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Hazard form drives Costa FPL exodus

The Scout 10 Apr 2017
Chelsea's Eden Hazard

Chelsea midfielder makes it three double-figure returns in four Gameweeks as team-mate's Fantasy sales continue

The Bonus Points

Chelsea's Eden Hazard (£10.3m) claimed the maximum three Fantasy Premier League bonus points as the league leaders ran out 3-1 winners at AFC Bournemouth.

A fourth goal in as many Gameweeks earned the Belgian 36 in the Bonus Points System (BPS), while Hazard also completed 94% of his 47 passes.

AFC Bournemouth's Joshua King (£5.9m) claimed two additional points thanks to a BPS tally of 33.

Again deployed in the No 10 role behind striker Benik Afobe (£5.5m), King provided the home side's consolation goal, won three tackles and made eight recoveries.

Joshua King, AFC Bournemouth
Joshua King has 10 goals in his last 11 Gameweeks, offering outstanding FPL value in midfield

Cesar Azpilicueta (£6.4m) picked up the final bonus point on offer.

Returning to a role in Chelsea's back three, the Spaniard completed 93% of his 65 passes.

He also produced seven clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI), seven recoveries and won two tackles.

The ICT Index

With the highest Creativity score (64) in Gameweek 32, Hazard topped the ICT Index at Vitality Stadium.

Completing 28 successful passes in the attacking third, the playmaker laid on five chances.

Despite failing to find the net, Chelsea's Diego Costa (£10.5m) registered the highest Threat score (47), having fired four shots on goal, three from inside the area.

Diego Costa, Chelsea
Chelsea's Diego Costa has scored just twice from his last nine Gameweek starts

The Scout Notes

Brought in by more than 94,000 ahead of Gameweek 32, Hazard repaid his new investors with a double-figure return, his ninth of the campaign and a third in four starts.

That moves him to within 10 points of Alexis Sanchez (£11.6m) in the FPL midfield standings (191 to 201).

See: FPL midfield standings

While Hazard's form is flourishing, Costa continues to struggle to provide goals and has now fired just two in nine Gameweeks.

Having lost 103,000 FPL owners ahead of Saturday's contest, more than 23,000 have moved him out since, making Costa the most-sold forward ahead of a Gameweek 33 trip to Manchester United.

Marcos Alonso's (£6.8m) fortunes appear to be heading in the opposite direction.

Following a run of eight matches without a clean sheet, the defender had lost 23,000 in ownership over the last two Gameweeks.

Chelsea conceded for a ninth successive fixture on Saturday, but the Spaniard's free-kick provided him with a fifth goal of the campaign.

Alonso is now the top-scoring FPL defender on 143 points and is also ranked first for points per match with 5.3.

See: FPL defender standings 

For AFC Bournemouth, King remains a key asset.

He has provided 10 goals in his last 11 Gameweek outings and, while he may struggle against the Tottenham Hotspur defence in Gameweek 33, his fixtures to follow encourage investment.

Middlesbrough, Stoke City and Burnley are all due to visit the south coast over the final five Gameweeks.

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