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Valencia builds on Fantasy momentum

The Scout 20 Mar 2017
Manchester United's Antonio Valencia

In-demand defender rewards new owners as interest increases after double Gameweek confirmation

The Bonus Points

Jesse Lingard (£5.6m) was awarded maximum Fantasy Premier League bonus points in Manchester United's 3-1 win at Middlesbrough.

Scoring 38 in the Bonus Points System (BPS), the winger scored his side’s second goal, created two chances, completed four successful dribbles and was successful with 78% of 42 attempted passes.

Juan Mata (£7.2m) picked up two bonus points, with 32 in the BPS.  

Jesse Lingard, Man Utd
Jesse Lingard earned three bonus points ahead of Juan Mata and Ashley Young

The Spaniard completed 93% of 31 attempted passes, five which led to scoring opportunities for the visitors, with one supplying the assist for Lingard’s strike.

Ashley Young (£5.1m) made it a clean sweep for Man Utd as he picked up the remaining bonus point, thanks to a total of 31 in the BPS.

The left wing-back made six clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI) and six recoveries. Young also provided three scoring chances, including the assist for Marouane Fellaini’s (£5.8m) opener. 

The ICT Index

Lingard’s goal, together with a total of four shots at the Riverside Stadium, earned him top spot in the ICT Index with his highest score of the season (12.2).

Marcus Rashford (£6.4m) ranked second, thanks mainly to an ICT Threat score of 81.

Deputising up front for the suspended Zlatan Ibrahimovic (£11.4m), Rashford produced three of his four shots from inside the Boro penalty area, with two hitting the target. 

The Scout Notes

The most transferred-in defender ahead of Gameweek 29, with 58,000+ new owners, Antonio Valencia’s (£5.8m) late strike means that he has produced a goal, assist or clean sheet in seven of his last eight Gameweeks.

As a result of today’s confirmation that Man Utd will play twice in Gameweek 34 – away to Burnley and Manchester City – Valencia has emerged as the top defensive target. More than 15,000 FPL managers have moved to snap him up.

Set to serve the last of his three-match suspension at home to West Bromwich Albion on return from the international break, FPL interest in Ibrahimovic will also intensify as a result of United’s "double Gameweek". 

Middlesbrough will also play twice in Gameweek 34, with a trip to AFC Bournemouth preceding a home encounter against Sunderland.

But with only three goals scored over their previous nine fixtures, and a single clean sheet in seven, Boro have struggled to tempt FPL managers. 

Despite failing to net against United, Alvaro Negredo (£6.1m) did demonstrate some threat on his recall to the starting XI, firing six shots on goal. 

That might help to convince his 10.6% owners to hold on for Gameweek 34, as the Spaniard seeks to improve a record of one goal in his last 10 outings.

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