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22 Sep 2017 by TSZ

FPL Gameweek 6 – Statistical Preview

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Gameweek 6 Fixtures

Saturday 23rd September
West Ham vs Tottenham (12:30)
Burnley vs Huddersfield (15:00)
Everton vs Bournemouth (15:00)
Man City vs Crystal Palace (15:00)
Southampton vs Man Utd (15:00)
Stoke vs Chelsea (15:00)
Swansea vs Watford (15:00)
Leicester vs Liverpool (17:30)

Sunday 24th September
Brighton vs Newcastle (16:00)

Monday 25th September
Arsenal vs West Brom (20:00)

Gameweek 5 Team Points

Which teams’ players combined to score the most FPL points in Gameweek 5?

Man City’s 6-0 crushing of Watford helped yield a huge points haul with their players combining for 97 points, once again setting a new highest score for the season having previously posted 88 the week before in their win over Liverpool. Sergio Agüero (£11.6m) was the top scorer with 20 points, having scored a hat-trick as well as providing an assist which unsurprisingly saw him claim the three bonus points. With Man City hosting bottom-placed Crystal Palace in gameweek 6, he is a leading contender to be captained this week.

Overall Team Points

Which teams have combined for the most overall FPL points this season?

Despite the two huge consecutive gameweeks for Man City, it is city-rivals Man Utd that still lead the way throughout the season with their consistency over all five weeks helping them to amass 352 points so far. If you haven’t already bitten the bullet, it might be time to get Romelu Lukaku (£11.7m) in your side. The Belgian has five Premier League goals in five games for his new side and will surely add to that total in the coming weeks. Antonio Valencia (£6.5m) is also proving his worth this season and is currently the highest scoring defender in FPL with 36 points. A goal and a clean sheet against Everton last weekend helped to propel him above teammate Eric Bailly (£6.2m) who sits just four points behind on 32 points.

Player Points Per Million

Which players are providing the best value for money in terms of points per million?

Another clean sheet for West Brom has allowed Ahmed El-Sayed Hegazi (£4.9m) to jump to the top of the table in terms of best value for money in FPL when evaluating points per million. Originally priced at £4.5m, he has jumped £0.4m in value in just five gameweeks thanks to his 31-point haul. However, he isn’t alone at the top and is joined by Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles (£4.6m) who has only seen a £0.1m increase in his total cost despite scoring the same number of points as Hegazi, making Lascelles even more appealing largely thanks to scoring two goals in his last two games.

Lukasz Fabianski (£4.5m) claimed a clean sheet last time out against Tottenham which resulted in him claiming three bonus points after picking up an additional two points for making eight saves. His 29 points so far hasn’t been enough to see his price increase from its original total, meaning he could be worth a look if a cheap goalkeeper option is needed.

Looking Further Ahead

The average Fixture Difficult Rating (FDR) for all team’s next four fixtures

Swansea have the lowest FDR across their next four games with an average of 2.0. They have three home fixtures in that time, coming up against Watford, Huddersfield and Leicester with an away trip to West Ham in there too. Having kept Spurs scoreless at Wembley last week, Alfie Mawson (£5.0m) could add a few more points in the coming games with Swansea having those favourable fixtures. He is only selected by 1.1% of teams at the time of writing, making him a good differential pick.

Arsenal are second in the FDR table for the next four games with an average of 2.3. A home game against West Brom is followed by a potentially lucrative (in terms of fantasy potential) trip to Brighton the week after. Following that, the Gunners do face two away trips to Watford and Everton but their FDR still rates them favourably compared to other teams. Sead Kolasinac (£6.0m) has provided a good attacking threat in his debut Premier League season, providing two assists already and he hasn’t been too far away from scoring his first league goal, but it’s the two clean sheets in Arsenal’s last two games that have helped boost his points tally. Alexandre Lacazette (£10.3m) hasn’t set the world alight since his big-money summer move but he could add to his two league goals in these next four games, plus he should see more time on the pitch with Danny Welbeck set to miss a few games through injury.

Unsurprisingly, it’s a case of déjà vu at the other end of the FDR scale. Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace career didn’t get off to the best start last weekend when his side went down tamely at home to Southampton. Palace are still yet to register a Premier League goal this season despite five games passing. The task on their hands isn’t about to get any easier as we pointed out last week with a trip to face free-scoring Man City on the cards in gameweek 6 before facing Man Utd and Chelsea. Following that, a potentially tricky trip to Newcastle also awaits. Their FDR has remained at 3.5 for their next four games and following their poor start coupled with some tough games ahead, their players are still best left for others to pick up.

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