Our Friday afternoon assessment of the Sky Sports game returns once again. With only three Gameweeks left to make an impact with our teams, it’s a good idea to take a look at our stats, which included the Man of the Match (MoTM) awards, bonus point beneficiaries and current market trends. As always, we also look ahead to the forthcoming fixtures, offering up our preferred captain setup for Gameweek 37.
Gameweek 36 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.
|Aston Villa vs Southampton||Marc Albrighton|
|Cardiff vs Stoke||David Marshall|
|Chelsea vs Sunderland||Fabio Borini|
|Newcastle vs Swansea||Wilfried Bony|
|Tottenham vs Fulham||Christian Eriksen|
|West Ham vs Crystal Palace||Yannick Bolasie|
|Everton vs Man United||Seamus Coleman|
|Hull vs Arsenal||Aaron Ramsey|
|Norwich vs Liverpool||Raheem Sterling|
|Man City vs West Brom||David Silva|
A few of these names cropped up last week and have continued their good recent displays, namely David Marshall, Christian Eriksen, Yannick Bolasie and Raheem Sterling. Also, a couple of players with great early-season form were back with a bang. Seamus Coleman and Aaron Ramsey both put in great performances for their teams. The two players to have achieved MoTM most often this season are Eden Hazard and Luis Suarez, both with nine awards so far.
Gameweek 36 Bonus Points
Only one goalkeeper managed five saves or more this week – that man was Vito Mannone, who is the game’s top performer when it comes to bonus with 30 additional points earned through saves.
In defence, 15 players gathered bonus, 12 for tackles and three for passes completed – full-back Gael Clichy was the player closest to achieving both, missing out by just two completed passes. Swansea’s Angel Rangel leads the way for the defenders with 28 extra bonus points.
In midfield, 27 players earned bonus points – ten for tackling and 18 for passes. Brazilian all-rounder Paulinho was the player to manage both. Morgan Schneiderlin is the game’s top bonus earner overall with 44 extra 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|
Injuries and suspension have forced the hand of Fantasy managers this week. David Silva and Eden Hazard remain sidelined, whilst Jordan Henderson serves the second of a three-match ban. Those who parted company with Yaya Toure may come to regret it, though, with the midfielder set to be back for City’s trip to Palace and Daniel Sturridge could also return to the fold as Liverpool welcome Chelsea to Anfield.
Top Transfers In
|Name||Team||Value||% of Managers|
Four of the five most sought-after players are midfielders, with Sergio Aguero the only exception. Aaron Ramsey and Raheem Sterling’s weekend exploits have persuaded plenty of Fantasy managers to snap up their services, whilst Samir Nasri and Steven Gerrard have also made their way into many a new team as a result of injuries to other premium-priced options.
Gameweek 37 Proposed Captain Strategy
Looking ahead to the captaincy choices for Gameweek 37 there is an opportunity for three captains if you choose to use a transfer.
Wayne Rooney (Home to Norwich) → Sergio Aguero (Away to Crystal Palace)
For Saturday April 26, we’re hoping Manchester United find their form quickly under new manager Ryan Giggs and the player most likely to produce is surely Wayne Rooney – the forward has managed MoTM eight times in 26 starts this season to add to his appeal.
For Sunday 27, a transfer or captain switch to Sergio Aguero is probably your best bet here, as although the game against Crystal Palace is no easy task, it serves to set us up well for the following Gameweek when Man City play on the Saturday away to Everton.
Of course if you’re flush with transfers still, as unlikely as that may be, or your current formation set-up allows it, you could choose to bring in Aaron Ramsey as your skipper for Monday night’s game, with Arsenal hosting Newcastle at the Emirates. Ramsey picked up 20 points last week and looks primed for a similar haul.
The Fantasy Football Scout League
Our own Fantasy Football Scout League is on top of the Private League rankings. With a £1000 prize to the winner, you’d be mad not to get involved. To join, visit Sky Sports Fantasy Football and key in League Name: FFScout, League Code: 8000112.
The Fantasy Football Club
This Friday The Fantasy Football Club show airs, where you can catch Fenners and Merse at 18:30 Skysports One HD. They will be discussing the previous week’s Fantasy Football events, quizzing former Bradford forward Dean Windass and asking Stephen Ireland for his #One2Eleven.