Punt of the Week - FPL Gameweek 2
Posted by Daniel Holt
6:40pm Aug 15 2016
Looking for a cheeky FPL Punt to help free up funds for the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sergio Aguero?
As predicted in our Gameweek 1 Punt of the Week Everton’s Gerard Deulofeu caused the Spurs defence problems and had a few chances to score, which unfortunately he couldn’t convert. The thing that let him down was his finishing – perhaps a lack of Premier League experience in his new temporary role as a striker in Lukaku’s absence.
One man who doesn’t lack these attributes is our Gameweek 2’s punt, Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe, who managed to find the back of the net in their 2-1 defeat at the Etihad Stadium this weekend.
Jermain Defoe – Sunderland
- Middlesbrough (H)
Defoe is a proven Premier League goal scorer, hitting the back of the net in 16 separate seasons. He also chipped in with 15 league goals last season and without Defoe, the Black Cats would probably have joined fellow North East side Newcastle in the Sky Bet Championship this season.
Defoe got off the mark for the current campaign last week against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, which is actually very impressive, considering Sunderland has only 2 attempts on goal from open play (5 from set-pieces). He will be hoping to continue his goal scoring form of late against Premier League new boys Middlesbrough in the first Premier League Tees-Wear derby since 2009.
Sunderland’s recent record in Premier League derby’s has been excellent. In fact, they are unbeaten in 9 games against Newcastle. They have won 6 and drawn 3 of these games, a record which stretches back to 2012 – Now that Newcastle are playing in the Championship, Sunderland will be hoping to continue their derby success against Aitor Karanka’s Middlesbrough side.
Middlesbrough earned a respectable 1-1 draw last week against Stoke in their first Premier League game since 2009. Having recruited smartly over the summer and signed quality players such as Alvaro Negredo and Viktor Fischer, Boro will be a difficult test for Sunderland this week.
Although the Black Cats lost Sam Allardyce to England over the summer, Sunderland’s replacement, David Moyes, has plenty of derby experience in his managerial career. The Scotsman will surely be the first to have managed the Merseyside, Manchester and Tees-Wear derby’s?
However, Moyes’ record in derby’s won’t fill Sunderland fans with much confidence. Whilst in charge of Everton, Moyes won just 3 out of 24 Premier League matches against Liverpool whilst losing both Manchester derby’s in his short spell in charge at Old Trafford – Moyes will be hoping to improve this record, starting this week against Middlesbrough and will heavily be relying on Defoe to grab him the goals.
Defoe has scored in 2 of his last 3 derby matches and he will be hoping to continue this run against Middlesbrough. With former Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce now in charge of England, Defoe will surely be looking to earn a recall to the England squad for the first time since 2013 – Defoe was perhaps unfortunate to miss out on a place in the England squad for EURO 2016 (the less said about that the better) especially given his goal-scoring exploits last season.
If he does carry on scoring in the early part of this season, surely Allardyce will give the 33 year old a place in his first squad for the World Cup qualifier against Slovakia in September?
Defoe is priced at just £7m and has a TSB% (teams owned by percentage) of less than 6% at the time of writing this article (Monday 15th August). Perhaps this percentage is so low due to Sunderland’s difficult opening fixture last week against Man City, or, the upcoming games vs Everton (H) and Spurs (A).
Sunderland had just 23% possession in this game and when the chance finally came, Defoe showed his composure and made his experience show with a good finish to beat Willy Caballero. This goal now makes Defoe the Premier League’s joint 10th highest goalscorer in history.
Defoe will need to show these qualities this week, as Middlesbrough are a difficult defence to get past. They conceded just 31 goals last season on their way to promotion and went 9 consecutive games without conceding – Last week, it took a spectacular free kick from Xherdan Shaqiri to beat the Boro defence which otherwise, didn’t do much wrong.
Sunderland need to get their season off to a good start if they are to avoid yet another relegation battle. They will be hoping to earn their first 3 points of the season this week and if Defoe puts in another good performance, the Sunderland faithful will be confident of doing so.
Defoe is also likely to take Sunderland’s penalties, so if the derby match becomes a bit fiery and grizzy then I wouldn’t be surprised to see Defoe teeing one up from the 12-yard spot.
Defoe is a proven Premier League goalscorer and as a result would be a smart addition to your FPL team – especially if you’re looking to downgrade a player or two to accommodate the likes of Sergio Aguero or Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
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