With the league cup final has resulted in only nine matches this weekend. The highest scorer was Liverpool putting four goals past West Ham. Swansea had the lowest score with 15 points

Man of the match

The table below are the Sky man of the matches:

Salah picked up yet another MotM award taking his tally to ten and clear of KdB who remains in second place.  Hennessey was the first keeper for seven weeks to achieve the award. It was also the second week running that no defends have be handed MotM.

The bonuses

The distribution of bonuses by team this week is:

Liverpool and Spurs both dominated their matches, resulting in picking up the two highest set of bonuses. The big match of the weekend was Man U v Chelsea and the match attracted nine bonuses.

The season awards are as follows:

The bonuses by position are as follows, midfielders performance was above their normal standard while defenders were significantly below their average.

Bonus by player

The table of top players by different points and awards is:

Player watch

This week I’m going to look a bit more closely at W. Ndidi, who has the by far the highest number of tackle bonuses with 18. He doesn’t appear at the top of my usual charts, so have highlighted him with a red dot. The midfielders’ chart is:

Ndidi only scraps into 20th place in the points/£m for midfielders. He has started in all 28 matches achieving four assists with 19 nous awards, though has picked four yellow cards and a red.

His underlying stats show he has scored 0.0% of the team goals, though had 3.7% of the team’s expected goal. He has 8.1% of assists while creating 1.2% of expected (3 v 0.4).  This suggests goals is in line with expectations, but his assists is higher than expected.  It should also be noted that Sky have him with four assists which indicates even greater over-performance.

On the key metric of pts/£m/g is low at 0.47, which is significantly below the gold standard 0.7.

However, if we look at a break-down of his points per week we see:

Ndidi has been a constant throughout the season and has been a consistent scorer due to his frequency of picking up bonus awards. If you are stuck for a cheap player, then he will be an option due to playing every game. However, for me, he needs to add a bigger contribution to scoring to be considered for my fantasy team.

If there are any players you think should be included in player watch, then please leave in the comments below.

My teams

Both my teams plummeted during my break the other week, so I was hoping to turn things around after the overhaul. For both teams, I have gone quite heavily on Liverpool players which include Salah, Mane and Firmino who all scored. The first team scored 87 points and are in 210th place. With only 7 transfers left and Monreal picking up an injury, they will limp towards the finishing line. My second team had a respectable 84 points and climbed a few places to 70th. However, with a gamble on Gomez means I may have a player missing more than I had hoped.

My second half team had 105 points (though also gambled on Gomez), though having to burn through 40 transfers means you’d expect a higher than usual weekly score as trying to make five transfers each week. This is more a fun event and I get the impression that several top players don’t bother with. I’ve been a bit lucky and currently sit in 16th spot and look forward to plotting my way through the season and burning through all the transfers.

To see these stats and more view this Carl’s Sky Toolkit spreadsheet. You can also view his very clever prediction tool with integrated planner here