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FPL Gameweek 36 preview: Key player and team stats

It’s a Double Gameweek 36 special of Big Numbers as we look at the key player and team statistics ahead of Fantasy Premier League (FPL).

These are a cherry-picked selection of Opta stats from our Premium Members’ Area, with the focus on the dozen clubs who play twice in the upcoming Gameweek.

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+9.20 expected goals prevented (xGP) by Jose Sa (£5.3m) in 2021/22, by a country mile the highest figure among Premier League goalkeepers. David de Gea (£5.1m) and Ederson (£6.1m) are next best on +1.70. The figure suggests that Wolverhampton Wanderers’ healthy clean sheet count has arrived more by luck than judgment, or rather the heroics of Sa between the sticks. As we discuss further down this article, those ‘xG’ figures do occasionally catch up with Wolves.

0.63 big chances created per 90 minutes by Trent Alexander-Arnold (£8.4m) in 2021/22, the best rate of any player with significant game-time – regardless of position – in the Premier League. Only two assists have arrived for the right-back since Gameweek 23 but the rate of big chance creation has stayed pretty constant at 0.60 in that time, so the statistics would suggest he’s been a tad unfortunate. Andrew Robertson (£7.3m) has outscored his teammate by 94 FPL points to 60 over this period but again, the expected goal involvement (xGI) figures imply that Alexander-Arnold has still been the more threatening:

19 starts made by Joel Matip (£5.2m) since his last Premier League benching. The Cameroonian stopper was absent in Gameweeks 21 and 28 but was ill on both occasions, so he last was among the substitutes all the way back in November. The centre-half’s breathers have instead been coming in the UEFA Champions League and FA Cup, and true to form, Jurgen Klopp again named Matip as a substitute in the midweek win in Villarreal.

14 shots in the box attempted by Marcos Alonso (£5.7m) over his last six appearances – that’s one more than Mohamed Salah (£13.3m) has registered over the same period. Alonso’s total of 15 chances created in his last half-dozen outings is also inferior to just two Premier League players, regardless of position. It’ll be rotation risk around the FA Cup final, rather than the eye-popping underlying stats, which will be the main downside to Alonso and other Chelsea assets in Gameweek 36.


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  1. Triple Free Bench Hit Boost
      2 months, 1 day ago

      #PepOut!!!

    • CRAZY TRAIN
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Agent Grealish doing a great job here. Keep it up Joe

    • Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      WTF CITY???

    • Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      City could be Psychological flattened by this, title race might just be swinging in Pool's favour

    • nerd_is_the_werd
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Where are the goals coming from???
      No Jesus, KDB, Mahrez, Sterling....
      Grealish ain't gonna score!?!?!

      1. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        The wau this game is going I wouldn't count that out.

    • Yome
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Benzema ballon d’or, clear favorite

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Mane says hello.

        1. Yome
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Salah says Hi too

          1. Steve McCroskey
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Wout Weghorst says hi

            1. Warby84
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Emmanuel Dennis says hi too

      2. Paulo67
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Lucas Digne says hi

    • Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Pep mental health in tatters after this

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Used to it by now, surely?

    • Mr Arsenal
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Real Madrid are out of this world.

      They will win the trophy, it’s written in the stars.

    • AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      I'd bring De Bruyne back on.

      Probably for Grealish!

      1. Royal5
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Kdb was the worst player on the pitch

      2. BobbyDoesNotLook
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        😀

    • Gazwaz80
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Sterling, cometh the hour, cometh the man…

      1. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        YC lol

    • Kun Tozser
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      FH for 3 x city in tatters!

    • fedolefan
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Now one will now remember PSG's collapse.

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        They will remind us again next year 🙂

    • how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Camavinga is going to be a fantastic player isnt he?

      1. Milkman Bruno
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Aye

      2. BUZZBOMB
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        If he can keep the skill and knowledge up at the pace he runs, for sure. He and Sid Vicious Jr bring a different dimension to a team. Not sure how it'll pan out tho. Different. Old skool maybe even.

