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The Big Numbers – Gameweek 25

First up this morning, we look to the Opta data and cast an eye back to some of the standout stats over Gameweek 25 matches.

Taking the upcoming Gameweek 26 and 28 schedules into consideration, we check out some midfield candidates from West Ham, Everton and West Brom, while assessing Sadio Mane’s season after his return sparks Liverpool back into form and kicks off a huge midweek bandwagon.

Elsewhere, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alexis Sanchez serve a timely reminder of their talents ahead of upcoming blanks for Manchester United and Arsenal, and we also look into Diego Costa’s recent drop in form ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Swansea City.

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  1. John
      4 days, 13 hours ago

      Only today have i realised just how badly my team looks for the upcoming weeks. I am 2nd in a big PL with serious dosh but my work has been so flat out I missed the articles. Genuinely gutted.... check this out does anyone have any sort of plan or advice? I dont want to WC please.

      pickford
      foster
      amat - BLANK.COM
      Walker - BLANK GW28
      Baines
      Holebas - BLANK GW28
      Pieters - BLANK GW28

      Sterling - BLANK GW26 & 28
      Phillips
      Sanchez - BLANK GW26 & 28
      Alli - BLANK GW28
      Stanislas

      Costa - BLANK GW28
      Benteke - BLANK GW28
      Kane - BLANK GW28

      am i right thinking at present I only have 3 players for GW 28?

      1. FplDreams
          4 days, 13 hours ago

          How many fts?

          1. John
              4 days, 13 hours ago

              just the 1 i am afraid. I am torn between WC or maybe I just do what I can and try and get the main players in?
              try and do so with -4 max?

          2. Rian23
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            4 days, 13 hours ago

            4.

            1. Al Bundy
                4 days, 13 hours ago

                Yeah, but 2 of them are goalies so its 3 players

              • John
                  4 days, 13 hours ago

                  4? its 3 isnt it?

                  1. Rupert The Horse
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    4 days, 13 hours ago

                    Stan Phillips Baines Foster

              • Lawro
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                4 days, 13 hours ago

                Don't panic. You still have 3 free transfer to pull some players in... it's bad but not worth a wildcard

                1. Lawro
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  4 days, 13 hours ago

                  Wait till the end of next week. If you're lucky some teams could get knocked out of the cup and you could be looking good for GW28!

                  1. John
                      4 days, 13 hours ago

                      that is a good shout, although unlikely but def a good point. Best position for me is to sit and do nothing till after this weekend. Im glad someone agrees its not worth a WC. 3 FT and 1 hit max? -4

                      1. Lawro
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        4 days, 13 hours ago

                        Actually it's likely someone will get knocked out. Just over 50%

                        1. jarvish
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          4 days, 13 hours ago

                          Now up to 70% according to Ben Crellin's latest spreadsheet update - this seems about right to me - the 50% always seemed too low.

                2. Forever_United
                    4 days, 13 hours ago

                    For a start, wait till the FA cup games are played out.Once you have more info, start planning your moves.

                    I would still suggest you get in Lukaku and/or Barkley.

                3. ¥€$
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  4 days, 13 hours ago

                  Are the Mane transfers this week's version of Jesus? People are bringing him in (I'm tempted) as he could be huge against Leicester - but not looking so good if he blanks in that game; he then has Arsenal - Blank - Man City.

                  Also, I understand he may not even play in GW26 - no idea how likely that is.

                  Jesus owners were extremely unlucky with how it panned out, but you could also argue that it wasn't the right time to bring him in anyway (given blanks/fixtures/maybe even nailedness).

                  1. ¥€$
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    4 days, 13 hours ago

                    I'm not necessarily saying it's a bad transfer, afterall Arsenal and Man City aren't exactly defensive fortresses - but I have the same doubts about bringing Mane in that I had about Jesus.

                  2. Rupert The Horse
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    4 days, 13 hours ago

                    The opposition doesn't often matter. I'd much rather have him against Spurs or Arsenal over Hull or Burnley.

                  3. kris_jerøme
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    4 days, 13 hours ago

                    Mane V Leicester tho bro...

                    1. ¥€$
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      4 days, 13 hours ago

                      Yeah I know haha - I'm really hoping Leicester draw this weekend and their GW26 becomes a blank, that would be brilliant.

                  4. walkman666
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    4 days, 13 hours ago

                    The key here is gw26, right? Can't bring in Mane yet cos he might also blank 2 of the next 3 games.

                4. Snevitz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  4 days, 13 hours ago

                  Looking at the average points per game that players have actually scored for me this season (3 appearances min) these are my best and worst teams....

