Gameweek 6 preview

September 23, 2016

Man Utd v Leicester
Bournemouth v Everton
Liverpool v Hull
Middlesbrough v Spurs
Stoke v West Brom
Sunderland v Crystal Palace
Swansea v Man City
Arsenal v Chelsea
West Ham v Southampton
Burnley v Watford

We will crown our September manager of the month after this weekends games and it could literally be any one of us. Here’s the top half of the monthly table with When Harry Met Alli in pole position. They lead the way overall as well, so go into the gameweek as favourites to take the prize. Just to clarify – despite the fact that the first game of gameweek 7 takes place on the 30th September, the game month finishes officially after these fixtures. The scores for the month of October will start with the 30th September fixture between Everton and Crystal Palace.

up When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
56 135
up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
79 134
up nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
76 133
down Big White Chiefs
david frankland
62 127
down To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
46 126
up Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
64 125
up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
71 123
up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
70 122
down Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
60 121
10  up Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
65 120
11  up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
72 118
12  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
70 118
13  down Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
53 115
14  up Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
74 113
14  down Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
53 113
16  down jetty city
scott mcgow
61 113
17  down Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
54 110
18  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
60 109
19  down Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
44 108
20  up Ciderheads
Darren Pope
66 107
21  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
44 106
22  up 30:19
Darren Lavelle
66 104
23  down I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
53 103
24  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
66 102
24  up Have a little dink
Ian Williams
61 102
26  up Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
57 101

 

Over a million managers – nearly a third of the worldwide game – have dispensed with Sergio Aguero over the last two weeks. He’s back. It’s a headache. It’s the easiest thing in the world to replace him – no-one is anywhere near as expensive as he is. Getting him back is trickier. You’ll probably have to make two transfers to re-accommodate him. Is there any point? Well, yes – given the way that City are dominating teams at the moment. And lets not forget the hat trick he scored in the Champions League tie against Borussia Monchengladbach.

So, what are the options? Stick with what you’ve got and hold out till you get two free transfers next week. It could work, although City play Swansea this week and the potential for goals is too great, is it not?

Use your wildcard if you’ve still got it. That would certainly allow you to make wholesale changes if they were needed and bring in the best possible combination of players around Aguero.

If you’ve one available transfer and you’re determined to re-instate him, who are you going to drop? Those carrying Nolito or Harry Kane have had the decision made easy for them. The Spaniard starts his own three match ban, whilst Kane is sidelined for two months with an ankle injury. Dropping any elite players runs a certain risk. Diego Costa and Alexis Sanchez’s form probably rules them out. Similarly Romelu Lukaku, although the Everton striker is nursing an injury that forced him off before the end of last weekend’s victory over Middlesbrough. And dropping De Bruyne and Sterling is counterproductive.

Consider Eden Hazard, whose value rose to £10.3 million, but has dropped dramatically back to £10 million. All in the space of five gameweeks. Hazard appears to be the player who has suffered most at the hands of the imminent return of Aguero. And not just that, but the sparkling form of De Bruyne and Sterling. Despite an encouraging start, two games and a measly three points have seen managers react in a pretty unforgiving way. Maybe last season’s no-show is still fresh in the memory.

And don’t rule out dropping Zlatan. Manchester United’s form as a whole, rather than their star striker’s, is the discouraging factor. Three consecutive defeats and rumours of an unsettled camp doesn’t bode well. Ibrahimovic is also the closest in price to Aguero, and therefore the easiest to swap.

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