looking a better option than Ibrahimovic. The Everton striker comes in at a much less expensive price and has scored 4 goals in two games compared with just one from Zlatan. While Ibrahimovic has hit more shots than any other player this season, Lukaku is proving to be more clinical in front of goal, with better chances to score. Lukaku scored from his only shot, whereas only one of Ibra’s 5 was on target. Everton’s next three fixtures are slightly easier than Man Utd’s, as they face Bournemouth, Crystal Palace and Man City. Man Utd are up against champions Leicester and have a tough away game at Anfield between a home game v Stoke.

Those Ibra owners who transferred Lukaku in for Aguero have a dilemma to make in choosing which one to swap out for Aguero, who is seen by the majority as an essential option when fit and not suspended. It may be better to downgrade a midfielder to someone just over 1.0 less and transfer out Ibrahimovic for Aguero.

Hazard Warning Signs




For the second time in two games Eden Hazard provided 0 goals or assists. His 31% ownership will be on high alert after another blank after the Belgian's poor extended run of performances last season and will maybe be looking to get him out of their teams before he starts to fall in price. Chelsea’s upcoming fixtures don’t get easier either. After being the top scoring midfielder and considered a must-have after the first three gameweeks, maybe now he is the man to make way as managers will undoubtedly look to fit Aguero back into their teams. Big decisions are to be made this week.

Kyle Norbury,
Stoke fan and fantasy football nerd,
Follow me, Kyle on Twitter: @SCFCNerd
 

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

3 Aguero Replacements Hit Big Points: GW4 Review


Big Rom is back

It seemed from the early kick-off on Saturday that the best replacement for the suspended Aguero might be his direct replacement Kelechi Iheanacho. The Nigerian livewire was on hand to score and assist for Pep's team against Mourinho's United. Man City have certainly been in good goalscoring form this season, so Iheanacho could be in the goals next week too.

On Sunday Diego Costa bettered Iheanacho's 12 points with a 2 goal haul despite once again causing controversy. It is debatable whether he should've been on the pitch, but there is no denying Costa is in good form. That's now 4 goals in 4 games for the Chelsea striker. His underlying stats are also comparable to Aguero. Only Ibrahimovic and Aguero have more shots on target per game so far and only Antonio has had more shots inside the 6 yard area.

Lukaku had the last say on Monday night. Lukaku ended a 10-match goal drought with aplomb. A hat-trick was one way end his barren run. Little more needs to be added on who leads the race as the best replacement for Aguero.

Last Season's Bandwagon Buys Back In Business

A Firm option

Dimitri Payet, Firmino, Dele Alli and Michael Antonio have all finally got going after slow starts. They were key players last season in FPL as some of the highest scoring midfielders. Payet has struggled with muscle tightness after a busy schedule in the Euros, but marked his first start of the new season with two assists against Watford for his teammate Antonio to score two headed goals in a fine first half performance. Antonio has started two of the first 3 games at right back, however West Ham co-owner David Gold has confirmed that Antonio will be deployed as a winger from now on after the signing of Alvaro Arbeloa on deadline day. When Antonio has started on the right wing this season he now has 3 goals in 2 games.

Dele Alli's 10 goals and 12 assists last season at a start price of just 5.5 made him a vital asset. This season his price has risen to 8.5, which is considerably less value. Nearly 200,000 managers have deemed this too expensive and sold Alli since gameweek one. The Spurs attacker's price has dropped as a result to 8.3. Now he looks like a better option after scoring at Stoke, if he can keep his place. His goal threat is certainly a strength, with 2.8 shots on goal per 90 mins so far, and 1.3 in the box.

Firmino was Liverpool's top scorer with 10 goals in 2015/16 and a must-have out-of-position mid. Firmino disappointed his owners with just 2 points in each of his first two games. A brace against Leicester this time round has increased his appeal at a slightly nicer price tag of 8.4, so he will be one to bare in mind this season as a midfielder with an eye for goal. At times in the game at Anfield he was playing in a more advanced role than striker Daniel Sturridge.

Kyle Norbury,
Stoke fan and fantasy football nerd,
Follow me, Kyle on Twitter: @SCFCNerd

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Best replacement for Aguero?

