The FPLTips Squad Selection - Gameweek 17
Posted by FFPundits
8:36am Dec 16 2016
A below average performance from the FPLTips team this week, but they look to bounce back in style for Gameweek 17
After a poor round of scoring for the FPLTips team in Gameweek 17, they have a big decision on their hands – Make drastic changes which would probably result in a large points-hit being taken, or, ride the storm and hope for clearer skies in Gamweek 17…
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Gameweek 16 Score – 34 Points
It was another poor return from the defence this week, with only Marcos Alonso producing significant points, as Chelsea successfully kept out Sunderland in a 1-0 win.
Cedric Soares missed out through illness, as Saints frustratingly kept their 2nd successive clean sheet without him, meaning Jordi Amat came into the team, for his 1 point.
Gareth McAuley lost his clean sheet late on, as Swansea scored a consolation goal in the 78th minute. Only 1 clean sheet proved to be costly, in a Gameweek where a total of 8 teams kept one.
In midfield, only Alexis Sanchez could provide a return; he scored a free kick during Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Everton. Eden Hazard missed out through injury, which saw Etienne Capoue make an appearance, but the Watford midfielder could only manage 1 point.
Roberto Firmino was fairly poor once again, failing to hit the target with either of his 2 goal attempts against Middlesbrough. The decision to keep the Liverpool midfielder, rather than take a hit to replace him with Christian Eriksen proved very costly, with the Spurs man providing 2 goals and 1 assist against Hull.
The poor returns continued upfront, as Harry Kane once again failed to score with no Dembele in the Spurs side. Kane failed to register a single shot on target. Diego Costa’s consistent run of points finally came to an end, though the Chelsea striker did manage 3 goal attempts, 1 of which hit the target.
Finally, Andy Carroll came into the team this week. He looked fairly lively, taking 6 goal attempts, 2 of which hit the target, but failed to return those all important points.
It’s another week where a 50-50 decision has proven costly. The choice this week was to either keep Firmino and bring in Carroll with the free transfer, or alternatively, sell Firmino to Eriksen for a hit, in order to free up cash to go for Origi rather than Carroll.
It was a 21 point swing in the end and the difference between a green arrow and a huge red one.
There are a number of concerns within the team this week, with Cedric Soares still doubtful through illness, George Friend yet to return from injury, and Eden Hazard remaining doubtful. There is enough cover in defence however, in Jordi Amat and Gareth McAuley, so for that reason, I’m tempted to roll the free transfer.
The poor form of Roberto Firmino is also a worry, but having missed out on Eriksen’s haul against Hull, and with Spurs’ fixtures about to turn fairly tough, after the game against Burnley, it seems too late to make that switch now.
For captaincy this week, Diego Costa is an option, as Chelsea take on a Crystal Palace side that are ranked 19th for goals conceded during the last 5 Gameweeks. However, Harry Kane faces a home fixture against Burnley and despite his poor performance midweek, I fancy him to get back to scoring way there.
Burnley have conceded 11 goals during the last 5 Gameweeks; only 1 less than Crystal Palace, and 7 of the 11 have come away from home.
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