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Rashford and Ibrahimovic on the rise

The Scout 17 Apr 2017
Marcus Rashford, Man Utd

Man Utd strikers earning big FPL investment ahead of Double Gameweek 34, while managers continue to ship out Diego Costa

The Scout Notes

Ander Herrera (£6.3m) was awarded the maximum Fantasy Premier League bonus points in Manchester United's 2-0 home win over Chelsea.

Scoring 41 in the Bonus Points System (BPS), the Manchester United midfielder supplied a goal and assist at Old Trafford.

Herrera also made eight clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI) and eight recoveries, in addition to completing 74% of 43 attempted passes, two of which led to goalscoring chances. 

Marcus Rashford (£6.5m) received two bonus points, earning 33 in the BPS.

Handed a central role up front, Rashford scored the opener and also made three recoveries and completed four dribbles.

Deployed as centre-back in a three-man defence, Matteo Darmian (£5.0m) claimed a single bonus point after scoring 32 in the BPS.

The Italian produced four CBI, won two tackles and completed 90% of his 31 attempted passes. 

The ICT Index

The two goalscorers topped the ICT Index at Old Trafford.

Rashford’s Index score of 11.2 was his highest since Gameweek 1. He produced two shots on target, with three of his four efforts arriving from inside the Chelsea penalty area.

Herrera’s goal and assist earned the midfielder an Index tally of 10.8, his top score of the campaign. 

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was left on the bench for the first time in the PL after being captained by 14.1%

The Scout Notes

Jose Mourinho's teamsheet caused concern for Zlatan Ibrahimovic's (£11.4m) 30% ownership as the Swede started on the bench for the first time in the Premier League.

The second-most captained asset in Gameweek 33 (14.1%), Ibrahimovic got only eight minutes of action, but that was enough for him to receive a booking and to earn zero points.

However, Ibrahimovic will be expected to make a return to the starting line-up for Gameweek 34 and remains the hot property ahead of two United fixtures, away to Burnley and Manchester City.

He is the most transferred-in player this Gameweek, attracting more than 32,000 new owners. 

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford
Marcus Rashford is the third-most in-demand FPL asset ahead of Man Utd's Double Gameweek

After starting four of the last five Gameweeks and scoring in back-to-back matches, Rashford is the third-most in-demand asset. Over the last 24 hours more than 13,000 managers have transferred him in.

But Herrera remains largely overlooked. The midfielder, who has supplied 19 points in the last two Gameweeks courtesy of a goal and two assists, still sits in less than 1% of FPL squads.

For Chelsea, head coach Antonio Conte suffered a damaging defeat with both Thibaut Courtois (£5.9m) and Marcos Alonso (£6.8m) missing out.

The latter withdrew late on, having suffered from a virus before kick-off. 

Courtois was absent with an ankle injury and remains a doubt for the FA Cup semi-final with Tottenham Hotspur.

Sales of Diego Costa (£10.3m) continue to escalate after only two goals in the last 10 Gameweeks.

Subject to 121,000+ transfers out ahead of Gameweek 33, the forward is again the most-sold player, with more than 29,000 FPL managers parting company since Saturday's deadline. 

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