Fantasy football managers will be wary of how Antonio Conte’s stars take to life under their new boss following the disappointment of last season, while under the guidance of the ever impressive Slaven Bilic, there’s at least one Hammers star guaranteed to feature in the majority of fantasy football squads this year.
FANTASY FOOTBALL STAT REPORT: EDEN HAZARD OR DIMITRI PAYET?
Chelsea host West Ham at Stamford Bridge on Monday night after contrasting campaigns from each side last season. With such uncertainty, the decision of which stars to include in your fantasy football squad becomes a difficult one.
This summer Chelsea welcomed two big names to the Bridge. N’Golo Kanté joined from Leicester City and the highly-rated Belgian Michy Batshuayi who, it seems, will be deployed alongside Diego Costa in a 4-4-2/4-2-4 formation.
West Ham have also been active in the transfer window, drafting in attacking player such as André Ayew, Sofiane Feghouli and Manuel Lanzini.
Two stars fantasy managers will be looking at are Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and West Ham’s Dimitri Payet. Will the Belgian return to the form we saw in the 2014/15 season and can the Frenchman continue where he left off last season after an impressive debut campaign in the Premier League?
In the build up to the game, the Oulala stats team have studied the player performance data from both stars last season to determine which ace is more deserving of a spot in your fantasy football side this weekend.
Of the eight key areas analysed, Dimitri Payet came out on top in six.
Despite experiencing a poor season, Eden Hazard still registered a superior pass completion (86 to 81 per cent) and edged shot accuracy (56 to 55 per cent).
However, the consistently high-level performances that Payet put in saw the Frenchman better the Chelsea winger in every other area including where it ultimately matters for goals (9 to 4) and assists (12 to 3), resulting in Payet producing a goal or an assist every 122 minutes, impressive for a midfielder.
Who to Pick?
While we can’t see Eden Hazard under-performing for a second successive season, especially after an impressive end to the last Premier League campaign, his Euro 2016 performances and his form during pre-season, his price-tag warrants caution. The stats say Dimitri Payet, and we love stats.
Thanks to Russell Cane from Oulala