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GW31 Kings to watch: James Maddison

The Scout 7 Apr 2021
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The Scout says fit-again Leicester playmaker has the schedule to make a big impact

The Scout is tipping five players to produce big points in Gameweek 31 of Fantasy Premier League.

James Maddison (LEI) £7.1m

After missing four Premier League matches through injury, the Leicester City midfielder returned with an appearance off the bench against Manchester City on Saturday.

Maddison was in outstanding form before being sidelined, blanking in only two of nine Gameweek starts.

His output away from home, in particular, was a big factor for the Foxes.

He has produced 34 points in his last five road trips, combining two goals and two assists with six bonus points in Fantasy.

Maddison's GW25 goal at Villa

The underlying numbers further highlight Maddison’s influence ahead of Leicester’s trip to West Ham United this weekend.

Away from home, his 22 chances created are a team-leading total, while his 31 shots rank second to the 36 of Harvey Barnes (£6.7m).

Maddison has been involved in 47 per cent of his side’s away goals, second only to the 61 per cent of Jamie Vardy (£10.1m) among the Foxes' regular starters this season.

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West Ham, meanwhile, have been struggling defensively.

The Hammers have just one clean sheet in their last six matches, a total better only than the zero of Arsenal.

They have conceded 98 shots over that run, the second-worst record in the Premier League.

Leicester’s schedule looks enticing beyond Gameweek 31 too.

Over Gameweeks 32 to 35, Brendan Rodgers’ men face four of the bottom nine sides, taking on West Bromwich Albion, Crystal Palace, Southampton and Newcastle United.

Maddison’s return to action can help Leicester take advantage of that kind run, starting with Sunday’s encounter against the Hammers.

Remember, the Gameweek 31 deadline is at 18:30 BST on Friday 9 April.

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Part 2: Lucas Digne (EVE)
Part 4: Danny Ings (SOU)
Part 5: Mohamed Salah (LIV)

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