Friday, 19 December 2014

Dolphin's Statistical Previews - Gameweek 17

MANCHESTER CITY VS CRYSTAL PALACE

- The 2011/12 & 2013/14 Premier League champions have scored more goals on the road (aproximately twice as many) than at the Etihad this season.

- Crystal Palace have not won a Premier League away match since beating Everton (2-3) in September.

ASTON VILLA VS MANCHESTER UNITED

- Aston Villa have only scored two 2nd half goals in the Premier League this season.

- Manchester United have beaten Aston Villa by 3 goals or more 3 times since 2013.

HULL CITY VS SWANSEA CITY

- Hull City have not won any of their last 9 Premier League matches. 

- Hull City have not won a Premier League match since beating Crystal Palace (2-0) in October.

- Exactly (3) half of Swansea City's Premier League away goals (6) this season had been scored in Manchester prior to scoring away at West Ham United (3-1) in GW15.

SOUTHAMPTON VS EVERTON

- Everton have not scored in any of their last 2 visits in the Premier League at St.Mary's but Everton have only failed to score once in their last 9 Premier League away matches.

- Everton have scored in 14 of their 16 Premier League matches this season; only Manchester City have stopped Martinez's men from scoring away from home this season.

- Everton have scored goals from outside the area through several players such as Kevin Mirallas, Ross Barkley, Samuel Eto'o & Phil Jagielka this season.

- 4 of Ross Barkley's 7 Premier League goals have been scored from outside the box.

SPURS VS BURNLEY

- Spurs have lost more matches at White Hart Lane than away from home in the Premier League this season.

QPR VS WEST BROM

- QPR have failed to score in 5 of their 8 Premier League matches this season but have scored in 7 of their 8 home matches.

- West Brom have kept clean sheets away against Southampton (0-0), Spurs (0-1) & Hull City (0-0).

WEST HAM UNITED VS LEICESTER CITY

- West Ham have only failed to score in 2 of their 16 Premier League matches this season.

- Leicester City's only 2 Premier League victories up to this point came back to back against Stoke City (0-1) & Manchester United (3-5).

NEWCASTLE UNITED VS SUNDERLAND

- The last several meetings have seen red cards, a penalty miss & an own goal.

- Sunderland have won 3 consecutive Premier League matches against Newcastle United.

- There have been 5 red cards in the last 8 Premier League meetings between both clubs.

LIVERPOOL VS ARSENAL

- Liverpool's only 2 Premier League home victories against Arsenal since 2007 were won by 3 goals or more on both occassions - 2007 & 2014. 

- Aaron Ramsey, Glen Johnson, Pepe Reina & Laurent Koscielny have all scored own goals (at Anfield or Emirates) in this fixture over the last several years.

- The 5 of the last 6 Premier League meetings (at Anfield/the Emirates) have been won by 2 goals or more.

STOKE CITY VS CHELSEA

- Last season's meeting seen Stoke City edge out a 5 goal thriller (3-2).

-  No fewer than 9 goals have been scored in the last 2 Premier League meetings at the Britannia Stadium.

- Stoke City are the team that have conceded the most amount of headed goals/goals from set pieces this season. 

- Chelsea have scored 6 goals in their last 2 Premier League visits to the Britannia Stadium.

- Eden Hazard has not scored a Premier League away goal since January but the Belgium international scored 3 Premier League away goals from December to January; the Chelsea number 10 scored a brace away at Sunderland (3-4) in December.

- All of Diego Costa's Premier League goals (4) up to this point have been scored in the North West of England.

Chief's Main Togga Draft Team (GW17)


Thursday, 18 December 2014

Chief's #FPL Team - Gameweek 17


Latest Rank: 16,644
 
  Transfers:
  Cazorla/Baines  OUT (-4*)
  Fàbregas/Clichy IN
New Bank Balance: £0.4M

*I think it's a must having 5-6 CFC/MCI players until early January 2015.

Why have I re-purchased Fàbregas and picked him as captain for GW17?

The stats don't lie...
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  Fàbregas has the 2nd highest "final third passes" away from home in FPL.
He has the 2nd highest number of "key passes" away from home in FPL.
Fàbregas has the 3rd highest ALI (potency) away from home of fit players.
He has has the highest number of assists away from home in FPL.
Playing #MNF. In 14/15, #MNF games average more goals than non-#MNF.

