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Fantasy football round 16: 30 not-so-random questions

A change of pace this week. Instead of providing tips on a specific theme, I have scoured the Fantasy Premier League statistics database to provide you with a veritable pot pourri of relevant facts and figures about some of the very best (and worst) options available to you in the game. These statistics are presented in quiz format for your enjoyment and information.

Have fun, and hopefully these questions and answers will provide you with some helpful pointers for your own team selections.

Team statistics

1. Which two teams currently have the Premier League’s best attack and defence (in terms of goals scored/conceded)?

Manchester United have scored 35 goals, while Blackpool have conceded 29.

2. Which team has the most clean sheets?

Chelsea (eight) – although they have only kept one clean sheet in their last six games.

3. Which team has yet to keep a clean sheet?

Wolves. (Note also Tottenham, who drew 0-0 with Manchester City on opening day, and have failed to keep a clean sheet since.)

4. Manchester United have the best home record so far this season, but who has the best away record?

Arsenal, with 17 points from eight games.

5. Which team has the worst disciplinary record?

Arsenal – four red cards and 31 yellows. West Brom, however, are only just behind and have a division-high five red cards.

Forwards

Dimitar Berbatov

6. Dimitar Berbatov leads the Premier League scoring chart with 11 goals. Which two strikers are tied for second, with nine apiece?

Andy Carroll (Newcastle) and Carlos Tevez (Manchester City).

7. Who is the only forward to have played every minute of every game so far?

Bolton’s Kevin Davies.

8. Name the five strikers who have five or more assists so far this season.

Chelsea’s Didier Drogba has six assists. Marouane Chamakh (Arsenal), Johan Elmander (Bolton), Fernando Torres (Liverpool), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) and Peter Crouch (Tottenham) each have five.

9. Three of the top seven points-scoring forwards cost £6.6m or less. Who are they?

Andy Carroll (£6.1m) is tied with Berbatov on 89 points as the highest-scoring forward. Johan Elmander (£6.5m) is just one point behind. Kevin Davies (£6.6m) has 77 points.

Midfielders

Tim Cahill

10. Who is the top goalscoring midfield player so far?

Everton’s Tim Cahill, with eight goals. Florent Malouda (Chelsea) and Kevin Nolan (Newcastle) have seven apiece.

11. Which midfield player currently has ten assists, two more than any other player in the Premier League?

Manchester United’s Nani.

12. And who, surprisingly, is second in the assists chart, with eight?

Chris Brunt of West Brom.

13. Two of the top eight points scorers in midfield cost £6.2m or less. Who are they?

Blackpool’s Charlie Adam (£5.7m) and Kevin Nolan (£6.2m) are ranked seventh and eighth respectively. Overall, eight of the top 20 midfielders cost less than £6m.

Defenders

Liam Ridgewell

14. Who are the only two defenders to have scored three league goals so far?

Liam Ridgewell (Birmingham) and Nemanja Vidic (Man Utd) have three each.

15. Name the defender who already has an impressive six assists this season.

Everton’s Leighton Baines. Chelsea’s Ashley Cole (three) is the only other defender to have more than two.

16. Which team can boast three of the eight highest points-scoring defenders?

Birmingham, with Roger Johnson, Scott Dann and Liam Ridgewell. None costs more than £5.8m – Dann remains a bargain at £4.8m.

17. Which defender has received more yellow cards than any other player?

Aston Villa’s Stephen Warnock has had seven bookings.

Goalkeepers

Paul Robinson

18. Seven goalkeepers have scored 50 or more points so far. Petr Cech, unsurprisingly, is the most expensive at £6.7m. Who is the cheapest?

Blackburn’s Paul Robinson (£4.6m).

19. Which goalkeeper has made the most saves?

West Ham’s Robert Green has made 60, one more than Birmingham’s Ben Foster.

20. Which three goalkeepers have been credited with an assist?

Paul Robinson has two, while Joe Hart (Man City) and Lukasz Fabiański (Arsenal) have one apiece.

21. Who is the only goalkeeper to have been sent off so far this season?

Bolton’s Jussi Jaaskelainen, who saw red against Birmingham in late August.

Miscellaneous

Gareth Bale

22. Who is currently the most selected player in the Fantasy Premier League game?

Tottenham’s Gareth Bale is in 53% of teams. Andy Carroll is just behind on 49%. No other player features in more than 40% of squads.

23. Since the start of the game, which player has been transferred in by the highest number of teams?

Andy Carroll, who has been added in by 1,015,053 managers since the start of the season. Nani (864,466) is the only other player to have been subsequently drafted in by at least 750,000 teams.

24. Conversely, which player has been transferred out most often?

Dimitar Berbatov (546,091). The 886 managers who transferred him out last week must be really kicking themselves!

25. Who are the only three players to have scored 20 or more points in a single gameweek?

Arsenal’s Theo Walcott (21 points, gameweek 2), Kevin Nolan (20, week 10) and Dimitar Berbatov (25, week 15).

Charlie Adam

26. Which player has received the most bonus points?

Charlie Adam has 19, one more than Kevin Davies. Four players are tied with 15 (Nani, Tevez, Berbatov, Carroll). No defensive player has more than 11.

27. Which four players have seen their transfer value rise by at least £1m so far?

Nani (£8.0m to £9.3m), Andy Carroll (£5.0m to £6.1m), Johan Elmander (£5.5m to £6.5m) and Tottenham’s Rafael van der Vaart (£7.5m to £8.5m).

28. Conversely, who is the only player to have seen his transfer value fall by at least £1m?

Wigan’s Argentinian forward Mauro Boselli (£6.0m to £4.8m).

29. Name the three players who have been sent off twice each so far this season.

Lee Cattermole (Sunderland), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) and Youssouf Mulumbu (West Brom).

30. There have been 16 credited own goals this season, but only one has been attributed to a non-defensive player. Who?

It’s that man Charlie Adam again, who scored into his own net against Blackburn in September.

Previous posts in the Fantasy Football series:

Ten tips to boost your score

Don’t panic!

Improving your squad

The importance of formations

A question of rotation

Following and bucking trends

The top 20 forwards

In-form midfielders

Defenders’ goals are vanity, clean sheets are sanity

Goalkeepers make saves – and savings?

Following the form book

Looking ahead

Scraping the bottom of the barrel

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