Fantasy Premier League

Ibrahimovic justifies ownership spike

The Scout 27 Dec 2016
Manchester United v Sunderland

FPL's most popular asset produces third double-figure haul in a row to close in on Chelsea's Diego Costa

The Bonus Points

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (£11.6m) earned the maximum Fantasy Premier League bonus points in Manchester United’s 3-1 home win over Sunderland.

Scoring 55 in the Bonus Points System (BPS), the forward scored Man Utd's second goal and assisted the other two.

Ibrahimovic created a total of five goalscoring opportunities and registered three attempts on target. 

Paul Pogba (£8.3m) was awarded two bonus points, with 35 in the BPS.

The Frenchman fired three of his eight goal attempts on target and provided a third assist in his last six Gameweeks.

Pogba also registered eight recoveries, seven clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI) and three successful tackles.

Fabio Borini (£5.1m) received a single bonus point after netting Sunderland’s consolation goal.

Tallying 26 in the BPS, the Black Cats forward also produced six recoveries and a successful tackle. 

Jermain Defoe, Sunderland
Sunderland's Jermain Defoe is suffering FPL sales having returned a single goal in his last six Gameweeks

The Scout Notes

The most popular transfer target ahead of Monday’s deadline and backed by 25% of FPL managers with the Gameweek 18 captaincy, Ibrahimovic has now registered eight goals and three assists in his last seven Gameweek starts.

He is only five points behind Chelsea’s Diego Costa (£10.7m) at the top of the FPL forward standings.

The return from injury of Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£8.9m) adds competition for the United midfield roles ahead of the visit of Middlesbrough in Gameweek 19.

Coming off the bench in the second half, the Armenian’s stunning late goal means he has now scored in both of his last two appearances. 

For Sunderland, the form of top scorer Jermain Defoe (£7.8m) continues to cause concern.

Owned by 24.8% of FPL managers, he failed to find the net again and has now scored only one goal in his last six Gameweeks.

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