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Cherries emerge as defensive option

By The Scout 26 Sep 2016
AFC Bournemouth v Everton

Back-to-back home clean sheets help Artur Boruc top FPL goalkeeper rankings

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The Bonus Points

A stunning 25-yard effort from Junior Stanislas (£5.5m) earned AFC Bournemouth a victory over Everton, with the winger claiming maximum Fantasy Premier League bonus points while Artur Boruc (£4.5m) moved joint-top of the goalkeeper rankings. 

Steve Cook (£4.9m) marshalled a determined Cherries back four to a second consecutive 1-0 home win to claim two bonus points at Vitality Stadium.

The central defender made 18 clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI) – the third highest tally in Gameweek 6 so far.

Cook tallied 29 in the Bonus Points System (BPS), a total also shared by team-mate Harry Arter (£5.0m) and Everton’s Seamus Coleman (£5.5m). 

Arter claimed the assist for Stanislas' goal and completed 85% of his 52 attempted passes.

Despite suffering defeat, Coleman was awarded two bonus points. The right-back raided forward to lay on a "big chance" and also won six tackles – more than any other defender in the Gameweek to date. 

The ICT Index

This was a low-scoring encounter in the ICT Index, with Everton's Ross Barkley (£7.5m) registering the highest total of 7.8.

The Toffees midfielder scored 45 for Creativity, having provided three chances for team-mates and completing 14 passes in the final third – more than any other player on the pitch.

The visitors also boasted the top scorer for Threat, with Kevin Mirallas (£6.6m) registering 42 via two efforts on goal, including a blocked attempt from inside the six-yard box.

AFC Bournemouth v Everton
Everton's Ross Barkley topped the ICT Index at Vitality Stadium

The Scout Notes

Back-to-back home clean sheets have brought Eddie Howe’s defence to the attention of FPL managers.

Adam Smith (£4.6m) has previously been the most popular target in AFC Bournemouth's back four.

The forward-thinking right-back is owned by 8.8% of FPL managers but is an early doubt for the Gameweek 7 trip to Watford after suffering a facial injury in a clash with Ashley Williams (£5.0m).

Cook and Simon Francis (£4.5m) offer potentially profitable alternatives.

Cook scored four goals in his first top-flight season in 2015/16, with the versatile Francis offering four assists having also featured at right-back.

Meanwhile, Boruc (£4.5m) is now tied at the top of the FPL goalkeeper rankings.

The 36-year-old has recorded 25 points in six appearances so far, level with Swansea City's Lukasz Fabianski (£5.1m) and West Bromwich Albion's Ben Foster (£4.7m). 

AFC Bournemouth v West Bromwich Albion
With 25 points Artur Boruc is the joint-highest scoring FPL goalkeeper this season

AFC Bournemouth host Hull City, Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland in their next three home matches, after visiting Watford next time out in Gameweek 7.

The defeat for Everton delivered a disappointing blank for Romelu Lukaku (£9.3m) who headed into Gameweek 6 backed by 195,668 new investors.

Now found in 19.4% of squads, Lukaku’s owners can at least take comfort from Everton’s favourable fixture schedule. 

They face Crystal Palace, Burnley and West Ham United in three of the next four, with a Gameweek 8 trip to Manchester City providing the sternest test according to the Fixture Difficulty Ranking.

Left-back Leighton Baines (£5.6m) is an early doubt for Friday night's hosting of Palace having missed Saturday’s defeat with a hamstring injury.

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