This looks at the next opponent of Fantasy Premier League’s (FPL) top players, assessing whether they have a good or bad record against them. Of course, it’s just for fun and doesn’t take into account factors such as the player moving clubs. A lot can change in the years since Striker A scored a hat-trick against Team B. However, if a player enjoys playing at a certain ground against a particular centre back, that could be useful information for the FPL community.
(NB. Premier League matches only. Cristiano Ronaldo isn’t included because his 2003-09 appearances were too long ago to be relevant)
Richarlison vs Wolves
8.98 POINTS-PER-90-MINS: 6 matches, 5 goals, 0 assists
Jamie Vardy vs Arsenal
7.87 POINTS-PER-90-MINS: 13 matches, 11 goals, 1 assist
If Vardy can overcome the injury which prompted his half-time withdrawal at Brentford, his 1.3 million new managers from Gameweek 9 will be optimistic of goals against one of his favourite opponents.
Raul Jimenez vs Everton
7.30 POINTS-PER-90-MINS: 4 matches, 4 goals, 0 assists
The Wolves striker missed both of last season’s meeting due to injury but has scored in each of his four outings against Everton.
Kevin De Bruyne vs Crystal Palace
7.13 POINTS-PER-90-MINS: 11 matches, 2 goals, 7 assists
Mohamed Salah vs Brighton
6.75 POINTS-PER-90-MINS: 8 matches, 5 goals, 4 assists
Because there weren’t enough reasons to captain Salah!
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang vs Leicester
6.30 POINTS-PER-90-MINS: 7 matches, 4 goals, 0 assists
Michail Antonio vs Aston Villa
6.28 POINTS-PER-90-MINS: 5 matches, 1 goal, 3 assists
Danny Ings vs West Ham
2.08 POINTS-PER-90-MINS: 9 matches, 0 goals, 0 assists
Remarkably, Ings has never scored a goal against West Ham from his time at Liverpool and Southampton.
Jack Grealish vs Crystal Palace
2.18 POINTS-PER-90-MINS: 6 matches, 0 goals, 0 assists
Wilfried Zaha v Man City
2.69 POINTS-PER-90-MINS: 12 matches, 0 goals, 2 assists
Sadio Mane vs Brighton
2.80 POINTS-PER-90-MINS: 6 matches, 0 goals, 0 assists
Even more remarkable is Sadio Mane’s complete lack of goal involvement against the Seagulls.
Joshua King vs Southampton
3.17 POINTS-PER-90-MINS: 11 matches, 1 goal, 0 assists
One week after topping ‘The Good’ for his form against Everton, King has the opposite problem when facing Southampton.
Roberto Firmino vs Brighton
3.98 POINTS-PER-90-MINS: 8 matches, 2 goals, 1 assist
Harry Kane vs Man United
4.11 POINTS-PER-90-MINS: 14 matches, 4 goals, 2 assists
Callum Wilson vs Chelsea
4.87 POINTS-PER-90-MINS: 5 matches, 1 goal, 1 assist