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GW17 Ones to watch: Ricardo Pereira

The Scout 11 Dec 2019
Ricardo Pereira

The Scout says Leicester right-back has been far more reliable when playing at home this season

The Scout is tipping five players to produce big points in Gameweek 17 of Fantasy Premier League.

Ricardo Pereira (LEI) £6.5m

The Leicester City right-back's performances in home matches have been crucial in helping him claim top spot in the FPL defender standings.

Pereira has produced 56 of his 83 points at King Power Stadium, averaging 7.0 points per appearance.

All of his attacking returns this season have come at home.

He scored against both Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United in Gameweeks 6 and 7, and produced an assist in the 2-1 win over Everton in Gameweek 14.

Watch Pereira's goal v Newcastle

The underlying statistics show Pereira boasts significant assist potential when playing at King Power Stadium.

At home, his 14 key passes rank third for Brendan Rodgers' side, just one fewer than midfield pair James Maddison (£7.7m) and Youri Tielemans (£6.6m).

By comparison, he has created just two chances away from home this season.

Tight at the back

Leicester's defensive record further raises Pereira's appeal for the visit of Norwich City.

At home, Leicester's total of four clean sheets is the joint-best record along with Burnley and Crystal Palace. They have conceded only four goals, three fewer than any other side.

Norwich, meanwhile, have struggled in attack on the road, scoring a league-low four away goals.

Pereira's potential for points at both ends of the pitch can help extend his run of home returns on Saturday.

Also in this series

Part 1: GW17 Ones to watch: Mohamed Salah
Part 2: GW17 Ones to watch: Mason Mount
Part 3: GW17 Ones to watch: George Baldock
Part 5: GW17 Ones to watch: Anthony Martial

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