Premier League: DGW34 Retrospect Part 1

With lofty exceptions, there was a letdown at the conclusion of the weekend games. I started GW34 with 4 players involved in DGW action; Bailly, van Aanholt, Zaha and Gibson. The only DGW fixture that appeared straight forward was Man United visiting Turf Moor and Burnley. Many managers, including myself took a chance on Middlesbrough. Gibson had been starting since GW30, but many transferred him in. I took a hit last week and bought Zaha to start in my 3-5-2. Van Aanholt and Bailly were late transfers, in order to take advantage of DGW34 and DGW37 for Man United. Crystal Palace also has good fixtures in GW35 and GW37.

The weekend started off greast with King getting on the scoreboard for Bournemouth, but finished with just the one goal and no bonus points finishing with 8 points. Ten man Hull played outstanding after losing Niasse but Watford didn’t mount much of an offensive showing and goalkeeper, Jakupovic kept a CS for 6 points. Everton, as expected disappointed at West Ham, Lukaku had but one shot and really never was in the game, looked a bit lethargic offensive. Yet, that’s been his road form, poor…piss poor. This is the final weekend I will own Lukaku, who is being transferred out for GW35.

Top performer over the weekend, Eric Bailly, solely based on the captain’s armband. Looking over my starters, including three Spurs players and a few different captain polls, there was never really a consensus captain. Names such as Negredo and Rashford, as well as Benteke and Kane seemed to come to the forefront. I decided on Bailly, as he had a DGW facing Burnley (A) and the Manchester Derby against City. Rolling the dice, I felt good about United shutting out Burnley, which they did, 12 points for Bailly to start the week.

While City wasn’t involved in an EPL match this weekend, but visited Arsenal in an FA Cup semifinal match. City lost 2-1 in extra time, but registered 20 shots with just 3 on target. United have won 2 of the last 3 games, in all competitions against City. The last October 26, 2016, 1-0 in the EFL Cup 4th Round with 1-0 victories in their two wins. Confidence is high, this game could be played out to a 1-0 or 0-0, which would mean Bailly ends with a minimum of 24 points for the DGW. Of course that’s speculation, but that was my rational for captaining him.

My 31 points tentatively gives me an 8th green arrow in a row, now globally ranked at 699k, but expecting better at the conclusion of the week. There is no movement in either of my mini leagues, but just 55 points off the leader and 5 points from second place. My other mini league has second and fifth separated by 27 points, I feel confident I can push into second place by the end of DGW34,

With lineups already set, it’s not too early to look to GW35 and impending changes to my squad. My “Seeing Double” plan went out the door in GW34, when I decided not to pick up Sane for City, as I was going to triple up with Sterling and Aguero rounding out my squad. A knock picked up by Aguero in their FA Cup match may have me changing strategy before GW35. More GW35 discussion later this week at the conclusion of DGW34.

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Premier League: Seeing Double

The current EPL season comes down to two weeks, as managers either planned or are scrambling to navigate the the DGWs in GW34 and GW37. Many managers have held their second WC and Triple Captain Chip until GW36 in order to maximize their opportunity for a big return. For me, I activated my WC in GW21 and my Triple Captain Card was applied to Aguero in GW27 for just 27 points. Managers were hoping to Sanchez would continue his run of form and triple captain him against Stoke City and Sunderland in GW37, but based on his last 3 fixtures (before GW33), it appears he might not be the best option.

Here is my current squad as of GW33, before any transfers for GW34:

Since GW25 I have made 16 transfers with seven 8 point hits during this period. My season turned the corner in GW27, when I started a run of 7 green arrows that has seen my global ranking climb 947k to 682k! This run of success has me pushing for the top spot in both mini leagues, where I sit in 2nd and 5th place.

With the help of Navigating the Double Game Weeks I formulated my strategy for the rest of the season. Using this article as a template I started looking forward to DGW34 and DGW37 in an attempt to maximize returns to end the season on a strong run. While it’s not the best DGW plan, moving forward without a WC means I miss out on potential points or risk take a -4 or -8 point hit in order to see a higher return each week. So far the additional transfers I have made have equated to a positive return of 15 points over those 7 weeks. Not great, but at least I wasn’t negative.

