Friday, 14 March 2014

GW30 FPL #JackInTheBox

9. Gameweeks. Left. In. The. Season. The Twitterverse has been full of FPL related stress lately. Lots of people are burning the midnight oil planning, plotting, strategizing, and worrying about what the next few gameweeks will bring. DGW31 is by far the most anticipated gameweek I've ever come across in my three seasons playing FPL, and I have yet to hear from any wiley veterans that what we're about to experience is not unique.

But bear with us through just ONE MORE boring gameweek before your quest to meet what is probably your EXPECTATION of surpassing the coveted 100 pt gameweek arrives. Picking a #JackInTheBox goes a little like this:

A)  Check the current EPL table for the bottom 8 squads. This week that gives us Fulham, Sunderland, Cardiff, West Brom, Crystal Palace, Norwich, Swansea and Hull.

B)  Scan the fixture list to see who each of the bottom 8 squads play this week.

Fulham are home to Newcastle
Sunderland are home to Crystal Palace
Cardiff City are away at Everton
West Brom are away at Swansea
Crystal Palace are away at Sunderland
Norwich City are away at Southampton
Swansea are home to West Brom
Hull City are home to Manchester City
C)  Pick the player on one of the bottom 8 sides who is owned by 5.0% or less of FPL owners that you think will score the most points this gameweek.

Voila, you're an expert at this already. So who'd you pick this week? Personally, I love the six-pointers, and the two on the cards this weekend are gonna be great: Sunderland hosting Crystal Palace and Swansea hosting West Brom.  4 of the bottom 8 grouped together in 2 all important, dog eat dog fixtures where a win by any side results in 3 of the most valuable EPL points up for grabs at this stage of the campaign. Have you got your pick in mind? Okay, cool.... here's who I'm going with.

Sunderland have been quite the quandary this season. After Di Canio treated them like little kids at a second grade cafeteria table and they became the laughing stock of the Premier League, Poyet came in and things started clicking. So far this season they have rattled off victories over Everton and Manchester City, and they have also pulled off a dynamic double over Newcastle in one of the most hotly contested and exciting derbies out there. Indeed, for some Sunderland fans that alone would make them consider this season a rousing success. But for all of their tenacity, super-human Mannone performances and Adam Johnson's purple patches, they just can't seem to escape the relegation zone.

What they do have on their side are a few games in hand, so let's not count them out yet. If they are going to take advantage of these additional opportunities, fixtures like this weekend's home match vs Crystal Palace will be tantamount to their survival bid. A true six-pointer, I have been impressed by Borini's recent form, he's shown coolness under pressure when in front of goal (did you see that gem he put past Hart with the outside of his foot!?!), and I think a home match against Palace is a good opportunity for him to get the Stadium of Light rocking and full of hope for Premier League football next campaign.

The armband is yours Fabio; do us proud!

Good luck everyone; Happy FPLing!!