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Benteke brace serves up timely FPL reminder

The Scout 5 Dec 2016
Crystal Palace v Southampton

Crystal Palace forward has 22 points in last two Gameweeks ahead of promising trip to Hull

The Bonus Points

Two goals from Christian Benteke (£7.5m) helped Crystal Palace to a 3-0 victory over Southampton, with the forward claiming a Fantasy Premier League Bonus Points System (BPS) score of 45.

That was enough for Benteke to earn his first maximum three bonus points of the season.

James Tomkins (£5.0m), who scored Palace's second goal, tallied 31 in the BPS to take two bonus points.

The defender also contributed 11 clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI) and seven recoveries as Palace earned a first clean sheet of the campaign.

Fellow defender Damien Delaney (£4.8m), who was recalled to the starting XI, claimed the final bonus point. He recorded 14 CBI and won a pair of tackles to score 30 in the BPS.

The ICT Index

Benteke earned the highest ICT Index score at Selhurst Park, with 15.6.

Crystal Palace v Southampton
James Tomkins scored his third goal of the season against Southampton


The forward registered a Threat tally of 82, made up of eight penalty-area touches and four attempts from inside the box.

Southampton's Sofiane Boufal (£6.8m), who was recalled in place of Josh Sims (£4.5m), ranked next in the Index with a tally of 10.2.

The Moroccan created four chances from 15 successful passes in the final third to record the highest Creativity score (47) of the match.

Notably, right-back Cedric Soares (£5.0m) ranked next for Creativity with a tally of 39, supplying 11 crosses and two goalscoring opportunities. 

Crystal Palace v Southampton
Cedric Soares has supplied 21 crosses over the last three Gameweeks - joint-most for FPL defenders

The Scout Notes

Benteke's brace of goals were his first at home this season and He has now registered back-to-back double-figure hauls ahead of a Gameweek 15 trip to Hull City.

The Palace striker has recorded 12 attempts from inside the box over the last four Gameweeks, trailing only Manchester City's suspended striker Sergio Aguero (£13.0m and 20).

Crystal Palace v Southampton
Christian Benteke has registered back-to-back double-figure hauls ahead of a GW15 trip to Hull City

Southampton's FPL prospects suffered a dent but are likely to improve over their forthcoming fixtures.

They face encounters with Middlesbrough, Stoke City, AFC Bournemouth and West Bromwich Albion in the next five, promoting the potential of Charlie Austin (£6.9m) and right-back Soares in particular.

The latter has registered 21 crosses over the last three Gameweeks since his return from injury, ranking him joint-first among FPL defenders. He has also created six chances in that spell.

Austin scored two goals in the three Gameweeks prior to Saturday's defeat and remains Southampton's most likely source of attacking points over this month's busy schedule.

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