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GW23 Ones to watch: Riyad Mahrez

The Scout 9 Feb 2023
Riyad Mahrez, Man City

The Scout on why winger can rival team-mate Haaland for returns across Man City’s Double Gameweek

The Scout is tipping five players to produce big points in Gameweek 23 of 2022/23 Fantasy Premier League.

Riyad Mahrez (MCI) £7.7m

The Manchester City winger’s prospects in Fantasy have been revived ahead of their Double Gameweek 23 against Aston Villa and Arsenal.

Mahrez began the season in poor form, producing just one goal and an assist in the opening 16 Gameweeks.

However, he has scored three goals and supplied four assists in Man City's subsequent seven matches. 

That form has helped him secure a starting role for Pep Guardiola’s men, with the Algerian named in their first XI in six of those outings.

Mahrez’s output in Man City’s last Double Gameweek was a timely reminder of his potential for huge hauls.

He was their top-scoring player over their two matches in Gameweek 20, claiming 19 points to the eight of Erling Haaland (£12.2m).

Indeed, he has been the Norwegian’s main rival among team-mates following the return of domestic action.

Mahrez has amassed 46 points from Gameweek 17 onwards, just two fewer than Haaland and at least 17 more than any other Man City player.

All-round threat

The underlying numbers further show his growing influence on Man City's attack over that run.

Mahrez’s nine shots in the box and five shots on target both rank among their top three players.

Furthermore, his 15 key passes and five big chances created both sit second.

That suggests Mahrez has the all-round potential to richly reward managers once again in City’s Double Gameweek.

Also in this series

Part 1: Gabriel (ARS)
Part 2: Brennan Johnson (NFO)
Part 3: Pascal Gross (BHA)
Part 4: Reece James (CHE)

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