Gameweek 21 was a pretty compact affair with all ten games taking place over the space of two days - Saturday and Sunday. There were just 20 goals scored, an average of two per game. The best football was on view on Sunday when counter-attacking goals were the order of the day courtesy of both Leeds United and Liverpool. The highest FPL score for gameweek 21 was 120 points and the average team total was 48 points. Let’s take a closer look at all the action and who were the big hits and misses in FPL gameweek 21.
England international Callum Wilson was the star of the show as Newcastle brought an end to a six-game losing streak in all competitions. They had gone 11 games without a victory.
Wilson scored both goals as The Magpies beat Everton 2-0 at Goodison Park, however. He was the most ‘transferred in’ Newcastle player for the round with over 240,000 teams signing the striker. Wilson repaid their faith with two goals and 13 FPL points for gameweek 21. Wilson had been recommended as part of our ‘Value picks’ team here at Drafthound for gameweek 21. We hope many of you took heed of that advice.
Jamal Lewis was Newcastle’s next-highest scorer with 11 points thanks to the clean sheet, his assist and some bonus points. This week, the goalkeeper selection for our ‘Value picks’ side was Newcastle’s Karl Darlow. His clean sheet meant he got a score of 6 points for the round. Everton’s top FPL player after their dismal afternoon was Alex Iwobi who earned 3 points.
West Bromwich Albion and Fulham played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at The Hawthorns on Saturday. One point for each team does not do either of them much good in terms of their relegation battles though.
Pereira scored again and was the best FPL player to have from that game. His total for the round was 13 points. Next for West Brom was their other goalscorer, Kyle Bartley, on 6 points. Fulham’s Bobby Decordova-Reid and Aleksandr Mitrović scored 7 FPL points each for the visitors. Ivan Cavaleiro was next for Fulham on 6 points.
Manchester United and Arsenal played out a dour 0-0 draw at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening. Bruno Fernandes once again disappointed as the most-captained player of the round. Fernandes only scored 3 FPL points for his efforts.
Manchester United’s best scorers were in defence. Aaron Wan-Bissaka (8 points), goalkeeper David De Gea (7), Luke Shaw and Victor Lindelöf (6) were the pick of the United players.
Arsenal’s Hector Bellerín and Rob Holding both scored 8 points. Goalkeeper Bernd Leno earned 7 points and David Luiz got 6. Holding was the most ‘transferred in’ Arsenal player with just under 40,000 FPL teams signing him up.
On Sunday evening, Liverpool made it two consecutive wins in London. Following on from Thursday night’s 3-1 victory at Spurs, The Reds put West Ham to the sword at London Stadium, winning 3-1 again.
The good news for many FPL managers was the return to form of Mohamed Salah. The Liverpool striker was sensational in the second half against The Hammers. His two goals were fantastic and he looks to be really hitting his stride again. Salah scored 15 FPL points for gameweek 21 and is likely to retake the ‘most-captained’ mantle from Bruno Fernandes for the midweek round.
Gini Wijnaldum earned 9 FPL points after his late goal and another solid performance from the Dutch international midfielder. Next for Liverpool was Xherdan Shaqiri on 7 points. Shaqiri took advantage of a rare league start for Liverpool and played a fantastic assist for Salah and Liverpool’s second goal of the game on the counter-attack from a West Ham corner kick.
Sadio Mané missed the game through injury, as did Fabinho. It’s unclear if either of them will return against Brighton on Wednesday with it more likely that Jürgen Klopp will save them for their clash with Manchester City on Sunday.
Aston Villa’s Emiliano Martínez was the best FPL goalkeeper from the weekend. Martínez scored 10 points after helping Villa to a clean sheet and the win away to Southampton.
Patrick Bamford was in scintillating form for Leeds on Sunday as they picked up a brilliant three points away to Leicester City. Bamford scored one and set up the other two goals as Leeds won 3-1. Bamford was the joint top-scorer for gameweek 21 on 15 points with Mohamed Salah and César Azpilicueta.
Chelsea won 2-0 against Burnley to get Thomas Tuchel off the mark in the hot seat. The aforementioned Azpilicueta scored the opening goal with Marcos Alonso adding the second for The Blues. Both players were Chelsea’s top-scoring FPL men for the round - Azpilicueta got 15 points and Alonso earned 14.
That’s all for our review of Gameweek 21. Gameweek 22 takes place this midweek and the deadline for transfers and changes is Tuesday, February 2nd at 16:30 GMT.
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