Here’s the fantasy premier league game week 12 analysis for QPR v Saints and Reading v Everton
QPR 1 Saints 3
scorers and assists
Line up commentary: Both managers lined up in the same way as last week.
brief match comments: This was a match which Saints totally dominated and the score could have been far higher. Hughes will be lucky to survive such an abject performance against such an important opponent.
possession: 53% QPR
match shots: 13/7 to 21/15. A shocking stat which tells Saints dominance.
defensive stats: Not great from either team.
best shooting stats: Puncheon by a mile. The Cisse and Lambert
pen box touches: Lambert by a country mile.
most chances created: Lambert Taarabt Ramirez
most forward midfielders for each team: Hoilett/Taarabt. Puncheon/Lallana
most involved players in attacking areas for each team: Lallana. Taarabt
player commentary: After this game, even with good fixtures its hard to justify any QPR players in your team. Taarabt and Hoilett are the only players who have featured in shooting stats tables and both returned in this game. The defence is one of the worst and only look at Nelsen as a desperate rotation filler.
For Saints Lambert is the highest suspended % owned and was fantastic. Saints still have a few good fixtures but to me there is too many good options up front in fantasy premier league for too little spaces for him to make my team. Lallana was also terrific but no returns again and didn’t feature statistically. Puncheon was the revelation. Was on the radar earlier in the season but hasn’t been consistently selected with Do Prado and Ramirez there. Will he stay in the side? Certainly there is a shortage of £4.5m midfielders and Puncheon at £4.4m represents a reasonable punt over the next few games.
In defence for Saints from a fantasy premier league perspective, its not about clean sheets but cheap fillers with attacking potential. Clyne (who in my view will definitely play for England one day) and Fonte both have these prospects for £4.0 and £4.1m respectively and Clyne returned today.
Reading 2 Everton 1
scorers and assists
Le Fondre (2)
Line up commentary: Interesting line up for Reading. Le fondre and Roberts started over Pogrebnyak and Hunt. Robson Kanu over McLeary. Morrison held his place in defence.
For Everton Neville and Mirallas were injured so in came Hitzlsperger and Naismith. Heitinga won the weekly battle with Distin for the 2nd CB spot.
brief match comments: A game of 2 halves. Everton should have been out of sight by half time with the usually lethal Jelavic missing a good chance among others. Everton scored first but in the 2nd half Reading came back and eventually won with a dubious penalty
possession: 54% Everton
match shots: 12/4 to 21/11
defensive stats: Awful from Reading, pretty ordinary from Everton as well.
best shooting stats: Lefondre and Jagielka? then Jelavic. Fellaini only had the 1.
pen box touches: Le fondre, Jelavic Fellaini Jagielka
most chances created: Shorey Pienaar Baines
most forward midfielders for each team: McAnuff and Pienaar. Fellaini was a little deeper which was worrying.
most involved players in attacking areas for each team: Pienaar just. Shorey Robson Kanu
player commentary: For Reading the same defensive dilemma applies. Shorey is the attacking option taking set pieces and totally led the way on chances created and got himself an assist. Gorkss has scored but isnt a consistent threat
The midfield is rotated a bit and its either an assist based McAnuff who is quite expensive at £5.1m or just Liegertwood and Tabb at £4.4m ish who just get 2 points each game.
Up front Le Fondre was excellent but isn’t really an option as the fixtures move away from Reading and with the rotation in place.
Extreme disappointment for Everton in a game that you would be banking on returns having held Everton assets. Jelavic had the chances but was just not clinical and Fellaini although got a lucky assist was very disappointing. 1 more game to go before it all goes wrong fixture wise for Everton. Fellaini remains top of the shooting stats last 6 and season long so its too early to think about ditching him.