The Scout reviews Gameweek 25
Moussa Sissoko tops the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index for Gameweek 25 after scoring twice in Newcastle United’s comeback win over Chelsea. Jimmy Kebe sits in second spot, having notched both Reading’s goals in a 2-1 home triumph over Sunderland, while Marouane Fellaini completes the top three thanks to a brace in Everton’s draw with Aston Villa.
Arsenal 1-0 Stoke City
Laurent Koscielny was awarded the maximum bonus points (BP) in Saturday’s narrow win over Stoke. Deputising for the injured Thomas Vermaelen at centre-half, Koscielny produced a shot on target, 2 successful tackles and a block, while Mikel Arteta earned a couple of BP upon his return from a calf problem. The Spaniard made a successful tackle, a couple of interceptions, 64 completed passes and a pair of successful dribbles, while Lukas Podolski picked up a single BP after climbing off the bench to fire home the hosts’ deflected winner.
Everton 3-3 Aston Villa
Marouane Fellaini received the maximum bonus points (BP) as Everton came from behind to salvage a draw at home to Aston Villa. The Belgian notched twice as the Toffees clawed back a 3-1 deficit and also produced 5 shots on target – he has now returned 24 BP this season. Victor Anichebe picked up a couple of BP: preferred to Nikica Jelavic up front for the second consecutive match, the Nigerian produced a goal, an assist and 4 shots on target, while Christian Benteke was awarded a single BP after scoring twice for the visitors.
Fulham 0-1 Manchester United
Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie both collected maximum bonus points as Manchester United registered their ninth away win of the season on Saturday evening. Rooney notched the only goal of the Craven Cottage showdown and also had made a successful tackle, an interception and a block, while the Dutchman had 3 shots on target, 2 clearances, a successful dribble and a couple of crosses amongst his EA SPORTS PPI stats. Jonny Evans earned a single BP after producing 2 successful tackles, a pair of interceptions and a couple of clearances to help the league leaders to their first clean sheet in four matches.
Manchester City 2-2 Liverpool
Sergio Aguero received the maximum bonus points (BP) in the final match of the Gameweek on Sunday. The Argentine scored a superb equaliser and also completed 19 passes for the hosts, while Edin Dzeko was awarded a couple of BP, with a goal and a couple of clearances amongst his EA SPORTS PPI stats. Steven Gerrard and James Milner both secured a single BP. The Liverpool skipper produced a goal, an assist and 4 shots on target and has now collected BP in six of the last nine Gameweeks, while Milner had an assist, 5 crosses and a successful tackle amongst his EA SPORTS PPI stats.
Newcastle United 3-2 Chelsea
Moussa Sissoko earned the maximum bonus points (BP) in an outstanding home debut at St James’ Park. Fielded in a support role behind striker Papiss Cisse, the January signing scored twice and also produced 5 shots on target as Newcastle won back-to-back matches for the first time this season. Jonas Gutierrez collected a couple of BP for an all-round display. The Argentine supplemented his goal with 4 successful tackles, 3 clearances, 6 interceptions and 5 crosses, while a pair of assists and 6 interceptions helped left-back Davide Santon to a single BP for the hosts.
Queens Park Rangers 0-0 Norwich City
Bradley Johnson and Andros Townsend were both awarded the maximum bonus points (BP) in the opening match of the Gameweek. Johnson produced a shot on target, 4 successful tackles, a clearance and an interception for the visitors, while January loan acquisition Townsend impressed on his debut for the hosts, with 2 shots on target and 3 successful tackles amongst his EA SPORTS PPI stats. A shot on target, a successful dribble and 25 completed passes earned Canaries’ playmaker Wes Hoolahan a single BP.
Reading 2-1 Sunderland
Jimmy Kebe collected the maximum bonus points (BP) as Reading won for the fourth time in six matches. The winger scored both the Royals’ goals and also had a clearance, an interception and 4 crosses amongst his EA SPORTS stats – he has now produced attacking returns in three of the last four Gameweeks. An assist, 2 shots on target, 3 clearances and 9 crosses earned left-back Ian Harte a couple of BP, while Craig Gardner was awarded a single BP after slotting home the visitors’ consolation from the spot.
West Ham United 1-0 Swansea City
Andy Carroll fetched the maximum bonus points (BP) in his first start since Gameweek 14. Returning to the starting XI after recovering from a knee injury, Carroll grabbed the only goal of the match at Upton Park and also produced 4 successful tackles and 3 interceptions, while Kevin Nolan and Mark Noble both collected a couple of BP. Nolan had 3 shots on target, a couple of clearances, 3 interceptions and a block amongst his EA SPORTS PPI stats and Noble supplemented his assist with a pair of successful tackles, a block and 3 interceptions.
West Bromwich Albion 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Gareth Bale was awarded the maximum bonus points (BP) as Tottenham extended their unbeaten run to nine. The Welshman grabbed the match-winner at the Hawthorns and also registered 7 shots on target, 4 successful dribbles and 6 crosses – he has now received 27 BP this term. Hugo Lloris earned a couple of BP after producing 6 saves (including caught crosses), while Tottenham full-backs Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Kyle Walker both picked up single BP. The former produced a successful tackle, a couple of interceptions, 6 crosses and a block, while Walker had an assist and 3 crosses amongst his EA SPORTS PPI stats.
Wigan Athletic 2-2 Southampton
Gary Caldwell picked up the maximum bonus points (BP) for his display at both ends of the pitch at the DW Stadium. The Wigan centre-half grabbed a goal and also made a successful tackle, a couple of blocks, 4 clearances and 6 interceptions in a resilient defensive display. Rickie Lambert and Morgan Schneiderlin received a couple of BP for the visitors. Lambert produced a goal, 3 crosses and a trio of interceptions, while Schneiderlin supplemented his goal with 15 interceptions in a commanding central midfield display.
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