FPL Lessons Learned

“Hallercopter” taking off as Masuaku potential grows

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After two goals in GW3 against Watford, Sebastien Haller was tipped by many to deliver against a defensively-frail Norwich City in GW4; and sure enough, that’s what he did.

The French striker converted Arthur Masuaku’s cross for the Hammers’ first goal of the afternoon. However, he totalled just 4 of West Ham’s 18 shots during the match; of which only two were on target.

And West Ham’s record signing also showed that he may have a slightly more wild side to his game.

His reckless challenge on Christoph Zimmermann was ultimately the reason why the German had to be replaced in the first half, and it was a challenge that definitely warranted at least a yellow card.

Despite this, Haller still has a very good looking run of fixtures to come, with their only tough fixture before GW13 being the visit of Manchester United in GW6.

Even with this fixture, West Ham more than have the potential to be smashing goals in up until GW13 (which is Tottenham (a)), and Haller should be right at the centre of that.

And helping to provide the goals is left-back Arthur Masuaku, who created 2 big chances and completed 3 long balls, as well as attempting 2 crosses, all of which helping towards the Congolese defender’s potential for attacking returns.

As I mentioned earlier, he got the assist for the first goal, and spent a lot of time attacking, as shown by his heat map:

Heat Map for Arthur Masuaku vs Norwich

This attacking instinct is something which has been noticeable in West Ham’s full backs since they played Man City in the PL Asia Trophy in pre-season, and isn’t a tactic solely introduced to pressurise the vulnerable Canaries.

At just £4.5m, and with just 0.8% ownership, Masuaku could prove to be an incredible differential, as long as he stays fit.

Resilient Blades fight back again; Chelsea are left red-faced once more

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Well, room service doesn’t seem to have reached Stamford Bridge yet, as Chelsea failed once again to keep a clean sheet.

The Blues were stunned by Sheffield United’s comeback, as they seemed, once again, to capitulate in the second half of the match.

Take nothing away from the desire of the Blades, however. They were the ones who created the better chances in the second half, and Callum Robinson was right at the centre of everything that Chris Wilder’s men did.

The former Preston North End forward scored his side’s first goal, just seconds into the second half, and followed it up with a cross that resulted in Zouma’s own goal.

He amassed a total of 4 shots in the game, although he did miss a big chance in the first half. However, with shots, the goals will eventually come, especially in a side with such impressive and unique attacking tactics.

The Irishman has to be a player up for consideration in FPL, although the Blades have a difficult run coming up:

screenshot_20190904_1534244003871110436380252.jpgRobinson is a £5.3m midfielder in FPL, and has played as a forward in Chris Wilder’s system for all of the first 4 matches, adding another possible OOP asset to the Sheffield United ranks.

As for Chelsea, nothing changes with their defence, which looked as sloppy as ever on Saturday. However, Tammy Abraham has carried on his form, taking advantage of two defensive errors in a usually-solid Blades side to notch two more goals.

He would have had a hat-trick as well, if not for a piece of excellent goalkeeping from Dean Henderson. The potential is more than showing for Chelsea’s number 9, who, at the time of writing, sits at £7.2m in FPL.

Vardy party in full swing

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After a disappointing first two weeks for Leicester, the Foxes’ talisman seems to have found his feet in GW3 and 4.

Jamie Vardy followed up his goal at Bramall Lane with a stellar performance at home to Bournemouth, scoring 2 goals and assisting the other one, as Leicester ran out 3-1 winners.

This brought a 16-point haul for his owners, but the Foxes might have a tough time in the next few weeks.

After the international break, Leicester face 3 of the top 6 in the space of 4 matches, with trips to both Old Trafford and Anfield on the cards, as well as hosting Tottenham.

After this however, they only play one of the top 6 until GW18, meaning that the week after the Liverpool match could be an ideal time to bring in the 32-year old.

Finally, for those on the wildcard over the break, there is a decent opportunity for rotation, using Vardy and Everton players, such as Lucas Digne, before working the two in tandem afterwards:

LEI Fixtures (GW5-8): mun, TOT, NEW, liv

EVE Fixtures (GW5-8): bou, SHU, MCI, bur

This is also a good way for Everton player owners to avoid their GW11 clash with Spurs at Goodison Park, with Leicester heading to Crystal Palace on that week.

Angus Gunn; the new save magnet?

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My final observation comes a bit out of left-field, as goalkeeper Angus Gunn jumps into the spotlight.

The Man City youth product made 7 saves and notched a bonus point against his former rivals, keeping the Saints in the game as they drew 1-1 with the Red Devils.

That takes his total of saves to 15 for the season already, which averages out at one extra point per match. His save count puts him behind only Hugo Lloris (19), Nick Pope and Tim Krul (both 17).

The former Norwich loanee also made 33 saves in his first season in the Premier League, despite playing only 12 times, which includes a clean sheet and 6 saves on his PL debut at Stamford Bridge.

It seems to me that this goalkeeper is one who isn’t afraid to step up to the plate during big matches, and this is why I would consider him strongly, no matter what fixture he plays in.


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