Premier League Gameweek 31 review

2016-03-22 15:00:52 Author: manager Rating: +10

TimeToDraft reviews the most important events of the Premier League Gameweek 31, the weekend that buried Manchester City’s title dreams.

Forward to the past

Gylfi Sigurðsson was the only man from the previous review who managed to live up to our expectations as the Iceland international provided an assist for Federico Fernández, kept shooting as usual and recorded the biggest number of strikes in the match. Moussa Sissoko showed great statistics once again, making two shots and amassing five touches in the opponent’s box, just a little short of Ayoze Pérez and Aleksandar Mitrović, but somehow recorded fewer points than Georginio Wijnaldum, who didn’t place a single shot in 90 minutes. Finally, Salomón Rondón and Charlie Daniels didn’t show their best performance, and neither did their teams.

Gameweek picture

Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal all recorded victories and clean sheets, taking millions of fantasy managers from all over the world off their feet as Mahrez, Vardy, Kane, Alli, Eriksen, Welbeck, Sánchez, Iwobi and fifteen defenders delivered plenty of points. Only Manchester City failed to pursue the title dream, losing to archrivals Manchester United, inspired by the young lad Marcus Rashford, on Sunday.

Gylfi Sigurðsson and Dimitri Payet continued to score fantasy points, providing assists, Norwich City got out of relegation zone courtesy of Robbie Brady goal against West Bromwich, while Southampton and Liverpool delivered a fantastic attacking match, and we are going to talk about the players who shone in that game.

Graziano Pellè (Southampton)

Remarkably, one of the biggest hits of our previews wasn’t actually a big hit straight away: Graziano Pellè failed to score in Matchday 29 fixture against Sunderland, after we had recommended our readers to pay attention to the Italian forward, but has reached an incredible form since. In the third consecutive game he made the biggest number of shots among all players on the pitch, and found himself in the opponent’s box more times than any other player. A goal and two assists against Liverpool, combined with two goals against Stoke City speak for themselves, verifying the Italian’s terrific form.

Moreover, only two forwards in the league have made more shots in the last three rounds, both wide and on target (they are Harry Kane and Sergio Agüero), but nobody has created more chances for teammates than Pellè. Southampton forward demonstrates fantastic all round performance, inspiring Ronald Koeman, putting Charlie Austin in light melancholy and making Claudio Ranieri anxious, as Leicester City host Graziano Pellè’s Southampton in the next round.

Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)

This should hardly come as a surprise for you, but when Daniel Sturridge plays football he does it well like the devil. Let’s not even recall the famous season 2013/2014, when Daniel Sturridge’s presence in your fantasy team was just as obvious as Aston Villa relegation come the month of May. Just look at the stats for the current season: Daniel Sturridge netted four goals in five Premier League games that he started.

2016 record is even more convincing: two goals in two matches. If someone would like to compare the efficiency of Premier League forwards in their past two appearances, he would find reassurance of Daniel Sturridge’s efforts and efficiency. Only Harry Kane, who played against Aston Villa and Bournemouth, managed more shots on target, but Sturridge didn’t even play 70 minutes in each of the game, unlike most other forwards. Any statistical analysis confirms something we understand on our own: if Sturridge plays, he is capable of causing damage to the rivals. The only question is if he will actually play.

Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United)

West Ham left back is one of the players that fantasy managers always remember and turn to when their teams manage a good run of form. Cresswell finished his debut Premier League season with 2+4 record, has already helped his team with one goal and three assists in the current championship and has good chances to repeat last season’s personal result. Although Aaron’s potential suffered a blow with the arrival of unconditional set piece master in Dimitri Payet, there is still no better left foot player than the English left back.

Cresswell’s customary energy up front was clearly notable during Saturday away game at Stamford Bridge: his average match position lied around the central line, while two dangerous strikes from great positions, including the one hitting the post will definitely make part of match highlights. At the same time Aaron did not forget about his defensive duties, blocking more shots than any other player in that derby.

Constant attacking spurts up the left flank, taking set pieces and creating chances for teammates (Aleksandar Kolarov and Alberto Moreno are the only defenders who have created more chances so far), matched with immense motivation at the face of highly possible reaching the top four and getting to the Champions League make Cresswell a good option for the remaining fixtures of the Premier League.

Alex Iwobi (Arsenal)

The attacking midfielder, making it to Arsenal’s starting lineup and valued at just 4.5 million in Fantasy Premier League (FPL) - that should already be enough for you to turn your head to the young Gunner. Meanwhile, in the Saturday game at Goodison Park Iwobi proved that low fantasy price was not his only advantage.

The Nigerian spent most of the game in the opposite half, showed some good movement, tried to create space, got behind defenders and impressed with solid performance for a player of his age. He made the biggest number of total shots (three), shots on target (two) and deservedly netted his debut Premier League goal. Here is something to think about: in 2016 Joel Campbell scored one goal in seven matches, Alexis Sánchez scored once in eight games, Theo Walcott only found the net once in nine games, while Iwobi scored in his second game. It looks like Arsene Wenger has discovered another ‘talented and promising player’, who is yet to prove his worth.TimeToDraft reviews the most important events of the Premier League Gameweek 31, the weekend that buried Manchester City’s title dreams.

