The Scout reviews Gameweek 10
Marouane Fellaini tops the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index for Gameweek 10 after bagging a brace in Everton’s draw with Fulham. Robin Van Persie sits in second place, having opened the scoring for Manchester United against his former club Arsenal, while Peter Odemwingie completes the top three after scoring both goals in West Bromwich Albion’s 2-0 home win over Southampton.
As usual, The Scout begins by clearing up any queries concerning points awards over the previous round of matches.
The only real incident of note came at Old Trafford, where Rafael was awarded the assist for Robin Van Persie’s third-minute opener for Manchester United against his former club Arsenal. Although Thomas Vermaelen cleared the right-back’s cross straight to Van Persie’s feet prior to the Dutchman scoring, the Arsenal defender’s final touch was inside his own penalty area meaning that Rafael, as the last attacking player to play the ball prior to Van Persie finishing, earned the assist.
Fulham 2-2 Everton
Marouane Fellaini collected the maximum bonus points (BP) as Everton stretched their unbeaten streak to seven matches. The Belgian scored both the Toffees goals at Craven Cottage and, in a strong all-round display, produced 5 shots on target, a couple of successful tackles, a clearance and 3 interceptions – he now has 7 BP for the season. Steve Sidwell and Sascha Riether were both awarded a couple of BP for the hosts. Climbing off the bench with just 26 minutes remaining, Sidwell produced a goal, 2 successful tackles and 4 interceptions for Martin Jol’s side, while right-back Riether’s contribution was crucial as Fulham repelled wave after wave of Everton attacks; he made 5 successful tackles, 8 interceptions and a couple of blocks.
Liverpool 1-1 Newcastle United
Luis Suarez picked up the maximum bonus points (BP) in Sunday afternoon’s Anfield stalemate. The Uruguayan produced a sublime equaliser for Liverpool and supplemented this with 3 shots on target, 2 successful dribbles and a couple of crosses. Suarez now has 7 BP for the season, though this was his first in front of his own fans. Yohan Cabaye earned a couple of BP before limping off on 67 minutes. The Frenchman opened the scoring with a superb strike for Newcastle and also had 3 crosses amongst his EA SPORTS PPI stats; Cabaye is clearly a man in form – he has now produced 2 goals and 5 BP over the last three Gameweeks. Jose Enrique collected a single BP against his former club. The Liverpool left-back provided the assist for Suarez’s goal and also produced a successful tackle, a clearance, a successful dribble and 3 crosses.
Manchester United 2-1 Arsenal
Robin Van Persie earned the maximum bonus points (BP) in Saturday lunchtime’s early kick-off. In his first match against his former club, the Dutchman opened the scoring and also produced 4 shots on target – he is now the leading points scorer this season, with 72 points accrued thus far. Patrice Evra was awarded a couple of BP, with a goal, a successful tackle and 26 completed passes amongst his EA SPORTS PPI stats, while Santi Cazorla’s late consolation helped the Arsenal playmaker to a single BP, taking his tally to 6 BP for the campaign.
Norwich City 1-0 Stoke City
Bradley Johnson was awarded the maximum bonus points (BP) as Norwich stretched their unbeaten run to three matches. Grabbing the only goal of Saturday’s Carrow Road encounter, the midfielder also managed a couple of shots on target, a cross and a clearance to pick up his first BP of the season. Robert Snodgrass earned a pair of BP, with an assist, a shot on target, a couple of interceptions and 5 crosses amongst his EA SPORTS PPI stats, while 3 shots on target and a successful tackle helped Anthony Pilkington to a single BP.
Queens Park Rangers 1-1 Reading
Kaspars Gorkss received the maximum bonus points as Reading picked up a vital point at Loftus Road. The centre-half was crucial at both ends of the pitch for the visitors – he grabbed the Royals’ opener and made 2 successful tackles, a clearance, a couple of interceptions and a block; he has now returned 16 points in the last two Gameweeks. A couple of blocks earned Nicky Shorey 2 BP, while Sean Morrison was awarded a single BP for the away side on his top flight debut, with an assist, a shot on target and a block amongst his EA SPORTS PPI stats.
Sunderland 0-1 Aston Villa
Gabriel Agbonlahor picked up the maximum bonus points (BP) as Aston Villa registered their first away win under Paul Lambert. The 6.9 priced forward grabbed the only goal of the Stadium of Light showdown and also produced 2 shots on target, a couple of successful dribbles, 4 interceptions and a successful tackle. Andreas Weimann earned a couple of BP in his first start since Gameweek 4. The Austrian had 2 shots on target, a couple of successful tackles, a clearance and 4 interceptions amongst his EA SPORTS PPI stats, while an assist, 3 successful tackles and 3 interceptions helped fellow striker Christian Benteke to a single BP.
Swansea City 1-1 Chelsea
Victor Moses picked up the maximum bonus points (BP) in Saturday’s Liberty Stadium stalemate. Deputising for the injured Juan Mata, Moses notched the visitors’ goal and also produced a clearance, 4 interceptions, a successful dribble and a cross to earn his first BP since moving to Stamford Bridge this summer. Pablo Hernandez fetched a couple of BP for the second home match in succession. The Spaniard notched the home side’s last equaliser and supplemented this with a couple of shots on target, a successful tackle and an interception, while Gary Cahill was awarded a single BP. The centre-half provided the assist for Moses’ opener and also proved crucial defensively, with 3 successful tackles, a clearance, 10 interceptions and a block.
Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Wigan Athletic
Ben Watson received the maximum bonus points as Wigan won for the second Gameweek in succession. In only his second start of the season, the midfielder scored the winner in the White Hart Lane encounter and supplemented his strike with a couple of successful tackles, a clearance and 7 interceptions. Gary Caldwell was awarded a couple of BP for a resilient defensive display for the visitors – the Latics centre-half produced a couple of successful tackles, 5 clearances and 2 blocks to help his side to their first clean sheet since Gameweek 2. Arouna Kone picked up a single BP, with a shot on target, a successful dribble and 22 competed passes amongst his EA SPORTS PPI stats.
West Bromwich Albion 2-0 Southampton
Peter Odemwingie collected the maximum bonus points in Monday night’s showdown at the Hawthorns. The Nigerian bagged both his side’s goals against Southampton and also registered 3 shots on target, a dribble and a cross as West Brom won at home for the fifth time in six matches in front of their own fans. An assist, 3 successful tackles and a couple of blocks helped Youssouf Mulumbu to a couple of BP, while Ben Foster’s 8 saves (including caught crosses) earned the Baggies keeper a single BP.
West Ham United 0-0 Manchester City
Samir Nasri was awarded the maximum bonus points (BP) in Saturday evening’s goalless draw at Upton Park. The Frenchman produced a shot on target and 62 successful passes to earn his first BP since Gameweek 1, while Gael Clichy received a couple of BP, with a successful tackle and a block helping the visitors to their third clean sheet in the last four Gameweeks. James Collins picked up a single BP for the home side. The summer signing from Aston Villa produced a successful tackle and a couple of blocks to help the Hammers to their first clean sheet in six Gameweeks – Collins has now been awarded BP in four of his six home appearances.
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