1. xFPL review
xFPL is calculated primarily using expected goals (xG), assists (xA), which combine as Fantasy Premier League (FPL) involvements (xG + xA = xI), as well as expected clean sheets (xC). These numbers are a result of underlying statistics (i.e. shot type and location will give a probability of scoring = xG). xFPL is the combination of these statistics and factors in appearance and bonus points to give an overall expected FPL point score.
Chelsea’s captain Azpilicueta tops the Custom Stats xFPL table this week with a score of 11.2. The Spaniard attempted four assists, two of which were ‘big chances’ and also took two shots. Vardy’s backers can consider themselves unlucky to register just five FPL points. The Leicester man attempted five assists, four of which were ‘big chances’. Two of his three shots in the box (SiB) were ‘big chances’ as well, leading to an xFPL score of 10.6. Giroud led the way for shots (eight) and ‘big chances’ (three) this gameweek but landed just two attempts on target, notching an xFPL score of 10.6. No player attempted more assists than Willian’s seven but none of these were a ‘big chance’ which led to a low xFPL score of only 4.7.
2. Martial vs B. Fernandes
Martial has been one of the league’s form players since the restart and is tied with B. Fernandes for the most FPL points (67) over that period. Using the Fix Comparison Matrix, the two are compared, to give an insight into who might be the better Captaincy option for their home fixture against West Ham in gameweek 37. Martial beats B. Fernandes for goals (six vs five) but the Portuguese wins out on expected goals (xG) (2.98 vs 3.52) which is partially due to penalty duties where the xG figure is naturally higher. The Frenchman has taken 12 SiB to B. Fernandes’ eight even though the latter has landed more SoT (nine vs 10). The Portuguese man has attempted 16 assists to Martial’s eight, but the quality of these chances created have been inferior to the ones created by Martial as evidenced by the expected assists (xA) stat (1.85 vs 1.56). If Man. Utd stick to their policy of rotating penalty takers, Rashford should take their next spot kick which dents B. Fernandes’ appeal slightly as well.
3. The Golden boot race
Vardy leads the Premier League goal scoring charts with 23 goals but the chasing pack of Aubameyang , Ings (both on 20) and Salah (19) will all be gunning for the Golden Boot over the next two gameweeks. Their numbers are compared for the last four gameweeks using the Fix Comparison Matrix. Vardy leads the way for goals (four), FPL points (34) and attempted assists (nine) but faces Spurs and Man. Utd in his next two games. Ings has scored two goals from just three SoT in the last four matches but has the second highest projections (11.0) due to his favourable upcoming fixtures against Bournemouth and Sheff. Utd. Aubameyang’s numbers are poor, the Gabonese has attempted just six shots across the last four matches and was afforded just one ‘big chance’. Salah has recorded a whopping 12 SoT over that period, which is as many as the other three combined. He also leads the way for ‘big chances’ (eight). The Egyptian looks determined to win the Golden Boot for a third season running but has been wasteful with his finishing of late, so the visit of a less than sturdy Chelsea defence next Wednesday poses a great opportunity for Salah.