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Coutinho back in Fantasy demand

The Scout 3 Apr 2017
Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool

Liverpool playmaker is most popular GW31 addition as Sadio Mane suffers injury setback

The Bonus Points

A goal and an assist from Philippe Coutinho (£8.3m) inspired a 3-1 win for Liverpool over Everton, with the midfielder awarded three Fantasy Premier League bonus points.

Coutinho scored 49 in the Bonus Points System (BPS), the highest tally of any player in Gameweek 30.

The Brazilian also set up three chances for team-mates, completed 86% of his 36 passes and made six dribbles.

With a total of 30 in the BPS, Lucas Leiva (£4.4m) picked up two bonus points - his first of the campaign.

Liverpool's Lucas Leiva wins an aerial duel with Ross Barkley of Everton
Recalled in the absence of Adam Lallana, Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva returned his first bonus points of the campaign

Recalled to the starting XI following an injury to Adam Lallana (£6.9m), Lucas provided the assist for Coutinho's superb opening goal and won five tackles.

Everton defender Ashley Williams (£5.2m) collected the remaining bonus point on offer, having provided the assist for their first half consolation.

Totalling 27 in the BPS, the centre-back made six clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI) and won four tackles.

The Scout Notes

Coutinho's 13 points provided his first double-figure haul since Gameweek 11, re-igniting FPL interest.

The playmaker has instantly become the most sought-after asset ahead of a Gameweek 31 Anfield meeting with AFC Bournemouth.

More than 81,000 managers have swooped to acquire Coutinho, with an injury to Sadio Mane (£9.6m) helping to fuel that trend.

The Senegalese winger produced a fourth goal in six Gameweeks to put Liverpool on the road to victory.

But a knee injury sustained in the second half on Saturday makes him a major doubt for Wednesday's clash.

Mane has been the most-sold FPL asset since. He has left over 140,000 squads following Saturday's setback.

For Everton, Romelu Lukaku (£10.5m) disappointed the 106,000 who bought him and the 597,000 who captained him ahead of Gameweek 30.

Everton's Romelu Lukaku and Mason Holgate
Everton's Romelu Lukaku has scored just two of his last 12 goals away from home ahead of a Gameweek 31 trip to Old Trafford

While he has scored five goals in his previous four Gameweeks, Lukaku has scored just two of his last 12 goals away from home.

He now visits Old Trafford on Wednesday for Gameweek 31 and, in the light of Zlatan Ibrahimovic's (£11.4m) return from suspension for Manchester United, Lukaku's owners will be assessing their options.

Found in 47.1% of squads, the Toffees striker is the most popular FPL asset.

But with no double Gameweek on offer, more than 18,000 have sold Lukaku ahead of Tuesday's deadline, having been brought in by more than 924,000 FPL managers since Gameweek 24.

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