GAMEWEEK 34
Transfer OUT: Grosicki, Hazard, Mawson
Transfer IN: King, Sane, Van Aanholt

Notes: Transferring Hazard will free up the addition budget I require to kick off this strategy. While they do have a favorable DGW in GW37, I feel there are stronger midfielder available with better fixtures. Grosicki, has been good for Hull, at home. While the Tigers need help, there has not been enough scoring to justify retaining his services. Mawson served his purpose, picked up a few goals, but Swansea is struggling…still. No DGWs and a mixed schedule, didn’t like those prospects.

King and Sane come in on good form, more importantly with good fixtures ahead of them. King could be seen as a questionable selection with no DGWs but home matches against MID, STK and BUR. After GW34, City has a great looking schedule, thus the inclusion of Sane, who will face CRY, LEI, WBA at home and MID and WAT on the road with a DGW in GW37. Van Aanholt, back from injury could be a strong differential candidate. While the fixtures for DGW34 don’t justify it, his style of play could benefit Palace against Liverpool. His inclusion is based on GW35 and GW37 home to BUR and HUL.

GAMEWEEK 35
Transfer OUT: Llorente, Eriksen, Lukaku
Transfer IN: Gabbiadini, Sterling, Aguero

Notes: What could be seen as questionable transfers come to the forefront in this week. Llorente has been a waste of space, injured for 2 weeks and no returns in 4 weeks. Eriksen, really? Even now I have a hard time making this transfer happen, as he has been fantastic this season! Good returns since GW26 and a challenging DGW in DG37, I would rather hold Alli and Kane as the attacking pieces of my squad. Finally Lukaku, the Belgian has been outstanding…at home but atrocious on the road, just 12 points in his last 4 away fixtures. With 3 of the last 6 on the road and a home match against Chelsea, I can’t justify keeping him in the starting XI.

Gabbiadini hit the EPL in grand form, 4 goals in 3 EPL games before succumbing to injury. He’s got DGWs in GW36 against LIV (A), ARS (H) and GW37 against MID (A) and MNU (H). Sterling will come in to partner with Sane for City with LEI and WBA at home in DGW37. Aguero is the final piece of this offensive puzzle, but not sure if that piece will fit, with the word that Jesus could be returning. That could call into question Aguero and his playing time or worse, rotation. It is Pep in charge, but with no UCL and Aguero in form, Jesus might be called upon from the bench. Thankfully I have a few weeks to wait and watch.

GAMEWEEK 36
Transfer OUT: Gibson, Heaton
Transfer IN: Vertonghen, Courtois

Notes: The defense gets an overhaul, as Gibson makes way with no DGW in GW37 and a terrible schedule after GW34 there were better options. Heaton has been masterful between the sticks and with good fixtures to finish the season, like Gibson Burnley doesn’t have a DGW.

Vertonghen comes in for the final 3 weeks of the season, away to WHU and WBA and a DGW in GW37 against MNU (H) and LEI (A). He’s the cornerstone of the Spurs defense, his inclusion could be questionable depending on the return of Rose. Courtois, currently injured, returns to my squad as Chelsea look to win the EPL Championship. Three out of the last four games are at home with WBA and WAT in DGW37.

GAMEWEEK 37
Transfer OUT: Fuchs
Transfer IN: Monreal

Notes: The final piece is put into place, as Fuchs makes way for Monreal, who faces STK (A) and SUN (H) in DGW37. Arguably the best DGW fixtures in GW37. Not much for Arsenal defenders this year, at least Monreal gets forward in that wing back position.

CONCLUSION

The team above costs me 103.5m, leaving me with 0.7m ITB for unexpected changed. As I mentioned earlier, this plan looks great on paper, but how it actually plays out is another story. Potential injuries, falling out of form or the return of players from injury could change my strategy. I don’t move forward without concerns, most notably the “second coming” of Jesus at City. Not including Hazard (30.6%), Sanchez (24.8%) and Lukaku (46.9%) is risky, all are highly owned and all have been in form, Sanchez for much of the season, excluding the last 4 weeks. For DGW37, this gives me 8 players with two games, which potentially could be 9 players if I select Gabbiadini over King or Zaha.

While I don’t have it on paper yet, I am working on a contingency plan, which could include Townsend or a Chelsea defender. Up front if Aguero becomes a rotation risk I will make the move back to Ibrahimovic, but United’s DGW37 is tough; TOT (A) and SOU (A).

