Premier League Team of Week 12

Premier League Team of Week 12: Rose like a Salomón

Six of the top nine performers on our leaderboard for this week are centre-backs, so our team has switched to three at the back. Our XI contains seven ‘team of the week’ debutants, but two players from last week retain their place. Here’s our full Premier League team of week 12, and we begin with a goalkeeper who did his damnedest to earn his team three points.

Goalkeeper: Jonas Lössl. Huddersfield Town 1-1 West Ham United.

Huddersfield lead for 68 minutes on Saturday. That’s almost half of their tally for the whole season, so shouldn’t be underestimated. That they were ahead for so long was in no small part thanks to Lössl, who saved two clear-cut chances.
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Liverpool vs Fulham Premier League Preview

Liverpool vs Fulham Preview: Reds to bounce back from Serbian sorrows?

Liverpool vs Fulham looks like being a stone cold, cast iron home banker. You can get odds of 30/1 for Fulham to win on Sunday. Yet anyone who witnessed the Reds’ abject efforts in Belgrade on Tuesday night will think the away side’s chances are considerably better than that.

Even so, when looking at the expected goal data for 2018/19, it’s easy to see why the bookmakers have come up with the prices they have. You can work out the percentage chance of any score line using the statistics, and doing so suggests a 9-0 Liverpool win is more likely than a 0-0 draw.Liverpool vs Fulham Expected Goals xG Prediction Read More

Premier League Fantasy Football selections: Week 12

Premier League Fantasy Football selections: Week 12

We had our usual mixed bag of an outcome last week. Lacazette, Maddison and Sigurdsson all got into double figures for points. However, our other quintet mustered just 5.75 between them, so shall remain nameless here.

Here are the matches in Draft Kings‘ competition this week.

Premier League week 12 Fantasy Football selections

We’ve run the numbers (you can see our leader board here), and here are the eight players we’re resting our hopes on in week 12.  Read More

Premier League Team of Week 11

Premier League Team of Week 11: Well played, Mr. Anderson

You know the drill by now. We compile a leaderboard for the weekend’s games, and pick the bones out of it to hammer it into a vaguely cohesive XI. Here’s our Premier League team of week 11.

Goalkeeper: David de Gea. Bournemouth 1-2 Manchester United.

Rival fans like to joke about where United would be if de Gea ever left; ‘League One’ is the most common response. That may sound extreme, but with six saves (including one clear-cut chance) he kept his side in the game long enough to win it yet again. Read More

Premier League Fantasy Football selections: Week 11

Premier League Fantasy Football selections: Week 11

Suggesting players to put into your fantasy team for Draft Kings is all well and good, but it pays to check the team news too. Last week’s team featured Josh King of Bournemouth and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg of Southampton. Had they actually played, they might have earned us some points, you never know.

With a goal and two assists, Mohamed Salah very much played, to the point he earned almost half of our team’s total tally on his own. Well, with the help of Xherdan Shaqiri and Sadio Mané converting the big chances he created, but you know what I mean. Joao Moutinho picked up 12 points, but nobody else broke double figures. Onwards and upwards, with this week’s matches.

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Premier League Team Of Week 10

Premier League Team Of Week 10: Fab performances all round

After the events at Leicester, the health issues of Glenn Hoddle and an elderly fan dying at the Brighton match, the football seems the least of anyone’s concerns this week. The show must go on, though, so here’s our Premier League team of week 10.

Goalkeeper: Jordan Pickford. Manchester United 2-1 Everton.

Sometimes there isn’t a goalkeeper in the top 50 performers of the week. However, there’s no such issues this time as Pickford was rated as #9. It’s rare to see an open-play chance worth almost as much as a penalty in expected goal terms, but Anthony Martial had one here and the Everton ‘keeper kept it out. Add in a penalty save too, and Pickford amassed the most defence points this week. Read More

Liverpool vs Cardiff City Premier League Preview

Liverpool vs Cardiff City Preview: Bluebirds to puzzle Liverbirds?

Liverpool haven’t looked much like losing too often recently – aside from in their debacle in Naples, or when Manchester City got a late penalty at Anfield – but neither have they been tearing teams apart. Prior to their 4-0 win against Crvena Zvezda on Wednesday, the Reds hadn’t scored more than once in their preceding five matches. What can we expect from their game against Cardiff City?

The visitors cause won’t have been aided by Liverpool’s Champions League endeavours. The Reds’ first choice attacking trio all scored in midweek. It was the first time they’d managed that feat this season, but the ninth in the 14 months that Mohamed Salah has been at the club.  Read More

Premier League Fantasy Football Picks: Week Ten

Premier League Fantasy Football Picks: Week Ten

It’s time to review our selection process for the Draft Kings game. Last week’s team was not very successful, but neither was it entirely without merit. We suggested Mohamed Salah was due three goals and he duly obliged this week. Sadly for this competition two of his tally came against Crvena Zvezda, but he still bagged 19 fantasy points with his goal against Huddersfield.

Asmir Begovic got 13 points for his clean sheet against Southampton, but those two aside our team was a flop. So we’ve revised our strategy, but before we get to that, here are the matches from which we have to select our eight players this week.

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Premier League Team Of Week 9

Premier League Team Of Week 9: If we can all be more like Rüdiger

Another week, another 26 goals scored. Some of our players featured in five goal wins while others appeared in goal-less stalemates though. Here’s our Premier League team of week 9.

Goalkeeper: Mat Ryan. Newcastle United 0-1 Brighton.

There’s no way to be nice about it: Brighton’s record on the road since they reached the Premier League has been abysmal. It would be worse were it not for Mat Ryan. He saved a clear-cut chance while the score was 0-0 at Newcastle, then made five more saves after the Seagulls took the lead. The Australian amassed the third most defensive points this week, so is worthy of his spot between the sticks. Read More

Huddersfield vs Liverpool Premier League Preview

Huddersfield vs Liverpool Preview: Will the Reds’ front three finally fire?

Liverpool’s season is at something of an interesting crossroads. On the one hand, they’ve had their hardest start to a campaign in 25 years. The Reds have got through it largely unscathed, all things considered, and have 20 points after eight league matches for only the third time in the Premier League era.

But the goals and great results have also dried up recently. Liverpool haven’t won any of their last four games in all competitions, scoring just twice along the way. When the opposition reads Chelsea (twice), Napoli and Manchester City, the sky isn’t exactly falling in. What is concerning Kopites, though, is the lack of goals from their fabled front three.

Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah have nine league goals between them. This is the same tally as they had after eight games of 2017/18, so it’s far too soon to be overly worried. However, Mané hasn’t scored in his last seven starts, and Salah only has one goal in his. The Reds’ four game win-less run is comprised of their only matches this season where none of their first choice front trio has found the net.

Will they find their feet now their fixture list softens over the next few weeks? Or are they genuinely out of form? Read More