Aguuuuueeeeerrrooooo... NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!
That is the reaction of the FPL community to Sergio Aguero after the first three gameweeks. After a blistering start to the season, scoring 3 goals and picking up 6 bonus points in his first two matches, it wasn’t long before Aguero’s price rose to 13.1 and all those managers saying “I don’t need Aguero” realised how wrong they were, with his ownership rising well over the 50% mark. However, the Aguueeerrroo!!! soon changed to NOOOOO!!! when he elbowed West Ham defender Winston Reid in the face and was handed a 3 game ban by the FA, meaning that he will miss the next two league matches.
So what do we do with the heaviest of the heavy hitters whilst he’s out? Do we keep him on the bench for two gameweeks or transfer him out with a plan on how to get him back in? Currently priced at 13.0, this amount is far too much to keep on the bench, even if it only is for two weeks. Furthermore, with Aguero’s price expected to drop at least a further 0.2 over the next few weeks, the smart move is definitely to take him out now and buy him back for cheaper later.
So, now the question is who do we bring in for Aguero? I have two words to answer that question.
ROMELU. LUKAKU.
Lukaku and I have a bit of a love-hate relationship, similar to that which the majority of the FPL community has with him. One week, it’s LUUKAAAAKUUUU!!!! and then the next week he’s anonymous, hence the names LukakuWHO? and BLANKaku. There is not doubt that Lukaku has all the attributes needed to be a top class striker (strength, pace, power, heading and a great shot), but he has been plagued by inconsistency in his career to date. However, for some reason, I still believe in Lukaku and am confident that he is the perfect replacement for Aguero.
Despite only starting 1 PL game and 1 EFL Cup game so far this season after returning from the Euros fatigued and with an ankle injury, his underlying stats in his limited game time are very good. In his two starts for Everton this season, he has managed a shot every 20.0 minutes and a shot assist every 45.0 minutes. This highlights his attacking potential. Although he stated in a recent interview that he is not 100% fit but almost there, his attacking stats are still good enough to rank him 2nd among all forwards for shot frequency this season, just behind Sergio Aguero. More recently, he netted a brace for Belgium in their World Cup qualifier against Cyprus, which indicates that he might be hitting form at the right time.
In addition to his excellent attacking stats so far this season, Everton’s extremely favourable fixtures provide Lukaku with a perfect opportunity to announce himself as a heavy hitter. Here is how Lukaku performed against his next 8 opponents last season:
Opponent
Starts
Shots
Goals
Chances Created
Assists
Sunderland
2
7
1
5
2
Middlesbrough
1
3
1
1
0
Bournemouth
2
6
2
3
0
Crystal Palace
2
5
1
4
0
Man City
4
7
1
2
0
Burnley





West Ham
2
10
2
2
1
Chelsea
3
7
2
0
0

These stats are a reminder of what a prolific goal scorer and potent attacker Lukaku can be.
Bringing Lukaku into your FPL team to replace Aguero will provide excellent options to FPL managers. His fixtures provide good short and long term points potential. This is because if Lukaku does not perform over the next few fixtures, managers can do a straight swap and bring Aguero back in for him in GW6. However, if Lukaku hits form, managers may not want to take him out. This provides a chance to downgrade on other heavy hitters such as Hazard or Ibrahimovic if they lose form and then upgrade a mid priced forward to get Aguero back in.
Additionally, there was much speculation over the transfer window that Lukaku would be leaving Everton. However, Everton refused to budge from their asking price of £75m and a move never materialised. Despite all the transfer speculation surrounding him, Lukaku has committed his future to the club and promised to score goals. This may boost his appeal as he will no doubt aim to prove his large price tag this season so that bigger clubs like Chelsea or Manchester United will have no choice but to fork out the cash to land an in form unstoppable Lukaku. Therefore, the fact that he is fully focussed on the club and scoring goals to prove himself bodes well for FPL managers.
Overall, it is clear that Romelu Lukaku is the perfect replacement for Aguero. This is because of his extremely favourable fixtures, past history against his upcoming opposition, current attacking form and the fact that he has a point to prove this season.
So now it’s over to you Romelu...