Ten in a row! We did it. Unbelievable.
I cast a critical eye over this team every single week and mull over possible moves and trades which will add to this well oiled machine, but every single week each player gives me a reason to keep them. It’s a great position to be in.
Going into this week I fully expected the win streak to be halted at nine by my opponent Andrew, champion of the Vinegar Strokes league, who possesses several players with high value in the Togga format, mainly Harry Kane. Andrew was also very unfortunate not to beat me in the opening match up of the season so I was well prepared for his revenge!
Thankfully, a couple of my recent pickups shone for me, leading me to a comfortable 131.5-94.5 victory, my third highest of the season.
For the moment, it appears that I’ve built a ruthless winning machine. How far can it go before the wheels come off?
Mathew Ryan – 4
It’ll do. Four saves and two goals conceded against an average Stoke side resulted in an average score return. The big Aussie has been a great servant to I Predict a Payet but with Brighton’s fixtures about to turn he may have played his last game for us for a little while.
Ben Davies – 8.5
I was reluctant to start the flying Welsh wing back this week and Spurs proved exactly why when they bottled it in the North London derby. However, Davies still returned a respectable 8.5 despite seeing his team concede twice to their bitter rivals. Davies got off to a flyer this season but will see his play time cut considerably by Danny Rose. You’ll need to own both players in a handcuff in order to rely on him but I’m more than happy to keep hold of him for the games he does pull on the white shirt.
Alberto Moreno – 10.5
Solidly unspectacular once again from the Liverpool full back with the majority of his points coming from his team’s clean sheet. Despite his constant need to attack, Moreno was comfortably outscored by his right back counterpart Trent Alexander-Arnold, with the double barrelled defender’s score of 17.25 what I expected from the Spaniard against a hopeless Southampton side. I fully expect Moreno to contribute more against Chelsea who will stretch his questionable defensive capabilities to the max, which also means he’s not a definite starter for me in Gameweek 13.
Federico Fernandez – 2.5
If Moreno was solidly unspectacular, Federico Fernandez was just unspectacular. Not sure about the logic behind this one, if there was one at all. I didn’t fancy the matchups for my defenders but Laurent Koscielny is currently sat on my bench having scored a tidy 15.75. Thankfully it didn’t cost me. Even the league leader makes mistakes I guess…
Wilfried Zaha – 15.5
Another game at Selhurst Park and another goal for Zaha. He’s on fire at the moment, particularly at home, and his fixtures are set to stay kind for the foreseeable future. His 15.5 even included 3.5 lost for dispossessions. I can forgive him for those due to another goal and another sparkling performance. If he’s gettable in your league, whether that be through a trade or even on the waiver wire (for some reason!) then go and get him!
Leroy Sane – 17.5
He’s done it again. Leroy Sane is unplayable at the moment and looks set to continue his hot streak after deservedly being awarded the league’s player of the month for October. Another assist (his 12th direct goal involvement this season) coupled with three key passes and five successful dribbles ensured yet another impressive haul by the German. A trip to Huddersfield in gameweek 13 is another one for the league’s in form player to look forward to. Once again, a big thank you to my league counterparts for rejecting my early season trades!
Xherdan Shaqiri – 10.5
Another assist, this time a perfectly weighted ball over the top for the guy with the best name in the league (maybe the world), meant another respectable score for the Swiss international. Two goals and five assists have led to six double figure hauls so far this season, three of them being 20 points and over. Few togga experts even considered Shaqiri an option at the start of this campaign but the pocket sized playmaker has shown everyone what his capable of in the first 12 weeks. I can see Shaqiri being on my team until the bitter end.
Anthony Knockaert – 4.5
I love owning Knockaert but his inconsistency frustrates me. The Frenchman is often electric when he gets the ball and on his day looks like creating clear cut chances in every involvement. On other days he can be largely anonymous. This was one of those days. Not being involved in either of his side’s goals is very disappointing but his high upside when he’s having a good day still makes him an extremely worthwile player to own.
Glenn Murray – 0
The hot streak is finally over for Glenn Murray. It was good while it lasted and I’m delighted that I could be part of it. Murray looked frustrated against the quality of Ryan Shawcross and Kurt Zouma which made him look every inch the Championship striker people many have claimed him to be. The Premier League is an unforgiving mistress so it’s hard to see him keeping Tomer Hemed out of the team for much longer. Thanks for the memories Murray…
Alexis Sanchez – 25.5
Another electric Alexis performance. The best thing about owning Sanchez in Togga is that his all action still of play means he is constantly at the centre of the point scoring actions. Discounting his goal and yellow card that he picked up, his attacking contributions added up to a whopping 19.5 points. Incredible. My third favourite Togga player of all time (I’ll give anyone who can guess the two ahead of him a Wispa gold) inspired my team to retain my title last season. I’m desperately hoping he continues to be at the centre of this title push.
Callum Wilson – 32.5
I’ve saved the best til last. It’s always hard not to be smug when one of your punts comes off. I’m not even going to try with this one. This was a stroke of genius. I’d been keeping up with Wilson’s recovery progress via the AFC Bournemouth Twitter account (thanks chaps) and as soon as I saw he’d bagged a double against Norwich City U23s (a perfect way to gauge someone’s ability) he was straight in my team. Coupled with his upcoming fixtures (shameless plug: I even wrote on article about it. Hate to say I told you so!) Wilson was a must have in my eyes and he was more than likely a free agent in every league apart from that of the Bournemouth supporters club. When in my last article I said I’d be surprised if he doesn’t bag in the Premier League in the next few weeks I didn’t expect him to go goal crazy. What better way to announce your comeback than by scoring a hat trick? Light work and plenty more to come. What a punt…
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