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Shutout halts McAuley FPL sales

The Scout 3 Apr 2017
Gareth McAuley, West Brom

West Bromwich Alibon defender is top for FPL value after clean sheet at Old Trafford

The Bonus Points

Jonny Evans (£4.4m) earned his first maximum three Fantasy Premier League bonus points of the season as he marshalled a West Bromwich Albion defence to 0-0 draw at Manchester United.

Frustrating his former club, the defender scored 29 in the Bonus Points System (BPS) after recording 17 clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI).

Evans also sparked several counter-attacks for the Baggies at Old Trafford, completing three dribbles.

A trio of players were tied on BPS scores of 28, each receiving two bonus points.

Antonio Valencia, Manchester United
Antonio Valencia has produced FPL returns in seven of his last eight Gameweeks

Manchester United's Eric Bailly (£5.3m) and Antonio Valencia (£6.0m) were both rewarded for their efforts, with the former producing nine CBI and completing 94% of his 72 attempted passes.

Valencia also boasted a 94% pass completion and supplied an open-play cross and one key pass.

West Brom's Gareth McAuley (£5.2m) was the final recipient of two bonus points, having produced 18 CBI in a defiant display.

The Scout Notes

The clean sheet at Old Trafford was West Brom's first since Gameweek 24 and only the second away from home, the other being back in Gameweek 1.

With eight points from the encounter McAuley climbed to the top of the FPL defender value rankings on 23.1 points per million.

Sold by over 20,000 ahead of the weekend deadline and benched by more than 465,000 – second only to Hull City's Eldin Jakupovic (£4.1m) – FPL managers may now be forced to re-appraise McAuley's prospects.

While he and West Brom have no fixture in Gameweek 34, they face a trip to Watford on Tuesday, followed by three consecutive home matches.

For Man United, Valencia's form continues to spark interest.

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic served out his three-match suspension in Saturday's 0-0 draw

The Ecuadorian has now provided either a goal, an assist or a clean sheet in seven of his last eight Gameweeks.

Elsewhere, Zlatan Ibrahimovic (£11.4m) is now available, having served out his three-match suspension on Saturday.

Once part of more than 2.4 million FPL squads, he is expected to enjoy major investment ahead of Man United's 10 remaining fixtures.

They include visits to Burnley and rivals Manchester City, both of which fall in Gameweek 34.

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