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Ibrahimovic facing Fantasy exodus

The Scout 6 Mar 2017
Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Manchester United striker is the victim of most FPL sales after a -1pt return in Old Trafford draw

The Bonus Points

Denying Zlatan Ibrahimovic (£11.5m) with a penalty save, AFC Bournemouth goalkeeper Artur Boruc (£4.5m) claimed the maximum Fantasy Premier League bonus points from Saturday's 1-1 draw at Manchester United.

The Pole earned 36 in the Bonus Points System (BPS) with six stops, including the second-half save from the spot.

AFC Bournemouth goalscorer Josh King (£5.4m) picked up two bonus points with a total of 32 in the BPS.

Deployed as a No 10, King converted a first-half penalty and contributed eight clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI) and nine recoveries as his 10-man team hung on for the draw.

Artur Boruc, AFC Bournemouth
Artur Boruc made his second penalty save of the season on his way to 12 FPL points

United's Antonio Valencia (£5.7m) got the single bonus point.

Recording 31 in the BPS, the right-back's assist for Marco Rojo's (£5.2m) goal was his third in the last six Gameweeks and one of two big chances he supplied in Saturday's contest.

The ICT Index

With 20 goal attempts to AFC Bournemouth's three, United's key attackers dominated the ICT Index.

Paul Pogba (£8.3m) claimed top spot with a tally of 12.8, producing the biggest Creativity score on show.

The Frenchman failed to return a goal or an assist for a seventh successive Gameweek, but not for want of trying, laying on four chances and firing in three shots.

Antonio Valencia, Man Utd
Antonio Valencia recorded his third assist in the last six Gameweeks

Ibrahimovic had a difficult afternoon, but still topped the ranks for Threat in the ICT Index.

The striker registered seven shots, the most in Gameweek 27 so far. Five of his efforts came from inside the box, although only one hit the target, the penalty saved by Boruc.

The Scout Notes

With his penalty miss delivering a -1pt return and, with United missing Gameweek 28 due to their FA Cup quarter-final tie with Chelsea, Ibrahimovic's stock is in steep decline among FPL managers. 

More than 46,000 of his 1.6 million owners have sold him, almost double that of any other player since Saturday's deadline.

Some may have been influenced by media reports that Ibrahimovic may face an FA charge and ban after a clash with AFC Bournemouth's Tyrone Mings (£4.5m).

While United's assets are off the agenda, AFC Bournemouth have short-term appeal due to their Gameweek 28 home match with West Ham United.

Josh King, AFC Bournemouth
Josh King has scored five goals from his last six Gameweek starts

Eddie Howe's men are one of only eight teams to play in the Premier League next weekend.

But Andrew Surman (£4.6m) will miss out after two bookable offences on Saturday. He will return for Swansea City's visit to the Vitality Stadium in Gameweek 29.

The top FPL priority in Howe’s ranks looks to be King. Having started six successive matches, the FPL midfielder had led the attack prior to Benik Afobe's (£5.4m) recall as the lone striker on Saturday. 

King has scored five goals over those starts, including two spot-kicks, with regular takers Callum Wilson (£6.1m) out injured and Junior Stanislas (£5.0m) out of favour. 

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