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Hazard's stock continues to rise

The Scout 31 Oct 2016
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Chelsea playmaker taking advantage of a switch in system, says The Scout

The Bonus Points

Chelsea's Eden Hazard (£9.9m) continued his recent revival with a Fantasy Premier League Bonus Points System (BPS) score of 42 in Sunday's 2-0 win at Southampton.

The Belgian produced a goal and an assist to earn maximum bonus points at St Mary's, supplementing this with three completed dribbles and five recoveries.

Cesar Azpilicueta (£6.0m) collected two bonus points with a BPS total of 35.

The Spaniard registered nine clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI), seven successful tackles and a trio of recoveries.

Diego Costa's (£10.4m) eighth goal of the season helped him to a BPS total of 30 and a single additional point. He fired four attempts and mirrored Hazard's three successful dribbles. 

The ICT Index

Hazard recorded 18.0 in the ICT Index - his highest tally of the season - on the way to scoring for the third successive Gameweek.

All three of the Belgian's goal attempts were on target, with two arriving from inside the penalty area.

He set up Costa's strike and led the way with five chances created - more than double any other player in the match. Hazard also produced a match-leading 23 successful passes in the final third. 

Costa's 13.5 Index tally also pointed to a fine all-round display.

No player registered more than his four goal attempts, three arriving from inside the box, while he also created two chances for team-mates. 

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Diego Costa has now returned a goal or an assist in eight different Gameweeks this season

Wing-back Victor Moses (£5.5m) recorded his first assist of the season on the way to a 10.6 Index total.

The Nigeria international fired in three goal attempts, with two inside the area and as many on target.

The Scout Notes

Hazard's Fantasy Premier League prospects have improved significantly since Antonio Conte shifted to a 3-4-3 formation in Gameweek 7.

Afforded licence to drift centrally when the Blues are in possession, Hazard has produced more attempts inside the penalty area (10) than any midfielder in the last four rounds of fixtures. 

He now sits only seven points off the top of the FPL midfield standings, led by Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez (£11.4m), who has 70 points.

Costa remains the most consistent Chelsea attacker, with Sunday's strike meaning he has scored or assisted in eight of the opening 10 Gameweeks.

But Hazard is now only one point behind his team-mate, who remains one caution away from a single-match ban, having stayed out of trouble for four straight Gameweeks.

Conte's formation change has also transformed the Blues defence, who have now kept four consecutive clean sheets.

Despite being stationed on the right of the back three, Azpilicueta continues to offer a steady source of additional points.

He has now been awarded bonus points in six of the first 10 Gameweeks and collected a bonus on all five occasions when Chelsea have kept out their opponents.

Southampton v Chelsea
Sofiane Boufal is one to watch over Southampton's forthcoming fixtures, says The Scout

Having faced Manchester City and Chelsea in consecutive weeks, Southampton will now relish a trip to struggling Hull City on Sunday.

This kicks off a run of seven matches that offer encouragement to FPL managers.

Between Gameweek 11-17, the Saints score a total of 15 in the Fixture Difficulty Ranking (FDR).

This could yet promote investment in key attacking assets Charlie Austin (£6.6m) and Nathan Redmond (£6.0m), while Sofiane Boufal's (£6.8m) progress will also warrant attention. 

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