This season, we’ve pooled our (self-proclaimed) collective genius together to form ‘Team TSZ’, a fearsome squad of fantasy point machines who will gun for glory in our very own FPL mini-league.
Decisions will be made collectively after polite discussion. ‘Team TSZ’ consists of:
Rob Esteva – Managing Director
Trystan Pugh – Sports Content Manager
Tim Blackwell – Chief Sports Data Scientist
So how did we get on in Gameweek 27?
GW points: 55
GW average: 35
GW rank: 322,665
Overall rank: 90,065 (▲)
Gameweek 27 was a tricky test for many FPL managers. A low average of 35 points likely saw many users throwing their phones in the nearest body of water, but we at Team TSZ had a prosperous return of 55 to really boost our aims to return to the top 50k. Of course, using our wildcard meant we could gear up for this week in particular, but I think the team can be proud of themselves. There I said it.
My prediction that Liverpool’s trip to Manchester United would be, as almost per usual, drab and scoreless, means a return to the Dour Midfield and a total of ten points. Issa Diop scored eight because I ribbed him last week, and Salomon Rondon turned out to be an inspired move.
You can find our podcast latest episode at the top of this article. Our differentials league is really hotting up. Unless you are me. I've scored 0 points two weeks running.
Transfers made: 0
Point deductions: 0
After a long and drawn-out discussion as to whether the team thought they should transfer Alexandre Lacazette out for Sergio Aguero, or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, they decided to do neither. With the Frenchman on a suspension in Europe, we think he's likely to start both games this week and there is simply too much consternation over Aguero’s potential minutes to risk him.
So, the team is unchanged, and largely relies on Liverpool having a really, really good game at home to Watford. Diop drops to the bench alongside Felipe Anderson, with Manuel Pellegrini's return to the Etihad set to be an excellent spectacle, and Vicente Guiata is preferred to Artur Boruc because Crystal Palace are fairly solid at home. Listeners to the podcast may surmise that this may also be because Rob hates Bournemouth, but I cannot confirm. Listeners to the podcast will also know that I picked Jamie Vardy as my differential, so I have absolutely no idea why the team have captained him. Vardy allegedly punched a wall after the 4-1 drubbing from Palace last weekend, shortly before the sacking of Claude Puel. Vardy can vent his frustrations at home to Brighton, who no longer seem bothered about keeping clean sheets.
For the rest of our Gameweek 28 content, visit the links below:
Captain Picks - https://www.thestatszone.com/f...
FPL Podcast - https://www.thestatszone.com/f...
Team News & Predicted Line-ups - https://www.thestatszone.com/f...