An entertaining, enthralling, action-packed first half of the season comes to an end, as a super-thrilling gameweek ended with Manchester City 13 massive points ahead of their rivals in second place, who along with Chelsea and Liverpool make up the top four. Burnley’s superb form sadly ended as they succumbed to a defeat against Spurs, but still are an impressive 7th place in the Premier League.
Everton put their early season troubles behind them as they entered the top half of the table, as West Ham and Crystal Palace are on an uphill journey too relatively, despite none of them winning this gameweek. Bournemouth, West Brom and Swansea City make up the relegation places, and have a long season ahead of them.
Let’s discuss some talking points from a high-scoring gameweek 19 – a week which featured a mammoth 31 goals.
1) Goals galore, points galore
With 4 matches featuring 4 or more goals, there was plenty of goalmouth action in this gameweek. And goals lead to, of course, plenty of FPL points. Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham were all efficient offensively, being a source to plenty of points via the likes of Ozil, Kane, Aguero and Sanchez. West Ham, Newcastle United and Stoke City also had their fare share of goals, with only 5 out of 20 EPL teams not scoring a goal this gameweek.
2) Mesut Ozil, an effective FPL option?
The alien-eyed playmaker may not be the most consistent player in the Premier League, but he sure gets things done when he’s in the mood. Registering a decent 78 points, his performances have improved recently as he scored Arsenal’s third against Liverpool in a thrilling comeback, which resulted in both sides ending level after the hosts were 2-0 down. Ozil went into double-figures against Everton, Huddersfield and Newcastle, with his highest being an impressive 17 points against Huddersfield. With Aaron Ramsey out till the early stages of January, Mesut Ozil looks like a mighty good option for your FPL.
3) Faith bears the ripest fruits
This gameweek perhaps registers a record no. of FPL points, as plenty of regular point-getters turned out to be effective this gameweek. This includes players who have been earning plenty of points but have been inconsistent. Rob Elliot, who was the cheapest regulars in FPL, but had lost his place in recent times, earned 7 points, via a penalty save and bonus points, much to the delight of the few FPL players who hadn’t sold him or benched him.
Raheem Sterling, Alexis Sanchez, Pascal Gross, Dele Alli, Eric Choupo-Moting and Christian Atsu all registered plenty of points and made their owners happy, who kept faith and kept them in their squad despite unprolific matches in between. The big-ticket strikers were on a roll too. Sergio Aguero’s and Harry Kane’s price tag meant that one would hesitate to keep these players if they scored blanks too often, but the former scored 2 goals while the latter scored a hattrick to gift the faithful Christmas points. Charlie Austin and Jamie Vardy were on the scoresheet too. Points all round.
4) Leicester City display traces of ‘champions’ quality
There’s no doubt that Leicester City have been an entertaining team to watch this season, scoring and conceding plenty of goals, which has made it easy for managers to sort out who makes the FPL squad. Fortunately, there are plenty on the attacking front, as Shinji Okazaki, Jamie Vardy, Andre Gray, Marc Albrighton and of course Riyad Mahrez (feat. bleached hair). They have been involved in plenty of goals this season, and are lately responsible for the Foxes’ decent form.
This gameweek’s last game featured a tough test against Manchester United, but it was a Mahrez-Vardy combo which resulted in the first goal of the game as they both rolled back the title-winning days. United managed to score 2 and were on course for another victory, when a beautiful ball from Albrighton resulted in a late-late equalizer scored by Harry Maguire. Unbeaten in 6 out of 7 games, with victories against Spurs and the Red Devils, Leicester’s integrity and emphatic offensive play has rolled back their title-winning days, and it’s no doubt that atleast one Leicester player deserves a place in your FPL squad.