Form along with value is a key driver to this game. Get the right combination of form and value alongside nice fixtures and your team will be on top in the long run.
It is often about looking for that unique edge to surround your superstars. This is particularly important as we approach the new year with significant rotation in place
Player in form: Juan Mata
Some would say an obvious selection having had such a consistent first half of the season (with 19.1% of players confirming such thoughts). When looking at the numbers it presents a somewhat different tale:
Mata has already suffered a two major peaks and troughs in only 18 matches
GW 1-4 = 8 points @ 2 points a game (holding midfield & fatigue)
GW 5-9 = 54 points @ 13.5 points a game (left side of midfield switching with Hazard)
GW 10-14 = 10 points @ 2.5 points a game (Rafa rotation)
GW 15-18 = 21 points @ 7 points a game (central behind Torres)
These peaks and troughs highlight:
- The major instabilities at the club
- How (well noted) fatigue can kick in
- How the role of Mata has changed numerous times this season
The third point is perhaps the key driver to why Mata features in this piece. Mata is quite simply becoming the main man in Chelsea’s attack. Playing in behind the striker in a free roaming role is clearly important to the teams attacking ambitions. Without him completing 90 minutes (and playing such a role) Chelsea has dropped a staggering 12 points (out of 19).
The high variability of Chelsea’s tactics and line-ups has somewhat dimmed Mata’s consistency (as noted above). The ‘Rafa rotation’ combined with the complex issue of changing manager saw reduced returns as the bandwagon grew (9.2-9.6 with only a single assist in 4 games)
Looking forward Chelsea as a unit presents great upside at an unknown level of consistency. The 8-0 drubbing of Aston Villa has heavily thrown a spanner in the works of what to expect going forward. With games against nor (a), everton (a), QPR (H) realistically Mata could continue to return a very strong 7 points a game.
One must also consider that looking forward Chelsea is prime to invest in the transfer window. The likes of Falcao could make the switch that would again see a change of game plan and a possible downturn in Mata’s form. Until then he is a more then worthy investment among the premium midfielders.
Out of form: Michael Dawson
Tottenham Hotspur are a very strange beast under AVB this season, they hover around the top 4 but appear to lack a bit of a cutting edge at both keeping clean sheets and finishing (without Bale anyway).
That is where Dawson comes in, Bale is back to fitness and set to boost the returns of the team. This will inevitably reduce the pressure on the defense. Combining this with the high quality defensive abilities of Dawson and clean sheets should flow.
His not the most attractive defender, he doesn’t tend to return goals nor look flash running around the pitch at a slow pace but he is a very good at what he does.
With Villa (a), sunderland (a), READING (H), Qpr (a) the fixtures are shining kindly if you have faith in the unit.
At a very kind 4.5 & a minimal ownership of 0.6%. Dawson is the budget defender of choice (0.4 cheaper then the next one) for a challenging top 4 unit with better things to come over the course of the season.
People may argue that Dawson is set for rotation. AVB is reorganizing the defense to a 3-5-2 of sorts and Dawson appears an important part of that unit as he boosts his value for a possible January transfer.
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