The last game week was slightly below average with 922 points. The highest scorers this week were Arsenal following their 3-0 win over Stoke with 89 points. This defeat for Stoke gave them only 13 points which was the lowest for the week.
Man of the match
The table below are the Sky man of the matches:
None of the big guns picked up the award this week, though Silva and Arnautovic both picked up their sixth awards for the season and move to joint fifth for the season.
The distribution of bonuses by team this week is:
The top teams had high bonus awarding matches with the Chelsea v Spurs being the exception. Several of the teams at the bottom of the league managed to pick up three awards with Newcastle deserving a special mention with two tier 2 passing awards.
The season awards are as follows:
The bonuses by position are as follows, with only defenders being slightly above average.
Bonus by player
The table of top players by different points and awards is:
This week I’m going to look a bit more closely at W.Hughes, who has just returned from injury and somebody I was considering before the injury. If I reduce the criteria to nine matches he appears in my standard chart:
Hughes has missed a lot of matches this season so doesn’t appear in the top 20 for either total points or points/£m for defenders. However, his points/£m/game places him ranked fifth for midfielders.
He has started five matches and another four appearances as a sub, scoring two goals and three assists with two bonus awards and two MotMs.
His underlying stats show he has scored 18.2% of the team goals (in matches he has played), though had 4.8% of the team’s expected goal (2 v 0.6). He has 27.3% of assists while creating 10.4% of expected (3 v 1.2). He is scoring above expectation in both goals and assists.
However, if we look at a break-down of his points per week we see:
Hughes has missed a lot of games during season and is only just returning from injury, which makes it difficult to judge. He has scored at an impressive 0.73 pts/£m/g, which matches the gold standard 0.7. Although, this is inflated slightly as he is scoring and assisting much higher than expectation. However, nearly half his games he has come on as a sub so would expect more of a return per 90 minutes. If this was earlier in the season I would suggest he would be a cheap (£7.5m) punt, but with Watford already playing 32 matches this season I don’t see any opportunity to bring him into my side. I think he is worth keeping an eye on and put on your watch-list for next season.
My first team had to make another transfer this week with Aubameyang coming in for captaincy on the Sunday, bringing the number of transfers left to three. With several Liverpool players, I managed a total return of 88 meaning I moved up to 218.
The plan for my second team has been scuppered slightly. At the overhaul I loaded up with Liverpool players with the aim of shifting to Arsenal players this and next week and then to shift on again after the cup semi-final to squeeze out extra games for each transfer. However, with Arsenal’s re-arranged game being after the cup semi-final I need to reconsider my options. So this week I only brought in Aubameyang and scored 100 points for the week moving up 10 places to 38th.
The second half team needs more attention with loads of transfers to burn and plenty of single match-day fixtures. I think may have made some errors in my planning which may come to haunt me in the weeks to come. With making three transfers the team scored 108 points, moving up a few places to 18th.
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