Manchester United 6-2 Leeds United
- Objectives: Scott McTominay (£4.9m) x2, Bruno Fernandes (£11.0m) x2, Victor Lindelof (£4.8m), Daniel James (£6.2m) | Liam Cooper (£4.4m), Stuart Dallas (£4.6m)
- Assists: Anthony Martial (£8.7m) x3, Fernandes, McTominay | Raphinha (£5.4m)
- Bonus: McTominay x3, Fernandes x2, Martial x1
Bruno Fernandes (£11.0m) bounced again from a brace of blanks with an enormous haul in one of many wildest matches of this, or another, season.
The Manchester United midfielder grew to become the fifth participant to make it to 100 Fantasy Premier League (FPL) factors this marketing campaign with two targets, an help and two bonus in opposition to Leeds.
However consistent with the loopy nature of the match, he was outscored by Scott McTominay (£4.9m), a participant who scored twice within the first three minutes to match his complete attacking output from the 2018/19 season.
Bruno It Makes Sense
The 42.5%-owned Fernandes truly misplaced a web 5,647 managers heading into the sport. These faithless few missed out on his joint-best return of the season, 17 factors.
Wiser people – greater than 1.1 million of them – captained him and his Gameweek 15 star is on the rise as 70,000+ managers have made him the third most purchased participant heading into the Christmas fixtures.
He’s now scored 9 targets and offered six assists this season, which implies he’s had a hand in simply over half of all United’s 28 targets.
5 of his strikes have been one thing aside from spot-kicks, a ‘non-penalty’ complete that solely two different FPL midfielders can trump.
Ole Gunnar Solkskjaer’s workforce isn’t fairly of the one-man selection, however Fernandes is its beating coronary heart, and he’s arguably up there with Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) because the closest factor we’ve to an FPL must-have now.
Sure, Tottenham’s Son Heung-min (£9.7m) has extra factors, however from an additional match and, crucially, 25 makes an attempt to Fernandes’ 40 – a conversion price that needs to be unsustainable in the long term.
McTominay limped off with a groin problem late on and solely shut relations contemplate him an FPL possibility anyway, whereas Solskjaer’s resolution at hand Daniel James (£6.2m) a uncommon begin raised eyebrows, however labored nicely because the winger scored a purpose.
Moderately extra pertinently, Anthony Martial‘s (£8.7m) 3.7% possession have been handled to a few assists and a second straight double-digit haul from their man.
The French ahead has had a stop-start season not helped by a three-match suspension following his Gameweek 4 pink card in opposition to Spurs.
However 4 of his 5 assists, and his one and solely purpose, have come within the final two matches.
Leicester, Wolves and Aston Villa might be harder assessments of him and his workforce, whereas a clean Gameweek 18 additional tarnishes his enchantment, however Martial’s sudden burst of kind will want monitoring given his repute as a considerably streaky participant.
Funding in a United full-back stays thankless, nonetheless.
Their most-owned defender, Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.4m and eight.4%), was one of many only a few gamers not sporting goalkeeping gloves who failed to affix the attacking occasion on Sunday, having no photographs and creating no probabilities.
The Damned Thrilling United
Solskjaer was delighted that his workforce managed a uncommon dwelling win and he made an fascinating post-match level about United’s delayed begin to the season:
We have a look at the development in health as a result of we knew we have been going to be lagging behind in health, and I believe it confirmed within the first few video games however now, immediately, I believe we confirmed we’re getting a fitter and stronger workforce.
However regardless of the long-term elements, the important thing to Sunday’s rousing sport was Leeds.
Regardless of retaining a greater than respectable 4 clear sheets, Marcelo Bielsa’s facet are actually the leakiest defence within the league, with 30 targets conceded.
Their swashbuckling nature performed into the arms of the house facet and the coach isn’t about to alter that any time quickly:
After all, it is vitally hurtful. We are going to appropriate what was unhealthy and attempt to preserve the great issues, however we won’t abandon the best way we play.
It takes an equally courageous Fantasy supervisor to put money into their defenders, however the one exception to the rule is Stuart Dallas (£4.6m), who scored for the second sport working as Bielsa continues to sporadically use the full-back in midfield.
He’s now owned by 8.5% of FPL bosses, with 42.7% of groups involving Patrick Bamford (£6.4%).
The striker had a poor day, lacking one massive probability and failing to hit the goal with any of his three makes an attempt, together with his early-season ruthlessness (a conversion price of 26.1% in Gameweeks 1-6) giving method to the extra recognisable profligacy (10.3% since).
However that hasn’t stopped greater than 80,000 new house owners making him Gameweek 15’s second hottest buy, presumably swayed by Leeds’ subsequent two opponents being Burnley and West Brom.
