Musings from Gameweek 33
The Captain Battle
Despite claiming a double game home advantage Cazorla’s consecutive blanks broke many a manager’s heart. His four created chances and three shots bears witness to him being less effective on the wing. He wasn’t as involved as when he is playing in the hole and suffered. The blanks came after two lively games from the Spaniard returning a goal and assist.
In contrast, Van Persie’s two goals came after five Gameweeks without hitting the back of the net. The points are justified considering his stats; six created chances and nine shots is excellent.
So, Van Persie’s 16 points versus Cazorla’s 5 will have swung many a mini-league as the Dutchman’s owners gloated while the depressed Cazorla captainers moaned.
Van Persie wasn’t the only double Gameweek success story.
The Everton defence returned two clean sheets with Howard, Distin, Jagielka, and Baines delivering double-digit scores. Fellaini, despite playing well, disappointed Fantasy managers while Mirallas and Anichebe returned 10 points each.
Mirallas looks dangerous and Anichebe is great value but Fellaini’s owners will be worried that his move to the center of midfield will last until the end of the season.
Giroud was the pick of the Arsenal bunch with a goal and assist. Sagna was value for money, with 8 points for the price of 4.8.
Kagawa’s double assists against West Ham was enjoyable after having touted him before the Gameweek. The same applies to Carroll who has now scored three goals and created one goal in his last three games.
Most surprising were the 13 points delivered by the deep lying midfielders. Carrick and Arteta got a goal each in the Gameweek.
Di Canio’s Sunderland
The most impressive performance of the Gameweek was Sunderland’s three goal win over Newcastle. Di Canio seems to have lit a fire under the Sunderland players, with Sessegnon and Johnson threatening throughout.
Both are decent punts for the last five games, but a risk considering the uncertainty surrounding Di Canio’s continued impact.
On Towards Gameweek 36
Plans for the next double Gameweek, number 36, starts now.
Tottenham, Chelsea, Swansea, Wigan, West Brom, and Manchester City play two games.
Manchester City and Wigan both play West Brom and Swansea, teams that will have nothing to play for. They would be the teams to target, in addition to the obvious choice in Tottenham’s Bale.
Chelsea face both Manchester United and Tottenham in a tough Gameweek. This, in addition to Benitez’s rotation, makes players that delivered this Gameweek such as Hazard, Mata, and Terry risky options.
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 33 I recommended Van Persie, Cazorla, and Baines as captain picks. All delivered, thanks to the double Gameweek, although Cazorla’s five points were rather low-key. However, Van Persie and Baines more than made up for that with double-digit returns.
Quality of captain picks:
- Good captain picks: 62/99
- Double digit captains: 27/99