Last week, while taking my wife to a local farmer’s market inspired upscale tapas restaurant with a nominated chef. I was very impressed with three things. First, the food/drink which all of you could have safely assumed. The second and third are harder to conjecture because most people, particularly Americans, fail to realize the importance in such simplistic concepts. One, the menu was eloquently yet efficiently laid out. Second, the waitress took the time to explain the menu and the groups/amount of food. And most importantly, she was spot on.
So many dinners I’ve participated in have been ruined by simply by either overindulging, not being satisfied because of ordering to little, or even sometimes not understanding all the parts of the menu so just missing the boat altogether. This my friends, brings us the biggest crockery of FPL. The fixture difficulty rater. Not only am I going to lay out the three substantial oversights to this FPL tool, if you can even call it that. I’m going to provide you with a much more sophisticated fixture difficulty rater that you should use for the rest of the year. Think of it walking into a grocery store and buying your first ever bottle of wine versus having a Somalia offer you the best at a Michelin Star restaurant.
The first mistake in the FPL fixture difficulty rater is the number system. It is just too limited to express the fine subtleties belonging to the treacherous EPL schedule. Let me share a perfect example. Both Cardiff at home versus Arsenal and Bournemouth away at Chelsea were graded as 4’s on a 1-5 schedule. Cardiff could or even should have easily beaten Arsenal and scored 3 or 4 goals, while Bournemouth lost to Chelsea 0-2. I know some of you naysayers are already shouting your grievances. Well, Bournemouth could have won that game since they created more big chances (they did not win though) or, Arsenal still won so it WAS a difficult game for Cardiff etc. Well, that brings me to my second point.
What do these numbers even mean? You do not go to the dessert section of a menu to find a main course, right? So, what does a red 4 mean? Because a red 4 at home versus Liverpool is a lot different than a red 4 at home or even away versus Arsenal. Just ask Crystal Palace who bunkered for 90 minutes and lost 0-2 versus The Reds compared to The Blues who won 3-2 at home. Both Chelsea and CP had the same “difficulty” ranking!!!! The FPL fixture difficulty rater needs more structure AND needs to consider chances for a clean sheet versus chances for goals. I mean, do FPL players have to do all the hard work?!?!
Okay, I’m ready for your next argument. You’re just picking on Arsenal. Yes, yes, I am because they are the most glaring issue in this mockery. But you can look elsewhere. Is playing away to Wolves and at home versus Cardiff both the same? Manchester City wouldn’t think so. Is Watford at home still a light green two? Burnley would disagree and Manchester United soon will as well. To sum up, the FPL fixture difficulty rater should adjust/change, just like a good restaurant changes their menu. I mean, even McDonald’s has brought us things like the McGriddle. That wouldn’t have happened if they were just like, nah I’m good with what we put on our menu day one.
That is why FPL Jim has put together a useful and more accurate FPL fixture difficulty rater. Because our job at FPL Dive is to only bring you the best.
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