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ICT Analysis: Mane goal threat growing

The Scout 16 Feb 2019
Sadio Mane, Liverpool

The Scout says Liverpool winger offers double-up option with team-mate Mohamed Salah for title run-in

The Scout takes a look at the players ranked highly over the last four Gameweeks in the ICT Index.

The Index helps Fantasy Premier League managers look beyond points to determine players' values as FPL assets through their Influence, Creativity and Threat.

Sadio Mane (£9.6m)

The Liverpool winger is enjoying his most consistent run of form.

Mane has scored in four successive Gameweeks for the first time in a single season, finding the net against Crystal Palace, Leicester City, West Ham United and AFC Bournemouth.

His four goals over that period places him joint-top with Paul Pogba (£8.8m) among FPL midfielders.

The underlying statistics highlight Mane’s attacking threat for the Merseysiders.

Top midfielders for ICT Threat GW23-26*
PlayerICT ThreatShotsShots on targetGoals
Salah2171573
Mane2011384
Pogba1891764
Sterling174743
Jota1731073

*Rotate if viewing on a handheld device to see full table

Penalty-box poacher

His 12 shots inside the penalty area over GW23 to 26 are more than any other midfielder.

 

Mane also leads the way for shots on target, with his total of eight just ahead of the seven of team-mate Mohamed Salah (£13.6m) and Diogo Jota (£6.1m) of Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Compared with his displays earlier on in the season, Mane’s prospects in Fantasy are on the rise.

Goal threat

He has averaged 3.0 shots inside the penalty box over the last four Gameweeks, up from 1.8 over GW1 to 22.

As a result, his shots on target have almost doubled, climbing from 1.1 to 2.0. 

His recent run of goals has persuaded over 51,000 FPL managers to sign Mane for his GW27 trip to Manchester United.

Double-up option

And Liverpool’s subsequent schedule suggests that Mane could flourish as a double-up option alongside the 50.4 per cent owned Salah.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR), only two of their final 11 opponents over GW28 to 38 score more than three.

GWOppFDRGWOppFDR
27MUN (A)433SOU (A)2
28WAT (H)334CHE (H)4
29EVE (A)335CAR (A)2
30BUR (H)236HUD (H)2
31FUL (A)237NEW (A)3
32TOT (H)438WOL (H)3

That gives Mane the platform to extend his prolific run and help steer Liverpool’s bid for the title.

Also in this series

Part 1: ICT Analysis: Unbeatable value given by Etheridge
Part 2: ICT Analysis: Van Aanholt creativity on the rise
Part 3: ICT Analysis: Chambers offers cut-price solution
Part 4: ICT Analysis: Gross can profit from run-in
Part 6: ICT Analysis: Zaha's influence on the rise
Part 7: ICT Analysis: Barnes rivalling Aguero

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