The Numbers 20/21: Gameweek 9

A quick turnaround on the Premier League this week, with Crystal Palace unfortunately having to turn out Zaha-less twice in just five days. The Eagles host Newcastle in the weekend’s opening game this evening, so let’s take a quick look back at some of the most notable performances from gameweek 8 in preparation. Much like in CL round 3, goalkeepers dominated the top base scores.

Alex McCarthy(72pts) was vital to Southampton earning a point at Molineux in GW8’s final fixture. He had a strong base score of 52, second only in the gameweek to Kasper Schmeichel. We gave McCarthy the spot as Schmeichel was unable to rescue his side, but there is a lot to be said for a 71pt score in a 3-0 defeat. Conor Townsend (65pts) put in an excellent performance in West Brom’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester United and takes the left-back spot here. There was a real lack of choice at centre-back, so Wesley Fofana (48pts) takes the first place here having produced a 38pt base score in Leicester’s defeat at Anfield. We are not the first to use (or abuse) James Milner’s (66pts) great versatility – perhaps playing him at centre-half is a bit much, but here we are. He had an assist in the win over Leicester. At right-back, again through lack of choice, is Erik Pieters (5p). He came on with just five minutes to go the dull, dull meeting between Burnley and Palace on Monday evening. Sean Dyche might have hoped Pieters would shore up the defence, but all he managed in his short time on the pitch was two fouls and a missed tackle. That’s it; a base payout of -5p.

On the left of the midfield is Solly March (68pts), who has been impressive in the opening quarter of the season. He scored a beautiful winner as Brighton secured a hard-fought win at Villa. Abdoulaye Doucoure (77pts) in central-midfield also bagged a winning goal, with his Everton side escaping Craven Cottage with a 3-2 win. We see shades of Project Restart in Bruno Fernandes (75pts) securing consecutive selections to our team of the week, but there really weren’t many other options. He also scored a decisive goal this weekend, beating Sam Johnstone controversially from the spot as Manchester United beat West Brom 1-0. Nicolas Pepe (12pts) is the unfortunate worst player of the week, as he got himself a straight red card when Arsenal hosted Leeds. Fortunately for him, his side didn’t concede once down to 10 men – a base score of -13pts is bad enough!

We have a Merseyside strikeforce this week with Roberto Firmino (76pts) and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (74pts) looking to terrorise the opposition. Firmino topped off a really solid performance against Leicester with a goal, while Calvert-Lewin bagged a brace against Fulham.

Alex McCarthy – total score 72pts; base score 52pts

Conor Townsend – total score 65pts; base score 45pts

Wesley Fofana – total score 48pts; base score 38pts

James Milner – total score 66pts; base score 31pts; 1 assist

Erik Pieters – total score 5pts; base score -5pts

Solly March – total score 68pts; base score 31pts; 1 goal

Abdoulaye Doucoure – total score 77pts; base score 43pts; 1 goal

Bruno Fernandes – total score 75pts; base score 35pts; 1 goal

Nicolas Pepe – total score 12pts; base score -13pts

Roberto Firmino – total score 76pts; base score 36pts; 1 goal

Dominic Calvert-Lewin – total score 74pts; base score 25pts; 2 goals

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