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GW23 review: Grealish is FPL's form midfielder

The Scout 19 Jan 2020
Jack Grealish, Aston Villa

Aston Villa playmaker has averaged 6.5 points per match over the last 30 days as The Scout looks at star Saturday performers to consider

His equaliser against Brighton & Hove Albion earned Jack Grealish (£6.5m) a second double-digit haul in the last three Gameweeks of Fantasy Premier League.

The Aston Villa playmaker secured the maximum three bonus points in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Amex Stadium.

He has now scored seven goals from Gameweek 8 onwards, joint-top with Sadio Mane (£12.4m) in midfield.

Grealish tops the FPL form table among midfielders, having averaged 6.5 points per match over the last 30 days.

Grealish's goal at Brighton

Leandro Trossard (£5.8m), John Fleck (£4.9m) and Adama Traore (£5.7m) all matched Grealish’s 10 points in midfield over Saturday's eight matches.

Fleck netted for Sheffield United in a 1-1 draw at Arsenal, while Traore supplied two assists in Wolverhampton Wanderers’ 3-2 win at Southampton.

They rank second and third respectively for points-per-million value among midfielders this term.

Jimenez and Aguero score big

Traore’s team-mate Raul Jimenez (£7.5m) ended a run of three matches without an attacking return with two goals at St Mary’s Stadium.

His 13 point-tally was matched by Sergio Aguero (£11.9m), who scored both of Manchester City's goals in a 2-2 home draw with Crystal Palace.

Over a third of the Argentinian's FPL points this season have come in his last three appearances for Pep Guardiola's side.

Aguero is already the most-bought player in the Gameweek, earning more than 42,000 new owners ahead of a trip to Sheff Utd on Tuesday evening.

Goalkeepers impress 

At the back, Ben Foster’s (£4.9m) nine-point haul against Tottenham Hotspur helped him to the top of the goalkeeper standings on 96 points.

The Watford No 1 has claimed a clean sheet in four of his last six matches under head coach Nigel Pearson.

Paulo Gazzaniga (£4.6m) also impressed in the goalless draw at Vicarage Road.

He saved Troy Deeney’s (£6.2m) penalty to deliver 14 points, currently the highest points total in the Gameweek.

Elsewhere, Federico Fernandez (£4.4m) continued his strong home form with nine points in Newcastle United’s 1-0 win over Chelsea. The centre-back has averaged 4.8 points per start at St James’ Park this season.

Mixed emotions for James owners

Chelsea’s Reece James (£5.0m) also profited in Saturday evening’s encounter as he was withdrawn late in the second half while the score was goalless.

James therefore kept his clean sheet and also picked up two bonus, taking his total to 19 points in two Gameweeks.

However, he sustained a knock against the Magpies and is now rated doubtful for the Blues' Gameweek 24 home encounter with Arsenal on Tuesday.  

Double GW24 matches
Also in this series

Part 1: GW23 FPL stats: Penalty miss hits Vardy owners
Part 2: GW23 bonus points: Jimenez gets full returns

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