Gameweek 17 saw Arsenal continue their excellent recent run of form while Manchester City reminded the Premier League they haven’t quite gone away by comfortably beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The average FPL team score for the round was 56 and the highest-scoring team bagged 129 points. Another game called off (Burnley vs Fulham) meant that plenty of managers were left wondering what might have been for some of their selections too. Read on and find out all you need to know about Gameweek 17 in the FPL.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær has taken Manchester United to 33 points after 16 league games. The Red Devils are now level on points with league leaders (and current champions) Liverpool. United beat Aston Villa 2-1 on Friday night to announce themselves in this season’s title race. Midfield maestro Bruno Fernandes was, once again, the star of the show at Old Trafford. What a brilliant signing the Portugal international has proved to be for Manchester United.
Fernandes’ second-half penalty won the game for United after Villa’s Bertrand Traoré had cancelled out Anthony Martial’s opening goal. Fernandes earned bonus points as well and finished with an FPL score of 10, the highest scorer from this match. He is currently owned by 51.9% of managers.
Martial and Aaron Wan-Bissaka were the next-best United players for FPL teams to have for round 17 - both earning 6 points each. Dean Smith’s Aston Villa gave the hosts a stern test in this fixture. Traoré and Jack Grealish were Villa’s top performers with 7 FPL points apiece.
Spurs overcame a tricky fixture with Leeds United in the early game on Saturday. Goals from Toby Alderweireld, Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son sealed a 3-0 victory for the hosts as they ended a run of four league games without a win. Leeds had won three of their previous four matches so it was no easy task for Jose Mourinho’s Spurs to take all three points here.
Alderweireld and Son were the top-scoring Spurs players with 13 FPL points each. Kane earned 12 points. Hugo Lloris was the joint-best goalkeeper for gameweek 17 with a score of 7. Son is present in an incredible 63.2% of teams in FPL at the moment. However, only 2% of managers selected Alderweireld so his 13-point haul could have helped some teams move up the table.
As you would expect after a 3-0 defeat, no Leeds player earned more than 2 FPL points in this round.
It seems that just like with professional football managers, stubbornness is a prerequisite for FPL managers too. Once again, Mohamed Salah was the most-captained player in FPL. Everyone is just waiting for the Egyptian King to come good again. The problem isn’t just Salah’s however. Liverpool are not managing to get many shots on goal in recent games.
The Reds had just one attempt on target as Southampton beat them 1-0 at St Mary’s. They only managed two shots on target when West Brom took a share of the spoils from Anfield on December 27th.
Liverpool players failed to score higher than 2 FPL points in this game. With Salah still priced at 12.6 million, will he be sold by many managers before his next league outing - a top-of-the-table clash at home to Manchester United? Sadio Mané was better against Southampton but still could not do enough to pierce The Saints’ defence on the night.
The only goal of the game came from former Liverpool man Danny Ings. Southampton’s number 9 pounced on Trent Alexander-Arnold’s indecisiveness when tasked with clearing an early free-kick into the box. Ings, without looking up, lobbed Alisson with a perfectly-placed first-time finish that fell just inside the far post.
That goal was Ings’ seventh of the season in the Premier League. He earned 9 FPL points for the game and continues to be a solid ‘budget option’ for any FPL forward line. Ings is currently selected by 5.6% of teams.
Southampton’s defence put in one of the performances of the season and it was reflected in the bonus points allocations. Jack Stephens - in for the injured Jannik Vestergaard - was just behind Ings on 8 points with Jan Bednarek scoring 7 FPL points.
Fraser Forster was drafted in by Ralph Hasenhüttl after Alex McCarthy’s positive COVID-19 test result. The towering goalkeeper earned 6 points for his clean sheet and has certainly given Hasenhüttl a welcome selection headache when McCarthy is back fit again. James Ward-Prowse and Kyle Walker-Peters also scored 6 points each on what was a fantastic night for the home side at St Mary’s.
Chelsea were picked apart by Manchester City at Stamford Bridge in gameweek 17. Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne were the standout performers for Pep Guardiola’s side as they raced into a 3-0 first-half lead. A late consolation strike from Callum Hudson-Odoi was not enough to take the bad look off of this result for Frank Lampard. Is his job safe? Will Roman Abramovich look to replace Lampard in the summer or even before the end of the season?
Foden and De Bruyne scored 14 and 13 FPL points respectively. Ilkay Gündogan was the next-best Cityzen with 9 points.
Guardiola has avoided using a traditional centre-forward lineup in City’s last few fixtures. This makes it a very tough decision for FPL managers on whether to risk buying or keeping Sergio Aguero or Gabriel Jesus when he returns to fitness. Jesus costs 9.1 million with Aguero coming in at 10.3 million.
David Moyes returned to haunt Everton, leading West Ham to a 1-0 win. Tomas Soucek scored the goal and was level with Aaron Cresswell on 11 FPL points for the round.
Kieran Tierney was a surprise as the top-scoring player of gameweek 17 with an impressive total of 18 points. Tierney bagged a goal, an assist, a clean sheet and some bonus points for his efforts as Arsenal made it three wins in a row, hammering West Brom 4-0 away. Alexandre Lacazette scored twice for The Gunners and ended the round with 12 points. Rob Holding had another impressive performance and scored 10 FPL points.
Leandro Trossard provided two assists for Brighton at home to Wolves. The Seagulls trailed 3-1 at the break but fought back in the second half to earn a point. Trossard scored 11 FPL points with Lewis Dunk and Neal Maupay earning 7 each.
Andy Carroll scored his first Newcastle goal in over 10 years. He couldn’t prevent The Magpies losing at home to Leicester though. James Maddison and Youri Tielemans had given Leicester a 2-0 lead and they held on for the 2-1 victory at St James’ Park despite Carroll’s late strike. Maddison scored 10 FPL points for the round. Andy Carroll earned 8 points.
That’s all for our review of Gameweek 17. It’s FA Cup action this weekend but there will be midweek Premier League games next week. The deadline for Gameweek 18 is Tuesday, January 12th at 16:30 GMT.
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