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McAuley heads into defenders' top five

The Scout 28 Nov 2016
Hull 1-1 West Brom

West Brom man's third goal of season takes him to 55 FPL points, bettered only by Chelsea and Arsenal stars

The Bonus Points

The two goalscorers dominated the Fantasy Premier League bonus points in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at the KCOM Stadium.

West Bromwich Albion’s Gareth McAuley (£4.8m) earned the maximum additional points, scoring 24 in the Bonus Points System (BPS).

In addition to opening the scoring, the Northern Ireland international also produced 14 clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI) and seven recoveries.

Hull City’s Michael Dawson (£4.4m) collected two bonus points.

Scoring 23 in the BPS, the defender grabbed his side’s equaliser and completed 81% of 49 attempted passes. He also contributed nine CBI and six recoveries.

Allan Nyom (£4.3m) secured bonus awards for consecutive Gameweeks, with 17 in the BPS earning him the final point on offer. The Baggies full-back won three tackles and made nine recoveries. 

Hull City v West Bromwich Albion
Michael Dawson has scored two goals in five appearances this season

The ICT Index

With modest ICT Index scores on show in this contest, McAuley and Dawson led the way with 7.9 and 7.2 respectively.

Both found the net with their only attempt on goal, with the Baggies’ centre-half bettering Dawson by three touches inside the penalty box to one.

Hull City’s Robert Snodgrass (£5.6m) matched Dawson’s tally of 7.2.

The Tigers playmaker registered three attempts on goal – all from outside the area – with two on target.

He also supplied two goalscoring opportunities and completed 17 passes in the final third, more than any other player in the match. 

The Scout Notes

McAuley’s third goal of the season has taken him to fourth place in the FPL defender standings, earning him more than 41,000 new owners since the weekend.

Now found in 26.7% of squads, only Swansea City's Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.3m) has attracted greater transfer interest since Saturday's deadline.

After back-to-back victories, Tony Pulis named an unchanged line-up, with both the fit-again Nacer Chadli (£6.3m) and James McClean (£5.0m) utilised off the bench late on.

Matt Phillips (£5.3m) provided the assist for McAuley’s opener and has attracted 26,000 new owners ahead of Gameweek 14. 

Matt Phillips, West Brom
Matt Phillips has two goals and three assists in the last three Gameweeks

With two goals and three assists in his last three outings he looks a secure selection in midfield.

Instead, Chadli and McClean will likely be pushing James Morrison (£4.6m) and Chris Brunt (£4.9m) for a starting berth for the home encounter against Watford.

For Hull, head coach Mike Phelan handed substitute appearances to Andrew Robertson (£4.3m) and Adama Diomande (£4.6m) as the pair returned to contention following injury and suspension respectively.

Robertson, in particular, could be handed a starting role at left-back at the expense of Josh Tymon (£4.0m) as the Tigers prepare for clashes against Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace in the next two Gameweeks.

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