Gameweek 26: Team Review | Salah Punishes Again!
Posted by FFPundits
10:06am Feb 6 2018
Liverpool’s star-man Mo Salah strikes again in Gameweek 26, but how did the rest of the @_FPLTips team perform?
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Gameweek 26 Points: 43 (-4)
It was frustrating to leave Nick Pope’s 5-point return on the bench, especially in a generally low scoring Gameweek but with an easier fixture on paper, Adrian got the nod between the sticks.
West Ham’s poor run of defensive form continued, as the Hammers shipped 3 goals to Brighton, with two of the goals coming from big chances.
Manchester United have kept the only clean sheets so far in Gameweek 26 but Phil Jones was not part of the squad for their 2-0 win over Huddersfield, with some reports suggesting his absence was due to illness.
Ben Mee will come in for him at the final update, but it was just a 1 point return from the Burnley defender after he was booked against Man City.
Nicolas Otamendi was heading for a clean sheet with 2 bonus points until Gudmundsson’s late strike saw Burnley earn a point against the league leaders.
Sean Dyche’s men are a strong team to play, especially at home, but Man City dropping points in the game was still a surprise.
Completing the defence was Craig Dawson, who came in to replace the injured Andreas Christensen for Gameweek 26.
West Brom had kept clean sheets in 2 of their last 3 home games ahead of their meeting with Southampton but conceded 3 times, though only one of the goals came from a big chance.
The Baggies scored first, from an early corner, but it was Dawson’s teammate Ahmed Hegazi who headed in on this occasion.
Raheem Sterling and Jesse Lingard failed to produce attacking returns but the pair did register some strong underling numbers, each taking 2 efforts on target.
The Man City midfielder missed 2 big chances against Burnley and it just wasn’t his day in the end, despite a generally consistent season from him on the whole.
For Lingard, however, that’s his 4th consecutive blank and he may face a struggle to keep himself in the team, with Pogba and Martial both pushing to reclaim their places.
Xherdan Shaqiri had been putting in some good underlying numbers and those became points this week, after his early strike against Bournemouth. The Stoke midfielder took 2 efforts on target and provided 3 attempted assists.
Finally in midfield, it was an impressive performance from Mohamed Salah, with the Liverpool man scoring both of his team’s goals during the draw with Spurs.
The opening goal was a bit of a gift from Eric Dier, but Salah’s finish was clinical and confident, and it was a moment of individual brilliance from the Egyptian on the second goal.
Failing to give the captain’s armband to Salah proved costly and it was even more frustrating, given how close a call it was between him and Aguero once again this week.
We expected a tough game from Burnley but still trusted the league leaders to find a way to get the win and with the form Sergio Aguero has been in, scoring 4 times in the previous 2 games, the Argentine was a sensible captain, on paper.
He took 3 efforts at goal with 1 hitting the target and produced 3 attempt assists, one of which was a big chance created to Raheem Sterling, who really should have scored.
Harry Kane had two chances to score from the spot against Liverpool but his first effort was saved, giving the Spurs man a return of 4 points. He had 3 big chances and 3 shots on target during the game.
Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson came in as a second transfer for Gameweek 26, ironically replacing the out-of-favour Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who scored off the bench for Everton this week.
Wilson was unable to score but had chances during Bournemouth’s win over Stoke, firing 2 of his 3 efforts on target.
Total Points: 1,528
After last nights Chelsea vs. Watford, a score of 44 (-4) has seen a drop in rank to 30,038, but could have been much worse had Alonso played and delivered.