Premier League was finally back after a break of cup-filled fixtures, and boy, it didn’t disappoint. Gameweek 23 will famously go down as the one in which Manchester City succumbed to their first defeat of the season in thrilling fashion.
Plenty of up and down results accompanied to make this one of the more entertaining gameweeks of the season. And this inconsistency was evident in FPL too, as the average was comparatively lower than usual, but the good decision makers reaped enormous benefits. Let’s look at some talking points.
1) Nothing gets past Chelsea
There are brick walls, then there are concrete walls and then comes the Chelsea defence. Chelsea may not win the title this season and haven’t won a single match in 2018, but defensively, they’ve been rock solid. Their recent shutout against Leicester meant it was their 5th clean sheet in 6 games. Stopping the Mahrez-Vardy combo from scoring deserves appreciation at the least. Chelsea defenders such as Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger and Marcos Alonso have gotten a host of points recently, especially the latter, who has collected a mighty 61 points in the last 7 games itself. Robust.
2) ‘Marko’ Polo enjoys his ‘travels’
Marko Arnautovic has been a revelation lately after almost single-handedly changing West Ham’s fortunes in recent weeks. This gameweek wasn’t different, as he scored 1 and assisted 2 at the Kirklees Stadium to finish Huddersfield off and help West Ham to a 4-1 victory. Arnautovic seems to enjoy his away games, as he has collected 9, 15 and 16 points in the last 3 away games played, with the highest this gameweek. Alongside Manuel Lanzini, the Austrian is one to look out for.
3) That sinking feeling for the Blue Moon
FINALLY. A sigh of relief was heard after full time from everyone associated with football and not related to Manchester City as Liverpool put 4 past them in a thrilling contest at Anfield on Sunday. The Manchester City defence paid the price for some horrendous defending as their errors were punished without mercy by a rampant Liverpool side. The new “Fab 4” (including the OX!) all fired and gave the City defence a hard time throughout the match. Coutinho’s absence didn’t seem to have affected them at all.
Liverpool’s defensive vulnerabilities came to a fore as City somehow managed to score 3 goals of their own in a thrilling contest. Two of them were scored by Gundogan and Bernardo Silva – 2 low ownership FPL assets. Although Liverpool attackers ran the roost on Sunday night, FPL managers must be advised to keep hold of their City assets ahead two juicy home fixtures against Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion.
4) Arsenal have their own troubles
The Gunners haven’t won a single match since the inception of 2018 with their regulars failing to perform time and again. However, Arsenal’s real heartbreak comes in the form of Alexis Sanchez, who is certain of securing a move away from Arsenal in this window. Now with Arsenal losing their best player and losing their chance to win a single substantial trophy this season, it’s a wonder where they will go from this point onwards. Arsenal players in FPL are a risk, and until Sanchez’s move is secured, he isn’t a good FPL option at this stage too.
5) Arsenal’s North London neighbours are on a rampage
While Arsenal are struggling for form, Spurs are stocking up on the goals. Dele Alli, Heung Min Son, Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane have all collected a huge deck of points in the last 6 gameweeks or so, prompting thousands of FPL managers to transfer them in hordes. This gameweek against Everton was no different, as the four of them were involved again, with Son and Kane being the top point scorers. The South Korean scored one and assisted another as Harry Kane grabbed a brace to take his tally to 20 goals this season.
Although their schedule becomes considerably difficult after next week’s fixture against Southampton (Manchester United, Liverpool & Arsenal), it would be unwise to let go of all your Spurs assets considering the form they are in at the moment.