The Fanteam Premier League 1M Season game is underway, with 21 gameweeks already in the books. In this Gameweek review article, we will talk about what we learned from watching the matches, which teams and players stood out, and which of them were disappointing.
Gameweek 21 in a glance
In this gameweek 21, surprising upsets was the highlight. Across 10 matches we had 20 goals and 12 out of 20 teams scoring. This gameweek had many teams without scoring a goal and a lot of matches with low scores. More specifically, 7 out of 10 matches had 2 or fewer goals.
Saturday – 6 matches
The gameweek started with 6 matches on Saturday. Everton hosted Newcastle in the weekend opener match-up. Newcastle made the surprise and won with a 0-2 score. The Toffees putting an end to their negative streak without a win. Crystal Palace won the close match against Wolves with a 1-0 score. At the same time, Manchester City hosted Sheffield United and the Citizens won with a 1-0 score thanks to a goal by Jesus in the 9th minute. One of the most productive -in goals- matches was between West Brom and Fulham. The derby between the two newcomers didn’t have a winner, but a draw 2-2.
The most appealing game of this gameweek 21 was the derby of Arsenal against Manchester United, but the 0-0 draw let everyone down. The two teams were focused on defense with the offenses being inefficient. In the last match of the day, Aston Villa got an away win against Southampton with a 0-1 score.
Sunday – 4 matches
We had the remaining 4 games on Sunday. Chelsea got the first win with the new head coach against Burnley with a 2-0 score. Leicester hosted Leeds in a beautiful game for the viewers. Leeds had their striker Bamford in great shape and managed to turn the match around for the away win with a 1-3 score. Liverpool managed to win with a 1-3 score against the tough West Ham thanks to a good match from the top scorer of the league Salah. The last match of the gameweek was Brighton against the Spurs. The Seagulls were better and managed to win with a 1-0. Spurs were struggling without their superstar Harry Kane.
Results in Gameweek 21
Everton 0-2 Newcastle
Wilson (Lewis), Wilson (Shelvey)
Manchester City 1-0 Sheffield United
West Brom 2-2 Fulham
Reid (Mitrovic), Bartley (Pereira), Pereira (Diagne), Cavaleiro (Reed)
Crystal Palace 1-0 Wolves
Arsenal 0-0 Manchester United
Southampton 0-1 Aston Villa
Chelsea 2-0 Burnley
Azpilicueta (Hudson-Odoi), Alonso (Pulisic)
Leicester 1-3 Leeds
Barnes (Maddison), Dallas (Bamford), Bamford (Raphinha), Harrison (Bamford)
West Ham 1-3 Liverpool
Salah (Jones), Salah (Shaqiri), Wijnaldum (Firmino), Dawson (Cresswell)
Brighton 1-0 Spurs
GW21 Review: Players that stood out
Best Goalkeepers of Gameweek 21
- Vicente Guaita (4.6M – Crystal Palace): He made 4 important saves in order to keep the clean sheet against Wolves. (9 Fantasy Points)
- Emiliano Martinez (4.8M – Aston Villa): He was the best player on the team. He had a great match with 4 difficult saves and prevented Southampton from scoring. (9 Fantasy Points)
- Robert Sanchez (4.3M – Brighton): The goalkeeper of Brighton was really good and made 4 saves in the second half and didn’t let the Spurs score. (9 Fantasy Points)
Best Defenders of Gameweek 21
- Cesar Azpilicueta (5.4M – Chelsea): The defender of Chelsea has his ups and downs this season, but with the new head coach he is in the starting line-up and this gameweek scored his first goal of the season. (13 Fantasy Points)
- Marcos Alonso (4.9M – Chelsea): Alonso had to play since the 3rd gameweek but in gameweek 21 we played as a starter and scored. (13 Fantasy Points)
- Jamal Lewis (4.4M – Newcastle): He provided the assist of the 2nd goal to Wilson and also got the clean sheet. (10 Fantasy Points)
Best Midfielders of Gameweek 21
- Mohamed Salah (12.2M – Liverpool): Salah had a long time to score (since gameweek 14), but this weekend bounced back and scored twice against West Ham and gave Liverpool the win. (14 Fantasy Points)
