We round up the key Fantasy Premier League (FPL) notes from two more of Gameweek 12’s Saturday matches, involving Bournemouth, Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
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SOLANKE DOWNS EXHAUSTED NEWCASTLE
Two second-half strikes from Dominic Solanke (£6.4m) ensured Bournemouth’s dominance downed an unrecognisable Newcastle. It means only two forwards are on more goals than Solanke’s six, whilst Ollie Watkins (£8.4m) is the sole striker with more penalty area touches (79):
His four box shots contributed to a big expected goal involvement (xGI) tally of 1.27. Yet, in fairness, the tired Magpies looked fatigued from kick-off, decimated by an injury crisis that just won’t stop.
This time it was Miguel Almiron (£6.3m) added to the list, replaced by Matt Ritchie (£4.4m) early enough to mean the latter’s 70 minutes of this league campaign have already eclipsed last season’s total of 35.
It’s little wonder that a patched-up line-up containing Ritchie, 18-year-old Lewis Hall (£4.3m), 17-year-old Lewis Miley (£4.5m) and exhausted regulars couldn’t find a reply to Solanke’s masterclass.
That’s why new Tino Livramento (£4.3m) owners were annoyed to see the full-back named as a substitute on Saturday. We said there’d likely be four spots for just five defenders, with Dan Burn (£4.6m), Matt Targett (£4.3m) and Sven Botman (£4.6m) all sidelined. Livramento was the unlucky one, considering his superb recent performances.
However, instead of owners missing out on an inevitable clean sheet for Kieran Trippier (£7.0m), Fabian Schar (£5.2m) and Jamaal Lascelles (£4.1m), this off-day saw Bournemouth rack up 2.46 expected goals (xG).
Heading into Gameweek 12, Newcastle’s attack and defence ranked as the top-flight’s best when it came to big chances for (42) and against (seven). On the other hand, the Cherries entered with the fourth-fewest big chances (15) and second-most conceded attempts (195). Second-best xG (23.11) versus the second-worst expected goals conceded (xGC, 23.88).
Andoni Iraola’s side flipped these stats upside down. They ended the weekend with more shots (19) than any other team and the joint-most on target (10):
GORDON AND SON QUIET UP FRONT
The only team with fewer attempts than Eddie Howe’s lot was the similarly obliterated Spurs. Whilst Newcastle were without Callum Wilson (£7.9m) and Alexander Isak (£7.4m), a combination of injuries and suspensions deprived the North Londoners of James Maddison (£7.9m), Richarlison (£6.7m), Cristian Romero (£5.0m), Destiny Udogie (£4.8m) and Micky van de Ven (£4.6m) at Wolves.
Therefore the potential of two FPL midfielders playing as forwards – Anthony Gordon (£5.8m) and Son Heung-min (£9.7m) – was severely limited.
Both managed just one shot from outside of the box and Son’s 0.12 xG narrowly beat Gordon’s 0.07.
It’s a bad time for consecutive Spurs defeats because Aston Villa and Manchester City await them after these internationals. Although those thinking of selling Son may need reminding that he’s still joint-second for shots on target (16).
WOLVES HAVE A HOME BITE
The much-changed Spurs defence very nearly held onto a 1-0 victory based on Pedro Porro (£5.2m) assisting Brennan Johnson (£5.8m). Except Pablo Sarabia (£4.7m) and Mario Lemina (£4.9m) turned it around in stoppage time.
It means that Wolves stayed unbeaten throughout a very difficult home run versus Man City, Aston Villa, Newcastle and Tottenham, with two wins and two draws.
Their first game without star attacker Pedro Neto (£5.6m) ended in a Gameweek 11 loss at Sheffield United. Instead of crumbling in his absence, Gary O’Neil’s troops somehow found a way to snatch all three points here.
Although Hwang Hee-chan‘s (£5.5m) five-match streak of attacking returns is over, coming soon are Fulham, Burnley and Nottingham Forest. A favourable run that gives Wolves a chance to move into the top half.
FPL NOTES: STARTING LINE-UPS
Bournemouth XI: Neto; Aarons (Smith 68′), Zabarnyi, Senesi, Kelly; Cook, Christie; Semenyo (Ouattara 81′), Tavernier (Rothwell 90′), Kluivert (Sinisterra 68′); Solanke
Newcastle United XI: Pope; Trippier, Schar, Lascelles, Hall (Livramento 46′); Longstaff, Miley (Parkinson 66′), Willock (Krafth 90′); Almiron (Ritchie 31′), Gordon, Joelinton
Wolverhampton Wanderers XI: Sa; Semedo (Doherty 67′), Dawson, Kilman, Toti; Bellegarde (Kalajdzic 73′), Lemina, Joao Gomes (Sarabia 87′), Ait-Nouri (Doyle 87′), Hwang, Cunha
Tottenham Hotspur XI: Vicario; Porro, Dier, Davies, Emerson; Bissouma (Lo Celso 76′), Hojbjerg, Sarr (Bentancur 63′); Kulusevski, Son, Johnson (Gil 76′)