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Consistent Costa has FPL edge over Hazard

The Scout 12 Dec 2016
Diego Costa, Chelsea

The Scout on why Chelsea forward is a must-have Fantasy asset ahead of popular team-mate

The Bonus Points

Cesar Azpilicueta (£6.2m) was awarded maximum Fantasy Premier League bonus points in Chelsea’s home win over West Bromwich Albion.

Helping the Blues to a seventh clean sheet in nine Gameweeks, the Spaniard produced eight clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI), three successful tackles and four recoveries to score 35 in the Bonus Points System (BPS).

Diego Costa (£10.9m) collected two bonus points, with 30 in the BPS thanks to his decisive goal. He was edged out for the maximum bonus points after being tackled on seven occasions.

Gary Cahill (£6.3m) claimed a single bonus point, recording a BPS score of 28. The centre-back produced 11 CBI, two recoveries and a successful tackle. 

The ICT Index

Costa clinched top spot in the ICT Index, tallying 10.6.

The striker netted with his only attempt of the match, registered eight touches inside the West Brom penalty area and created three chances.

Costa has now carved out 27 goalscoring opportunities, more than any other FPL forward and only three fewer than his total for the entire of last season.

West Brom's Craig Dawson (£4.8m) earned second position, with 6.2 in the ICT Index, recording the highest Creativity score on show.

The right-back supplied two successful crosses from five attempts and provided three scoring opportunities. 

The Scout Notes

Costa’s match-winner continued a series of consistent showings that have harvested attacking returns in 13 of the opening 15 Gameweeks.

But Eden Hazard (£10.5m) has been less reliable.

Although he sits only seven points behind his team-mate, the Belgian has produced only one goal in the last four Premier League matches, blanking in seven of his 15 outings.

Emerging from the bench in the second half as the Blues moved to a 4-2-4 formation, Cesc Fabregas (£6.9m) supplied the chance for Costa’s winner.

Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion
Less reliable than Diego Costa, Eden Hazard has now blanked in seven of 15 FPL Gameweeks

The Spaniard now has back-to-back assists in the last two Gameweeks, but faces a battle to oust Nemanja Matic (£5.1m) in central midfield.

Tony Pulis named an unchanged West Brom line-up on the back of a four-match unbeaten run.

But the Baggies' head coach will need to make an alteration for the midweek visit of Swansea City after Dawson earned a fifth yellow card of the season.

The right-back will serve a one-match ban over Gameweek 16.

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