Finally the SportStack gods have allowed us to put together a somewhat-functional AlphaStack Team of the Week. More attack-minded holding midfielders should be counter-balanced by defensively solid full backs. This team doesn’t look likely to score a tonne of goals based on the weekend’s performances, but we have less square pegs in round holes than usual!
Jordan Pickford – total payout 59p; base payout 54p
After a number of poor performances and shocking errors, Jordan Pickford has shown his worth – it’s just a shame it came in a 4-0 defeat. As we alluded to last week, base payouts of over 50p generally come on the back of a penalty won or saved but not here. Pickford conceded four goals but still paid out 59p, having made seven saves and a number of high claims. This is the sort of performance one might expect from an England goalkeeper; more of these and people might begin to change their view on him.
Nathan Ake – total payout 61p; base payout 46p
Nathan Ake makes for a very defensive choice for the left-back position, but unlike last week there are few blindingly obvious options (van Aanholt had another solid showing, but not enough to claim this position from Ake). Despite Bournemouth losing at Anfield, they were reasonably solid at the back, with Ake the fulcrum of the defence. He had 18 CBIs and hit the woodwork with a header early on, making for a solid base payout of 45p.
Toby Alderweireld – total payout 65p; base payout 45p
Burnley frankly should have beaten Spurs at Turf Moor in Saturday’s late kick-off, and if it weren’t for strong defensive performances from Hugo Lloris and Toby Alderweireld, they might have done. Alderweireld registered 15 CBIs as well as a tackle, to obtain a base payout of 45p. This payout feels a little fortunate given Burnley’s finishing was mostly lacklustre, but we haven’t been blessed with many defensive options this week.
Ben Godfrey – total payout 65p; base payout 45p
Ben Godfrey, like Ake and Alderweireld, was solid for Norwich but this was not enough for the Canaries to escape defeat at Bramall Lane. Godfrey registered 12 CBIs and a shot on target, while also earning 9p from passes made. Not a particularly exciting performance, but the sort that would help to justify a reasonable price tag in the summer.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka – total payout 65p; base payout 40p
Wan-Bissaka’s defensive capabilities were on full display on Sunday at Old Trafford, as he swallowed up Raheem Sterling time and time again, with the City winger successfully completing only one of his four dribble attempts. AWB rarely got out of his half, but he did his defensive job so well that he managed a payout of 65p, with a base payout of 40p. In amongst his contributions were seven CBIs and four tackles.
Dani Ceballos – total payout 77p; base payout 52p
Judging by the xG stats, Arsenal were fortunate to come out of their clash with West Ham with three points. Dani Ceballos was at the heart of everything Arsenal did well though. He retained possession well, amassing 12p from passes made while also making nine CBIs and three tackles. His base payout of 52p means this is one of the performances of the weekend as far as we are concerned.
Ross Barkley – total payout 89p; base payout 44p; 2 assists
Chelsea’s dominant attacking display came from impressive performances all over the pitch. Ross Barkley dictated the game from the right-hand side of Chelsea’s midfield three. He had 7p from passes made, and created two goals for his team. He also carried the ball particularly well, completing eight out of nine dribble attempts. Barkley deservedly takes the award for the highest payout of the weekend.
Sadio Mane – total payout 79p; payout/min 0.88p; 1 goal, 1 assist
While Liverpool are clearly out of sorts at the moment, Sadio Mane continues to prove his worth as the best left winger in the world at present. He was vital in helping Liverpool to secure three points as they hosted Bournemouth, with the Senegalese forward recording a goal and an assist.
Mason Mount – total payout 79p; payout/min 1.22p; 1 goal
Despite only taking the field for an hour, Mason Mount recorded one of the highest payouts of the weekend. He bagged an early goal and would have scored a second if it weren’t for some good goalkeeping. Mount balanced the Chelsea midfield nicely, completing all five of his dribbles on the left-hand side of the pitch. His per-minute total payout of 1.22p is one of the highest we’ve seen in SportStack eligible matches, and Mount could be a valuable asset to SportStack traders if Chelsea can continue this form.
Pedro – total payout 84p; payout/min 0.93p; 1 goal, 1 assist
Pedro completes the Chelsea trio in this AlphaStack TOTW. A high total payout of 84p was built upon the constant goal threat he provided, having got himself a goal and an assist. He had an additional two shots on target, three dribbles and earned another 4p from passes.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin – total payout 8p; base payout -5p
You did not read it wrong, and it is not a typo. Dominic Calvert-Lewin earned a payout of only 8p for his 76p minutes on work on Sunday. This, like Jordan Pickford’s payout, speaks to Chelsea’s dominance. DCL managed just 1p from passes made, dragged wide his only shot of the game, was caught offside once and gave away a couple of fouls. Had Everton taken less of a battering on Sunday, Calvert-Lewin’s payout still would have been absolutely appalling, as demonstrated by his base payout of -5p.
After a couple of weeks of scoring early on, DCL and Richarlison were trading at the same price, but this match highlights why historically Richarlison has been more expensive. Despite having a similarly fruitless time in front of goal on Sunday, he paid out 22p, nearly three times as much as his strike partner.