FPL Podcast – 3 Bonus Pints (Episode 3)

Hello again! It’s time for episode 3 of the 3 Bonus Pints. Gameweek 9 was an exciting one with Brighton & Hove upsetting the downtrodden Hammers and Spurs bashing the defence of Liverpool.

We have lots to talk about, so pull up your FPL squad, tuck yourself in, and listen to Sage, Ned, and I as we share a few pints and talk all things FPL.

This episode, ‘Wrong Answers with Ned’ kicks us off, we talk about a couple of FPL managers’ potential Wildcard teams, and we address the City conundrum of how to approach the Cityzens’ rotation risks. Enjoy!

May all your arrows be green this weekend!

– Fro

FPL Gameweek 9 Preview

What a Tuesday matchday it was for Champions League this week. Is Firmino back to his scoring ways? Salah looked unstoppable, Coutinho was in form, and Kane could’ve had a couple. KDB’s passing is out of this world and Jesus is reaping the tap-ins from it.

Here are the top teams’ key matches: Spurs play Liverpool, City play Burnley, United’s away to Huddersfield, Everton host Arsenal, and Chelsea welcomes Watford. But who do you transfer in this week to take advantage?

My money is on City breaking down a formidable Burnley side. The goals are hailing down on the blue side of Manchester. Sterling, Jesus, D. Silva, Sané, KDB, and Agüero are all safe bets to get on the score sheet.

Lukaku will also probably come away with a goal from Huddersfield, but the goals haven’t been flowing as much for United.

Anything can happen with Spurs vs Liverpool. I predict a tight game with Spurs just getting the better of the Reds—the score being 1–0 or 2–1. It could easily be vice versa, however. And anything can happen at Wembley… It’s tough to be certain about any specific player doing well in this fixture. Kane may have a field day with a weak Liverpool defence.

As for captains? Lukaku, Kane, or Jesus/another City player? United focused entirely on parking the bus with a disappointing showing (from a fan’s perspective) against Liverpool last week—it’s evident they’re missing Pogba badly. Kane isn’t a sure bet these days at Wembley. Jesus or another City player should don the armband this week. Goals galore are raining down. But who? Jesus, Sterling, and maybe Agüero seem to be your best bet.

If only I could reshuffle funds without taking a hefty hit to transfer in Jesus or Agüero… I’m leaning toward ousting Lukaku but we’ll see how he does today. And so the tough decisions begin!

May your arrows be green this gameweek!

As always, tweet me (@LuizsFro) if you want to strike up a conversation about FPL.

Cheers,

– Fro

3 Bonus Pints – The International Break is a Wildcard (Ep. 2)

On this week’s episode of the 3 Bonus Pints, we kick things off with a new segment: Wrong Answers with Ned. Sage goes through a rapid-fire list of FPL and simple soccer-related questions and Ned has to come up with quick answers. The one catch is that he has to give incorrect answers!

We also sit down and discuss the use of a potential wildcard. Many people decided to activate during the international break, so we debated whether or not it was a good idea to before gameweek 8.

Funny enough, Sage, Ned and I have all used our wildcards. Do we regret it? You’ll have to listen to find out.

Our reaction to USA’s failure to qualify for next year’s World Cup also features on this episode, as we find out while we’re recording thanks to some tweets.

Enjoy!

– Fro

The Woes of the International Break

As we watch the last rounds of games for World Cup Qualifying run their course, we contemplate our FPL teams with great distress. Here are some of the trends over the week to be aware of:

Wildcards Played: Over 175,000 managers decided to use these two weeks to reshuffle their squads. Have you pulled the trigger?

Striker swap: Firmino’s pining plus Aguero and Morata’s injuries has sparked a massive shift toward Kane, Jesus, and Vardy. Lukaku has also seemed to pick up an ankle injury, so keep an eye on his status next week.

Keeper watch: Elliot continues to rise in owners having a decent string of fixtures coming up. Ederson is a prime option considering his form and string of fixtures coming up as well. You may want to swap in Ederson for de Gea considering United has Liverpool and Spurs as two of their next three matchups.

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We will record our second episode of the 3 Bonus Pints podcast on next Tuesday! Tweet in any questions you may have for GW8 to @LuizsFro, @FPLsage, or @realsmooove with #3BonusPints

I’ll check in again next week before the deadline to see what’s worthy of attention in the Premier League world.

Until then, cheers!

– Fro