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5 Key takeaways from FPL GW15

With GW15 having wrapped up, there’s plenty to look back on and ponder. This is in spite of a short turnaround from the previous gameweek.

Here are five points we should consider for the foreseeable gameweeks.

Bernardo Silva ‘essential’?

Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva continues his phenomenal rise in recent form, notching a whopping 15-points away at Watford on Saturday.

His 15-point haul included scoring a brace, alongside bagging a maximum of three bonus points. The Portuguese also registered three shots and created four chances, which is the most he’s had in any game this season.

However, his current stats may suggest a dip in form wouldn’t come as a surprise to him. His xGi (expected goals involvement) is ranked third, with 1, with both Ilkay Gundogan (1.1) and Phil Foden (1.8) posting better numbers.

He also has fewer shots in the box per 90 minutes this season with 1.3, as opposed to Foden’s 2.2.

Nonetheless, City’s fixtures are still formidable, with three of their next fixtures rated as a two in the FDR.

Don’t Rule Out Relegation Threatened Teams

Much like GW14, GW15 saw a repeat of players who are playing a big part in relegation threatened teams.

Leeds’ very own Brazillian Raphinha, keeps the returns ticking over, providing the assist for Tyler Roberts’ first-half goal. Consequently he has been involved in 67% of Leeds’ goals scored at home so far this campaign.

However, buyer beware! He does face Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City, and Arsenal in his next four.

The same can also be said with Callum Wilson, making it back-to-back 9-point returns in the matter of a week. His goals against Norwich and Burnley, now marks 6 he has scored this season, from his 11 games played. His GW16 opponent in Leicester City, haven’t kept a clean sheet since GW1.

No Smith-Rowe is a Killer Blow

Arsenal languished to their second consecutive defeat on Monday night, losing 2-1 to Everton, with the Toffees being winless for eight games heading into it.

However, it was the no-show of rising prodigy Emile Smith-Rowe, which caught the near 30% of FPL managers who own him off guard.

His absence resulted in Arsenal looking a shell of themselves in comparison to recent gameweeks. In hindsight this maybe shouldn’t have come as a surprise.

ESR is the Gunners top FPL points scorer with 69. From an overall performance perspective he has arguably become their talisman.

At £6.1m he is currently the 4th best value FPL midfielder based on the points per million metric.

With three of their five fixtures over December being rated as two in the Fixture Difficulty Rating table, Smith Rowe will undoubtedly be hoping to add to his already impressive 5 goals and 2 assists.

West Ham’s very own Bowen Arrow

West Ham’s massive 3-2 win to Chelsea cements not just the Hammers’ top four credentials, but also creative winger Jarrod Bowen as a genuine option in one of the fiercest attacks in the league.

His two goals and four assists in the last six gameweeks, make him the most in-form Hammers player. He also has the platform to consolidate his form for the coming gameweeks. West Ham’s next 7 fixtures include 5 that are rated 2 in the FDR.

Since GW5, only the Liverpool attacking trio (Salah, Mane, and Jota) have a better xG (expected goals) than Bowen.

At just 4% ownership, he is a decent differential to have in this festive month, for a chance to make up lost ground in the rankings, but also your mini-leagues.

Wingers are Unleashed in Conte Ball

In spite of a below-par start to their season, Spurs had a decent week in terms of results. They managed to secure a two-nil win to Brentford and a three-nil victory to relegation contenders on Sunday.

But the man who stood out in that spell, was their very own Son Heung-Min. He managed to get back to his fantasy spell from the early parts of the season, with two goals and an assist from the two-game spell.

This also makes it 5 home games from a possible 8, where he’s registered attacking returns. His short-term fixtures can mount a case, of his home form transferring to dazzling away performances.

The Korean faces Brighton and Leicester in their next two. The Seagulls being with none of their three first-choice center-backs for the match (Duffy – suspended, plus Dunk and Webster due to injury)

In addition, he faces the Foxes who have conceded the fourth most goals this season, with 27.