As per usual, excitement, disappointment and the same old, same old in game week 9. Friday night kicked off with defeats for relegation contenders Stoke City and Wigan Athletic against promotion hopefuls Nottingham Forest and Fulham, and led the way for the rest of the weekend, with a good dose of surprise results that are perhaps not so surprising after all…
Top Point Scorers
|Johnson||Preston||Midfield||£7.5||69||Borja||Swansea||Forward||£7.0||56||Cavaleiro||Fulham||Midfield||£9.0||54||Cairney||Fulham||Midfield||£8.5||52||Bowen||Hull||Forward||£11.5||52||Swift||Reading||Midfield||£6.5||51||Woodman||Swansea||Goalkeeper||£5.0||50||van der Hoorn||Swansea||Defender||£5.0||49||Grant||Huddersfield||Forward||£10.5||47||Grosicki||Hull||Midfield||£9.5||47|
A highly eventful week inside the top ten points scorers as Preston’s Daniel Johnson continued his impressive start to the season with a 13-point game week, with a goal, an assist and 3 bonus points kept him well and truly at the top of the league, now by a 13-point margin.
Borja Gonzalez Tomas hit his 6th goal of the campaign and took 3 bonus points to move from 5th to 2nd place.
A blank for Ivan Cavaleiro in third place meant fellow Fulham teammate Tom Cairney moved into fourth place, just 2 points behind, after his second consecutive 10-point game week, with his third goal of the season and 2 bonus points.
Hull City wide-men Jarrod Bowen and Kamil Grosicki both enter the top ten, after 2 assists and 2 bonus points for Bowen and a goal from Grosicki move them up to fifth and tenth spot.
Swift, Woodman and van der Hoorn all blanked but remain in the top ten, while Huddersfield’s Karlan Grant enters in ninth place after an assist and 2 bonus points.
Charlton forward Lyle Taylor and Blackburn pair Christian Walton and Derrick Williams all drop out of the top ten.
Game week 9 brought a trio of players who registered double assists, with Luton’s Isaiah (Izzy) Brown (£8.0), Hull’s Jarrod Bowen and Sheffield Wednesday’s Barry Bannan (£7.5) achieving the feat.
Preston’s Daniel Johnson remains at the top of the assists chart with 5, which, unsurprisingly, is part of the reason he is the top points scorer so far this season.
More of the Same
Week after week we highlight the lingering issues of both top and bottom clubs. At the top, Leeds are the serial contenders at topping the stats charts but not converting them to either goals or wins. Frustrating them this week was Charlton, who kept all 3 points at The Valley, as Leeds failed to capitalise on their possession, which ran to over 70%, and shots, which amounted to 19.
At the bottom, Stoke lost again to replace Huddersfield on bottom spot, after they drew 1-1 with Millwall. Stoke and Huddersfield face off against each other on Tuesday night.
Clean Sheet Kings
Despite Leeds’ struggles in front of goal, they seem to be much more adept at the other end, with ‘keeper Kiko Casilla (£5.5) keeping 4 clean sheets in his 8 games, a 50% record.
Also sharing this stat is Freddie Woodman and Christian Walton.
With such stability behind them, it also translates that defensive options from these teams are also good bets, especially when they can combine goal scoring threat, assists or bonus points to the mix.
Players such as Ben white (£5.0) (7 bonus points), Derrick Williams (2 goals) and van der Hoorn (1 goal, 1 assist, 8 bonus points) are all good examples of this.
Millwall’s Lack of Goals from Open Play
Millwall sit 17th in the table, having taken 10 points from their 9 games, scoring 7 along the way.
However, 6 of those goals have come from set pieces, leaving only 1 from open play. The loss of Lee Gregory to Stoke (£7.5) in the summer was a huge role to fill, and Matt Smith (£7.5) was brought in to fill the void, yet his 2 goals have come from set pieces. Fellow signing Jon Dadi Bodvarsson (£7.0) has yet to score in the league so far.
They travel to Luton Town on Wednesday evening.
Off-Field Issues for Derby County
A bizarre, and frankly highly dangerous set of circumstances overshadowed Derby’s week, as club captain Richard Keogh (£5.0) suffered an ‘alcohol related’ injury that will rule him out for the remainder of the season, and Mason Bennett (£6.5) and Tom Lawrence (£8.0) charged with drink-driving offences.
A thrilling 3-2 win over Birmingham City moved them into 14th place having won just 2 of their first 9 games.
After last season’s success, coming so close to promotion to the Premier League, the loss of manager Frank Lampard and influential loanees Harry Wilson and Mason Mount has hit them hard, with Phillip Cocu having a tough test to emulate the success again.
They travel to Barnsley on Wednesday evening.
Like last week, Leeds and Fulham assets are being shipped out, with Pablo Hernandez (£11.5) missing out through injury, and Patrick Bamford (£9.5) who again drew a blank, being two prime candidates for being drafted out.
As for Fulham, Aleksander Mitrovic (£12.5) also blanked, with teammate Cairney on hot form as a potential midfield replacement.
The form of Daniel Johnson is hard to ignore, as he shows no signs of letting up his ferocious start. A hat-trick on Sunday for Brentford forward Ollie Watkins (£9.5), who is on 7 goals for the season, will be fresh in our minds as they host Bristol City on Wednesday.
In League One, frontrunner Lister remains in top spot after Baston, Grosicki, Johnson and Sheffield Wednesday’s Steven Fletcher (£9.5) helped them to 53 game week points and 168 points overall.
A new leader in League Two as Beaversevers hit 74 for the week with captain Cairney, along with Grant, Bowen and Baston getting on the score sheet, as well as a double clean sheet for Fulham pair Marcus Bettinelli (£5.5) and Alfie Mawson (£6.0).
Kipper84 leads the way In League Three with Sean Maguire (£8.0), Martyn Waghorn (£8.5), Johnson, Kelle Roos (£5.0) and Patrick Baur (£4.5) getting returns.
Lastly in League Four Cavey1 now tops the table with a 57 point week with Grosicki being captained and Adam Reach (£8.0) hitting double figures.
Up next is a round of midweek fixtures, with no clear standout games, as Leeds face WBA at the top, and Stoke facing Huddersfield at the bottom.
The usual questions remain, as we look at whether Leeds can turn stats into goals, and the huge game at the bottom, where defeat for either side will be a catastrophic blow to their survival hopes.