Monday, 5 December 2016

Gameweek 14 Review: Costa and Aguero Swap Places

It seems the narrative of the two best premium strikers in FPL has reversed as Aguero (13.0 and dropping) and Costa (10.7 and rising) have taken up new characters in an striking role reversal. This theme has been recurring all season long in what has been a strange turn of events.

Last season's hero Sergio Aguero has become something of a villain to FPL managers, while Diego Costa has gone from zero to hero in under a year. Nothing could sum up this season's two main striking assets' fortunes better than the game at the Etihad. Diego Costa was involved in two more goals, with a goal and an assist, taking his tally up to 11 for the season as the league's top scorer. Costa has now been involved in 7 goals in Chelsea's last 5 games, marking him out as a must-have forward.

Juxtaposed to Costa's sumptuous form, Aguero has struggled to string together any kind of scoring run this season due to injury and suspension. While Costa can't stop scoring, Aguero is struggling to go on the sort of scoring streaks we're accustomed to seeing him do. Costa is yet to go 2 games without a goal, while Aguero is yet to go on a run of more than two games with a goal and is now suspended for three games after a horror tackle on Costa's teammate David Luiz. Costa and Aguero have well and truly swapped places in terms of goals and discipline.

A word of warning on Costa is that he is one yellow card away from a suspension himself, but Conte has done extremely well to get the best out of Costa as well as tone down his infamous aggression. Costa has avoided a yellow card in his last 8 games, despite picking up 4 in the first 6. This time last season the Brazilian Spaniard had already picked up a 3 match ban for kicking an opponent and had more yellow cards than goals.

Cherries Come Back To Bite Liverpool's Defence

Liverpool won't win the league this season because their defence is too shabby and they can't keep clean sheets. Bournemouth deserve credit for the team spirit shown to battle back from a 3-1 deficit to win 4-3 at the Vitality on Sunday. Their extended run of tough fixtures is the only deterrent to transferring in Eddie Howe's players.

The Reds' defensives woes are back, even in a game where they scored three goals. Mane, Firmino and Coutinho, when back from injury, will carry on firing, but it is Klopp's inept defence that is costing them. This is a tip in FPL not to judge all Liverpool assets by their healthy league position and avoid signing the shaky Karius in goal or any of the 3 current Liverpool defenders. As Klopp continues to rotate his centre forward, the only Liverpool players worth owning are in midfield.

Written by Kyle Norbury,
Stoke fan, fantasy football nerd
Follow Kyle on Twitter: @SCFCNerd