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FPL Saturday review: Mings leads dominant defenders

The Scout 22 Aug 2021
Tyrone Mings

Aston Villa centre-back one of six players in his position to produce a double-digit haul

Tyrone Mings (£5.0m) was among a number of defenders to produce double-digit Fantasy Premier League returns in Saturday's matches.

The Aston Villa centre-back is the top-scoring player in Gameweek 2, delivering his career-high haul of 15 points.

Mings produced two FPL assists and earned the maximum three bonus points in a 2-0 win over Newcastle United.

Tsimikas stars despite Robertson return

Home defences dominated Saturday's six matches, with five away sides failing to score. 

Full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m) and Konstantinos Tsimikas (£4.1m) each supplied an assist in Liverpool's 2-0 win over Burnley at Anfield, claiming 12 and 11 points respectively. 

Liverpool 2-0 Burnley highlights

The cut-price Tsimikas remains a top target for managers, despite the return of team-mate and fellow left-back Andrew Robertson (£7.0m) to the bench. 

Tsimikas is the most-bought player in the Gameweek, earning more than 82,000 new owners. 

Centre-back success

Shane Duffy (£4.0m) has also been a big success as a budget defender.

He earned 14 points in Brighton & Hove Albion's 2-0 win over Watford, scoring and earning three bonus.

Meanwhile, Aymeric Laporte (£5.5m) and Ruben Dias (£6.0m) were the top performers in Manchester City’s 5-0 win over Norwich City.

The centre-backs produced a goal and assist respectively, with Laporte bettering Dias by 14 points to 11.

Man City 5-0 Norwich highlights

Their team-mate Gabriel Jesus (£8.5m) was the only midfielder or forward to produce a double-figure haul on Saturday.

Playing on the wing, the Brazilian striker recorded two assists in his first start of the campaign to earn 11 points.

Calvert-Lewin boost for strong schedule

Everton were the only away side to score on Saturday.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£8.1m) opened the scoring from the penalty spot in their 2-2 draw at Leeds United.

That suggests the forward is now on spot-kick duties for new head coach Rafa Benitez ahead of a very favourable schedule.

Only one of Everton's next eight matches scores more than three in the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR). 

Calvert-Lewin is among only four players to score in each of the first two Gameweeks of the new season, having also netted against Southampton last weekend. 

Aston Villa’s Danny Ings (£8.0m) and Brighton’s Neal Maupay (£6.5m) are the other two forwards to achieve this feat, along with Liverpool midfielder Diogo Jota (£7.5m).

Also in this series

Part 1: FDR Analysis: Everton can build momentum
Part 2: GW2 FPL stats: Lukaku outscores Salah and Fernandes
Part 3: GW2 Bonus points: West Ham duo add to scores
Part 5: GW2 Lessons: Jota can help you get Lukaku
Part 6: FPL experts: What to do with Tsimikas and Jota?
Part 7: GW2 Lessons: Dias can avoid Pep rotation

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