Source: Asliga

Fàbregas is CFC's top scoring FPL points magnet away from home thus far:
 
http://asliga.com
 
Fàbregas is the most potent (ALI) CFC player away from home this season:

http://asliga.com


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 Source: Asliga


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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

#GW17 - Fan Feud's Weekly Fantasy Football Show


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#FlyBuy - GW17

An injury in the warm-up signified the failure of a points return from last week's FlyBuy pick, Eden Dzeko. This now must signify an injury crisis for Manchester City in the forward positions. Aguero, Dzeko and Jovetic all out, with only Jose Pozo fit and able to lead the line. Pellegrini will be hoping he gets at least one of those three fit soon, and the likelihood is that it will be Jovetic, a previous FlyBuy selection back in GW11.

As for the rest of my recent picks, Samir Nasri continues to deliver, with an assist this week for Frank Lampard's winning goal against Leicester. Jason Puncheon continues to disappoint, and it is apparent now that Neil Warnock only fancies him as a substitute, and it doesn't look likely that he'll reclaim a starting berth (barring injuries) anytime soon. Aaron Ramsey has gone back to the treatment table, and he is not expected to feature again until GW18 at the earliest. Finally, it was indeed a false dawn for Gabby Agbonlahor back in GW12. He has done pretty much nothing since then.

So, at the risk of returning to the bad old days of the start of the season with a series of uninspiring FlyBuy picks, I am going to take a punt on a player who really should be providing more points than he does for the minutes he plays. To be honest, when I checked his stats I was astonished to find that he hadn't scored since GW6, despite getting a healthy amount of game time. He has only not featured in one gameweek this season (back in GW4) but has returned only one goal and two assists in that time. With a decent run of fixtures to come (stk / WHU / sou / tot / NEW) if his team have any designs on the league title, they should be looking to win at least 4 of those games.

With that in mind, it is Chelsea midfielder Willian - or to give him his full title Willian Borges Da Silva - who gets my nomination for FlyBuy for GW17-21. Currently owned by just 0.5% of FPL managers, his price may be high at £7.7m, but Willian could be worth a run in your team.

FLY

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FlyBuy picks to date (only takes into account 5 GWs):

GW1 - Calum Chambers (ARS) - Points: 1 / 0 / 8 / 1 / 5
GW2 - Steven Pienaar (EVE) - Points: 1 / 0 (inj) / DNP / DNP / DNP
GW3 - Siem de Jong (NEW) - Points: 2 (inj) / DNP / DNP / DNP / DNP
GW4 - Marko Arnautovic (STO) - Points: DNP / 1 / 3 / 2 / 0
GW5 - Yaya Toure (MCY) - Points: 1 / 2 / 11 / 1 / 2
GW6 - Wilfried Bony (SWA) - Points: 1 / 6 / 7 / 13 / 1
GW7 - Kevin Nolan (WHU) - Points: 1 / 1 / 1 / 1 / 1
GW8 - Adam Lallana (LIV) - Points: 3 / 3 / DNP / DNP / 5
GW9 - Ross Barkley (EVE) - Points: 1 / 3 / 2 / 5 / 2
GW10 - Santi Cazorla (ARS) - Points: 3 / 2 / 0 / 8 / 3
GW11 - Stevan Jovetic (MCY) - Points: DNP / 8 / 1 / 10 / DNP
GW12 - Gabby Agbonlahor (AVL) - Points: 9 / 2 / 2 / 1 / 2
GW13 - Aaron Ramsey (ARS) - Points: 3 / 6 / 7 / DNP
GW14 - Jason Puncheon (CRY) - Points: 1 / 1 / 1
GW15 - Samir Nasri (MCY) - Points: 3 / 5
GW16 - Eden Dzeko (MCY) - Points: DNP

Friday, 12 December 2014

Marco’s Maverick – GW16 – Oliver Giroud

The invincible Arsenal side, the treble winning united side of 99. We all enjoyed viewing such triumphs and celebrated with them as they stormed to victory. That’s kinda how I felt last week when Andy Carroll was racking up his 16 points and leading the maverick to unprecedented success.

Like an awkward second album or replacing the unreplaceable man we have to roll with the punches and keep going knowing somehow we cannot replicate glories of weeks previous. That won’t stop us trying though and we roll into gameweek 17 after a tough week on the battlefield searching for the differential that will replace the crocked Sergio Aguero.

From one crock to another with the returning Oliver Giroud. Having missed nine weeks of the season and returning to fitness, Giroud just fits under in my 4.0% ownership rule with 3.6%. I’m sure a lot of those managers will be ghost managers who have long forgotten Fantasy Premier League. A late goal against united since his return hasn’t really lit the touch paper as Wenger would of hoped but the opportunity to test their metal against a ravaged Geordie defence at the Emirates offers the chance of getting the haters off the Frenchman’s back for at least the next week.

