Gameweek 12 was a generally low-scoring affair in the FPL. Leicester City and Southampton were the only teams to win by more than a one-goal margin. Those results knocked Chelsea out of the top four. Liverpool and Spurs both drew their games, thus remaining level on points at the top of the table. Now, let’s take a look at who impressed and those who didn’t in the weekend’s FPL action.
On Sunday, Ralph Hasenhüttl’s Southampton side put Chris Wilder’s hapless Sheffield United team to the sword, beating them 3-0 at St Mary’s. Nathan Redmond, Stuart Armstrong and Che Adams were on the scoresheet for The Saints with Oriol Romeu, Danny Ings and Jan Bednarek providing the assists. Bednarek also got a clean sheet, picking up 12 FPL points in total. Bednarek was the highest-performing FPL defender over the weekend.
Southampton’s Ward-Prowse was the third-most ‘transferred in’ player for this gameweek with 335,000 managers adding the midfielder to their squads. However, despite the great win for Southampton, Ward-Prowse got only 3 FPL points.
Liverpool had to call on Mohamed Salah to salvage a draw away to Fulham. Salah scored a penalty with just over 10 minutes remaining, delighting the more-than 1.5 million FPL managers who gave the Egyptian forward the captain’s armband for this gameweek. It comes as no surprise that Salah was the most-popular selection as captain for this round. Liverpool’s top scorer earned 8 FPL points for his performance.
At 11.9m, Sadio Mané is one player who will have left FPL managers everywhere tearing their hair out. Liverpool’s number 10 is a world-class player and will no doubt rediscover his form very soon - possibly even on Wednesday night - but his total of 2 FPL points against lowly-Fulham will have been very frustrating for the 8.8% of FPL managers who had him.
Salah’s goal cancelled out Bobby Decordova-Reid’s excellent first-half strike for The Cottagers. The Jamaica international beat Alisson with a fantastic shot from outside the box 25 minutes into the game. It was no more than Fulham deserved against a lethargic-looking Liverpool side. Decordova-Reid was awarded 9 FPL points, making him the highest-scoring Fulham player of the weekend. Not bad for someone who is only priced at 5.3m in FPL. It’s probably the fact that Decordova-Reid is down as a forward in the game that makes him such an unlikely selection - he was picked in just 0.4% of all FPL teams.
Everton captain Gylfi Sigurðsson was on hand to score the winning penalty as The Toffees beat Chelsea 1-0 at Goodison Park on Saturday evening. The midfielder amassed 11 FPL points thanks to his goal, the team’s clean sheet and some bonus points as well. Sigurðsson is not a guaranteed starter under Carlo Ancelotti. This was the Iceland international’s first start since Everton’s 3-1 home defeat to Manchester United in early November.
The less Chelsea players you had for gameweek 12, the better. Even the in-form Olivier Giroud only scored 2 FPL points as The Blues couldn’t find a way past the Everton defence. Timo Werner also earned just 2 points, disappointing the 20.9% of FPL managers who have the former RB Leipzig in their starting eleven.
Brendan Rodgers had James Maddison and Jamie Vardy to thank for Leicester’s inspired victory over Brighton in the final game of the weekend. The Foxes were 3-0 up before half-time against Graham Potter’s Seagulls. That was how it finished too. The win moves Leicester up to third in the Premier League, just a point adrift of Spurs and Liverpool.
Maddison scored twice with both goals assisted by Vardy. James Justin provided the assist for Vardy’s goal. Maddison’s total FPL points was a brilliant 16, while Vardy scored 13 points. The two Leicester stars were the top-scoring FPL players of gameweek 12. James Justin got 11 FPL points thanks to the clean sheet, assist and bonus points.
Vardy was selected by 29.3% of teams and is the second-highest FPL scoring forward of this season so far, with 87 points. Only Harry Kane is ahead of him. Only 3.5% of FPL managers picked James Maddison so his 16-point haul could have disrupted the standings in plenty of FPL leagues around the world.
Aston Villa’s Emiliano Martínez was the best goalkeeper to have for gameweek 12. His clean sheet and overall performance in Villa’s 1-0 win at Wolves earned him 11 FPL points. For West Ham, Angelo Ogbonna picked up 11 FPL points thanks to his goal-scoring contribution in The Hammers’ 2-1 victory at Leeds United on Friday.
Spurs stars Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son were the second and third most-captained FPL players respectively. Many managers felt the in-form duo would pick up plenty of points in their game at Crystal Palace. Kane did get on the scoresheet and earned 9 FPL points with Son laying on the assist. Son’s total for gameweek 12 was 5 points.
The average FPL team score for gameweek 12 was 51 points with 120 points being the top score. Congratulations if that was one of you!
Liverpool’s Diogo Jota was the player sold by most FPL managers (almost 700,000) after news of his knee injury filtered through late last week. With Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech also injured plus the upcoming suspensions for Douglas Luiz, João Moutinho and Granit Xhaka, there are plenty of transfers to be made before gameweek 13 gets underway tomorrow (Tuesday) night.
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