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GW2 Kings to watch: Riyad Mahrez

The Scout 18 Aug 2021
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The Scout believes Man City winger provides a strong captaincy option at home to Norwich

The Scout is tipping five players to produce big points in Gameweek 2 of 2021/22 Fantasy Premier League.

Riyad Mahrez (MCI) £9.0m

A home encounter with Norwich City gives the Manchester City winger the chance to deliver his first attacking returns of the season.

Mahrez was the form player for Pep Guardiola’s side over their summer friendlies.

He played a part in more goals than any team-mate, scoring three and assisting a further two.

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Mahrez was a major influence when playing at the Etihad Stadium last term.

When selected, he was involved in 44 per cent of Man City's goals at home, more than any midfield team-mate.

The Algerian’s seven goals were joint-top with Ilkay Gundogan (£7.5m), while his five assists were bettered only by the eight of Kevin De Bruyne (£12.0m).

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Indeed, two of Mahrez’s best ever hauls in Fantasy came in home matches last term.

He racked up 21 points against Burnley in Gameweek 10, and 18 points versus Southampton in Gameweek 27.

The underlying numbers further highlight Mahrez’s importance to the Man City attack in home matches.

Last season his 28.4 minutes per shot and 32 minutes per chance created both put him among their top three players.

Vulnerable visitors

Norwich, meanwhile, arrive on the back of a 3-0 home defeat to Liverpool.

They conceded 19 shots and 13 shots in the box, both totals that put them among the bottom two sides in Gameweek 1.

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Daniel Farke’s men also endured a miserable result on their last visit to the Etihad, losing 5-0 in 2019/20.

Mahrez’s potential for huge hauls can ensure a similar outcome, offering managers a strong alternative for the captaincy in Gameweek 2.

Also in this series

Part 1: Wilfried Zaha (WHU)
Part 2: Said Benrahma (WHU)
Part 3: Virgil van Dijk (LIV)
Part 4: Richarlison (EVE)

Remember, the Gameweek 2 deadline is at 11:00 BST on Saturday 21 August.

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