The visit of Newcastle offers the perfect platform for Giroud to get a full 90 minutes and the midweek rest against Galatasarary will have helped the frontman’s cause. A trip to Liverpool follows whose defence itself has hardly been water tight recently and then the visit of QPR to the Emirates completes the next three fixtures. If Arsenal are going to be considered top four candidates then they’re going to need at least 7 points from these games or they face the real prospect of missing out on the Champions league for the first time in some 16 years.

Can we expect Giroud to outscore Carroll? Probably not, can we expect him to bag a goal? Of course we can and with Aguero and Austin out they’re plenty of movers for the likes of Rooney, Costa, Bony, Dzeko and the likes. Giroud has gone under the radar and has the undoubted class to lead us to the points this week!


Thursday, 11 December 2014

#GW16 - Fan Feud's Weekly Fantasy Football Show


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#FlyBuy - GW16

Quick and dirty article from me this week. Duty calls and I'm off to do some pre-Christmas visiting of friends and family. It was a pretty poor showing from last week's pick, Samir Nasri, however if you managed to catch his performance in the Champions League in midweek you will perhaps see why I tipped him. Leicester up next so there is still time for him to come good in the allocated 5 week window that I base FlyBuy picks on. 

Onto this week's pick then. No messing about as I said. with the confirmation of Aguero's long term injury absence, many FPL managers need a replacement. With Man City's favourable run of fixtures it makes sense to go one for one to ensure continued coverage. Unfortunately due to injury both of City's backup strikers don't have the form worthy of them being an obvious choice. With Stevan Jovetic still active as a previous FlyBuy pick back in GW11 it's not going to be him. Which leaves only one option; The man who usually steps up to the plate during Aguero's inevitable injury lay-offs. 

With 10 goals in 14 games last season when he stood in, he has previous for relishing in the role of main man at the Etihad. Let's see if Eden Dzeko can hit the ground running and fill Aguero's unfillable boots... 

FLY 

FlyBuy picks to date (only takes into account 5 GWs):
 
GW1 - Calum Chambers (ARS) - Points: 1 / 0 / 8 / 1 / 5 
GW2 - Steven Pienaar (EVE) - Points: 1 / 0 (inj) / DNP / DNP / DNP 
GW3 - Siem de Jong (NEW) - Points: 2 (inj) / DNP / DNP / DNP / DNP 
GW4 - Marko Arnautovic (STO) - Points: DNP / 1 / 3 / 2 / 0 
GW5 - Yaya Toure (MCY) - Points: 1 / 2 / 11 / 1 / 2 
GW6 - Wilfried Bony (SWA) - Points: 1 / 6 / 7 / 13 / 1 
GW7 - Kevin Nolan (WHU) - Points: 1 / 1 / 1 / 1 / 1 
GW8 - Adam Lallana (LIV) - Points: 3 / 3 / DNP / DNP / 5 
GW9 - Ross Barkley (EVE) - Points: 1 / 3 / 2 / 5 / 2 
GW10 - Santi Cazorla (ARS) - Points: 3 / 2 / 0 / 8 / 3 
GW11 - Stevan Jovetic (MCY) - Points: DNP / 8 / 1 / 10 / DNP 
GW12 - Gabby Agbonlahor (AVL) - Points: 9 / 2 / 2 / 1 
GW13 - Aaron Ramsey (ARS) - Points: 3 / 6 / 7 
GW14 - Jason Puncheon (CRY) - Points: 1 / 1 
GW15 - Samir Nasri (MCY) - Points: 3

Chief's #FPL Team - Gameweek 16



Latest Rank: 21,988
 
  Transfers:
 Aguero / Fabregas / Sterling: OUT (-4*)
Costa / Hazard / Silva: IN
New Bank Balance: £0.3M

*I decided that I need MCI and CFC coverage due to good upcoming games.

Why have I picked Hazard as captain?

The stats don't lie...

Hazard is the 3rd highest ranked midfielder on FPL points.
He is the 3rd highest ranked midfielder on goals scored.
Hazard has the best EA SPORTS PPI of any PL midfielder.
He has SCORED 4 GOALS in CFC's last 4 home games.

Hazard is CFC's top scoring FPL points magnet at home thus far:

www.asliga.com

He has had as many shots on target as Costa since the end of October:

www.asliga.com

 Hazard is a BONUS POINTS MAGNET at home:

www.asliga.com

 Source: Asliga

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