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Big guns blank as FPL managers rue rotation

The Scout 16 May 2017
Eden Hazard, Chelsea

Eden Hazard and Diego Costa disappoint 1.5 million+ Fantasy players as they don't capitalise on Chelsea's Double Gameweek

The Bonus Points

Kurt Zouma (£5.3m) was awarded the maximum Fantasy Premier League bonus points in Chelsea's 4-3 victory over Watford on Monday.

In his second start of the season, the Frenchman earned the assist for Chelsea's opening goal and completed 91% of 48 pass attempts.

In defence, Zouma contributed 10 clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI), six recoveries and two successful tackles to score 33 in the Bonus Points System (BPS).

That meant he edged out midfielder Willian (£7.0m), who recorded a BPS tally of 31. 

His pass to Cesc Fabregas (£6.9m) for the winning goal was one of seven chances created by Willian, who also registered an impressive 15 recoveries.

Cesar Azpilicueta (£6.4m) picked up the final bonus point on offer.

He claimed a first goal of the season for Chelsea's second and also won three tackles to total 29 in the BPS.

That single bonus point took Azpilicueta to 22 this season, three more than any other FPL defender.  

Cesar Azpilicueta, Chelsea
Cesar Azpilicueta top-scored for Chelsea with 20 points over his two GW37 fixtures

The ICT Index

Chelsea's attack dominated in the ICT Index, having recorded 24 shots on goal.

Willian top-scored on 16.3 - his best tally of the season.

Recording 91 for Creativity, the Brazilian provided seven scoring chances, completing 23 passes in the final third - a tally matched only by team-mate Eden Hazard (£10.6m).

Michy Batshuayi (£8.4m) ranked first for Threat (82) and tallied 13.2 in the overall Index.

Scoring Chelsea's third goal to net in back-to-back matches, the Belgian registered a total of five shots, four of which arrived from inside the penalty area.  


The Scout Notes

Hazard was a surprise starter in a Chelsea line-up that included nine changes from the XI that earned Friday's 1-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion.

Owned by over 1.5 million FPL managers, he completed 90 minutes for the first time since Gameweek 33, but provided a third successive blank to score only five points over his two Gameweek 37 fixtures.

It was only Hazard's second blank in his last eight home matches but was enough to raise further concerns ahead of a final day Stamford Bridge meeting with Sunderland.

Antonio Conte, Chelsea
Many FPL managers missed out on points after Antonio Conte made nine changes to his Chelsea line-up

Head coach Antonio Conte may now consider resting Hazard for that fixture with the FA Cup final against Arsenal in mind, although he would seem likely to recall a cast of first-team regulars for the visit of the Black Cats.

That could include striker Diego Costa (£10.5m).

The Spain international was second only to Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus (£8.9m) for acquisitions going into Gameweek 37, with 162,000+ FPL managers drafting him in.

Like Hazard, Costa is part of more than 1.5 million squads and was also backed by 541,936 (12.8%) as the Gameweek's most-captained player, but, as an unused substitute on Monday night, produced a mere two points over his pair of fixtures. 

Fabregas could also earn a recall for the Gameweek 38 fixture, having been restricted to a 12-minute cameo against the Hornets.

That failed to stall a sustained run of FPL form, with his winning goal ensuring that Fabregas has returned attacking points in 10 of his last 11 Stamford Bridge outings.

At the back, Azpilicueta retained a starting role as he continued his recent surge of FPL returns.

An eight-point tally took him to 20 points for Gameweek 37, having been snapped up by 22,000+ prior to Friday's deadline.

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