Three cheers for the end of the international break! Maybe it is just me, or just that I am getting older with less things to do, but these breaks just seem to drag on and on. But I will say the WC Qualifiers have taken on a new dimension for me now that I am living in Amsterdam. Seeing the buzz around the city before the France match at Ajax Arena was pretty neat. The Netherlands almost took something from that match but will still have an upward battle to qualification.
On ward to more important matches however, let's take a look at the upcoming fixtures:
Arsenal v Swansea
Bournemouth v Hull City
West Brom v Spurs
Crystal Palace v West Ham
Middlesbrough v Watford
Southampton v Watford
I decided upon just one format to focus on this season, with so many other things taking my attention, namely trying to get a job in a newly adopted country. I had a lot of fun with friends in the Official game and thus have decided to focus on that. It really doesn't hold a candle to our beloved Yahoo Fantasy Football format (RIP), but for some reason i just couldn't get into Fantrax.
After a pretty miserable start to the first 7 weeks, I decided to use my wild card for the team that follows:
Forster, PvA, Pieters, Vertonghen, Sanchez (c), Snodgrass, Firmino, Sterling, Lukaku, Costa, Benteke
Bench: Heaton, Friend, Bailley, Amartey
I am pretty happy with the changes over all, but my main headaches are surrounding my last defender slot which could easily go to one of Bailley, Friend, or Pieters. I am currently on Pieters because (a.) Stoke are at home, (b.) Sunderland have a horrid chances created away from home statistic, (c.) I just can't see Liverpool blanking at home meaning Bailley's stock falls, (d.) Friend is at home but hard not to see Watford break them down.
How are your teams shaping up? What players do you believe will bring the points this week?