With FA Cup action taking place this weekend, we’ve got a little time to recap on the season so far and review which players have been performing at the highest level. So in this post, we’re looking back at the top statistics from the last 10 gameweeks and unsurprisingly a certain Uruguayan wizard features.
So whether you’re wildcarding or just looking for some statistical analysis, here is our Stat Attack for Gameweeks 13 to 22…
56 Goal Attempts/30 Shots on Target – Luis Suarez
What more can we say about this man? Suarez has been fantasy gold all season long and for goal attempts in the last 10 games he beats his nearest rival by an amazing 18 goal attempts (Coutinho is on 38). From the 56 attempts, 30 shots have been on target leading to 12 goals over this period. To add a little perspective, Suarez more than doubles the next player for shots on target, which is Negredo who has only had 14.
Addict Outlook – The statistics back up Suarez’s impressive performances and he’s picked up an incredible 109 points over this period. We seriously doubt that anyone reading this article is currently playing without Suarez in their team but if you are this crazy anomaly, you should probably check yourself into the nearest mental hospital. However, before you do so, transfer Suarez in you nutjob!
26 Chances Created – Mesut Ozil
To prevent this entire article being about Luis Suarez (30 chances created), we’ve decided to focus on the player responsible for creating the most chances after him. This is the magical Mesut Ozil, who is having an outstanding debut season for Arsenal. He may have come off the boil a little, failing to notch any attacking returns in his last 4 games but he isn’t completely at fault. The talented German is clearly still creating plenty of chances for his team mates who are struggling to finish the move off. Just behind him is Chelsea’s main man, Eden Hazard who is on 25 and surprisingly Henderson is next on 24.
Addict Outlook – With such talent, Ozil is set for a productive second half of the season but he’s not short of competition when it comes to Arsenal attacking coverage. At 10.1m, he’s the most expensive option and unless he can justify it with consistent returns, our attention is going to waiver. Currently, Wilshere (6.3m) or Cazorla (9.5m) seem to be in better form and then there’s old Ramsey (7.1m), Arsenal’s highest scoring attacking player, who is expected back imminently.
70 Crosses – Peter Whittingham
Next up we have a budget midfielder who has been whipping the ball in more than anyone else, Peter Whittingham of Cardiff. This hasn’t quite converted into attacking returns with only a solitary goal and assist in the last 10 games. However, with 5 midfield spots, Whittingham might be the budget option for you. In Gameweek 23, he faces United at Old Trafford but following this he has 3 favourable home games in the next 4 gameweeks in the form of Norwich, Villa and Hull.
Addict Outlook – If Solskjaer is to save Cardiff, he’ll need to secure some results over these important home matches and he’ll be expecting Whittingham to play an important role. At 5.4m, he represents a relatively cheap gamble for those who fancy Cardiff to come good. However, he has budget competition in the form of Januzaj (5.3m) and Sterling (5.3m) and if you can free up the extra million, Wilshere is available at 6.3m.
304 Passes in The Final Third – Santi Cazorla
With Arsenal’s impressive possession-based game, they have 3 players in the top 5 for passes in the final third but the crown goes to the two-footed wonder, Santi Cazorla. Following his stunning debut season, Cazorla has struggled with a few injuries, hampering his ability to replicate his amazing attacking returns. However, he made the difference in Arsenal’s last game against Fulham, bagging a brace to secure a 2-0 victory.
Addict Outlook – As mentioned previously, Arsenal’s midfield provides plenty of options for us to choose from with two budget players in the form of Wilshere (6.3m) and Ramsey (7.1m), and two expensive stars in Ozil (10.1m) and Cazorla (9.5m). If you’re looking to catch a rival though and in need of a differential, Cazorla could be your man with an ownership of just 2.7%, whilst the others have far more managers – Ramsey (31.5%), Ozil (19.4%) and Wilshere (10%).
47 Saves – Vito Mannone
With Poyet favouring an open attacking style, Sunderland’s backline has come under plenty of heavy fire. Luckily, they have Mannone in between the sticks who has made 47 saves in the past 10 games, helping Sunderland keep 4 clean sheets. With 3 double-figure returns thanks to bonus points, if Sunderland pick up another clean sheet, Mannone will be the man responsible.
Addict Outlook – If you’re looking for a goalkeeper rotation, Mannone represents a strong option who is likely to pick up save points. There is a budget range of keepers to choose from but looking at the fixtures, Mannone (4.5m) matches up well with Szczesny (6.0m). With 9 clean sheets in the last 14 games, Arsenal’s defence is proving a hard nut to crack. Their home matches alternate for the next 9 gameweeks and they are the combo we’d recommend.
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Author Credit: Richard Lam
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