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Adam from Football Trader returns for some French-focussed scribblings for the Sorare Academy game, taking a look at what the high achievers can tell us about the scoring system.

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Today I want to talk about the top 15 French SO5/Academy game scorers over the last season. As we head towards the end of the season we have enough data available to us to be able to assess who have been the best performers in 2021/22. And by doing so, hopefully, show you more about which, or indeed, what sort of players are the most powerful on the scoring matrix.

When looking at players’ overall season-long SO5 performance I am looking at their L40 or, in full, their average SO5 scores over the last 40 games.  I will exclude players who have played a small percentage of those last 40.  

At the top of the rankings, there are no surprises. Kylian Mbappe has a spectacular average of 73 over his last 40 games. And the Academy shows that is holding up over the last five games too.

Not far behind is Karim Benzema with an average of 70. They are the two form forwards on the planet.  And importantly for their weekly scoring, while they do contribute a serious amount of goals and assists,  they also play a larger than average role (compared to lots of forwards) in their teams’ overall play.  So while decisive actions are important, their all-around game can support their scoring each game week. These two are pretty much ‘must start’ options.

The other forwards in the top 15 are also not really surprises. Players who have a high goal or assist threat but who also play for possession-heavy sides, or are their side’s attacking fulcrum, meaning they hit big (for forwards) all-around scores. Nabil Fekir (L40: 63) comes in seventh, Kingsley Coman (61) is 10th, Martin Terrier (59) slots in at 12th, and Jean-Luc Dompe (59) is next in 13th.  

Across the top 15, there are five defenders. Only one, Benjamin Pavard, is a full-back – but even he is not really a traditional full-back. Directly behind Mbappe and Benzema in third place overall is Dayot Upamecano (L40: 65), showing the power of the ball-playing centre-back on the scoring matrix.  Upamecano has not had, in real life, a stellar season. However, the system he plays in, for the dominant club in the Bundesliga, means that he is always in with a chance of a high all-around score and clean sheets. Over the last 40 games, he has an average all-around score of 29 – that is nine more points per game than Trent Alexander-Arnold! Centre-backs remain powerful.

In terms of the other defenders, Lucas Hernandez (L40: 63) comes in sixth, the recently injured Olivier Boscagli (62) is in eighth, William Saliba (61) and Pavard (59) are ninth and 14th respectively. Theo Hernandez just misses out in 16th, with an L40 of 57 being very solid for an attacking full-back. But, it is the centre-backs that you need for SO5. And specifically, those that play for dominant teams who hog possession.

When it comes to midfielders, they are the least well-represented position group in the top 15. Only three make it.  And despite my preaching in favour of using a foundation player like Aurelien Tchouameni, it is actually the boom or bust midfielders who have hit the L40 heights this season.  In fourth, after Mbappe, Benzema and Upamecano, is Dimitri Payet. A surprise? Maybe. He is one place ahead of the rampant Christopher Nkunku. Payet has an average of 65 over the last 40 games, Nkunku 64. I think Payet is probably one of the more underrated players on the matrix, especially in the Academy tournament where age is but a number. Both he and Nkunku have had pretty phenomenal seasons. 

The only other midfielder to make this French top 15 is… Benjamin Bourigeaud! His average of 60 over the last 40 games has him sat in 11th in the rankings, one place above his teammate Martin Terrier.  

So what lessons?  Mbappe, Benzema, Paye and Nkunku have been scoring machines on the matrix. But, more generally, when looking to set up your teams, age is irrelevant and fixtures are critical, as is player form and the tactical system they play within. Centre-backs are very powerful, and I will often stack two in my line-up. You need, in mass participation, near restriction-less tournaments, to combine being contrarian with selecting high-peak score players. Picking the right boom/bust midfielder and high all around forwards is also critical.


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Adam @ Football Trader Adam has been scouting for and trading in football games for far too long and for far too many hours. He has a particular interest in the big 5 European Leagues as well as lesser known ones like the Eredivisie, Primeira Liga and even the MLS. Before he managed to somehow make a living by writing about football, he spent ~10 years as a Ministerial adviser and project/risk manager for the UK Government including the Foreign Office and MOD. When not buried in xG spreadsheets he plays too many computer games, lifts heavy things in the gym and attempts to cultivate a handsome beard.”

