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FPL fixture analysis: Home in on West Ham

The Scout 9 Dec 2022
Jarrod Bowen, West Ham United

The Scout says Hammers assets have the festive schedule to thrive in FPL

The Scout pinpoints the teams with the most favourable schedules, according to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), when the Premier League returns on 26 December, identifying which players Fantasy Premier League managers should consider with their unlimited transfers.

West Ham United

David Moyes' side have one of the kindest schedules in Fantasy when the season resumes.

According to the FDR, four of their next five matches score only two, boosting their prospects for goals and clean sheets in the coming period.

West Ham's next five matches
GW Opp. FDR GW Opp. FDR
17 ARS (A) 4 20 WOL (A) 2
18 BRE (H) 2 21 EVE (H) 2
19 LEE (A) 2      

Jarrod Bowen's (£8.0m) all-round threat makes him the likeliest West Ham attacker to profit from their kind run of opponents.

His 34 shots and 26 shots in the box both place top for the Hammers, while his 19 key passes rank second.

Lucas Paqueta (£5.9m) could prove a handy value option. He has two assists in his last four outings and the Brazil midfielder was on the scoresheet against South Korea in the FIFA World Cup.

Gianluca Scamacca (£6.7m) offers a big differential option up front, with an ownership under two per cent.

Since securing a regular role in Gameweek 9, he has 17 shots in the box compared with Bowen's 16.

Defensive threat

In defence, Aaron Cresswell (£4.8m) and Kurt Zouma (£4.5m) are the standout picks.

Although Cresswell has yet to record an assist this season, he has still proven a rich source of creativity.

The left-back's total of 30 key passes is more than any team-mate and ranks second among all defenders.

Zouma, meanwhile, has proven a major goal threat in the air. The Frenchman's total of nine headed shots ranks second for defenders in 2022/23.

Also in this series

Part 1: Southampton stars can be Fantasy bargains
Part 2: Back Man Utd at both ends of the pitch
Part 3: Chelsea can provide key differentials
Part 4: Newcastle primed for more success
Part 5: Trossard the standout for Brighton
Part 7: Fulham stars lifted by Double Gameweek

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