                  Best team

                  Randolph (4.0)
                  Brunt (8.0), Alonso (6.0), Koscielny (6.0)
                  Sanchez (7.1), Eriksen (6.4), Hazard (6.1), Antonio (5.4), Sigurdsson (5.0)
                  Lukaku (7.0), Aguero (5.9)

                  Playing Brunt in home fixtures has worked out particularly well and I'm surprised Lukaku has been such a good player to own.

                  Worst team

                  Foster (3.3)
                  Stones (1.3), Holebas (3.3), Pieters (3.8)
                  Lallana (1.8), Firminho (2.3), Capoue (2.3), Sterling (2.8), Alli (3.3),
                  Giroud (2.7), Benteke (3.8)

                  I feel quite unlucky with my ownership of the midfielders, they have all had periods of really good form - just clearly not when I decided to have them playing for me.

                  1. Fantasy Philosopher
                      4 days, 13 hours ago

                      My best team-

                      de Gea (4.7)
                      Alonso (6.1) Koscienly (4.4) Baines (4.3)
                      Sanchez (8.7) Hazard (6.1) Coutinho (5.5) Firmino (5.3)
                      Ibrahimovic (8.9) Aguero (8.4) Kane (8.2)

                      Heaton (4.5) Sigurdsson (5.0) Rose (4.1) McAuley (3.5)

                      My strikers have done better than yours, but my defenders have struggled in comparison.

                      1. Fantasy Philosopher
                          4 days, 13 hours ago

                          My worst team-

                          Heaton (4.5)
                          Adam Smith (2.7) McAuley (3.5) Shaw (3.5)
                          Tadic (2.3) Eriksen (2.5) Alli (2.7) Phillips (3.3) Lallana (3.4)
                          Iheanacho (2.3) Giroud (2.7)

                          Having only two goalkeepers to have made more three or more appearances skews things slightly.

                    • kris_jerøme
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      4 days, 13 hours ago

                      Is J.Rod worth ditching for a hit this week?
                      (I've got upto £7.4m to spend...)
                      Replacement options are;

                      * Snodgrass
                      * Markovic
                      * Antonio
                      * Other (who?)

                      Thanks,

                      1. Ha.
                          4 days, 13 hours ago

                          Yes, Antonio

                        • Funkyav
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          4 days, 13 hours ago

                          can you get 11 out? if so probably not worth it.

                          Like the look of Snoddy atm if u do decide to go for it

                          1. kris_jerøme
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            4 days, 13 hours ago

                            Holgate is the 11th player and he is highly unlikely to play.

                        • [̲̅P̲̅]hil Dagger
                            4 days, 13 hours ago

                            Yes
                            I like Lanzini 😳

                        • Ha.
                            4 days, 13 hours ago

                            Has anyone ever played the game on FPL Statistics?

                            1. kris_jerøme
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              4 days, 13 hours ago

                              what game?

                              1. kris_jerøme
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                4 days, 13 hours ago

                                Ah I've just found it, but no idea what the objective is...

                                1. Ha.
                                    4 days, 13 hours ago

                                    It's a cross between Sonic and Mario

                            2. Forever_United
                                4 days, 13 hours ago

                                Suggestions appreciated on this team.
                                Keep Sanchez or get Hazard? Got him for 11.4, SP 11.6

                                Jaku
                                Alonso Coleman Walker Evans Chambers
                                Siggy Phillips Alli
                                Lukaku(c) Defoe

                                Valdes Fletcher Sanchez Ibra

                                1 FT 2.3 ITB

                                1. Morgs
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  4 days, 13 hours ago

                                  I'd do Sanchez to Haz. You will be able to buy back Sanchez at 11.4 or less

                                  1. Morgs
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    4 days, 13 hours ago

                                    11.6*

                                  2. Vinyl78LP
                                      4 days, 13 hours ago

                                      Considering the same and will also give me enough funds to finally get Alonso in.

                                  3. [̲̅P̲̅]hil Dagger
                                      4 days, 13 hours ago

                                      you can afford to sell I think so Sanchez to Hazard

                                  4. Dacra
                                      4 days, 13 hours ago

                                      How does this look for a week 28 team? My current plan without hits.

                                      Jaku
                                      Brunt - Baines - Robertson
                                      Phillips - Antonio - Carroll
                                      Lukaku - Diomande

                                      With enough cash and benched good players to get back to full strength in 2 transfers afterwards.

