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The Scout 7 Nov 2016
Crystal Palace v Stoke City

Saturday's 1-1 draw with West Ham came at a cost for the popular Stoke midfielder

The Bonus Points

A London Stadium stalemate produced low scores in the Fantasy Premier League Bonus Point System (BPS), with West Ham United's Pedro Obiang (£4.4m) topping the ranks.

A total of 24 was enough to earn three bonus points thanks to six tackles and a completion rate of 84% of 57 passes.

Bojan (£5.6m) claimed two extra points with a BPS score of 20 after coming off the bench to score Stoke City’s equaliser in the 1-1 draw.

Hammers defender James Collins (£4.3m) claimed the final bonus point on his return to the starting XI for the suspended and injured Winston Reid (£5.0m).

Collins contributed 10 clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI), while also completing 94% of 62 attempted passes.

The ICT Index

Not for the first time this season Dimitri Payet (£9.3m) was the standout performer in the ICT Index.

He registered a Creativity score of 101 - the highest tally of any player in Gameweek 11 - after creating seven chances, helping him to a total of 12.7 in the Index.

Payet has created 40 goalscoring chances this season, nine more than his nearest rival, Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne (£10.7m).

Charlie Adam (£4.7m) recorded the second-highest Index score (7.0) in his second start of the campaign.

Dimitri Payet, West Ham
Dimitri Payet topped the ICT Index against Stoke, registering the highest Creativity score (101) of any player in GW11

The Potters midfielder managed a Threat tally of 32, the joint-highest of the match along with West Ham's Michail Antonio (£6.9m), having fired four total goal attempts, with three hitting the target.

The Scout Notes

Having returned from injury to feature off the bench in the 2-0 defeat to Everton, Andre Ayew (£7.1m) was recalled to the Hammers' starting XI.

The Ghanaian operated as the central striker in a 3-4-2-1 formation, with Antonio, who was awarded an assist after his header was deflected in by Glenn Whelan (£4.4m), replacing Edimilson Fernandes (£4.9m) at right wing-back.

Ayew did not register a single goal attempt before being withdrawn on 63 minutes.

West Ham United v Stoke City
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While he can be expected to retain a starting role, Ayew, along with West Ham's other attackers, look set to struggle with a testing schedule of fixtures over the coming Gameweeks.

Slaven Bilic's men face Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool in their next four matches - a spell that totals 16 in the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR).

They will be without captain Mark Noble (£6.2m) for the Spurs clash, with the midfielder serving a one-match ban after receiving his fifth booking of the campaign.

For Stoke City, Joe Allen (£5.3m) was transferred in by more than 235,000 FPL managers ahead of Gameweek 11 but mustered only a single point after receiving his fourth yellow card of the season.

West Ham United v Stoke City
Joe Allen is now only a single booking away from a one-match suspension, a concern for his 18% ownership

Allen is now one caution away from a one-match ban, a concern for his 18% ownership given that the Potters face promising match-ups with Watford and Burnley following the Gameweek 12 hosting of AFC Bournemouth.

Marko Arnautovic (£7.2m), who was replaced by Ramadan Sobhi (£4.9m) on Saturday, will be back to face the Cherries after serving out his own suspension.

Mark Hughes will also hope to have Xherdan Shaqiri (£6.3m) available again after injury.

Jon Walters (£5.6m) deputised for the Swiss midfielder, who missed out due to a hamstring problem and illness.

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