Ugh. International breaks. I hate them! If you’ve had a bad weekend the negativity lingers around like a bad smell and there’s 2 weeks until you can put it right. If you’ve had a good week you want the next set of games to come ASAP whilst you’ve still got the magic touch. Occasionally though the international games can be just what the doctor ordered and anyone with Aguero or Morata will be thankful for the extra recuperation time.
Having both injured strikers in my draft team this week was a bit of a struggle and I lost my head to head matchup with my worst weekly points total so far. If your weekend went along similar lines just remember that however you’re feeling it could be worse, you could be a Crystal Palace fan. Unless of course you are a Crystal Palace fan and then it actually can’t be any worse.
LIKE A BOSS! It was a good weekend for…
Marouane Fellaini: The much maligned Midfielder has never really endeared himself to Manchester United supporters and was often the scapegoat of the Moyes & Van Gaal eras. The bushy haired Belgian has found a fan in Jose Mourinho and repaid his faith with a 2 goal MOTM display against struggling Crystal Palace.
Slaven Bilic: The under fire West Ham boss had a last minute Diafra Sakho winner to thank for a vital 3 points at home to Swansea on Saturday afternoon. That victory lifted his side out of the bottom 3 and with games against Burnley, Brighton & Palace on the horizon the Hammers will be hoping to build some momentum.
Burnley: Quietly rising up to 6th in the table the Clarets have already got more points away from home this season than in the entirety of last year. That’s even more impressive when you see that in 4 games so far they have won at Chelsea & Everton to go with points away at Liverpool & Spurs. No wonder they call Sean Dyche the ginger Mourinho!
TOTAL DROSS! It was a bad weekend for…
Sergio Aguero owners: Unfortunately the Argentine has a long history of injuries otherwise his already phenomenal goalscoring record would be better still. At least he’s finding new and exciting ways to stay off the field, the cause of his latest ailment was a car crash in the Netherlands on his day off following a trip to see a Colombian pop star.
Riyad Mahrez: After Leicester picked up just 1 point in 4 games Riyad Mahrez found himself benched for Demarai Gray after providing no goals and no assists over the same period. To make a bad week worse Mahrez and teammate Islam Slimani were both omitted from the Algeria squad after the national sides failure to qualify for next years World Cup.
Michy Batshuayi: Being kept on the bench behind your clubs record signing who has scored 6 goals in 6 league games is one thing, but to be overlooked when that same striker goes off injured in the 35th minute is another. Conte’s decision to play without a recognised forward rather than bring on Batshuayi gives an insight into the Italians opinion of the young forward.
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