It’s a risky proposition, but many fantasy managers wait for the DGWs in order to make their moves, activating this WC and chips. Final note, speaking of chips, I only have my bench boost and all out attack remaining, as I played by triple captain chip back in GW27 on Aguero. GW35 I will plan on using my AOA chip nd GW37 will feature the bench boost.

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Premier League: GW33 Retrospect

Lucky 7! That’s seven games in a row with a green arrow as GW33 draws to a close. It’s been a very good run over that period of time, but it hasn’t come without a cost, as in transfers. Looking over my gameweek history, it’s cost me 44 points (12 transfers) between GW25-GW33. A review of FPL Statistico shows I have gained 60 points from those transfers, with 30 points coming in GW29, when I brought in Alli, Sanchez and Valencia for Mane, Coutinho and Friend. Overall, an increase of 14 points, which I will call successful. While not the optimal strategy, I have gained nearly 800k places in the global rankings, now at 716k overall.

My hopes were dashed Sunday, as Hazard didn’t return against a stout Man United defense that absolutely bamboozled Chelsea’s offense. Hazard could not get in the game, shadowed by Herrera all match. His ineffectiveness meant I finished the week on 58 points, 12 points better than the average (46 points). Not captaining Kane cost a few points, but was confident in Lukaku returning, which he did.

Early Saturday morning I made the move to bring Jagielka to the starting XI. Who to drop? Valencia or Fuchs? A quick look of the schedule told me Leicester had more favorable fixtures and I honestly thought United would not clean sheet Chelsea, so Valencia was cut. The fact both Valencia and Fuchs were rotation risks didn’t factor in as both have UCL and EL games yet to play this coming week. Jagielka rewarded me with his third goal in 3 weeks with 3 bonus points, however Everton gave up 1 goal, finishing with 11 points and leading my defense. Mawson and the hot Yoshida made up my starting defenders, but combined for just 3 points. Fuchs, left on the bench contributed an assist, missing out on 4 points.

Between the sticks it was a tough call, Heaton away to Everton or Jakupovic on the road to Stoke. I decided on Jakupovic, as Everton has been good at home. Stoke got hot, scored 3 goals and I received a single point. Heaton finished with 2 points, gaining a save point. Moving forward, one or both of these goalies will be making way for new talent.

The midfield has been dominated by Spurs the past few weeks and I continued to play Alli and Eriksen. Each player finished with an assist and CS, while Eriksen gained a bonus point. Zaha and Hazard rounded out my starters, while both were in form, both had no returns. Walcott’s stay was short lived, just a single week as I can’t rely on Arsenal. Plans initially included Grosicki, but decided on a 3-4-3, which dropped him to the bench. He’s been good for Hull with 4 out of 5 assists at home. He will be making way soon, as soon as I finalize my DGW plans.

Up front I made the decision to move Ibrahimovic, with 19 points in his last 2 games it was a risk, but was confident in Kane coming in, off of injury. Ibrahimovic missed GW33, due to fatigue, which mean the switch to Kane paid off. The only thing that would have made this transfer stronger, given him the armband. Kane finished on a goal and assist with 3 bonus points for 12 points. Lukaku left managers a bit empty with just a goal. Based on my strategy, this is potentially the final time Lukaku will see the armband or be in my starting XI. Llorente returned for a full 90 minutes against Watford, but still could not deliver. Swansea, fighting to avoid relegation need him and Sigurdsson to step up and deliver.

With my WC activated in GW21, I am without for the run in, which is fine. I have been a bit of a transfer monger the past 12 weeks, so why stop now? If there are be points to be had, it’s going to cost me giving up some in order to forge ahead. I have spent the last 2 weeks working out a strategy that will take advantage of fixtures, form (hopefully) and the DGWs in GW34, GW36 and the big one in GW37. You can read my upcoming article as to how I will navigate the next 4 game weeks in order to take advantage of the DGWs and hopefully improve my global ranking and even push for the top spots in my mini leagues.

After the Monday fixture I dropped from 682k down to 716k in the overall rankings, but still gained a seventh green arrow. Without a doubt the worst game week in this run. Yet still an improvement over not making a transfer and holding the transfer fro GW34. The personal goal on the year is to achieve 2000 points, something I have accomplished in two of the last three years, with 2170 points scored last year. That number looks to be unreachable at this point, as I have to average over 102 points the next 5 game weeks. Possible? Sure, depending on the outcome of the DGWs, as GW37 would need to make up no less than 150 points.

