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
Man City face Watford, which normally brings up FPL memories. Raheem Sterling has an outstanding record against the Hornets and, in particular, his last three meetings delivered a hat-trick, six goals and hauls of 21 and 17 points.
Last time these met at the Etihad, an 8-0 mauling brought 17 points for Kevin De Bruyne via one goal and two assists.
The Merseyside derby was fruitful for Mohamed Salah in Gameweek 14, due to two goals and 15 points. Strangely, team mate Roberto Firmino has never scored against Everton from 11 league meetings.
At least he has provided a couple of assists in this time, unlike Josh King versus Man City. The Toffees’ forward Richarlison has scored on his last two trips to Anfield.
South coast sides Brighton and Southampton meet on Sunday. The early December clash ended 1-1 thanks to a dramatic equaliser from Neal Maupay, coming deep into stoppage time.
Already out-of-form, Marcus Rashford hasn’t scored against Arsenal since his Premier League debut in 2016. Both goals came that day, with nothing since.