It’s a goal fest.
City have kept two clean sheets all season. Liverpool just three. Between them, they’ve shipped 13 goals in two weeks.
Is defending going out of fashion?
In the Premier League, there was a clear shift in around 2009, from a situation in which 2.5 goals per game was normal to one in which 2.8 was. Over the past couple of seasons there was retrenchment but this season goals are up again to the extent that if the average is maintained it will be the highest-scoring season in 20-team Premier League history.
High defensive lines, passing the ball out from defence, passing back to the sweeper keeper; they all give opportunities to the attacking team as Leicester demonstrated so well last season and again on Saturday.
So what does this mean for FL managers?
We think it means spending your cash up front and on attacking midfield players and a whole lot less on expensive defenders.
In our league, the Top 10 are as follows:
Jay Egersdorff, ESP
Jonathan Sweasey, PDA Search and Selection
Stuart Burton, FuturaRec2Rec
Manager of the Week
With 80 points in 75th place we’ve got Neil Moore and another great team name, Neville Wears Prada. The last time that Neil featured on these pages was week 10 when he won the best of the rest award. He’s making very steady progress and in particular with his superb defence of Fabianski, Alonso, van Dijk and Azpilicueta gaining him a fantastic 30 points.
Page one beckons Neil!
The Best of the Rest
At 130th place with 65 points we find David Carr. There are certain players that you just know are going to be in the top teams in any one week and Wilfried Zaha is one of them and Charlie Daniels is the other this week. Of course, David had both. When you ask us oldies about Charlie Daniels most of us would never associate him with being a footy player and instead remembered him as the American bluegrass singer who had a hit with The Devil Went Down To Georgia nearly 40 years ago. How life changes eh?
Well done David. Welcome to the newsletter.
We think we all had hopes for the accomplished stopper when he went to work for one of the world’s best ever defenders, Ronald Koeman. Koeman’s defensive record at Southampton was excellent despite losing key players, but at Everton he hasn’t been able to get his act together with just 3 clean sheets all season. Even at £5m, Williams is not good value with his record since gameweek 5 being just one game where he’s bagged more than 2 points.
Get him binned!
One to watch..........
2nd in the value/form table for midfielders, 7% ownership, £5.4m, 3 goals and 3 assists in the last 5 games makes this Baggies player one to watch.
Team of the Week
The top manager of the whole league this week is again our Norwegian friend Knut Hebaek. Knut only managed 58 points this week but his 996 overall points still kept him top of the league.
So what’s his team this week?
His subs were
Foster, Walker, Anichebe, McAuley
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