The Premier League got a much-needed mid-week off thanks to the Carabao Cup. However, that’s where the resting period ends for managers and players as they prepare for a gruesome fixture list, in which each team plays 4 Premier League games over the next 13 days.
We take a look at 3 burning questions which FPL managers should strongly consider before setting up their team for Gameweek 19.
1. The Morata-Hazard problem
Chelsea’s star duo had a good outing against Newcastle, scoring 23 points collectively, but since then it’s been a dim few weeks for their owners. They both blanked in Chelsea’s loss to West Ham, and since then Morata has played just 17 minutes in 2 games due to his injury and Hazard hasn’t scored over the same period. The absence of Morata undeniably affects Hazard too, as he likes to play off someone.
Both linked up beautifully to get Chelsea through to the Carabao Cup semifinals on Wednesday, but now Morata is suspended for this week’s game against Everton due to a 5th yellow card of the season. And that again might affect Eden Hazard’s points return. We know that both can be lethal on their day, but it looks like fans have got impatient with Alvaro Morata and maybe rightly so.
2. Time to pull the plug on Harry Kane?
While 2 goals in 4 games in no indication of a slump in form, Tottenham as a unit look out of sorts. The Englishman faces a stiff Burnley defence away from home, who have kept 6 clean sheets in their last 9 Premier League matches. Most of the managers are planning to keep him till his double GW, but he also does have a blank GW and is just one yellow card away from serving a 1 game suspension. A lot can go wrong for the two million managers who still have him.
3. Time to Go all in on Manchester City? Again?
Not that Pep’s side have had any troubles beating the top 6 sides this season, but all of their 7 games coming up in the Premier League are rated just 2 on the FDR, barring one. During this time they face sides like Newcastle (twice), Bournemouth and Watford: all horrible defensively. With Jesus and Aguero being rotated very regularly, and the uncertainty attached to David Silva right now, managers should be looking to get in the likes Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane.
On the other side of the pitch, City have kept just 2 clean sheets in their previous 9 outings, with only Otamendi proving worth his price. However, easy fixtures on the horizon promise plenty of clean sheet points for managers who are willing to pay a hefty price for the City defenders.
That’s all for this week. May your arrows be Green!