Sky Sports Focus – Gameweek 22

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After back-to-back double Gameweeks it’s time to assess the usual info including Man of the Match (MoTM) awards, bonus point beneficiaries and the current market trends. As always, we also look ahead to the forthcoming fixtures, offering our preferred captain setup, with one eye on Gameweek 23.

Gameweek 20 Man of the Match Awards

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

Fixture MoTM
West Ham vs West Brom Saido Berahino
Aston Villa vs Swansea Jonathan de Guzman
Hull vs Fulham Tom Huddlestone
Man City vs Crystal Palace Yannick Bolasie
Norwich vs Man United Nemanja Vidic
Cardiff vs Sunderland Fraizer Campbell
Everton vs Southampton Ross Barkley
Newcastle vs Arsenal Mathieu Debuchy
Chelsea vs Liverpool Eden Hazard
Tottenham vs Stoke Mousa Dembele
Swansea vs Man City Yaya Toure
Arsenal vs Cardiff Jack Wilshere
Crystal Palace vs Norwich Jason Puncheon
Fulham vs West Ham Scott Parker
Liverpool vs Hull Luis Suarez
Southampton vs Chelsea Oscar
Stoke vs Everton Leighton Baines
Sunderland vs Aston Villa Gabriel Agbonlahor
West Brom vs Newcastle Saido Berahino
Man United vs Tottenham Vlad Chiriches

Over the double Gameweek, four defenders, eleven midfielders and five forwards shared the awards. Eden Hazard picked up his seventh of the season and has now been awarded more MoTM awards than any other player, one more than Wayne Rooney and Curtis Davies. West Brom’s wonderkid Saido Berahino picked up the award twice over the two matches and comes in at only 5.9 million – for those opting for an expensive five in midfield, he looks a decent enabler.

Gameweek 20 Bonus Points

Five goalkeepers managed five saves or more – Hugo Lloris, Vito Mannone, David Marshall, David Stockdale and Jussi Jaaskelainen were the top shot-stoppers. Jaaskelainen has now joined Brad Guzan and Simon Mignolet at the top of the bonus points table with 10 additional points.

In defence, a total of 13 players gathered bonus, eight for tackles and eight for passes completed – the three players who managed to achieve both were Kyle Naughton, Daniel Agger and Vincent Kompany. Crystal Palace full-back Joel Ward is still the top defender for bonus points overall with an additional 18 points.

In midfield, 30 players earned bonus points – 19 for tackling and 20 for passes. Several players managed to gather both over the two games but a special mention for Cheick Tiote and Steve Sidwell, who both gained six additional points each after a combination of passing and tackling. Liverpool’s Lucas is now the top bonus-point darling in midfield, with 30 additional points earned.

Chelsea’s Andre Schurrle will have impressed his manager Jose Mourinho as he was the only forward to earn bonus for four completed tackles, earning himself an additional two points.

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

The Transfer Trends

Top Transfers Out

Name Team Value % of Managers
Ramsey Arsenal 5.8 21.16%
Ozil Arsenal 8.8 9.35%
Giroud Arsenal 8.5 5.63%
Jagielka Everton 6.9 5.13%
Lovren Southampton 5.2 3.76%

Injury reigns supreme as all of the players mentioned above have found themselves hampered by the festive schedule. Dejan Lovren returned to the first team last week after a bout of illness, whilst Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud are both in contention for Arsenal’s trip to Villa on Monday.

Top Transfers In

Name Team Value % of Managers
Hazard Chelsea 8.8 6.64%
Lallana Southampton 5.9 5.73%
Coleman Everton 6.5 3.90%
Negredo Man City 8.6 3.75%
Toure Man City 8.6 3.64%

The top two transfers in, Eden Hazard and Adam Lallana, look like direct replacements for Arsenal duo Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey as they come in at virtually the same price. Yaya Toure and Seamus Coleman’s form has been too good to ignore and it’s easy to why they are amongst the top five in. Alvaro Negredo looks like something of a stop-gap whilst we await the return of Sergio Aguero.

Gameweek 22 Proposed Captain Strategy

Looking ahead to the captaincy choices for Gameweek 22, there is an opportunity for three armband options if you choose to use a transfer for Monday night’s game.

Our Strategy:
Emmanuel Adebayor (Crystal Palace at Home) → Luis Suarez (Stoke Away) → Mesut Ozil (Aston Villa Away)

For Saturday January 11, Romelu Lukaku is also an option as he plays at home to Norwich. For the fixtures on Sunday 12, we opt for a captain change to Liverpool’s Luis Suarez who squares up to Stoke at the Britannia. Alternatively, a Man City asset is an option.

Arsenal roll up to Villa Park on Monday the 13th and, with Aston Villa’s defence looking shaky in recent weeks, Ozil looks a good option for points – as an added bonus, Arsenal play at home to Fulham on Saturday 18, where again he looks an enticing option.

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The Fantasy Football Club

This Friday The Fantasy Football Club show, where you can catch Fenners and Merse at 18:30 Skysports One HD where they will be discussing the previous week’s Fantasy Football events and quizzing Benito Carbone for his #One2Eleven.

  1. Mannone - Marshall
    Metersacker - Kompany - Chester - Ward - Burner
    Eriksen - Hazard - Silva - Barkley - Ozil
    Suarez - JRod - ROONEY (£11.3m)

    Who comes in for Rooney?

    A Giroud
    B Adebayor
    C Negredo

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Negredo looks a good option for a couple of weeks

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  2. All set for this week?

