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Fantasy interest in Gabbiadini remains

The Scout 6 Mar 2017
Watford 3-4 Southampton

19,000+ FPL managers swoop after Southampton striker's fourth goal in three Gameweeks

The Bonus Points

A masterful display from Dusan Tadic (£7.0m) helped inspire Southampton to a thrilling 4-3 victory at Watford, earning him the maximum three Fantasy Premier League bonus points.

The midfielder produced a goal and two assists in the win at Vicarage Road, also contributing five key passes and two open-play crosses to score 54 in the Bonus Points System (BPS).

That was his biggest tally of the campaign and the best BPS return of Gameweek 27 with two matches to play.

Nathan Redmond (£5.8m) scored a goal in each half for Saints to pick up two bonus points. Redmond completed five dribbles and created five chances to register a BPS score of 53. 

Dusan Tadic, Southampton
Dusan Tadic has two goals and three assists from his last four Gameweek starts

A late assist for Miguel Britos (£4.3m) earned the Watford defender the final bonus point.

Britos contributed 13 clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI), made six recoveries and won three tackles, in addition to his flick that led to Abdoulaye Doucoure's (£4.6m) late goal.

Saturday's other goalscorers - Troy Deeney (£6.8m), Stefano Okaka (£5.1m) and Manolo Gabbiadini (£6.7m) - all missed out on bonus points having suffered a BPS penalty for yellow cards. 

Watford's Troy Deeney
Watford's Troy Deeney has five goals in his last six starts

The ICT Index

Tadic’s ICT Index score of 20.6 leads the way for Gameweek 27.

His Creativity total of 70 was made up of 18 completed passes in the attacking third and five chances created.

Tadic also registered three shots on goal, two of which arrived from inside the box.

Redmond pushed him close, scoring 19.5 in the Index. 

His five chances created scored 59 for Creativity, while with three shots on goal, Redmond earned 45 for Threat.

Gabbiadini ranked third in the Index with a tally of 13.5.

The Southampton forward produced five shots on goal, four arriving inside the Watford penalty area. 

Manolo Gabbiadini, Southampton
Manolo Gabbiadini is gaining transfer interest despite missing Gameweek 28

The Scout Notes

With four goals in three Gameweek appearances, along with a brace in the EFL Cup final, Gabbiadini has established himself as a leading transfer target for FPL managers.

More than 210,000 drafted in the striker ahead of Gameweek 27 and, already, he has been acquired by 19,000+ despite sitting out next weekend due to Southampton's postponed fixture.

Upon resuming in Gameweek 29 the Italian faces a testing trip to Tottenham Hotspur, before enjoying a pair of home fixtures against AFC Bournemouth and Crystal Palace, plus a trip to West Bromwich Albion.

This spell between Gameweeks 30 to 32 presents an obvious investment window. 

The performance of Tadic is also worth noting ahead of those fixtures.

The Saints playmaker is thriving in the Number 10 role behind Gabbiadini and has provided two goals and three assists in his last four Gameweek starts.

While Watford also sit out Gameweek 28, they do have a number of appealing fixtures over the next seven Gameweeks. In the short-term, a trip to Crystal Palace is followed by home encounters with Sunderland and West Brom.

That could yet promote Okaka, M'Baye Niang (£6.0m) and Deeney as FPL attacking options.

Deeney remains the most consistent points scorer for the Hornets - he maintained a rich vein of form with a fifth goal in his last six starts in Saturday's defeat.

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