Did your team keep a clean sheet last weekend? After three weeks, there have been 18.13 expected clean sheets in the Premier League, but only 14 achieved.
Round 3 had only three teams that kept a clean sheet. This was similar to Round 2, where teams set a new clean sheet record low for that round.
After the third week of PL action, here’s how the scores look:
After three weeks of Premier League action, here’s a comparison of teams, the number of clean sheets achieved, and their expected clean sheets according to bookie odds:
So how accurate were the bookie predictions after Round 3?
After three weeks, there have been 18.13 expected CS combined from all twenty teams. There have been only fourteen achieved thus far in the Premier League season. Will the amount of CS increase back to the expected number soon?
Remember how last week we made a prediction that at least one and likely two of Manchester City, Manchester United, and Tottenham would keep a CS?
Yeah, forget that. Not only did exactly zero of these teams kept a CS, but two of those teams also lost.
Looking ahead, Manchester City sets a new season record for highest probability of keeping a CS – 66.6% chance at home vs. Brighton. No other team has had higher than a 60% chance of keeping a CS this season.
Finally, Liverpool is over a 50% probability of keeping a CS this weekend. Including this week’s odds means their expected number of CS will be right around 2 after four weeks. The bookies believe that a Liverpool CS is just around the corner.
Did your team keep a clean sheet this past weekend? Probably not. This Premier League Round 2 featured the lowest number of clean sheets of any Round 2 in the modern Premier League era.
Round 2 had only two teams that kept a clean sheet. This was a sharp contrast to Week 1.
After the second week of PL action, here’s how the scores look:
After two weeks of Premier League action, here’s a comparison of teams, the number of clean sheets achieved, and their expected clean sheets according to bookie odds:
So how accurate were the bookie predictions after GW 2?
Last week, we found that if someone was crazy enough to bet on every team to hold a CS, they would have made a little over 9 pounds per every one total pound bet. Translate that to dollars, and that would be $10.88 for every dollar bet.
However, this week, that same crazy person would have lost all that profit, and then some.
Liverpool still has not achieved a CS yet. Looking ahead, they have a little less than 40% probability to keep one against Arsenal this upcoming weekend. We wonder what the percentage would have been if Alisson wasn’t injured.
Looking ahead, there are three teams with a better than 50% chance to keep a CS: Manchester United, Manchester City, and Tottenham. They play Crystal Palace, Bournemouth, and Newcastle, respectively. We would expect one or two clean sheets here, with Tottenham given the best odds.
Finally, Everton has only a 30% of keeping a CS against Aston Villa, according to oddsmakers. Liverpool was the only team last season to keep a CS in their first three matches. Will Everton match them?
Did your Premier League side keep a clean sheet? Did they fall in line with bookie expectations? Keep up to date all season with our clean sheet tracker.
All year, we will be tracking Premier League scores and comparing them to how the bookies predict them. We will take an especially close look at clean sheets since that’s the stat where FPL defenders get the most points. Visit here to see an analysis of clean sheets over the past two Premier League seasons.
After the first week of PL action, here’s how the scores look:
Here were the bookie odds of each PL team to keep a clean sheet in GW1 and whether they achieved one:
So how accurate were the bookie predictions after GW 1?
Out of five teams projected between 20-29% to obtain a CS, three of them successfully achieved a CS.
Out of six teams projected between 30-39% to obtain a CS, five of them successfully achieved a CS.
One of two teams with a likelihood 40-49% to obtain a CS achieved it.
Neither of the two teams with over a 50% projection to achieve a CS got one. Also, none of the five teams with less than 20% chance got a CS.
The total expected clean sheets in the first week were 5.89. The weekend turned out to have nine of them. Early odds estimate between 5.8 and 6.1 clean sheets in the second week.
Two Week 1 matches ended in a 0-0 draw. For reference, 21 games ended in a 0-0 draw last season, and 32 games in 2017/2018 ended in a 0-0 draw.
Even though it’s only one game, Norwich looks like a team that will be tough to achieve a CS against this season.
Liverpool at home against Norwich had the largest likelihood of keeping a CS. That didn’t matter to Norwich, as they consistently pushed the pace and created opportunities to score. With better finishing, they could have had at least one or two more goals.
On the topic of Liverpool, it will be interesting to see how the bookies adjust their CS odds to account for Alisson’s injury over the next month or two.
The match the bookies got the most wrong was Watford vs Brighton. Kudos to whomever bet on a Brighton win, as they had 3/1 odds to win.
This is the second year in a row in which none of the three newly promoted teams blanked the other team in the first week of action.
