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Consistent Sterling continues to flourish

14 Feb 2017
Manchester City's Raheem Sterling

Man City winger maintains FPL points streak as Gabriel Jesus transfer exodus starts to flow

The Bonus Points

Raheem Sterling (£7.8m) was awarded the maximum Fantasy Premier League bonus points in Manchester City’s 2-0 win at AFC Bournemouth.

Tallying 34 in the Bonus Points System (BPS), the winger opened the scoring for Pep Guardiola’s side, created two goalscoring chances and completed three dribbles.

Sterling also produced six recoveries and won two tackles, as Man City’s defence dominated elsewhere in the BPS.

John Stones (£4.7m) picked up two bonus points, with 32 in the BPS.

He helped his side to a second clean sheet in three attempts thanks to nine clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI) and a successful tackle. Stones also completed 90% of 74 attempted passes, creating one scoring chance. 

Manchester City's John Stones
John Stones earned two bonus points after helping Man City to a clean sheet

Willy Caballero (£4.7m) and Bacary Sagna (£5.3m) received a single bonus point apiece.

Handed a third successive start, Caballero produced 11 recoveries, one save and a successful tackle.

Registering five CBI and two recoveries, Sagna completed 87% of 47 attempted passes, one of which produced a "big chance".

Sergio Aguero (£12.7m) failed to earn bonus points despite earning the assist for City’s second.

Replacing the injured Gabriel Jesus (£9.3m) early in the first half, the Argentinian missed two big chances, was tackled twice and committed one foul. 

AFC Bournemouth v Manchester City
Gabriel Jesus is the second-most transferred out FPL asset ahead of GW26

The ICT Index

Sterling also topped the ICT Index with a haul of 13.8 – his biggest tally since Gameweek 5.

He fired three attempts on goal, with two arriving from inside the AFC Bournemouth box and two finding the target.

David Silva (£8.6m) ranked second with 8.6 in the Index, completing more passes in the attacking third (34) than any other player. The Spaniard produced a couple of scoring chances and fired in two attempts of his own.

Aguero placed third in the Index, scoring 7.5. He fired five attempts on goal, with four arriving from inside the Cherries’ penalty area. 

The Scout Notes

The early withdrawal of Gabriel Jesus with a foot injury has already been felt in the FPL transfer market.

Following his three goals and an assist from two his first two starts, the Brazilian was second only to Swansea City's Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.5m) for transfers in ahead of Gameweek 25 (Jesus was acquired by 210,621 FPL managers ahead of Monday's encounter).

City are without a Gameweek 26 fixture, while their Gameweek 28 home meeting with Stoke City will be subject to postponement should they progress past Huddersfield Town to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Jesus is second only to Zlatan Ibrahimovic (£11.5m), also without a fixture, for transfers out in the Gameweek as the exodus begins. 

While Jesus' stock wavers, Sterling's remains buoyant despite the potential of missing fixtures.

His opening goal continued a series of consistent displays, delivering FPL points in eight of the last 10 matches.

Having provided two goals and eight assists over that spell, the winger will likely become a key target once City's fixture schedule improves. 

AFC Bournemouth v Manchester City
Classified as a midfielder, Joshua King again played up front for the Cherries

For AFC Bournemouth, Junior Stanislas (£5.1m) was an unused substitute for the second successive fixture.

Owned by 2.9% of FPL managers, the winger averages 5.0 points per match but has fallen out of favour at a time when the Cherries are one of only six sides guaranteed to feature in Gameweek 28.

Fellow midfielder Joshua King (£5.3m) was fielded as the central striker against Man City and is emerging as their most appealing option ahead of encounters with West Bromwich Albion, West Ham United and Swansea City in the next four Gameweeks.

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