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Phillips form offers new midfield option

The Scout 22 Nov 2016
Matt Phillips, West Bromwich Albion

West Brom winger delivers double-figures in back-to-back matches to put FPL managers on alert

The Bonus Points

Matt Phillips (£5.1m) collected the maximum Fantasy Premier League bonus points as West Bromwich Albion swept aside Burnley at The Hawthorns.

Scoring 38 in the Bonus Points System (BPS), the winger produced a goal and an assist in the 4-0 victory on Monday evening, along with four recoveries and a successful dribble.

Baggies' right-back Allan Nyom (£4.3m) earned two bonus points, with 35 in the BPS.

The Cameroon international registered four CBI, two recoveries and a pair of successful tackles to help the hosts to a third clean sheet of the season - their first since Gameweek 3.

Nyom also created two scoring opportunities, supplying the assist for West Brom's fourth goal.

Chris Brunt (£4.9m) was awarded a single bonus point, scoring 33 in the BPS thanks to a strong all-round display.

Retaining his midfield role, the Irishman completed 84% of 53 attempted passes and three dribbles, while contributing seven recoveries and two successful tackles.

Despite mirroring Phillips's goal and assist, Salomon Rondon (£6.5m) just missed out on bonus points, scoring 32 in the BPS. 

Salomon Rondon, West Brom
Salomon Rondon missed out on bonus points having been tackled more than any other player in Monday's encounter

The striker was tackled on four occasions, more than any player in the match. He was also caught offside once, missed the target with two efforts and committed a pair of fouls.

The ICT Index

Rondon and Phillips clinched the top spots in the ICT Index, with a goal and an assist apiece earning hauls of 9.5 and 9.0 respectively.

The Venezuelan boasted the Baggies' main threat, firing four attempts, with two of those on target. He also registered three touches in the penalty area and produced a single key pass.

Two of Phillips's three attempts arrived from inside the box, though his goal was his only effort on target.

Nacer Chadli, West Bromwich Albion
Nacer Chadli missed Monday's encounter through injury and will face a battle to regain a starting role once fit

The Scout Notes

With back-to-back victories under his belt, West Brom head coach Tony Pulis will be reluctant to change a winning side for the weekend trip to Hull City.

Nacer Chadli (£6.4m) missed out again after undergoing minor knee surgery prior to the international break and, if fit, may well struggle to break into the starting XI for the Humberside trip.

Phillips's form has cemented his starting role having been benched in Gameweek 10. Along with James Morrison (£4.6m), he has now scored in back-to-back matches.

Over 13,000 Fantasy Premier League managers have already drafted in Phillips this Gameweek. The Scot has now produced two goals and four assists in his last seven Premier League appearances.

Chris Brunt, West Bromwich Albion
Chris Brunt continued in a midfield role but earned four clean sheet points as an FPL defender

Classified as a defender in FPL, Brunt continues to benefit from a midfield berth. Handed a share of dead-ball duties, he offers strong points potential, particularly with home encounters against Watford and Swansea City to come over the next four Gameweeks.

Burnley's struggles on the road show little sign of abating.

Sean Dyche's side have conceded at least three goals in all but one of their five away matches. The Clarets are far more resolute at Turf Moor, with only six goals against in seven outings.

Dyche opted for a 4-2-3-1 set-up against West Brom but could revert to 4-4-2 at home to Manchester City in Gameweek 13, with Ashley Barnes (£4.4m) or Andre Gray (£6.2m) handed an opportunity alongside Sam Vokes (£6.2m) in attack.

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