Every week at PlayON we take a look at three heroes and three zeros from the previous Premier League Gameweek. Here are the latest in our line up.
PlayON Price: £14.7m
GW21 Points Tally: 3,850 pts
Not since the heady days of Thierry Henry have the Arsenal faithful seen such a world class attacking talent. This 3-0 drubbing of long-term antithesis, Stoke, illustrated one certainty – much like Henry before him, Sanchez is at his most searingly lethal when cutting in from the left to do the damage. The Chilean has performed outstandingly across the board this season, in a variety of midfield and forward positions, but here – scoring two goals and teeing up Laurent Koscielny for another – demonstrated a player performing at his optimum. The highest scoring PlayON performer in Gameweek 22, fantasy managers have a balancing act to perform if they are to opt for him or the similarly priced Sergio Aguero – with the two facing off this Sunday, it’s hard to leave either out.
PlayON Price: £11.9m
GW21 Points Tally: 2,245 pts
Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard were not quite their effervescent best in Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat of Newcastle, luckily for Jose Mourinho, Oscar stepped in to fulfil the creative duties. It’s been said in the past that Oscar’s creative instincts have been somewhat curtailed at the behest of this Chelsea system, that he forced to do the more laborious tasks of a midfield player – this time that was not the case. Here the Brazilian was superb in his combination with Diego Costa, nabbing a goal and assist for his efforts. With three assists in the past six games, Oscar is stepping up his creative influence, or at least choosing his moments wisely – his three assists have come on the back of just five major chances created.
PlayON Price: £6.2m
GW21 Points Tally: 2,120 pts
Konchesky scored his first Premier League goal since 2009 in Gameweek 21, with a superb low drive to beat Brad Guzan, as Leicester grafted to a 1-0 victory over their relegation rivals. With one goal and an assist to his name, Konchesky has hardly been an outstanding and creative defensive force, yet 10.9% of PlayON managers have selected him ahead of Leicester’s upcoming clash with Stoke. The reason? Solidity, as it happens. Leicester have now kept three clean sheets on the spin in all competitions – add to that the glaring absence of Mame Diouf in the frontline, and Stoke look a mitigated force.
PlayON Price: £5.8m
GW21 Points Tally: -225 pts
Geoff Cameron was complicit in a Stoke defence that shipped three goals to a rampant Arsenal, and as such clocked up the worst PlayON points tally of the week. The USAinternational was selected at right-back to stem the influence of Alexis Sanchez and failed miserably, losing out on nearly every duel with the Chilean. Add to a booking to the mix and you’ve bagged yourself -225 points.
PlayON Price: £6m
GW21 Points Tally: 970pts
Matt James was having himself a fine day as far as PlayON points go. That is until the Leicester midfielder was shown a straight red for violent lunge and as such will be suspended for three games. His dismissal served to then trigger the sending off of his Villa counterpart, Ciaran Clark, after the two came to a scuffle. James will face a lengthy spell on the sidelines for his side, who despite two wins and a draw in their last three Premier League games, remain bottom of the table. We at the Analyst feel that James won’t be too badly missed by the PlayON faithful.
Angel Di Maria
PlayON Price: £13.3m
GW21 Points Tally: 460
Angel Di Maria isn’t the first big name player to suffer the infamy of the “Chumps” column and he certainly won’t be the last. The Argentine was paired with Robin van Persie in order to provide pace to the frontline. This was sadly ineffectual, as Manchester United failed to manage a single shot on target in the entire game. With match fitness and positioning an issue, the Southampton defence comfortably contained the record signing, Di Maria touching the ball just 25 times in the final third and attempting just one – failed – dribble. Much like a gazelle, Di Maria needs the open grassland to do what he does best – run. Without him running at opponents and creating opportunities, Manchester United and PlayON managers alike are robbed of a sublime talent.
To pick your line ups for Gameweek 22 get on to PlayON.co