                                      1. [̲̅P̲̅]hil Dagger
                                          4 days, 13 hours ago

                                          Okish
                                          too much Hull I think

                                          1. Dacra
                                              4 days, 13 hours ago

                                              Ta.

                                              Diomande is just there because he's bench fodder in my team now, wouldn't choose him now but no point in taking him out when he might get some minutes!

                                              Robertson can be any cheap defender to become bench fodder afterwards.

                                              1. [̲̅P̲̅]hil Dagger
                                                  4 days, 13 hours ago

                                                  No siggy

                                                  1. Dacra
                                                      4 days, 13 hours ago

                                                      He's going to blank in 28. I've forseen it.

                                              2. jarvish
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                4 days, 13 hours ago

                                                You didn't like what I said yesterday, so I won't tell you the same again today 😉

                                                You also haven't mentioned you would have 11m+ itb..........

                                                1. Dacra
                                                    4 days, 13 hours ago

                                                    The itb doesnt matter for this consideration, also not mentioning the blanking players ill also be holding.. Just interested today in seeing what people think of this compared to what others will likely have playing in 28! 😀

                                              3. [̲̅P̲̅]hil Dagger
                                                  4 days, 13 hours ago

                                                  forget the Blanks

                                                  Generally Which Pair of A 4th mid and 3rd Striker would you prefer to Have in your team . Someone Like Siggy/Sterling + Defoe both 7-8ish or A big hitter striker like Ibra + A cheap mid Say King Snodgrass or Phillips/Chadli

                                                  1. kris_jerøme
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    4 days, 13 hours ago

                                                    Hull look like a nice option to have with or without blanks.

                                                • CptCrunch Gre-No-Li
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  4 days, 13 hours ago

                                                  Big Andy fit again or what?
                                                  Physioroom doesn't have him listed.

                                                  1. [̲̅P̲̅]hil Dagger
                                                      4 days, 13 hours ago

                                                      Wait for Pressers
                                                      will hopefully be fit

                                                      1. CptCrunch Gre-No-Li
                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                        4 days, 13 hours ago

                                                        Cheers Phil.
                                                        Do you know their FA cup date? As I guess they will have a presser before that game.

                                                        Thinking about doing Jesus to Andy instead of the declining Costa. That would allow me to do Alli to Alexis for 27 and hopefully start my annual sprint of desperation upwards the rankings. Would also leave money to oust Zaha for 28 or Phillips after blanks.

                                                        1. [̲̅P̲̅]hil Dagger
                                                            4 days, 12 hours ago

                                                            they are knocked out of the FA Cup 😮

                                                            1. [̲̅P̲̅]hil Dagger
                                                                4 days, 12 hours ago

                                                                we may get a update before there Presser before the PL game maybe

                                                              • CptCrunch Gre-No-Li
                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                4 days, 12 hours ago

                                                                Ha 🙂
                                                                I should wear a cone on my head with 'dumbass' written on it....

                                                      2. kris_jerøme
                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                        4 days, 13 hours ago

                                                        What you lot saying about this sick team for GW26?

                                                        Foster
                                                        Alonso - Baines - PvA - Nyom
                                                        Dele - Phillips - De Roon
                                                        Costa - Kane - Lukaku

                                                        subs: Pick(i); Holgate, *J.Rod, *Alexis.

                                                        1. [̲̅P̲̅]hil Dagger
                                                            4 days, 13 hours ago

                                                            De Roon + PVA + Nyom ...This triple up sounds not so good
                                                            otherwise good team
                                                            Sell Sanchez no??

                                                            1. kris_jerøme
                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                              4 days, 13 hours ago

                                                              0.8m price difference now.

                                                              I've just ditched Ibra for Costa. But I am happy to take a hit, say J.Rod > Antonio / Snodgrass / Markovic could realistically happen, means De Roon will be benched.

                                                            2. Lawro
                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                              4 days, 12 hours ago

                                                              Agreed, the strikeforce is great though. I could have better if I were to ditch Ibra 🙂

                                                              1. kris_jerøme
                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                4 days, 12 hours ago

                                                                De Roon is the weak link and only in by default.

                                                                if I ditch J.Rod (for a hit) the team becomes half decent.

                                                                (side note... 10/11 playing at home) 😉

                                                        2. OneDennisBergkamp
                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                          4 days, 13 hours ago

                                                          Hi guys, what would you do with this lot?? I got Sanchez for 11.0 so don't know if I should get rid, also should I hang on to Sergio now he is nailed again. I know I gotta get rid of Browning.

