Thursday, 27 April 2017

Gameweek 34 Review: Bullish Costa Rages On

If Antonio Conte is The Godfather, Diego Costa is Jake La Motta in Raging Bull of 1960's Italian-American cinema. Costa was on the rampage on Tuesday, with two goals and an assist versus Southampton to take his Premier League tally up to 51 goals and 15 assists in 85 games, the 8th fastest player to reach 50 PL goals. The striker is known for his petulance, but when he directs his fiery competitive streak into scoring goals Costa can be a reliable striker in FPL. It seems his head is in the right place. For now.

Finishing Strong

Eden Hazard put in a fine performance in Chelsea's 4-2 victory, though he only managed one goal. Stats suggest he could have created an assist and scored more. Hazard created 5 chances and completed more passes in the final third than any player on the pitch. The points will come if he continues to play with such confidence.

Christian Eriksen scored the solitary goal on a Wednesday night that saw three 1-0 wins. Eriksen has 11 assists and 6 goals in his last 13 PL games, usurping the likes of Mesut Ozil and Roberto Firmino for goals and assists in the same time. The Spurs midfielder is in the form of his career.

Hull look favourites to seal survival after a crucial home win against Watford. Lazar Markovic's 2 goals and Kamil Grosicki's 3 assists since signing in the January window have helped to get Hull out of the relegation area. It's 3 wins in 6 for Hull, as they look to complete the great escape. Expect the KC to be a tough place for any side to go.

Limping To The Finish

Alexis Sanchez blanked at home to Leicester and a yellow card told of his frustrations. A lack of motivation is only obvious from Arsenal's recent slump as Sanchez's Arsenal future is in doubt. 2 in 6 is derisory in comparison to earlier season form. It remains to be seen whether this under par showing from Sanchez in recent weeks continues into his two double gameweeks.

Stoke... Players are in relegation form, fans unhappy, manager in the firing line.

Written by Kyle Norbury

Stoke fan, football fan, fantasy football nerd

Twitter: @SCFCNerd