05-03-21 – SkyFF GW25

27/2/2021 – Pep roulette strikes. To be fair I had it coming. With 6 City players, it was always going to happen but 3 at once hurts (Cancelo, Sterling and Rodri the unlucky men). Well at least we got to see the lineups. Hoping to punt on Sterling as captain given his record against West Ham, his benching left me to go with the safe choice of Dias. Things started amazingly with the big defender giving City the lead. Visions of a huge haul were quashed with Antonio proving he can score against anyone to wipe out Dias and Ederson’s clean sheet. Things only got worse from here with Stones firing in to the winner to give city victory, and whilst many own him, unfortunately I don’t. Well at least Dias earned the man of the match and tier 2 passing so I cant complain.Later in the day and with only 2 more players left it was more about damage limitation and hoping for the best. Lewis Dunk tried but with an early clean sheet wiped out and a goal disallowed it wasn’t to be. Bamford fared no better as Leeds struggled in defeat against Villa with Emi Martinez rewarding owners. Well at least this time Dallas didn’t do much to hurt me.Somehow I woke up on Sunday morning with no change in rank (or hangover). Still 21st somehow.
28/2/2021 – Resisting the urge to use a transfer was lucky in some way, however, keeping hold of Sterling and ignoring Kane was costly, and could have been a lot worse given Spurs demolition of a hapless Burnley outfit. Listening to this on the radio made a routine trip to the recycling centre a painful visit. The lack of moves also meant Salah or Bruno were the captain choices. I opted for Salah, which made no difference as both could only muster 2 points. Knowing many brought in Harvey Barnes I can’t complain although a rank slip to 37th is frustrating, not losing 2 transfers to buy and later sell Barnes is a stroke of luck for me.1/3/2021 – Onto Monday and the promise of an open game between Everton and Southampton was exciting. Unfortunately the players didn’t get the memo despite Richarlison’s tidy finish early on. Unfortunately I moved Bamford on for the wrong striker (transfer executed whilst bathing the kids) with DCL offering plenty in the way of effort but very little threat. Infact my other player in that game Vestagaard came close bit Pickford cruelly denied him. This week really hasn’t helped my bid for a PS5. Rank is currently at 36 (the same points total as @cleanwipeoutFPL of the Season Keepers podcast) with more updates (and possibly transfers) to follow before the weekend.2/3/2021 – Tuesday came, and began with promise. With Pep naming 5 of my City players in the starting lineup, I gave Cancelo the armband. City scored (own goal) then Connor Coady scored with his first shot on target in 3 PL seasons. Then 3 further City goals, non of which yielded attacking returns left for a disappointing night where 5 points from Ruben Dias was the highlight. Sheer volume of players saw my rank climb to 28th.3/3/2021 – With only 1 player involved in Wednesday’s fixtures I quickly turned this into 2, bringing in Emi Martinez for Ederson. This move could have waited but the possibility of a ‘nailed on’ clean sheet against a flaccid Sheffield United forward line was too good. Needless to say, this didn’t work out well with Mcgoldrick giving his side the 1-0 victory. As with the majority of the top 1k, captaining Bruno is often the default move. With the fog descending on Selhurst Park, the scene was set, but within minutes it became clear this wasn’t going to be a classic. Keeping my cool, I decided to pour a gin and tonic (berry gin, how macho am I) and switch over to watch a programme about Chernobyl. With the game finishing 0-0, this was one of the better decisions I made all week (the gin was nice too).The Martinez move didn’t yield the early returns I craved but saw me leapfrog Benny Blanco into 27th.4/9/2021 – Faced with the choice of Salah or DCL for captaincy and not having confidence in either, decided now would be a great time to add Harry Kane to the side, removing the incumbent Raheem Sterling. Early returns looked poor with Kane only able to muster 4 points (DCL 2) and with Salah still to come I wasn’t really sure if I wanted him to do well or not. Either way his 2 points were disappointing as were his team, and the gameweek in general. A rank drop from 21st to 29th over the course of the gameweek doesn’t feel significant but any slim chance of top 5 now appears a lost cause. With just 12 transfers left, each move feels like it needs to be with a longer term view, especially in the coming weeks. Back at it again for Saturday with a tricky captaincy decision for my team with an uninspiring set of fixtures. Good luck!!!

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