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Huth can rise above popular FPL targets

The Scout 4 May 2017
Leicester City's Robert Huth

As managers favour Arsenal and Saints defenders The Scout sees promise in the 2.1%-owned Leicester differential

Goalscoring defenders can often provide powerful differentials for Fantasy Premier League managers, ensuring that Leicester City’s Robert Huth (£4.9m) should be a late-season target.

Huth has registered two goals and an assist in his last eight Gameweek starts, while Craig Shakespeare’s Foxes have kept clean sheets in three of their previous six matches.

That combination has helped Huth average 4.5 points per match over his last eight starts, compared with just 1.9 points per match prior to Gameweek 27.

Leicester City's Robert Huth
No FPL defender has had more shots in the box than Robert Huth

It is the goal threat of the 2.1%-owned Huth that makes him stand out.

Over the season, Hull City’s Harry Maguire (£4.4m) is the only FPL defender who can match Huth’s tally of 23 shots in the box. 

Huth's goal threat 2016/17
FPL defender Team Shots in box Shots on target
Maguire HUL 23 10
Huth LEI 23 9
Alonso CHE 22 13
Keane BUR 22 8
Mawson SWA 21 5

He also ranks first among Leicester City players for clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI) with 294, although, somewhat surprisingly, he has managed to accrue a single bonus point.

The Foxes’ promising home fixtures against Watford this weekend and AFC Bournemouth on the final weekend only strengthen the case for Huth.

The Hornets have only managed to keep two clean sheets in their 16 away trips, have conceded the most goals from crosses (22) and have shipped 11 goals from corners – second only to Hull City. 

Watford have also failed to score in each of their last four away trips, boosting the prospects of another Foxes shutout.

Eddie Howe’s AFC Bournemouth appear equally fragile to Huth’s aerial threat. They have succumbed to 12 headed goals this season, only Sunderland have conceded more.

Huth will also benefit from two matches in Gameweek 37, away to Manchester City and at home to Tottenham Hotspur.

Leicester City's Robert Huth
Robert Huth averaged 4.5 FPL points per match in his last eight Gameweeks

Both may be unlikely to offer defensive returns but Huth’s menace at set-pieces will remain a factor. He scored a brace at the Etihad Stadium in last season’s 3-1 victory.

Only 4,000 managers have transferred the German in since Saturday’s FPL deadline, with Southampton and Arsenal defenders proving far more popular acquisitions ahead of their two Gameweek 36 fixtures.

But Huth is an assured starter and his presence in the opposition box is the key factor that could help him emerge as an end-of-season bargain.

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