The Scout reviews Gameweek 12
Manchester City dominate the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index for Gameweek 12 thanks to a 5-0 home hammering of Aston Villa.
Carlos Tevez leads the way with a couple of goals and 2 assists in the 5-0 home hammering of Aston Villa. David Silva sits in second spot after producing a goal and a pair of assists, while Sergio Aguero completes the top three with a double as the champions climbed to the top of the Barclays Premier League
As usual, The Scout begins by clearing up any queries concerning points awards over the previous round of matches.
The only incident of note occurred at the Hawthorns, where Eden Hazard was credited with the beaten visitors’ goal in the 2-1 defeat by West Bromwich Albion. Although the Belgian’s header deflected off Baggies right-back Billy Jones, it was deemed that his effort was initially on target before finding the net.
Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Santi Cazorla received the maximum bonus points (BP) in Saturday lunchtime’s thrilling north London derby. The Arsenal playmaker produced a goal and assist in addition to 36 completed passes and a successful dribble, and now has 9 BP for the season. Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski both earned a couple of BP after returning a goal and assist apiece. Walcott also had 2 shots on target and 25 completed passes amongst his EA SPORTS PPI stats, while Podolski made a successful tackle, 2 clearances and an interception.
Fulham 1-3 Sunderland
Steven Fletcher earned the maximum bonus points as Sunderland won on their travels for the first time this term. The forward grabbed a goal and assist and also managed 3 shots also on target – he has now returned 15 BP in 10 appearances for the Wearsiders. Adam Johnson was awarded a couple of BP after providing a pair of assists, a shot on target and 4 crosses at Craven Cottage, while a goal, 2 successful tackles and 4 clearances helped Carlos Cuellar to his first BP of the campaign.
Liverpool 3-0 Wigan Athletic
Jose Enrique was awarded the maximum bonus points (BP) as Liverpool extended their unbeaten run to seven matches. Handed a role in the Reds’ front three, the 5.7 priced defender produced a goal and assist, in addition to 3 successful tackles, 9 interceptions and 4 crosses – he has now picked up BP in each of the last three Gameweeks. Raheem Sterling earned a couple of BP for his performance on the hosts’ right flank. The teenager provided a pair of assists and also produced a shot on target, 5 interceptions, 3 successful dribbles and 3 crosses, while Luis Suarez picked up a single BP. Although he bagged a brace against the Latics, the Uruguayan’s 4 shots off target proved detrimental to his EA SPORTS PPI score.
Manchester City 5-0 Aston Villa
Carlos Tevez earned the maximum bonus points (BP) as the champions recorded their biggest win of the season. The Argentine produced 2 goals and a pair of assists against the midlanders and has now produced 16 BP so far, more than any other player – Tevez now leads the overall rankings, with 87 points accrued. David Silva was awarded a couple of BP, with a goal and a pair of assists supplemented by a couple of interceptions and 47 completed passes, while Sergio Aguero’s double helped the 11.0 priced forward to a single BP.
Newcastle United 1-2 Swansea City
Pablo Hernandez picked up the maximum bonus points (BP) in Swansea’s win at St James’ Park. The Spaniard produced an assist, 2 shots on target, a couple of successful dribbles and 2 crosses, and has now returned 7 BP in the past five Gameweeks. Jonathan de Guzman was awarded a couple of BP, with a goal, 15 completed passes and a cross amongst his EA SPORTS PPI stats, while fellow-goalscorer Michu earned a single BP. The Spaniard has now found the net 7 times, more than any other midfielder thus far.
Norwich City 1-0 Manchester United
Anthony Pilkington received the maximum bonus points after scoring the only goal of Saturday evening’s match with Manchester United. The left winger also produced 2 shots on target, a clearance, a couple of successful dribbles and 5 crosses to help the Canaries register their third successive 1-0 win at Carrow Road. Javier Garrido and John Ruddy both earned a couple of BP for their respective displays at the back as the hosts recorded their fourth clean sheet in the last five Gameweeks. Garrido provided the assist for Pilkington’s headed winner and also had a clearance and 3 crosses amongst his EA SPORTS PPI stats, while 13 saves (including caught crosses) took Ruddy’s tally to 55 points thus far.
Queens Park Rangers 1-3 Southampton
Rickie Lambert collected the maximum bonus points (BP) as Southampton won on the road for the first time this term. Scoring his first away goal since Gameweek 1, Lambert also produced 2 shots on target and a couple of successful tackles, taking his total to 54 points for the season. A goal and assist helped Jason Puncheon to a couple of BP; although he also impressed with 5 shots on target, the winger’s 3 efforts off target dented his EA SPORTS PPI score. David Hoilett was awarded a single BP after scoring the hosts’ consolation – he also produced 2 shots on target, a successful tackle and 3 interceptions.
Reading 2-1 Everton
Adam Le Fondre earned the maximum bonus points (BP) as Reading chalked up a victory for the first time this season. In his first start since Gameweek 5, the 4.8 priced forward grabbed both the hosts’ goals to collect his first BP of the campaign. Steven Naismith’s second goal in his last three starts helped him to a couple of BP for the beaten visitors, while Nicky Shorey was awarded a single BP, with assist, a clearance and an interception amongst his EA SPORTS PPI stats.
West Bromwich Albion 2-1 Chelsea
Shane Long picked up the maximum bonus points (BP) as the hosts registered their sixth home win of the season. The Republic of Ireland international produced a goal and assist and supplemented this with 2 shots on target, 4 clearances and an interception – he has scored or assisted in all of his seven Hawthorns appearances this term. A goal, 4 successful tackles, 2 clearances, a pair of interceptions and a block helped Peter Odemwingie to a couple of BP; he has produced 5 BP over his last two starts. Liam Ridgewell’s resilience at the back earned the Baggies defender a single BP – the left-back defied the visitors with 6 clearances, 4 interceptions and 4 blocks.
West Ham United 1-1 Stoke City
Joey O’Brien was awarded the maximum bonus points (BP) in Monday evening’s Upton Park stalemate. On his third consecutive start for Sam Allardyce’s side, the right-back netted the hosts’ equaliser and also proved crucial defensively, with 2 clearances, an interception and a couple of blocks amongst his EA SPORTS PPI stats. Jon Walters picked up a couple of BP after opening the scoring from a cleverly-worked corner kick for the visitors, while 7 clearances and 3 blocks helped Robert Huth to a single BP.
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