Predicting the Dream Team – Foomni Vs. Texan (Gameweek 36)

Hello, and welcome to the 13th edition of Predicting the Dream Team brought to you by me, FPL Texan. In this article, we preview FPL Gameweek 36.

In this series, I go head-to-head each week with Foomni Analytics to see who can select the best team of the week, their algorithm or myself. It is a classic battle of man vs. machine!

So first off, let’s take a look at who won the 12th battle in GW35, myself or Foomni.

ManagerGameweek ScoreH2H ScoreOverall Points
FPL Texan1258906
Foomni’s Algo1104879

As you can see, I have won this week and won the overall battle for the season!

The main selection that set up apart was my selection of Mason Greenwood, who scored 19 points this week!

Moving onto GW36, let’s take a look at Foomni Analytics’ team and a brief explanation of their algorithm.

Foomni’s Predicted Team of the Week (Gameweek 36)

Algo is a predictive algorithm developed by Foomni Analytics, with the goal of projecting FPL player points as correctly as possible. This is Algo’s second full season, and every week it makes new projections for all players and uses them to pick that week’s Dream Team, and provide general FPL advice.

Algo’s brain is a complex system that uses the data from several previous seasons to calculate a player’s form, and then determines what factors affect a player’s form, and applies appropriate modifiers to reflect them.

If you are interested to know more about Algo’s inner workings, this is a good place to start.

It is important to note that there may be a few final changes to Algo’s team following the press conferences.

Next, we will look at my predicted team of the week and my reasoning behind each decision.

Texan’s Predicted Team of the Week (Gameweek 36)

Important note before we begin – this is not my actual team for Gameweek 36, but instead my predicted team of the week (almost as though I had a free hit to choose as I wish).

JORDAN PICKFORD

  • Price: £4.8m
  • Ownership: 5.2%
  • Projected Points: 4.49 Points

Pickford makes his debut in my team of the week this week with a nice matchup against Sheffield United. Since April 1st, the Blades have the lowest xG in the league at just 3.37. This bodes well for Pickford and the Everton defence as a whole, who have been relatively solid at the back as of late with the 5th best xGA over the same period.

Pickford averages 2.78 saves per game, so there is save point potential.

LUCAS DIGNE

  • Price: £6.2m
  • Ownership: 11.3%
  • Projected Points: 6.02 Points

Digne is part of a double Everton defence for me this week. Digne provides a great attacking threat for Everton, with a team leading xA of 1.66 over the last 7 games. This bodes well for him, as the Blades defence has been poor with the second highest xGA over the last 6 games at 12.24.

I expect Everton to score a few goals this weekend, and I think Digne will be involved.

TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD

  • Price: £7.6m
  • Ownership: 22.4%
  • Projected Points: 5.53 Points

Trent is back in the team of the week this week with a nice matchup against West Brom. Since April 1st, Liverpool have been a top 6 defence in terms of xGA at 7.32. West Brom’s attack has been better as of late, but they are still middle of the road in terms of xG over the same period. Trent obviously also provides great attacking potential, ranking first on the team in xA over the last 5 games at 2.49.

Trent is a great option this week, as I think a double digit performance is on the cards.

STUART DALLAS

  • Price: £5.3m
  • Ownership: 28.2%
  • Projected Points: 5.21 Points

Dallas rounds out the defence this week, with a matchup against Burnley. Burnley have actually been a strong side offensively as of late, with the 6th best xG since April 1st. This selection is based on Dallas’s goal threat. Playing in the centre of the midfield, Dallas is a great choice with 3 goals in his last 5 games. He is also 3rd on the team in xG over that time.

A clean sheet is always a possibility, but in a blank gameweek the OOP Dallas makes the team for his goal threat.

MOHAMED SALAH (C)

  • Price: £12.7m
  • Ownership: 37.2%
  • Projected Points: 5.96 Points

Salah is the captaincy selection this week, with the matchup against West Brom. Since April 1st, Liverpool are first in the league for xG at 14.23. West Brom’s defence, conversely, has been poor with the 7th worst xGA over the same time period. This bodes well for Salah and the Pool attack. Salah has been in good form as of late, and is second on the team in xG (4.00) and third in xA (1.67) over the same period.

Liverpool need to start winning games to make the UCL, and Salah is looking for the net so he’s got the armband this week.

HEUNG-MIN SON

  • Price: £9.5m
  • Ownership: 44.8%
  • Projected Points: 6.96 Points

Son is back on the team sheet this week with a matchup against Wolves. Spurs have been quite strong as of late with the 7th highest xG since April 1st. Wolves defense has also been quite strong with the 6th best xGA over that time. Son is in great form, with 4 goals in his last 5 games. Over that time he is second in xG (2.06) and first in xA (1.30)

Like Liverpool, Spurs will be pushing for results, so an in form Son makes the team.

RIYAD MAHREZ

  • Price: £8.0m
  • Ownership: 5.9%
  • Projected Points: 2.17 Points

Mahrez makes the team of the week for the first time this week with a fixture against Newcastle. Newcastle’s defence has been poor as of late, with the highest xGA in the league since April 1st at 13.30, so Man City attackers should have a nice week. Mahrez has been performing well as of late, ranking second in the team for xG at 1.80 over his last 5 games. Mahrez is a rotation risk, but always looks like scoring when he gets a chance

Mahrez is a great punt for this gameweek for those looking to make a late push.

RAPHINHA

  • Price: £5.4m
  • Ownership: 5.4%
  • Projected Points: 3.53 Points

Raphinha rounds out the midfield this week. Leeds face Burnley, who are middle of the road in terms of xGA since April 1st, and the same can be said about Leeds attack. Raphinha returned from injury last week and made an instant impact in their 3-1 win with an assist. Over his last 5 appearances, he has 1 goal and 2 assists.

Raphinha is a great talent who always looks like he could haul. I think he definitely can this week against Burnley

HARRY KANE

  • Price: £11.8m
  • Ownership: 43.9%
  • Projected Points: 5.61 Points

Kane is back in the team of the week this week with a matchup against Wolves. The offensive and defensive stats were discussed in the Son section, so we will just focus on Kane. Kane has 4 goals in his last 5 games for Spurs. Over that period he leads them in xG at 4.31 and is third in xA and 0.61. He is also averaging a team high 4.6 shots per 90mins.

Kane has been in good form for goals, and I think that will continue this week against Wolves.

DOMINIC CALVERT-LEWIN

  • Price: £7.6m
  • Ownership: 31.5%
  • Projected Points: 5.27 Points

DCL is back in the TOTW this week with a matchup against Sheffield United. Sheffield United have been the second worst team since April 1st for xGA, so Everton attacking players are a good shout this week. DCL looks to be ending the season strong, with 3 goals in his last 5 games. Since April 1st, he leads Everton in xG at 2.15 and is second in xA at 1.13.

DCL and Everton should score a couple this week, and I would be surprised if he’s not involved.

PATRICK BAMFORD

  • Price: £6.4m
  • Ownership: 39.5%
  • Projected Points: 5.77 Points

Bamford rounds out the team this week with a matchup against Burnley. Since April 1st, Bamford is second on the team for xG at 1.73. As mentioned in the Raphinha section, Burnley are an average defence. But with the re-addition of Raphinha to the side, I think Leeds assets will start to get returns again, starting this week.

With Raphinha back, Bamford becomes a great option again.

Man vs. Machine – Who will win?

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Now you have seen our teams, who do you think will win this week? Man vs. Machine!

Will I continue my win streak, or will Algo pull one back?

Lets us know in the comments!

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