The Scout reviews Gameweek 26
Michu tops the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index for Gameweek 26 after scoring twice and providing an assist in Swansea City’s 4-1 home win over Queens Park Rangers. Gareth Bale sits in second, having fired a superb brace in Tottenham Hotspur’s triumph over Newcastle United, while Gareth McAuley completes the top three thanks to an all-round display in West Bromwich Albion’s victory over Liverpool at Anfield.
Aston Villa 2-1 West Ham United
Charles N’Zogbia was awarded the maximum bonus points (BP) as Aston Villa climbed out the bottom three with a crucial home win. The midfielder supplied a goal and assist and also made 19 completed passes and a cross – he has now scored or assisted in three of the last four Gameweeks. Christian Benteke earned a couple of BP for the hosts. Scoring for the fourth match in succession, the Belgian also produced a clearance and 15 completed passes, while a clearance, an interception and a block helped Ashley Westwood to a single BP.
Chelsea 4-1 Wigan Athletic
Eden Hazard received the maximum bonus points (BP) in his first match back from suspension. The Belgian registered a goal and assist, and supplemented this with 41 completed passes and 4 successful dribbles – he has now been awarded BP in each of his last four league appearances. Cesar Azpilicueta was awarded a couple of BP for the hosts. Back in the first XI after being rested the previous weekend, the right-back provided a pair of assists and also made 5 successful tackles, 9 interceptions and 5 crosses. A goal, 3 shots on target, 5 successful tackles, a couple of interceptions and a block helped Ramires to a single BP.
Liverpool 0-2 West Bromwich Albion
Gareth McAuley earned the maximum bonus points (BP) in Monday evening’s match at Anfield. In a stand-out display at both ends of the pitch, the Baggies centre-half opened the scoring and also produced a successful tackle, 8 interceptions and 3 blocks to help his side to their first away clean sheet of the campaign. Youssouf Mulumbu was awarded a couple of BP after making 3 successful tackles, a block and 23 completed passes, while Ben Foster collected a single BP, with 11 saves (including caught crosses) amongst his EA SPORTS PPI stats.
Liverpool 5-0 Swansea City
Jose Enrique was awarded the maximum bonus points (BP) in the final match of the Gameweek. The left-back scored with his only shot of the match and also supplied an assist as Liverpool made amends for their home defeat at the hands of West Brom. Luis Suarez was awarded a couple of BP. Playing in a more withdrawn role behind the fit-again Daniel Sturridge, the Uruguayan scored once and provided a pair of assists – he has now earned 24 BP for the season, while a goal and assist helped Sturridge to a single BP in the Anfield rout.
Manchester United 2-0 Everton
Robin Van Persie picked up the maximum bonus points (BP) as the league leaders won at home for the tenth match in succession. The Dutchman produced a goal and assist on Sunday afternoon and has now earned 34 BP this term, while Ryan Giggs and Tom Cleverley both collected a couple of BP. Giggs opened the scoring for the hosts and also had 2 shots on target and a couple of crosses, while Cleverley had a shot on target, 23 completed passes and a couple of blocks amongst his EA SPORTS PPI stats.
Norwich City 0-0 Fulham
Steve Sidwell was awarded the maximum bonus points (BP) in Saturday’s goalless draw at Carrow Road. The Fulham midfielder made a couple of successful tackles, 4 interceptions and a block to help his side register a first clean sheet since Gameweek 14, while a trio of players all collected a couple of BP apiece. Michael Turner produced 3 clearances, 7 interceptions and a couple of blocks for the hosts, while Javier Garrido also impressed for Chris Hughton’s side – the left-back had a successful tackle, a couple of clearances, 4 interceptions and 5 crosses amongst his EA SPORTS PPI stats. Fulham skipper Brede Hangeland made 7 clearances, 7 interceptions and a couple of blocks in the stalemate.
Southampton 3-1 Manchester City
Steven Davis picked up the maximum bonus points (BP) in Mauricio Pochettino’s first win as Southampton manager. Playing in the role in “the hole” due to Gaston Ramirez’s absence, Davis grabbed a goal and also produced 2 shots on target, a successful dribble and a couple of crosses. A pair of assists earned Rickie Lambert a couple of BP, while Edin Dzeko received a single BP for notching the visitors’ consolation – he has now scored 6 goals in the last seven Gameweeks.
Stoke City 2-1 Reading
Glenn Whelan was awarded the maximum bonus points (BP) as Stoke won for the first time since Gameweek 19. The midfielder supplemented an assist with a shot on target and a clearance, while a goal and 2 shots on target helped Robert Huth to a couple of BP. Adrian Mariappa picked up a single BP. The Reading centre-half notched his side’s consolation and also had 3 interceptions and a block amongst his EA SPORTS PPI stats.
Sunderland 0-1 Arsenal
Aaron Ramsey received the maximum bonus points (BP) in Arsenal’s narrow win at the Stadium of Light. The Welshman produced a couple of shots on target, 6 successful tackles, a couple of clearances and 34 completed passes, while Theo Walcott was awarded a couple of BP thanks to an assist and 3 shots on target. A pair of successful tackles, 2 clearances, 2 interceptions, a block and 40 completed passes earned Mikel Arteta a single BP for the visitors.
Swansea City 4-1 Queens Park Rangers
Michu was awarded the maximum bonus points (BP) in Swansea’s home cruise over QPR on Saturday afternoon. The Spaniard bagged 2 goals and an assist and also registered 5 shots on target, 5 interceptions and a couple of successful tackles – an 18 point haul was his joint-highest of the season and mirrored his Gameweek 1 return against the same opponents. Pablo Hernandez collected a couple of BP for a strong all-round display, with a goal, an assist, 3 interceptions and 4 successful dribbles amongst his EA SPORTS PPI stats, while Angel Rangel received a single BP. The right-back also found the net and supplemented this with 2 shots on target, a couple of clearances and 4 interceptions.
Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Newcastle United
Gareth Bale earned the maximum bonus points (BP) in the opening match of the Gameweek. Scoring for the third successive match, the Tottenham winger notched twice and also had 6 shots on target, 3 successful dribbles and a couple of crosses amongst his EA SPORTS PPI stats – he has now collected 30 BP this term. Michael Dawson was awarded a couple of BP for a resilient display at the heart of the hosts defence. The centre-half made a successful tackle, 4 clearances, an interception and a couple of blocks to limit Newcastle to a single goal, while 3 successful tackles and a block helped Scott Parker to a single BP.
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