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 9 OVERACHIEVERS AND UNDERACHIEVERS
Gylfi Sigurdsson (+0.94)
Marcos Alonso (+0.90)
Jamie Vardy (+0.88)
Raheem Sterling (-1.23)
Tammy Abraham (-0.90)
Anwar El Ghazi (-0.75)
Nicolas Pepe (-0.68)
In general, the xG gods were in agreement with the majority of the scorelines for Gameweek 9. The only game where xG had another opinion to the final result was Leicester 2-1 Burnley. Leicester came away with another 3 points to add to their very impressive start to the season, however, Burnley actually trumped their xG 1.80 to 0.83.
In terms of underachievement, Manchester City were unfortunate not to add to their 2 goal tally at Selhurst Park, notching an xG of 4.02. Arsenal will also be very disappointed to leave Sheffield United with nothing having practically matched their opponent’s xG 0.95 (Arsenal) to 0.90 (Sheffield United). Dogged and resilient defending from the underdogs saw them take the 3 points.
GAMEWEEK 9 KEY STATS AND POSITIONS
TOTAL GOAL ATTEMPTS
Defenders – Webster (3)
Midfielders – Walcott (7), McGinn (6)
Forwards – Jesus (8), Maupay, Ings (6)
Defenders – R.Pereira (5), Digne, Cancelo (4)
Midfielders – Grealish (6), Hudson-Odoi, Gross (5)
Forwards – Jesus, Maupay, King (2)
OTHER STANDOUT STATS
TOP OF THE STATS – LAST 4 GAMEWEEKS
Defenders – Mina, Chambers (6)
Midfielders – McGinn (19)
Forwards – Maupay (16)
SHOTS INSIDE THE BOX
Defenders – Mina (6)
Midfielders – McGinn, Sterling (9)
Forwards – Abraham, Ings (13)
Defenders – Rico (11)
Midfielders – Grealish (15)
Forwards – Jimenez (8)