That stench you can smell is the inept December performances delivered by the Picks squad. Gameweek 17 was no better as captain Kane flattered to deceive while no one broke big. The net result was another red arrow for us to plummet outside the top 100K for the first time since gameweek 8. Moving forward this gameweek has been a washed with Diego Costa’s suspension – thanks Diego, we just brought you in after waiting so long for you to pick up that fifth yellow – so read on to find out how we have dealt with the blow declaring our gameweek 18 squad along with the customary reason and justification that may just help in your squad decisions…
Alonso | Cedric | Holebas
You know who our keeper is. Save points only Ben please.
In front of our ever present is Marcos Alonso with Chelsea continuing to show the rest of the Premier League that it’s defence that win titles. Up next for the blue wall is Bournemouth. A welcoming return for Cedric last timeout was greeted with glee who lines up this week against a Tottenham side who have only scored three in their last five away days out. Don’t be surprised if the Saints pull off a clean sheet in this one while completing the defence is Jose Holebas as Watford entertain manager-less Crystal Palace. Sacking a manager often goes two ways. One, it galvanises the squad or two, it demoralises it further. Here’s hoping for us Holebas owners it’s the latter.
Sanchez | Payet | Redmond | Hazard
Involved in 23 goal attempts! Yep, that’s 23 chances to register fantasy points in the last two gameweeks for our December punt Dimitri Payet without returns. Will our luck change against Swansea who have conceded three or more in 8 of their last 12 matches?
Alexis Sanchez is expected to start to improve his Emirates Stadium output as Arsenal entertain West Brom in desperate need of making a statement after back to back defeats. Alongside Sanchez is Eden Hazard who with Costa suspended could be utilised as a false nine with Conte going on record to state that Michy Batshuayi has struggled to adapt to the rigours of English football. If so, expect Hazard to be darting around the Bournemouth box looking to add to his 7.88 points per home game record. Completing the midfield is Nathan Redmond who in the process of missing an absolute gilt edge opportunity last weekend at least should signs of attacking life. Small positives in a month like this people!
Ibrahimovic | Sturridge | Wilson
Boring answer to our Diego Costa hole as Zlatan Ibrahimovic is drafted in with the armband thrown in his direction to boot. In truth the transfer below was taken first before we assessed our drastic need for a win in the Pro Cup and decided to cover bases with the Manchester United man. 4 points spent.
With just one gameweek to go before an enforced wildcard, we’ve decided to roll the dice on one last punt. Step forth Daniel Sturridge as Liverpool host Stoke City. Will he start? Will he dance? Will he turn out to be injured? No one is quite sure but hey, it’s Christmas! Sandwiched in between our two newcomers is Callum Wilson who travels to Chelsea looking to do what few have succeeded before him. Make David Luiz look, well like David Luiz.
Our subs bench consists of Eldin Jakupovic, Jordi Amat, Jonny Evans and Jonathan Leko in that order.