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West Ham Fantasy Football Challenge: Gameweek 30

29 Mar | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
West Ham Fantasy Football Challenge: Gameweek 30
West Ham United Fans Challenge

Every week this season, two West Ham fans will compete at Fantasy Football to win money for their chosen charities

Will’s Team

GK: Martinez

DEF: Van Dijk, Branthwaite, Mitchell

MID: Son, Bowen, Palmer (c), Salah, Saka 

FW: Watkins, Solanke

You know that clip of Sam Allardyce laughing his head off at Chico Flores? (Google it if you don’t)

Well that was me after I saw James Jones only beat me by four points last gameweek even though he played his free hit chip (as I predicted) and only seven of my starting XI actually played a game. 

My hodge-podge team, would have been better suited to the seven-a-side league I play in on Wednesdays and they duly served up 17 measly points. 

But poor old Jonesy who has been crowing for weeks about how he has all his chips left was left with a whole omelette’s worth of egg on his face after his 11 free hit players produced a truly pathetic 21 points. 

The -3 for Sergio Reguilon was a particular highlight. And if it wasn’t for Morgan Gibbs-White’s seven points he would have actually lost to me again which would have been too much for the poor lamb to take. 

Anyway, I’m on 1,622 now, 35 points ahead of James on 1,587. 

Two transfers this week as Salah comes in for his fellow Mo, Kudus and Luton’s Alfie Doughty makes way for Everton’s Jarrad Branthwaite.  

I was tempted to play my wildcard to pull Erling Haaland and Salah back in, but as James didn’t make up as much ground on me as I expected last week I am keeping it up my sleeve for a little longer and hoping City vs Arsenal is another low scorer and I don’t regret the Haaland omission. 

 Big win coming this week, I can feel it in my bones. 

James’ Team

GK: Areola 

DEF: Burn, Pedro Porro, Doughty 

MID: Palmer, Kudus, Saka, Son © 

FW: Haaland (V), Watkins, Solanke

Someone call an ambulance. My FPL team is all over the place!

I logged in to my team for the first time since the international break this morning and was met with a sea of yellow flags. Five players are flagged, including three of my best midfielders in Kevin De Bruyne, Bukayo Saka and Mohammed Kudus.  

Playing my Free Hit chip in GW29 was supposed to be the trick up my sleeve to catch Will up, who has inexplicably raced into a healthy lead over me in recent weeks. But I only gained four points on him, with the gap still 35 points. I’m aware I’m running out of time. 

Given the yellow flags in my team, I’ve no choice but to do some surgery but I’m reluctant to spend any points on doing so, so it’s just one change this week and then the hope that all my players with knocks still make it through and play this weekend. 

The player leaving my team is Kevin De Bruyne, with Heung-min Son coming in. Man City’s huge title clash with Arsenal is the type of game where you’d expect a player like KDB to turn up and haul, but his slight injury doubt means it’s a risk I’m not willing to take. Meanwhile, Tottenham host Luton and I, like many others, is expecting Son to go on a bit of a mad one. 

The rest of my squad can just sit in A&E for now. I’m hoping the doctor sends them home with the all clear very quickly. 

Son gets my armband as well this week. I had considered handing it to Ollie Watkins, with Villa hosting Wolves at home, but I can’t ignore the fact Son’s home fixture is a bit more attractive than Watkins’.

Beyond that, my XI is relatively obvious with the players I’ve got left. Gabriel and Estupinan drop to the bench, while Garnacho is first sub in case on my yellow-flagged players don’t make it. 

It’s a decent XI, but I’m aware that Will has his wildcard still to play and if he had anything about him this would be the week he plays it. What he does will no doubt influence what my next moves are in the coming weeks. I have a brief plan, but with one eye on the enemy.