What we learned | Week Twenty-three

Monday, January 20 2020

 

Another curious weekend in the Premier League. Glad I’m not a tipster (anymore). Only the most optimistic – or maybe just mystic – Palace fans would’ve backed their team before kick-off. And not even the bench would’ve fancied it at 2-1 down in the 87th minute.

Likewise, Sheffield United and Newcastle pulled late – and really late – rabbits out of the hat. Goal scorers Fleck and Hayden feature in just 3.4% and 3.8% of FPL teams. But that’s Fleck’s 5th in 11. Better than Son (TOT), Willian, Mount (CHE) and Silva (MCL) among others.

And Wolves didn’t look like ending their 3-match winless run – and Saints’ 5-match unbeaten one – after 35 mins. Not being 2-0 down so much, but when Shane Long scores against you, the omens can’t be good. Remarkably 1.9% of you have on the books.

Even more remarkably, only double that figure have Liverpool’s now nailed-on central defensive stalwart Gomez in their team. At £5.2m he looks a snip. Act accordingly. It’s only a matter of time before he completes the clean sweep in the Form XI.

And after that seamless segue (that’s Segway to you), here’s the rest…

Player

Club

Price

Selection %

Alisson

LIV

£6.1m

9.6%

D

E

F

 

Alexander-Arnold

LIV

£7.5m

39.6%

Robertson

LIV

£7.0m

20.1%

Van Dijk

LIV

£6.4m

40.7%

Azpilicueta

CHE

£5.8m

5.7%

M

I

D

 

Grealish

AVL

£6.5m

20.2%

Mahrez

MCL

£8.5m

9.2%

Mane

LIV

£12.4m

40.5%

A

T

T

 

Aguero

MCL

£11.9m

39.6%

Ings

SOU

£6.9m

27.9%

Jimenez

WOL

£7.5m

16.7%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Back shufflers…

There’s only so much champions-elect Liverpool to be spread through the team, of course. And there are cut-price alternatives on offer in Enda Stephens (SHU) at £4.4m and Digne (EVE) at £5.7m. And his mate Holgate (EVE) is developing into a sub £4.5m bargain.


Middle-men…

A little gentleman’s Grealish (AVL) is essential these days. And Duda (NOR) is no dud. Despite the fact that currently NONE of the FPL universe has taken the plunge. I appeal to the 3.1% of you that still have Ceballos (ARS) in your team to have a little word with yourselves.


Forward thinkers…

So, what to do in the absence of Kane (TOT), Rashford (MUN) and Aubameyang (ARS) for a couple, perhaps several weeks and the rest of season (in reverse order)…? Jimenez (WOL) is the obvious pick. But outside him, it’s tricky. Jesus (MCI) and Firmino (LIV) don’t deliver the minutes or end product they should. So then you’re in the straw-clutching territory of Calvert-Lewin (EVE) and Ayew (CRY). Let’s just hope rat boy Vardy (LEI) gets through his sticky patch sharpish.


That’s how it looks from here.

Matt

Ben Dinnery

Ben Dinnery

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Ben is football’s leading injury specialist. The ‘go-to’ guru for big hitters like Sky Sports, ESPN and NBC Sports when they need data. Or the BBC, talkSPORT and the broadsheets when a quote is required. His unique insight has helped provide a better understanding of what is really happening in the treatment rooms.


Johnny Wilson

Johnny Wilson

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Johnny is a respected physiotherapist and sports scientist, specialising in football injuries and rehab. Johnny has headed up the medical departments at Chesterfield, Scunthorpe and Notts County. Overseeing everything from player-specific training loads to pre-signing medicals. He has a proven record working with elite athletes in Private Practice and is regularly called upon throughout Europe to deliver presentations on the latest rehab innovations.


Matt Nesbitt

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Matt's short, unremarkable football career was ended by his own bad driving. His long, distinguished career as a football tipster was ended by his own good advice. Because bookmakers don’t like a winner. First, they closed his accounts. Then his members’ accounts. Then his tipping service. And now they employ him as a consultant. Funny old game.


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