Looking back on FPL Gameweek 19

By Shane from the Drafthound Team 24th January 2021
6 min read

What a crazy gameweek that was for FPL players everywhere! Round 19 finished last night after 15 matches. Because of the double gameweek for many teams, the highest FPL score for the round was 195 points. The average total was 74 point. Let’s take a closer look at all the action and who were the big hits and misses in FPL gameweek 19.

Liverpool fire blanks in both fixtures

Everyone seemed to believe that Liverpool’s poor slump in form would end during gameweek 19. Well, it certainly appears that way when you realise that, once again, Mohamed Salah was the most-captained player of the round.

The Reds, of course, could only draw 0-0 with Manchester United before losing 1-0 at home to Burnley. That’s four consecutive league games without a goal for Jürgen Klopp’s side. Sadio Mané scored Liverpool’s last league goal in their 1-1 draw with West Brom on December 27th. Salah hasn’t actually scored since his wonderful double (and assist) during his substitute appearance against Crystal Palace on December 19th.

Salah’s total for the double gameweek was a paltry 4 points, Mané’s score was 5. Alisson was Liverpool’s highest-scoring player for round 19, mainly thanks to his clean sheet against Manchester United. He earned 13 points. Alisson is one of our Drafthound ‘Differential Picks’ so many of you may have opted for the Brazil international based on our advice.

Manchester City’s resurgence built on a rock-solid defence

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City made it six Premier League wins on the trot as they defeated Crystal Palace 4-0 and Aston Villa 2-0 in round 19. City have the best defensive record in the league and two of the top-scoring FPL defenders for the gameweek.

In fact, John Stones, with 27 points, was the highest-scoring player from any position. Stones is also one of our recommended ‘Value Picks’ on our low-price team on Drafthound. The City defender scored twice against Crystal Palace, earned bonus points, and also had the two clean sheets (vs Palace and Villa) which brought him to 27 points. Stones was the most-purchased City player for round 19 with over 400,000 managers bringing him to their teams.

The excellent Rúben Dias was City’s other flying defender. Dias earned 18 points thanks to his two clean sheets, bonus points and an assist. Dias is another ‘Differential Pick’ we have recommended here at Drafthound.

City midfielder Ilkay Gündogan also scored 18 points for the gameweek. The Germany international scored a goal in each win for Guardiola’s side. Still priced at 5.5 million, Gündogan is another one of our ‘Value Picks’.

Pereira proves the pick of the bunch

West Brom earned their first points under Sam Allardyce with an impressive 3-2 win at Wolves. The Baggies had a double gameweek. Their second match ended in a 2-1 defeat at West Ham. Matheus Pereira, however, turned out to be the best value Baggies player in FPL. Pereira scored in both games (2 vs Wolves) of the round and got 24 points overall. He is only owned by 0.8% of teams but was still the most-purchased West Brom player for the round with over 18,000 teams signing him. Interestingly, he was also the most ‘transferred out’ of the West Brom players! Almost 400,000 managers gave up on Pereira and shipped him out just before this 24-point haul.

And the rest...

Michail Antonio seems to be coming into form for David Moyes’ West Ham side. Antonio scored crucial goals in both of his team’s gameweek 19 victories - 1-0 vs Burnley, 2-1 vs West Brom. Antonio’s FPL score for the round was 18 points.

Aston Villa’s Matt Targett was another player who earned 18 points over two games. Villa lost 2-0 at Manchester City but then beat Newcastle United by the same scoreline in the final game of the round on Saturday night.

Kasper Schmeichel of Leicester City was the best goalkeeper for the round. He scored 17 points after The Foxes had two wins and two clean sheets (2-0 vs Southampton, 2-0 vs Chelsea). Schmeichel was one of five Leicester players who made the FPL ‘Kings of Gameweek 19’ team. The others were James Justin (14 points), James Maddison (17), Youri Tielemans (15) and Harvey Barnes (15).

That’s all for our review of Gameweek 19. Gameweek 20 takes place this midweek and the deadline for transfers and changes is Tuesday, January 26th at 16:30 GMT.

Yours truly,

the Drafthound Team


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