Premier League Fantasy Football Week 18 selections

If in doubt, select Felipe Anderson. Good luck, see you next week.

Wait, come back, I’m only messing around. But there is some truth in that first statement; the Hammer was our top performer in week 16, and he backed that up by picking up 15.5 points last week too. But will he be in our fantasy football Week 18 team and make it a hat-trick?

Before we get to that, here are the matches which are included in Draft Kings‘ game set on Saturday.

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José Mourinho

Stats suggest where José Mourinho went wrong with team selections

It’s looked inevitable for quite some time, but José Mourinho has finally gone. There’s a certain symmetry with his second Chelsea tenure, as he has today been sacked three years and a day after that job came to a grisly end.

Rumoured to be leaving prior to the Newcastle match, Mourinho clung onto his job thanks to turning a 0-2 half time score line into a 3-2 win. United nearly won at Chelsea, fought back twice against Arsenal, but the 3-1 loss at Anfield was the final straw.

And deservedly so. Liverpool out shot the visitors by 36 shots to six, which is the kind of one sided affair you see when a relegation side travels to face one of the big guns. Not Manchester United. Their performance was an embarrassment, where they’d have been lucky to get nil, never mind one, as the saying goes.

We would never suggest that our statistics are the be-all-and-end-all when it comes to assessing players, but in the eyes of our algorithm, José Mourinho did not use his best players enough recently. Here are United’s top five Premier League performers on a points-per-minute basis. Read More

Premier league team of week 17

Premier League Team of Week 17: Henry Mac and Shaq attack

Another week, another trio of wins for the top three while Manchester United serve up more dross. Sounds boring, but there was plenty to enjoy. Here’s our Premier League team of week 17.

Goalkeeper: Lukasz Fabianski. Fulham 0-2 West Ham United.

Football matches so often come down to moments. Fulham had three clear-cut chances to West Ham’s one, but Fabianski saved the two which the home side put on target, while the visitors scored theirs.  Read More

Fantasy Football Week 17

Premier League Fantasy Football Week 17 selections

We were, alas, a fair way short of the cash prizes with our team last week. It’s a shame our eight man crew couldn’t have all been like West Ham’s Felipe Anderson, who picked up 19.75 points for us. As the only player to earn more than nine, he was undoubtedly our star man.

But like a shark, we have to keep moving forwards. Below are the matches for Draft Kings‘ game on Saturday. We’ve run the last 60 Premier League matches through our algorithm to produce a leader board, so let’s see who’s in our fantasy football week 17 selection.

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Premier League team of week 16

Premier League team of week 16: Mo Mo Mo – how do you like it?

Our Premier League team of week 16 has four debutants, and three of them play for Manchester United. See what happens when you try to attack, Jose? Playing the side with the worst defensive record in the division clearly helps, in fairness.

Mohamed Salah’s hat trick obviously assured his spot here, but who else is in our XI? Let’s take a look at who the Twelve algorithm has taken a shine to this week. Read More

Fantasy Football Week 16

Premier League Fantasy Football Week 16 selections

And so to fantasy football week 16. Our main hero from last week’s team was Shane Duffy, as he scored and picked up a total of 16 points. He often features in our team of the week, so it wasn’t really a surprise. Leroy Sané and Wayne Hennessey did okay too, but our other quintet largely sunk without trace.

Here’s our leader board for the last six match weeks, from which we’ll select our Draft Kings team. Before we look at who the Twelve algorithm has opted for this week, here are the matches which are included in the game on Saturday.

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Premier League Team of Week 15

Premier League Team of Week 15: Main man Mahrez

Is it really a ‘week’ when it all takes place midweek? It’s the key question of our confused times, I’m sure you’ll agree. Here’s our Premier League Team of Week 15.

Goalkeeper: Ben Foster. Watford 1-2 Manchester City.

The Watford stopper was second in the defensive chart to Newcastle’s Martin Dubravka, but he chipped in with a couple of high value long passes (as we can see here) to take the goalkeeper slot. Read More

Bournemouth vs Liverpool

Bournemouth vs Liverpool Preview: Key duels at both ends

Bournemouth vs Liverpool sees this season’s surprise package host Manchester City’s main title challengers. I foolishly predicted that the Cherries would struggle this season, so it should surprise nobody that they’re flying.

However, appearances can be deceptive. Despite their fine start to 2018/19, Eddie Howe’s side have actually taken three points fewer than they won in the corresponding fixtures last season. Has their impressive start been borne out of a relatively kind fixture list?

Bournemouth fans will answer “so what if it has?”, and there’s nothing wrong with that. With Liverpool heading to town, though, the Cherries’ record of 16 defeats from their last 18 matches against the big six sides has to be of some concern.  Read More

Divock Origi Liverpool 1-0 Everton Winner

Burnley vs Liverpool Preview: The Agony and The Ecstasy

Burnley vs Liverpool is fixture which has gone in two very different directions over the past two seasons. In 2016/17, it was the Clarets’ second match back in the big time. They didn’t have a single shot in the box, Liverpool had 26 attempts in total but few of little real value, and Burnley won 2-0. Kopites were noting after their recent defeat to Crvena Zvezda that it felt very similar to that infamous Turf Moor loss.

It was a happier visit on New Year’s Day 2018, as Ragnar Klavan scored in the 94th minute in front of the away fans to give Liverpool a 2-1 win. From the agony of a stodgy defeat, to the ecstasy of an injury-time winner. But what can we expect to see on Wednesday night?

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Premier League team of week 14

Premier League Team of Week 14: Chicharito the MexiCan

It was another entertaining weekend in the Premier League, culminating in Divock Origi’s ridiculous winner on Sky’s derby day. The phrase ‘lies, damned lies and statistics’ is well worn, but when you see who our goalkeeper is this week, you’ll want to use it again. The Twelve algorithm is a powerful beast, but it must be used wisely. Anyway, here’s our Premier League team of week 14.

Goalkeeper: Jordan Pickford. Liverpool 1-0 Everton.

The 232nd Merseyside derby will be long remembered for the bizarre circumstances in which it was decided. Nobody in their right mind would call Pickford the best goalkeeper this weekend, yet on points he was. England’s #1 made a high value save from Shaqiri, and was strong in the air for the opening 95 minutes at the match. Shame about the last minute, Jordan. Read More