Looking at the next FPL opponent of various players to assess whether their record is good or bad against them.
Player vs FPL opponent
Here is the data on how attacking FPL assets usually fare against their next opponents. Clearly 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 is useful information.
Despite this, Cristiano Ronaldo isn’t included because his 2003-09 appearances were too long ago to be relevant.
Points of interest
Raheem Sterling hasn’t started the recent few against Brighton, although his last one brought a hat-trick. Meanwhile, his eight-minute cameo in January 2021 was enough time to miss a penalty and end on negative points.
Team mate Kevin De Bruyne has played surprisingly few minutes against Brighton, just 336 in total.
It’s been an awful season for Marcus Rashford, with a concerning drop in form. However, his three appearances versus Norwich have produced three goals and an assist.
His Man United side were hammered 5-0 at home by Liverpool in Gameweek 9. As a result of three goals and one assist, the brilliant Mohamed Salah delivered a 24-point haul. Diogo Jota notched a goal and assist that afternoon.
Spurs’ two main men have contrasting fortunes against Brighton. In-form Harry Kane has five goals from seven outings, netting one in each of his last three, whereas Son Heung-min hasn’t scored in his last seven starts against the Seagulls.
During last season’s two matches with Burnley, Michail Antonio scored three times.
Gameweek 9 included a 3-3 draw between Burnley and Crystal Palace. Chris Wood scored that day but will now face the Eagles as a Newcastle player, as Christian Benteke netted himself. Yet he’s unlikely to start this time, with Jean-Philippe Mateta and Odsonne Edouard ahead of him in Patrick Vieira’s preferences.