88 Comments Post a Comment
  1. dwain100
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Hi All.

    Who scores more in Game week 37:
    A) Zaha Maddison Richarlson
    B) Son Gordon Toney

    TIA

    1. Cheeky Onion
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Leaning A, but would be scared to not have Son in the squad

      1. dwain100
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Same here - rival on FH and will probably have a Son plus A

        1. Cheeky Onion
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Pick your shield I guess. Are you chasing or ahead?

  2. Cheeky Onion
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Revised WC Draft - 0.3m ITB:

    Pickford*
    Robbo - Cancelo - Cash* - Clyne*
    Salah - Son - Foden - Zaha*
    Ings* - Richarlison*

    Raya - Nketiah - KDH* - Sessegnon
    ------------------------------------------------
    GW38 Transfer:
    Cash > Matip/Zinchenco/Gabriel
    OR
    Ings > Toney

    1. dwain100
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I would keep it as is and then bring in Toney and or Zinchenco in 38

  3. TorresMagic™
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 13 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Last Man Standing Semi Final Update (15 teams)

    Current safety score = 67
    Top score = 79

    https://www.livefpl.net/LMS

  4. Make Arrows Green Again
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Afternoon all.

    How far would you agree with the idea that with City's defensive injuries, Zinchenko is now nailed for the last two gameweeks?

    1. Cheeky Onion
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I'm looking to pick him up GW38 for whichever Villa defender I go for this week

      1. Make Arrows Green Again
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Thanks, looking for a FH candidate but may consider a transfer for him for 38 too

    2. Black Knights
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      They can only play Cancelo RB, Ake and Laporte CBs and Zinny LB from now on, can't they?

      Maybe a kid comes in if they win the league but Zinny is as safe as anyone for now.

    3. NateDog
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 26 days ago

      He's not. If Walker and Stones are out then Cancelo has to play RB, but all of Zinchenko, Ake and Laporte can and have played at LB I'm afraid

      1. Black Knights
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        But they can't take Ake and Laporte out of CB as they're their only 2 recognised senior CBs.

        1. NateDog
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Fernandinho has played at both CB and RB before, RB is probably unlikely I'd say but not an impossibility, and Pep mentioned him playing at CB yesterday

    4. Make Arrows Green Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Thanks all

  5. Kloppage Time
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Would you do James to Cash? (not on a FH)

    1. Cheeky Onion
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Don't think so. Have to keep in mind Villa play City in GW38 so will be useless then

      1. Kloppage Time
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Looking to bring in a DGW and Cash is pretty nailed to start both games where James might not start one game. Have TAA/Robbo/Cancelo & Laporte as the other defenders and dont want to lose them.

        1. Cheeky Onion
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Strong enough def to bench him in 38 - just need to decide if he'll make those 4 points up this GW. Would James be playing GW38 if you kept him?

    2. dwain100
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I would if its not a hit and you willing to bench Cash in 38

      1. Kloppage Time
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        I can bench him but unfortunately it would be for a hit

  6. Mozumbus
      1 month, 26 days ago

      FH team:
      Pickford
      Digne Anderson Holgate
      Salah Son Coutinho Zaha
      Kane Ings Richarlison(c)
      Stele Tsimikas Gordon Collins
      0.1ITB
      Comments or suggestions please?
      Thanks

      1. Feanor
        • 13 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        My current team is

        Pickford (Foster)
        Cancelo, Cash, Andersen (Jansson, Amartey)
        Salah, Son, Zaha, Gordon (Saka)
        Kane, Ings, Rich (c)

        1. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Mine is

          Pickford (Steele)
          TAA, Cash, Mykolenko (Andersen, Tsimikas)
          Salah, Son, Zaha, Kulu (KDH)
          Kane, Ings, Rich (c)

          Too much with 3 Spurs on FH?

