First Team 30/10/2018

FPL Review: Gameweek 10

By Sachin Dholakia's resident FPL expert Sachin Dholakia reviews the latest weekend of Fantasy Premier League action.

It was another successful week for the Golden Boys as they made it two wins in two with a convincing 3-0 home victory against Huddersfield in Gameweek 10.

Roberto Pereyra (11 points) showed once again why he’s the most sought after Watford FPL player this season as his brilliant individual goal gave the Hornets the lead early on in the first half. Tipped last week, Gerard Deulofeu (8) added the second, scoring from a tight angle on his first home start since returning from injury. Isaac Success (6) rounded it off in the second half with his first league goal for two years to confirm all three points.

The Watford defenders also impressed for another week, with Kiko Femenía (12) the standout player with all three bonus points in addition to his assist and clean sheet. Fellow full back Adam Masina (8) also picked up an assist while Craig Cathcart (6) and Adrian Mariappa (6) were resolute in defence. Ben Foster (9) made some excellent saves throughout the game to pick up additional save and bonus points.

The Hornets travel to struggling Newcastle in their next game, hoping to replicate their winning form at St James’ Park over the last three years. Roberto Pereyra (£6.3) is the most transferred-in Hornets player so far this week, with over 50,000 FPL managers making the move already. Gerard Deulofeu (£5.4) remains an exciting budget and differential option for a transfer in, with only 6000 managers opting for the Spaniard instead.

Maurizio Sarri's management has rejuvenated Ross Barkley at Chelsea

Elsewhere, it was the midfielders who picked up the majority of the points this week with Ross Barkley (17) the FPL player of the week with a goal and two assists in Chelsea’s 4-0 rout at Burnley.

Sadio Mané (15) and Mo Salah (15) ran riot for Liverpool in their 4-1 defeat of Cardiff at Anfield, while Luka Milivojević made the most of spot-kick duties as he dispatched two penalties for Crystal Palace in their 2-2 draw against Arsenal.

Callum Wilson (13) was the only sole striker on the FPL dream team this week as the Cherries forward scored twice in Bournemouth’s impressive 3-0 win over Fulham.  Jordan Pickford (11) made it 26 points in two weeks as his penalty save off Paul Pogba earned him points despite conceding straight from the rebound.

Will anyone knock Stuart Brant off his perch?

Stuart Brant went from strength to strength at the top of the Watford global league with a massive 81 points in the week, while Stijn Criel was the high new entry in the Top 10 with 92 points. Congratulations if you made the Top 10 this week!

Tip of the week

Rotation is always a massive problem when it comes to picking your Fantasy team, as you’re never sure of when managers will rest players for upcoming European or cup games or just to rotate for the sake of mixing it up.

A general rule you could follow could be to assess whether a player is too valuable to the team to be dropped and if there are limited options in backup. A perfect example would be Tottenham where Harry Kane is highly likely to start every game but the high number of options in midfield means that players like Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli are not guaranteed a start.

Manchester City midfielders get rotated nearly every game so think twice about transferring in the likes of Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane if they do well one week.

Players To Watch

Kiko Femenía was an early FPL favourite last season too, due to his ability to pick up bonus points regularly

1) Anthony Martial (Manchester United, £7.3) has started in United’s last four games and has picked up 39 points in the process. He is unlikely to be dropped while on such sparkling form and could be picked up at a bargain price before the likely price rises this week.

2) Kiko Femenía (Watford, £4.2) has made the most of the injury to Daryl Janmaat with 18 points in the last two weeks. Hornets boss Javi Gracia has been known to not tinker with a winning formula so the Spaniard is likely to start once more against a Newcastle side currently in the relegation zone.

3) Ross Barkley (Chelsea, £5.8) is an obvious choice given his exploits in recent weeks, but the England midfielder is also unlikely to be dropped and remains a snip at £5.8 if he continues to play this way. 

Likely Price Rises:  

Sadio Mané (Liverpool, £9.7), Ross Barkley (Chelsea, £5.8), Callum Wilson (Bournemouth, £6.6), Mo Salah (Liverpool, £12.9)

Likely Price Falls: 

James Maddison (Leicester, £7.0), Lucas Moura (Tottenham, £7.2), Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal, £9.8), Pedro (Chelsea, £6.4)

Best of luck for Gameweek 11 FPL managers!

Photo credit [Femenía]: Tara Hook.

Under-23's 30/10/2018

U23 Report & Reaction: Watford 2-6 QPR

By Kevin Affleck

Dante Baptiste took a leaf out of Ben Foster's playbook and showed he is made of the right stuff in producing the second fine exhibition of goalkeeping in as many matches at Vicarage Road on Monday afternoon.

Just days after Foster's seven saves against Huddersfield Town, the teenage 'keeper shook off the nerves of being parachuted into the Under-23's starting XI at the last minute following an injury to James Hoskins, recovered from conceding five goals in the first half to make at least half-a-dozen close-range saves in the second to prevent his side losing by more than 6-2 to Queens Park Rangers.  

“He got a special mention [in the dressing room],” said coach Hayden Mullins. “He responded really well and for him to play like that was very good for him. He's only recently joined us so he's done really well and he's worked really hard with the goalkeeping coach to improve. He's continuing nicely, but he must keep his head down down, focus and keep working.”

The team looked like they had turned a corner with a 4-0 win over Bristol City last time out, but then they ran into a QPR side who had scored two or more goals in five of their last seven games and who fielded nine players with first-team experience, including Sean Goss who cost them £500,000 from Manchester United last year and who played for Glasgow Rangers earlier this year. They cut the Hornets apart in the first period, scoring through Aramide Oteh (2), Bright Osayi-Samuel (2) and Ilias Chair.

“It was a disappointing result,” said Mullins. “We were 5-0 down at half-time and we wanted to go out in the second half and at least give a better account of ourselves. I think we did that. We had to get change a few things around at half-time and it was a lot better in the second half, a lot better.”

Whatever was said at half-time did the trick as the Hornets pulled one back within a minute, Ryan Cassidy netting from close range after substitute Imaad Sankoh had made an immediate impact by slinging over a fine cross.

Paul Smyth, who has played twice in the Championship this season, got QPR's sixth on 55 minutes, but Ashley Charles at least ensured the Hornets won the second half with the goal of the game, a rocket from outside the box.

“It was a good goal, a good finish,” said Mullins, “but there is still a lot of room for improvement. It was a tough day for us and one we'll have to learn from. We want to play against good side like QPR. They almost had a B team out there and it's a game where we find out who is in and around that level and who is not.”

HORNETS | Baptiste; Eleftheriou, Hudson, Mukena (Leighton H-T), Gordon; Forster (Sankoh H-T), Charles (C), Phillips, Bennetts (Hutchinson 70); Cassidy, Folivi.

Subs not used | Hoskins (GK), Holsgrove.