    Marshall (Lewis)

    Terry / Kosicelny / Clyne (Ward) (Chester)

    Oscar / Gerrard / Ozil / Silva (Tiote)

    Suarez / Negredo / Adabayor

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
  3. News on evans?x

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Nothing of note, still a doubt

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  4. Best Rooney replacement for (-4)

    Mignolet / Lewis
    Koscielny / Dawson / Distin / Ward / Turner
    Sterling / Hazard / Silva / Özil / Ward-Prowse
    Suárez / Lukaku / Rooney

    A) Ade
    B) Welbeck
    C) Giroud
    D) JRod
    E) Lambert

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Negredo.x

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. A on fixture and form. J Rod perhaps

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  5. Cracking looking Championship game on Sky later, Leicester v Derby, hoping for a draw,anything but a Foxes win, Craig Bryson one to watch here.

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
  6. Is my team good for tommorow? :) Please dont ignore my post

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Play Sterling over Cabaye. He may be out injured and up against City anyways

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  7. Huddersfield sign Nakhi Wells from Bradford for club record fee. SSN.

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
  8. TM.
    What you gonna do? Play the wc or take a hit?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
  9. Hi lads can someone please give me some advice.
    Should i
    A-Do Rooney to adebayor/lukaku for -4 and 0,3 loss
    B- keep rooney and play gnabry or chester if gnabry dont play.
    Ful team is
    Coleman, Mertesacker, Clyne,
    Ozil, Hazard, Silva, Lallana, Gnabry,
    Suarez (C) Negredo
    subs,lewis, Rooney (inj) chester, gabbidon,
    i sell rooney will prob do adebayor to aguero next week

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. your team is fine play gabbidon instead of taking the hit plus palace have restricted free scoring city for just one goal -

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  10. All those buying Negredo this week, you gonna sell him for Kun next week?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Unless Kun is a confirmed starter, which I think is unlikely, I'll wait until he has had some game time

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  11. No Santa hat grav hat test.

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
      • 1 year, 1 month ago
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    • 1 year, 1 month ago
      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  12. Silva&kosc or Carzola&Nastasic?


    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. silva kosc all day long

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  13. Going WC at the end of the month I've noticed that barring the last 5 fixtures Arsenal have a horrible run of fixtures. Though they are the top defensive team Man City and Chelsea seem to have much kinder runs. Would it be bad to consider Nasty or Zab over Mertesacker?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago

Scout Picks

For Gameweek 27

  • De Gea
  • Koscielny
  • Bertrand
  • Janmaat
  • Sánchez
  • Di María
  • Walters
  • Mane
  • Sakho
  • Rooney
  • Aguero
  • Cresswell
  • Moses
  • Gomis

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Last updated: 23 Feb, 2015 10:38pm
Player Club Factors
Up Pantilimon SUN B, Vs
Down Foster WBA B, Vs
No Change Ospina ARS B, Vs, Rest
Up Hart MCI B, Vs
Down Forster SOT C
Up Guzan AVL C
Down Lloris TOT C, Vs
Up McGregor HUL C


Last updated: 1 Mar, 2015 8:34am
Player Club Factors
Up Bertrand SOT C
Down Bellerín ARS B, Rest, £
Up Réveillere SUN B, Vs, £
Down Ivanovic CHE A
No Change Lescott WBA B, Vs
Up Wollscheid STO C, Vs
Up Naughton SWA C, £
No Change Kompany MCI C, Vs
Up Skrtel LIV B, VsX
Up Cresswell WHM B
No Change Vlaar AVL C
Down Baines EVE C, VsX
Up Rose TOT B, Vs, Rest, £
Down Yun QPR C, £


Last updated: 1 Mar, 2015 4:03pm
Player Club Factors
Up Sánchez ARS C, Vs
Up Silva MCI A, Vs
Down Hazard CHE A, VsX
Up Eriksen TOT C
Down Ozil ARS B, Vs
Up Sterling LIV B
Up Walters STO B, Vs
Down Mane SOT B, Vs
Down Di María MUN B, Vs
Up Sinclair AVL B, Vs, £
Down Sigurdsson SWA C, Inj
Down Downing WHM C
No Change Ibe LIV B, £
Up Phillips QPR B, Vs, £


Last updated: 1 Mar, 2015 9:53am
Player Club Factors
Up Aguero MCI A, Vs
Up Giroud ARS B, Vs
Down Kane TOT A
No Change Sturridge LIV C, Rest
No Change Diego Costa CHE C
Up N'Doye HUL A, Vs, £
Down Ings BRN A, VsX
Up Sakho WHM C
Down Berahino WBA B, Inj
Up Lukaku EVE C
Up Cissé NEW C
Down Defoe SUN C
Down Austin QPR B, Vs
Down Pellè SOT C, Vs

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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

The Suspension Tightrope

Player Team YC
Hutton AVL 9
Barry EVE 9
Bardsley STO 9
Cattermole SUN 9
Taylor SWA 9
Clark AVL 8
Cleverley AVL 8
Diego Costa CHE 8
Fábregas CHE 8
Besic EVE 8
Livermore HUL 8
Gerrard LIV 8
Barton QPR 8
Pellè SOT 8
Wanyama SOT 8
Larsson SUN 8
Reid WHM 8
Chambers ARS 7
Agbonlahor AVL 7
Okore AVL 7
Matic CHE 7
Henderson LIV 7
Skrtel LIV 7
Kompany MCI 7
Fernandinho MCI 7
Janmaat NEW 7
Dunne QPR 7
Fonte SOT 7
Schneiderlin SOT 7
Shelvey SWA 7
Mason TOT 7

“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