Here’s our fantasy premier league gameweek 25 review of Sundays games. These are Burnley v Chelsea and Swansea v Leicester. We concentrate on the key attacking players performance although there is additional stats and graphics as it’s only 2 games
fantasy premier league gameweek 25 review – Sundays games
BURNLEY 1 CHELSEA 1
Here’s the lineups from the excellent site football-lineups
Here’s the match stats from BBC football
Here’s the pass and position map from the excellent site 11tegen11
It’s easy to see why Chelsea are successful. They’re strong defensively, patient in possession and lightening on the counter attack where Costa, Hazard and Pedro are always sat in a position to take advantage of it. In Hazard they have the extra dimension of someone who can dribble teams out of shape. However Burnley set up to stop Chelsea’s strengths. Burnley were content to sit deep and not press David Luiz in possession and then foul Chelsea on the counter if they could. That was successful as apart from the goal and Hazard’s chance Chelsea didn’t really have a clear cut chance.
Blanked. 81 mins. CF. Did very little although ironically had a golden chance to win it when put through by Barnes after David Luiz helpfully stepped over the pass.
Blanked. 90 mins. SS. Made good runs but his only chance was a sliced shot miles wide from the outside centre of the pen box.
1 goal. 64 mins. LM. Didn’t do much apart from the fantastic free kick which was Burnleys’s goal
Blanked. 90 mins. CF. Great hold up play and showed his overall skill with a pass to put Hazard through 1 on 1 with the GK early on. No clear cut chances though. The best being when he tried to navigate his way around the army of Burnley defenders in the box only to eventually hit his shot against one of them
Blanked. 90 mins. LAM. Was a joy to watch in possession but missed the only real good chance he had when put through on goal by Costa. Did set up Alonso in the area which Alonso messed up.
1 goal. 86 mins. RAM. Great finish for the goal on the counter when collected a horizontal pass from Moses at around the penalty spot. Apart from that didn’t have another good chance apart from a wild sidefoot wide from outside the box. Interestingly took some set pieces.
SWANSEA 2 LEICESTER 0
Swansea pass and position map
Leicester pass and position map
My theory on Leicester for what it’s worth is that they’ve lost the ability to defend. Whether that’s Kante going or not is a moot point. Games won especially in the latter part of last season when they would just sit deep and counter attack or score through Mahrez or Vardy magic seems long gone. Having to chase the game early this season due to a dodgy defence just results in conceding more goals. This game was typical. The Olsson goal was a joke. Schmeichel throws it to a Swansea player and after a few touches between Siggy and Carroll Olsson is through on goal and scores shooting straight at Schmeichel practically.
Blanked. 71 mins. CF. Disappointingly quiet
1 assist. LAM. 90 mins. An FPL managers dream in lots of ways. Plays pretty centrally advanced despite the graphic, shoots whenever he gets anywhere near the centre edge of the area. Also has all set pieces and penalties. The only deficiency is that he doesn’t get into the area enough to shoot and that prevented further returns here today. There’s only so many times you’re going to score from outside the area.. Here he put on a shooting from distance exhibition having a go whenever he could. His best chance was a real shank though when he did get into the area. The first goal was a result of a Siggy set piece which resulted from a Mawson worldie volley after some head tennis in the area. His assist for Olsson was a joy to watch
Blanked. 90 mins. LCM. No attacking output. His price of £4.2m is the attraction
Neither defence covered themselves in glory and how Leicester and Slimani in particular didn’t score is beyond me
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