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Premier League: GW32 Retrospect

Make it six green arrows in a row as GW32 and a season high 87 points! Prior to this week, I asked myself, “so how do I improve on 81 points?” My answer this week is similar to last week, a great run of luck, something I have been short on nearly all season long. Now that my season has turned, I can only hope to maintain this streak and trust the decisions I make don’t hamper my climb back up the global rankings and now push for top spot in my mini leagues.

The most frustrating part of this week, not seeing Valencia and Fuchs included in the 18 man rosters for their matches. Man United posted a CS in a 3-0 victory over hapless Sunderland. At the least, 6 points for the CS. Fuchs, on the other hand would have been zero points, as Leicester gave up 4 goals in a loss to Everton. My first two bench players; Grosicki and Mawson will pick up the slack and provide me another 4 points to my season high total. In the end, it works out to my advantage.

Defensively, my squad has been in form and scoring at will. The pairing of Gibson and Yoshida did it again this week, recording 8 and 9 points respectively. For Gibson it’s been 19 points over the last 3 game weeks, including 4 bonus points, while Yoshida has picked up 27 points, including 7 bonus points. Couldn’t ask for better production, but fixtures are about to turn for both players and it could be time to look at elsewhere for defensive points. Mawson (2 pts) was substituted in place of the non-playing Valencia.

Gibson potentially has 2 games left, the DGW in 34 as Boro face BOU (A) and SUN (H). I don’t plan on starting him in GW33 vs ARS and after GW35 I don’t like the fixtures. Yoshida and So’ton have 2 DGWs yet to be scheduled, although home games against MNU and ARS are ones to smile about, I can see just 3 potential games So’ton keep CS on. Those matches would be against HUL (H), MID (A) and STO (H). Fuchs could potentially become rotation fodder as well. Until this weekend, Valencia was the only defender I had planned to start the rest of the season, but with United still alive in the EL, there might be some more rotation planned by Jose.

A change in rear guard, as I moved Jakupovic to the bench (vs Man City) and opted to start Heaton away at Boro. It turned up roses on all accounts with Gibson posting a nice return and Heaton recording a CS and a point for saves; 7 total points. Looking ahead, I might sacrifice Heaton in favor of Valdez for Boro’s DGW in 34 against BOU (A) and SUN (H). Both have the potential for CS and possible some save points at BOU. This swap will be short lived as BUR has a favorable games from GW35 to the end of the season. Based on my planning it appears Jakupovic and Heaton would split the final 4 games of the season.

I have never been a big Son fan, but you can’t deny him when given the opportunity in the starting XI. While I didn’t have him this week, nor did I contemplating bringing him in,Alli and Eriksen were already cemented in the starting lineup. Returns of 16 points and 6 points started the weekend off properly. With the imminent return of Kane, consideration is being made to triple up on Spurs. Only once this season, GW18 did that occur with Spurs; Alli, Eriksen and Rose, prior to his injury. Alli, Eriksen and Kane would provide big returns, but not without some risk. Eriksen has been an assist machine this season, but it’s Alli outscoring him, just only 8 points.

However, there are options available in the midfield if moves were to be made. Eriksen would then be expendable, making way for the possibly of Coutinho, Sterling or Sigurdsson, if he gets back on track at Swansea. The other option, would be to move Eriksen, free up my budget and bring a third premium forward in for a shift in formation to 3-5-2.

At Chelsea, the introduction of Hazard for Sanchez yielded 10 points, as he found the net for his fourth consecutive game. In my opinion, his form and play has been more dynamic than that of Costa,who is 0.2m more. Chelsea still has a game yet to be scheduled, WAT (H) , should be a favorable DGW as they have a solid run to a potential championship.

On a few comments from other manager’s, who’s opinions I respect I moved Sigurdsson for Walcott. If you watched the game against Palace today, it was a dismal performance by the Gunners. How do you dominate position, but not capitalize on shots? Maybe Big Sam has the right formula for success. I for one did not expect a 3-0 final score. Regardless, the Gunners looked terrible at both ends of the pitch. I am well aware they have two DGWs, but ask me right now and I am not going to push to include any of them in my starting XI, even IF they play Sunderland! As quickly as Walcott has come into my squad, he is poised for a quick exit.

