Sky Sports Focus – Gameweek 20

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With the festive double Gameweek behind us it’s time to assess the usual info. We cast an eye over the Man of the Match (MoTM) awards and the bonus point beneficiaries and, as always, look ahead to the forthcoming fixtures, offering our preferred captain setup, with one eye on Gameweek 21.

Gameweek 19 Man of the Match Awards

Listed below is a match-by-match breakdown of the players who won the plaudits from the Sky Sports reporters last time out, earning five additional points for the Man-of-the-Match award.

Fixture MoTM
Liverpool vs Cardiff Luis Suarez
Crystal Palace vs Newcastle Yohan Cabaye
Fulham vs Man City David Silva
Man United vs West Ham Wayne Rooney
Stoke vs Aston Villa Peter Crouch
Sunderland vs Norwich Michael Turner
West Brom vs Hull Danny Graham
Southampton vs Tottenham Emmanuel Adebayor
Swansea vs Everton Ross Barkley
Arsenal vs Chelsea John Terry
Hull vs Man United Wayne Rooney
Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace Brad Guzan
Cardiff vs Southampton Adam Lallana
Chelsea vs Swansea Eden Hazard
Everton vs Sunderland Vito Mannone
Newcastle vs Stoke Hatem Ben Arfa
Norwich vs Fulham Scott Parker
Tottenham vs West Brom Jonas Olson
West Ham vs Arsenal Theo Walcott
Man City vs Liverpool Fernandinho

Over the double Gameweek, two goalkeepers, three defenders, nine midfielders and six forwards shared the awards. Lots of high ownership players stood out over this period with Wayne Rooney getting a special mention as the only player to gain MoTM in both his games. Rooney now joins Curtis Davies on six MoTM awards overall.

Gameweek 19 Bonus Points

Five goalkeepers managed five saves or more – Brad Guzan, Adrian, Maarten Stekelenburg, Gerhard Tremmel and Vito Mannone were the top shot stoppers. Mannone managed a stunning 15 saves over both games netting him saves bonus twice – at just 4.2 million he looks a good budget option if he can keep his place under Gus Poyet.

In defence, a total of 11 players gathered bonus, seven for tackles and five for passes completed – over the two games, Liverpool centre-back Mamadou Sakho managed to pick up passing bonus twice after racking up an impressive 148 completed passes in total. Crystal Palace full-back Joel Ward is still the top defender for bonus points overall with an additional 18 points.

In midfield, 26 players earned bonus points – 14 for tackling and 16 for passes. Deep-lying playmakers Yaya Toure, Lucas and Mikel Arteta all delivered passing bonus twice whilst Arteta also managed to gain tackling once, bringing him a total of six extra points. Aaron Ramsey still sits on top of the pile overall with 28 additional bonus points earned.

A few forwards also found themselves amongst the bonus points this week – both Johan Elmander and Jay Rodriguez were defending from the front as they earned tackling bonus with a total of six tackles each. Wayne Rooney was the only forward to gather passing bonus after sitting deeper than usual in the game against Aston Villa and racking up 69 passes.

A reminder that Fantasy Football Scout Members can access all the data regarding bonus points using player stats and clicking the Sky Sports tab.

Gameweek 20 Proposed Captain Strategy

Looking ahead to the captaincy choices for Gameweek 20 there is an opportunity for three captains, using only a single armband change due to a full schedule of fixtures on New Year’s Day.

Our Strategy:
Yaya Toure (Crystal Palace at Home) → Luis Suarez (Chelsea Away) → Luis Suarez (Hull at Home)

For Saturday December 28, targeting a Man City asset looks profitable as they square up to Crystal Palace at home – with rotation expected to play a part here, the Ivorian’s guaranteed starts could be key. The other outstanding option is to play safe somewhat and opt for Man United front man Wayne Rooney who is also less likely to find himself ‘rested’ away to Norwich.

For Sunday December 29, we opt for a captain change to Liverpool’s Luis Suarez – although he plays away to Chelsea in a tough match at the Bridge, he then plays again on January 1 at home to Hull, where points look a certainty.

