The game of the weekend was an astonishing North-London derby, resulting in an important 5 – 2 win for Arsenal. Despite Tottenham going 0 – 2 within half an hour, Arsenal pushed on and scored five goals to end Tottenham’s title dreams. From a Fantasy perspective all the big guns delivered; Van Persie and Adebayor both registered goals and assists while Bale got an assist for a dubious penalty.
Both Manchester kept up their winning ways, although in contrasting ways. City faced little resistance from Blackburn while United needed an injury time winner from Giggs to grab three points at Carrow Road.
This was the week for new and forgotten strikers:
- Pogrebnyak scored Fulham’s winning goal in their 0 – 1 win against QPR.
- P. Cisse and Doyle scored in the two all draw between Newcastle and Wolves.
- Drogba scored in Chelsea’s 3 – 0 home win against Bolton.
Gameweek 26 Scores
From Gameweek 25 onwards, 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 26 I recommended Aguero, Ba, and Silva as the captain picks. Aguero and Silva delivered but Ba was a disappointment with only two points.
Quality of captain picks from Gameweek 25 onwards:
- Good captain picks: 4/6
- Double digit captains: 1/6
Considering that twelve players registered double digit Gameweeks it’s unfortunate I didn’t manage to hit on one of them. Most of them came from unlikely sources (e.g. Scholes, Upson, Sagna, Andrews) or players that although are playable I would never captain (e.g. Luiz, Walcott, Lampard, Odemwingie, Drogba).
|Sagna||Defender||1||1||0||2||-1 for 2 GC||12|
|Simpson||Defender||0||1||0||0||-1 for 2 GC||9|
|Pogrebnyak||Forward||1||0||1||3||-1 for YC||8|
|Cuellar||Defender||0||0||1||3||-1 for YC||8|
|Schwarzer||Goalkeeper||0||0||1||0||+2 for 7 saves||8|
|Van Persie||Forward||1||1||0||0||-1 for YC||8|
|Foster||Goalkeeper||0||0||1||0||+1 for 3 saves||7|
|Collins||Defender||0||0||1||2||-1 for YC||7|
|Begovic||Goalkeeper||0||0||1||0||+1 for 4 saves||7|
|Al-Habsi||Goalkeeper||0||0||1||0||+1 for 3 saves||7|
|Dembele||Forward||0||1||1||1||-1 for YC||5|
|Riise||Defender||0||0||1||0||-1 for YC||5|
|Shawcross||Defender||0||0||1||0||-1 for YC||5|
|Saha||Forward||1||0||0||0||-1 for <60 min||5|
|Dzeko||Forward||1||0||0||0||-1 for <60 min||5|
|Young||Midfielder||0||1||0||0||-1 for <60 min||4|
|Arteta||Midfielder||0||1||0||0||-1 for YC||4|
|Whitbread||Defender||0||1||0||0||-1 for 2 GC||4|
|Bogdan||Goalkeeper||0||0||0||0||+3 for 10 saves & -1 for 3 GC||4|
For a summary of players scoring over three points in Gameweek 26, please refer to the table above.
West Brom crushed Sunderland 4 – 0, in big part due to Odemwingie’s brace. He has now scored five goals in two games and seems more like the goalscoring revelation he was last season. Looking at his total shots, in the table below, the sudden goal scoring glut shouldn’t have been a surprise. In the latter part of the season Odemwingie has doubled his shots per game. Total number of shots correlates well with total goal scored.
Note that Odemwingie’s numbers are captured only for the games he played.
|Total Goals||Goals Per Game||Shots||Shots Per Game|
|August - November||2||0.22||15||1.67|
|Desember - February||7||0.58||39||3.25|
|Last Four Games|
|Swansea City (H)||0||-||2||-|
|Wolverhampton Wanderers (A)||3||-||9||-|
In the last four games Odemwingie totaled 21 shots (5.25 per game). Should he continue improving he is a possible purchase for those seeking to differentiate. He is currently selected by only 3.4% of Fantasy managers, compared with compared to Aguero (37%), RvP (37%), Rooney (28%), Ba (27%), Suarez (17%), Dzeko (8%), and Adebayor (11%).
Any comments on the round? How did your team do? Did you choose the right captain?