Thursday, 23 October 2014

Player Profile (Horses For Courses) - Christian Benteke

Christian Benteke

Position - Striker & Current FPL Price - £7.9M

The Belgium international has returned to action with 2 appearances in this 2014/15 Premier League season and the 23-year-old's return is a much needed boost for Aston Villa given that the Midlands club have not won a Premier League match since beating Liverpool (0-1) at Anfield in September.

Villa have not won any of their last 4 Premier League matches, scored a goal or even picked up a single point during that run but after facing 4 of last season's top 5 in that run, the fixtures appear to be getting better for Paul Lambert's men and presents Benteke with a chance to shine.


KEY ATTRIBUTES & STATS 

  • His last Premier League goal came v Stoke City (1-4) in March last season.
  • His first Premier League goal came v Swansea (2-0) in September 2012.
  • A considerable amount of Benteke's Premier League goals have came away from home.
  • Benteke scored 4 goals in his first 4 starts in the Premier League last season.
  • Benteke scored 3 goals in his last 4 Premier League starts.
  • Benteke was the last player to score a hat-trick in a Premier League Monday night match on April 29th 2013 against Sunderland (6-1).
  • Given Benteke's great phsyical presence, the former Genk man can told the ball up well, bring others into play and pop up with the odd assist.
  • Aston Villa's next three opponents QPR, Spurs & West Ham have conceded 18, 11 & 11 goals in the Premier League this season respectively and kept just 3 clean sheets in the Premier League between them since September.

PREMIER LEAGUE GOALS 2013/14

VS ARSENAL (1-3 & 1-2) -3
VS CHELSEA (2-1) - 1
VS NORWICH (4-1) - 2
VS LIVERPOOL (2-2) - 1
VS WEST BROM (4-3) - 1

PREMIER LEAGUE GOALS 2012/13

VS SUNDERLAND (6-1) - 3
VS CHELSEA (1-2) - 1
VS LIVERPOOL (1-3 & 1-2) - 3
VS EVERTON (3-3) - 2
VS STOKE CITY (1-3) - 1
VS QPR (3-2) - 1
VS READING (1-0 & 1-2) - 2
VS WEST BROM (2-2) - 1
VS NEWCASTLE (!-2) - 1
VS WEST HAM (2-1) - 1
VS NORWICH (1-1) - 1
VS SWANSEA CITY (2-0 & 2-2) -2

Stats are self-compiled, mostly from memory, however some are found/self-compiled/double checked through the use of FourFourTwo Stats Zone & BBC Football.

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