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GW1 Kings to watch: Antonio Rudiger

The Scout 10 Aug 2021
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The Scout says Chelsea's centre-back can threaten Crystal Palace at set-plays

The Scout is tipping five players to produce big points in Gameweek 1 of 2021/22 Fantasy Premier League.

Antonio Rudiger (CHE) £5.5m

The centre-back’s fortunes in Fantasy were transformed by the arrival of Thomas Tuchel as Chelsea head coach midway through last season.

Rudiger started just four of the first 19 Gameweeks under Frank Lampard.

But he was immediately installed as a key figure by Tuchel, starting 15 of his 19 matches in charge.

Indeed only Cesar Azpilicueta (£6.0m), with 17 starts, was selected more often among Chelsea defenders from Gameweek 20 onwards.

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Rudiger’s influence on Tuchel’s new wing-back system helped the Blues' defence to thrive in the second half of last season.

Chelsea's 11 clean sheets and 13 goals conceded in that period were both the best totals in the league.

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That looks very encouraging for Rudiger's prospects in Gameweek 1, with Chelsea welcoming Crystal Palace to Stamford Bridge.

Rudiger also carries a threat from set-pieces. 

He produced seven attempts from dead-ball scenarios under Tuchel, second only to the nine of Kurt Zouma (£5.5m).

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Notably, Chelsea playmaker Mason Mount (£7.5m) ranked top among all Premier League players for chances created from set-pieces in 2020/21.

Palace, meanwhile, conceded a competition-high 172 shots from dead-ball situations.

When that factor is added to his strong clean-sheet potential, Rudiger looks poised for a successful start to the campaign in Saturday's encounter.

Also in this series

Part 1: Michail Antonio (WHU)
Part 3: Mason Greenwood (MUN)
Part 4: Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV)
Part 5: Jamie Vardy (LEI)

Remember, the Gameweek 1 deadline is at 18:30 BST on Friday 13 August.

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