Sunday, 2 April 2017

Gameweek 30 Review: The Good, The Bad and Diego Costa

Points have been in short supply from the usual suspects this gameweek. Lukaku blanked in Saturday's early kick-off at Anfield, the most popular captain pick Diego Costa couldn't find the net at home to Crystal Palace and Alexis Sanchez was unable to score or assist against a defensively shabby Man City. Only the comparatively low owned Aguero provided goal returns of the big-hitters.

Diego Costa's blank was particularly disappointing, as scoring returns seemed certain with the reliability shown thus far this season from the centre-forward. Crystal Palace have been far from solid even with Sam Allardyce in charge, but Costa was unable to convert any of his 9 shots on a frustrating day for Chelsea, which showed in Costa's yellow card.

Coutinho In The Goals

The stand-out player of the gameweek was Phillipe Coutinho. It has been a good season for the playmaker that was cruelly hindered by injury just when he was in top form. Despite a 7-week lay-off, Coutinho has 7 goals and 7 assists to his name. FPL managers were reminded of his ability with a classy curled effort and a second half assist against Everton. Those who pledged faith in him returning to early-season performances were rewarded and will be hoping he can stay injury-free and in form.

Leicester Back To Their Best

The Champions are not the unstoppable force they were this time last season, but they are back winning games. Their 2-0 defeat of Stoke was their forth straight victory under Craig Shakespeare. Jamie Vardy was on the scoresheet with a stunning volley that showed the renewed confidence he is playing in now. That is four in four for the England striker. Leicester players, and Vardy in particular, should be back on the FPL radar.

Written by Kyle Norbury,

Twitter: @SCFCnerd

Stoke fan, football fan, fantasy football fan