Fantasy Premier League

Maguire ascent continues in Fantasy

The Scout 24 Apr 2017
Hull City's Harry Maguire

Defender tops the Hull City ranks for shots since Gameweek 15 and adds bonus points and clean sheets

The Bonus Points

Second-half goals from Lazar Markovic (£5.2m) and Sam Clucas (£4.7m) helped 10-man Hull City defeat Watford 2-0, but it was defender Harry Maguire (£4.4m) who claimed all three Fantasy Premier League bonus points.

Restored to centre of defence after playing at right-back in the Gameweek 33 defeat to Stoke City, Maguire made 14 clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI) and completed 30 passes to score 32 in the Bonus Points System (BPS).

Clucas and Andrea Ranocchia (£4.5m) collected two bonus points apiece, both tallying 26 in the BPS.

Aside from his second goal of the season, Clucas also made five recoveries, while Ranocchia produced nine CBI and won two tackles. The centre-back has supplied six bonus points from his last six Gameweeks.  

The ICT Index

Due primarily to his Creativity tally of 54, Watford's Jose Holebas (£4.6m) topped the ICT Index with a score of 8.6.

The left-back supplied three successful crosses and created four scoring chances, double that of any other player involved in Saturday's match.

Markovic led the way for the home side, totalling 8.0 in the Index.

The Hull City winger produced the highest Threat score on show (45) registering three shots, with two arriving from inside the box. 

Hull City's Andrea Ranocchia
Andrea Ranocchia has been awarded six bonus points in his last six GW starts

The Scout Notes

A first clean sheet for Hull since Gameweek 24, together with a first set of maximum bonus points of the campaign, helped maintain Maguire's run of FPL form.

Owned by just over 28,000 (0.7%) FPL managers, the Hull defender has produced 23 points over his last three Gameweek starts.

Since claiming a starting role in Gameweek 15, Maguire has recorded more shots (30) than any other team-mate. He also leads the way for close-range efforts (21) and shots on target (nine).

Hull City's Harry Maguire
Harry Maguire has had more shots than any team-mate since claiming a starting role in GW15

Hull are one of 10 teams without a Double Gameweek to come, which dents Maguire’s appeal. But Saturday’s trip to Southampton and a home match-up with Sunderland in Gameweek 36 provides a platform to maintain his recent output.

Pending an FA appeal, Tigers head coach Marco Silva will be without the suspended Oumar Niasse (£5.6m) for the next three matches following the forward’s first-half dismissal.

Abel Hernandez (£5.9m) was introduced from the bench against the Hornets and may now replace Niasse in the starting XI for Saturday’s trip to St Mary’s Stadium. 

As for Watford, they have lost their last four away matches without scoring a single goal.

Their daunting schedule also deters FPL investment.

Walter Mazzarri's men face testing trips to Leicester City, Everton and Chelsea over the final four Gameweeks, along with home fixtures against Liverpool and Manchester City.

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