Monday, 3 October 2016

Big Guns Fire Blanks - Gameweek 7 Review

Gameweek 7 was a rare weekend where the big-hitters in FPL all struggled to have a part to play for their teams. Eden Hazard’s 0 goals or assists in the last 3 gameweeks means his popularity will continue to drop after a strong opening 4 games. Then, on Sunday all of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sergio Aguero and Alexis Sanchez unusually failed to register a goal or an assist. The latter was a surprisingly good captain pick with 3 points. The overall average for the gameweek was very low and not many points were to be made up on league leaders.

Having failed to breech a Stoke defence that had conceded the most goals in the league this season prior to Sunday, Ibrahimovic is now out of form, similar to Hazard, without scoring returns in his last 3 games. Zlatan’s price has already fallen from 11.9 back to his base price of 11.5 and will continue to lessen your team value if you choose to hold onto the Man United striker. Next up for the Swede are tough games for him to score in, against Liverpool and Chelsea in the next two gameweeks.

Always Captain Aguero?

As mentioned last week, Sergio Aguero is essential to a successful FPL season. His goals/game ratio is the best of any striker in Premier League history. When he scores, he tends to score in twos or threes or not at all, as we found this this week. Aguero was a forlorn figure in City’s 2-0 loss away to Spurs- his second PL blank of the season. This season Aguero’s 6 Premier League goals have all come in games he’s scored twice. The same pattern of scoring in clusters appears in Europe too. Kun hit a hattrick in the first leg of the qualifying round for the Champions League and in the first round of the group stage, before failing to find the net in mid-week against Celtic.

This could mean choosing when to captain him is all about timing. Missing a captain brace or more from Kun could prove costly, but it might be best to be selective on who to place the double-point burden based on fixture difficulty. For example this week Romelu Lukaku, Firmino and Diego Costa proved the better options as they faced easier opponents than Aguero. 

‘Blankaku’ Turns Reliant Romelu

Your writer chose not to captain Lukaku with his double-gameweek blank in GW34 of last season living long in the memory. One of those games came against Crystal Palace. I was wrong to doubt the Belgian, as Lukaku looks to have picked up form early on, this time scoring against Palace.

He is still dubbed ‘Blankaku’ for his goalless runs, but Lukaku can be a prolific goalscorer when on a scoring run. He has now bagged 5 goals this season- all 5 coming in the last 4 gameweeks. He is now in fine scoring form going into the international break. The last international break got his scoring tally for the season up and running, so the Everton striker’s 21% ownership will be hoping he stays in form playing for Belgium versus Bosnia and Gibraltar.

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