Under-23's 20/12/2017

Chamberlain | “Thank You”

What a fantastic Watford FC career it has been for Alec Chamberlain.

Close to 300 appearances, two promotions and two Player of the Season awards all spread over the past 20 years, 11 as a player and 10 as a coach.

The former shot stopper is departing Vicarage Road and is doing so with many, many fond memories. A true fan favourite throughout his time at the club, Chamberlain soon made the fans forget his former spell with that club up the M1.

“Nigel Gibbs forgave me when I came here which was the first step I had to get over and he nicknamed me born again Hornet, so if Nigel can forgive then everyone hopefully can, which they did and I’m very grateful for that.” Chamberlain explained.

The Cambridgeshire born keeper was welcomed onto the pitch at half-time during the match against Huddersfield Town to say goodbye to the fans who held him in such high esteem over his two decades with the club. 

Before he departed, Chamberlain, accompanied by his two children Natasha and Ryan, had a few words to say to the fans in attendance.

“I just want to thank them for all the support over the years, I’ve had an amazing 21 years here and I look forward to seeing you all again in the future.”

You can watch the full half-time interview with Alec for free above (no sign-up required).


FPL Review | Gameweek 18

It was another FPL week to forget for the Golden Boys after a 4-1 loss to Huddersfield at Vicarage Road.

Abdoulaye Doucouré (7) was the only source of points for the Hornets; his excellent strike reducing the deficit in the second half. The Frenchman has scored six goals this season already, but has a one game suspension after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season.

It may be worth holding on if you have Doucs in your squad however, with reasonable back to back home games against Leicester and Swansea still to be played over the festive period.

Hornets captain Troy Deeney received a straight red card after a challenge on Florent Hadergjonaj, and now faces a four game suspension. Andre Gray (£6.3) looks set to start the remaining three games before the transfer window opens, but it remains to be seen if the forward can find his form after only two goals this season so far.

Unsurprisingly, Huddersfield were the high scorers this week with only Manuel Lanzini matching Aaron Mooy’s 15 points. The Australian scored two goals and picked up three bonus points in an impressive performance, with Laurent Depoitre also contributing for the Terriers with a goal and two assists.

It was another high scoring week for low-ownership players as premium strikers failed to find the net. Lanzini (15) produced three assists as West Ham saw off Stoke 3-0 and is one to watch if West Ham’s form improves over the next few weeks.

Phillipe Coutinho (13) and Dejan Lovren (13) impressed most in Liverpool’s 4-0 win at Bournemouth, while Marcos Alonso (14) scored his fourth of the season as Chelsea edged past Southampton.

With four gameweeks being played over the next two weeks, it may be wise to get transfers completed as soon as each gameweek ends. Keep an eye on rotation and injuries, as managers will not want to risk important players for the sake of a single game.

Michael Corston took top spot in the Watford global league after 68 points in the week, while Rish Nadarajah stormed onto the leader board with 78 points. Congratulations if you made the top 10 this week!

Tip of the week

Be careful with anyone who could be a suspension risk. Players have started edging towards the five yellow cards mark.. The transfer in and then out could make the difference in your mini league come the end of the season. The yellow cards suspension threshold extends to 10 on the 31st of December.

Players To Watch

1) Álvaro Morata (Chelsea, £10.7) has returned from injury and faces both Brighton and Stoke at home over the remaining December games. Remains cheaper than other premium forwards and is less at risk of being rotated.

2) Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City, £10.3) pulls the strings of a rampant City side that don’t look like stopping any time soon. Has picked up 39 points over five gameweeks and despite the price tag, is the least likely to be rotated along with David Silva in City’s attack and has become a 'must-have'.

3) Zanka (Huddersfield, £4.5) is the leading defender in an impressive Huddersfield side with a favourable run of matches over the next 2 weeks. Could be used as a replacement for a defender with four yellow cards.

Best of luck for Gameweek 19, FPL managers!