                                                          Jakupovic - Heaton
                                                          Brunt - Reid - Fernández - Chambers - Browning
                                                          Sigurdsson - Antonio - Davies - Eriksen - Sánchez
                                                          Lukaku - Costa - Agüero

                                                          1. kris_jerøme
                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                            4 days, 13 hours ago

                                                            Same boat as me with Alexis. I'd lose 0.4 if I'd ditched him.
                                                            So I've just had to part ways with Zlatan instead.

                                                            Keep both for now. see what happens in cup week

                                                            1. OneDennisBergkamp
                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                              4 days, 12 hours ago

                                                              cheers, if all goes to plan in the cup and they are both blanking, then what?

                                                        3. Vinyl78LP
                                                            4 days, 13 hours ago

                                                            Nominations for your own teams Donkey of the season?

                                                            Ighalo's 14pts in 9 starts (Gw1-10) took the biscuit.

                                                            Benched in gw4 scoring 11pts !!

                                                            1. Rupert The Horse
                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                              4 days, 13 hours ago

                                                              Stupid donkeys.

                                                            2. Dacra
                                                                4 days, 12 hours ago

                                                                Zaza. Didn't go well.

                                                            3. Raytheman
                                                                4 days, 13 hours ago

                                                                Which hull defender?
                                                                A. Maguire
                                                                B. Robertson

                                                                1. [̲̅P̲̅]hil Dagger
                                                                    4 days, 12 hours ago

                                                                    Robbo

                                                                  • kris_jerøme
                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                    4 days, 12 hours ago

                                                                    Maguire I reckon

                                                                2. [̲̅P̲̅]hil Dagger
                                                                    4 days, 13 hours ago

                                                                    What has happended to this place 😳 ?
                                                                    So quite

                                                                    1. Lawro
                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                      4 days, 12 hours ago

                                                                      2 weeks till next fixtures, it's usually quite dead in the week anyway 🙂

                                                                      1. [̲̅P̲̅]hil Dagger
                                                                          4 days, 12 hours ago

                                                                          Love when On Saturdays There are lots of RMT's and Then you see it and reply it the page has turned already 😆 with lots left unanswered.....

                                                                      2. Rupert The Horse
                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                        4 days, 12 hours ago

                                                                        Usually very quiet on the 2 week breaks but this is a different level.

                                                                    2. ShaunGoater123
                                                                        4 days, 12 hours ago

                                                                        Going to wait until after this weekends fixtures but would appreciate any thoughts on what to do this week. I have 2FT's but i'd like to only use one so that i keep the other rolling over to deal with GW28. I can get 11 out but Holgate is id be looking to do one trasnfer to provide a bit more security of a full team

                                                                        Heaton

                                                                        Holgate / Alonso / Evans / PVA

                                                                        Eriksen / Alli /Pedro / Lallana

                                                                        Lukaku / Carroll

                                                                        Pickford / Ibra / Jones / Sanchez

                                                                        I'm thinking Jones > Robertson / Maguire as they have a game in week 28. Obvious problem i have is my team value which is taking a hammering but i think / hoping that now is the time to wait for longwer on news rather then trying to preserve team value.

                                                                        What do you think?

                                                                        1. Rupert The Horse
                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                          4 days, 12 hours ago

                                                                          Damn son.

                                                                      • KISSES
                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                        4 days, 12 hours ago

                                                                        So Niasse isnt nailed, right?

                                                                        1. CapsLock
                                                                            1 day, 18 hours ago

                                                                            Still considering 3rd striker to be play at week26

                                                                            Niasse/Barnes/Crouchy

                                                                            Dice?

                                                                            Heaton
                                                                            Alonso Daniel Coleman (holgate to maguire/mawson)
                                                                            Hazard Ericksen Philips Antonio
                                                                            Rondon (Barrow to Niasse/Barnes/Crouchy)

                                                                            Pickford Pieters Ibra Sanchez

                                                                            Any opinion are welcome

                                                                            1. CapsLock
                                                                                1 day, 18 hours ago

                                                                                Chasing by 150 in ML. Maybe captaining Alonso. Mad?

                                                                                1. KISSES
                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                  1 day, 16 hours ago

                                                                                  Madness

                                                                          • danielfh1
                                                                              4 days, 12 hours ago

                                                                              My team (*play GW28)

                                                                              Foster* (Heaton)

                                                                              Coleman* - Alonso - Baines* - Evans* (Pieters)

                                                                              Phillips* - Alli - Mané - Antonio* (de Roon)

                                                                              Lukaku* - Costa (Carroll*)

                                                                              6,3m ITB

                                                                              What would you guys do with this lot?