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  1. Guys do you reckon Nasri will play?

    I'm about to make differential to put him (C)

    • 11 months, 28 days ago
    1. I think he's due a rest

      • 11 months, 28 days ago
      • 11 months, 24 days ago
  2. Suarez v Ivanovic will prove a tasty battle - their first clash since that controversial "nip" and with Brendan yet to lose two games on the bounce as LFC manager he will get Suarez fired up for this clash.

    Sundays game will be another fantastic game, but Jose cant park the bus at home and the official surely cannot be as incompetent as they were for the City game.

    So do we go with Suarez as skipper and draft in Sterling for Ramsey as fixtures are looking good after Cheslsea.....Hull (H) / Stoke (A) / Villa (H) with 5 from 8 at home!

    • 11 months, 28 days ago
    1. Very tempted as Suarez was awesome again!

      • 11 months, 28 days ago
    2. Tasty - a well chosen word!

      But why can't he park the bus, as he did in Chelsea's away games against United and Arsenal? He won't want to take the risk of losing the match to a Suarez goal in a quick Liverpool counter-attack, so I would expect him to try and keep it tight. He will be aiming for a 1-0 win, not a high-scoring thriller, unless Chelsea fall behind.

      • 11 months, 28 days ago
  3. So what does your Saturday acca look like

    Heres mine:

    West Ham
    Man City
    Man U

    • 11 months, 28 days ago
  4. Should be a fairly easy win for Chelsea. Liverpool are due a slump soon.

    • 11 months, 28 days ago
    1. No.

      • 11 months, 28 days ago
  5. Repost for the heck of it. (Don't usually repost):

    I was just researching soccer/football history and fun facts. Came across a bit of info that claims that more than 80% of the world's soccer balls are produced in Pakistan.

    • 11 months, 28 days ago
    1. And Twiglet's taste like marmite because they are made with yeast extract

      • 11 months, 28 days ago

      "In a typical year Pakistan produces almost half of the world's hand-stitched gems. In a World Cup year like this one, as demand explodes, that portion edges up to almost 70 per cent."

      Has the number increased since 2010 when that was written?

      • 11 months, 28 days ago
  6. Alright guys what's my transfer???

    Speroni Davis
    Coleman Mert Williamson Chester Clyne
    Wally Silva Hazard Sterling Barkley
    Roo Luka Suarez

    Thinking Speroni or Davis to Manonne? Very tempted to drop Lukaku but maybe give him another week or two. No transfer maybe? Who to bench also...


    • 11 months, 28 days ago
  7. help needed... head wrecked!

    A: ramsey >>> nasri
    B: ramsey >>> navas
    C: ramsey & dawson >>> silva & 4.2def (-4)

    • 11 months, 28 days ago
  8. DT

    Is the following crazy with the WC so soon?

    Ozil - Ramsey - McAuley ---> Silva - Walcott - Bardsley (-8)

    • 11 months, 28 days ago
    1. yep

      • 11 months, 28 days ago
  9. Do people see Ramsay dropping .6?

    • 11 months, 28 days ago
  10. To all you experts out there, please review my team below and let me know your suggestion(s) to improve it . . .

    Mignolet, (Steer),
    Ivanovic, Kompany, Coleman, (Turner, Ward),
    Walcott, Silva, Lallana, Hernandez, (Jedinak),
    Suarez, Rooney, Lukaku

    0.6 in the bank

    Thank you!

    • 11 months, 28 days ago
  11. The article mentions swapping from Yaya to Suarez between Dec 28 and Dec 29 for captaincy.

    Is that even possible? I thought it was a single GW?

    • 11 months, 28 days ago
    1. It's probably possible in the Sky game.

      • 11 months, 28 days ago
  12. Play Burner or Chester?

    • 11 months, 28 days ago
  13. Thought I would repost this from earlier today. It's a poem I wrote about a player I just picked up. (Just be careful if you want to critique it. I might bite your head off, like I did earlier today to someone else.)

    Oh, Podolski, they just don't understand.
    How deadly you are, how in command.

