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Matip can deliver at both ends for FPL managers

The Scout 3 Sep 2021
Joel Matip

The Scout shows how managers can use a Fantasy tool to pinpoint defenders with a big goal threat

Joel Matip (£5.0m) can provide Fantasy Premier League managers with major value over the coming Gameweeks.

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The centre-back has re-established himself as the partner of Virgil van Dijk (£6.5m) in Liverpool's first-choice defence.

Although he has yet to score this season, Matip has boasted a considerable goal threat in the opening three Gameweeks.

Matip's potential for goals is confirmed by the ICT Index, a feature in FPL that can guide the strategies and selections of managers. 

The ICT Index uses match-event data to generate a single score metric that reflects three key areas: Influence, Creativity and Threat. 

The Threat metric assesses the players most likely to score goals. While shots are the key action, the Index also looks at the players’ location on the pitch, giving more weight to actions with greater chances to score.

It is here where Matip scores highly.

Top five defenders for ICT Threat
Player ICT Threat Touches in box Big chances
Duffy 114 8 0
Matip 96 9 2
Laporte 86 7 0
Dawson 83 9 0
Tarkowski 75 9 3
Top five defenders for shots
Player Shots Shots in box Shots on target
Duffy 8 8 2
Matip 7 7 0
Laporte 7 7 1
Dawson 6 6 0
Tarkowski 6 6 2

Matip's totals of seven shots, seven shots inside the box and two big chances are in the top two defenders in Fantasy in 2021/22. 

By contrast, team-mate Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m) has only two shots in the box so far. Alexander-Arnold’s delivery has, however, helped to lift Matip’s attacking potential.

The right-back is Liverpool’s first-choice taker of free-kicks and corners. From these, he has helped the Reds record 28 shots, 12 more than any other side.

Matip has produced all seven of his efforts from set-pieces. 

Favourable fixtures

Liverpool’s upcoming matches hand Matip the chance to back up his goal threat and bring in points at both ends of the pitch.

Only one of the Reds’ next five matches scores more than three in the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR).

Liverpool's next five Gameweeks
GW Opponent FDR
4 LEE (A) 3
5 CRY (H) 2
6 BRE (A) 2
7 MCI (H) 4
8 WAT (A) 2

Matip looks set to record more clean sheets over that period, while also offering managers a strong chance of goals.

Also in this series

Part 2: Fornals rivalling Benrahma for FPL midfield value
Part 3: Jimenez has fixtures to gain big Fantasy points

Remember, the Gameweek 4 deadline is at 11:00 BST on Saturday 11 September.

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