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FPL managers bail out as Iheanacho is benched

The Scout 15 Dec 2016
Kelechi Iheanacho, Man City

City stars sold en masse after striker omitted by Pep Guardiola

The Bonus Points

Pablo Zabaleta (£4.7m) collected the maximum Fantasy Premier League bonus points in Manchester City’s 2-0 home win over Watford.

Scoring 38 in the Bonus Points System (BPS), the Argentinian played a significant role in both defence and attack against the Hornets.

Zabaleta opened the scoring for Pep Guardiola's side, supplementing this with six clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI), three recoveries and a pair of completed tackles.

David Silva (£8.7m) picked up two bonus points, tallying 32 in the BPS.

City's playmaker found the net for the first time this season, netting a late second while also completing 82% of 63 attempted passes.

Gael Clichy (£5.2m) was awarded a single bonus point thanks to a BPS score of 30.

The left-back produced 11 recoveries, nine CBI and a successful tackle to help his side earn a third clean sheet of the campaign.

Manchester City v Watford, 141216, John Stones
John Stones was again benched by Pep Guardiola, missing out on Manchester City's third clean sheet of the campaign

The Scout Notes

Guardiola's decision to bench John Stones (£4.8m) has proved the catalyst for further sales, with more than 25,000 FPL managers parting company with the defender overnight.

City have mustered only a single shut-out in the 12 Gameweeks that Stones has started, compared to two clean sheets in four without him on the teamsheet.

Ilkay Gundogan (£5.3m) has also suffered a considerable recent exodus, following news that the German is expected to be sidelined for an extended period after sustaining a knee injury during the first-half.

Manchester City v Watford, 141216, Gundogan
Ikay Gundogan suffered suspected knee ligament damage in Wednesday's 2-0 win

Despite the absence of Sergio Aguero (£12.8m) through suspension, Guardiola opted to bench Kelechi Iheanacho (£6.8m) against the Hornets.

Having attracted more than 224,000 new owners over the last two Gameweeks, only the injured Charlie Austin (£6.6m) of Southampton has been subjected to more sales among FPL forwards ahead of Saturday's deadline.

Walter Mazzarri’s Watford teamsheet also raised eyebrows after Troy Deeney (£6.8m) warmed the bench for the first time this season.

Handed only 19 minutes as a substitute, the Hornets’ skipper has now failed to score in nine successive Gameweeks ahead of a weekend trip to Sunderland.

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