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GW31 Differentials: Riyad Mahrez

By The Scout 28 Mar 2022

The Scout says Algerian is worth the risk of rotation for Man City's trip to Burnley

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The Scout is tipping four low-owned players who could be set for a breakout Gameweek in Fantasy Premier League

Riyad Mahrez (MCI) £8.7m

The winger is owned by only 4.2 per cent of managers for Manchester City’s trip to Burnley.

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There is no doubt Mahrez is a rotation risk under Pep Guardiola, with 10 of his 22 appearances this season coming as a substitute.

Nonetheless, he has started four of their six matches since returning from the Africa Cup of Nations. 

Mahrez’s potential for big scores in Fantasy has increased as 2021/22 has progressed.

Indeed, he has produced all five of his double-figure hauls in his last eight starts. 

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The Algerian's record in meetings with Burnley also lifts his prospects of a start at Turf Moor.

Mahrez has averaged 9.7 points per match over his six outings for Man City against Burnley, including his career-high haul of 21 points in Gameweek 10 last season.

Notably, the winger has been involved in 40 per cent of Man City’s goals when selected in 2021/22, more than any team-mate.

Even if he earns minutes off the bench, Mahrez can still deliver another big return against Burnley.

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Part 3: Wout Weghorst (BUR)
Part 4: Trevoh Chalobah (CHE)

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