The Scout reviews Gameweek 24
Wayne Rooney tops the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index for Gameweek 24 after bagging a brace in Manchester United’s narrow home win over Southampton. Leighton Baines sits in second thanks to a double for Everton against West Bromwich Albion, while Wigan Athletic’s James McArthur completes the top three, having produced a goal and assist in a 2-2 draw at Stoke City.
Arsenal 2-2 Liverpool
Olivier Giroud was awarded the maximum bonus points (BP) as Arsenal came back to salvage a draw at the Emirates Stadium. Starting up front for the third consecutive Gameweek, the Frenchman produced a goal and assist and also had 4 shots on target for the hosts. A goal and assist helped Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson to a couple of BP, while Theo Walcott received a single BP, with a goal and 3 shots on target amongst his EA SPORTS PPI stats.
Aston Villa 1-2 Newcastle United
Yohan Cabaye collected the maximum bonus points (BP) as Newcastle registered their first away win of the season. The Frenchman fired home a superb long range effort and also produced 2 shots on target and 4 successful tackles – he has now scored in each of his last two starts since returning from a groin injury. A goal and a successful tackle earned Papiss Cisse a couple of BP for the visitors, while Davide Santon was awarded a single BP, with a shot on target, a successful tackle and a couple of interceptions amongst his EA SPORTS stats.
Everton 2-1 West Bromwich Albion
Leighton Baines received the maximum bonus points (BP) in Wednesday evening’s encounter at Goodison Park. The left-back notched both the Toffees’ goals and has now moved to the top of the defender standings on 115 points. A pair of blocks helped Johnny Heitinga to a couple of BP, while Shane Long was awarded a single BP after climbing off the bench to grab the Baggies’ consolation.
Fulham 3-1 West Ham United
Hugo Rodallega collected the maximum bonus points (BP) as Fulham won at home for the first time since Gameweek 16. Fielded on the left flank, the Colombian produced a goal, 2 shots on target and 4 interceptions for the Cottagers, while Kevin Nolan picked up a couple of BP. The Hammers skipper scored his first goal since Gameweek 11 and also had 3 shots on target and 3 interceptions amongst his EA SPORTS PPI stats. Damien Duff and Dimitar Berbatov earned a single BP apiece. Duff supplemented a pair of assists with a couple of interceptions, while Berbatov produced a goal, 2 clearances and 3 interceptions.
Manchester United 2-1 Southampton
Wayne Rooney was awarded the maximum bonus points (BP) as Manchester United won at home for the ninth match in succession. In his first start since Gameweek 18, Rooney grabbed both the hosts’ goals and also produced 4 shots on target, a couple of successful tackles and 2 clearances, while Nemanja Vidic earned a couple of BP. The Serbian made 4 interceptions, a couple of clearances and 3 blocks to limit the Saints to a single goal; he has now received 5 BP in his last two matches at Old Trafford. A shot on target, a successful tackle, 2 clearances and a block helped Danny Welbeck to a single BP.
Norwich 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Robert Snodgrass collected the maximum bonus points (BP) as Norwich and Spurs shared the honours at Carrow Road. In an all-round performance, the playmaker produced a shot on target, a successful tackle, a pair of interceptions and 12 crosses – he has now received 20 BP this season, fourth highest of any midfielder. Michael Turner picked up a couple of BP, thanks to 3 clearances and 3 blocks for the Canaries, while Gareth Bale was awarded a single BP. The Welshman grabbed a superb equaliser for the visitors and also had 3 shots on target, 4 clearances and 5 crosses amongst his EA SPORTS PPI stats.
Queens Park Rangers 0-0 Manchester City
James Milner picked up the maximum bonus points (BP) in Tuesday evening’s goalless draw at Loftus Road. In his fifth start in the last six Gameweeks for the champions, Milner produced a shot on target, 3 successful tackles, 6 interceptions and 40 completed passes and has now collected BP in three of his last four appearances. Gareth Barry and Shaun Derry were both awarded a couple of BP for their respective midfield display. Barry had a shot on target, 3 successful tackles, 10 interceptions and 37 completed passes amongst his EA SPORTS PPI statistics, while Derry’s 8 successful tackles, 7 interceptions and a couple of blocks helped QPR to a third clean sheet in four Gameweeks.
Reading 2-2 Chelsea
Juan Mata collected the maximum bonus points (BP) in Chelsea’s draw at the Madejski Stadium. The Spaniard provided a goal and assist for the visitors and also made a couple of interceptions – he has now moved to second in the overall standings on 155 points. Adam Le Fondre picked up a couple of BP after climbing off the bench to notch a late double for the second Gameweek in succession, while a goal, 2 shots on target and 3 interceptions helped Frank Lampard to a single BP.
Stoke City 2-2 Wigan Athletic
James McArthur received the maximum bonus points (BP) for a strong all-round display against the Potters. The Wigan midfielder supplemented a goal and assist with 2 shots on target, a successful tackle, 3 interceptions and 26 completed passes, to collect BP for only the second time this term. Peter Crouch and Franco Di Santo both earned a couple of BP apiece. In his first home start since Gameweek 14, Crouch produced a goal and an interception, while Di Santo found the net for the second time in the last three matches for the Latics.
Sunderland 0-0 Swansea City
Seb Larsson and Titus Bramble were both awarded the maximum bonus points (BP) as Sunderland registered their ninth clean sheet of the season. Larsson had a shot on target, a couple of crosses, a successful tackle and a block amongst his EA SPORTS PPI stats, while Bramble made a successful tackle, a couple of clearances, an interception and 3 blocks. A couple of blocks helped John O’Shea to a single BP for the Black Cats.
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