Previous Rank: 10,333. Free transfers: 2
GW Points: 92. GW Average: 60. GW Rank: 185,902. Overall Rank: 9,330
In the lead up to GW2 there was an article in the Telegraph that suggested Guardiola was considering dropping Aguero. This caused a bit of panic on Twitter (Ok, a lot of panic), and wasn’t helped by the ‘closed’ press conference at the end of the public one on Friday. This rumour resulted in a lot of managers taking the armband off Aguero and move it onto the safe option of Salah, who to be fair still got 9 points.
I ignored the rumour because the source gave no evidence for Aguero being dropped, and hadn’t exactly been reliable in the past. Thankfully I did, as City annihilated Huddersfield with Aguero netting a hatrick scoring me 40 points. Frustratingly Bernardo was shifted out to the right wing to cater for the return of David Silva, and didn’t carry much goal threat. He should have scored late on though when moved back centrally following the substitution of D.Silva, that was his only shot on target, also only creating 2 chances. Now D.Silva has returned it is probably time to look for alternatives to B.Silva for my 3rd midfield slot.
Sticking with City, Mendy had another game essentially playing on the left wing. He had so much time and space, recording 12 crosses, creating 3 chances, and earning 2 assists (arguably he should have been awarded a third too). He will likely continue to be given that much space, as teams look to shut City out centrally. If he’s not in your team I would suggest buying him.
It wasn’t until Salah put Mane through in the last minute to score Liverpool’s second that I moved into the top 10k. The Liverpool midfield double up looks the way to go, Salah and Mane are joint 1st in the midfield charts for shots in the box with 6, as well as having an XG of 2.33 and 1.55 and creating 6 and 5 chances, respectively. Whereas the alternative double up option of Firmino looks to currently lack goal threat, having only recorded 2 shots so far this season.
Richarlison scored again and although he has scored with all 3 shots he’s had on target, for me is still the best 6.5 option going forward looking at his form and fixtures. I wasn’t expecting much from Zaha against Liverpool, but am hoping for some decent returns from him over the next 4-6 GWs where they play [wat, SOU, hud, NEW, bou, WLV]. If he doesn’t score points in the next 3 GWs I might start getting twitchy and look for a replacement.
On Sunday night I almost pulled the trigger on Alonso, Mkhitaryan and Ings in for Cedric, Bernardo and King for a -4. In the end I thought I’d wait for the Liverpool game, and just did King to Ings (as King was projected to fall in price). Ings has excellent underlying stats in the 124 minutes he’s played so far this season, recording 9 shots, with 8 in the box , and an XG of 1.56. At only 5.5 he frees up another 1.0 and looks to be Saints’ chief (only) goal threat going forward. Unfortunately Alonso has since gone up in price to 6.6, so I’m now 0.1 short of doing the other moves outlined above. I might just get Mkhi in, and ignore Alonso for now. There has been rumours that Chelsea will let him leave if Atletico put in a bid of £54 million.
Overall another fantastic GW, which sees me ranked in the top 10k. It will be tricky staying there as there’s such a small gap in scores between ranks at the moment, but at this stage last season i was ranked 2.5 million, so I can’t complain.
For my full round up of all the games in GW2, check out my GW2 Review.