I hope you all had a great Christmas and a happy New Year.
A few stats:
Most shots on target:
Luis Suarez – 47
Sergio Aguero – 31
Romelu Lukaku – 26
Wayne Rooney – 23
Alvaro Negredo – 22
Aaron Ramsey – 22
Rickie Lambert – 21
Most chances created:
Eden Hazard – 50
David Silva – 48
Mesut Ozil – 48
Luis Suarez – 47
Samir Nasri – 46
Kevin Mirallas – 41
Steven Gerrard – 40
Most touches in the opponents half:
Eden Hazard – 1069
Mesut Ozil – 1063
Samir Nasri – 993
Aaron Ramsey – 979
Luis Suarez – 952
Wayne Rooney – 946
Yaya Toure – 942
Most successful crosses:
James Ward-Prowse – 44
Peter Whittingham – 39
Samir Nasri – 39
Jonathan De Guzman – 38
Robert Snodgrass – 36
Morgan Almalfitano – 35
Stewart Downing – 33
Wayne Rooney – 9
Mesut Ozil – 7
Steven Gerrard – 6
Jesus Navas – 6
Aaron Ramsey – 6
Rickie Lambert – 5
Chris Brunt – 5
Luis Suarez – 22
Sergio Aguero – 13
Yaya Toure – 10
Loic Remy – 10
Daniel Sturridge – 10
Wayne Rooney – 9
Eden Hazard – 9
Gameweek 21 Review:
Eriksen continues great form under Sherwood – Since Villas-Boas’ departure, Eriksen has scored three times and assisted once in five matches. Priced at just over £6.0m, he could become a very good mid-priced midfield option. Adebayor also kept his form going with another assist against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Hazard delivers again – The Belgian’s goal against Hull was his third in the last four gameweeks, and took his tally to 9 goals for the season. Hazard is currently the highest scoring midfielder in the game and even though he is the most expensive, he is fast becoming a near-essential asset in our fantasy teams, similar to Luis Suarez.
Johnson stars in vital win for Sunderland – Adam Johnson bagged a hat-trick and an assist as Sunderland grabbed a vital away win against relegation rivals Fulham. Considering Johnson is priced at just £4.7m and has Stoke, Southampton, Newcastle and Hull in the next four he could become a very good differential option for those willing to take the risk.
Lallana consistency continues – Lallana’s goal against the Baggies at the weekend means he has scored or assisted in four of the last five games. Similarly priced to Eriksen at just over £6.0m, he could also become a very good mid-priced midfield option, especially with Sunderland, Hull, Stoke and Fulham coming up in the next few fixtures.
SAS are back! – A 24 minute sub appearance was all it took for Daniel Sturridge to bag a goal and an assist and get his season back on track after a spell on the sidelines. This means Sturridge has now scored or assisted in 10 of his 13 appearances, underlining the former Chelsea man’s consistency. Yet again Suarez was amongst the points with a brace, meaning he now has 21 goals and 12 assists in just 16 games this season.
Dzeko and Negredo on target as City’s form continues – Edin Dzeko and Alvaro Negredo scored five goals between them in the 5-0 midweek cup win over West Ham and continued that form away to Newcastle. Dzeko scored his second in three games and Negredo scored his second away goal of the season late on to secure all three points for City.
Ones to watch over the next 3-4 gameweeks:
Phil Bardsley – With two goals already to his name this season and home clashes against Southampton, Sunderland and Hull coming up, Bardsley who is priced at just £4.0m could be a decent option in defence.
Bacary Sagna – He is the cheapest of the regulars in the Arsenal defence and has a goal and two assists to his name already. Considering Arsenal have Fulham, Southampton and Crystal Palace in the next three, further attacking returns and clean sheets look possible.
Joel Ward – Priced at just £3.0m he has home clashes against Stoke, Hull and West Brom coming up.
Adam Lallana – Lallana has scored twice and grabbed three assists in his last five appearances. With Sunderland, Fulham and Stoke coming up, further attacking returns look likely.
Eden Hazard – With three goals in his last four and home clashes against Man United, West Ham and Newcastle coming up he could be set for further attacking returns.
Ki Sung Yeung – Priced at just £3.9m he has two goals and an assist in the last four and has Southampton, Sunderland and Hull coming up. Also, Adam Johnson could be an alternative after his 23 point haul at the weekend.
Wilfried Bony – He has Fulham, Cardiff and West Ham coming up and priced at just £8.4m could be a decent option over the next 3-4 gameweeks after he bagged a brace against Man City and scored the winner against Man United in the FA Cup.
Sergio Aguero – The Argentine is expected to be 100% fully fit to face Cardiff at the weekend. Considering he has home games against Cardiff and Chelsea and an away trip to Norwich coming up and that fact that he scored 13 times and grabbed 8 assists in 14 games before his injury, he looks a very good option in attack.
Saturday 18th January:
12:45 – Sunderland vs Southampton
Sunderland are in pretty good form at the moment, with only one defeat in their last six games. Southampton are doing ok, but have three defeats in the last six. I can see this one being a close one.
One to watch – Ki Sung Yeung
15:00 – Arsenal vs Fulham
Arsenal will be way too strong for an out of form Fulham, who have lost five out of their last six away matches. This could be a real battering for Fulham.
One to watch – Mesut Ozil
15:00 – Crystal Palace vs Stoke City
Stoke aren’t the best on the road and Palace have been pretty solid at home. I can see this be a boring draw.
One to watch – Marouane Chamakh
15:00 – Man City vs Cardiff City
City are lethal at home and they are in great form at the moment and will be boosted by the return of Aguero. No matter who they play at home they will score goals. This could be a real thrashing for Cardiff.
One to watch – Sergio Aguero
15:00 – Norwich vs Hull City
Hull are pretty poor on the road, however Norwich haven’t won in the last six games. I can see this one being a scoreless draw.
One to watch – Robert Snodgrass
15:00 – West Ham vs Newcastle
West Ham are in poor form at the moment, however they will be boosted by the return of Andy Carroll. I can see Newcastle being too strong for them though.
One to watch – Yohan Cabaye
17:30 – Liverpool vs Aston Villa
Liverpool are excellent at home and Suarez always scores goals at Anfield. Villa have just one win in the last seven and I can’t see them getting anything out of this one.
One to watch – Obviously Luis Suarez
Sunday 19th January:
13:30 – Swansea vs Tottenham
With Tim Sherwood in charge, Tottenham are playing much more attacking football and scoring more goals. Swansea are in a patch of bad form at the moment with four defeats in the last six. I can see Tottenham just edging this one.
One to watch – Christian Eriksen
16:00 – Chelsea vs Man United
This is a key game for both teams. Chelsea have five wins in the last six and so do Man United. This will be a close one but I can see Chelsea just scraping through with a win.
One to watch – Eden Hazard
Monday 20th January:
20:00 – West Brom vs Everton
Everton have been very good this season. West Brom have just one win in the last eight, however I can see this one being close, but Everton just edging it.
One to watch – Seamus Coleman
Thank you for taking the time to read and best of luck for the rest of the season.