Kane bailed his Spurs out last week against Palace in the dying minutes. It wasn’t pretty. It was starting to feel like one of those days where nothing was going to go right. But good teams find a way to win and that’s that.
Next up: Huddersfield at Wembley. Spurs mustn’t look past this hurdle to their massive UCL matchup versus Juventus midweek. It’ll be tough to focus but the squad has improved its mental game and should see this through for three points. I predict a tighter match than it should be, but Spurs should prevail. Kane with the lone goal and winner for the second straight week.
Spurs 1–0 Huddersfield
- Must: Kane (£12.7)
- He’s one away from 25 on the season and will be third to do so in 3 consecutive seasons since Shearer and Henry. He wants it.
- Differential: Sánchez (£6.0 at 1.0%)
- Four clean sheets in his last six starts. He’s stepped in for Alderweireld and has been up to the task. Barring a fluke goal, Spurs backline shouldn’t concede.
- Avoid: Lucas Moura (£8.0)
- It’s very tempting to pick up the Brazilian, but with no way of getting tons of league minutes right now, don’t pull the trigger. His performance versus Rochdale was impressive (even if it was a low-tier club).
OR update: I’ve cracked the top 100K for the second time and hope to get below 75K this gameweek.
Transfers out: Deulofeu
Transfers in: De Bruyne
May all your arrows be green this week!
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
Spurs 1 – 1 Saints
Spurs never got into the groove against the Saints, and it cost them a top-4 spot. Kane had a glorious chance in the last minutes, but he and the squad never looked convincing to get a victory. Wipe away the OG and maybe this could’ve been a different story, but Son was absent, Alli never looked threatening, and when Eriksen and Lloris are out ill… good luck.
Next up: United. This will be a much-needed test for both squads. Alexis will be licking his chops after his last performance against them as a Gunner. Kane will most likely be given the space he needs to dominate, but it should be a tight match.
With the Lucas Moura move seemingly about to come to fruition, Spurs need that pace to inject a new attacking option into their arsenal. His services will hopefully be available by Liverpool on Feb. 4.
Prediction: Spurs 1 – 1 United
Spurs FPL Guidance
This is tough because a lot of people are thinking about minimizing their Spurs options due to the club’s next three fixtures: United, Liverpool, Arsenal, then Juventus in UCL—aka the gauntlet of their season. It will be a testing period for them. I’ll take the glass-half-full approach with you here, though.
1. Must swap: Kane (£13.0)
- Kane shows up in the big matches. However, his record against Mourinho’s men isn’t stellar. I’d suggest (if you can afford to do so) swapping him out for Agüero for this gameweek and then bringing him back for Liverpool, who he dominated last time he played them.
2. Differential: Dier (£4.7 at 2.6%)
- Best bang for your buck for a Spurs player under 10% selection. I wouldn’t suggest bringing in a defender due to the unlikelihood of clean sheets. Dier possesses the potential for the odd goal and he’s a cheap option.
3. Avoid: Eriksen (£9.2)
- Coming back from illness against United, I really don’t see him making an impression on the match (if he plays). He was in decent form before he fell ill, so maybe hold off until this storm of fixtures subsides.
As always let me know our thoughts! Comment here or tweet me, @LuizsFro.
May all your arrows be green for Gameweek 25!
First off, I’d like to announce that our 3 Bonus Pints hiatus will be coming to a close very soon. We are finding a diplomatic way to settle our creative differences. Ned wants more credit, Sage wants more volume, and I just want us all to get along.
Over the holidays, we hung up our boots (we’re too poor to have speciality stockings) and wished for Big Sam (Allardyce) to shuffle down our chimneys and fill our boots with green arrows. I’m afraid it didn’t happen. Well, I shouldn’t say that… because it happened for Ned.
I’m afraid Ned cannot be caught in FPL. While we were watching the acrimonious Spurs vs Hammers draw, Ned (a Spurs fan) was inexplicably and figuratively forever blowing bubbles. He turned his phone screen toward me and I saw that he was ranked 20th overall in Canada. I was taken aback and a tinge of jealousy glistened through my pint.
It will now be my New Year’s wish, resolution, and mission to catch Ned in the FPL overall rankings. A lofty goal, no doubt. Wish me green-arrow luck.
p.s. Ned, I think you’ve now earned the credit you’ve long sought after.
Spurs 1–4 Man City
Man City is a class above the rest in England. They are untouchable and I really don’t see them slipping from their invincible form. At the halfway point, many believe they’ve already won. *Shaking my head in disbelief and forlorn… and agreement*
Spurs got understandably frustrated with how inferior they were and were ultimately lucky not to go down to nine men. If Kane and Alli got sent off, it might’ve been a miserable Christmas in North London. Thankfully they didn’t and it’s time to move on.
