In the first midweek gameweek of the season, teams look to battle fatigue before a busy Christmas period. By the opening weekend next year, some sides will have played weekend/midweek from the International break until then.
That sets things up to be tasty during the Christmas period but for now teams must anticipate the pressure of that time with these testing weeks ahead.
With not much turn around from last gameweek, things in the FPL and the TGF Championship are getting interesting.
Let’s take a look the TGF Championship table ahead of this gameweek…
1st – Ewberz Army (Harry Ewbanks) – 748 points
*2nd – Game of Throw Ins (Jack Egan) – 733 points
*2nd – Speedsters FC (Arun Kumar) – 733 points
4th – Dubai Bonda Ayahanda (Amanina Sabki) – 731 points
5th – Draw Trafford (Hemanth Sai) – 725 points
6th – Bagbee Broncos (Ken Mulandi) – 715 points
7th – Borussia Teeth (Nathan Ridley) – 706 points
Previous gameweek best performer:
18th – HomerFlanders’ Stars (Ollie McKenna) – 70 points
Here’s this gameweek’s Ins and Outs…
IN: Ashley Young (MNU) £4.9m (MID)
The ‘midfield’ man who has always struggled to fit in at Manchester United under any manager always seems to adapt himself into being a key member of the squad for most campaigns. Young is now just about a main-stayer at back for his side who is trusted in big matches (like some upcoming ones) and 33 points in a fairly short amount time is commendable. Therefore, just a small price could be a bargain at this stage.
Fixture: Watford (A)
OUT: Serge Aurier (TOT) £5.9m (DEF)
A stellar signing in summer, Aurier has not yet forced his way into the rampant Tottenham Hotspur team. that rely so much on quality from his position. Just the mere 9 points are to his name so far show that. His cost is nowhere near worth it compared to other defenders for such a still unproven player.
Fixture: Leicester City (A)
IN: Sergio Agüero (MCI) £11.7m (FWD)
Goals are coming in for fun since Agüero returning to his team. As Manchester City look near unstoppable, his is the focal point and already has an incredible 75 points to his name. Despite having a huge price tag, he is guaranteed goals.
Fixture: Southampton (H)
OUT: Tiemoué Bakayoko (CHE) £5.1m (MID)
When Bakayoko came to Chelsea in the summer, everyone thought his impact would be immeadiate. However, it hasn’t been and has really shown in recent matches in spite of an impressive 38 points. With his position possibly in jeopardy at his club; and it should be in your team if you have him.
Fixture: Swansea City (H)
IN: Stephen Ward (BUR) £5.0m (DEF)
As one of the surprises of the season, it’s clear this experienced player has shown his true quality at last. With Burnley flying high, Ward’s 63 points prove their efficiency this season. At such a low going rate, this man is a steal.
Fixture: Bournemouth (A)
OUT: Olivier Giroud (ARS) £8.2m (FWD)
An often underrated player in recent seasons, the big Arsenal man has failed to deliver much this time out. Whilst Giroud has to settle for the bench, his poor 14 points aren’t looking like increasing in the near future. With cheaper and more prosperous options available, it’s best not to hold on to him for much longer.
Fixture: Huddersfield Town (H)
(Kick-off 7:45pm unless stated)
Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Crystal Palace
Leicester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Watford vs. Manchester United (BT Sport 1 8pm)
West Bromwich Albion vs. Newcastle United (8pm)
(Kick-off 7:45pm unless stated)
Arsenal vs. Huddersfield Town
Bournemouth vs. Burnley
Chelsea vs. Swansea City
Everton vs. West Ham (BT Sport 1 8pm)
Manchester City vs. Southampton (8pm)
Stoke City vs. Liverpool (8pm)
As always, good luck…