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GW25 Differentials: Matt Ritchie

The Scout 28 Jan 2020
Matt Ritchie

The Scout says wing-back's delivery can prove decisive for Newcastle United at home against Norwich City

The Scout is selecting four overlooked players who could be set for a breakout Gameweek 25 in Fantasy Premier League.

Matt Ritchie (NEW) £5.3m

Just 0.2 per cent of FPL managers own the Newcastle United wing-back ahead of his home match against Norwich City.

An injury sustained early in the season has restricted Ritchie's appearances, but he returned to the line-up in the Gameweek 23 victory over Chelsea.

Now the fit-again Scotland international could be a major influence in the second half of 2019/20.

Ritchie was a big success for the Magpies last season, scoring twice and supplying eight assists to total 110 points.

Ritchie's stunning strike v AFC Bournemouth 


And as their No 1 set-piece taker, his delivery is a key weapon for Steve Bruce’s side.

Indeed, despite playing just five matches this term, his total of seven successful crosses is the second-highest for Newcastle.

Aerial advantage

This suggests Ritchie can make the difference against a Norwich side who have struggled to defend aerial situations.

The Canaries have conceded 63 headed shots and 93 shots from set-pieces, the fifth-worst totals in 2019/20.

Ritchie's pinpoint deliveries can exploit that weakness and earn him his first attacking returns of the season.

In this series

Part 1: GW25 Differentials: Erik Lamela
Part 3: GW25 Differentials: Gabriel Martinelli
Part 4: GW25 Differentials: Enda Stevens

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