Another exciting Gameweek is in the book meaning one thing; another edition of the Weekend Numbers. In a week where Arsenal impressed, Leicester City made it five wins in six while Christian Benteke delivered for Tim Sherwood; ATFPL takes to the Opta statistics to gleam the best from the action for Fantasy managers to digest ahead of Gameweek 36.
Involved in 11 Goal Attempts was…
Alexis Sanchez as Arsenal made little work in dispatching Hull City 3 – 1. In a performance that reminded many a fantasy manager of the Chilean’s goal threat, the attacking midfielder managed eight goal attempts of which 63% were inside the box finding the target with four which were all midfield highs in gameweek 35. Indeed with three big chances to fall Sanchez’ way – most – the quick footed and direct nature – five successful dribbles and three through balls – to his play always brings his game in line with fantasy points. And now with the final double gameweek on the horizon the timing is impeccable from the 11.3 million priced dynamo who has returned double digit returns in two of his last four outings from producing a goal attempt every 18 minutes which is better than any forward and acts as the perfect reminder to Sanchez’ charms. Let’s not forget he has the highest points per game record at 6.39 for the season.
7 Key Passes by…
Marc Albrighton as Leicester City brought Newcastle right into the relegation dog fight with an impressive three goal thumping. Topping the gameweek in the above statistic the former Aston Villa man quality was on display producing two big chances ending the game with a brace of assists in what was finally reward for a stellar last few gameweeks. Since returning to first team duty in gameweek 32 the traditional winger tops the midfield charts for key passes (15), has attempted 15 more open play crosses than anyone else (39) of which if including set piece delivery has been successful with 18; double the amount of the next best Jesus Navas. All for just 4.2 million playing for a side who have won five out of their last six and importantly still have everything to play for looks great value.
2 Shots on Target from…
Christian Benteke was enough for the red hot Aston Villa frontman to earn his side a vital three points at the expense of inform Everton. Finishing the game with a 100% shot on target to goal ratio, this trait has been nothing new for Benteke under Tim Sherwood with the Belgian finding the net ten times in his previous eight appearances despite only 12 shots on target. So while early Benteke adopters can bask in the glory and no doubt a rise in the rankings, any move now for Benteke can only come across as chasing last weeks points with an emphasis on Arsenal surely the priority. For example in the same period as Benteke’s purple patch Olivier Giroud has averaged a chance every 32 minutes to the Villa forward’s 36.
The Gameweek Highlights
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- Jack Grealish was heavily involved again with the most key passes (3) including creating a big chance. The youngster also took set plays
- Christian Benteke scored with both shots on target. His last ten goals have come from only 12 shots on target
- To add to Ron Vlaar’s assist he also missed a big chance demonstrating he could be a dual threat option with favourable fixtures
- No other player probed the opposition box more than Cesc Fabregas (9) in gameweek 35 while the Spaniard topped most creativity stats within the game itself
- Wilfried Zaha attempted 12 dribbles; the most in gameweek 35
- Crystal Palace managed just one shot on target; the lowest from gameweek 35 without Glenn Murray in the starting XI
- No other player had more big chances (3) than Alexis Sanchez in gameweek 35 in a performance that produced eight goal attempts
- Mesut Ozil was heavily involved in the final third completing 25 passes of which three were key where all three resulted in a shot on target
- Francis Coquelin completed the most tackles by any midfielder (5) and shouldn’t be underestimated in the value he’s brought to the turnaround for in Arsenal’s results
- Leicester City created six big chances; the most in gameweek 35
- Marc Albrighton made seven key passes again assisted by set pieces duties (2)
- Newcastle’s fragility was on show yet again conceding 16 goal attempts inside their box from a total of 19 attempts
- Steven Gerrard had an all action performance being involved in ten goal attempts
- Attempting 14 shots from outside the box no other club attempted more than Liverpool led by Philippe Coutinho (4) the most by any player this weekend
- Missing the target with both goal attempts, Raheem Sterling has now only found the target four times from his last 13 attempts
- Manchester United enjoyed 79% of the possession, comfortably the most from any match this weekend
- With ten goal attempts finding the target six times Robin van Persie carried the biggest threat
- No other player was more involved in the final third than Ander Herrera with 47 completed passes and three goal attempts
- Only ten key passes were made in the entire game comfortably the lowest in gameweek 35
- further evidence of the lack of quality was that no player managed more than two goal attempts
- Completing the dire report was the fact Ryan Bertrand attempted the most final third passes with just 17. This game was played in the middle third
- Jonjo Shelvey was heavily involved attempting seven goal attempts
- Another player heavily involved was Gyfli Sigurdsson creating three chances while attempting five shots on goal but none them were on target
- Stoke City won the possession battle against Swansea City! Who’d have imagined that a few seasons back?
- Erik Lamela managed six key passes making it 11 in his last three appearances
- Sergio Aguero made it four games with a goal managing the most shots inside the box (4)
- Aleksandar Kolarov managed the most touches (96) showing his goal threat being involved in four attempts
- West Ham attempted the most goal attempts (29) in gameweek 35
- Kieran Trippier managed five key passes, the most from any defender despite Burnley playing the majority of the game with ten men
- Enner Valencia had five goal attempts but only found the target once missing two big chances