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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
    10 months, 7 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. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
      10 months, 7 hours ago

      How many fts?

      1. John
        10 months, 7 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
      10 months, 7 hours ago

      4.

      1. Al Bundy
        10 months, 7 hours ago

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

      2. John
        10 months, 7 hours ago

        4? its 3 isnt it?

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          10 months, 7 hours ago

          Stan Phillips Baines Foster

    3. Lawrø - KenYaYa ⭐
      10 months, 7 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. Lawrø - KenYaYa ⭐
        10 months, 7 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
          10 months, 7 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. Lawrø - KenYaYa ⭐
            10 months, 7 hours ago

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

            1. jarvish - Fashanu Zealand -…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              10 months, 7 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.

    4. Red.Devil
      10 months, 7 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.

  2. SADIO SANE - EMRE CANADA
    10 months, 7 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. SADIO SANE - EMRE CANADA
      10 months, 7 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
      10 months, 7 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
      10 months, 7 hours ago

      Mane V Leicester tho bro...

      1. SADIO SANE - EMRE CANADA
        10 months, 7 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
      10 months, 7 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.

  3. Snevitz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    10 months, 7 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. Yeah Zeus!
      10 months, 7 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. Yeah Zeus!
        10 months, 7 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.

  4. kris_jerøme
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    10 months, 7 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.
      10 months, 7 hours ago

      Yes, Antonio

    2. Funkyav
      10 months, 7 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
        10 months, 7 hours ago

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

    3. Phil Dagger ⭐
      10 months, 7 hours ago

      Yes
      I like Lanzini 😳

  5. Ha.
    10 months, 7 hours ago

    Has anyone ever played the game on FPL Statistics?

    1. kris_jerøme
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 7 hours ago

      what game?

      1. kris_jerøme
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        10 months, 7 hours ago

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

        1. Ha.
          10 months, 6 hours ago

          It's a cross between Sonic and Mario

  6. Red.Devil
    10 months, 7 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
      10 months, 7 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
        10 months, 7 hours ago

        11.6*

      2. Vinyl78LP
        10 months, 7 hours ago

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

    2. Phil Dagger ⭐
      10 months, 7 hours ago

      you can afford to sell I think so Sanchez to Hazard

  7. Dacra
    10 months, 7 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. Phil Dagger ⭐
      10 months, 7 hours ago

      Okish
      too much Hull I think

      1. Dacra
        10 months, 7 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. Phil Dagger ⭐
          10 months, 7 hours ago

          No siggy

          1. Dacra
            10 months, 6 hours ago

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

    2. jarvish - Fashanu Zealand -…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 7 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
        10 months, 6 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! 😀

  8. Phil Dagger ⭐
    10 months, 7 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
      10 months, 7 hours ago

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

  9. CptCrunch OF FASHANU ZEALAN…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    10 months, 7 hours ago

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

    1. Phil Dagger ⭐
      10 months, 7 hours ago

      Wait for Pressers
      will hopefully be fit

      1. CptCrunch OF FASHANU ZEALAN…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        10 months, 6 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. Phil Dagger ⭐
          10 months, 6 hours ago

          they are knocked out of the FA Cup 😮

          1. Phil Dagger ⭐
            10 months, 6 hours ago

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

          2. CptCrunch OF FASHANU ZEALAN…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            10 months, 6 hours ago

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

  10. kris_jerøme
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    10 months, 7 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. Phil Dagger ⭐
      10 months, 7 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
        10 months, 6 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. Lawrø - KenYaYa ⭐
        10 months, 6 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
          10 months, 6 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) 😉

  11. OneDennisBergkamp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    10 months, 7 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
      10 months, 6 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
        10 months, 6 hours ago

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

  12. Vinyl78LP
    10 months, 7 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
      10 months, 6 hours ago

      Stupid donkeys.

    2. Dacra
      10 months, 6 hours ago

      Zaza. Didn't go well.

  13. Raytheman
    10 months, 6 hours ago

    Which hull defender?
    A. Maguire
    B. Robertson

    1. Phil Dagger ⭐
      10 months, 6 hours ago

      Robbo

    2. kris_jerøme
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 6 hours ago

      Maguire I reckon

  14. Phil Dagger ⭐
    10 months, 6 hours ago

    What has happended to this place 😳 ?
    So quite

    1. Lawrø - KenYaYa ⭐
      10 months, 6 hours ago

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

      1. Phil Dagger ⭐
        10 months, 6 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
      10 months, 6 hours ago

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

  15. ShaunGoater123
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    10 months, 6 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
      10 months, 6 hours ago

      Damn son.

  16. KISSES
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    10 months, 6 hours ago

    So Niasse isnt nailed, right?

    1. CapsLock
      9 months, 27 days 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
        9 months, 27 days ago

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

        1. KISSES
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          9 months, 27 days ago

          Madness

  17. Kevin de Blanke
    10 months, 6 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?