The last game week a slightly below average total points week with 922. Liverpool’s 3-0 win at Huddersfield ensured they had the most points with 100, while Huddersfield had the lowest with 15.

Man of the match

The table below are the Sky man of the matches:

A sprinkling of magic from de Bruyne meant he picked up his ninth MotM award of the season and increasing his lead at the top of the table to two. No other player in the top 20 picked up an award.

The bonuses

The distribution of bonuses by team this week is:

Despite an away defeat in Swansea, Arsenal dominated the ball that resulted them in achieving the most bonus points this week (all passing).  Man City didn’t hit their usual heights on the passing tier2 bonus.  Everton picked up several bonuses for the lower level clubs.

The season awards are as follows:

The bonuses by position are as follows, strikers performance was below their normal standard while defenders and midfielders were slightly above 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 R.Firmino, partly because he appears in my usual charts, but more importantly is that Liverpool are already knocked out of the cup so will play in week 31 home to Watford (while others play FA cup) post over-haul. The striker’s chart is:

Firmino is third in points scored for strikers, third for points per £m, but drops to 6th based on pts/g/£m.  He has started 21 games and made sub appearances in three other matches.  He has scored 11 goals with six assists and picked up two MotM awards. On bonuses, he has only achieved two, both being tier 1 tackling.

His underlying stats show he has scored 20% of the team goals, though had 13.5% of the team’s expected goals (scored 11 v expected 7.0). He has 9.1% of assists while creating 10.6% of expected.  This suggests he is over-performing on the number of goals scored.

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-won of his points per week we see:

Firmino seems to have had a slow start to the season and has picked up more recently. I wouldn’t normally consider bringing him in, but considering Liverpool have three home games in four matches after the over-haul (including the blank game week) he will be considered as a short-term selection at the over-haul.

My teams

What a disaster the mid-week was for my first team.  Stones was missing from the team sheet and with being tired I made a rash transfer. The team ended up with a low 62 points and tumbled down to 170th place. The second team had a good return thanks to a 36 point haul from KdB (as captain), as part of a total of 88 points.  The biggest cheer for me was my cup opponents had 87 points, so I scrapped through to the next round.  I’m just glad the over-haul is only a couple of matches away as I’m now carrying a couple of non-playing players and some I just wish to drop, but with hardly any transfers I’m limping through until the over-haul.