And from a beginning worth of £5.5m, 12 attacking returns in 14 begins is nicely above-par.
Manchester United XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw (Telles 60), McTominay, Fred, James, Fernandes (van de Beek 71), Rashford (Cavani 71), Martial.
Leeds United XI: Meslier, Dallas, Ayling, Cooper (Davis 72), Alioski, Raphinha, Rodrigo, Phillips (Struijk 45), Klich (Shackleton 45), Harrison, Bamford.
West Bromwich Albion 0-3 Aston Villa
- Objectives: Anwar El Ghazi (£5.7m) x2, Bertrand Traore (£5.9m)
- Assists: Jack Grealish (£7.8m) x2, Traore
- Bonus: El Ghazi x3, Traore x2, Grealish x1
Sam Allardyce’s return to top-flight administration led to chastening defeat as Aston Villa continued their distinctive away kind.
Introduced in to stave off relegation, presumably by means of the medium of ‘tightening up on the again’, his new facet have been already a purpose down when Jake Livermore‘s (£4.7m) pink card for a lunging sort out on Jack Grealish (£7.8m) successfully ended the sport as a contest.
Villa left it late to transform their dominance into targets, but it surely’s now 5 wins in six matches on the highway for Dean Smith’s males, all achieved with clear sheets.
Heavy Hitting Center Males
Smith gave a uncommon managerial run-out for the phrase ‘beautiful’ in his post-match feedback, but it surely was completely justifiable:
We knew there was an opportunity they might have a brand new supervisor bounce and I believed we negated that basically nicely with our begin and we continued it by means of the sport. Our efficiency was beautiful from begin to end.
A lot of that was right down to Grealish, who continues to be the primary man for Villa.
His two assists meant a welcome return to the factors for him and his 43.2% FPL possession after a few current blanks.
In the meantime, the continuing absence of Ross Barkley (£5.9m), who Smith revealed pre-match is near a return from his hamstring harm, isn’t presently hurting the workforce’s output from midfield.
Grealish isn’t the one one to take credit score for that, as Anwar El Ghazi’s (£5.7m) second straight begin was a memorable one.
The Netherlands worldwide was wasteful in Gameweek 13’s goalless draw with Burnley, however he was the star of the present on Sunday, with two targets.
Fellow midfielder Bertrand Traore (£5.9m) additionally caught the attention, scoring with a wise end and establishing El Ghazi’s opener.
Woe For Watkins
Villa striker Ollie Watkins (£6.1m) blanked for a fifth straight sport, though he was unfortunate to not rating when his end from a Matt Money (£5.0m) cross was deemed offside by the tightest of VAR-determined margins.
The issue for his 7.8% possession is that one among his major points of interest – being the facet’s penalty taker – doesn’t apply when El Ghazi performs.
It was the midfielder who stepped up and transformed the spot-kick awarded for a foul on Grealish on Sunday, leaving Watkins with simply two probabilities, one among which compelled a wise save from the ever-excellent Baggies keeper Sam Johnstone (£4.5m).
Villa’s subsequent 4 fixtures counsel Watkins gross sales are incoming. Their detached dwelling kind makes Crystal Palace and Spurs look particularly difficult, whereas journeys to Chelsea and Manchester United received’t precisely be walkovers both.
A seventh clear sheet – no workforce has managed extra – helped Tyrone Mings (£5.3m) into the highest 4 FPL defenders, however the FPL love stays strongest for Grealish, who’s but once more pulling in new house owners forward of the Boxing Day go to from Palace.
Hassle In Allardyce
West Brom’s new coach was heavy on the irony in his evaluation of the close to future:
A straightforward one subsequent (Liverpool). We are going to give it our greatest shot, no-one anticipated us to battle in opposition to Manchester Metropolis and I didn’t see that tonight, we have to discover that.
The truth that good, battling show in opposition to Metropolis was the ultimate work of Slaven Bilic solely accentuates the curious resolution to sack him, however that’s now up to now.
The long run, alas, isn’t trying too intelligent both, with Leeds, Arsenal and a clean Gameweek 18 to comply with Sunday’s journey to the reigning champions.
Fantasy managers might be going nowhere close to Baggies property simply but, though these with a style for save factors would possibly prefer to know that the spectacular Johnstone has now made a league-leading 63 stops this season.
West Brom XI (4-5-1): Johnstone; Furlong, Ajayi, O’Shea, Gibbs; Phillips (Austin 78), Sawyers, Livermore, Gallagher, Diangana (Ivanovic 78); Grant (Robinson 83).
Aston Villa XI (4-1-4-1): Martinez; Money, Hause, Mings, Targett; Luiz; McGinn, Traore, Grealish, El Ghazi; Watkins.
Classes discovered from FPL Gameweek 14
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