Success! Well, of sorts anyway. Our team last week picked up a total of 94.5 points, for our second highest tally of the season, to finish 23rd out of 144 entrants in our particular league. As predicted, Chelsea swept aside Huddersfield, so Hazard picked up 30.75 points while Arrizabalaga earned 14. With hindsight, we should’ve selected more Blues.
Little over a week ago, Liverpool supporters were starting to get giddy. Manchester City had surprisingly lost at Newcastle, giving the Reds a four point advantage and a game in hand. Eight days later and the latter remains, but their lead has been worn away.
Fortunately for Jürgen Klopp and his team, a home match with Bournemouth represents an excellent opportunity to secure three points. The Cherries have lost their last seven away games in a row, which is the longest current streak of defeats on the road in any of Europe’s top five leagues. Only one team has had a longer run of away day blues at any point in 2018/19 too. Liverpool might like a visit from SD Huesca, but Bournemouth will do for now.
West Ham vs Liverpool is a massive game for the league leaders. But then they all are now, this is just the first of the fourteen which remain. This is the reverse of the fixture from the opening weekend, in which Liverpool battered a sorry looking Hammers side 4-0. It was Manuel Pellegrini’s first match in charge, though, and the former Manchester City manager might be able to do his old side a favour here.
After all, West Ham have beaten Manchester United and Arsenal at home this season, putting themselves alongside Wolves and Leicester as the sides from outside the top six who have the most wins against the big boys. However, the fly in the ointment is the Hammers’ treatment room, which is more crowded than the city of Liverpool will be if the Reds manage to clinch the league title.
Ouch. Several of the names listed there are in West Ham’s top performers for the season on a points-per-minute basis too, according to our algorithm, as you can see here. Read More
A common theme of our fantasy football selections is that we have a couple of players who do well, but the other six let the side down. Exhibit A: our team from week 23. Aside from Paul Pogba and Roberto Firmino, who both scored, nobody else in our squad picked up double figures. Maybe this is the week our fortunes change?
Liverpool may not have won the league for 29 years, but this is not their first title challenge in that period. However, they have usually been the hunter rather than the hunted; according to Stats Zone, this will be the Reds’ 10th Premier League game where they’ve started top of the table this season, more than they’ve played in every other individual campaign since 1992.
And in the next few weeks they will be very much the hunted. Liverpool haven’t played after Manchester City in any of the last six match weeks, yet will do so twice within the next week, and a further two times later in February. At the time of writing, it seems safe to assume the Reds will kick off just one point clear at the top of the table (unless Newcastle pull off a miracle result – which they did! – Ed). Will the pressure start to tell on Liverpool? Read More
With a hat trick against Leicester, Diogo Jota was always going to make the cut, but who else is in our Premier League team of week 23? You can view the full leader board here, so let’s begin with a veteran goalkeeper who often appears in our XI.
Goalkeeper: Ben Foster. Watford 0-0 Burnley.
Foster picked up his fifth clean sheet of the season, but far more importantly his fourth team of the week cap. He was assisted in his efforts by… Read More
Our week 22 team may not have won us any money, but we did pick up more points than we have for quite some time. Mohamed Salah top scored with 18.5 points, with the likes of Ben Foster (15) and David Luiz (14) also making decent contributions.
But, much like Supergrass, we’re in it for the money. Draft Kings‘ game has seven matches from which we can select our team in week 23, so by using our algorithm to find the players who have performed best over the last six weeks, we’ve assembled our squad. Before we reveal all, here are the matches this week.