Burnley is up next to start a run of relatively easier fixtures. Spurs mustn’t lose sight of a top-four finish now. I predict a messy bounce back against Burnley. With Lamela back in the side as an option, Spurs finally look like a team that can run at and attack their opposition. Lamela will draw in defences, which will open up lanes for his teammates to take advantage of.
Spurs 2–1 Burnley
1. Must-Have: Eriksen (£9.3 at 14.6%)
- With almost a third of the ownership as Kane, Eriksen is back in form and has a four-match scoring streak. Kane’s form is spotty and many people are jumping off the expensive Kane train.
2. Differential & Bargain: Son (£8.0 at 3.8%)
- In a season where prime midfielders reign supreme, Son is a bargain and affordable. I picked him up against City based on the fact that I thought he could nick a goal like he did last year, but I picked him up one week too early. He’s getting starting minutes now and proving he’s deserving of it. Look for him to have a great holiday period. He’s now surpassed Alli for third in FPL scoring on the team.
- p.s. I’d be willing to bet that Alli would be sacrificed for Lamela, not Son (if you’re sweating about it).
3. Avoid: Alli (£9.0 at 11.9%)
- The fiery youngster is not performing up to his standards. Hopefully it comes over this holiday season, but for now, I’d watch from a distance. He hasn’t scored in 10 gameweeks and has only two assists in his last nine matches. Not good enough.
Enjoy the holiday fixtures and may all your arrows be green this season!
First off, here’s a little write-up I did for @FPLMyClub on Twitter.
Spurs 0 – 2 Arsenal
The North London Derby didn’t go as many people expected it to. Hats off to Arsenal. They had a game plan, stuck with it, defended well, and finished their chances. Spurs looked flat. Kane and Alli were apparently fit according to Poch, but I think he’s just shielding them from the media.
Take the loss and move on is just what Spurs did. They exceeded expectations and won their group-of-death in Champions League, and now they will carry that momentum into the weekend versus the manager-less West Brom.
Predicted Scoreline: Spurs 3 – 0 West Brom
It’s time Spurs put more than 1 or 2 goals on the board. I can see it happening against a broken club like West Brom.
1. Must-Have: Kane (£12.8)
- He bagged a pot shot against Dortmund to get the monkey off his back. Look for him to push hard for maybe a brace this weekend.
2. Differential: Rose (£6.4 at 2.0%)
- Hear me out. He’s back, he’s fit, and only 2.0% of the game has him. If he plays, and that’s a BIG IF, he may get some big returns. Here’s hoping.
3. Avoid: Son (£7.9)
- He’s stepping up huge in the Champions League, but he still doesn’t play enough big minutes to be an effective FPL asset.
Hopefully, Chelsea and Liverpool light up the scoreboard. After Liverpool’s collapse against Sevilla, they may just focus on tightening up overall as a team. Chelsea is flowing after scoring 8 goals in their past two games.
Who do you have bringing in some juicy returns this gameweek? I’ve yet to think about my free transfer, but despite the tilt between Liverpool and Chelsea, I can see Morata scoring a couple.
Best of luck in your decisions, and remember, it’s a Friday deadline! May all your arrows be green this gameweek.
It’s been some time since you’ve heard from Luiz’s Fro. I’ve been behind the scenes working hard on designing a new visual identity for Luiz’s Fro. You’ll get to see it very soon, but for now, we must discuss FPL.
Who are the FPL conspiracy theorists out there? It’s very fishy/smart how several players’ injuries have arisen before this week’s international friendlies’ selections. Apart from poor Jack Butland’s broken finger, it’s too convenient that certain players went down with an injury to avoid being selected for their national squad.
It seems as though this is the perfect week break to rest before the holiday season is thrust upon the Premier League. I know it’s an honour to earn each and every cap for your country, but sometimes clubs are screwed over due to alternative physio practices and training regimes a lesser national team might have.
Let’s look at Spurs. They have 9 injuries and top the league in that category alongside Watford. Vertonghen, Kane, Alli, and Winks all just came down with not-so-concerning injuries. Why? Well, because either the injuries happened or just because now’s the time to rest!
It’s no secret that managers have complained about letting their prized players go play ‘meaningless’ friendlies. Many have been outspoken in previous years about wishing they could just no let them go.
I love to speculate about this sort of thing. Let me know what you think! Leave a comment or tweet me: @LuizsFro.
Enjoy the rest of this miserable international break!