Another flop for yours truly in GW3. That's 3 on the bounce now with Chambers, Pienaar and De Jong all failing to deliver, and unlikely to in the near future thereby defeating the point of the whole FlyBuy concept. So, do I give in? Not a chance. Just like Manchester United, a return to form is not a question of if, more of when. Unlike Manchester United, I hope this is achievable this week, not in a couple of seasons time...#banter
After some time spent looking at upcoming fixtures I am drawn to three teams in particular. Everton, Southampton and Stoke. GW 6 and 7 look particularly tricky for the Toffees, and the unfortunate injury to Pienaar puts me off selecting from their ranks at this time. For what it's worth though, I think Leighton Baines could finally go on a scoring run starting this weekend. But he isn't my FlyBuy pick.
That narrows it down to Stoke or Southampton. I've found myself having a bit of a tough time selecting, after narrowing it down to two candidates. Both were in many FPL managers initial pre-season drafts, but both have failed to convince and have been dumped. The Southampton player I considered was new-boy Dusan Tadic. We were assured he was some kind of assists magnet, and got on board early. He did indeed provide an assist in GW1, but aside from appearance points (plus one extra point for a clean sheet in GW2) nothing since. He would be the safer option for this week's FlyBuy selection; guaranteed 90 minutes and in a Southampton side that in no way deserve their pre-season billing as relegation certainties following the mass exodus of players to Anfield. But I don't play it safe often as you know.
Which leads us on to Stoke. And a player who, as with Tadic, was thought to be pre-season a good source of FPL points. So far he has delivered the sum total of nothing but appearance points, and was even dropped in GW3 for the away game at Man City. To everyone's surprise, Stoke managed to win this game, and so why would Mark Hughes change a winning formula? Quite simple, he needs his most creative player back. He saw him as an unnecessary luxury for the game at the Etihad, and he was the sacrificial lamb. But off the back of that stunning victory, Stoke will be quite rightly full of confidence and belief. There run of games sees them face Leicester at home in GW4, followed by QPR away, then Newcastle at home. I can honestly see 9 points there. And I can see a decent return points from this weeks FlyBuy selection, Marko Arnautovic. Yours to own for the knock down price of only £6.3m. And with only 1.3% ownership now most have dumped him, now is the time to snap him up as your midfield differential.
Most of you now own Gylfi Sigurdsson. I'll make a 10p bet with you now, that Arnautovic outscores him (total FPL points) over the course of the next 3 gameweeks. Any takers?
FlyBuy picks to date:
GW1 - Calum Chambers (ARS) - Points: 1 / 0 / 8
GW2 - Steven Pienaar (EVE) - Points: 1 / 0
GW3 - Siem de Jong (NEW) - Points: 2