Do you like betting on which Premier League side will keep a clean sheet? Do you wish to score more Fantasy Premier League points via clean sheets? Use this guide in conjunction with bookie odds to predict clean sheets better.
Let’s face it, clean sheets (CS) aren’t always the most glamorous stat to analyze, especially for Fantasy Premier League purposes.
However, you’re missing out on some serious opportunity in both betting and FPL purposes. The Top 6 teams record approximately 40-45% of clean sheets per season, which means there’s value in CS if you know where to look.
However, for today, this guide is meant for historical analysis only. Past performance is not always an indicator of future production. Throughout the season, we will integrate bookie odds to try and predict the likelihood of a CS.
Clean Sheets By Week
You’ll recall that the 2017-2018 season had no summer cup tournament. Is there any link to that with the high number of CS to start the season?
Total Clean Sheets By Season
Here’s an alternative view of CS over the last two seasons:
The “box” indicates the data in between the 25th and 75th quartile for each data set. Thus, for example, the above chart tells us that for the 2018/2019 season, there were most likely between 4-7 CS per week.
The bottom tail represents everything below the 25th percentile, and the top tail represents the data above the 75th percentile. Thus, for the 2018/2019 season, the number of weeks in which seven or eight CS happened was the same as the number of weeks in which zero to four CS happened.
Clean Sheets – Top 6 Teams
Clean Sheets – Non-Top Six Teams
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Picking a Fantasy Premier League prior to the season can be a headache. Here are some strategies to starting your season off strong in 2019.
Last season, our fantasy Premier League squad finished in the top 1% of all teams, coming in at #45577. If you follow our blog, you’ll know our FPL season was filled with many twists and turns throughout the season. However, our squad shot ourselves in the foot in the beginning of the season by not planning out multiple weeks ahead.
Is there a fool proof plan guaranteed to start the season hot? Absolutely not, or we’d all be pro FPL players. Instead, we’ll look at strategies to minimize risk for the start of the season.
Fantasy Premier League Do’s
First off, let’s get out of the way the obvious (or what should be obvious) strategies to start the season:
DO plan to keep your starting XI the same for a minimum of the first two game weeks, barring injury. No need to start off the season taking unnecessary hits.
DO plan on splashing FPL cash for at least two premium forward or midfielder options for captaincy purposes. We prefer premium midfielders, as you’ll see below.
DO plan on bringing in defenders with the highest likelihood of keeping clean sheets at the beginning of the season. This seems obvious, but there’s multiple strategies around this for your back line.
DO consider early season fixture difficulty when picking non-premium players in your initial starting XI.
DO consider players that are playing out of position, but make sure their position is more attacking than how they’re classified on FPL. One example is a defender in a system designed to get him forward on the attack.
Fantasy Premier League Do Not’s
DO NOT be wasteful in spending FPL cash on bench options to start the season. Worry about your bench after the first couple months of the season when teams start playing multiple games each week.
DO NOT assume players that played well the prior season in a different league will transition smoothly the Premier League. It’s always best to wait and see the first month or so to see how they mesh with their new squad.
DO NOT load your team with players from newly promoted Premier League teams. For every 2018/2019 Wolves squad, there’s plenty more squads (Cardiff and Fulham last season) that just aren’t ready to play with the big boys.
DO NOT use your chips outside of your wildcard at the beginning of the season. Schedule shifting later in the season can make using the chips more advantageous.
DO NOT place defensive minded midfielders in your starting XI.
Lineup Strategies For Game Week 1
For purposes of starting your FPL season out strong in 2019, it’s looking more and more safe to start out with a minimum of three premium defenders. Then you should make the decision whether to go with a fourth 5.5M+ or two 4.5M defenders that rotate well based on their fixtures.
Again, the key to early season success is minimizing risk with your starting XI.
Check out the top 25 leading scorers from the first three game weeks in the 2018/2019 FPL season, courtesy of All Fantasy Tips:
Virgil Van Dijk
You’ll notice that Aguero is one of three FPL forwards on here, as well as the only premium forward. This supports the theory to stick with budget forwards and goalies, and spend heavy on midfield and defense early.
Need more evidence that you’re increasing your risk by spending funds on a premium goalie? Check out this excellent Twitter thread from @FPLEditor:
With that, we are testing out a theory to start the season. We believe that defenses, in general, get more clean sheets at the beginning and end of the season, while allowing more goals in during the busy part of the season.
Thus, here is our proposed lineup for GW1, with no money left in the bank:
Follow us all season for FPL updates. We have an exciting new FPL series in the works that will benefit your lineup decisions!