Written by @NiallHawthorne Yet another international break draws to a close and we can all get back to the real business of FPL, free from these ridiculous breaks to our fantasy football rhythm for…wait, what?…another one in four weeks’ time? Oh for the love of all that is holy, sweet, divine, innocent and pure. All […]
Written by @NiallHawthorne I’ve been amused this week by the contrast between Britain and Ireland in relation to the supposed ‘post-pandemic new normal’. In Ireland they were told they’re likely to get a new Bank Holiday as a thank you to front-line workers, and the Irish people in general, for their fortitude throughout the crisis. […]
Written by @Niallhawthorne I’ve worked it out. We’re living in some form of The Matrix or The Truman Show. There’s no other explanation for this past season, this past fourteen months and particularly this past week. The biggest game in English football cancelled by fans doing bicycle kicks into the Stretford End. Gary Neville and […]
Yes, I’m talking to you. Don’t skip past this bit and head straight to the ‘Forward’ tip seeking the next Kelechi Iheanacho hat-trick hero, I’m talking to you, like I do every week.
I may have picked up close to 100 new followers on Twitter thanks to my quite frankly outrageous tipping of Iheanacho in GW28 but how many Purple Monkey Dishwasher replies did I get? About five. If you don’t know what the hell I’m talking about, you’re proving my point.
Shame on you all. If you think my FPL tips are good, you should read the life tips I put in here most weeks. You might learn something useful that you can use outside of the Fantasy Football realm.
You’ve stopped reading already, haven’t you? Yeah….
Defender: Aaron Cresswell, West Ham United
With just four matches and eight teams to choose from this week, the selection of the top scoring defender in the game is a no-brainer, right?
Someone should ask Gareth Southgate that very same question as he quite inexplicably left young Cresswell out of his latest England squad. Clearly ten clean sheets and ten assists this season is just not good enough. I trust Southgate’s squad picking skills about as much as I trust his penalty taking skills.
Midfielder: Adam Lallana, Brighton & Hove Albion
I’ll tell you what I’ve learned in recent times – if you’re English and have a job in the Premier League, you get a far smoother ride from the media than those not English. Take Graham Potter for example, who, according to media pieces I’ve seen this week, is an amazing manager with an incredible philosophy, despite having Brighton hovering around the drop-zone after just 6 wins in 28 attempts.
This dovetails nicely with the arguments in recent years that English managers don’t get a fair go in the Premier League, and if trusted they’d be just as good as those not from England. Well the bottom six in the Premier League are all managed by Englishmen. Well, they were until Chris Wilder got sacked for having one of the worst Premier League records in a season, ever. A crying shame, by all accounts. Honestly!
One Englishman I do fancy to do the business for us this weekend is Adam Lallana who seems to have some modicum of fitness at last after completing consecutive 90 minutes for just the second time this season. A home game against Newcastle United awaits in a real relegation six-pointer at the AMEX. Whoever wins this one will deserve all the credit.
Boom and indeed Tish.
Forward: Michail Antonio, West Ham United
A very bold decision made by Michail Antonio this week, as he appears to have pledged his international allegiance to Jamaica rather than England.
The only reason this is noteworthy is that he’s now not like Harry Kane who can commit life-threatening tackles with impunity every week. Instead he’s now technically a ‘foreign’ striker and could be defined as a diving, cheating horrid git starting at 3.01pm this Sunday, March 21st.
Not that anyone cares in the FPL world as we don’t care if you’re from Blighty, Bulgaria or the moon, if you’re hauling. After recent goals against Spurs and City, I see no reason why Antonio won’t net against Arsenal.
Captain: Gareth Bale, Tottenham Hotspur
Before you mock and jeer, I have two words in my defence: Kelechi Iheanacho (last time, maybe…)
The thing with Gareth Bale is, he’s spent about three years not being a footballer, so it takes a bit of time to get back into the swing of things, rather than the swing of a golf club.
GW26 – 19 points. Bale is back baby!
GW26 – 2-point blank. Hah! He loves golf more than goals!
GW27 – 14 points. Could it be? Is it really him?
GW28 – 1 point. Hauled off before the hour. Useless. He’s a busted flush!
Or, and hear me out here, he could be building back up his fitness and relearning what it is to be a relentless FPL point-scoring machine, which he used to be. So BGW29 is against Villa on Sunday night, and another double-digit haul is coming.
Outsider: Dwight Gayle, Newcastle United
The emergence of Dwight Gayle each football season can be synchronised with the emergence of the Spring season. The birds are chirping, the grass is growing again, and Dwight Gayle starts to fancy it once more.
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Every week I put quite a lot of thought into my pre-tip preamble, and I’ve been made aware that there’s a chance nobody reads what I say here. Written by @NiallHawthorne As is the way of the modern world, my tips are simply sought, consumed and digested, with nary a thought for the nuanced, thought-provoking […]