FPL International Round-Up (Sept 2020)
We scanned the fixtures and picked up some #FPL talking points.
Chelsea’s forward line
It was a great international week for Chelsea forwards.
New Signing Timo Werner played 180 minutes for Germany and scored against Spain to bring his international tally to 12 goals in 31 caps. The forward looked lively against Spain but endured a subdued game against Switzerland. His goal ratio since the start of last season has been amazing (~1 goal contribution per game).
Olivier Giroud also found the net for France. He scored a penalty against Croatia to bring his remarkable international tally to 40, just one behind the great Michel Platini in France’s history. He is now just 11 behind all-time French top scorer Thierry Henry. He is, however, not likely to start for Chelsea on GW01 (or take a penalty)
Forgotten man Michy Batshuayi scored twice for Belgium – his tally is 18 goals in 30 caps. He may not be on your FPL radar right now but Crystal Palace are very interested. With the right team and given play-time, the Belgian will score plenty of Premier League goals.
Tammy Abraham is the other forward in Chelsea’s books and he was not involved in international this week.
Alexander-Arnold is fit
The England outing had helped clear any doubts about Alexandar-Arnold‘s fitness. The Liverpool right back had been slower to get back into fitness and had missed the Community Shield 2 weeks ago. He started and played a good 87 minutes against Denmark in Copenhagen. He did not excel in that game but at least it is clear that he is fit and ready for selection on GW01.
Elsewhere, Alexandar-Arnold’s understudy Neco Williams found the net for Wales. The 19-year-old was a substitute for his nation and scored a late late winner. He is not at the same level as Alexandar-Arnold (then again, who is??) but should be a worthy back-up.
Sterling on penalty duties
Raheem Sterling took and scored the winning England penalty against Iceland. We reckoned Harry Kane should be the nation’s first choice penalty taker but he was already substituted out when England earned the injury time spot kick. Interestingly, Saints’ regular penalty taker James Ward-Prowse was still on the pitch but we guessed he did not put his hand up given that it’s his first England start.
Sterling is currently listed as one of the six penalty takers for Man City but his club record from 12 yards is currently 1 miss from 1 attempt. He missed in GW37+ last season and chances are won’t be in front of the line for City.
Nonetheless, Sterling is often an under-appreciated FPL asset. He has scored an average of 19 league goals over the last 3 seasons and chances are he will get close to that mark again. His TSB% is currently low at ~4%, making him a possible differential pick (from GW02).
Mitrovic on form
Mitrovic’s stature is similar for both club and country – a top player in an otherwise average team. Serbia have been average for a while now but Mitrovic cannot stop scoring. He is only 25 and his record is 35 goals in 57 caps – just 3 short of his nation’s all-time record.
His TSB% is currently around 25% and at his price point, he is difficult to ignore – even if Fulham were to struggle this season.
Alioski takes penalties too
Leeds’ North Macedonian wing-back Ezgjan Alioski also scored a penalty for his nation. He is by no means a certain starter for Leeds and we believe he would be very low on the set-piece pecking order.
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