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GW6 Ones to watch: Nicolas Otamendi

The Scout 18 Sep 2019
Nicolas Otamendi, Manchester City

The Scout says Argentinian's goal threat can make him go-to Manchester City defender

The Scout is tipping five players to produce big points in Gameweek 6 of Fantasy Premier League.

Nicolas Otamendi (MCI) £5.4m

The Manchester City centre-back has been one of the standout defenders for goal threat in the opening fixtures.

Otamendi's six shots inside the penalty area rank joint-top among backline rivals.

And his three shots on target sit joint-third with Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.1m) in defence.

Regular starter

Otamendi has started each of the last four Gameweeks, having failed to feature in Man City's season opener at West Ham United.

Despite making an error that led to one of Norwich City's goals in City's surprise defeat on Saturday, the Argentinian looks set for an extended run in the first XI due to injuries to his fellow centre-backs.

Aymeric Laporte (£6.4m) could be sidelined until March with a knee problem, while John Stones (£5.4m) is expected to be out for between four and five weeks.

Meanwhile, the return to fitness of Benjamin Mendy (£5.9m) also places question marks over Oleksandr Zinchenko's (£5.6m) role as the first-choice left-back.

Favourable run

That raises the appeal of Otamendi as the go-to Man City defender ahead of a favourable run of opponents.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Rating (FDR), only one of their next six opponents score more than three.

City's next six matches
GW Opp FDR GW Opp FDR
WAT (H) 3 CRY (A) 2
EVE (A) 4 AVL (H) 2
WOL (H) 3 SOU (H) 2

The visit of Watford this weekend can allow Otamendi to profit at both ends of the pitch.

The Hornets arrive having struggled for a cutting edge in the first five Gameweeks.

They have scored only four goals, a total better only than the three of Crystal Palace.

Combined with his goal threat, Otamendi could be set for a bumper haul against the Hornets.

Also in this series

Part 1: GW6 Ones to watch: Richarlison
Part 3: GW6 Ones to watch: Todd Cantwell
Part 4: GW6 Ones to watch: Luka Milivojevic
Part 5: GW6 Ones to watch: Felipe Anderson

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