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Keane offers differential at both ends of pitch

The Scout 8 Dec 2016
Burnley v Watford

Burnley centre-back ranks among leading FPL defenders for goal threat, notes The Scout

A visit from AFC Bournemouth boosts Michael Keane’s (£4.9m) Fantasy Premier League points potential for Gameweek 15.

Having kept clean sheets at Turf Moor against the likes of Liverpool and Watford, the Clarets have conceded only eight goals in as many matches at home.

AFC Bournemouth, meanwhile, boast the third-worst away record in the Premier League for goals scored, with only five from seven outings.

Owned by 2.9% of FPL managers, Keane’s upcoming schedule suggests he could prosper over a promising stretch of festive fixtures. 

Sean Dyche’s side also entertain Middlesbrough and Sunderland and travel to West Ham United in the coming weeks, with all four matches scoring no more than two in the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR).

The Gameweek 18 trip to Tottenham Hotspur appears to be their toughest test among an obliging December programme.

Assessing the statistics, Keane’s contribution will be vital to Burnley’s prospects of further shutouts. 

Keane's attacking threat

  Total FPL defender rank
Goal attempts 11 8th
Penalty-area goal attempts 10 3rd
Penalty-area touches 38 2nd
Headed attempts 10 2nd
Clearances, blocks and interceptions 189 2nd

The centre-back sits second to Hull City’s Curtis Davies (£5.0m) for clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI) over the season, by 189 to 201, with team-mate Ben Mee (£4.5m) placed third with 186.

Crucially for FPL managers, Keane, who scored five league goals last season, has also impressed in the opposition penalty area.

Despite finding the net only once in 2016/17, Keane is ranked second for touches in the box (38) among defenders, with only Crystal Palace’s Scott Dann (£5.3m and 40) registering more. 

Michael Keane, Burnley
Michael Keane is ranked third for FPL defenders for attempts inside the penalty area

Keane has produced 11 attempts on goal in 14 appearances, with 10 inside the box bettered only by Dann and Stoke City’s Ryan Shawcross (£4.9m), on 11 apiece.

In terms of headed goal attempts, Keane’s tally of 10 is again second only to Dann among defenders, highlighting his points potential for attacking FPL returns over the month ahead.

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