31 Dec.

GW21 Top Five Key Players

By Fantasy Football Fix ()

Headliner – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (FUL)

Aubameyang had just 13 touches against Liverpool in gameweek 20, but the visit of a leaky Fulham defence to the Emirates sees him headline the picks for gameweek 21, as he and Arsenal look to bounce back. The Fix Custom Stats Table below focusses on the last six gameweeks and highlights that the Gabonese has scored three goals, while only Firmino (four) and Kane (five) have scored more amongst forwards. He has also taken 14 shots in the box (SiB), behind Jiménez (16) and Mitrovic (21), and only Mitrovic (10), Firmino (10) and Rashford (13) have landed more shots on target (SoT) than his nine. Man. United (21), Liverpool (27) and Man. City (35) are the only teams to have scored more goals in home matches than the Gunners’ 20 this season, and they average a chance created every 7.3 minutes. No team has conceded more goals on their travels than Fulham’s 24 nor afforded opponents more ‘big chances’ than their 32. The Gabonese has scored seven of his 13 goals at home, and our Fix Algorithm backs him to breach the Cottagers' defence with a point score of 7.0.


Eden Hazard (SOU)

With two wins in the last two matches Chelsea go into the gameweek 21 fixture with the Saints having extended the gap to fifth placed arsenal by five points and they will be looking to maintain that advantage. Over the last six gameweeks, no midfielder has created more chances than Hazard’s 17 and only Doucouré (13), Salah (14) and Richarlison (16) took more SiB than the Belgian’s 11. Chelsea have scored 19 goals in their 10 home matches so far and only Liverpool (182) and Man. City (219) have taken more shots than their 168 on home turf.  The Saints have conceded twelve goals in their last six matches and only Everton (14) and Bournemouth (16) have conceded more. They have also allowed opponents 32 SoT, while only Bournemouth (34) and Cardiff (41) have been more generous. Our Fix Algorithm backs Hazard to get on the scoresheet with a point score of 5.6.


Raul Jiménez (CRY)

Jiménez scored the winning goal for Wolves against Spurs as he continued in a rich vein of form that has now seen him notch three goals in his last six gameweeks. As the Fix Custom Stats Table shows, despite facing Chelsea, Liverpool and Spurs in that run, the Mexican took 19 goal attempts and only Rashford (20) and Mitrovic (26) took more amongst forwards, while only Firmino (four) and Kane (five) scored more goals. Wolves have scored 12 goals in their 10 home matches so far this season, and the visit of Palace should give plenty of cause for optimism. The Eagles have conceded 17 goals in their 10 away matches, allowing opponents 47 SoT and 18 ‘big chances’. Our Fix Algorithm expects the Mexican to get attacking returns once again with a point score of 4.0.


Felipe Anderson (BRI)

West Ham were beaten 2-0 by Burnley in gameweek 20 as the Hammers put in a turgid display which must be partly down to a short turnaround between matches. Despite that blank, Anderson’s form has been sensational over the past six gameweeks with three goals and two assists. As the Fix Custom Stats Table shows, the Brazilian landed seven SoT over this period, with only Willian (eight), Doucoure (eight), Son (eight), Pogba (nine) and Salah (11) managing more amongst midfielders. He also created 11 chances, highlighting his point potential and importance for the Hammers. Only Man. City (86) and Liverpool (110) have taken more goal attempts than the Hammers’ 81 and only Man. United (47) and Liverpool (49) have landed more SoT than their 36. Bottom of the table strugglers' Cardiff (115), Fulham (117) and Burnley (130) are the only teams to have allowed opponents more SiB than Brighton’s 108, so the Brazilian should have plenty of opportunities to notch attacking returns. Our Fix Algorithm predicts a point score of 5.0 for Anderson.


Matt Doherty (CRY)

Wolves were the surprise winners in gameweek 20, winning 3-1 at Wembley. Doherty notched his seventh attacking return of the season with his assist for Costa and he now only trails Holebas and Alonso for attacking involvements amongst defenders. Over the last six gameweeks the Irishman has created six chances which only Robertson (seven), Hadergjonaj (seven), Targett (10) and Digne (14) have managed to surpass. No defender has taken more penalty box touches (20) than the Irishman or landed more SoT than his five. Their opponents Palace are the third lowest scorers in the division with 17 goals and only Newcastle (15) and Huddersfield (12) have scored fewer. Our Fix Algorithm predicts a 43% chance of a clean sheet for Wolves and a point score of 4.5 for Doherty.


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