Fantasy Premier League

Frustrations high as Spurs investment draws blank

The Scout 1 Feb 2017
Sunderland 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur

More than 10% of FPL managers captained Alli or Kane but saw little return in Sunderland stalemate

The Bonus Points

A 0-0 stalemate with Tottenham Hotspur meant a trio of Sunderland players got three Fantasy Premier League bonus points, as David Moyes' team enjoyed only their third shutout of the campaign.

Vito Mannone (£4.3m), Billy Jones (£4.4m) and Lamine Kone (£4.3m) all scored 29 in the Bonus Points System (BPS).

Mannone made three saves and registered 12 recoveries, while Jones won three tackles and contributed 10 clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI). 

Sunderland v Spurs
Sunderland's Lamine Kone, left, and Vito Mannone, right, shared maximum bonus with Billy Jones

Having returned to the starting line-up after Africa Cup of Nations duty, Kone was dominant in central defence, making 19 CBI, the most across Gameweek 23’s seven Tuesday fixtures.

The Scout Notes

The goalless draw proved hugely frustrating for FPL managers after Spurs were subject to heavy investment prior to the Gameweek 23 deadline.

Dele Alli (£8.8m) and Harry Kane (£11.2m) were the first and fourth-most acquired picks, drafted in by 175,479 and 91,860 respectively.

Kane was captained by 7.4% of FPL managers for the Gameweek, while 2.7% handed Alli the armband after he recorded eight goals in the previous six rounds of fixtures. 

Dele Alli, Spurs
Dele Alli was the top transfer target for Gameweek 23, collecting 175,000+ new owners

Despite their failure to score, Mauricio Pochettino’s side still look a likely source of FPL returns as they host Middlesbrough, Stoke City and Everton in the next four Gameweeks.

Spurs recorded a 10th clean sheet of the season, though owners of Danny Rose (£6.1m) earned only a single point after he limped off with a knee problem on 37 minutes.

With doubts over Rose’s fitness, team-mate Kyle Walker (£6.2m) is the second-most bought defender ahead of Gameweek 24.

For Sunderland, Kone’s return from international duty had an immediate impact. 

Sunderland v Tottenham Hotspur
Only one FPL forward has suffered more sales than Jermain Defoe since Tuesday's deadline

The Black Cats have conceded only two goals in the last five home Premier League matches the defender has started; they had shipped five goals in a pair of fixtures at the Stadium of Light during Kone's AFCON absence.

Without the suspended Papy Djilobodji (£4.3m) and with Patrick van Aanholt (£5.0m) transferred to Crystal Palace, David Moyes opted for a 3-5-2 formation, Fabio Borini (£5.1m) starting alongside Jermain Defoe (£7.8m) up front.

Despite the support of a strike partner, Defoe failed to net for the second successive Premier League appearance and is second only to Arsenal's Olivier Giroud (£8.7m) for sales among FPL forwards since Tuesday's deadline.

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