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Capoue serves reminder of FPL value

By The Scout 21 Nov 2016
Etienne Capoue, Watford

Managers once again turn to Fantasy's most valuable player after a fifth goal of the season against Leicester

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The Bonus Points

Etienne Capoue (£4.9m) earned the maximum bonus points as Watford registered a 2-1 home win over Leicester City.

The Hornets midfielder tallied 36 in the Bonus Points System (BPS) after firing a first-minute opener against the champions.  He also registered four clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI) and five recoveries in a busy performance for the hosts.

Watford’s other goalscorer, Roberto Pereyra (£6.0m), picked up two bonus points with 32 in the BPS. The summer signing also produced four successful dribbles and six recoveries.

Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez (£9.0m) was awarded a single bonus point.

Scoring 28 in the BPS, the Foxes winger converted a first-half penalty and also made six recoveries and three successful dribbles. But Mahrez’s BPS tally suffered as he was tackled on six occasions. 

Watford v Leicester City
Roberto Pereyra scored a second goal of the season to earn two FPL bonus points

The ICT Index

The same three players dominated the ICT Index at Vicarage Road.

Capoue earned top spot with a score of 13.6.

In addition to finding the net with his only attempt of the match, the Frenchman created five scoring chances and supplied two crosses for Walter Mazzarri's side.

Capoue also made more successful passes in the final third (14) than any player on the pitch.

Thanks to their goals, Mahrez and Pereyra clinched second and third place, with scores of 11.9 and 10.5 respectively.

The Leicester winger fired four attempts on goal – all from inside the penalty area – and created two scoring chances to earn his highest ICT Index score of the season.

Pereyra produced two efforts, both from inside the box and on target, and registered four touches inside the Foxes’ penalty area.  

The Scout Notes

With Stoke City’s Joe Allen (£5.4m) now suspended and Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan (£5.8m) rested at the weekend, Capoue’s appeal as a cut-price FPL midfielder is on the rise again.

The Frenchman’s first goal since Gameweek 5 has earned more than 30,000 transfers in – more than any player since Saturday's deadline.

With five goals and an assist, Capoue is rated as FPL's top value player over the opening 12 Gameweeks, having served up 68 points.

After seeing his side lose 6-1 to Liverpool in the previous outing, Mazzarri reverted to a 3-4-3 set-up, dropping Odion Ighalo (£7.1m) to the bench as Pereyra and Nordin Amrabat (£5.0m) supported lone striker Troy Deeney (£7.0m). 

Watford v Leicester City
Etienne Capoue is rated FPL's top-value player having returned 68 points at a current price of only £4.9m

Watford will welcome back Jose Holebas (£4.8m) for the weekend visit of Stoke after the defender served out his one-match suspension for collecting five yellow cards.

Mahrez’s goal, supplemented with an assist against West Bromwich Albion in Gameweek 11, hints at a return to form as the Foxes face Sunderland and Middlesbrough in the next two Gameweeks.

But the Algerian has yet to net from open play this season, with both of his strikes arriving from the penalty spot.

Jamie Vardy (£9.6m) collected the assist for Mahrez’s spot-kick – his second in the last three fixtures.

The Foxes forward has started only two of the previous four Gameweeks, though, and without a goal in eight successive Gameweeks, continues to remain a peripheral FPL figure.

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