          1. Mozumbus
              1 month, 26 days ago

              I think at this price point Kulu is not a bad pick

              1. RamaJama
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Could get Ramsey or Gordon, but think Kulu is exciting. Unless Spurs have a quiet game again and none of the 3 fires...

                1. Mozumbus
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Ramsey is flagged I think

                    1. RamaJama
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      Yes, still is, awaiting news

          2. RamaJama
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Like it, but going less DGW players as SGW players also have good fixtures. Debating Son and KDB vs Son and Kane, and Cancelo vs TAA

            1. Mozumbus
                1 month, 26 days ago

                I'm sticking with Kane. Had him for some time now. Yes KDB can easily ruin it for me.

                1. RamaJama
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Agree.

          3. putana
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            why are people acting like coutinho has a double?

            will only start one and even then only gets around 70 minutes

            1. Mozumbus
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Watkins is flagged. Manager comments about Coutinho are taken positively also.
                You think Buenda is a better pick?

                1. putana
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  yes, but i wont have either

                  1. Mozumbus
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      Thanks

                2. NateDog
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  He did just have a rest, wouldn't surprise me if he starts the next 2. Gerrard said he has to rotate in this batch of games but he's arguably already done that with him

                3. No Need
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Toying with the idea of a City/Pool mid in a -4 I must say

                4. NorCal Villan
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Coutinho has been a complete ghost for 8 weeks now

                5. Firminoooo
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Tuchel on Marcos Alonso: «It started and ended in the first half.»

                  Surely he has to start Alonso to prove his point?

                  1. TorresMagic™
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    • 13 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    FA Cup start then.

                    1. Firminoooo
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      Of with CS and two goals in 60th minute?

                      1. TorresMagic™
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 13 Years
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        Captain him.

                        1. Firminoooo
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          To late. Salah(C)

                          1. TorresMagic™
                            • Has Moderation Rights
                            • 13 Years
                            1 month, 26 days ago

                            Don't get the "too late" part. 😉

                            1. Firminoooo
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 6 Years
                              1 month, 26 days ago

                              Talking about Leeds vs Chelsea tonight. Need some points.

                              1. TorresMagic™
                                • Has Moderation Rights
                                • 13 Years
                                1 month, 26 days ago

                                GW37 haul coming.

                  2. DA Minnion (Former great)
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    He won't start tonight.saul tonight and Alonso on Saturday.

                    1. Threat Level Midnight
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      Incorrect

                    2. No Need
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      Better call Saul

                      1. NorCal Villan
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          I’d rather call Kim

                    3. NateDog
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      Why does he have to start him? A rest is probably needed for Alonso more than anyone else from that back line, can't remember the last time he sat out a game

                      1. Firminoooo
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        Rested 45min last game.

                        1. tokara
                          • 7 Years
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          This

                        2. NateDog
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          Is 45 mins that much? Robbo was taken off about 15 mins later on Saturday and still got a rest last night for the final. Alonso wasn't taken off to be rested anyway, he was taken off because of some incident or disagreement. Chelsea have their biggest game of the season at the weekend and he's started 8 games in a row in all comps, not saying it can't happen but that is inevitably going to be a focus

                  3. Malinwa
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Thoughts on my FH team:

                    Pickford
                    Digne - Matip - Andersen
                    KDB - Salah - Son - Zaha
                    Watkins - Ings - Richarlison(c)

                    McGovern - Gordon - Amartey - Tsimi

                    1. OptimusBlack
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      Good

                  4. DARWIN'S DINOSAURS
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    "Saka its much the same" Arteta: The same as what?

                    1. TorresMagic™
                      • Has Moderation Rights
                      • 13 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      Last GW, niggles etc.

                      1. DARWIN'S DINOSAURS
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        cheers mate

                  5. 'Broadsword Calling Da…
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Thoughts on my FH team please: (i'm leading my ml, not chasing) Thx

                    Pickford
                    Digne - TAA - Cash
                    Gordon - Salah - (S)on - Zaha
                    Kane - Ings - Richarlison

                    Fodder - Clyne - Brownhill - Jansson

                  6. dshv
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    FH37 Draft for 10k rank???

