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Benched Aguero back in the points

The Scout 3 Jan 2017
Man City v Burnley

Man City forward makes his FPL backers wait as he provides his first returns since Gameweek 13

The Bonus Points

Gael Clichy (£5.2m) earned the maximum Fantasy Premier League bonus points in Manchester City's 2-1 home win over Burnley.

Scoring 28 in the Bonus Points System (BPS), the left-back scored Man City's second-half opener and produced six clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI) and a successful tackle.

Sergio Aguero (£12.8m) collected two bonus points, with 25 in the BPS.

Coming off the bench at half time, the Argentina international netted City’s second and also contributed five recoveries.  

But his final BPS total suffered as he was tackled on five occasions.

Nicolas Otamendi (£5.9m) was awarded a single bonus point as a resolute defensive performance helped him to 22 in the BPS.

The Man City centre-back made 20 CBI, more than any player over Monday’s six matches, as well as six recoveries and a successful tackle.

The ICT Index

Raheem Sterling (£7.7m) topped the ICT Index with a score of 9.3.

The winger created four goalscoring opportunities for his team-mates and completed more passes (17) in the final third than any player in the match.

Manchester City v Burnley
Raheem Sterling's assist means he has returned attacking points in four of his last five Gameweeks

Burnley’s Ben Mee (£4.5m) finished in second spot, thanks to his contribution in defence and attack.

The Clarets’ defender grabbed his side’s consolation and also produced nine CBI and two successful tackles to earn an Influence score of 48.

Aguero claimed third spot, with 7.8 in the Index.

Despite only featuring as a second-half substitute, he fired four attempts on goal, with two inside the penalty area.

The Scout Notes

Having recently served a four-match suspension, Aguero started on the bench only two days after playing the full 90 minutes away at Liverpool.

Backed by over 460,000 FPL managers with the Gameweek 20 captaincy, Aguero belatedly claimed seven points.

But Pep Guardiola's decision to name the striker as a substitute serves a reminder of his rotation policy, with Man City’s acquisition of Brazilian Gabriel Jesus adding to their options up front for the second part of the season.

Awarded the assist for Aguero’s strike, Sterling has now produced FPL returns in four of the last five Gameweeks, underlining his value at a time when Kevin De Bruyne (£10.6m) has produced only two assists in his last eight Gameweeks.

Man City v Burnley
Ashley Barnes provides a low-price FPL option, having started the last three matches

Elsewhere, Fernandinho's (£5.3m) red card for serious foul play was his second of the Premier League season and will now see him suspended for four domestic matches.

The Brazilian will sit out Friday's FA Cup tie with West Ham United and miss Gameweeks 21-23.

Despite the hectic festive schedule, Burnley manager Sean Dyche has started Ashley Barnes (£4.5m) and Andre Gray (£6.2m) up front together in each of the last four Gameweeks.

Barnes has bagged a goal and assist over that period to offer to FPL managers one of the cheapest active options available up front.

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