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Austin appeal on the rise

The Scout 28 Nov 2016
Charlie Austin, Southampton

But The Scout believes FPL managers should also invest in two stand-out Southampton defenders

The Bonus Points

Charlie Austin (£6.8m) collected the maximum Fantasy Premier League bonus points as Southampton defeated Everton 1-0 at St Mary’s Stadium.

Scoring 37 in the Bonus Points System (BPS), the Saints forward grabbed the match-winning goal and fired three efforts on target.

Cedric Soares (£4.9m) picked up two bonus points with 33 in the BPS, thanks to a strong all-round display.

Soares made three recoveries and two successful tackles to help his side earn a fifth clean sheet of the season. Raiding forward, he also provided three open-play crosses, all of which created goalscoring opportunities. 

Virgil van Dijk (£5.5m) was awarded a single bonus point.

Tallying 28 in the BPS, the Dutchman registered eight CBI and seven recoveries and made two key passes against the Toffees. 

The ICT Index

Austin also claimed first place in the ICT Index with a score of 13.9.

The Saints striker boasted a Threat haul of 71 – all three of his attempts were from inside the penalty area and on target.

Southampton's Josh Sims (£4.5m) and James Ward-Prowse (£5.0m) were next in line with hauls of 9.2 and 9.0 respectively.

Debutant Sims supplied the assist for Austin’s winner, producing two of his three shots on target. He mirrored Austin for touches inside the opposition box, with five apiece.

Handed a first start since Gameweek 1, Ward-Prowse produced four attempts on goal, with three arriving inside the penalty area. He also created two scoring chances for the home side. 

The Scout Notes

Austin’s nine-point haul took him up to sixth in the Fantasy Premier League forward standings.

Having started only one of the opening five matches he has since been named in Claude Puel’s first XI in eight successive Gameweeks, scoring six goals.

Second only to Sunderland’s Jermain Defoe (£7.5m) in terms of value for forwards, Austin’s 15.5% FPL ownership could be set to rise as he seeks to take advantage of a favourable upcoming schedule.

Ten of Southampton’s next 12 match-ups score only two in the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR). 

Manchester City v Southampton
According to the FDR Southampton have hugely favourable fixtures on the horizon

This stretch could yet promote the appeal of midfield trio Dusan Tadic (£7.0m), Sofiane Boufal (£6.8m) and Nathan Redmond (£6.0m), with the former two closing in on returns after missing out at the weekend.

After keeping out Liverpool in Gameweek 12, Southampton have now registered consecutive clean sheets and FPL interest in their defence is on the rise. Both Cedric and Van Dijk are ranked in the top six defenders for transfers in since the weekend.

As the cheapest of Puel’s regular back four Cedric offers excellent value.

Although he has yet to earn attacking points, the Portugal international has created 12 chances for team-mates in nine appearances. 

Everton managed a mere single attempt on target all match, with FPL managers continuing to desert Romelu Lukaku (£9.7m).

The Belgian, who was sold by more than 124,000 managers in the previous Gameweek, has scored only once in his last five outings ahead of clashes against Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool in the next four.

More than 67,000 FPL managers have parted company since the weekend, with Lukaku's price dropping by £0.1m.

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