The goals were flying in again in the Premier League in gameweek 14. There were some very high-scoring FPL teams with 136 points being the best total for the round. Liverpool made history at Crystal Palace while Manchester United and Leeds renewed their age-old rivalry in an eight-goal encounter at Old Trafford. Read on to learn everything you need to know about Gameweek 14 in the FPL.
Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton side beat Arsenal 2-1 at Goodison Park on Saturday evening. Yerry Mina scored the winner for The Toffees. The Colombia international defender was the top-scoring FPL player of the game with 11 points.
Arsenal’s Rob Holding netted an own-goal in this game and will have disappointed the 1.2% of FPL teams that had the defender, coming in with a grand total of -1 FPL points for the round. Gylfi Sigurðsson was purchased by almost 9,000 teams for gameweek 14 and he scored a respectable 7 points thanks to an assist and some bonus points.
Mohamed Salah was the most-captained player of the round. Therefore, literally hundreds of thousands of FPL managers must have been cursing Jürgen Klopp when the Egyptian forward was left on the bench for Liverpool’s visit to Crystal Palace. However, they need not have worried. In his 33-minute-long appearance, Salah scored two goals and got an assist as Liverpool achieved their biggest ever away win in top-flight history, beating Crystal Palace 7-0. Salah scored 16 FPL points despite playing just over half-an-hour of football. Fantastic. He is now the top-scoring ‘midfielder’ in the game with 118 points.
It certainly was a round to have Liverpool players. With all the goals, assists from seven different players, and a clean sheet, you just couldn’t go wrong with any Reds on your FPL team!
Roberto Firmino also kept up his recent good form, scoring two goals and providing an assist. Firmino earned 16 FPL points, just like Salah. Liverpool’s other high FPL scorers against Crystal Palace were Andy Robertson (10), Joël Matip (9), Trent Alexander-Arnold (9) and Jordan Henderson (8). Poor Vicente Guaita in the Crystal Palace goal was helpless to prevent any of Liverpool’s strikes. His FPL score was -1 points after shipping seven goals.
Spurs’ supposed title challenge is quickly fading away before everyone’s eyes. Last week, Jose Mourinho’s side lost 2-1 at Anfield. On Sunday, Harry Kane and co lost 2-0 at home to Leicester City. It was a game to forget for Spurs with no player on the team earning more than 2 FPL points. Toby Alderweireld’s own-goal meant the almost-2,500 FPL managers who purchased him for this game were left with -1 points for their troubles.
Jamie Vardy was the big-earner in this game, scoring a goal and providing an assist. His total for gameweek 14 was 12 FPL points. Leicester defender Wesley Fofana scored 10 FPL points for the round. At just 5.0m, the young centre-back will have delighted the 0.6% of FPL managers who had him selected.
Manchester United’s Scott McTominay was very much the unlikely hero as he scored two goals in the opening three minutes against Leeds United. McTominay helped his team to a resounding 6-2 victory over their rivals and earned 18 FPL points in total. That made McTominay the official ‘King of the Gameweek’. McTominay costs 4.9m and was owned by just 0.4% of FPL teams. In fact, only 75 teams had selected McTominay as captain for gameweek 14!
Bruno Fernandes also bagged a brace for the home side (one penalty), scoring 17 FPL points. Anthony Martial may not have got on the scoresheet but he still earned 12 FPL points after providing three assists for his teammates.
Aston Villa welcomed Sam Allardyce back to managerial action by beating his West Brom side 3-0 at The Hawthorns. Villa’s Anwar El Ghazi and Bertrand Traoré were the highest FPL scorers with 16 and 13 points respectively. Jack Grealish set up two of Villa’s goals and earned 10 points for this game.
Chelsea finally saw off the challenge of West Ham late in the game on Monday night. Frank Lampard’s Blues had taken an early lead through Thiago Silva but it was not until the 78th minute that Chelsea finally secured the points. In those last 12 minutes, Tammy Abraham scored twice to make it 3-0 to the hosts.
Silva was the highest-scoring Chelsea player thanks to the clean sheet and his goal. He scored 14 FPL points. Over 19,000 managers brought Silva into their teams for this round. Abraham’s two-goal haul earned him 13 FPL points. He had been signed up by almost-10,000 FPL managers before the weekend.
As for goalkeepers, Kasper Schmeichel and Alisson Becker were the best performers in gameweek 14, both scoring 7 FPL points each.
That’s all for our review of Gameweek 14. Gameweek 15 begins on Saturday, December 26th (Boxing Day). Be sure to read our preview of gameweek 15 in the next couple of days!
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