Despite not having good games away from hom both Arsenal and Manchester United showed their clinical side, finishing off Liverpool and Tottenham, respectively.
Arsenal won through the yet another brilliant game by Van Persie, who bagged a brace.
Rooney kept up his scoring run in United’s victory but it was Ashley Young who stole the show with two well taken shots. The first was the result of Nani sneaking in behind Modric and crossing for an acrobatic finish by Young. The second was the result of Young coming in from the left onto his right foot, curling a beauty in the right corner.
Swansea won away from home, with fellow Icelander Sigurdsson delivering in two brilliant curlers.
Playing at home, Fulham destroyed Wolves, with a Pogrebnyak hattrick and a Dempsey brace; Manchester City dispatched Bolton, Stoke City narrowly edged Norwich, and West Brom kept up their excellent run with a 1 – 0 victory that ended Villas-Boas reign as Chelsea boss.
QPR and Everton and Blackburn and Aston Villa played out rather boring score draws, while Newcastle’s and Sunderland’s 1 – 1 draw had plenty of action, a sending off, and a dramatic late goal.
Other notable performances:
- Yet again Suarez had an excellent game with no Fantasy returns. He got the penalty that Kuyt missed.
- N’Zogbia scored and has now scored two goals and delivered one assist in the last three games he has started (out of the last five games played).
- Zamora scored and stole three bonus points against Everton.
- Drenthe scored a cracker to open Fantasy managers’ eyes before the double Gameweek. I wouldn’t bet on him playing both games so I would stay away.
- Etherington is playing better of late. He scored and stole three bonus points but watch out for Stoke’s schedule; it reads Chelsea, Tottenham, and Manchester City in their next three games.
- Caulker assisted, got a clean sheet, and was rewarded with three bonus points for a respectable 13 Gameweek points.
Gameweek 27 Points Summary
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 27 I recommended Aguero, Silva, and Dempsey as the captain picks. In typical Mancini fashion, he decided to rest both Aguero and Silva, thus rendering my picks moot for the Gameweek. To my relief, Dempsey delivered in style, collecting 15 points.
Quality of captain picks from Gameweek 25 onwards:
- Good captain picks: 5/9
- Double digit captains: 2/9
It’s looking grim at the moment. But hey, at least I picked Pogrebnyak as a strong play this Gameweek.
|Ridgewell||Defender||0||1||1||2||-1 for YC||10|
|Hart||Goalkeeper||0||0||1||1||+1 for 5 saves||8|
|Mignolet||Goalkeeper||0||0||0||0||+5 for penalty save, +1 for 3 saves||8|
|Szczesny||Goalkeeper||0||0||0||0||+5 for penalty save, +1 for 4 saves||8|
|Drenthe||Midfielder||1||0||0||1||-1 for YC||7|
|Begovic||Goalkeeper||0||0||1||0||+1 for 3 saves||7|
|Dunn||Midfielder||1||0||0||0||-1 for <60 min||6|
|Rangel||Defender||0||0||1||0||-1 for YC||5|
|Ameobi||Forward||1||0||0||0||-1 for <60 min||5|
|Williams||Defender||0||0||1||0||-1 for YC||5|
|Defoe||Forward||1||0||0||0||-1 for <60 min||5|
|Hangeland||Defender||0||0||1||0||-1 for YC||5|
|Pienaar||Midfielder||0||1||0||0||-1 for YC||4|
|Diarra||Midfielder||0||1||0||0||-1 for <60 min||4|
|Robinson||Goalkeeper||0||0||0||0||+2 for 6 saves||4|
|Williamson||Defender||0||1||0||0||-1 for YC||4|
|Jerome||Forward||0||1||0||0||-1 for <60 min||4|
|Cech||Goalkeeper||0||0||0||0||+2 for 6 saves||4|
For a summary of players scoring over three points in Gameweek 27, please refer to the table above.
After Pogrebnyak’s hattrick, a section on the Russian striker would have made sense. However, with Liverpool playing two games next Gameweek I decided to look a little at Suarez’s stats.
Looking at only goals, Suarez has had a disappointing season. Six goals in 21 appearances are numbers that would indicate Suarez is a bench player. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Suarez has, at times, been the only bright spark in Liverpool’s attacking game. He is hard working, a quick dribbler, and sometimes looks like he can create chances for himself whenever he wants.
According to an excellent Guardian piece on Suarez, he was a brilliant poacher in his Ajax days, which begs the question of what is missing in his current game. The Guardian piece has it down to him having less than a stellar support crew and as a consequence him trying to do too much all on his own.
Now, lets look at interesting graphs from an interesting article from EPL Index:
The main thing from the shooting graph is that Suarez is shooting, having the third most shots after only Van Persie and Rooney. In fact, of the top six strikers Suarez sticks out like a sore thumb, being the only one under 100 Fantasy points for the season.
Here we see the reason for the few goals. Suarez has a miserable 6.7% conversion rate. For any other player I would recommend staying away, and he would never get into any Fantasy team. But with his proven goal-scoring history, both in his Ajax days and in the start of his Liverpool career, I believe he could well be an important differentiator for the season run-in.
Surprisingly, he is selected by almost 19% of Fantasy managers, and has risen by 2% in on Gameweek. Most likely, this is due to the upcoming double Gameweek. Still, compared the the elite strikers (Aguero at 37%, Van Persie at 36%, Rooney at 28%, and Ba at 26%), this is still significantly lower and he is a ballsy play in Gameweek 28.
Any comments on the round? How did your team do? Did you choose the right captain?