We were not optimistic about this round of fixtures given how poor gameweek 12 was. Gameweek 13 delivered some great performances in the end, but also some extremely dull results. Gameweek 14 is upon us (we’ve only had one day off), so here is our team of the week line-up, which is severely lacking goals.
Hugo Lloris (77p) starts in goal. He was on top form and needed to be to keep Liverpool to only two goals. In reality there was nothing he could’ve done for either of the shots that did get past him. Jamal Lewis (15pts) offered little in Newcastle’s 5-2 defeat to Leeds. Ordinarily that wouldn’t be enough to make our line-up, but there were few other options, so Lewis starts at left-back. Fulham’s Joachim Andersen (68pts) is our left centre-half, having registered 15 CBIs in the 0-0 draw with Brighton. Wesley Fofana (70pts) of Leicester has been particularly impressive since his move from Saint-Etienne, and the youngster handled Dominic Calvert-Lewin well, earning a 55pt base score against Everton. Vladimir Coufal (69pts) was easily man of the match in the 1-1 draw at the London Stadium, working well with Declan Rice to keep Wilfried Zaha muted and also providing the assist for Sebastien Haller’s wonderstrike.
Wilfred Ndidi (61pts) is back for Leicester and although he was playing at centre-back, he gave us a solid reminder of why we love him on SportStack, with a decent base score of 42pts. Ainsley Maitland-Niles (63pts) slotted in on the right-hand side for Arsenal and racked up a great base score, with 11 CBIs and 11 ball recoveries. The star performer of the week was Ilkay Gundogan (84pts), whose 47pt base score featured 12pts from passes made and 12 ball recoveries, whilst he also scored the goal that earned City a hard fought point against West Brom.
Marcus Rashford (83pts) is going to have to offer some goal threat given our striker won’t be on the pitch for some of the match, and fortunately he showed his goalscoring prowess on Thursday evening. He notched two in the 3-2 win over struggling Sheffield United – one a beauty and one a bit of a gimme thanks to some poor handling from Aaron Ramsdale. Ademola Lookman (68pts) has rebounded perfectly from his shocking penalty miss at West Ham. He had a base score of 43pts against Brighton, including two shots on target, four successful dribbles and 12 CBIs. Crystal Palace forward Christian Benteke (26pts) was highly unfortunate to end with a base score as poor as -11, but it is on the strength of this that he’s made our team. He looked like having found his goalscoring touch again, and with that a bit of confidence, but his night was curtailed because for two extremely soft yellow cards. Both were for jumping with his arms raised, but referee David Coote seemed to be the only one to think either was worthy of a booking.
Hugo Lloris – total score 77pts; base score 62pts
Jamal Lewis – total score 15pts; base score 15pts
Joachim Andersen – total score 68pts; base score 43pts
Wesley Fofana – total score 70pts; base score 55pts
Vladimir Coufal – total score 69pts; base score 39pts; 1 assist
Wilfred Ndidi – total score 61pts; base score 42pts
Ainsley Maitland-Niles – total score 63pts; base score 41pts
Ilkay Gundogan – total score 84pts; base score 47pts; 1 goal
Marcus Rashford – total score 83pts; base score 34pts; 2 goals
Ademola Lookman – total score 68pts; base score 43pts
Christian Benteke – total score 26pts; base score -11pts; 1 goal