The last game week was an average scoring week with 933 points. The highest scorers this week were Arsenal with 99 points following their 5-0 win over Burnley, who had the lowest score with four points.
Man of the match
The table below are the Sky man of the matches:
The midfielders dominated the MotM awards this week, achieving seven out of ten. Hazard cements his third spot with nine awards this season and now just one behind second place. Arnautovic picks up his seventh award of the season and now joint fourth with Kane. Other regulars in the MotM table are Zaha (with six) and Mooy (with five).
The distribution of bonuses by team this week is:
Man City is again top of the bonus award charts, but was surprising to see Liverpool join them after they lost at Chelsea (who surprisingly had zero bonuses). The other big surprise for me was Arsenal only picking up two awards despite cruising to a 5-0 win over Burnley. Newcastle put in a performance picking up 4 bonuses which is quite high for a non top six side.
The season awards are as follows:
The bonuses by position are as follows:
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.Zaha, he doesn’t appear on my usual charts (so his position is highlighted in red). The spotlight is shone on him due to the number of MotM awards and focus on his ability. The standard chart is:
Zaha is 17th in the top 20 for total points and 19th in points/£m for midfielders. His points/£m/game places him ranked 17th for midfielders.
He has started 27 matches with one appearance as a sub, scoring eight goals with five assists. He has picked up five bonus award and six MotM.
His underlying stats show he has scored 20.5% of the team goals (in matches he has played), though had 18.7% of the team’s expected goal (8 v 8.7). He has 7.7% of assists while creating 10.5% of expected (3 v 4.9 – not sure why this is different than above or less data source excludes pens). He is scoring around expectation in both goals and assists.
On the key metric of pts/£m/g is a respectable at 0.59, though well below the gold standard 0.7.
However, if we look at a break-down of his points per week we see:
Zaha has scored at a respectable 0.59 pts/£m/g, he has had a couple of injures this season meaning he has missed several game. At his current rate of scoring he does not warrant a selection. However, looking at his more recent form he is racking up the points and is on fire. With the last match of the season being home to WBA, if you have one transfer left he could be a differential to catch others in a mini league.
The first team have no transfers left, so it looks like the team is already on the beech as four of the players didn’t even make it into their respective teams this week. Lucky, the team still Aubameyang who scored 20 points (didn’t captain), which scored the bulk of the 52 points in total. This moved the team back into the top 500 at 369th.
The second team is also out of transfers, but are mainly showing up (just Valencia pulled a sickie). Though showing up the performance were poor with only Arnautovic scoring more than five points (with nine). This gave a low scoring 36 points and dropping five places to 48th.
The second half team was just as disappointing as the two teams above and scrapped 36 points. Their early promise has fizzled out and they have now dropped to 40th.