Fantasy Premier League

Bradley's tactics boost Sigurdsson prospects

The Scout 24 Oct 2016
Gylfi Sigurdsson, Swansea City

Since Swansea manager's appointment, only one player has produced more accurate efforts from midfield

The Bonus Points

Kyle Naughton (£4.5m) was rewarded with the maximum Fantasy Premier League bonus points in Swansea City's 0-0 stalemate with Watford.

The full-back scored 35 in the Bonus Point System, by virtue of 13 recoveries, two successful tackles and 51 completed passes.

Fellow Swans defender Alfie Mawson (£4.5m) also picked up a bonus point on his Premier League debut after recording nine clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI). He boasted an 84% pass completion to clinch a tally of 30 in the BPS.

Watford's Heurelho Gomes (£4.9m) split the Swans pair to claim two bonus points. The Hornets goalkeeper made five saves and nine recoveries to collect a BPS score of 31.

The ICT Index

Gylfi Sigurdsson and Odion Ighalo (both £7.2m) were tied at the ICT Index summit with a score of 8.8.

The former fired five attempts on goal and managed three on target. Sigurdsson also produced four successful crosses and created one scoring opportunity.

Recalled in place of the injured Isaac Success (£5.8m), Ighalo attempted three shots from inside the box, more than any other player at the Liberty Stadium.

Swansea's Modou Barrow (£5.0m) was awarded third spot with a tally of 7.6.

Modou Barrow, Swansea City
Modou Barrow created more chances (three) than any other player and was ranked top for touches inside the box (eight)

He created more chances (three) than any other player in the match and was also ranked top for touches inside the penalty box (eight), despite managing only a single attempt on goal all afternoon.

The Scout Notes

After being utilised as a "false nine" in Gameweek 8, Sigurdsson moved into his preferred central support role, as summer signing Borja Baston (£6.9m) led the line in one of five changes for the hosts.

Sigurdsson has now produced eight attempts in two matches under new Swansea manager Bob Bradley, finding the target with four efforts.

Only Arsenal's Theo Walcott (£8.1m), with six, has produced more accurate efforts from midfield in the last two Gameweeks.

Gylfi Sigurdsson, Swansea City
Gylfi Sigurdsson has had eight shots under Bob Bradley, with only Theo Walcott shooting more from midfield in the last two Gameweeks

Elsewhere, both Jordi Amat (£4.1m) and the four-goal Leroy Fer (£5.3m) dropped to the bench.

With an ownership of 14.2% in FPL, Amat’s starting berth is now in question after the Swans earned only a second clean sheet of the season.

Having claimed consecutive clean sheets, Jose Holebas (£4.6m) presents the main area of interest for Watford.

The Greek defender, who was brought in by 110,000 FPL managers before the trip to South Wales, has totalled an impressive 27 points over the last three Gameweeks.

Swansea City v Watford
Jose Holebas has earned 27 points in the last three Gameweeks

With a favourable home fixture to come against Hull City, Holebas is the second-most transferred in defender ahead of Gameweek 10.

But, with four bookings to his name, he remains one yellow card away from a single-match suspension.

Having favoured a 3-4-3 formation in the last few matches, Watford head coach Walter Mazzarri reverted to a 3-5-2, with Ighalo partnering Troy Deeney (£7.1m) up front.

That failed to revive a 41%-owned Etienne Capoue (£5.2m), who returned a blank for the fourth successive outing.

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