      3. BobbyDoesNotLook
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        A machine so far.

      4. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Great player

      5. Mr Arsenal
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Yep, incredible player and only 19….

      6. Angelic upstart
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Yes, very much so.

    • Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      City assets could go massive after this with fresh motivation to win the league

      1. Milkman Bruno
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Or fall apart

        1. Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          This is more likely if history has taught us anything.

      2. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Tricky Toons to take advantage?

    • dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      120 minutes for Foden then- has to be more of a doubt now for Newcastle game

      1. MFC86
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        I’d avoid him now

    • OptimusBlack
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Wouldn't get Foden after this

      1. Yome
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Selling him and getting Son. Kane to Jesus

        1. OptimusBlack
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Do it

          1. Yome
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Yep good moves

    • Nanoelektronicar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Walker, KDB and Foden are three of the best City players. Two are not on the pitch.

      1. Mr. O'Connell hates DG…
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Foden?

        1. Nanoelektronicar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Yes, those three are the most important for City, imo.

      2. Tinkermania
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Personal opinion. You are entitled!

    • Shultan
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Liverpool for the quadruple! This will be hammer blow to city psychologicaly

      1. Mr Arsenal
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        I think they lose fo Madrid in the final.

        Madrid are unbeatable m

        1. Paulo67
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Salah’s interview last night after the game he said he’d want to play Madrid. Pool have unfinished business with Madrid they’ll be fired up for that big time

    • ratski
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      With walkers injury looking bad does this make zinchenko a good option for dgw. I think only Ake is his competition so not sure how long he is out for.

    • putana
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Pep completely messed up the substitutions

      1. Royal5
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Easy to say in hindsight though

      2. Nanoelektronicar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Walker had to go out, and Kevin was knackered, so he had too.

    • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Taking off kdb and in inform Jesus will be two of the worst decisions pep ever made

      The third being brining mahrez off

      1. Royal5
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Did you watch the game? Both were awful

      2. Yome
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        KDB was not fully fit, he had to come off. Mahrez should have stayed on IMO

      3. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        I'm not sure you can blame Pep for that utter capitulation.

        Kev was leggy, not as composed. Jesus okay but not effective. Mahrez had done nothing all night until he scored that goal.

        Just had to keep their head for 6 mins.

      4. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        KDB did not look at all right and Jesus I think touched the ball once. Agree on Mahrez

      5. NateDog
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Not even a shot on target until 90th min or so, City were managing the game. Pep has made huge errors before in the CL for sure, this isn't one of those occasions

      6. Al Moon Yeah
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        He was being overconfident, thinking he could see out the game like he does with mid-tier premier league games. Let's see him take KDB off in the 55th minute again.

        1. NateDog
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 1 day ago

          He came off in the 72nd minute

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            And City scored 1 min later 😆

          2. Al Moon Yeah
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            The 55th minute was in reference to the watford game when they were 5-1 up.

    • lilmessipran
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      So that Sterling tackle is a yellow but what Casemiro did was not worthy of it? Best ref in the Serie A standards

      1. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Poor reffing there .. was a good challenge

        1. lilmessipran
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Poor is understating it

    • Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Guaranteed some City fan comfirmed booking on flights and Hotel for Paris in 3 weeks time after Mahrez goal on 73rd minute

      1. Angelic upstart
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        I'd still go. Would be a good laugh.

        1. Mr. O'Connell hates DG…
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          You'd practically be a Madrid Ultra given it'll be down to them to stop the Liverpool quadruple

    • fedolefan
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      City are done here.

      1. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        They'll be chances. Not over yet.

    • Angelic upstart
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Worth selling one or both of cancelo and Laporte after this?

      1. Royal5
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Why?

        1. Angelic upstart
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Big game, 120 mins played and prob a bit leggy.

          I guess there's not many options for their defence though

          1. Royal5
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Important games ahead. Pep will play the best team. More than ever now. Walker even injured.

      2. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        They still need to play their best team, and have nothing to rest for

    • NateDog
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Now this is a scenario where City could really do with a striker, no-one up there to attack crosses or to simply hold the line up in the box

    • KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Benzema rested for final

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Camavinga some cameo.

      1. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Each time I've seen him play he looks great.

      2. Paulo67
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 1 day ago

        He’s a class act been brilliant tonight

    • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Wow

    • how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      That were close. Great save.