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Vardy makes himself heard with Hawthorns strike

By The Scout 1 May 2017
Leicester City's Jamie Vardy celebrates scoring their first goal against West Brom

Leicester City striker stems tide of sales ahead of Double Gameweek after points in eight of nine starts

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The Bonus Points

Jamie Vardy (£9.9m) took his tally of Fantasy Premier League bonus points to 15 from the last nine Gameweeks by claiming the maximum in Leicester City's 1-0 win at West Bromwich Albion.

Having scored the decisive goal, Vardy recorded 34 in the Bonus Points System to earn three additional points.

Christian Fuchs (£5.3m) and Kasper Schmeichel (£4.9m) ensured a clean sweep for Leicester as they tied on 30 in the BPS, picking up two points apiece.

The Leicester goalkeeper made four saves and 12 recoveries to fetch an eighth clean sheet of the campaign, while Fuchs contributed eight clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI), made six recoveries and completed 85% of his 40 pass attempts.

The ICT Index

Vardy scored 7.2 in the ICT Index, but it was West Brom's Chris Brunt (£4.9m) who came out on top with 12.2.

The Baggies midfielder top-scored for both Creativity (47) and Threat (58) on Saturday to record his highest Index score of the season.

Deployed on the left of an attacking midfield three in a 4-2-3-1, Brunt created four chances. He also fired in four shots, with three from inside the Leicester penalty area.

West Bromwich Albion v Leicester City
A change to formation brought more attacking threat to the game of Chris Brunt, right

The Scout Notes

His goal at The Hawthorns means Vardy has scored or assisted in eight of his last nine Gameweeks (seven goals, three assists) since Craig Shakespeare took charge.

Despite that output, Vardy lost over 156,000 owners over the last four Gameweeks.

But that trend looks to have been reversed for the season run-in. Vardy's ownership is back on the rise with 7,700 acquisitions since Saturday.

Leicester are one of 10 teams to offer two fixtures in Gameweek 37, although they are testing: Manchester City away before Tottenham Hotspur at the King Power Stadium.

Either side of that Double Gameweek, they will host Watford then AFC Bournemouth, providing Vardy with a platform to maintain his prolific form.

As for West Brom, they are without a goal in five matches, conceding in four of those encounters.

While that form offers little incentive for FPL managers, defender Gareth McAuley (£5.2m) remains in 29.1% of FPL squads.

West Brom offer two fixtures in Gameweek 37, but these are daunting match-ups: at home to Chelsea and away to Manchester City.

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