Well, well, well. For those of you who were hoping for goals this weekend, you would have been hugely disappointed. Once again, it’s the defenders who racked up the bonus points with just 13 goals scored and 9 clean sheets! The highest scoring team was Crystal Palace!
This weekend we saw 65 bonus points being dished out and it was the midfielders, once again, who were left waiting at the back of the line for any scarps. With the midfielders picking up just 16 bonus points between them, fantasy managers who have invested heavily in the middle of the park are starting to sweat. Walcott had a good game down the right hand side against Spurs, even providing Giroud with the assist. But this still wasn’t enough to be handed anything extra. For the midfielders to pick up any bonus points, we’ll need to see them get on the score sheet, as was the case of Y Toure, Ben Arfa, Redmond, Pennant and Hernandez. Even with a goal though, they’re highly unlikely to pick up all 3 if there’s a clean sheet.
The forwards had it even worse to be honest. Only Negredo, Gayle, Fletcher, Sturridge and Giroud managed to find the net, sharing the 11 points dished out to the strikers this weekend. No matter how well they might play, they’ll need to put it past the opposition keeper to stand any chance of getting something extra.
The defenders shared a massive 38 bonus points between them, over half of the total handed out.
Whether or not this means we should be looking at changing the structure of our teams remains to be seen. To be fair, we’ve had a peculiar shortage of goals and I’d expect less clean sheets going forward. The favoured 3-4-3 formation is under scrutiny at the moment and we may very well see more teams starting 4 or even 5 at the back. With bonus points really hard to come by for the midfielders in particular, we may see an upturn in the acquisition of mid priced players such as Ben Arfa, allowing us to upgrade in the defence. Personally, I’m keeping faith in the midfielders for now, but another week of blanks will certainly change my mind. The average number of goals per game last season was 2.8, this weekend saw an average of just 1.4. So I’d expect less clean sheets going forward.
Below is a breakdown of the Bonus Points allocated for each game…
Man City v Hull
Negredo (1), Y Toure (3), Zabaleta (3)
Cardiff v Everton
Jagielka (1), Coleman (1), Baines (2), Distin (3)
Newcastle v Fulham
Ben Arfa (2), Yanga-Mbiwa (2), Coloccini (3)
Norwich v Southampton
Fer (2), Bassong (2), Redmond (3),
West Ham v Stoke
Begovic (1), Shawcross (1), Nzonzi (1), Pennant (2), Wilson (3)
Crystal Palace v Sunderland
Gabbidon (1), Colback (1), Fletcher (2), Gayle (3)
Liverpool v Man Utd
Skrtel (1), Enrique (2), Sturridge (2), Agger (3)
West Brom v Swansea
Chico (1), Hernandez (2), Davies (3)
Arsenal v Tottenham
Szczesny (1), Gibbs (1), Jenkinson (1), Mertesacker (2), Giroud (3)
Let us know your thoughts on the new bonus point system and if you’ve seen any patterns emerging in the comments. Hope this helped! Cheers.