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King rise halted by FPL schedule

The Scout 3 Apr 2017
Joshua King, AFC Bournemouth

AFC Bournemouth's star man suffers sales ahead of matches against Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs

The Bonus Points

Defences dominated the Fantasy Premier League bonus points in Southampton’s goalless draw with AFC Bournemouth on Saturday evening.

Steve Cook (£4.8m) was awarded the maximum three bonus points after scoring 31 in the Bonus Points System (BPS).

The Cherries centre-back produced 16 clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI), four recoveries and a successful tackle to earn his side a third away clean sheet of the season.

Saints defender Jack Stephens (£4.0m) tallied 30 in the BPS to collect two bonus points.

The 23-year-old made five CBI, six recoveries and won two successful tackles, in addition to completing 83% of 78 attempted passes.

Maya Yoshida (£4.3m), Artur Boruc (£4.5m) and Adam Smith (£4.5m) were awarded a single bonus point each, with 28 in the BPS.

Yoshida registered eight CBI and eight recoveries, completing 92% of 78 completed passes.

Boruc made four saves and five recoveries, while Smith produced three successful tackles, five recoveries and two CBI in a solid defensive display. 

The Scout Notes

Drafted in by 123,000+ FPL managers for Gameweek 30, AFC Bournemouth’s Joshua King (£5.8m) disappointed his 13.2% owners by failing to produce a single shot on goal before being replaced on 69 minutes.

With matches against Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in the next three Gameweeks, King has been subject to more than 12,000 sales since the weekend.

But the following schedule falls in favour of Eddie Howe’s side, with all five of their matches from Gameweek 34 onwards scoring two or less in the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR).

King was also unfortunate to miss out on attacking returns having been replaced before Harry Arter’s (£5.0m) late missed penalty. Howe has confirmed that King remains the designated taker when on the pitch.

With Southampton playing 10 times in the final eight Gameweeks, both Stephens and Yoshida offer FPL managers budget options in defence for the run-in.

In attack, the continued absence of Manolo Gabbiadini (£6.8m) has dented their appeal, though.

Second only to Everton full-back Seamus Coleman (£5.9m) for transfers out in the previous Gameweek, the Italian has been ruled out of a return in Gameweek 31.

More than 25,000 have parted company since the weekend, with Shane Long (£6.1m) and Jay Rodriguez (£6.0m) set to battle it out for the lone striker role in the midweek meeting with Crystal Palace.

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