Disclaimer: *I reserve the right to change this team at any time. Any changes will most likely be confirmed on FPLH's Twitter account.
Lingard and Kane OUT
Mahrez and Giroud IN
CHIPS USED: 0
MONEY IN THE FPL BANK:
MONEY IN THE FPL BANK:
The season thus far has been nothing but a roller coaster for my FPL team, which has complemented the unpredictable trends in the league - rise of Leicester and fall of Chelsea to name but two things. Form truly has been key. Class hasn't mattered a jot. Differentials have proven to be frivolous, whereas as template teams have emerged as being shrewd. My team is bouncing between 500-900k and I have nothing to lose. I will go with the flow but also do my own thing.
City's rotation last week cost my FPL team a lot. I effectively wasted a transfer on Kolarov and lost a few points with Bennett as my third sub. Looking ahead I decided to re-buy Mahrez as everyone owns him! I can't risk not having him anymore due to his high ownership. Selling Lingard made sense as I needed to beef up bench for the busy fixture period. I guess, it's my other transfer that is the bigger surprise - OUI, I have finally forgiven Olivier Giroud after his Boxing Day antics and bought him back in to my team! I genuinely thought I would never do this, but I have and here's why:
- Kane failed to score in his last 3 PL games.
- Giroud has scored 5 goals in his last 3 competitive starts.
- Man City have conceded 8 goals in their last 4 PL games.
- 2nd best mins per goal rate in the CL this season (59).
- 3rd best mins per goal rate in the PL this season (108).
- An Arsenal win would put them four points ahead of City.
- I need closure from Giroud after Boxing Day 2014.
- It goes without saying - he has awesome hair.
I am fully aware that there are better captain picks than Giroud but his form has been scintillating of late and he will want to prove a point against City after some lacklustre performances against bigger teams this season. In addition, I have decided to bench de Bruyne as he hasn't scored or assisted in his last 3 away PL games, but will start Kolarov as i think he can offer more than Dier and Bennett in Gameweek 17, even if it isn't a clean sheet. Here's to hoping.