In addition to my season high score in GW32, I took another -8 point hit, which saw Vardy depart and Lukaku return. Prior to GW30, I had little faith in Lukaku returning on the road, so I shipped him in favor of Vardy. With two home games, I brought him back, but moved Vardy because Leicester is still involved in the UCL and there was a chance he would be rested. That rest came on Sunday, as Vardy was substituted at the 60 minute mark having no impact or return on the game. Lukaku on the other hand posted a brace and 3 bonus points for 13. He was paired with Ibrahimovic, who I brought in last week. Zlatan impressed with a goal and assist coupled with 3 bonus points for a total of 12 on the day. Third forward Llorente was deep on the bench and could be short listed depending on how I approach the upcoming games.

Decisions only seem to become more crucial the longer a run goes on. This has been my best run, now into my fourth season, that I have experienced. On the flip side of this run, I haven’t been pleased with the number of hits I have taken to get me where I am. The current run includes a -40 point hit over 6 weeks, not an ideal strategy when looking to improve in the global rankings or mini leagues. But one cannot argue with 415 total points over 6 weeks or 69.1 point average. This is 9 points above the 60 point average I was hoping to maintain this season!

Going forward there is still a growing concern about the DGWs. We are still waiting to hear on how the DGWs play out before putting together a strategy to navigate those weeks. While I have a play pieced together, it is subject to change, as there are games that have yet to be scheduled. Unlike other managers I have already activated my s second WC and Triple Captain Chip, leaving me the AOA and Bench Boost yet to play. Looking past GW33 I am planning on bringing in Valdez and starting Gibson for the GW34 games. Originally I was set to start Valencia and Ibrahimovic, but seeing Valencia rested the last 2 weeks, doubt has not been cast on him being “safe” from rotation. I do have my eye on Eric bailly, while not as offensive minded as Valencia, he can secure a CS or two.

With Walcott suddenly on a short list, I am still looking at moving Llorente, even with WAT and STK in their next two. The “potential” is there, but we haven’t seen Swansea capitalize on their chances with just 3 goals in their last 5 games, it was no surprise I moved Sigurdsson this week. However I am hopefully the return of Llortente spawns the Swans in the next few weeks.

After Monday’s fixture I am now up to 719k in the global rankings, an improvement of nearly 900k over the past 6 weeks. In my mini leagues I am second and fifth, but just 26 points separated 5th from 2nd. As for the top spot, 132 an 66 points in are how close I am after GW32. can I close the gap? Potentially. My squad is different than those sitting at the top spot. Time and luck will tell.

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Premier League: GW31 Retrospect

What a game week! Although it appears it was a feast or famine week for many managers, I finally feel as if Lady Luck has found her way to me, albeit a bit late in the EPL season. Regardless, I am not turning her away but welcoming her with open arms. After Tuesday’s action I was sitting on 32 points from 3 players, 19 points above the weekly average. However, I was disappointed in Valencia not starting against Everton.

Wednesday arrived with high expectations with the remaining seven players and very good match ups. For the second week in a row I was frustrated to see Llorente not suited up, watching from the stands. Unlike Tuesday and a plethora of clean sheets, it was an absolute goal fest! Oddly enough the Gunners were the only CS of the day. Yet goals and assists continued to roll in and when it was all said and done I had a final score of 81 points, which represents my highest score on the season.

In goal I had two good options, as Jakupovic had grabbed the starting spot last week due to match ups. This week it was Heaton against Stoke or Jakupovic home to Boro. Heaton recorded a 1-0 shut out (6 points) but Jakupovic wasn’t as lucky as Boro found the back of the net twice, a difference of 5 points, not what I wanted after selecting the correct keeper the past 3 weeks.

Defensively my starters have played well during my current run of success (now 5 weeks); clean sheets, goals and bonus points. The addition of Fuchs has been outstanding with another 7 point return this week (total of 12 the last 2 weeks). Leicester on a fine run of form as I plan on keeping Fuchs, to be used as a rotation option through GW36. Yoshida came up strong with a goal today (8 points) in So’ton’s 3-1 against Palace. New boy, Gibson had me worried as Hull put 4 past Valdez and Boro but he chipped in with a late assist for 3 points. As I said when you have luck on your side anything is possible.

Another new addition this week was Hull City’s Grosicki. Just read my previous articles and I’ve been high on his play since arriving. Coming off two assists last week Grosicki picked up another to take his total to 5 in 8 games for the Tigers. I continue to see him as a big differential given favorable match ups. Unsure about his involvement in the starting XI next week away to Man city.

