Stat Corner: Blank Gameweek 35

Our newest contributor, Aditya Iyer, is going to be exploring the world of statistics, ahead of Blank Gameweek 35, to bring you the most interesting and relevant stats to help you make more informed decisions with regard to your FPL teams

The last Blank Gameweek of the season is here and that means stat man Aditya has readied you with plenty of interesting and relevant stats about the Premier League teams and players to consider ahead of it – read on and enjoy this latest feast of FPL data, statistics and insight!

Double Gameweek 34 Review

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The first double gameweek of this season didn’t deliver as expected for the majority of us, as the so-called ‘big teams’ Manchester United and Spurs ultimately failed to meet our lofty expectations, but looking back, there were some interesting takes from DGW34.

Bournemouth and Brighton conceded the most shots, with both conceding over a whopping 30 in their respective games.

Liverpool and Huddersfield conceded the least amount of shots, with less than 6 being conceded.

Yet again, Liverpool’s attack was the best this week, with a minutes per chance ratio of 4.7, including 20 attempts on goal, with 6 on target.

Liverpool’s Trent Alexander Arnold put in a brilliant performance, providing 10 crosses, creating 4 chances with 1 of them leading to an assist – by far the most creative defender that week if you take out those who had a double gameweek.

Another defender that impressed, was Leciester’s Ben Chilwell who, at just £4.4m, started both games and put in a huge 18 crosses across the two games, creating 4 chances for his team-mates – the most (along with Alexander-Arnold) of any defender that gameweek.

Despite only playing 1 game, Chelsea’s Willian created the most chances, with 6 chances created, 1 of them being taken, leading to an assist for the Brazilian.

Christian Eriksen, Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah had the most attempts on goal (6), with all the three scoring one, but the Egyptian winger had 3 shots on target compared to the others, who managed 2.

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Looking ahead

Defensive Point Of View

Liverpool play West Brom this week. In their last 6 away games, the Reds have conceded just 31 shots, 9 big chances and 4 goals, including 3 clean sheets kept, which is the best over this period.

Burnley travel away from home too this week and face Stoke City. In their last 6 away games, the Clarets have conceded 79 shots, 10 big chances, 5 goals and have kept a cleansheet. On the number of least goals conceded, the Clarets are ranked second, just 1 goal more than Liverpool.

Manchester City play Swansea at home this week. The Citizens in their last 6 home games have let in 6 goals from 26 shots and have conceded 6 big chances. In terms of least chances conceded at home, the Citizens are ranked first, but interestingly, have only managed 6 clean sheets at The Etihad, despite having the second best clean sheet record overall.

Attacking Point Of View

Arsenal host West Ham this week and in their last 6 home matches, have scored 18 goals from 89 attempts, created 68 chances, averaging a minute per chance rate of 6.4. At home, they are the second best attacking team in the league to Man City, with 45 goals scored from their 17 home games and have managed the most amount of shots inside the box of any side at home (202).

Liverpool, in their last 6 away trips have scored 8 from 91 attempts and have a minute per chance ratio of 6.2, which is ranked the second best ratio over that period of time away from home. Away from home, only Man City have scored more goals (40) and created more chances (52) than Liverpool, who themselves have managed 37 goals on the road from 47 big chances.

Manchester City clearly have the easiest fixture this gameweek. The Citizens in their last 6 home encounters have scored 15 goals from a whopping 92 attempts, which is an average of 15 goal attempts a game. They’ve also created 70 chances and have a minute per chance ratio of 6.2, which is the best by a side at home in this period.

 Must-haves and considerations: DGW34

Goalkeeper

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My first pick for this week is Burnley’s Nick Pope.

In his last 4 appearances, he’s faced 18 shots on target, saved 15 of them with 13 coming from inside the box and has a save percentage of 83%. The English goalkeeper has kept a cleansheet and has conceded just 3.

This week the Clarets travel away from home and face Stoke, a side who are in a relegation battle. The Potters in their last 4 home games have scored just 3 from 37 shots, the worst by a side at home in this period.

Defender

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Liverpool’s Trent Alexander Arnold is my second pick for this week.

The young English right-back is becoming a Klopp favourite and is edging to be a first choice right-back for the Reds. In his last 4 games, he’s created 6 chances, provided an assist, had 3 touches in the penalty area and had 2 attempts on goal.

The Baggies have picked it up and are looking fresh under Moore, following a shock victory against Manchester United last weekend, but overall, Liverpool are much the better side and you have to fancy them for a clean sheet this week. WBA, in their last 4 home games, have scored 4 from 39 attempts, whilst Liverpool in their last 4 away trips have conceded just 3 in 22 shots and have kept 2 cleansheets too.

Midfielder

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The top pick for this week in this section is of course, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.

The Egyptian winger is unstoppable and has failed to score on only 10 occasions. In his last 4 matches, he’s had 38 touches in the penalty area, 15 shots on goal (11 on target), scored 6, created 9 chances and has an assist to his name.

This week he faces a West Brom side who in their last 4 home matches, have conceded 9 goals from 48 shots and 7 big chances, the second-worst by a side at home.

Other Midfield options that should do well: Leroy Sané, Sadio Mané and Wilfried Zaha.

Forward

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The main man in this category, is young Brazilian Gabriel Jesus, after news of Agüero’s surgery that’s likely to keep him out the rest of the season.

In his last 3 starts in the PL, he’s scored 2 and bagged 2 assists. City should be in party mood for the rest of the season and with Agüero likely to miss out the rest of the season, Jesus is a no-brainer. Despite playing only 1288 minutes, he’s managed 10 goals and 6 assists. When he plays, he’s almost always involved in the goals and I think, with the title wrapped up, there will be plenty of them from City.

Other Forward options that should do well: Roberto Firmino, Chris Wood and Alexandre Lacazette. 

Predicting Bandwagons: Under The Radar

1. Yannick Bolasie 

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My first under the radar pick, is Everton’s Yannick Bolasie. He is currently owned by just 0.2% of the FPL managers.

Over the last 5 matches, the Congolese has:

  • had 17 touches in the penalty area
  • had 14 goal attempts (10 inside the box)
  • created 2 chances, including a big chance
  • made 18 crosses
  • scored 1 goal

Everton have a decent run of fixtures until gameweek 38 and Yannick Bolasie could be an ideal differential pick for managers who are on a Free Hit chip for this week.

2. Ayoze Pérez 

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Newcastle’s Ayoze Pérez is my second under the radar choice. The Spanish forward has been displaying some impressive performances recently, particularly the last 3 gameweeks.

Over the last 5 matches, the Spaniard has:

  • had 21 touches in the penalty area
  • had 10 goal attempts (8 inside the box)
  • created 4 chances, including a big chance
  • scored 3 goals
  • provided 2 assists

Newcastle are unbeaten in their last 4 games and have some good fixtures until gameweek 37, including a double gameweek and Pérez could be a decent enabling 3rd forward choice, as he plays behind the forward as a number 10 and is equally involved in creating as well as taking chances.

Stats obtained from fantasyfootballscout.co.uk

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