Another exciting Gameweek is in the book meaning one thing; another edition of the Weekend Numbers. In a week where we say goodbye to Burnley and QPR with the latter destroyed by a resurgent Manchester City while Arsenal played kickabout against a Swansea wall and lost; ATFPL takes to the Opta statistics to gleam the best from the action for Fantasy managers to digest ahead of Gameweek 37.
Involved in 5 Big Chances was…
Sergio Aguero as Manchester City condemned QPR to life in the Championship smashing the London club for six. In total Manchester City created seven big chances as QPR failed to come to turns with the realism that relegation was a formality with some players looking bereft of confidence or idea about how to tackle the task in hand. But let’s not diminish Aguero’s performance as the Argentine delivered a masterclass in how to play the lone forward role with five goal attempts of which four were from within the QPR box, hitting the target as many. Now with at least a goal in his previous five appearances the return to form coincides with Manuel Pellegrini’s realisation that Aguero ramps up when leading the line alone in part due to the greater chance of receiving these big chances as more of City’s play will naturally revolve around the player as we analysed back in gameweek 30 in great depth. Perhaps too late to save his job, at least fantasy managers can expect the Chilean to continue with Aguero in this position as City travel to Swansea finishing the season with a home encounter against out of form Southampton and in doing so crowning Aguero’s pursuit of the golden boot.
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Arsenal as they huffed and puffed but couldn’t blow the Swansea brick wall down succumbing to just their second home defeat of the season. But as Fantasy managers the scouts were out in force as we line up who should make up the backbones of our squads for this impending double gameweek. And on evidence of last night the jury has to be out for Olivier Giroud as the Frenchman made it four games without a goal at least managing to break his three game spell without a shot on target. In total the French forward managed three goal attempts of which two were inside the box testing Lukasz Fabianski once but with midfield giants queuing up as valid alternatives, it’s perhaps wise to leave Giroud to one side. Instead we saw Alexis Sanchez (4), Aaron Ramsey (5) and Santi Cazorla (7) all carry a bigger threat with more goal attempts. Indeed all three players’ overall game was more conducive to fantasy points with Ramsey and Cazorla involved in eight goal attempts – most in gameweek 36 – while Alexis Sanchez was recipient of two big chances making the trio on this evidence the route of attack in gameweek 37. Those looking for a major differential could look at Jack Wilshere who in just 23 minutes managed five key passes, the same number as Mesut Ozil – most in gameweek 36 – and it’ll be interesting to watch whether Arsene Wenger can leave this level of production out as they travel to Manchester United followed by hosting battling Sunderland.
The Gameweek Highlights
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- Jack Wilshere managed five key passes in just 23 minutes and is surely pushing for a start from this performance
- Alexis Sanchez faced a wall of Swansea defenders looking to beat the defence with 7 through balls. When Arsenal did manage to penetrate the Swans backline, Sanchez was wasteful missing two big chances; the most in gameweek 37
- Mesut Ozil with 64 completed passes in the final third had more than the whole of the Swansea side combined (48). The German with this dominance managed five key passes
- With just six goal attempts no other club was as toothless as West Ham. They managed just a solitary shot on target from the meagre opportunity
- Tom Cleverley hit the target with all three efforts and in the process made it three goals in his last three appearances
- Creating the only big chance of the game, Jack Grealish is a name to note for next season
- Did Eden Hazard relax? The Belgian didn’t manage a single goal attempt
- No other player had more shots inside the box than Cesc Fabregas with four, hitting the target twice
- With just eight goal attempt, no other home side in gameweek 36 had fewer than Chelsea
- Creating two big chances resulting in two assists, Ashley Young continues to be the chief creator for Manchester United
- Juan Mata carried the biggest goal threat with three shots inside the box receiving two big chances of which he converted one
- Glenn Murray carried the threat for Crystal Palace with four goal attempts, all from within the United penalty area
- Despite having 22 goal attempts, Everton failed to create or receive a single big chance with credit due to the Sunderland defence for their rearguard performance
- It really was rearguard when finding out that the Black Cats had just 27% possession managing to attempt just 230 pasess with both gameweek 36 lows.
- Leighton Baines continued to show his dual threat capability recording five key passes, joint most in gameweek 36
- Ashley Barnes influence on Burnley’s attack was evident being involved in 62.5% of all their goal attempts
- Hull City despite having 21 goal attempts managed just a meagre three on target
- With just five goal attempts on target this match reflected exactly the plight both clubs face right now lacking a consistent goal threat
- Southampton yet again failed to create a single big chance making it just six created in their last eight away games
- Marc Albrighton was yet again the chief creator with three key passes thanks to his set piece duties (2)
- With 107 touches Nathaniel Clyne was heavily involved. Indeed second was Ryan Bertrand (97) as Southampton built down the flanks
- Sergio Aguero terrorised the QPR defence creating two big chances and receiving a further three
- In total Manchester City had 11 shots on target which was more than ten clubs managed total goal attempts such was their dominance against a lacklustre QPR outfit
- Wilfried Bony managed a goal attempt every 6 minutes in his cameo appearance but only tested the keeper once
- Ryan Taylor managed the most successful crosses (6) in gameweek 36 due to set pieces duties as all six was delivered from dead ball situations
- No other player attempted (10) and was successful (8) dribbling the ball than Remy Cabella.
- Moussa Sissoko was in the mood with five goal attempts of which three were on target; joint most from any midfielder in gameweek 36
- No other side was as clinical as Stoke City with 52.94% of goal attempts on target
- Involved in eight goal attempts was Marko Arnautovic, level with illustrious players such as Sergio Aguero and Aaron Ramsey
- Harry Kane managed just one goal attempt from outside the box failing to find the target