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Phillips tempts bold FPL managers

The Scout 7 Nov 2016
Matt Phillips, West Brom

With an ownership of 0.1%, West Brom midfielder could be worthy of investment ahead of favourable fixtures

The Bonus Points

Matt Phillips (£5.1m) collected the maximum Fantasy Premier League bonus points at the King Power Stadium, as West Bromwich Albion ended the champions’ 20-match unbeaten home run.

Recalled to the Baggies’ starting XI, the Scotland international grabbed a goal and an assist in the 2-1 triumph to record a score of 42 in the Bonus Points System (BPS).

Phillips supplemented this with four successful dribbles and as many recoveries in an all-round impressive performance. 

James Morrison (£4.6m) received two bonus points, with 38 in the BPS.

In his first start of the season, Morrison opened the scoring for Tony Pulis’ team and completed 37 of 46 attempted passes. He also produced four successful tackles and three recoveries from a central support role.

Leicester City’s Islam Slimani (£8.3m) scored 31 in the BPS.

Back in the starting XI after overcoming a groin problem, the Algerian grabbed the Foxes’ goal to earn a fourth bonus point of the campaign. 

Leicester City v West Bromwich Albion
Islam Slimani earned his fourth bonus point of 2016/17 and has now produced three goals and an assist in five starts

The ICT Index

The same three players occupied the top three slots in the ICT Index in Sunday’s encounter.

Phillips was at the summit with a score of 14.5, producing two of three attempts on target and creating a trio of scoring opportunities for the visitors.

Slimani claimed the runners-up spot, edging Morrison in third by an Index score of 9.0 to 8.7.

Both players found the net with their only attempt on goal, with Slimani registering six touches in the Baggies’ penalty area. 

The Scout Notes

After dropping to the bench for the first time in Gameweek 10, Phillips now looks likely to retain his start for The Hawthorns meeting with Burnley following the international break.

Pulis welcomes back James McClean (£5.0m) from suspension and hopes to have Nacer Chadli (£6.5m) fit and available for the Gameweek 12 match, with the duo likely to sit alongside Phillips in the attacking midfield roles in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

It would mean Morrison may struggle to keep a place in the XI, while it is uncertain whether the versatile Chris Brunt (£4.9m) will also retain a start.

Classified as a defender in FPL, Brunt was fielded on the right flank at Leicester, having started Gameweek 10 in central midfield.

Leicester’s defeat coincided with the absence of Kasper Schmeichel (£5.0m), who is sidelined with a fractured hand. 

Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City
Despite losing Kasper Schmeichel to injury, The Scout says Leicester's defenders are set to profit in the coming Gameweeks

But Claudio Ranieri’s defence have still chalked up three clean sheets in their previous five Gameweeks at home and can continue to benefit from a kind run of opponents.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Ranking (FDR), seven of the Foxes’ next nine matches earn a score of only two.

Slimani has produced three goals and an assist in five starts, though Ranieri’s rotation policy still makes him a risky FPL target.

Riyad Mahrez’s (£9.1m) assist for Slimani’s strike was his first attacking return since Gameweek 5.

Meanwhile, team-mate Jamie Vardy (£9.6m) was dropped to the bench and was handed only 45 minutes – he has now earned a single assist in the last six Gameweeks.

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