Have Leicester City Peaked and is it time to Chop Vardy and Mahrez?
Have Leicester reached their Peak and should you keep their FPL Players?
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Having taken 50 points from a possible 66 in a phenomenal run of form that started back in April and that has seen Leicester City storm to the top of Premier League the inevitable question now is whether they can sustain the level of form for some time to come. Since April, Leicester have notched an impressive 15 wins and some against very notable opponents. The trouble now of course is that having reached the pinnacle of the Premier League table the only way is down and they are about to embark on their toughest run of fixtures yet.
It seems that almost every FPL manager has either Riyad Mahrez or Jamie Vardy in their team (and for good reason too up to this point) but to be the best of the best in FPL you have to get on the good stuff early and know when to ship players out and move on – we could be very close to that point with Leicester City.
Gary Neville stated on Monday Night Football that clubs will take a different approach to Leicester now that they are top of the league and that it will become increasingly difficult for them to continue to enjoy the freedom that they have as opposing teams will take them a little more seriously. The problem of course is that if you do drop Mahrez or Vardy that (because of price rises) you are unlikely to be able to put them back in if you need to without taking a massive financial hit.
Leicester fixtures and the form
We often talk about the fixtures and the form in Fantasy Premier League and that’s where the conundrum lies with Leicester – these players clearly have the form, but the fixtures are really up against them over the next 6 weeks, here is their upcoming run of games:
GW14: Man Utd (h)
GW15: Swansea (a)
GW16: Chelsea (h)
GW17: Everton (a)
GW18: Liverpool (a)
GW19: Man City (h)
The fixtures become a little kinder in January with games against Bournemouth and Aston Villa (possible wildcard thoughts) but up until then the next 6 weeks look very tough indeed. Man Utd have looked very solid this season defensively and will be looking to keep Jamie Vardy out this weekend as he seeks to break Van Nistelrooy’s goal scoring record and it is hard to predict what will happen – after all, we can all remember the 8 goal thriller last season when Leciester put 5 past United – but this is a very different United to last September and it is highly unlikely that we will see anything like that.
The next 3 home games could hardly be tougher with Chelsea and Man City to follow Man United, and if the home form goes awry then Leciester could be in trouble – two tough trips to Merseyside in quick succession could also spell trouble and it is not impossible that Leicester could be out of the top 6 come January.
Looking at the fixture list, for me the time has come to part ways with Riyad Mahrez. Vardy will stay in my team as I have romantic notions of him breaking the record against Man United this weekend – but he will be dropped the following week if he fails to score.
It is certainly worth considering before making your transfers this week – how about Barkley for Mahrez or Kone for Vardy – worth a thought?
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