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

Manchester City vs Southampton

Manchester City vs Southampton Preview: Saints Will Need a Miracle

After a scare-free Halloween week, City’s next opponent in the crowded fixture list is Southampton. Though the Saints put in an excellent performance against the Blues last year, City are much improved this season against teams in the lower areas of the table. Given the easy early schedule, I’m not quite ready to declare this team superior than last year’s edition despite the impressive start.

Still, one thing that can’t be denied is that they’ve played much better against teams outside last year’s top six. City last season averaged 13 shots and five shots on target more than such opponents, a pretty high baseline. This season, they’re averaging an incredible 19 and eight in those categories. Read More

Chelsea vs Crystal Palace

Chelsea vs Crystal Palace Preview: Time for the first time

Let me put a question to you, Premier League fans: when was the last time you did something for the first time ever? Well, Mr. Roy Hodgson will meet Sarri’s boys for the first time this season. And I believe he is very excited to do so.

I mean, who wouldn’t be? Imagine you are a football manager and you must prepare your team to face one of the most brilliant teams of the season, at their ground. Also, you should be prepared to play against a couple of talented players, who can beat you in the blink of an eye.

Chelsea vs Crystal Palace

Looking at Chelsea’s ‘Effective Time Possession’ graphic against Burnley, it’s all about the left side. Assuming they will repeat patterns, the connection between Marco Alonso and Eden Hazard will be key. Perhaps the most dangerous duo in the Premier League this season? Read More

Bournemouth vs Manchester United

Bournemouth vs Manchester United: A turning point for both sides

Manchester United successfully recovered from their midweek Champions League defeat against Juventus as they recorded a 2-1 win against Everton in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon. That win put the 20-time English champions above the Toffees into the eighth position in the table ahead of their trip to in-form Bournemouth this weekend.

The French connection worked well as Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial both got on the score sheet. The latter once again proved to be one of the best, if not the best, attacking option of Jose Mourinho’s side. Martial has got a chance because of Mourinho’s decision to axe the struggling Romelu Lukaku from his starting line-up which saw a somehow different United on the pitch.

Still, not for the first time this season, it was a far from convincing performance from United as a late Gylfi Sigurdsson penalty left the hosts with a nervy final fifteen minutes. Ultimately, Everton hadn’t picked their chances as United improved on a miserable run that had brought just one win from their previous seven games. Read More

Wolves vs Tottenham Premier League Preview

Wolves vs Tottenham Preview: Portuguese Pressure

The story of Tottenham’s season so far has been finding good results despite poor performances. Recent games against PSV and Man City have been a full reversal of that trend with the club’s two most promising displays of football so far this year returning a single point.

Whether Spurs fans choose to view that as positive or negative probably comes down to individual mindsets but at the very least there’s a case for optimism to be found in Dembele once again appearing fit, as Spurs near the middle period of the season. Read More

Arsenal vs Liverpool Premier League Preview

Arsenal vs Liverpool Preview: Will regression decide the outcome?

With over a quarter of the season gone, it may seem odd that, when Arsenal and Liverpool clash on Saturday evening, there still remains uncertainty about how good either of the sides are. But neither of the opponents from Matchday 11’s most intriguing tie have lived up to the sort of numbers they have been posting in the Premier League so far this season.

In many respects, Arsenal are to this season what Manchester United were to last season. Despite finishing second in the league last year, Jose Mourinho’s United scored nine goals more than their expected goals (xG) values suggested they would, conceding 15 goals fewer than the same metric projected they should have conceded. As any statistician worth their salt will tell you, over- or under-performance against xG values is unsustainable in the long run and, lo and behold, this season, Manchester United find themselves regressing towards the norm with wild abandon. 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

Crystal Palace vs Arsenal: Eagles look to stop their slide

This London derby has a lot riding on it. Crystal Palace are a talented team but they haven’t turned that into points at nearly a high enough pace and sit in 16th place, just a pair of points above the relegation zone. Arsenal are on an eleven match win streak (seven in the league) that has propelled them into the top four and just a pair of points off the top of the table.

Crystal Palace midfield issues

One of the biggest issues for Crystal Palace is that they lost two very important pieces of their midfield in Yohan Cabaye and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Cabaye is now in the UAE but last season he was the second best midfielder in the Twelve rankings overall and the best in what he added through attack. Loftus-Cheek is back at Chelsea (but has played just 33 minutes) while last year he was the third best midfielder and second best midfielder in their attacking rankings.

This season Luka Milivojevic and James McArthur have been tasked with leading the midfield. They haven’t been horrible, ranking among the top half of Crystal Palace players but in the overall rankings among other midfielder in the Premier League they are well down the list (16th and 17th respectively), especially on a points per minute basis where they fall to 35th and 34th. Read More