Our newest contributor, Aditya Iyer, is going to be exploring the world of statistics, ahead of Gameweek 36, to bring you the most interesting and relevant stats to help you make more informed decisions with regard to your FPL teams
Gameweek 36 is right on our doorsteps 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!
Blank Gameweek 35 Review
Blank Gameweek 35 went according to the script for managers who activated Free-Hit and had Manchester City players who had a stroll in the park against Swansea City scoring 5.
West Ham, Swansea and Stoke City conceded 15+ shots in their respective games, while Manchester City conceded the least shots with 4.
Arsenal, Manchester City and Burnley had 15+ shots on goal and created 13+ chances, the best of any team this gameweek. Liverpool’s attack was rather kept quiet at the Hawthorns where the Reds managed to score 2 in 9 attempts.
Swansea’s Lukasz Fabianski faced the most shots on target (12) and saved 7 of them.
In terms of midfielders, Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva was the best performer this week. He had 14 touches in the penalty box, created 5 chances and scored a goal in 2 attempts.
Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette was the best forward this week. The Frenchman had 10 touches in the penalty box and in 3 attempts, he scored 2 goals totalling a 13 point return after bonus.
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Defensive Point of View
Liverpool play Stoke City at Anfield this week. The Reds in their last 6 home matches have conceded 48 shots, 7 big chances, 6 goals and have kept 3 cleansheets in the process.
Over the last 6 home games, Newcastle United, Manchester United and Spurs have the best defensive record in terms of goals conceded (less than 5).
The Magpies have conceded 3 from 57 shots including 12 big chances and have kept 3 cleansheets. The Red Devils too have conceded 3 from 56 shots, kept 3 clean sheets but have conceded fewer big chances (7).
Spurs, on the other hand, have let in 4 goals from 42 shots including 8 big chances, but have kept 4 clean sheets, the best by a side at home over the last 6 home games.
Manchester City travel to the London Stadium this week. Over the last 6 away trips, the Citizens have let in 7 goals from 51 shots plus 4 big chances and have kept 2 clean sheets – only Liverpool have kept more clean sheets (3) on the road in that timeframe.
Attacking Point of View
The League leaders Manchester City have scored 15 goals from 92 attempts and have created 70 chances, averaging a minute per chance ratio of 6.2, the best by a side in the last 6 away games.
A must win for Chelsea, as they take on Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium this week. Away from home, they don’t seem to be able to create as many chances as Man City, Liverpool and Spurs, but they have scored 31 goals from 17 and should see Hazard and Willian return to the starting line-up.
Arsenal travel to Old Trafford where Wenger will face-off against Mourinho and Manchester United one last time. Arsenal have been very poor away from home this season, conceding 26 goals from their 16 away games and come off the back of a very disappointing 1-1 draw against 10 man Atletico Madrid – United attackers could see some joy in this one.
In their last 6 Premier League games at Anfield, Liverpool have scored 20 goals, the most of any side in that time at home. They also boast the highest goal conversion rate (21.5%) under those same parameters.
Spurs haven’t been as impressive at Wembley as they were at White Hart Lane last season, with 32 goals scored coming from 16 home games – not bad by any means, but they aren’t blowing teams away frequently, like they were at home last season. Fortunately for them, Watford have the third worst defence overall so far this year, with 60 goals and 74 big chances conceded in their 35 games.
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My first pick for this gameweek is Liverpool’s Loris Karius.
In his last 4 appearances, he’s faced 11 shots on target, saved 8 of them with 6 coming from inside the box and has a save percentage of 73%. The German has kept 2 cleansheets and has conceded just 3.
This week the Reds play face Stoke City at home. The Potters in their last 4 away trips have scored just 2 from 38 attempts – the third worst in this period.
Tottenham’s Ben Davies is my second pick for this Gameweek.
In his last 4 appearances, the Welshman has created 4 chances, had 4 touches in the box, had 2 attempts on goal and has created an assist. Though his stats don’t look hugely appetising, his opponents Watford in their last 4 away trips have failed to score from 30 attempts, which could in turn boost Spurs’ chances of a clean sheet.
The top midfielder pick for this week is Manchester City’s, Raheem Sterling.
The English winger has looked in good touch and over his last 4 appearances he’s had 32 touches in the penalty area, 14 goal attempts with 11 coming from inside the box, created 7 chances including an assist and has scored 3.
His opponents West Ham have conceded 6 goals from 63 shots including 5 big chances over their last 4 home matches. Not to forget the Hammers have conceded 14 goals against the Citizens in the last 4 meetings between the teams.
Other Midfield options: Mohamed Salah, David Silva and Christian Eriksen.
The star man in this category is Harry Kane.
In his last 4 starts, the English forward has had 12 touches in the penalty area, 7 goal attempts with 5 inside the box, created 4 chances and has scored 2 goals. With Mohamed Salah running away with golden boot, Harry Kane needs 6 goals to go past the Egyptian and with home games against Watford, Leicester and Newcastle remaining, as well as a trip to WBA, Kane will feel he can still catch him.
His opponents this week, Watford, in their last 4 away games have conceded 11 goals and 12 big chances – the second worst by a team away from home in this period.
Other Forward options: Roberto Firmino, Gabriel Jesus, Pierre- Emerick Aubameyang and Romelu Lukaku.
Predicting Bandwagons: Under The Radar
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My under the radar pick is Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud. He is currently owned by just 1.7% of FPL managers.
Over the last 5 matches, the French forward has:
- had 28 touches in the penalty area
- had 13 goal attempts (13 inside the box)
- created 7 chances, including 3 big chances
- Averages a minute per chance rate of 16.3
- scored 2 goals
With Alvaro Morata losing his place after failing to take easy chances and the Blues in dire need of wins, their goal scoring chances rest heavily on the Frenchman, along with Eden Hazard and Willian. Not to forget Chelsea do have a double fixture in gameweek 37 and face only one side from the top 6 in their remaining 4 games.
Stats obtained from fantasyfootballscout.co.uk