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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 months, 9 days 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. Fpl Dreams
          4 months, 9 days ago

          How many fts?

          1. John
              4 months, 9 days 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
              4 months, 9 days ago

              4.

              1. Al Bundy
                  4 months, 9 days ago

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

                • John
                    4 months, 9 days ago

                    4? its 3 isnt it?

                    1. Rupert The Horse
                        4 months, 9 days ago

                        Stan Phillips Baines Foster

                  • Lawro
                      4 months, 9 days 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
                          4 months, 9 days 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 months, 9 days 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
                                  4 months, 9 days ago

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

                                  1. jarvish
                                      4 months, 9 days 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.

                            • Red.Devil
                                4 months, 9 days 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.

                            • SADIO SANÉ
                                4 months, 9 days 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 SANÉ
                                    4 months, 9 days 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.

                                  • Rupert The Horse
                                      4 months, 9 days ago

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

                                    • kris_jerøme
                                        4 months, 9 days ago

                                        Mane V Leicester tho bro...

                                        1. SADIO SANÉ
                                            4 months, 9 days ago

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

                                        2. walkman666
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          4 months, 9 days ago

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

                                      • Snevitz
                                          4 months, 9 days 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 months, 9 days 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 months, 9 days 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
                                                4 months, 9 days 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 months, 9 days ago

                                                    Yes, Antonio

                                                  • Funkyav
                                                      4 months, 9 days 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
                                                          4 months, 9 days ago

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

                                                      2. P h i l D a g g e ®
                                                          4 months, 9 days ago

                                                          Yes
                                                          I like Lanzini 😳

                                                      3. Ha.
                                                          4 months, 9 days ago

                                                          Has anyone ever played the game on FPL Statistics?

                                                          1. kris_jerøme
                                                              4 months, 9 days ago

                                                              what game?

                                                              1. kris_jerøme
                                                                  4 months, 9 days ago

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

                                                                  1. Ha.
                                                                      4 months, 9 days ago

                                                                      It's a cross between Sonic and Mario

                                                              2. Red.Devil
                                                                  4 months, 9 days 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
                                                                      4 months, 9 days ago

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

                                                                      1. Morgs
                                                                          4 months, 9 days ago

                                                                          11.6*

                                                                        • Vinyl78LP
                                                                            4 months, 9 days ago

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

                                                                        • P h i l D a g g e ®
                                                                            4 months, 9 days ago

                                                                            you can afford to sell I think so Sanchez to Hazard

                                                                        • Dacra
                                                                            4 months, 9 days 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. P h i l D a g g e ®
                                                                                4 months, 9 days ago

                                                                                Okish
                                                                                too much Hull I think

                                                                                1. Dacra
                                                                                    4 months, 9 days 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. P h i l D a g g e ®
                                                                                        4 months, 9 days ago

                                                                                        No siggy

                                                                                        1. Dacra
                                                                                            4 months, 9 days ago

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

                                                                                    2. jarvish
                                                                                        4 months, 9 days 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 months, 9 days 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! 😀

                                                                                      • P h i l D a g g e ®
                                                                                          4 months, 9 days 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
                                                                                              4 months, 9 days ago

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

                                                                                          2. CptCrunch
                                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                            4 months, 9 days ago

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

                                                                                            1. P h i l D a g g e ®
                                                                                                4 months, 9 days ago

                                                                                                Wait for Pressers
                                                                                                will hopefully be fit

                                                                                                1. CptCrunch
                                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                  4 months, 9 days 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. P h i l D a g g e ®
                                                                                                      4 months, 9 days ago

                                                                                                      they are knocked out of the FA Cup 😮

                                                                                                      1. P h i l D a g g e ®
                                                                                                          4 months, 9 days ago

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

                                                                                                        • CptCrunch
                                                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                          4 months, 9 days ago

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

                                                                                                2. kris_jerøme
                                                                                                    4 months, 9 days 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. P h i l D a g g e ®
                                                                                                        4 months, 9 days ago

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

                                                                                                        1. kris_jerøme
                                                                                                            4 months, 9 days 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.

                                                                                                          • Lawro
                                                                                                              4 months, 9 days ago

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

                                                                                                              1. kris_jerøme
                                                                                                                  4 months, 9 days 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) 😉

                                                                                                          • OneDennisBergkamp
                                                                                                              4 months, 9 days 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
                                                                                                                  4 months, 9 days 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
                                                                                                                      4 months, 9 days ago

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

                                                                                                                • Vinyl78LP
                                                                                                                    4 months, 9 days 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
                                                                                                                        4 months, 9 days ago

                                                                                                                        Stupid donkeys.

                                                                                                                      • Dacra
                                                                                                                          4 months, 9 days ago

                                                                                                                          Zaza. Didn't go well.

                                                                                                                      • Raytheman
                                                                                                                          4 months, 9 days ago

                                                                                                                          Which hull defender?
                                                                                                                          A. Maguire
                                                                                                                          B. Robertson

                                                                                                                          1. P h i l D a g g e ®
                                                                                                                              4 months, 9 days ago

                                                                                                                              Robbo

                                                                                                                            • kris_jerøme
                                                                                                                                4 months, 9 days ago

                                                                                                                                Maguire I reckon

                                                                                                                            • P h i l D a g g e ®
                                                                                                                                4 months, 9 days ago

                                                                                                                                What has happended to this place 😳 ?
                                                                                                                                So quite

                                                                                                                                1. Lawro
                                                                                                                                    4 months, 9 days ago

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

                                                                                                                                    1. P h i l D a g g e ®
                                                                                                                                        4 months, 9 days 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
                                                                                                                                        4 months, 9 days ago

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

                                                                                                                                    3. ShaunGoater123
                                                                                                                                        4 months, 9 days 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
                                                                                                                                            4 months, 9 days ago

                                                                                                                                            Damn son.

                                                                                                                                        2. KISSES
                                                                                                                                            4 months, 9 days ago

                                                                                                                                            So Niasse isnt nailed, right?

                                                                                                                                            1. CapsLock
                                                                                                                                                4 months, 6 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
                                                                                                                                                    4 months, 6 days ago

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

                                                                                                                                                    1. KISSES
                                                                                                                                                        4 months, 6 days ago

                                                                                                                                                        Madness

                                                                                                                                                2. danielfh1
                                                                                                                                                    4 months, 9 days 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?