The Numbers 20/21: Gameweek 3

The Premier League action this weekend was dominated by controversial penalty decisions. Fortunately our team for gameweek 3 isn’t marred too heavily by the calls made during the first half at Selhurst Park, or late on at the Amex or the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. We saw a number of impressive base scores in this week’s fixtures, and they will have to make up for the lack of goals. Where last week’s defence looked particularly calamitous, those problems have manifested higher up the pitch this week.

AS GW3 lineup

Karl Darlow – total payout 84p; base payout 64p

There were other impressive goalkeeping performances, but it really was a one-horse race for the keeper pot this week. Karl Darlow was on fire between the sticks for Newcastle on Sunday, helping to keep the Magpies in the game. Darlow made a stunning 11 saves, limiting Spurs to just the one goal with help from the woodwork on several occasions. His total payout of 84p is one of the highest we can recall for a goalkeeper, and his base payout of 64p is similarly impressive.

Stuart Dallas – total payout 75p; base payout 50p

Perhaps an unlikely candidate to take the game’s SuperStack prize, Stuart Dallas did just that, paying out 75p without a goal involvement as Leeds beat Sheffield United in Sunday’s Yorkshire derby. Dallas is categorised on SportStack as a defender but lined up in central midfield at the weekend, and was at the heart of the action throughout. Going forward he hit the target on three occasions and won four corners, won four free kicks and completed in the region of 60 passes. Defensively he earned 9p from ball recoveries and 10p from CBIs. His monstrous base payout of 50p should intrigue traders, particularly if he can retain his spot in the Leeds midfield.

Tyrone Mings – total payout 72p; base payout 32p; 1 goal

Rounding off an assertive Villa display at Craven Cottage, Tyrone Mings was able to finish from a Conor Hourihane free kick. Despite a late and slightly pointless yellow card, Mings finished with a strong 72p payout on Monday evening. Most notably he racked up 26p from CBIs and was able to limit Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic so a number of low-quality chances.

Conor Coady – total payout 4p; base payout -1p

Perhaps a bigger surprise than Man City folding at home to Leicester was a West Ham team, hit by COVID and unrest within the squad, utterly trouncing Wolves 4-0. The Midlands club have been cited as contenders for Champions League football this season and we expect this result will spark a reaction from Nuno Espirito Santo and his side. Conor Coady was among the worst performers on Sunday evening, paying out just 4p. He struggled to contain the bustling Michail Antonio, conceding three fouls, earning a yellow card, and of course being on the pitch as all four goals went in. Coady’s positive contributions were as limited as they usually are – just 4p from passes made, one CBI, one tackle and one ball recovery.

Victor Lindelof – total payout 58p; base payout 43p

Often the understudy to Harry Maguire at the heart of the Manchester United defence, Victor Lindelof was excellent as Manchester United wormed their way to victory at the Amex on Saturday. He earned a goo base payout of 43p, which included 28p from CBIs, 6p from ball recoveries, 5p from passes made and 4p from tackles won. It looks as though Brighton targeted Lindelof with the amount he had to do compared to Maguire, with the Swede earning a total payout of 58p and Maguire totalling just 41p, despite very few negative actions.

Solly March – total payout 75p; base payout 44p; 1 goal

It’s possible that no-one would have felt the heartbreak of United’s post-full-time penalty award more than Solly March. The Brighton academy product equalised in the 94th minute for Brighton having hit the woodwork earlier in the game. Despite conceding the third, March finished on a solid 75p payout, with a great base payout of 44p. He earned 10p from successful dribbled, 9p from ball recoveres, 8p from CBIs and 6p from passes made and fouls won.

John McGinn – total payout 72p; base payout 27p; 2 assists

Like teammate Tyrone Mings, John McGinn registered a total payout of 72p against Fulham on Monday evening despite getting himself booked. Rather than getting himself on the scoresheet though, McGinn assisted the opening two goals, leaving him with a reasonable base score of 27p. His all-round game was on display as he earnings 10p from fouls won, 6p from CBIs, 5p from a shot on target, 5p from ball recoveries and 4p from dribbles, as well as 2p each from passes made and blocked shots.

Mason Mount – total payout 75p; base payout 44p; 1 goal

In the midst of Chelsea’s disastrous first half at the Hawthorns, Mason Mount was a lone shining light. He added to his contribution as Chelsea made their comeback in the second period, getting the first of the three goals. The Chelsea academy product, who moved deeper in favour of Mateo Kovacic who was subbed at half time, had a great base payout of 44p, featuring two shots on target, a further two blocked shots, four CBIs, seven ball recoveries, three corners and a foul won, and around fifty passes. Mount appears to be the beating heart of Lampard’s Chelsea side which is still trying to find its rhythm.

Aaron Connolly – total payout 14p; base payout -5p

While Aaron Connolly, for the sake of his payout, was fortunate to be off the pitch when Manchester United were awarded their late, late penalty on Saturday, his base payout warranted inclusion in this week’s team anyway. Connolly was on the pitch for 75 minutes but was unable to affect the game in any meaningful way. His only positive contributions were a foul won and a single ball recovery, while he was tackled twice, caught offside and missed the target once each. He was at the centre of another penalty appeal earlier in the game, but it was determined that he wasn’t fouled – even then his total and base payouts would’ve been disappointing.

Raheem Sterling – total payout 7p; base payout -3p

Although Manchester City are missing several key attacking players, nobody would have expected Raheem Sterling to flounder the way he did against Leicester. He finished with a final payout of just 7p, and a base payout of -3p. In addition to the five goals conceded, he gave away three fouls, was tackled six times and had another three unsuccessful dribbles, all detracting from a generally poor performance otherwise. Sterling has featured on several occasions previously in our team of the week – this is the first time he’s been included for a poor performance.

Jamie Vardy – total payout 102p; base payout 38p; 3 goals

Leading the line for ASFC this week is none other than Jamie Vardy. He had a whale of a time against Man City, as he won penalties from Kyle Walker and Eric Garcia and converted both, either side of a sublime, flicked finish to make up a wonderful hat-trick. Leicester played the game perfectly, and Vardy’s guile was too much for the disjointed City defence.

As a SportStack asset, though, Vardy remains an intriguing one. He had just 21 touches in the game and completed five passes in his 85 minutes on the pitch. His base payout seems inflated because of his two penalty wins, although he has won all four of the penalties that he has now scored this season. While his involvement is generally stick-thin, his ability to create something out of nothing makes him a real danger to short, and his game against City is a glowing example of how dangerous he still is, even at the age of 33.

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