FPL Gameweek 28 Preview

We’re coming down from our Champions League and FA Cup highs. It’s time to get to the last quarter of the Premier League season and what a gameweek this will be. Let’s take a look at the two heavyweight matchups taking place.

MANCHESTER UNITED VS CHELSEA

A battle of tactics? I think so. I don’t see this match being a free-flowing affair. Will Pogba rise to the top and prove his worth in the starting lineup (if he starts)? We’ll never know because Mourinho’s ego is above them all.

I actually see Conte pipping the Portuguese in this bout. Call me crazy, but Hazard is in blazing form and Willian is hot. He could’ve bagged three in their massive UCL clash with Barcelona. I can see the Brazilian being the difference.

Here’s a disturbing stat if you’re a United fan: the Red Devils have only won once in their last 14 matches against Chelsea (W1, D5, L8). It was last season in this same fixture. I don’t see it happening this time around though. If only Lukaku could find his feet against a top-six side, eh?

FPL guidance: Hazard or Willian. Two difference makers that trump any United pick other than DDG (who saved United’s skin in the UCL this week).

Prediction: Chelsea 2–1 United

ARSENAL VS MANCHESTER CITY

Goals? I think so. I could see a minimum of four onion-sack bulges on the pitch come next Thursday. It actually pains me that we have to wait just under a week for this matchup.

Lots can happen between now and then, however. Do FPL managers risk keeping Sterling despite a nagging muscle injury? Do you keep hold of Agüero with the upcoming fixture list looking rocky and Jesus making a suspected comeback? This might be the time for City to slip (only a wee bit).

Here’s the so-so club stat of this matchup: the Gunners have only won two matches in their last 11 against City (W2, D5, L4). I do see them bouncing back from their poor showing yesterday against Swedish side Östersunds in the Europa League though. Let’s hope they don’t sit back against a more dominant City squad.

FPL guidance: KDB or Aubameyang. KDB is the most consistent/in form City player as of late and coming off 3 assists, he’ll be feeling it when it comes to threading and crossing balls into dangerous areas. Auba has the speed to get behind a sluggish Otamendi of late. Things will get interesting.

Prediction: City 2–2 Arsenal

Enjoy Gameweek 28! And as always, feel free to tweet me, @LuizsFro, for some FPL and PL banter.

Cheers,
– Fro

A Critical North London Derby

The day is upon us. The battle cries can be heard all over London and across the globe. This may be the most crucial North London Derby yet. The stakes are incredibly high.

With both club’s new signings vying for attention and a starting-XI spot, we’re in for a high-flying end-to-end barn burner. It will be quite the swing for a top-4 push if either team could snag a victory.

Let’s look at the FPL potential of the three hot newcomers, who will be diving deep into their first North London Derby blood rush:

  1. Lucas Moura (£8.0)
    • The speedy Brazilian is expected to make his first appearance for Spurs today. I expect him to come in as a sub instead of Sissoko for most likely Son. If he starts, it’ll hype up a lot of Spurs’ faithful. We’ll see if he’s worth picking up after seeing his pace at play in the Premier League and against a top-six side.
  2. Aubameyang (£10.5)
    • We’ll see if Aubameyang can consistently justify his FPL price tag. The striker is all-legs (and all-hair) and preys on getting behind his opponent’s backline. His little dink of a goal against Everton was impressive and quaint.
    • I’m thinking of jousting Agüero for gameweek 29 and bringing in Aubameyang as they start a friendly string of fixtures. It’d give me flexible funds for options elsewhere in defence or midfield.
  3. Mkhitaryan (£7.8)
    • I have a feeling that Mkhi will cool off again just like he did with United. Wenger will put his faith in him, but he isn’t strong enough on the ball to muscle his way through when times get tough.
    • Although, I would say Mkhi is the best bargain of these three new FPL options. He’ll have a hand in creating a lot of Arsenal’s scoring chances.

Sit back and grab the popcorn—this derby should be a doozy. Enjoy, and may all your arrows be green this gameweek!

Cheers,
– Fro

World Football’s Transfer Culture

Modern football has always revolved around money, where the world’s massive clubs roam the globe like heavy storm clouds looking for potential/skill and stealing it with a strike of lighting.

“Who can we buy? It doesn’t matter how much for.”

“Who do we fancy? It doesn’t matter how much talent our club already possesses.”

How can any club grow with the blossoming players they’ve developed when all its talent gets absorbed by a $100M+ paper towel?

Football is a cold-hearted business, I get it. But as a fan of the beautiful game and someone who wants to see competition in every league, where does this ‘money flinging to solve your footballing ebbs and flows’ come to a head? Will this outrageous transfer-spend trend continue to rise?

Neymar goes to PSG for about $500M and now he wants to leave again? Loyalty is dead. Football is corrupt and dying. Where is the love? Where are the boys playing the beautiful game in their neighbourhood streets? Who have these kids become?

Aaaaaaand, end rant.

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Yours truly,

– Fro