Both Manchester clubs kept up their good form with one goal wins while Arsenal leapt to fourth place with an emotional 90th minute winner from club legend, Thierry Henry. Chelsea dropped to fifth due to their defeat to a much improved Everton.
Norwich became the second team this season to beat Swansea in Wales and Fulham won 2 – 1 at home against Stoke.
In the battle at the bottom, Blackburn and Wigan secured important wins over QPR and Bolton, respectively.
Gameweek 25 Scores
Starting with this week, I’m documenting whether I’m passing the test with my captain picks. If a captain pick scores over three points in the Gameweek it is considered a success and I am also noting double digit Gameweek scores.
In the Friday Foreplay for Gameweek 25 I recommended Rooney, Bale, and Dempsey as the captain picks. Rooney grabbed a brace and Dempsey got an assist. Against all odds, Bale didn’t pick up a single assist or goal in Tottenham’s 5 – 0 demolition of Newcastle.
Quality of captain picks from Gameweek 25 onwards:
- Good captain picks: 2/3
- Double digit captains: 1/3
That’s decent but not spectacular. Here’s hoping that this level will be my minimum for the rest of the season.
|Holt||Forward||2||0||0||3||-1 for YC||12|
|Andrews||Midfielder||1||1||0||1||-1 for <60min||10|
|Mackie||Forward||2||0||0||2||-2 for YC and <60 min||10|
|Hoilett||Forward||0||2||0||0||-1 for <60 min||7|
|Hart||Goalkeeper||0||0||1||0||+1 for 4 saves||7|
|Howard||Goalkeeper||0||0||1||0||+1 for 3 saves||7|
|Shawcross||Defender||1||0||0||3||-1 for 2 GC||10|
|Ramsey||Midfielder||1||0||0||3||-1 for <60 min||9|
|Henry||Forward||1||0||0||2||-1 for <60 min||7|
|Ward||Defender||0||1||0||2||-1 for 2 GC||6|
|Williams||Defender||0||1||0||0||-1 for 3 GC||4|
|Adam||Midfielder||0||1||0||0||-1 for <60 min||4|
|Taiwo||Defender||0||1||0||0||-1 for 3 GC||4|
|Pennant||Midfielder||0||1||0||0||-1 for <60 min||4|
|Arshavin||Midfielder||0||1||0||0||-1 for <60 min||4|
For a summary of players scoring over three points in Gameweek 25, please refer to the table above.
Adebayor and Saha
Redknapp’s capture of Louis Saha from Everton peid off instantly with Tottenham’s emphatic 5 – 0 win this Gameweek. Adebayor seems to relish playing alongside Saha and together they carved the Newcastle defence open time after time.
|Chances Created||6 (1 per 15 min)||2 (1 per 34 min)|
|Passing||59/62 (95%)||26/27 (96%)|
As the numbers show, both players’ passing was exemplary, with Adebayor much more involved. His influence to Tottenham’s attacking is much more than goals, as he’s heavily involved in the passing in the final third, pulling players into the game and providing key passes, leading to assists. He has 11 already, alongside his 10 goals.
The downside to his Fantasy prospects is the schedule. He has Arsenal away, followed by Manchester United at home and Everton away; a daunting set of fixtures. However, Arsenal aren’t the most defensive sound team and United haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last three away games.
Adebayor is certainly one to think about and is more of a differential play with only around 11% ownership, compared to RvP (38%), Aguero (36%), Rooney (27%), Ba (24%), and Suarez (18%).
Any comments on the round? How did your team do? Did you choose the right captain?