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GW7 Lessons: Clean sheet boosts Chelsea appeal

The Scout 30 Sep 2019
Cesar Azpilicueta

The Scout says Blues have form, fixtures and defensive resilience to reward backers at both ends of the pitch

After their first seven matches of 2019/20 Fantasy Premier League, the interest in Chelsea players has mainly been limited to their key attackers.

Tammy Abraham (£7.6m) and Mason Mount (£6.7m) have been the standout successes under new head coach Frank Lampard.

Owned by 37.3 per cent of Fantasy managers, Abraham is Chelsea's most popular pick. He is also their top-scoring player in FPL, his seven goals helping to deliver 46 points.

Mount's three goals and one assist have earned him 39 points. He is the most-bought midfielder in the game, being transferred into more than 2.3million squads since the start of the season.

The pair's schedule only strengthens their appeal in FPL.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), Chelsea's next five opponents score only two.

Chelsea’s next five opponents
GW Opponent FDR GW Opponent FDR
8 SOU (A) 2 11 WAT (A) 2
9 NEW (H) 2 12 CRY (H) 2
10 BUR (A) 2  

While Abraham and Mount are already popular Fantasy assets, the return to action of Callum Hudson-Odoi (£5.9m) offers an ideal differential for that run of matches.

Owned by only 0.5 per cent, the winger made his first appearance of the campaign in Saturday's 2-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion.

He only played for 27 minutes as a substitute but still provided an assist for Willian (£7.0m).

Chelsea 2-0 Brighton highlights

Crucially, the appeal of Chelsea's defence could also rise after they claimed their first clean sheet of 2019/20 against the Seagulls.

Cesar Azpilicueta (£5.9m) and Fikayo Tomori (£4.6m) look the standout picks at each end of the price scale.

A secure starter at right-back, Azpilicueta's total of 12 chances created ranks third among all FPL defenders.

Tomori has started the last four Gameweeks, producing one goal, a clean sheet and three bonus points.

While their attack has been the big success so far, Chelsea's fixtures can help to maintain their upturn in resilience and reward managers at both ends of the pitch.

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