Fantasy Premier League

Austin offers managers cheap forward option

The Scout 26 Sep 2016
West Ham United v Southampton

Southampton striker in form and has relatively low ownership

The Bonus Points

Southampton's 3-0 win over West Ham United meant they claimed all the Fantasy Premier League bonus points on offer.

Charlie Austin (£6.2m) earned the maximum three points, scoring 46 in the Bonus Points System.

On only his second Premier League start of the season, the striker opened the scoring and assisted for Dusan Tadic (£7.2m) to net the second.

Full-backs Ryan Bertrand (£5.4m) and Cedric Soares (£5.0m) both got two bonus points, helping their side to a second successive Premier League clean sheet with a BPS score of 34. 

West Ham United v Southampton
Ryan Bertrand earned two bonus points along with fellow Saints full-back Cedric Soares

Bertrand supplied the assist for Austin's opener and also completed 94% of his 38 attempted passes.

Soares matched Bertrand for clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI), with five apiece, and also produced three successful tackles, six recoveries and two key passes.

The ICT Index

Tadic topped the ICT Index with a score of 15.4. The midfielder scored his first goal of the season and had three shots, all from inside the box and on target, in addition to three key passes.

Nathan Redmond (£6.0m) claimed second position with 9.4 in the ICT Index. 

He registered four attempts, all from inside the Hammers' box, and created two scoring chances.

Austin's goal and assist helped the forward to third with a score of 8.9.

The Scout Notes

Austin's display could clinch a regular starting role ahead of Shane Long (£6.2m) up front.

The striker signed from Queens Park Rangers last year has five goals in his last four matches across all competitions.

Currently found in a mere 2.5% of FPL squads, Austin faces a tough upcoming fixtures, with Leicester City, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool in the next six Gameweeks. 

West Ham United v Southampton
Austin is owned by only 2.5% of FPL managers but looks to have assured himself a starting role for the coming Gameweeks

Soares's all-round contribution has earned five bonus points over Southampton’s back-to-back shutouts and, as the cheapest regular starter in Claude Puel’s defence, is one to monitor when the schedule eases in Gameweek 14.

For West Ham, Slaven Bilic dropped James Collins (£4.6m) for the first time this term, handing Arvalo Arbeloa (£4.9m) a start in defence.

Yet their defensive problems remain, conceding 14 times in their last four Premier League matches. 

Dimitri Payet (£9.4m) has produced the most shots (15) without scoring. 

Sold by more FPL managers than any midfielder this season, the Frenchman still sits in 13.8% of squads and hosts Middlesbrough, Sunderland and Stoke City over the next five Gameweeks.

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