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Norwegian propelled by top-scoring duo

The Scout 11 May 2017
Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne

Oystein Pettersen is Gameweek 36's top scorer after huge returns from De Bruyne, Forster and a 42-point Triple Captain

Providing 17 points apiece as the top-scoring players in Gameweek 36, Southampton’s Fraser Forster (£5.0m) and Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne (£10.4m) were key members of Oystein Pettersen’s triumphant Fantasy Premier League line-up. 

A graphic of the FPL Gameweek 36 Manager of the Week's team: Forster; Stephens, Alonso, Benalouane, Monreal; King, Sanchez, De Bruyne; Costa, Jesus, Gabbiadini

Forster excelled with a clean sheet, a penalty save and three bonus points over his two fixtures against Liverpool and Arsenal

Meanwhile, Oystein’s decision to swap De Bruyne in for Man City team-mate Leroy Sane (£7.7m) with his Gameweek 35 Wildcard paid big dividends.

The Belgian moved into fifth place in the FPL midfield standings thanks to a goal, two assists and maximum bonus points from the 5-0 home win over Crystal Palace.

See: FPL standings by position

Forster and De Bruyne were among a series of inspired Wildcard decisions as Oystein's line-up amassed an unbeaten 136 points, charging up the rankings to 18,275 – his highest overall position since Gameweek 6. 

With Double Gameweeks 36 and 37 in mind, the Norwegian manager wisely retained Southampton’s Jack Stephens (£4.2m) and Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez (£11.6m) in his rebuilding programme.

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While Stephens registered eight points, Oystein’s decision to play his Triple Captain chip on Sanchez earned a huge return of 42. 

Despite blanking at home to Manchester United in the first of his two fixtures, the Chilean’s goal in the 2-0 win at St Mary’s Stadium ensured that Oystein benefited from Sanchez’s first double-figure score since Gameweek 25.

Elsewhere, Chelsea pair Marcos Alonso (£6.8m) and Diego Costa (£10.5m) combined for 20 points in Monday night’s win over Middlesbrough, while Gabriel Jesus (£8.9m) delivered an assist in Man City’s victory over the Eagles. 

Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal
Oystein used his Triple Captain chip on Alexis Sanchez and was rewarded with 42 points

In his fourth season as an FPL manager, Oystein still has his Bench Boost chip to play and is on target to surpass his previous highest rank of 33,425 back in 2014/15.

As Manager of the Week, he earns a copy of FIFA 17, a Nike Ordem 4 match ball and an FPL mug, all packaged in a Fantasy Premier League rucksack.

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