Gameweek 25 Summary

In the week when Capello quit as England manager, the title race continued to hot up with wins for all of the top three teams.

Manchester United won 2-1 against Liverpool in an electric encounter, whilst prospective England manager Harry Redknapp’s Tottenham thumped Newcastle United 5-0. Man City managed a dour one-nil victory at Villa Park, whereas Chelsea continue to implode with a 0-2 defeat to Everton.

Blackburn won 3-2 against QPR, whilst Swansea’s rock-solid defence conceded three at home to Norwich. Wigan won 1-2 in the relegation battle at the Reebok Stadium, as Theirry Henry ended his Arsenal league return in fantasy style with a goal in a 1-2 victory against Sunderland. Finally, Fulham won 2-1 at home to Stoke, whereas West Brom’s sensational away form continued with a 1-5 win against Wolves, courtesy of an Odemwingie hat-trick.

A mixed Gameweek for me folks. Pre-bonus points I have ended up with only 46 points. I don’t think I am alone in a low-ish score and I suspect many teams would have missed out on points, especially considering the fact that many of the established Premier League midfielders did not score many points.

This was further complemented by the lack of clean sheets (only 3 from 10 matches). Unfortunately, I captained another City player and again was let down. It was Silva last week and Aguero this week. Perhaps I should have gone with caution and not captained Aguero as he has been abysmal of late when playing away, especially with City’s “park the bus” mentality upon taking a lead away from home.

Ekotto and Graham’s double digit scores contributed to approximately half of my Gameweek score and has ensured that I will have comfortably scored well above the average Gameweek score.

With hindsight I am relatively satisfied with my team’s performance (apart from the choice of captain), especially considering the fact that my bench carried three injuries (Lindegaard, Terry and R Taylor).

There will be no Premier League matches next week due to the FA Cup weekend. But there is no harm in planning ahead.

I am inclined to ditch Richards for a cheaper alternative. Moreover, I could be tempted to buy Rooney who has now rediscovered his form. Replacing Sessegnon for McClean could also be an option to free up cash.

I may have made a mistake in buying Joey Barton and could potentially replace him as well. I have lots to think about but I only intend to make one transfer.

Here are some players for you to consider (some were also featured last week) as you plan your next transfer:

James McClean (4.7) – 3 goals and 2 assists from 6 games. (Away to West Brom next)

Anthony Pilkington (5.1) – 3 goals and 2 assists from 7 games. (At home to Manchester United next)

Joe Hart (6.8) – 2 clean sheets from 2 matches. (At home to Blackburn next)

Joleon Lescott (6.1) – 19 points from his last 2 matches. (At home to Blackburn next)

Wayne Rooney (11.9) – 4 goals from his last 2 matches. (Away to Norwich City next)

The above article was originally posted on FPL Hints