Footstock Prediction League #2: FPL Heisenberg
The Footstock Prediction League is a new series on the Footstock Blog that sees some of the biggest names in fantasy football and trading pick 1 attacker, 1 midfielder and 1 defender that they think is going to perform on Footstock in the following Gameweek.
We’ll tally the combined scores of their chosen players, build a leaderboard and give the winner at the end of the season a prize. Think of Top Gear’s Star in a Reasonably Priced Car, but football.
Last week, we kicked things off with Footstock player and Queen of the FPL Community, Holly Shand. We’ll take a look at how she got on a little later, but firstly, here’s this week’s competitor:
FPL Heisenberg is another legend of the FPL community. He has ended each of the last six seasons in the top 32,000 for overall rank, with a top 1k finish in the mix. But can he transfer that skill and knowledge to the Footstock scoring matrix?
Attacker: Dominic Calvert-Lewin vs Leeds
What a season Dominic Calvert-Lewin is having. The top goalscorer in the Premier League with 10 goals – the same amount as the entire Manchester City team combined!
This is no fluke: in terms of the underlying statistics he’s top for non-penalty expected goals for all players in the league this season. He’s getting himself into the positions where he’s most likely to score goals, in the central areas of the penalty area, with most of his goals being one-touch finishes – something he and Ancelotti have been working hard on.
Everton are at home to Leeds, who have been involved in some high-scoring games this season, conceding 17 goals in 9 games – only Fulham (18) and West Brom (18) have conceded more. So there are going to be opportunities for Calvert-Lewin, especially now Richarlison is back together with James Rodriguez to supply him with the chances to score, even if Lucas Digne misses out this time.
Midfielder: Kevin De Bruyne vs Burnley
Manchester City have not been themselves this season. Their surprising lack of goals has made virtually all of their attacking assets not worth picking so far in this campaign. However, they’re about to embark on a favourable run of fixtures, starting with Burnley at the Etihad in Gameweek 10.
Following on from a lively – but ultimately fruitless – performance against Spurs from the Belgian midfield maestro, De Bruyne will be looking to kick on and turn these good performances into points hauls, both on FPL and Footstock. Will this be the fixture in which the Man City of old return, scoring bags of goals? It could well be.
Defender: Andrew Robertson vs Brighton
After being written off as a defensive unit by many – including myself to an extent – Liverpool proved us all wrong with a defensively solid performance against Jamie Vardy and co. in Gameweek 9. Matip and Fabinho were solid at centre back, while the league’s best goalkeeper and left back were excellent too. Furthermore, Milner in at right back is more than a match for Trent Alexander-Arnold when it comes to defensive capabilities.
Further to a solid defensive performance, Robbo also provided four successful crosses (the most of any defender in Gameweek 9) with one leading to a goal – cleaning up with 3 FPL bonus points to boot. On Footstock his total of 11 crosses combined with the assist contributed to an impressive 38.55 points overall. Away to Brighton could be another chance of a return at both ends of the pitch for the Scotsman.
Last Week’s Predictions
To get our prediction league underway, Holly Shand opted for Calvert-Lewin, Bruno Fernandes and Ben Chilwell – and what inspired picks they proved to be! Bruno netted his customary penalty in a narrow victory against the Baggies, racking up 40.7 points in the process. DCL also continued his prolific form, netting twice away at Fulham to break the 50-point barrier. Meanwhile, although Chilwell didn’t provide an attacking return on this occasion, another clean sheet for the Blues helped him to a respectable 21 Footstock points. Holly may be top of the table by default for now, but 115.8 is a strong enough performance to potentially keep her there on merit for some time!