Fantasy Premier League

Everton duo provide tempting partnership

By The Scout 31 Oct 2016
Everton v West Ham United

Having assisted each other five times this season, should managers select both Bolasie and Lukaku?

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The Bonus Points

Romelu Lukaku's (£9.8m) goal and assist in the 2-0 victory over West Ham United earned the Everton striker a score of 54 in the Fantasy Premier League Bonus Points System (BPS), giving him the maximum additional points.

Ross Barkley (£7.2m) hit his first goal since the opening day draw with Tottenham Hotspur to record a BPS total of 34 for two bonus points, while centre-halves Ramiro Funes Mori (£4.7m) and Ashley Williams (£5.1m) both scored 28 to collect a single bonus point apiece.

The pair were instrumental in Everton's first clean sheet since the Gameweek 3 win over Stoke City.

Williams made 10 clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI) and six recoveries, while Funes Mori recorded six CBI, two recoveries and fired in one goal attempt. 

The ICT Index

Lukaku's 16.6 ICT Index total was built around a Threat tally of 73.

The Belgian had four goal attempts, three of which were in the box, and five penalty-area touches. He also created two chances for the Toffees.

Barkley led the way for both goal attempts and chances created, with five and four respectively. He had three penalty-area efforts for an overall ICT Index tally of 14.4.

Dimitri Payet (£9.4m) clinched third spot thanks to a score of 10.8. The West Ham United playmaker fired four goal attempts and created three scoring chances.

Everton v West Ham United
Ross Barkley returned to the scoresheet to offer his first FPL returns since Gameweek 2

The Scout Notes

A 12-point haul lifts Lukaku to the top the FPL forward rankings with 67 points.

He has now returned a goal or an assist in six of his last seven Gameweeks, with his partnership with Yannick Bolasie (£6.0m) continuing to impress.

The winger's assist for Everton's opener was the fifth time the pair have linked for a goal this season - more than any other duo in the Premier League.

Bolasie has provided attacking points in five of his last seven Gameweeks for Everton - his four assists is already more than last season's tally for Crystal Palace - however, he sits in only 6.2% of FPL squads. 

Everton v West Ham United
With four assists Yannick Bolasie has already surpassed last season's tally (3) but is in only 6.2% of FPL squads

Ronald Koeman's decision to pick Funes Mori ahead of the 6.7%-owned Phil Jagielka (£5.1m) coincided with a first clean sheet in six attempts ahead of next weekend's trip to Chelsea.

For West Ham United, Edimilson Fernandes (£4.9m) made his second consecutive Premier League start, freeing up Michail Antonio (£7.0m) to play as a central striker once again. 

The 11.6%-owned midfielder managed only two attempts on goal, though, and has now failed to score in five successive Premier League outings.

At the back, Winston Reid (£5.0m) will miss the Gameweek 11 visit of Stoke City after picking up a fifth caution of the season. He had produced 29 points in the three Gameweeks prior to the trip to Goodison Park.

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