Photo 1: Sturridge

Forward to the past

Gylfi Sigurðsson was the only man from the previous review who managed to live up to our expectations as the Iceland international provided an assist for Federico Fernández, kept shooting as usual and recorded the biggest number of strikes in the match. Moussa Sissoko showed great statistics once again, making two shots and amassing five touches in the opponent’s box, just a little short of Ayoze Pérez and Aleksandar Mitrović, but somehow recorded fewer points than Georginio Wijnaldum, who didn’t place a single shot in 90 minutes. Finally, Salomón Rondón and Charlie Daniels didn’t show their best performance, and neither did their teams.

Gameweek picture

Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal all recorded victories and clean sheets, taking millions of fantasy managers from all over the world off their feet as Mahrez, Vardy, Kane, Alli, Eriksen, Welbeck, Sánchez, Iwobi and fifteen defenders delivered plenty of points. Only Manchester City failed to pursue the title dream, losing to archrivals Manchester United, inspired by the young lad Marcus Rashford, on Sunday.

Gylfi Sigurðsson and Dimitri Payet continued to score fantasy points, providing assists, Norwich City got out of relegation zone courtesy of Robbie Brady goal against West Bromwich, while Southampton and Liverpool delivered a fantastic attacking match, and we are going to talk about the players who shone in that game.

Graziano Pellè (Southampton)

Photo 2: Pelle

Remarkably, one of the biggest hits of our previews wasn’t actually a big hit straight away: Graziano Pellè failed to score in Matchday 29 fixture against Sunderland, after we had recommended our readers to pay attention to the Italian forward, but has reached an incredible form since. In the third consecutive game he made the biggest number of shots among all players on the pitch, and found himself in the opponent’s box more times than any other player. A goal and two assists against Liverpool, combined with two goals against Stoke City speak for themselves, verifying the Italian’s terrific form.

Moreover, only two forwards in the league have made more shots in the last three rounds, both wide and on target (they are Harry Kane and Sergio Agüero), but nobody has created more chances for teammates than Pellè. Southampton forward demonstrates fantastic all round performance, inspiring Ronald Koeman, putting Charlie Austin in light melancholy and making Claudio Ranieri anxious, as Leicester City host Graziano Pellè’s Southampton in the next round.

Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)

This should hardly come as a surprise for you, but when Daniel Sturridge plays football he does it well like the devil. Let’s not even recall the famous season 2013/2014, when Daniel Sturridge’s presence in your fantasy team was just as obvious as Aston Villa relegation come the month of May. Just look at the stats for the current season: Daniel Sturridge netted four goals in five Premier League games that he started.

2016 record is even more convincing: two goals in two matches. If someone would like to compare the efficiency of Premier League forwards in their past two appearances, he would find reassurance of Daniel Sturridge’s efforts and efficiency. Only Harry Kane, who played against Aston Villa and Bournemouth, managed more shots on target, but Sturridge didn’t even play 70 minutes in each of the game, unlike most other forwards. Any statistical analysis confirms something we understand on our own: if Sturridge plays, he is capable of causing damage to the rivals. The only question is if he will actually play.

Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United)

West Ham left back is one of the players that fantasy managers always remember and turn to when their teams manage a good run of form. Cresswell finished his debut Premier League season with 2+4 record, has already helped his team with one goal and three assists in the current championship and has good chances to repeat last season’s personal result. Although Aaron’s potential suffered a blow with the arrival of unconditional set piece master in Dimitri Payet, there is still no better left foot player than the English left back.

Cresswell’s customary energy up front was clearly notable during Saturday away game at Stamford Bridge: his average match position lied around the central line, while two dangerous strikes from great positions, including the one hitting the post will definitely make part of match highlights. At the same time Aaron did not forget about his defensive duties, blocking more shots than any other player in that derby.

Constant attacking spurts up the left flank, taking set pieces and creating chances for teammates (Aleksandar Kolarov and Alberto Moreno are the only defenders who have created more chances so far), matched with immense motivation at the face of highly possible reaching the top four and getting to the Champions League make Cresswell a good option for the remaining fixtures of the Premier League.

Alex Iwobi (Arsenal)

The attacking midfielder, making it to Arsenal’s starting lineup and valued at just 4.5 million in Fantasy Premier League (FPL) - that should already be enough for you to turn your head to the young Gunner. Meanwhile, in the Saturday game at Goodison Park Iwobi proved that low fantasy price was not his only advantage.

The Nigerian spent most of the game in the opposite half, showed some good movement, tried to create space, got behind defenders and impressed with solid performance for a player of his age. He made the biggest number of total shots (three), shots on target (two) and deservedly netted his debut Premier League goal. Here is something to think about: in 2016 Joel Campbell scored one goal in seven matches, Alexis Sánchez scored once in eight games, Theo Walcott only found the net once in nine games, while Iwobi scored in his second game. It looks like Arsene Wenger has discovered another ‘talented and promising player’, who is yet to prove his worth.

Vladimir Stishenok

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