What we know so far is that none of us know anything. That said, I can throw out some interesting facts which might give us at least a chance of picking some useful players:
- Sunderland are now tied for the most clean sheets in the league with 8 to date (tied with high priced alternatives Chelsea and Man City). They have notched 7 in the past 11 weeks which equals Chelsea's phenomenal start to the season.
- Over the past five weeks Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs, Aston Villa and Bolton have combined for 0 clean sheets.
- In that same period, only Sunderland have managed to notch 3 clean sheets, though 9 other sides have managed 2.
- Despite the apparent lack of clean sheets, we have actually had 7 more than at the same point last season.
- During the second half of last season we saw 127 clean sheets after just 88 during the first 19 games (we have already seen 87 this year).
- Only 2 sides have failed to score only twice this season: Man United and Blackburn
- No sides are standing out as easy to defend, though Wigan lead the way with 7 goose eggs to their name already.
- Spurs have only been blanked once in the last 11 games and that came at Old Trafford. Do not play your defenders against Redknapp's men!
- 2 of the 3 longest scoring streaks ended this week with Everton (10 games) and Sunderland (8 games) both failing to find the net. Blackburn (9 games) now hold the longest current streak.
- Of all the players to have quality games this week, only 6 cost more than 7m and 3 of these were defenders. No striker made the list. (Baines, Silva, Downing, Young, Vidic and Evra).
- Andy Caroll has notched at least 5 points in 9 straight games, totalling 63 points (7 PPG) over this period. This week, however, was his first double digit effort since his GW2 hattrick.
- 4 players now lead the league with 9 quality games: Caroll, Vidic, Cahill and Hart.
- Despite this week's 1 pointer, Nasri leads all players over the past 5 weeks with 34 points, tied with Gareth Bale. They are followed up by Caroll, Etherington and Elmander.
- If you pick a team of the best possible 11 players (while adhering to formation restrictions) it would only cost you 91.1m
- The 8 players who cost 10.0m or more are averaging just 4.9 PPG to date. At least 17 players have a better average including Brunt, Adam and Odenwingie who all cost less than 6.0m.
- Odenwingie has played one less game than Gerrard and costs less than half his pricetage but has outscored the England midfielder 65-57.