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Mahrez hints at revival in Fantasy

The Scout 6 Mar 2017
Riyad Mahrez, Leicester City

Last season's top-scorer heads a number of resurgent Leicester players back on the radar

The Bonus Points

Riyad Mahrez's (£8.9m) first open-play goal of the season was enough to earn the Algerian maximum Fantasy Premier League bonus points as Leicester City beat Hull City 3-1.

Mahrez scored 38 in the Bonus Points System (BPS), having also completed three dribbles and contributed five recoveries.

A BPS tally of 29 earned Sam Clucas (£4.7m) two bonus points. 

Returning from a one-match suspension, the Tigers midfielder opened the scoring, while making 10 recoveries and seven clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI) and completing 83% of 48 attempted passes.

Christian Fuchs (£5.2m) scored Leicester’s second to claim the final bonus point with a BPS score of 28.

The Foxes left-back made six recoveries, won two tackles and provided a key pass.

Christian Fuchs, Leicester City
Christian Fuchs has returned a goal and an assist in successive 3-1 wins

The ICT Index

The performance of Clucas was also recognised in the ICT Index, as his score of 10.5 claimed top spot in this match.

Recording 53 for Threat, he produced two shots on goal, both from close range.

Kamil Grosicki (£5.5m) also impressed for the visitors.

The winger fired four shots on goal, although three were long-range efforts, while laying on three chances which included the cross for Clucas's goal.

An Index tally of 10.2, including his highest Influence score of the season (47), underlined a return to form for Mahrez.

Last season's top FPL scorer produced three shots on goal, with two arriving from inside the box, and also provided a key pass. 

Hull City's Kamil Grosicki
Kamil Grosicki's nine shots in the last two matches is only bettered by Philippe Coutinho

The Scout Notes

Two successive 3-1 victories in less than a week have put FPL managers on alert to Leicester's improving assets.

Saturday’s win provided further evidence of a revival, with Mahrez, Fuchs and Jamie Vardy (£9.6m), who built on his 13-point haul against Liverpool with an assist, all back on the radar.

While the champions sit out Gameweek 28, home encounters with Stoke City and Sunderland and a trip to West Ham United, suggest that the FPL returns could continue to flow.

The price-tags of Mahrez and Vardy are still likely to provide an obstacle, though, There are arguably stronger options available in their brackets. 

Leicester City's Jamie Vardy
Jamie Vardy followed up his 13-point return v Liverpool with an assist in Leicester's win over Hull

It could be Fuchs who attracts the most interest, having registered a goal and an assist in his last two starts.

Marco Silva's Hull are one of only eight teams to be involved in Gameweek 28, when they entertain Swansea City at the KCOM Stadium.

Owned by 0.2%, Grosicki could emerge as a differential for that fixture.

The winger has recorded nine shots in his previous two Gameweeks, second only to Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho (12) for FPL midfielders over that period.

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