Gameweek 24 was a double gameweek for four Premier League teams with Burnley, Fulham, Everton, and Manchester City all playing twice. Two players hit the 20-point mark for the round. There were 34 goals scored in 12 fixtures, an average of just over 2.8 goals per game. The highest FPL score for the round was 164 points and the average team total was 61. Now, let’s take a closer look at all the action from gameweek 24 and see who were the FPL’s big hits and misses.
Over 12,000 FPL managers signed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for gameweek 24. The Gabon international striker then went on to score a hat-trick as Arsenal beat Leeds 4-2 at The Emirates. Aubameyang was the joint-top FPL scorer for the round with 20 points from that single game.
Héctor Bellerín was Arsenal’s other goalscorer and he was the next-best FPL player with 9 points.
Leeds United’s two goalscorers were their best FPL representatives for this round too. Hélder Costa and Pascal Struijk both earned 6 points for their efforts.
Manchester City’s Ilkay Gündogan was the most ‘transferred in’ player ahead of gameweek 24, and with good reason. The former Borussia Dortmund midfielder had scored a total of 56 points over the previous five rounds, an average of 11.2 points per gameweek. Also, it was a double gameweek for Manchester City so bringing in Gündogan was a no-brainer for many players.
The midfielder scored a total of 19 points for the round, despite only playing 68 minutes of City’s two games. Gündogan’s points were earned in City’s 3-0 win over Spurs when he scored two goals, provided an assist, and also got points for City’s clean sheet.
Bernardo Silva was City’s next-best scorer with 15 points over their two matches. Ederson (14), Phil Foden (11), Rodri (11), and Riyad Mahrez (10) were the other high scorers from Pep Guardiola’s side.
An interesting point for many FPL managers to note was the late cameo appearance from Kevin De Bruyne in City’s 3-1 win over Everton on Wednesday night. The midfield playmaker had missed the last five Premier League games through injury.
London club Fulham had two away games to navigate in round 24 and they did so admirably. The Cottagers beat Everton 2-0 at Goodison Park on Sunday evening and then followed that up with a 1-1 draw at Burnley on Wednesday.
Scott Parker’s team has lost just once in its last six Premier League fixtures. Fulham are simply refusing to give up on their dream of top-flight survival.
In FPL terms, Fulham also had one of the joint-top scorers (level with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang) in Ola Aina. The 24-year-old Nigerian left-back got 20 points for his two games in round 24. Aina earned 11 points against Everton with an assist and the clean sheet. He then scored Fulham’s goal in the 1-1 draw at Burnley and got 9 points for that match. Aina cost just 4.5 million and was only owned by 0.5% of FPL teams.
Fulham’s other Nigerian star - new signing Josh Maja - was their next-best scorer with 15 points for the round. Maja joined Fulham from Ligue 1 side, Bordeaux, on transfer deadline day. The young striker scored both goals in the 2-0 win over Everton. Maja’s price is currently 5.5 million and he is also only selected by 0.5% of sides so far.
Fulham defender Joachim Andersen scored 13 points for gameweek 24. Andersen costs just 4.5 million and is on just 0.1% of FPL teams.
Burnley defender Matthew Lowton had an excellent round coming away from The Clarets’ two games with 17 points. He earned 15 of those points with a goal and clean sheet in Burnley’s 3-0 win away to Crystal Palace. They then drew 1-1 at home to Fulham on Wednesday night when Lowton got another two points. Chelsea’s best FPL players on 10 points each for the round.
Another Burnley player also made the Kings of the Gameweek selection - forward Jay Rodriguez. Rodriguez got one goal and two assists over those two Burnley games and got 16 points for the round.
West Ham’s Issa Diop got 13 points in his side’s 3-0 win over bottom-of-the-table Sheffield United. Diop scored a goal for The Hammers and also achieved a clean sheet.
Rúben Neves was the Wolves star from their 2-1 win at Southampton on Sunday. The Portuguese midfielder scored one and created the other for the visitors as they moved back up to 12th in the table with the three points.
That’s all for our review of Gameweek 24. Gameweek 25 takes place this coming weekend and the deadline for transfers and changes is Friday, February 19th at 18:30 GMT.
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