No prizes for guessing who was the standout in the fantasy game this week. With two goals – the first particularly excellent – and an assist, Raheem Sterling (5) was the decisive figure as Liverpool took a giant step towards the Premier League title. The Reds forward took home 15 points, taking him above 100 for the season; not bad for a teenager.
Arsenal’s title challenge may have fallen by the wayside but they still enjoyed a comfortable win in their pursuit of fourth place. Back in the full swing of first-team action, Aaron Ramsey (5.5) was at the centre of it, with a goal and an assist, as well as a clean sheet, in the Gunners’ 3-0 win over Hull City.
Only one point behind his haul of 11 was his team-mate, Lukas Podolski (7.5), who popped up in the right place at the right time to net the other two.
Everton remain hot on Arsenal’s heels for that final Champions League qualification berth and Leighton Baines (7) enjoyed a typically dominant fantasy football performance with his display in their 2-0 victory over former manager David Moyes’s Manchester United.
The left-back kept a clean sheet as well as dispatching the penalty that opened the scoring, with a more-than-respectable 12 points justifying the 35.05 per cent of players who picked him.
Wilfried Bony (7.5) took his Premier League goal tally to 13 for the season with another double at Newcastle, his firepower giving Swansea City a vital boost as they look to avoid a late drop into the bottom three.
Meanwhile, at the other end of the pitch, Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (5.5) distinguished himself with a penalty save in his side’s victory over Fulham. His seven points is an excellent return for his position.
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A spate of penalties conceded across the Premier League this gameweek meant a spate of points lost for the culprits, resulting in several poor returns.
The least impressive showing was at Goodison Park, where Phil Jones (5) brought about the spot kick that allowed Everton to take the lead with a clear handball. Yellow-carded in the process, the United defender ended the game with one point fewer than when it began.
Another defender who let in two goals and conceded a penalty was Chelsea star Cesar Azpilicueta (5.5). The Spaniard has been a solid pick this year, with 93 points in total, but took home a flat zero for his efforts as Jose Mourinho’s home record was undone by Sunderland.
There were similar returns for Steven N’Zonzi (5) and Cheikh Tiote (5), both of whom were culpable for Stoke City and Newcastle, respectively, and both of whom took home zero.
Up front, there was disappointment for Rickie Lambert (7). The England international has 135 points for the season but struggled to make an impact without injured strike partner Jay Rodriguez as Southampton drew 0-0 with Aston Villa, earning points only for playing the full 90 minutes.
With no red cards, there were no major suspensions to note from Gameweek 35, but some further injury troubles have cropped up.
Whether or not Newcastle will miss Papiss Cisse (7) after scoring only 52 points for the whole season is another debate entirely but the striker will miss the rest of the campaign after breaking his kneecap in the first half against Swansea.
There was less serious damage to Hull City forward Shane Long (6) but he is nonetheless a doubt for the Tigers’ next outing after being hauled off at half-time on the way to defeat against Arsenal with a calf injury.
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