The FPLTips Squad Selection - Gameweek 14
Posted by FFPundits
9:40pm Nov 29 2016
Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho makes way as Arsenal’s Theo Walcott is drafted in for Gameweek 14
This series follows the FPLtips team throughout the season. Here’s a look at how they got on in Gameweek 13, and their preparations for the Gameweek 14.
As Blankaku blanks (again) and Coutinho looks set to be sidelined for up to 6 weeks through injury, a few drastic changes have to be made to the FPLTips team ahead of Gameweek 14, with a transfer reversal also on the cards…
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Gameweek 13 Score – 62 (-4) points
Cedric Soares proved to be a great transfer, returning a clean-sheet and 2 bonus points against Everton. The Saints right-back also came close to attacking returns, attempting 3 assists.
West Brom and Chelsea conceded 1 goal each, to just miss out on clean sheets, but a goal from Gareth McAuley helped to compensate. In midfield, the decision to bring in Philippe Coutinho was a huge fail. The Brazilian picked up an injury, early in the first half against Sunderland and ended up with just 2 points as captain.
To make matters worse, it was Theo Walcott, who was sold to make way for the Liverpool midfielder. There were some doubts over Theo this weekend – his minor toe injury, the return of Giroud to provide more competition for places and of course, the birth of his 2nd child.
So, it seemed like a logical decision to play it safe and bring in Coutinho, who was the most owned midfielder at the time, and a favourite captain option. Fortunately, the move also involved bringing Cedric Soares in and playing him ahead of Jordi Amat, so that part of the move saw an 8 point gain.
Elsewhere, in midfield, Gylfi Sigurdsson returned 10 points in Swansea’s 5-4 win over Crystal Palace. He played a part in each of the goals, and was slightly unfortunate to only return 1 goal and 1 assist in the end.
As for the forwards, Sergio Aguero was a doubt ahead of City’s trip to Burnley, but the Argentine recovered and scored a slightly fortunate brace. Charlie Austin secured 3 points for Saints, scoring the winning goal in their 1-0 win over Everton, where Romelu Lukaku blanked.
Potential GW14 Transfers
After 3 consecutive blanks, Romelu Lukaku’s time is up and he’ll be replaced by Harry Kane. He’ll face Swansea, Hull and Burnley at home over the next month, so it seems like a great time to punt on the Spurs striker, who has scored 3 goals in 3 games since his return from injury.
Unfortunately, the second transfer will be to reverse last week’s move, following Philippe Coutinho’s injury. Theo Walcott recovered from his minor toe injury to return to the starting lineup against Bournemouth, and was able to get on the score sheet.
His wife has now had the baby, so there’s no longer the risk of him missing a game in order to be there for the birth, and it looks like Olivier Giroud may have picked up a hamstring injury, which would further secure Walcott’s place in the team.
Ben Foster keeps his place, as West Brom host Watford in Gameweek 14. In defence, Cedric Soares will travel to face a struggling Crystal Palace, Gareth McAuley will provide the West Brom defence double up, at home to Watford and Marcos Alonso keeps his place, despite a potentially tricky fixture, away to Man City.
The rest of the team looks fairly settled now, with Alexis Sanchez the only big absence. Although, Theo Walcott will hopefully continue to provide good cover, for £3.5m cheaper.
For captaincy this week, Sergio Aguero and Eden Hazard are always options to consider. Although they face each other, in what will be a very interesting game between Man City and Chelsea. With Harry Kane facing a home game against Swansea, he’s likely to get the armband this week.
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