I continue to run with the Spurs duo of Alli and Eriksen, after a brief out of form spell the two combined for 25 points in a late charge to victory away to Swansea. These two have been outstanding in the absence of Kane. Who needs Kane when these two continue to perform on  the pitch? I don’t expect to move either player as Spurs continue to have a good run of games including Watford and Bournemouth in the next 2 weeks.

The biggest question mark right now, what the hell do we do with Sanchez? I posted an article called The Sanchez Effect showing how many points I missed out on without him in my lineup (armband not included). I went against mt gut feel last week and kept him knowing it was a difficult fixture against City, just out of the international break. This week a 3-0 victory against WHU and NO POINTS for Alexis. At 11.7m it’s too much to have wrapped up in a misfelder who is not returning. The Gunners are away to Palace and Boro followed by a home clash against red hot Leicester City. Not sure I am willing to give Sanchez any further opportunity in the starting XI. Hazard could be a direct replacement based on recent form.

On the bench sits Snodgrass, who’s been on the short list for weeks now, but I haven’t moved him yet because I have continued to run with a 3-4-3 formation over a 3-5-2. The transfer is coming, just not sure when.

Up front, “The Great Vardy Experiment” has been a success! He was given the arm band again this week and rewarded me with 18 points. Yet it’s getting difficult to find in form forwards. Plans are to move him before this weekend’s fixtures, but if a suitable replacement isn’t found, then I will run him out against Everton. Without Coleman and Funes Mori, their defense hasn’t looked as solid. The question becomes, how long do you stay with Vardy? Leicester will have one DGW, home to Spurs but it’s a mixed schedule through the remainder of the season. We saw last year what happens when Vardy is on. Could this be the start of another run?

I continue to plan for the upcoming week, as I have worked out a player movement spreadsheet, but decided to move Lukaku this week in favor of Ibrahimovic. I had also planned on Niasse, but due to budget and the injury to Mane, Sanchez has remained on my squad, which required me to change my plan. It should have worked out for 2 goals for Zlatan this weekend against Everton, but his headed attempt was disallowed due to bring offside. Replay clearly shows him onside and the goal should have been allowed. Zlatan and Llorente made up the remainder of my front line. Unfortunate, as I mentioned Llorente was in street clothes and unavailable, so I started a 4-4-2 and was pleased with returns from both forwards. Llorente finds himself on a short list and will most likely be replaced by a budget forward.

At the conclusion of the week 81 points was 36 points above the weekly average. I saw greens arrows for the fifth consecutive week and jump from 1.1m to 814k, an overall improvement of 252k in the global rankings! Maybe 75k will be attainable after all. This is also my highest global ranking since GW15. Looking at the two mini leagues, I have jumped up in both, with an outside shot at overcoming a 100+ points deficit to win one of the two. When compared to the overall #1, I am well off the pace by  nearly 450 points. That notwithstanding, I am pleased I have seen some success on this season, while I still don’t consider this year “successful” we still have to add green arrows and continue to climb in the rankings.

So the question becomes, how do I improve on GW31? Sanchez has been ineffective the last 2 weeks, while Hazard is picking up the pace. Lukaku has been hot at home, and missing on the road, while Man U needs Ibrahimovic to pick up the pace. Vardy returns in 4 out of 5, is a forward in form, do we continue to start him as fixtures get tougher? Kane still shows no return date from injury.

Initial plans are to move Sanchez and Llorente, coupled with the 0.9m ITB, my budget would reflect 18.9m to spend on two new transfers. Going for Hazard as a direct replacement for Sanchez, leaving 8.7m ITB for a third forward. As I look over the bunch, I am just not impressed with what I see as a starting third forward. Benteke (7.0m), 2 goals in his last 2 games, but Palace’s schedule is terrible! There was some talk of Gabbiadini being ready, but he’s currently showing a 50% chance of starting, not a gamble I want to take.

The other option would be to move the aforementioned Sanchez and Llorente, as well as Snodgrass. Hazard and Coutinho would be the two midfield replacements, leaving 6.0m ITB, which would allow me to spend on a budget forward. Niasse and Hernandez of Hull City head the list. Outside of those forwards, not many others fit into my budget. These moves would allow me to shift back to a 3-5-2.

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