- Matheus Pereira (6.0M – West Brom): The star of West Brom had a great match against Fulham. He scored a goal and provided a beautiful assist to Bartley (4.4M – DEF). (11 Fantasy Points)
- Eberechi Eze (5.1M – Crystal Palace): The young midfielder scored the only goal of the match with a great shot and gave Crystal Palace the important win over Wolves. (10 Fantasy Points)
Best Forwards of Gameweek 21
- Patrick Bamford (7.1M – Leeds): What an amazing performance by Bamford! He bounced back after the 3 games without a goal or assist. He took part in every goal of the team with two assists and a goal. (14 Fantasy Points)
- Callum Wilson (6.9M – Newcastle): Wilson is by far the best player of Newcastle and gave his team a huge win against Everton. The striker scored both of the goals against the Toffees. (12 Fantasy Points)
- Gabriel Jesus (8.6M – Manchester City): The striker of the Citizens scored the only goal against Sheffield United. He didn’t score since gameweek 8, and that goal was his 3rd of the season. (8 Fantasy Points)
Who impressed us the most in Gameweek 21
The Seagulls had a great match against the Spurs and took advantage of the absence of Harry Kane. Brighton was better than the Spurs and had control of the match. Leandro Trossard (5.8M – MID) scored the goal and was the best player of Brighton. They created many opportunities to score and also were very good on defense without letting Spurs any room for creating chances for goals.
Leeds was impressive once again this season. They had an excellent match against Leicester and got a difficult away win. Patrick Bamford (7.1M – FWD) was by far the best player on the team with scoring a goal and providing two assists. Stuart Dallas (4.8M – DEF) scored his 4th goal of the season and proved once again why he is so popular in the fantasy. Jack Harrison (6.0M – MID) scored for the second match in a row.
After nine matches without a win finally, Newcastle bounced back and got an away win against Everton. The team was really good in defense and didn’t let Everton make shots in their goal. Karl Darlow (4.4M – GK) had only one save. Callum Wilson (6.9M – FWD) was amazing with scoring two goals! The first and the most important goal was with a beautiful header after a corner-kick by Jonjo Shelvey (5.4M – MID).
Salah / Liverpool
The superstar of Liverpool came back to his good performances. Mohamed Salah (12.2M – MID) scored two goals against West Ham. He gathered the most fantasy points (same as Bamford) and gave Liverpool the win.
The Villans are continuing to deliver. This weekend they visited Southampton and managed to win. They got one more clean sheet (10th) and Emiliano Martinez (4.8M – GK) had a great match with four difficult saves. Ross Barkley (5.6M – MID) scored the only goal of the match after the pass of Jack Grealish (7.3M – MID).
Top disappointments of Gameweek 21
What a terrible weekend for the Spurs! Harry Kane was injured and wasn’t available against Brighton. Tottenham was terrible without him. They couldn’t do anything in the offense and Gareth Bale (7.9M – MID) was a big disappointment once again. The plans of the coach Mourinho were bad and the starting line-up without a striker (Vinicius) and Bale in the team didn’t deliver.
The Toffees had a big set-back this weekend against Newcastle. They suffered a loss from a team that was struggling in the past matches and was without a win for nine games. Everton is not as good as the start of the season in offense and Richarlison (7.7M – FWD) with Dominic Calvert-Lewin (8.3M – FWD) needs to step-up.
Sterling/Cancelo (Manchester City)
Manchester City disappointed many managers with their line-up. Raheem Sterling and Joao Cancelo were not included in an ‘’easy’’ match-up against Sheffield United. Sterling was one of the most popular picks as a captain, while Cancelo is one of the most owned defenders.
The Saints got their third consecutive loss! This weekend they hosted Aston Villa and couldn’t get a positive result. The offense is not so efficient as it used to. Danny Ings (7.9M – FWD) and Che Adams (6.1M – FWD) are struggling a bit.
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