Fantasy Premier League

FPL favourite Aguero shackled by Stoke

The Scout 09/03/2017
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero

A stubborn Potters team keep Man City at bay as the striker's army of backers draw a blank

The Bonus Points

Wednesday's goalless stalemate at the Etihad Stadium saw defenders monopolise the Fantasy Premier League bonus points, with Manchester City's Gael Clichy (£5.2m) awarded the maximum three on offer.

The left-back topped the Bonus Points System (BPS) rankings with a score of 37, as the Man City rearguard registered a fourth clean sheet in their last five Gameweeks.

Clichy's four successful tackles were the key factor in earning three additional points, although the Frenchman also created a goal scoring opportunity for the hosts.

Erik Pieters (£4.6m) claimed two bonus points for visitors Stoke, recording 33 in the BPS.

Erik Pieters in action against Jesus Navas
Erik Pieters (left) has claimed bonus points in three of his last six Gameweeks

He also supplied a key pass, while making nine recoveries and winning two tackles as the Potters delivered back-to-back clean sheets over Gameweek 27.

Man City right-back Bacary Sagna (£5.3m) collected the remaining bonus point, with a score of 31 in the BPS.

He made six recoveries and won two tackles and has now returned clean sheets in each of his last four Gameweek starts.

The ICT Index

In a match that featured just three shots on target, this was a low scoring encounter in the ICT Index.

Man City's Leroy Sane (£7.6m) ranked top with an overall Index score of just 5.2, thanks to the highest Creativity tally (36) in Wednesday's contest.

The German starlet completed 14 of 15 passes in the attacking third, creating three chances for team-mates.

Sergio Aguero (£12.8m) was the most threatening player at the Etihad Stadium but mustered only three shots, with just one of those efforts arriving in the Potters' penalty area.

The Scout Notes

Brought in by a total of 377,928 FPL managers ahead of Gameweek 27, Aguero's two-point return from Wednesday's match was a disappointment.

Of those who acquired the Argentinian for Man City's two fixtures, 159,616 also played their Triple Captain chip.

While Aguero's goal at the Stadium of Light on Sunday offered some reward, their failure to break down the Stoke rearguard was unforeseen and could now impact heavily on his ownership and price.

Already more than 52,000 have moved the striker out of their squads ahead of Saturday's 2pm deadline, with over 19,000 making that decision in the last 24 hours alone.

Raheem Sterling, Man City
Raheem Sterling was left out for Stoke's visit, frustrating 338,761 new owners

Raheem Sterling's (£7.9m) omission from the matchday squad also came as a blow to the 338,761 who had swooped for the winger's services for Gameweek 27.

Pep Guardiola decided on resting Sterling ahead of the FA Cup quarter final with Middlesbrough; the midfielder had been ever-present over the last ten Gameweeks, returning a goal or an assist in eight of those matches.

The clean sheet was the one positive to come from the match for Guardiola, although having again rotated his defensive options, that provided scant reward for FPL managers.

Those who backed the Stoke rearguard over their two Gameweek fixtures fared better.

Lee Grant (£4.4m) claimed his ninth clean sheet of the season at the Etihad Stadium, and has now moved to top spot for points per million value (21.8), surpassing Burnley's Tom Heaton (£5.1m), with 21.2.

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