New article here for you guys from Craig Daniels, a bit more of a statistical look at things… Today we focus on Chelsea and Rafatation!
As cup competitions start to clash with the BPL we see many player transfers, injuries, rotation and tournament travels culminating in heavy rotation. The arrival of Benitez has come with several headaches for fantasy mangers; however the last couple of matches have alluded to a tighter defence with only 6 goals conceded in their past 8. We take a look at the effect of the surprise inclusion of Lampard in midfield, how David Luiz’s numbers turned out and how the two Chelsea strikers have impacted Mata’s recent numbers.
In the table below I will look at how Benitez has fiddled with his squad in recent weeks and what effect it is having on our most popular fantasy assets:
The every present rotation system that Rafa Benitez has brought to Chelsea has left managers somewhat confused over the impact it has had on Chelsea players. With John Obi Mikel leaving to African Cup of Nations and Oriol Romeu on a long injury lay off, the former Liverpool boss has pushed Luiz into central midfield. The last few weeks has seen rotation of Luiz and Lampard in and out of midfield, with the results perhaps indicating to further stability. Ramires has now joined Lampard in midfield as Luiz needed to cover Cahill’s absence. Lampard’s prosperous game against Everton saw several shots and chance created resulting in a brace for the Englishmen. With Luiz combining in midfield to be a dangerous threat as Chelsea overcame the results producing the points at Goodison Park. With Lampard given the week of at Stamord Bridge Luiz stood up proving to be an influential figure in the 1-0 loss to rangers. 92 touches and 68 complete passes was not enough to produce the goods as Chelsea headed home disappointed unable to finish their chances. Luiz performance at centre back overnight however, provides a glimmer of hope. Several long range chances from direct free kicks, and with penalties in the back enable him to produce attacking returns on occasions. With Chelsea tightening up there defence Luiz could be a viable option for those who have not used their winter wildcard.
A question that many people will be asking is how Benitez will be rotating the two strikers. Demba Ba the impressive in form big man, or the flamboyant favourite of Abramovich. Well a look at the table above shows the difficulty to separate the striking pair. However the presence of the former Newcastle man may be enough for a run of starts. With 5/8 aerial duels won and several chances created inside the penalty box key figures in a striker’s performance. Torres on the other hand has seemed somewhat lethargic in the last few stars. With a lack of chances taken and created, Benitez may look at Ba for Goals in the next couple of game weeks.