Sunday 14 April 2013

GW33 Match Centre (Part One)

With 4 games of Fantasy Premier League GW33 to be played Tues/Weds this is going to part one of two Match Centre posts It's a been a bit of an anti-climax so far with only one of the hotly fancied trio of Fellaini, Cazorla and Van Persie registering anything like decent points.  Breath is still witheld though and with another 360+ of Premier League football to come it could still all happen for your players.

 This was about to be the biggest shock of the weekend until a strange and unfortunate penalty decision allowed Arsenal to get back in it at 1-1.  After then the floodgates opened, and in truth they probably would have anyway.   Oliver Giroud (my here) absolutely stole the show from the much fancied Cazorla here. He get an assist (not shown in data) as well as his goal and his key stats tell you the story.
 A somewhat professional performance from Everton you could say, doing enough to get a comfortable win without trying too hard, and getting a rare clean sheet in the process.  Kevin Mirallas is a genuine quality player and some say the best Belgian at Everton. He and Victor Anichebe are two strong fantasy options from the Merseyside club, Anichebe particularly.  I had a good hard look at him myself around January but felt Jelavic would reclaim the striker's spot, which he did, but Anichebe's forced his way back into the team on merit and at just £4.3m is an absolute steal.  If you own him this DGW well done you.

Fulham scored a goal without having a shot on target, thanks to Delph's own goal.  Fulham puzzle me.  It's rare for a team with an attacking philosophy to register such a low number of shots in a game, something they've done many times this season.  Maybe they're just shit??  Charles N'Zogbia has been a fairly steady player of late, and Benteke of course we all know about.

The Mackem fans are in love with Di Canio after this game but they probably got lucky when Pappis Cisse's goal was ruled out.  They certainly had their tails up though and I'm sure a man as outspoken and flamboyant a player as Di Canio would have sent them out on a high. No-one player really stands out though from their team and I think this might just have been a result written in the stars.

Southampton have been playing well recently as you know, but without really setting the world on fire.  West Ham too.  Here both teams played out for a score draw which would have been an educated guess before hand.  Andy Carrol has playing well but comes with a hefty FPL price tag.  Gaston Ramirez' much reduced price tag now a better option than Puncheon and Scheiderlin in this team,  as well as Jay Rodriguez of course, who was benched here due to illness only I believe.

A very rare performance from Carrick here saw him shooting from inside the penalty box three times and scoring a goal, completely outperforming the other so called attacking players in the team. Kagawa, Valencia registering nothing of fantasy interest at all.  It's still about Van Persie for United, despite growing interest in Rooney, again in midfield and not managing to get a shot off inside the box. 

If Arsenal was almost the shock of the weekend then this result was the real thing. A phenomenal display in goal from Reading's McCarthy making 12 saves! The main fantasy story here though is Liverpool and Suarez' blanks, against all the odds. This is the highest number of shots on target a team has had this season without scoring a goal. Liverpool had that record before this game too, registering 9 SoT without scoring away at Swansea in GW13.   On average this season when team's have 9 or 10 shots on target they've averaged 2.95 goals.

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