Round 25 of the FPL season was a double gameweek for two teams - Leeds and Southampton. This influenced many FPL managers’ decisions, of course, leading to Patrick Bamford being the ‘most captained’ player of the round and Danny Ings enjoying the title of ‘most transferred in’ player. The highest FPL score for the round was 135 points and the average team total was 55. Now, let’s take a closer look at all the action from gameweek 25 and see who were the FPL’s big hits and misses.
Everton’s Jordan Pickford put in a memorable performance for Carlo Ancelotti’s Toffees as the blue half of Merseyside enjoyed derby success for the first time in over 10 years. It was Everton’s first victory at Anfield since 1999 and Pickford played a huge part in the win. The England international goalkeeper pulled off some fantastic saves with a first-half stop from Jordan Henderson probably being the pick of the lot.
Pickford, therefore, was the highest-scoring goalkeeper in FPL in gameweek 25. He earned 11 points for his clean-sheet heroics at Anfield. Next best for Everton was Brazilian forward Richarlison. He got his side off to the perfect start with a well-taken finish past Alisson just three minutes into the game. Richarlison scored 8 FPL points. Gylfi Sigurðsson’s late penalty sealed the 2-0 win for Everton after Dominic Calvert-Lewin was adjudged to have been fouled by Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The best of the rest for Everton were Lucas Digne and Michael Keane on 7 points. Seamus Coleman, Mason Holgate, Ben Godfrey, Gylfi Sigurðsson, and James Rodríguez were all on 6 points for the game. It was the fourth defeat in a row for the injury-ravaged Liverpool side and not a single Reds player scored higher than 2 points in this round.
On Sunday, Leicester City fought hard to take all three points away to Aston Villa. The win came courtesy of two first-half goals by James Maddison and Harvey Barnes. Barnes also provided the assist for Maddison’s goal so the young attacking midfielder was The Foxes top-scoring FPL star for the round. Barnes scored 13 points, bringing his total to 125 for the season. More than 300,000 FPL teams brought Barnes in for gameweek 25 bringing his ‘Teams Selected By’ level up to 12.3%.
Behind Barnes on 9 points was the excellent Maddison. His total for the campaign now stands at 119 points. Striker Jamie Vardy registered one assist for the game bringing his score to 5 points for the round and making him the next-best Leicester player in FPL terms.
Bertrand Traoré and John McGinn were the only Villa players of any benefit to their FPL sides. Traoré was Villa’s goalscorer and, as such, came away with 8 points from this one. McGinn got 5 points thanks to laying on the assist for Traoré’s goal.
With news of his injury last week, Jack Grealish was sold by more than 300,000 FPL managers. More than 100,000 signed Ollie Watkins for the Leicester game but the forward could only return 2 points for this one.
Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford the most-captained player of the round as FPL players geared up for what they hoped would be a lucrative double round. Unfortunately, Bamford and his teammates drew a blank in their 1-0 defeat at Wolves on Friday night.
Tuesday evening, however, Marcelo Bielsa’s men put in a much-improved performance as they beat Southampton 3-0 at Elland Road. The goals came from Bamford, Stuart Dallas, and Raphinha.
Bamford’s FPL total over the two games was a relatively poor 8 points. There were three other Leeds players who scored higher in gameweek 25. Dallas got 17 points thanks to his goal, clean sheet, and bonus points against Southampton. Raphinha earned 12 points for the round while goalkeeper Illan Meslier scored 10 points.
Manchester United stayed in second place in the Premier League after beating Newcastle 3-1 at Old Trafford. The goals came from Marcus Rashford, Daniel James, and Bruno Fernandes. Allan Saint-Maximin scored for the visitors.
Fernandes and Rashford both got 12 points for this round with Daniel James next on 8. Fernandes now has 190 points for the season making him far-and-away the highest scorer in all of the FPL, 35 ahead of his nearest challenger, Harry Kane. Fernandes is currently selected by 60.3% of sides and costs 11.6 million.
Saint-Maximin, on 7 points, was the only Newcastle player with a score higher than 2 in gameweek 25.
Danny Ings was the most ‘transferred in’ player for gameweek 25 as Southampton were the other team with a double gameweek. He played 84 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Chelsea but was on the bench for The Saints’ visit to Leeds on Tuesday evening. Ings earned a paltry 3 points over the two games.
Takumi Minamino - on-loan at Southampton from Liverpool - scored his second goal in only his third start for Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side. Minamino earned 9 points against Chelsea but, like Ings, was also on the bench for the game at Leeds. He came on in the 58th minute to bring his total to 10 points for gameweek 25.
Fulham’s Ola Aina had another good week. The defender got 8 points in Fulham’s 1-0 win over Sheffield United at Craven Cottage. That brings Aina’s total for the last three rounds to 28 - an average of over 9 points per round. Aina’s teammate, Ademola Lookman, scored the winner against Sheffield United and was the highest-scoring Fulham player of the round with 11 points.
Elsewhere, Manchester City had a solid win at Arsenal with Fernandinho (9 points) and Oleksandr Zinchenko (8) making the FPL’s Kings of the Gameweek selection.
Finally, Jesse Lingard deserves more plaudits after he scored the winner in West Ham’s impressive 2-1 victory against Jose Mourinho’s poor Spurs team. Lingard got 10 points for gameweek 25. Lingard was one of our recommended ‘Value picks’ here at Drafthound for last weekend.
That’s all for our review of Gameweek 25. Gameweek 26 takes place this coming weekend and the deadline for transfers and changes is Saturday, February 27th at 11:00 GMT.
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