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FPL Saturday review: Rudiger the best value at Chelsea

The Scout 25 Apr 2021
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Budget defender shines as win at West Ham takes Blues on to 10 clean sheets in 14 matches

A 1-0 win at West Ham United continued Chelsea’s superb run of defensive form in Fantasy Premier League.

Chelsea have kept 10 clean sheets in their 14 matches under Thomas Tuchel, with Antonio Rudiger (£4.7m) in particular offering strong value for Fantasy managers.

Chelsea have conceded only three goals in the 12 matches Rudiger has started for Tuchel, compared with five goals conceded in two matches without him. 

The German has averaged 5.3 points per match since the head coach arrived for Gameweek 20.  

Rudiger, Thiago Silva (£5.6m) and Ben Chilwell (£5.8m) all earned bonus points in the win over West Ham.

Chilwell assisted the decisive goal for Timo Werner (£9.2m) at London Stadium and finished on 12 points, the highest score across the first two days of Gameweek 33.

Ramsdale one to consider?

Relegated Sheffield United have not quite been in such good defensive form but they prevented Brighton & Hove Albion from scoring in Saturday's 1-0 win.

Aaron Ramsdale (£4.6m) was their star performer, making four saves and earning a nine-point haul. The goalkeeper has collected at least one save point in nine of his last 10 starts. 

Ramsdale has the schedule to deliver more clean sheets over the run-in. 

After a trip to Tottenham Hotspur next weekend, Sheff Utd's four matches over Gameweeks 35-38 all score no more than three in the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR).

Willock adds to Liverpool home woes

Liverpool’s poor run of defensive home form continued with a 1-1 draw against Newcastle United.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last eight matches at Anfield.

Joe Willock's (£4.7m) late equaliser was his third goal in as many Newcastle appearances, all of which have come as a substitute.

The loanee will not be able to add to his tally in Gameweek 34, however, as he is ineligible to face parent club Arsenal.

Biggest Salah score since GW21

Mohamed Salah (£12.6m) showed why he was the most-captained player of Gameweek 33 by scoring Liverpool's opener. 

The Egyptian was handed the armband by 1.3million managers and claimed nine points, his biggest return since Gameweek 21.

Liverpool 1-1 Newcastle highlights

Salah's 20th goal of the season has taken him one behind Harry Kane (£11.8m) in the race for the Golden Boot.

And his schedule remains very encouraging for his 35.6 per cent ownership.

Four of Liverpool’s final five matches score only two in the FDR.

Also in this series

Part 1: FDR Analysis: Spurs duo key captain picks for run-in
Part 2: GW33 Bonus points: Wan-Bissaka delivers a maximum
Part 3: GW33 FPL stats: Salah on target as top captain pick
Part 5: GW33 Lessons: Climb mini-leagues with players battling drop
Part 6: GW33 Lessons: Dallas vital for the run-in
Part 7: Who to target from clubs seeking safety? What the experts say

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