Our weekly standout stats article is a pocket-sized statistical bible of everything eyebrow-raising that happened in the previous gameweek. For starters, we’ll shine the spotlight over everyone who over and underperformed their underlying stats. Our eagle-eyed analyst also keeps an eye on player heatmaps, searching for any assets who might be drifting out of their FPL position.
As with most of the content posted on our blog, the aim is to find FPL’s hidden gems. If you read nothing else ahead of next gameweek, read this.
(by the way, the xG Delta stat is the difference between actual goals and expected goals (xG). A high minus figure indicates underachievement and a high plus figure indicates overachievement. Cool.)
GAMEWEEK 19 OVERACHIEVERS AND UNDERACHIEVERS
Anthony Martial (+1.47)
Mason Greenwood (+0.92)
Matt Doherty (+0.91)
Sadio Mane (-1.16)
John Fleck (-0.63)
Diogo Jota (-0.56)
Both Norwich and Sheffield United will be seeking immediate Turkey leftover treatment after being the 2 biggest xG underachievers of the gameweek. Norwich were on the wrong side of a 1-0 scoreline away at Aston Villa despite trumping their xG 1.45 to 0.65. Sheffield United will be slightly happier having taken a point from a 1-1 home draw with Watford, however the xG scoreline read 2.04-0.60, suggesting the Blades should really have taken all 3 once again.
Manchester United were the overachievers of the week as they rather uncharacteristically brushed Newcastle aside 4-1. The Red Devils’ 4 goals came from an xG of exactly 2, so perhaps the scoreline was flattering for Ole and his men in red.
GAMEWEEK 19 KEY STATS AND POSITIONS
TOTAL GOAL ATTEMPTS
Defenders – Egan, Byram (4)
Midfielders – Sterling, Traore (5)
Forwards – Calvert-Lewin (6)
Defenders – Alexander-Arnold, Sidibe, Aarons (3)
Midfielders – Moutinho (6)
Forwards – Jimenez, J. Ayew, Joelinton (3)
OTHER STANDOUT STATS
TOP OF THE STATS – LAST 4 GAMEWEEKS
Defenders – Saiss (6)
Midfielders – Salah (16)
Forwards – Calvert-Lewin (16)
SHOTS INSIDE THE BOX
Defenders – Saiss, Azpilicueta, Egan (5)
Midfielders – Salah (14)
Forwards – Calvert-Lewin, Jota, Pukki (12)
Defenders – Targett (7)
Midfielders – Buendia (24)
Forwards – Jimenez (10)