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Firmino bursts into FPL midfield top five

The Scout 17 Apr 2017
West Brom 0-1 Liverpool

Form of Liverpool star forcing managers to reassess options despite no Double Gameweek to come

The Bonus Points

Roberto Firmino (£8.6m) collected the maximum Fantasy Premier League bonus points in Liverpool's 1-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion.

Tallying 46 in the Bonus Points System (BPS), the top score so far in Gameweek 33, the Brazilian fired a first-half winner and created five goalscoring opportunities.

Firmino also made 10 recoveries and two successful tackles, in addition to completing five dribbles. 

Joel Matip (£5.3m) picked up two bonus points, with 33 in the BPS.

The Liverpool centre-back registered eight clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI) and won three tackles to help earn his side a first clean sheet since Gameweek 25.

Simon Mignolet (£4.7m) and Dejan Lovren (£4.8m) both tallied 27 in the BPS to claim a single bonus point at The Hawthorns.

The Liverpool goalkeeper produced four CBI, 10 recoveries and two saves to deny the Baggies.

Lovren managed six CBI and three recoveries and also completed 87% of 77 attempted passes. 

The ICT Index

Firmino maintained his recent fine form to top the ICT Index with a score of 16.6.

His total of five key passes helped him to an ICT Creativity haul of 62, his biggest since Gameweek 6.

Firmino also registered eight touches in the opposition box and fired three shots on goal.

But it was his team-mate Philippe Coutinho (£8.5m) who boasted the main threat to the hosts in Sunday’s contest.

Subject to more than 89,000 transfers in for Gameweek 33 after scoring in three consecutive appearances, Coutinho produced four shots on goal. 

The Scout Notes

Owned by 12.5% of FPL managers, Firmino has registered returns in each of his last six Gameweek appearances.

The Brazilian has three goals and four assists over that spell, with an 11-point haul on Sunday earning him a top-five place in the FPL midfield standings.

Liverpool’s lack of a Double Gameweek limits Firmino's appeal, however. Just over 9,000 FPL managers have acquired him in the Gameweek despite an otherwise favourable upcoming schedule. 

Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool
Philippe Coutinho failed to extend a run of three goals in three Gameweeks despite firing four shots on goal

According to the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR), only one of Liverpool’s remaining five matches score more than two.

Liverpool's remaining fixtures
GW Opponent FDR
34 CRY (H) 2
35 WAT (A) 2
36 SOU (H) 3
37 WHU (A) 2
38 MID (H) 2

As the only side without a fixture in Gameweek 34, faith in West Bromwich Albion's regulars is in decline.

The 31.9%-owned Gareth McAuley (£5.3m) was sold by 44,000+ FPL managers for Gameweek 33 and has suffered a further 19,000 sales since the weekend, more than any defender. 

Gareth McAuley, West Brom
The six-goal Gareth McAuley is without a shot on goal in his last seven Gameweeks

McAuley has scored six times this term but has failed to register a single shot on goal in his last seven Gameweek appearances.

Elsewhere at the back, Ben Foster (£4.7m) is the second-most transferred-out goalkeeper ahead of Gameweek 34.

Tony Pulis’s side have mustered just a single clean sheet in their last nine Premier League outings.

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