Thursday, 25 October 2012

FPL Hints - Gameweek 9

FPLH's GW 9 Team*

Transfers (OUT): Cech
Transfers (IN): Begovic

*FPLH reserves the right to change this team at any time. Any changes made will be confirmed on FPLH's Twitter and Facebook accounts.

 
Team Selection Reasoning

Following a bumper Gameweek 8 you would think that my team selection for Gameweek 9 would be easy?  Well no!  After much toing and froing I have decided to only make one transfer, which may come as a surprise to some.  I have sold Cech and brought in Begovic.  Despite Chelsea being top of the league they haven't kept many clean sheets.  With Terry's suspension I don't think that task will become easier for them.  Thus I decided to cut my losses and bring in a cheaper alternative.  Begovic appealed to me due to Stoke's dogged defensive "park-the-bus" system.  Moreover their upcoming fixtures are fairly kind to them as follows:

Sunderland (H) - High clean sheet potential
Norwich (A) - Moderate clean sheet potential
QPR (H) - High clean sheet potential
West Ham (A) - Mild clean sheet potential
Fulham (H) - High clean sheet potential
Newcastle (H) - High clean sheet potential
West Brom (A) - Mild clean sheet potential
Aston Villa (A) - Moderate clean sheet potential
Everton (H) - Moderate clean sheet potential

I can't stress how much I pondered over the second free transfer.  Defoe was an option, but I was worried he might tire after his European encounter.  Berbatov, Ben Arfa, Crouch, Aguero and Lennon were of interest too but I wasn't fully convinced.  I really want to get rid of Podolski but have decided to give him one more chance v QPR.  Fellaini has also lost favour with me, but I will bench him for now.  I then thought of beefing up my defence, but the overall lack of clean sheets this season was a put off.  In the end I opted to maintain the free transfer, despite the lack of captain options in my first XI.  I decided to captain Van Persie (even though he will face up to Chelsea), as he is a big game player.  Remember his hat-trick at Stamford Bridge last season?  I doubt I will score 80 points again for Gameweek 9, but never say never...

Recommended Player for Gameweek 9

Asmir Begovic

(Stoke)

Why?

Has kept 2 clean sheets from his last 3 matches 
Stoke play a very dogged defensive system
They have generous upcoming fixtures
Priced at sub 5.0 - Bargain!

Stoke's Solid Metal

FPLH's Hot Picks XI for GW 9

  Begovic (STO)

  Vermaelen (ARS)
  Riise (FUL)
  Kompany (MNC)

Nasri (MNC)
  Bale (TOT)
  Ben Arfa (NEW)
Sterling (LIV)

  Defoe / cpt (TOT)
Van Persie / vc (MNU)
  Aguero (MNC)

Subs:

  Mannone (ARS)
  Mertesacker (ARS)
  Lowton (AST)
Nolan (WHA)

5/15 Hot Picks' feature in FPLH's GW 9 Team

Thursday, 18 October 2012

FPL Hints - Gameweek 8

FPLH's GW 8 Team*

Transfers (OUT): S Taylor
Transfers (IN): JA Riise

*FPLH reserves the right to change this team at any time. Any changes made will be confirmed on FPLH's Twitter and Facebook accounts.

 
 
Team Selection Reasoning

After a few below par Gameweeks you may think that I would radically tinker with my team.  Not so.  I am confident that I can bounce back in Gameweek 8, especially due to the fact that 9/11 of my first team players are at home.  The only change I have actioned for this week is to sell S Taylor (a doubt) with dodgy upcoming fixtures for the ever attacking JA Riise.  He may not be a prolific goalscorer from defence as he was at Liverpool, but his attacking prowess still exists.  In fact he has assisted in his last two league matches.  I am confident he can obtain more FPL points in the upcoming weeks due to the aforementioned fixtures:

GW 8 - Aston Villa (H) - Strong clean sheet potential
GW 9 - Reading (A) - Strong clean sheet potential
GW 10 -  Everton (H) - Mild clean sheet potential
GW 11 - Arsenal (A) - Mild clean sheet potential
GW 12 - Sunderland (H) - Strong clean sheet potential
GW 13 - West Brom (H) - Strong clean sheet potential

Despite Suarez diving a fair bit and failing to score versus a dogged Stoke, I have decided to captain him again as he faces Reading's leaky defence.  The vice captain is Michu as I feel that he too can take advantage the Latics touch and go defence.  Let's hope for the best this time around!

Recommended Player for Gameweek 8

John Arne Riise
(Fulham)

Why?
 
Has assisted twice in his last two league matches
Is Fulham's first choice left back
Capable of scoring free kicks
Solid defender

Lethal Left Foot


FPLH's Hot Picks XI for GW 8

  de Gea (MNU)

  Rafael (MNU)
  Riise (FUL)
Ivanovic (CHE)

Nolan (WHA)
Hazard (CHE)
  Michu / vc (SWA)
Sterling (LIV)

  Suarez / cpt (LIV)
Van Persie (MNU)
Rodallega (FUL)

Subs:

Vorm (SWA)
Johnson (LIV)
  Baines (EVE)
Bale (TOT)


9/15 Hot Picks' feature in FPLH's GW 8 Team

Thursday, 4 October 2012

FPL Hints - Gameweek 7

FPLH's GW 7 Team*

Transfers (OUT): Mertesacker
Transfers (IN): B Davies

*FPLH reserves the right to change this team at any time. Any changes made will be confirmed on FPLH's Twitter and Facebook accounts.
 
Team Selection Reasoning

Last Gameweek saw a mild improvement in fortunes for the FPLH Blog Team, with a third consecutive net points increase.  The Suarez transfer proved a masterstroke as he bagged 20 points, if only I dared to captain him.  As for Gameweek 7, I didn't wish to tinker too much as the international break will be shortly upon us once again.  I was looking to replace Mertesacker, who is no longer a first team choice, for a cheaper alternative.  Ben Davies of Swansea came to mind, especially due to his team's upcoming fixtures:

GW 7 - Reading (H) - Clean sheet potential
GW 8 - Wigan (H) - Clean sheet potential

Swansea haven't kept a clean sheet since August, but I believe they are due one soon against teams that do no travel well.  Ben Davies has had a look since Neil Taylor's long-term injury and I believe he will provide value for money.  As for my starting XI, it is almost the same, but I have ditched S Taylor to the bench as Newcastle face Manchester United and have given Ben Davies his place.  The choice of captain was a tough call between Suarez and Hazard, but I felt form was on Suarez's side thus I opted for him.

Recommended Player for Gameweek 7

Luis Suarez
(Liverpool)

Why?

Liverpool are due a home win, Stoke have yet to win away
Has no major rivals for his position in the team
Scored 5 league goals in 6 matches
Is a natural goal poacher

On form


FPLH's Hot Picks XI for GW 7

Cech (CHE)

  Davies (SWA)
  Walker (TOT)
Kompany (MNC)

Fellaini (EVE)
Hazard (CHE)
  Bale (TOT)
Michu (SWA)

  Torres (CHE)
Suarez (MNU)
Aguero (MNC)

Subs:

Friedel (TOT)
Baines (EVE)
  Nolan (WHA)
Davies (SWA)


8/15 Hot Picks' feature in FPLH's GW 7 Team