Another relatively low scoring week with only 926 points awarded.  Man City were again top points scorers but fell short of the 100 mark by achieving 95pts.  All teams managed double figures with Everton scoring the fewest with 14 points.

Man of the match

The table below are the Sky man of the matches:

The first time this season that only one MotM award has gone to a defensive position.  De Bruyne hot form continues by picking up his third MotM in a row, and along with Kane move into the joint lead in awards with 4.

The bonuses

The distribution of bonuses by team this week is:

Probably, the most noticeable performances come from Liverpool and West Ham, as they are two sides that took a hammering yet scored very well in the bonuses.  Spurs, being a side that usually collects passing bonuses, didn’t achieve any despite scoring 4 goals.

Arsenal achieved a rare shot tier bonus as well as a shot 1.  I’m not sure if this was because of their brilliance or Everton’s woeful paly.

The top six teams continue to dominate bonus awards for the season as shown in:

West Ham are catching Southampton and Huddersfield, to form a middle group.

This week was a very good week for midfielders picking up the majority of awards. With Ramsey bringing home the golden shooting tier 2 bonus

Bonus by player

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

Player watch

D Silva makes it into both the top passing bonus and total points bonus tables, so the spotlight will fall on him this week.

So far this season Silva has played in all 9 games for City, meaning he has currently avoided Pep’s rotation.  He’s only picked up one yellow card so suspension seems unlikely.  In terms of bonuses, these have all come from passing with 3 tier 1 and 4 tier 2 awards.

At the clinical end of the pitch he has achieved 1 goal around 3% of the teams goals compared having 5.4% of City’s shots on target.  He has also achieved 6 assists (just under 20% compared against just over 20% of the team’s key passes).  So his output here is in line with his underlying stats.

Overall, Silva’s performance seems to be in line with his performances and passing bonuses comes from a very top passing team.  He hasn’t yet picked up a man of the match and probably will find these hard to come by for a team filled with stars.

His total points of 59 puts him joint 3rd in the midfield points table, which is very good.  However, playing 9 games and a price tag of £10.6m, produces a points per game per £m of 0.62.  This is a good figure but doesn’t scream out as being a must have.  I aim for a figure approaching the 0.7 and I just don’t think he’s has that extra 10% in his locker.  As such, he’s not coming into my team in the short-term.

My teams

With the Friday night game involving West Ham v Brighton, it gave me the chance to gleefully wave good-bye to Knockaert and Cresswell from both teams.

For my main team this meant bringing in Otamendi and Richarlison.  Also, with the injury concern over Foster, I brought in Butland as they have some good fixtures coming up and importantly cover the fixture on November 20th.  I made a mistake by not checking my captaincy spreadsheet for the new transfers and kept Lukaku as captain instead of moving to Otamendi as the spreadsheet suggested. With Kane being captain on the Sunday and bringing home 40 points meant a score of over 100 resulting in a move up of just over 200 places and sitting just outside the top 100 (goal for the season would be to make this for a week).

My second team continues to burns through some more transfers in its transformation and now only has 24 left.  It now plays with a 5-3-2 formation and with the help of those extra transfers this week scored 120+, which moved the team up around 800 places to just over 300th.  The team has taken some injuries and P Jones looks like another who will need to be replaced – though awaiting news.

How did you get on this week? Let me know in the comments below.