FPL Prediction Tool: Gameweek 26

Welcome again to our weekly series where we’ll be presenting you with the expected points of all the players ahead of Gameweek 26 using clean sheet and goal probabilities as calculated by the bookies, as well as our prediction tool


Our tool was presented to you at the beginning of the season so you can find the methodology and explanations of values here >> https://fplconnect.blog/2018/08/15/fpl-prediction-tool-gameweek-2/

Predicted assists were added to our tool before gameweek 10 to give a greater all-round feel and more accurate reflection to our predictions and calculations. You can find a simplified description of our expected assists calculation methodology here >> https://fplconnect.blog/2018/10/25/fpl-prediction-tool-gameweek-10/

We also have some ideas for improving our models even further but it requires some more time and resources which we don’t have access to yet. However, we believe that our current model gives viable results, whilst keeping it fairly simple at the same time.

Data from bookies

In the ‘Data from bookies’ sheet, you can find all data that was in our Excel file in previous weeks, like clean sheets probabilities, goals probabilities and predicted total points calculated from bookies odds, as well as our new feature – expected points for assists based on our new model.

‘Your team’ guide

In the ‘Your team’ sheet, you can choose your team and see what your expected score for that week would be as calculated using odds from the bookies.

Step 1: put your whole team of 15 players into column B by using the drop down boxes provided.

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Step 2: choose which players will be in your starting 11 in column D by manually entering ‘1’s into the row that corresponds with the player you want to start and put ‘0’s into the row corresponding with the players you’re going to bench.

Step 3: choose your captain in column E by manually entering a ‘1’ into the row corresponding with the player you want to captain, and ensure the rest display ‘0’s.

Finish: once you’ve done that, your total expected score should be displayed in column H (cells H2 and H3 show the same expected score as for some people H2 cell was showing an error).

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Example – Simon’s team

Blog team

In the last sheet, there is a table with predicted score and line-up of our FPL Connect blog team based on the prediction tool (you can read more about the team at the end of this article).

Please remember that this is a work in progress and we will continue to make improvements and add in more data and features as we go along.

Top 5 Goalkeepers


Top 10 Defenders


Top 10 Midfielders


Top 10 Forwards


Full spreadsheet link with all the players and the ‘Your Team’ feature

Download yourself a copy below and see how many points your team is expected to return based on clean sheet and goal probabilities from the bookies.

Excel version >> fpl 18-19 gameweek 26
Google sheets version >> Google sheets tool version

FPL Connect Team

Our team was built basing on our expected points calculations. We wanted to incorporate an element of realism with this, as we know we’re unable to create a new team every week to take advantage of the results of our tool, so we are managing the team ourselves, but the spine of it was built based on the results of our predictor tool.

We will make transfers each week as normal and will place the captain armband on whichever attacker (MID or FWD) has the highest expected score, as per the results of our tool.

Gameweek 25 score

An average Gameweek for the prediction tool team. We have achieved 70 points while the average was 65 points. Once again we’ve got a red arrow and our OR has fallen to 70k after 25 Gameweeks.

This time, seven of our players delivered, with our premium players not getting many returns. Our captain choice was really good though.

Our defence provided us a nice 19 points from 4 players, averaging almost 5 points per player, which is great. Up front, we’ve had just 4 players with offensive returns. Jimenez got 9 points, while Rashford and Pogba got 7 points each. Besides that, our captain (Sterling) returned 2 assists and 2 bonus against Arsenal and came on as a sub in the second match against Everton, giving us a healthy 11 points across the two games.

The rest of our squad didn’t perform and we were really disappointed with Sané. We’ve taken a hit to bring him in and in those 2 games he has accumulated less points than almost every other player in our team. Fortunately however, we didn’t captain him this week.

We have made one transfer last week and it was a good one, as we brought Sterling in and made him our captain. Unfortunately, to do that, we sold Hazard who scored 15 points. Despite that, without Sterling, we would have captained Sané, so all in all it was a good transfer.

Gameweek 26 team

This week, we have some tough choices to make. Our team is as shown above for now and we haven’t done any transfers yet (we have 1 free transfer to use this week). We will asses the future fixtures of our players and expected points before making any transfers.

Salah is expected to achieve the highest score among our players (followed by Pogba), so he will be the one who gets the armband once again. Pogba will be our vice captain. They both have really good fixtures this week.

So far, Sané, AWB and Wilson are on the bench due to them having the lowest points potential. However, we are still not sure which players will stay in the first team, as we might decide that our newly transfered player is good enough to get a place in the squad. Sané is on the bench as we don’t expect him to start looking at his recent performances.

All in all our team looks great however, we need to think it through as it’s all getting complicated with future DGWs and BGWs incoming. We need all those information before making any more complicated moves.

Our assists model is also included in the calculation, so our predictions should be even more precise. This enhances the appeal of players like Robertson or Doherty, as their assist potential is good for a defender.

Once we know more (from press conferences and other reliable sources) we can decide our moves. I will provide an update on my Twitter account once we’ve decided.

According to our calculations, our team should get at least 71.93 points, but that’s not including some factors (like saves or bonus points, but also not including cards and some other factors like penalties saved/missed). This is an amazing predicted score and we hope that our result will be even higher thanks to our transfers.

All the data used for calculations were taken from: oddschecker.com; if some odds were not provided, then data was taken from WilliamHill.com

Line-ups were mostly based on previous GWs line ups (slightly adjusted for suspensions and injuries).

If you want to get in touch with our data analyst or you have any further questions about this article or the tool, then please follow Piotr on Twitter here >>https://twitter.com/TheFPL_Analyst



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