In this blog, some of the weekend's key matches are analysed using the Fix Match Stats feature.
Spurs vs Burnley
Spurs were thoroughly dominant in a game they should have won by a bigger margin as their 'Expected Goals' (xG) figure of 2.43 shows. The London side took 21 shots and landed eight shots on target (SoT) while their visitors could only test Lloris once.
Kane was the standout performer with six shots, three SoT and an xG of 1.45. Son was a popular captaincy option and the South Korean was unlucky not to come away with any Fantasy Premier League (FPL) returns. He attempted four assists with only Eriksen and Zinchenko (five each) creating more over the weekend. He also landed two SoT with an xG of 0.48 but was denied by excellent saves from Pope. As the below image from our Transfer Analytics feature shows, he is a popular acquisition ahead of Spurs' fixture against Norwich in gameweek 38.
Sessegnon's numbers were impressive as well, the left-back attempted four assists and was top for 'Expected Assists' (1.01) amongst all players over the weekend.
Villa vs Palace
It was a tight game at Villa park and a draw was a fair result as the xG of Villa (0.68) and Palace (1.27) shows. Both sides landed four SoT apiece and took a similar number of total shots (13 for Villa, 16 for Palace).
Schlupp (0.71) topped the xG table. His shot from close range the only 'big chance' of the match. Watkins and Ings took three shots apiece and registered similar xG numbers (0.22 and 0.20 respectively) with the former finding the back of the net. Coutinho also took three shots, landed one on target but unusually for the Brazilian, created no chances. Zaha was very much a peripheral figure, the Ivory Coast international could only muster 0.07 xG from two shots.
Watford vs Leicester
Leicester were the highest scorers of the weekend putting five past Watford but the underlying data presents a different picture. The Hornets (2.82) outperformed their visitors (2.28) for xG and took as many shots (13) but were wasteful in their finishing.
J. Pedro registered the highest xG numbers (1.74) of any player over the weekend, the 20-year old was also top for shots (seven) and SoT (five). Their centre-back Kabasele was afforded three chances as well with a total xG of 0.75. H. Barnes (16) scored the most FPL points in this fixture and the winger also had decent underlying numbers with three shots and two attempted assists. Maddison scored from his only SoT but also created three chances for his teammates. Vardy found the back of the net with two of his three attempts making it four goals in two games for the 35-year old. Under 10% ownership, the striker is projected to be the second-highest scoring forward in gameweek 38 by our Fix Algorithm and could be a great differential.