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Alonso soars to the FPL summit

The Scout 16 Jan 2017
Leicester City v Chelsea

A 21-point haul at Leicester takes wing-back top of defender standings, ahead of two Chelsea team-mates

The Bonus Points

Marcos Alonso (£6.5m) collected the maximum Fantasy Premier League bonus points in Chelsea’s 3-0 victory at Leicester City.

The Chelsea wing-back scored twice to register a tally of 53 in the Bonus Points System (BPS). He produced five clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI), won two tackles and completed 79% of 65 attempted passes.

Pedro (£7.0m) picked up two bonus points, scoring 32 in the BPS.

Netting the visitors’ third goal at the King Power Stadium, the Spaniard completed 95% of 41 attempted passes and two dribbles. 

David Luiz (£6.2m) received a single bonus point thanks to a BPS tally of 28. The centre-back registered 11 CBI and five recoveries in addition to completing 81% of 51 attempted passes. 

The ICT Index

Two-goal Alonso topped the ICT Index with a score of 11.8, his highest total of the season.

The defender produced three attempts on goal, more than any player in the match, and was joint-top with Pedro for touches inside the box for Chelsea, with four.

Pedro and Eden Hazard (£10.4m) shared second spot with scores of 7.1.

Handed a "false-nine" role in the absence of Diego Costa (£10.4m), Hazard provided the assist for Alonso’s opener and created three scoring opportunities – more than any other player in the match. 

Leicester City v Chelsea
Pedro has registered four goals and three assists in his last nine Gameweek appearances

The Scout Notes

Alonso’s double and subsequent 21-point return has taken him to the top of the FPL defender rankings, with more than 45,000 managers acquiring his services since Saturday's deadline. 

Sitting in 9.5% of squads, the Chelsea man has now produced an average of 6.5 points per match – only Alexis Sanchez (£11.9m) and Harry Kane (£11.1m), with 7.3 and 6.6 respectively, have averaged more over the first 21 Gameweeks.

Impressively, Alonso has registered a goal, assist or clean sheet in 13 of his 15 appearances since his first start in Gameweek 7. 

Leicester City v Chelsea
Chelsea players now occupy the top three positions in the FPL defender rankings. Full standings

Pedro, meanwhile, has supplied four goals and three assists in his last nine appearances to offer a mid-price route into Antonio Conte’s thriving attack.

The 33.6%-owned Hazard has scored only once from Gameweek 15 onwards, yet with concerns over the fitness of Costa for this weekend, he could continue in a central-attacking role for a home encounter with Hull City.

More than 403,000 FPL managers transferred out Costa last week and a further 139,000 have parted company following the weekend as concerns remain over his availability. 

Chelsea's Diego Costa
Diego Costa remains a doubt for Chelsea’s Gameweek 22 encounter with Hull City

Elsewhere, Nathan Ake (£4.3m) failed to make the substitutes bench for Chelsea having been recalled from a loan spell at AFC Bournemouth; he has suffered more than 43,000 sales ahead of Gameweek 22. 

Leicester City's FPL prospects remain unconvincing in both defence and attack ahead of a schedule in which four of their next five matches score at least three in the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR).

Claudio Ranieri’s side continue to be without key attackers Riyad Mahrez (£9.0m) and Islam Slimani (£8.2m), who are currently representing Algeria in the Africa Cup of Nations.

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