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FPL watchlist: Added goal threat lifts Laporte

The Scout 6 Jul 2019
Aymeric Laporte

The Scout says Man City defender’s improved attacking output makes him a big all-round prospect this season

As Fantasy Premier League managers can now select their 15-man squads, The Scout analyses standout budget and premium players in each position.

Aymeric Laporte (MCI) £6.5m

The Manchester City defender had a strong finish to the 2018/19 season.

Two of Laporte's three goals and all three of his assists came in his final 10 appearances.

Combined with 18 clean sheets, he finished as the fourth highest-scoring FPL defender with 177 points.

That total resulted in an average 5.1 points per match (ppm), compared with the 4.4ppm of Man City goalkeeper Ederson (£6.0m).

Consistent starter

Laporte was a regular for Pep Guardiola's title-winners and his 34 starts were more than any other outfield player.

Indeed, apart from Kyle Walker (£6.0m), with 30, no other City defender started more than 20 matches.

Man City’s opening schedule this season suggests that investment in their main players can pay off.

Man City's first 11 Gameweeks 
1 WHU (A) 3 7 EVE (A) 4
2 TOT (H) 4 8 WOL (H) 3
3 BOU (A) 3 9 CRY (A) 2
4 BHA (H) 2 10 AVL (H) 2
5 NOR (A) 2 11 SOU (H) 2
6 WAT (H)  3  

According to the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR), only two of their first 11 Gameweeks score more than three.

Those occur in Gameweek 2, when they host Tottenham Hotspur, and in Gameweek 7, when they visit Everton.

However, Guardiola’s men kept a clean sheet in both the corresponding fixtures in 2018/19.

Resilient rearguard

This highlights their ability to register shutouts regardless of the opponents.

Man City claimed six clean sheets in 10 clashes with top-six sides last season, double the three registered by runners-up Liverpool.

Combined with his upturn in attacking output, that resilience can make Laporte a key figure for FPL managers in 2019/20.

See: The Scout's 2019/20 FPL watchlist

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