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GW22 Ones to watch: Riyad Mahrez

The Scout 8 Jan 2020
Riyad Mahrez

The Scout says regular starting role has made Man City winger a major goal threat in recent Gameweeks

The Scout is tipping five players to produce big points in Gameweek 22 of Fantasy Premier League.

Riyad Mahrez (MCI) £8.4m

The Manchester City winger’s improved pitch time has increased his goal threat in FPL.

Mahrez started just seven of the first 17 league matches for Pep Guardiola’s side.

But he has since been named in the line-up in each of the last four Gameweeks.

The Algerian has seized his opportunity, scoring against Leicester City and supplying assists against Sheffield United and Everton.

He also found the net in Tuesday's 3-1 EFL Cup victory at Manchester United.

Watch Mahrez's strike against Leicester

The underlying numbers further strengthen Mahrez’s case for consideration.

His totals of 17 shots and 12 shots inside the penalty area in the last four Gameweeks are both more than any other player in FPL.

And his nine chances created and five shots on target rank second for Man City.

His number of shots in the box have almost trebled, rising from 1.1 to 3.0 per appearance, while his minutes per shot have quickened from 28.3 to 18.5.

Hospitable hosts?

A trip to Aston Villa can bring in more points for the 28-year-old.

Dean Smith’s men have managed just one clean sheet in the last eight Gameweeks, and have conceded two or more goals in six matches during that time.

Villa have conceded 260 shots in the box this season, almost 40 more than any other side.

With his rising goal threat, Mahrez can punish his hosts this weekend and continue his run of FPL returns.

Also in this series 

Part 1: GW22 Ones to watch: Ayoze Perez
Part 2: GW22 Ones to watch: Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Part 3: GW22 Ones to watch: Adama Traore
Part 4: GW22 Ones to watch: Ismaila Sarr

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