Four Premier League fixtures and only five goals to report on from the remainder of Saturday’s 3pm kick-offs.
We round up the Fantasy talking points, key manager quotes and headline injury news from an unremarkable quartet of Gameweek 20 matches.
Read our recap of Spurs 1-3 Wolves here.
Fulham 1-0 Huddersfield Town
- Goal: Aleksandar Mitrovic (£6.7m)
- Assist: Ryan Sessegnon (£6.0m)
Aleksandar Mitrovic‘s (£6.7m) excellent underlying attacking statistics finally translated into Fantasy returns but it could have been so much better for the Serbian forward’s owners at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon.
Mitrovic left it late to avoid a ninth blank in 11 starts but the mid-price forward converted a Ryan Sessegnon (£6.0m) through-ball in the 90th minute following a Fulham swift breakaway to register his eighth goal of the season – his first since Gameweek 13.
As usual, the former Newcastle striker dominated the penalty box touch and shot counts, with all five of his efforts (four of which were headers) coming from inside the Huddersfield area. At the time of writing, no FPL forward can match either statistic over the last six Gameweeks.
Mitrovic ought to have bagged a second goal, though, or at least had the opportunity to do so.
A handball from Chris Lowe (£4.4m) in the Huddersfield box had presented the Cottagers with a glorious chance of opening the scoring on 80 minutes, but an insistent Aboubakar Kamara (£4.4m) – who had forced the error from the German defender – refused to allow the club’s designated penalty taker, Mitrovic, to wrestle the ball from him.
Kamara’s miss from the spot only incensed Fulham fans and Mitrovic owners further, with Claudio Ranieri incandescent in his post-match press conference:
When the man thinks only of himself it’s not right. He didn’t respect me, the club, his teammates, the crowd, he take the penalty, the ball, ‘I want to shoot’. Don’t listen to reason, he wants to shoot.
It’s Mitrovic [who is the first-choice penalty taker] but he [Kamara] scored the last penalty and he thought, ‘ah I am the man’.
He doesn’t understand the reason [why people are angry]. For him, everything is fine in the match. It’s unbelievable. It’s the first time in my life.
Asked if Kamara. a popular budget forward option among Fantasy managers, could be dropped from the first-team squad as punishment, Ranieri said:
Could be, I think first of all of the club and the squad. If I think it is good for the squad he can play, if I think it’s not good for the squad I take out. Now I have to see the Arsenal match and then decide.
This was a second clean sheet in three matches for Fulham, but there will seldom be easier shut-outs than yesterday, with Huddersfield again proving they are sorely lacking a cutting edge in attack. For all their dominance in possession, the Terriers never really tested Sergio Rico (£4.4m) in the Fulham goal with any one of their five shots on target.
Fulham lined up in a 3-4-3 again but there were system changes throughout the match as Ranieri attempted to shake his troops from a fairly uninspiring display.
The Italian manager discussed his half-time substitutions, one of which was enforced as Alfie Mawson (£4.8m) picked up a knee injury, and the moving of Tom Cairney (£4.7m) from a wide role to central midfield:
I wanted to make two changes but at the end Mawson was injured. I had to wait to put Sessegnon and I put him on the last ten minutes because I can take risk.
I believe until the end because the first half was very difficult for us because we knew they pressed a lot in front because they are the third team in the league who press so high. We lost a lot of balls.