A topsy-turvy Gameweek 25 featured giants Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal succumbing to embarrassing defeats as Swansea City and Bournemouth discovered new found form. Adding to the plot twists, the 2 weakest defences in the league faced each other and kept clean sheets as the game ended in a stalemate. Let’s delve into some more talking points from Gameweek 25.
1) Bournemouth and Swansea emerge from the shadows
The often-struggling clubs welcomed tough fixtures this weekend. The Cherries paid a visit to Stamford Bridge as the Swans welcomed the Gunners, with not many expecting much from these two struggling clubs. But the teams carried forward their form in splendid fashion, with both clubs scoring 3 each against Chelsea and Arsenal. Swansea City triumphed 3-1 as Jordan Ayew and Sam Clucas were on fire. This came after a 1-0 victory against another top club Liverpool in the previous week. Bournemouth’s performance was no less impressive as they emerged surprise 3-0 winners against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, continuing their sparkling run of form which included a win against Arsenal a couple of gameweeks ago.
2) Theo Walcott makes a statement
Theo Walcott finally made a move away from Arsenal to the blue side of Merseyside this transfer window after more than a decade in North London. He was successful in his endeavour to make an instant impact this week as he scored both goals against Leicester to secure a fine win for Everton coupled with a fine performance. His amazing link-up play, awareness and pace make him a great cut-price FPL asset.
3) Manchester City scaling new summits
It was business as usual for the Citizens last night as KDB, Fernandinho and Aguero got on the scoresheet with Raheem Sterling providing two assists as City trumped West Brom by a 3-1 scoreline. Manchester City are blowing teams away without a whimper week in week out. Gameweek 25 was another gameweek wherein the City players repaid the trust of millions of FPL managers backing them against a struggling West Brom side. Captaining the right City player last night would have reaped ripe fruits and propelled you up the rankings this gameweek. With the chasing pack (Chelsea and Manchester United) succumbing to defeats, City move a giant step closer to the title. Keep hold of your City players!
4) Phil Jones fiasco
The often-trustworthy Phil Jones gave his owners a massive jolt this gameweek as he conceded 2 goals, got a yellow card and scored an own goal to earn himself a grand total of -2 points. Spurs showed that even the best defence in the league can be punished during their off days, and this was definitely one of them, as United (arguably) put in their weakest defensive performance of the season. Their best defender scoring an own goal helped made things worse. It was a red-letter day for all FPL owners who put their faith in the United defence this week – especially in Phil Jones.
5) Captaincy makes or breaks this gameweek
In a gameweek which had its fair share of surprises, it mostly came down to who got your captaincy vote. Liverpool and Manchester City passed with flying colours, as Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling made their owners proud and propelled them up the FPL charts. Meanwhile, Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba and Harry Kane owners might as well turn off the internet and go snuggle up until next gameweek starts.