First Team 09/11/2017

Carrillo | “A Generation Making A Difference” 

Andrè Carrillo is gearing up for the biggest game of his footballing life this weekend when Peru collide with New Zealand in a World Cup play-off game.

Peru have not qualified for a World Cup in 36 years but Carrillo and his national teammates have a chance to change all that over the course of the next week. The first leg of the playoff is at the sold-out Wellington Regional Stadium on Saturday before the sides meet again on Wednesday night at what is bound to be a jumping national stadium in Lima. History beckons for the excited Watford winger.

“The national team has always been important to me,” said the 32-cap wide man, "especially now we are getting close to the World Cup.

“My country hasn't been at the World Cup for 36 years, so it's very important. It's a huge game. The atmosphere is always incredible as the supporters are always behind us.”

Peru are ranked No.10 in the Fifa rankings so start as overwhelming favourites against a New Zealand in 122nd spot, but the Peruvians have been hit hard by the loss of Paolo Guerrero who is serving a suspension after failing a doping test.

The striker struck six times in qualification as Peru finished fifth behind Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia and Argentina.

“Of course we will be the favourites, but we will have to play at our best,” said Carrillo.

“It's a young team. We believe in each other. It's a generation that's making a difference. It has been a long time that the national team has not been to a World Cup. We are very excited.”

One man roaring on Peru will be Nolberto Solano, his country's most famous player and a real Premier League success story. Carrillo is now treading the same path down Premier League flanks as Solano once did for Newcastle, Aston Villa and West Ham.

“He is my compatriot, he's famous and I've been in touch with him," said Carrillo. "He told me a lot about the Premier League. We speak quite a lot.”

Carrillo is expected back in England a week on Saturday, after spending more than 48 hours on a plane and flying more than 25,000 miles. He insists he will be ready to face West Ham United at Vicarage Road on Sunday.

“I am always tired when I travel but it's not an excuse.” He said. 

08/11/2017

FPL Review | Gameweek 11

By Sachin Dholakia

It was a heart-breaking Gameweek 11 for the Golden Boys as a 2-0 lead turned into a 3-2 defeat against Everton at Goodison Park.

Despite the loss, there were FPL points to be found with Richarlison (7 points) the pick of the bunch, giving the Hornets the lead early in the second half. The Brazilian was also denied an assist as the unfortunate Tom Cleverley (0) missed a penalty in the dying seconds of a lengthy stoppage time. 

Christian Kabasele (7) also picked up points, heading in the second goal from a corner. With captain Troy Deeney suspended, Andre Gray (5) was given the chance to lead the line, and the forward provided the assist for Richarlison’s opener.  

With another round of international fixtures looming, the Hornets will look to bounce back against West Ham in a fortnight. Richarlison could see his price increase again to £6.5; the fifth increase for the Brazilian since the start of the season. The break gives the chance for injured players to recover, and it will be worth keeping an eye on Roberto Pereyra (£5.8) and Christian Kabasele (£4.5).

Elsewhere, Harry Kane let down his Fantasy managers at Wembley as the popular forward drew a blank at home to Crystal Palace - that's five out of six gameweeks at Spurs' temporary home in which Kane has failed to register meaningful points.

In another generally low-scoring gameweek, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Bournemouth’s Steve Cook were the star players with 15 points apiece. 

Salah nabbed a brace against West Ham while Cook scored to give the Cherries a late win at Newcastle. Xherdan Shaqiri (13) impressed against Leicester with a goal and assist and with only 4% ownership, looks a good prospect given both his fixtures and form.

Joe Meehan retained his spot at the top of the Watford global league, while Eimile Joyce was the high scorer in the top 10 with 70 points. Congratulations if you made the top 10 this week!

Tip of the week

Don't let bias cloud your judgment. While it’s tempting to have three Watford players and captain Richarlison, try to look out for better value prospects from other teams and be prepared to sell your beloved Hornets if form or fixtures are not looking favourable.

Players to watch 

1) César Azpilicueta (Chelsea, £6.7) is a reliable pick and capable of grabbing odd goals and assists despite a hefty price tag. Has favourable games running into the new year.

2) Simon Mignolet (Liverpool, £4.9) offers a cheap alternative for a top 6 side despite a shaky defence. Confirmed his spot in the starting line-up ahead of Lorius Karius. 

3) Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Manchester United, £8.1) has seen his stock decline after falling away following an explosive start. Back to back home games against Newcastle and Brighton provide the perfect opportunity to return to form.

Best of luck for Gameweek 12, FPL managers!