Fantasy Premier League

Lukaku revived as a Fantasy asset

By The Scout 16 Jan 2017
Everton v Manchester City

Interest in Everton forward accelerates as form and fixtures align for the Belgian

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The Bonus Points

Seamus Coleman (£5.5m) and Kevin Mirallas (£6.0m) gained maximum Fantasy Premier League bonus points in Everton’s 4-0 home victory over Manchester City.

Both players scored 34 in the Bonus Points System (BPS), with Mirallas supplying a goal and an assist before being withdrawn shortly after the hour-mark.

But the Belgian’s BPS haul suffered as he was tackled on two occasions, allowing Coleman a share of the bonus points. 

Right wing-back Coleman won two tackles and completed two dribbles, also claiming the assist for Everton’s fourth goal - his first of the campaign. 

Goalkeeper Joel Robles (£4.7m) was awarded a single bonus point, with 31 in the BPS. The Spaniard produced four saves and 17 recoveries to help the Toffees collect a third clean sheet in the last four Gameweeks. 

Everton's Seamus Coleman
Deployed at wing-back Seamus Coleman collected his first assist of the season in the 4-0 win

The ICT Index

Everton’s Ross Barkley (£7.0m) topped the ICT Index with a score of 9.7.

The midfielder provided four goalscoring opportunities, two of which were converted for assists.

Barkley's Creativity score of 47 was bettered only by Manchester City’s David Silva (£8.7m), who scored 55 and 8.5 in the Index overall.

Silva completed 45 successful passes in the attacking third, creating three chances for the beaten visitors.

Raheem Sterling's (£7.7m) three efforts on goal helped him top the ranks for Threat in Sunday's contest with 38.

That bettered Sergio Aguero (£12.8m), who also registered three attempts, but registered only three penalty-area touches. 

The Scout Notes

With a favourable schedule to follow, Everton look set to offer FPL managers in-form options all over the pitch.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR), the Toffees’ next five matches score no more than two, with clashes against Crystal Palace, Stoke City, AFC Bournemouth, Middlesbrough and Sunderland.

Having fired the opening goal, Romelu Lukaku (£9.5m) is second only to Harry Kane (£11.1m) for transfers-in among forwards ahead of Gameweek 22.

Sitting in 25.2% of squads, the Belgian has produced five goals and an assist in his last seven outings.

Both Mirallas and Barkley have also improved their consistency. 

After managing only one assist in the opening 15 fixtures, Barkley has supplied four in his last five Gameweek starts. 

Mirallas, meanwhile, has two goals and as many assists in his previous four appearances.

At the back, Robles has now registered a clean sheet in four of his five starts, while left-back Leighton Baines' (£5.5m) average of 5.2 points per match is bettered only by Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso (£6.5m and 6.5) among FPL defenders. 

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero
Sergio Aguero is suffering sales having scored once in four Gameweeks since returning from suspension

Manchester City’s defeat has already persuaded more than 16,000 FPL managers to part company with Aguero; the striker has netted only once in his last four Gameweeks since returning from suspension. 

Aguero also appears to have surrendered penalty duties to Yaya Toure (£7.3m) ahead of a Gameweek 22 home encounter with Tottenham Hotspur.

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