The Numbers 20/21: Gameweek 4

In gameweek 2 we had a new record for goals scored in a Premier League gameweek; our TOTW was accordingly offensive. Thanks to a late flurry of goals, we went close to that record in gameweek 4, and it won’t surprise anyone that our team features eight players from those two matches (no points for guessing which two games we’re referring to). We have not held back in any respect with this week’s team, employing wing-backs and just one traditional central midfielder. Each of the eight most advanced players bagged at least one goal and one assist, for a total of 14 goals and 10 assists in our lineup.

David De Gea – total payout 9p; base payout 14p

On Sunday afternoon, David De Gea was a lamb to the slaughter; a victim of the chaos that was going on in front of him. Calamitous defending led to one Manchester United conceding one slopping chance after another and while you might hope for your goalkeeper to make a few saves in an onslaught of this nature, De Gea was not at fault for any of the six goals his side conceded. He made two saves to drag his payout into positive territory.

Harry Maguire – total payout -3p; base payout 2p

Manchester United’s embattled captain finished with a negative payout in Sunday afternoon’s mess. It would take a good effort to overturn the 30p deficit that the Spurs goalfest created in Maguire’s payout, but his error in the buildup to the first goal set him back even further. Partner Eric Bailly managed a 5p payout despite recording the same six goals conceded and an error leading to a goal, with a yellow card on top! While Maguire managed just four ball recoveries and two CBIs, Bailly registered five ball recoveries and eight CBIs.

Liam Cooper – total payout 66p; base payout 46p

Given the state of his goalkeeper and centre-back partner in this lineup, the defensive load will fall primarily on Leeds captain Liam Cooper, who was monstrous in their 1-1 draw with Manchester City. Leeds had the better of large parts of the game and may feel aggrieved not to have won, with Cooper at the heart of the defence and providing a great platform for them to build upon. He had 26p from CBIs, 6p from fouls won, passes made and tackles won, and 4p from ball recoveries. This gave him the weekend’s highest base payout of 46p.

Ben Chilwell – total payout 80p; base payout 30p; 1 goal, 1 assist

Frank Lampard will have liked what he saw from new boy Ben Chilwell on his debut this weekend. He showed Chelsea would be giving up nothing going forward by including him over Marcos Alonso, whilst contributing well on the defensive end as well. There is no doubt he will face sterner tests than a lacklustre Palace side, but scoring and registering an assist makes for a promising start, particularly when he also earned 10p from passes made and 12p from CBIs.

Serge Aurier – total payout 86p; base payout 41p; 1 goal, 1 assist

In the right wing-back position we have Serge Aurier, who was playing like a man whose position was under threat – on his display this weekend, you’d wonder why Mourinho brought Matt Doherty in at all. Aurier, like Chilwell, registered a goal and an assist, as Spurs battered Manchester United 6-1. He had the second highest base payout of the weekend, earning from a multitude of actions at both ends of the pitch, including a shot on target, three tackles won, four CBIs and two fouls and a corner won.

John McGinn – total payout 81p; base payout 37p; 1 goal, 1 assist

This central midfield role could well have gone to Ross Barkley, who was energetic and dynamic on his Aston Villa debut – qualities we didn’t see him demonstrate much in a Chelsea shirt. John McGinn’s SportStack performance was excellent though, as he laid on one goal and notched another of his own. Up against a notoriously unforgiving Liverpool midfield, McGinn had a great base payout of 37p, with 14p coming from CBIs, 9p from ball recoveries, 8p from successful dribbles and 4p from fouls won.

Jack Grealish – total payout 115p; base payout 36p; 2 goals, 3 assists

Up against Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jack Grealish might have fancied his chances but he probably wouldn’t have expected to turn out the performance that he did on Sunday night. He registered two goals and three assists for the only max payout of the weekend. Grealish was firmly in control in the opening exchanges as he set up Ollie Watkins for the first two goals. As the game opened up (even more) in the second half with Liverpool chasing, Grealish was energetic getting forward and claimed two goals of his own. While his goal contributions are phenomenal, his base payout of 36p is nothing to be sniffed at. He won three tackles, made eight ball recoveries and three CBIs, and finished with a stunning 115p payout.

James Rodriguez – total payout 99p; base payout 37p; 2 goals, 1 assist

Some might have said it was a matter of time until James Rodriguez earned a monster payout. With Richarlison going off inside half an hour on Saturday, Rodriguez shouldered a large part of the offensive load and came away just 1p short of a maximum. He ghosted in at the far post on two occasions to finish and put the game out of sight for Everton, and also teed up Yerry Mina for his first goal of the season. Rodriguez worked intelligently, making five ball recoveries and three CBIs as well as winning five fouls for a base payout of 37p. The remarkabe part is that he was subbed off with 12 minutes to go, meaning he earned a payout per minute ratio of 1.27p.

Son Heung-Min – total payout 81p; base payout 19p; 2 goals, 1 assist

There was some doubt around Son’s inclusion this week given he was subbed at half-time in Tottenham’s last game. There’s no doubt though that his availability and contribution was vital in setting Manchester United on the back foot after they had taken an early lead. Son showed blistering pace to score Spurs’ second goal, composure to find Kane for the third and a deft touch to finish their fourth. With a final payout of 81p, Son is proving that he is a premium asset on SportStack, capable of high base scores and a regular goal-threat.

Ollie Watkins – total payout 97p; base payout 19p; 3 goals, 1 assist

Aston Villa’s new front man had a fruitless first couple of games, offering very little up front against Sheffield United and Fulham. Traders could be forgiven for thinking he might struggle against Liverpool, but he put those concerns to rest early on. He bagged his first after just four minutes, secured his brace on 22 minutes and completed his perfect hat-trick six minutes before half-time. In truth he could’ve had at least one more as he spurned a golden chance in the second half, but really a 97p payout against the Premier League champions is probably satisfactory, topping it off with an assist to Jack Grealish. Watkins’ base payout of 19p was far better than anyone would’ve expected, and shows promise that he can continue to produce this season.

Harry Kane – total payout 88p; base payout 26p; 2 goals, 1 assist

Unlike Watkins, Kane is more than proven at this level. He had two goals and assist in the demolition of United, including a late penalty that took his payout to a stunning 88p. The jewel in this crown was Kane’s quick thinking and execution to set Son away for Spurs’ second goal. This set the tone for the game and from this point Mourinho’s men punished every United mistake. This is Kane’s second appearance in our team of the week already this season, and he has proven to be as much of a creative force as a goalscorer in these opening gameweeks.

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