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Gameweek 2 expected goal involvement toppers

Looking at players who topped the expected goal involvement data in gameweek 2. Using the Fantasy Football Scout members area we can arrange the data to show us which players achieved the highest XGI in gameweek 2.

Expected goal involvement (XGI) takes into account expected assists and expected goals. This can give FPL managers a good idea of which players could or should have returned points in any given gameweek. This can then be useful in making transfer and captaincy decisions.

Gabriel Jesus-Arsenal

The Arsenal forward continues to be the highest owned player in the game at the time writing. At a huge 76% ownership the £8m Brazilian forward topped every player in the game to achieve a XGI of 1.96. Jesus massively over performed on that as he scored two goals and created two assists.

The Arsenal attacker came away with a 19 point double digit return in gameweek 2 rewarding his huge owner base after blanking in gameweek 1. His success could continue in gameweek 3 as he faces Bournemouth. With those stats and returns FPL managers may even be considering him for captaincy.


The £6.1m midfielder could be on course for a successful season with Leeds. After scoring in gameweek 1 his tally only improved after gameweek 2. Rodrigo came second amongst all players in the league for expected goal involvement.

The Leeds man over performed on his XGI of 1.55. His two goals meant the midfielder hit a double digit return of 15 points in gameweek 2. With Chelsea up next FPL managers may want to avoid bringing him in. However with Bamford injured and great fixtures after that it could be a great time to get him into our teams.

Ollie Watkins-Aston Villa

Team mate Danny Ings scored but it was £7.4m striker Ollie Watkins who had the most success. The forward came third overall for expected goal involvement in gameweek 2. His XGI hit 1.41 of which he also over performed on this week.

Watkins returned an impressive 11 points against opposition Everton. Those points consisted of two assists and bonus points. With Crystal Palace next FPL managers could be tempted, however after Aston Villa in gameweek 3 he faces Arsenal, Man City and Leicester.

Buendia-Aston Villa

Everton conceded a lot of expected goal involvement to Aston Villa in gameweek 2. That was reflected in the fact that £6m midfielder Buendia only played 30 minutes but still became the fourth highest for XGI with 1.23.

Although fantastic Buendia still under performed on his expected data. However the Villa attacker still rewarded the small percentage of owners that selected him with his eight points. His minutes look to be shared so FPL managers could do well in avoiding transferring him in.

Pascal Groß-Brighton

Another great week for Pascal Groß in terms of XGI. The £5.6m Brighton midfielder makes his second consecutive appearance in this article edition. The attacker managed to hit 15 points last week against Man United.

Although Groß became the fifth highest for XGI in gameweek 2 with 1.11 he underperformed on it. The midfielder failed to return any significant points but still looked lively. Great fixtures ahead could tempt FPL managers for gameweek 3.

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