Another eventful gameweek came to a late end as Man City thrashed Arsenal for the second time in 4 days to continue their march towards the title. Jose Mourinho got one over Antonio Conte as Lukaku starred, while it was tough going for the defenders with no clean sheets to show for in the first 6 matches.
Lukaku hitting form and Lingard not done yet
Lukaku hit back at his critics by giving one of his best performances in a United shirt against his former club Chelsea on Sunday. The Belgian scored his first goal against a top 6 side this season and then picked out Jesse Lingard with a great cross for the winner. With Jesus back in the reckoning at City, Lukaku can be a replacement option in the coming weeks if Aguero gets stuck in the rotation wheel once again. After going 5 games without any return, Lingard rewarded those who kept faith in the English international with a goal after coming off the bench to show that he might still have something left in the tank.
Clean sheets drying up as goals galore
There is generally a boost in the goals tally towards the end of the season but it looks like the party has come a bit early this season. A single clean sheet in GW26 followed by just 3 shutouts in this one, investing big in the defence is certainly not looking like the way to go ahead as the season approaches its business end. There have been just 3 clean sheets combined for the top 4 defenders in the past 4 GW’s with Chelsea, City and Burnley’s highly owned defenders finding it difficult to keep the opponents at bay or produce anything of notice at the other end. 29 goals were scored in the GW at a rate almost 3 goals per game. Although FPL managers cannot turn to the all-out-attack chip, they can surely consider putting up a major stake up ahead.
Teams finalised for BGW31
The FA cup replays didn’t spring any surprises and now we have confirmation of the 4 fixtures for GW31. Liverpool will be the only team from the top 8 who will be involved as they host Watford. Paul Lambert’s Stoke will welcome the other team from the Merseyside while Bournemouth, West Brom, Huddersfield and Crystal Palace will lock horns in some crunch relegation battles. Mounie, Callum Wilson, Shaqiri and Niasse could be the highest scorers of the game week apart from the Liverpool assets. Managers who are planning to save their free hits for a later time could now start using their FT’s to bring in players from these 8 sides if they already haven’t.
Triple up on Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp’s heavy metal football is proving to be a treat for FPL managers. Mo Salah can’t seem to stop scoring and Roberto Firmino is proving to be of great value at just £9.3. It’s been a goal each for the pair in the last 2 games. With Liverpool facing no blanks and a fairly decent run in until the end of the season, even tripling up on their assets is not unthinkable. Klopp indicated that Andy Robertson (£4.8) has cemented his place in the first XI following their win over West Ham and the left back offers a cheaper alternative to Van Dijk as a nailed on option.
City juggernaut hits Arsenal for 3 once again
In the space of just 4 days, Pep Guardiola’s soon to be crowned champions embarrassed Arsenal with consecutive 3-0 victories. If the first one was the result of a totally shambolic performance from the Gunners, yesterday’s victory was a mark of the enormous gulf in quality and confidence between the two sides. Leroy Sane stole the show after tormenting Hector Bellerin throughout the 90 minutes while the two Silva’s added gloss to the score line. Sterling’s absence might have hurt some FPL managers and he is already the most transferred out player this gameweek, most probably in a straight swap to his German teammate. The Citizens can now wrap up the title even before the Manchester derby or better yet, they can win the league by defeating United at the Etihad.