    You get near the box, and the keeper's knees begin to shake.
    And then you unleash thunderbolts, with which many goals you make.

    You are also capable of multiple assists.
    A talent which I hope persists.

    I picked you up yesterday, and while some may laugh and stare,
    I think I'll be laughing last when together, we lay them bare.

    • 11 months, 27 days ago
  14. Without looking, can you name the capital of Canada? (refrain if you are Canadian, as that makes it too easy.....maybe).

    • 11 months, 27 days ago
    1. Anyone? Anyone?

      • 11 months, 27 days ago

Scout Picks

For Gameweek 17

  • Lloris
  • Zabaleta
  • Ivanovic
  • Cresswell
  • Sánchez
  • Eriksen
  • Y Touré
  • Downing
  • Bony
  • van Persie
  • Austin
  • Evans
  • Nasri
  • Carroll

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Last updated: 19 Dec, 2014 1:25pm
Player Club Factors
Up Hart MCI A, Vs
Up McGregor HUL B, Vs
Up Guzan AVL B, Vs
Up Green QPR B, Vs
Down Pantilimon SUN A
Up De Gea MUN A
No Change Fabianski SWA B
Up Adrián WHM B


Last updated: 19 Dec, 2014 12:51am
Player Club Factors
Up Zabaleta MCI B, Vs, Rest
Down Ivanovic CHE B
Down Baines EVE C
Up Yun QPR C, Vs, £
Up Davies TOT C, Vs, Rest, £
Up Janmaat NEW B, VsX, Inj
No Change Cresswell WHM B
Down Hutton AVL B, Vs, £, Sus
No Change Taylor SWA B
Up Chester HUL C, Vs, VsX
Up Evans MUN B, Vs


Last updated: 17 Dec, 2014 1:40pm
Player Club Factors
Up Hazard CHE A, VsX
Down Sánchez ARS A, VsX, OoP
Up Y Touré MCI B, Vs, Sus
Up Downing WHM A
Up Eriksen TOT A, Vs
Up Nasri MCI A, Vs, Inj
Down Sigurdsson SWA B, Vs
Up Sterling LIV C, Vs
No Change Bolasie CPL A, VsX
Down Oscar CHE B, VsX
Up Fer QPR B, Vs
Up Sissoko NEW B, Vs, VsX


Last updated: 20 Dec, 2014 10:12am
Player Club Factors
No Change Diego Costa CHE B
No Change Bony SWA A, Vs
Up Austin QPR A, Vs
Up van Persie MUN A
Up Kane TOT B, Vs, Rest, £
No Change Sakho WHM B, Rest, £
Up Giroud ARS B, VsX
Up Benteke AVL B, Vs
Down Rooney MUN B, Inj, OoP
Up Carroll WHM B
Up Cissé NEW A, Vs
No Change Pellè SOT C

Selection Factors

A, B, C Current Form
Vs Favourable Fixtures
VsX Unfavourable Fixtures
Rest Rotation Risk
Inj Injured/Returning from Injury
OoP Out of Position
£ Potential Bargain
Sus Suspended/Near Suspension

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Player Team YC
Oxlade-Chamberlain ARS 4
Agbonlahor AVL 4
Boyd BRN 4
Marney BRN 4
Chamakh CPL 4
Besic EVE 4
Naismith EVE 4
Chester HUL 4
Robertson HUL 4
Moore LEI 4
Vardy LEI 4
Balotelli LIV 4
Gerrard LIV 4
Skrtel LIV 4
Kompany MCI 4
Mangala MCI 4
Y Touré MCI 4
Tioté NEW 4
Fer QPR 4
Clyne SOT 4
Mane SOT 4
Mame Biram Diouf STO 4
Shawcross STO 4
Wilson STO 4
Gómez SUN 4
Wickham SUN 4
Ki SWA 4
Williams SWA 4
Mason TOT 4
Dorrans WBA 4
Tomkins WHM 4

“Last year was quite open for me, I was in good positions, but I was quite lucky because I was getting free kicks and some penalties as well.”

Yaya Toure Manchester City midfielder