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The Watchlist – Glen Johnson

Filed under: The Watchlist - Posted by: Paul

Glen Johnson picked the perfect opportunity to propel himself onto Fantasy radars with a stunning strike in Liverpool’s 3-2 win over former club West Ham last Sunday afternoon. With Jose Enrique remaining doubtful for the Reds’ home clash against Villa this weekend, Johnson looks an enticing option as Brendan Rodgers’ in-form side prepare for a favourable run of upcoming fixtures over the festive period:

Mainly utilised as a left-back this season, Johnson only recently returned to his natural position on the opposite side of defence in Gameweek 13 and, as he becomes accustomed to his right-back role once again, has started to pick up the points. His goal and maximum Fantasy Premier League (FPL) bonus haul against the Hammers followed on from an assist and a couple of bonus against Southampton in Gameweek 15, meaning Johnson has now returned double figures in each of his last two appearances. The fact that he had previously produced one assist all season is a clear indication of his recent improvement.

Lucas’ return to the Liverpool first-team seems also to have played a part in Johnson’s upturn in performance. With the Brazilian content to sit in front of the back-four and break up the opposition play, Rodgers is finally able to push on both his full-backs, with Johnson and Enrique lending weight to the Reds’ attacks from deep. With Enrique now preferred in defence again following a brief out of position stint in the front three, Johnson is perhaps edging ahead in our Fantasy thoughts after the Spaniard admitted earlier today he still has concerns over the hamstring injury that forced him off at Upton Park.

Looking at the next five fixtures, it’s difficult not to be swayed by Liverpool’s assets. At the back, in particular, they have been hugely consistent in recent games at Anfield – just a single goal conceded in the last five in front of their own fans. Investment in Rodgers’ defence looks a sound option, then, with Villa, Fulham and Sunderland all set to roll up to Merseyside between now and Gameweek 21 and, while a trip to Stoke is always tricky, the Reds also travel to QPR, offering further chance of points before their schedule takes a turn for the worse and the winter wildcard comes into play.

With just one defeat in their last 11, Liverpool are clearly starting to hit their stride under Rodgers and Johnson could prove crucial over the hectic next few matches. A price of 6.3 in FPL and 6.5 in the Sky Sports game may deter many, though an ownership of less than 3% in FPL underlines his case as a real in-form differential worth considering.

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  1. Pork chops marinaded in paprika, turmeric, coriander and lemon juice with black pepper. Baked on a bed of roasted parsnip, turnip, garlic and mushrooms, with leek, onion, ginger and shallots, and chicken stock.

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. Don't you ever eat anything basic? :)

      New Post btw....

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. Ta. That is basic ... :-D

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
      2. Oh - and very good luck in the cup!!! :-)

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
    2. chippy for me :-(

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    3. now that does sound good. Apart from the piggy bit

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  2. Repost
    Is it worth having lallana over puncheon

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. No - points potential not reflected in the price - given that he is unlikely to be in your team every week

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  3. bunn
    wisdom baines gibbs
    santi-vc silva fellaini sterling
    berba suarez-c ba

    bego demel cuellar mata

    1ft 2.0 in the bank was thinking getting rid of demba for either giroud or tevez,or pos holding on and going for torres?x

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
  4. This team gonna do ok this week?

    Foster
    Garrido baines cameron shorey
    Michu fellaini sterling
    Suarez rvp defoe

    Subs: bego enrique sess punch....

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. shorey could end up with a 0

      at least put enrique in your starting 11 and probably sess.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  5. does anyone know how many transfers in it takes for a players value to rise 0.1?????

    help would be appreciated :)

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  6. also how do you link your team???

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. Details in FAQ link at bottom of page- basically paste the Gameweek history link into your profile....

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  7. Worth a sideways move from Enrique to GlenJ?

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. I'm thinking the same!

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    2. done that.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  8. 3 alternatives for you here!

    What transfer should I do?

    A: Fletcher > Defoe(have Dempsey), and means benching one of Michu and Fellaini.

    B: Enrique>Johnson

    X: Stick

    Cheers!

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. I would probably do Cuellar -> Merte and play a 3-5-2 with
      Merts - Rafa - Shorey/Demel
      Sterling - Michu - Felli - Demps - Cazorla
      RVP - Other Striker (Fletcher)

      And get rid of Fletcher next week.. :)

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    2. A probably - as I think Defoe makes sense for the next 6GWs-

      B makes no sense unless Enrique is ruled out

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  9. hmmmm!

    Bring in Assou Ekotto next week if he plays well this weekend. 6.0 has to be worth it

    bring in David Luiz if he holds down a holding midfield role - bound to get points and Chelsea back line will benefit with clean sheets?

    Thoughts?

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. Not sure about the David Luiz bit.He may well be able to do a job but what of the other 749 midfielders at Chelsea...when will it be their turn ?

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  10. Quick Poll Gents:

    A.) Rooney & Snodgrass

    or

    B.) RVP & Sidwell

    Thanks!

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  11. Whats the word on B Foster?

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
  12. Why is everyone saying Sterling wont play vs Villa? Us there any source on this?

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. Just that he was wearing reserve team colors during practice. I don't really care, i think he will start.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  13. Bego
    Silva-sess-santi-sterling
    Giround-fletcher-suarez
    A-Fletcher to Rooney
    B-Giround to Aguero

    5.6in bank ..

    • 1 year, 10 months ago

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