Headliner - Sergio Agüero (ARS, eve)
A goal against Newcastle saw Agüero find his 11th league goal of the season and the Argentine has started in five of the last six matches, returning three goals and two assists. As the Fix Custom Stats table shows, in 20 appearances this season, the 30-year-old has produced a tally of 57 shots inside the box (SiB), with only Mitrovic (61) taking more amongst forwards. 19 FPL involvements by Agüero can be bettered by only Kane (20) and Aubameyang (21), while only Vardy, Wilson, Kane (each 18) and Aubameyang (21) have had more than his 16 big chances. The Champions have scored 53 goals in their 24 matches, a league high and an average of over two a game. The defensive form of their opponents offers plenty of reasons for optimism. Arsenal are yet to keep a clean sheet on their travels, conceding 22 goals in 11 matches. Everton have conceded 16 goals in their 12 home matches with four clean sheets but are faced with a crisis at left back with Baines injured and Digne suspended. Our Fix Algorithm backs the Argentinian to prosper in the season’s first double gameweek with a point score of 12.4.
Leroy Sané (ARS, eve)
Sané has started in all but one game since Gameweek 13, producing more goals (five) and assists (six) than any other Man. City player since then. The German ranks first amongst teammates for SiB (19) and shots on target (SoT) (12) during the same period, while only Sterling has matched his total of 21 attempted assists. Amongst other midfielders in that time, only Salah (14) and Son (15) provided more than Sané’s 11 FPL involvements and his average of 6.6 points per game was beaten by only Pogba (7.4), Salah (8.7) and Son (9.0). The Champions have scored a staggering 40 goals in their home matches, and given Arsenal’s away defensive record, the fixture is an excellent one for Man. City on paper. No team has conceded more goals than the Toffees’ nine over their last four home matches, where they conceded 22 SoT, second only to Huddersfield’s 23. They allowed opponents nine ‘big chances’ in these matches, with only Southampton (10) and Huddersfield (16) more obliging. Our Fix Algorithm projects a point score of 10.9 for the German.
Richarlison (WOL, mci)
Everton’s narrow 1-0 win over Huddersfield saw Richarlison find his 10th league goal of the season, putting him on par with Hazard, Sterling and Mané, with only Salah (16) scoring more goals amongst midfielders. As the Fix Custom Stats table shows, the Brazilian has scored five goals in 10 games at Goodison Park this season, producing more SiB (28) during home matches than any other midfielder. Meanwhile, only Pogba (seven), Sterling (seven) and Salah (11) have had more than Richarlison’s six big chances. Everton have scored only nine goals in their last six matches, but have hit the woodwork three times in that period, indicating they have been a tad unlucky. Wolves have conceded 10 goals in the same period with just one clean sheet, and though Man. City have conceded only six, they have kept just two clean sheets. Our Fix Algorithm projects a point score of 7.5 for the Brazilian.
Raul Jiménez (eve)
Jiménez increased his total to eight goals and seven assists for the season, following a brace against West Ham midweek, where he fired a total of six goal attempts, with five SiB. The Mexico international has directly contributed to four goals (three goals, one assist) in the last six Gameweeks; only Firmino, Agüero, Aubameyang (five each) and Rashford (six) have provided more Fantasy Premier League (FPL) involvements in that time, amongst forwards. As the Fix Custom Stats table shows, 16 shots inside the box by the 27-year-old is behind only Aubameyang (17), Mitrovic and Rashford (each 18), while no forward has created more big chances (three). Wolves have scored 11 goals in their last six matches, the fifth highest in the league and are ranked eighth for ‘big chances’ over that period. The Toffees have conceded 16 goals in their 12 home matches, keeping just four clean sheets. Our Fix Algorithm backs Jimenez to get attacking returns with a point score of 3.6.
Aymeric Laporte (ARS, eve)
Laporte has featured more than any other Man City defender this season, starting in all but one game and playing a part in all 10 of his team’s clean sheets. No team have allowed opponents fewer SoT (59) or SiB (109) than the Citizens, while only Liverpool have kept more clean sheets (13 to 10) or conceded fewer goals (14 to 19). The Frenchman has made more clearances (61) than any of his teammates, while only Ederson (167) and Fernandinho (138) have made more ball recoveries (129). The Gunners and the Toffees have scored 10 and nine goals respectively in their last six league matches, and are ranked 10th and 13th for SoT over that period. Our Fix Algorithm projects a 77% likelihood of at least one Man. City clean sheet, and a point score of 6.9 for Laporte.