FPL Predictions for Gameweek 37
With 10 teams having a double gameweek, this might be the chance for FPL managers to strengthen their position at the top or catch up with the leaders. Here we look at our algorithm predicted XI with some supporting evidence.
With a clean sheet in 3 of the last 4 games, Petr Cech is the man in form between the sticks. He has collected the most points in the last 4 gameweeks among Goalkeepers, and has also made the highest number of saves in the same period. With the switch to a back 3, Arsenal seem to have found some valuable steel in defense. With Stoke and Sunderland to play in this double gameweek for Arsenal, both of whom have nothing to play for, Cech has to make sure Arsenal don’t slip in their unlikely push for top four.
With 1 goal, 1 assist, and more than one hand on the Premier League trophy, the Chelsea fullback seems to be doing nothing wrong at the moment. He is up against a West Brom and Watford side who appear have gone into their usual end of the season lull. An interesting fact is the gap between West Brom(last) and Sunderland(18th) is greater than that between Sunderland and Southampton(7th) in a table made of total FPL points accrued in the past 4 weeks. That is the opposition he is up against. And yes, Watford and West Brom occupy the last two positions of such a table.
Manchester City’s defence has been almost an elaborate joke this season with full backs playing in the center and center mids/wingers playing as full backs. But that was when this man was injured. Since returning Kompany has been a breath of fresh air in this otherwise maligned City defense. He has the highest FPL points for a defender in the past 4 weeks and has also obtained the second highest bonus points. With 2 goals in his last 4 games, he is as big a threat in the opposition box as he is a rock in his own. Pep Guardiola calls him a real central defender, and who are we to dispute it? His presence might just be too much for Vardy and co to overcome. City play their other game against West Brom, which bodes well for a big points haul from the City captain this week.
Southampton play Middlesbrough and Manchester United in this double gameweek. One of those is relegated while the other has set its eyes elsewhere. While there is always danger in playing someone who has nothing to lose, Middlesbrough might just be the exception. They have scored the second lowest number of goals this season and rank in the bottom 3 for a combined ICT index, which means their players aren’t doing a lot. Now coming to Bertrand, he is the latest Southampton player to be linked away, with a move to Liverpool or return to Chelsea touted as possible destinations. Bertrand has created the most chances of any defender in the past 4 weeks and has also scored once in the same period.
With Arsenal picking up momentum and giving their customary push for 4th spot, Sanchez seems to be in the center of things, both literally and positionally. With their 3–4–2–1, Sanchez and Ozil start just behind their center forward. With the freedom of movement afforded, against weaker opposition, of which Stoke City and Sunderland are two, Sanchez can be at his best. With 2 goals and a very impressive ICT index of 9.95, Sanchez and Arsenal can be expected to plunder Sunderland and Stoke for points. Are the last few games of a season the worst time to face an Arsenal side? They just seem to be hitting top gear. Can they catch City or Liverpool? That just might be the perfect parting gift from Sanchez.
Kevin De Bruyne
De Bruyne seems to be finding his mojo again. He has 4 assists, 4 chances created and an average ICT index of 14.5 (very, very high), all highest in their respective categories for midfielders, in the last 4 weeks. He also has the highest total points and bonus points for a midfielder in the same period. De Bruyne looks the ideal pick for the upcoming weeks.
Hazard has 15 goals and 9 assists so far this season. He has the second most FPL points of any midfielder this season, second only to Alexis. He also has the highest bonus points of any midfielder. Kante deservedly gets the praise to have been the player who has improved Chelsea the most. But Hazard has made sure of a massive attacking improvement on the 11th place finish of last season. Chelsea are on course to win the league with the highest number of points in the last 10 years. Hazard has been at the center of this roller coaster ride from top to bottom and back to top.
It may be unfair to call Spurs bottlers. Tottenham made a title race where there was none and it is to their misfortune that they were second best to one freak result and another re-invigorated team. Eriksen however has played a major part in both. He has the second best ICT index for midfielders in the past games. With one of the two games of the weekend against Manchester United, a team who hasn’t scored an away goal against the top 6 this season, Spurs might need Eriksen’s clever passes to unlock the United defence. He has 17 assists this season, only one behind KDB and is among the top 5 for total FPL points obtained.
While Spurs might have a lost a brave battle against Chelsea in the race to title, Kane still has the Golden Boot award to play for. He has 21 goals this season, of which 8 have been winning goals. His 2 goals in the past 4 weeks might not be great by his own standards, but he still has 2 assists and a healthy avg ICT index of 12, which is the highest among forwards in the same period. The goals may just be around the corner. He will be up against a United side who are more concerned with the impending Europa League final, and will look to keep pace with Romelu Lukaku over the double gameweek.
Costa has 3 goals in the past 4 games of which 2 have been winning goals. His total tally of 20 goals in the season includes 10 winning goals, the highest winning goals to total goals % of any forward. Compare that to Lukaku’s 4 winning goals out of 24 scored or Zlatan’s 6 out of 17, and we get the complete picture. Costa has not only been the lethal frontman, but also a decisive one. Add to that 10 assists and he really does look like a complete centre forward. The title looks to be Chelsea’s, and the fans owe a large part of that to man leading their attack.
Wenger had Plan A, which was to play Sanchez as CF and utilise his movement and energy to cause the opposition defenders problems and entrust his players to indulge in free flowing attacking football. He had a Plan B, which was to play Giroud up front and use him as a target man. In Danny Welbeck, he has a player who offers a mixture of the two. Welbeck has the work ethic of Sanchez and the positioning of Giroud — He can drag defenders out of position as easily as engage with them in an aerial combat. Stoke City and Sunderland might do well to expect the same over this double gameweek.
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