                    Pickford
                    Cancelo cash Taa
                    Son salah kdb gordon zaha
                    Richarlison Ings

                    Si or no

                  7. FredrikH
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Thoughts on what to do with this nonFH team?
                    Schmeichel
                    James TAA Robbo Cancelo Laporte
                    Salah Son Foden Coutinho
                    Nketiah
                    Foster KDH Pukki Dennis
                    0.5itb

                    1. Debauchy
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      I would lose one of TAA or Robbo for a Villa player , see how fa cup game pans out and see if you can get Pukki to Richarlison ?
                      How many free transfers you got ?
                      If you have 2 free transfers take a minus 8 and lose another defender for fodder and get Ings or Watkins too

                      1. FredrikH
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        Good thinking. Only one FT. Been looking at James+Pukki to Cash+Richarlison. Priced out from that now so Robbo/TAA could become Cash then. Or just go Digne if I want to get rid of James. -8 could happen if Salah play 120 on saturday and get like Zaha, Richarlison and Ings/Watkins.

                  8. Atimis
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Thoughts on Mane Diaz on a WC?
                    Looking for mids along Son and Zaha.

                    1. Black Knights
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      Yeah i would. I got Diaz this week and i'm going to FH Mane instead of Mo in 37.

                      1. Debauchy
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        Thinking the same on my FH so yeah

                  9. Monty the Magpie
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Anyone benching any DGWers for GW37?

                    1. Debauchy
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      On FH so yeah but if they really poor players then bench for sure

                    2. Black Knights
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      I wouldnt play a Burnley defender if i had one. I'll be FHing though.

                    3. Pukki Party
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      Yes probably Matej Vydra, was an excellent pick on BB this week

                      1. Pukki Party
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        Oh and Schmeichel, playing Pickford

                    4. kevchenko
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      Mateta at the moment.
                      I prefer Saka / Kulu / Matip if they start just 1.

                  10. Christina.
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 12 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    What a disaster my 2 x FH's have been
                    lol

                    1. Debauchy
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      My first was great 2nd in 37 to come , your 2nd in 36 ?

                    2. Monty the Magpie
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      Please divulge...

                      1. Christina.
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 12 Years
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        FH1

                        Bought Mitchel for the Cpal CS in 34...didn't play 0
                        Sold Pope(10) for DDG(5)
                        Sold Weggy(5) for Werner(4)
                        Defence in orginal team scored 17 while FH scored 8

                        FH2

                        Sold Laporte
                        Salah(c)
                        Own Jesus
                        Own Alonso

                        1. Debauchy
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          1st FH unlucky I guess but gw 36 FH's being shafted in the maority so you're not alone , hang in Chris

                          1. Christina.
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 12 Years
                            1 month, 26 days ago

                            If I can take my OR now of 65k I will bite your hand off and run

                            1. Debauchy
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              1 month, 26 days ago

                              Hey,, leave my hand alone lol , hear you though

                    3. Athletico Timbo
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      I wish they’d get rid of the silly chips. A couple of wildcards is all we need.

                  11. No Need
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Saka doubt is one less bench headache at least, though he hurt me last time in similar fashion

                  12. Mozumbus
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      On FH:
                      A. Coutinho + Pickford
                      B. Gordon + Martinez

                      1. RamaJama
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 25 days ago

                        A

                    • RamaJama
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 25 days ago

                      Which FH team do you prefer?

                      A)
                      Pickford (Steele)
                      TAA, Cash, Mykolenko (Andersen, Tsimikas)
                      Salah, Son, Zaha, Kulu (KDH)
                      Kane, Ings, Rich

                      B)
                      Pickford (Steele)
                      Digne, Cash, Mykolenko (Amartey, Tsimikas)
                      Salah, Son, KDB, Gordon (Brownhill)
                      Kane, Ings, Rich

                      1. OptimusBlack
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 25 days ago

                        B

                        1. RamaJama
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 25 days ago

                          Sorry, Gordon has to be Ramsey if fit, or KDH