Putting my faith in Pope

With just ten short weeks to go between now and the end of the season a couple of green arrows has given me renewed optimism that we can better last season’s finishing rank.

I’ve decided to jump early on the second Wildcard with the aim of getting four big hitters into my side and hoping they deliver the large points returns needed to justify the outlay.

But to do this I had to select a number of budget options, this was tough in a number of positions, except between the sticks.

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One and only: Sanchez vs Mkhitaryan

With the swap deal of Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan finally complete I thought I’d take a look at who might be the best option to take in my team with the caveat being that I can only have one.

This seems like a simple one on the face of it, with Alexis’ having more experience in the Premier League and a proven track record of scoring goals but will a hungry Henrikh, who’s been a little underwhelming since his move from Borussia Dortmund in 2016, be capable of outperforming the Chilean in the coming months?

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Draft Diary: What an ‘orrible mess I’ve got myself in

Dear diary,

Last season, before the wonders of the FPL Draft existed, I ran a draft league for my work colleagues.

And I destroyed them.

In our ten team league I could not put a foot wrong. I was fifth to pick and I got Aguero, I took an unfancied Eden Hazard in the fifth round, I even picked up a little known midfielder called Etienne Capoue with the final pick and he started the season red hot.

I won three of the first four weeks, sat a top the table for the entire season and even completed a league and cup double as well. It was glorious.

This season has been very different.

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Liverpool don’t need to buy, they’ve already got a ready made replacement for Coutinho

While news of Philippe Coutinho’s eye-watering £142m transfer is still ringing in the ears of many football fans, for me, the moment I read the headline i had immediately starting assessing my FPL options.

Thankfully for me I don’t have the brilliant Brazilian in either my Classic or Draft squads but nevertheless I had been eagerly awaiting development on this long running transfer saga.

And the weeks of pain I have endured, may finally be rewarded.

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