As we near the end of the first half of the season, most of the in-form sides continued their stride as they picked up more points to move up the table, as an action-filled gameweek 18 presented plenty of talking points, despite the usual trend of results.
1) Premium Strikers in a flop show
Barring Lukaku, all the premium strikers failed to create an impact this gameweek, making plenty of FPL players regret their inclusion in their squads. Harry Kane, Sergio Aguero, Alvaro Morata and Jamie Vardy together cost a whopping 43.7m but collected a total of a meagre 5 points combined. Even 10.2m forward Gabriel Jesus accounted a -1 with a penalty miss after being brought on as a substitute for Sergio Aguero, who didn’t complete 60 minutes himself. Our investments in premium strikers don’t look to be fruitful at the moment.
2) Liverpool’s away bonanza
If you are playing Liverpool at your home, then you might as well forfeit and happily go home with a 3-0 loss. Liverpool are making sure they embarrass every Premier League team in their own backyard, as they continued this trend with Bournemouth this Sunday, smashing 4 against them. This 4-0 win came post 5-1, 3-0 and 4-1 wins against Brighton, Stoke and West Ham respectively. Liverpool’s next game is against Arsenal, the team they dismantled at Anfield. Imagine what they would do at the Emirates if this exemplary away form continues.
3) Stick to you Manchester City assets
Who will stop Manchester City this season? We thought Tottenham had a mighty good chance, but even they suffered the wrath of the rampaging Citizens, despite Jesus and Aguero not making an impact. Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling were the ones involved as they usually have been all season. All that comes in the way of loading our teams with City attackers in Pep’s penchant for rotation.
Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane have been red hot whenever they have played, and Kevin De Bruyne has been one of the regular starters and City’s most influential player despite blanks in the first 6 games of the season. The ones who kept their faith in them were repaid within the next 2-3 games, while the ones who transferred them out after one poor gameweek, regretted it soon enough. City players will make sure you get long-term benefits this season, so do not let them go!
4) West Ham could be the key to the impending Double-Gameweek
West Ham finally seem to have put their troubles behind them since the appointment of David Moyes. An easy 3-0 victory against Stoke City means they have been undefeated in 3 consecutive games, which is a big deal considering the first two included a victory against Chelsea and a draw against Arsenal. With Spurs and West Ham featuring in a double gameweek in GW22, managers will be looking to stock their teams up with cut-price assets. Cheap and having low ownership, choosing the right West Ham players for your team in a double gameweek can propel you up the FPL rankings. Keep an eye on the Hammers.
5) The past remains the past for Everton
Monday night football featured Everton face a poor Swansea team, with everyone expecting a victory due to Everton rediscovering their form and Swansea performing poorly. And the result was predictable enough, as Everton came out on top, winning 3-1. Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Wayne Rooney owners were in for a treat as all 3 of them scored, with the latter assisting 2 of them too. Despite missing a penalty, Rooney notched up 13 points, taking his total to 49 points in the last 5 games. Red hot Rooney and red-hot Everton. Another team to look out for in the coming gameweeks.