Fantasy Premier League

GW12 Ones to watch: Alberto Moreno

The Scout 14/11/2017
Alberto Moreno, Liverpool

The Scout on why left-back who can help offer a run of home matches is the best FPL option in the Liverpool defence

The Scout's series on five players tipped for big points in Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 12 continues.

Alberto Moreno (LIV) £4.5m

Fantasy managers need to reconsider the potential of Liverpool's back four. 

Jurgen Klopp’s rearguard have conceded only one goal in five matches at Anfield, and the underlying numbers suggest more FPL points to come.

That is because in home matches the Reds have allowed the fewest penalty-area shots (14) and the fewest big chances (two).

Why Moreno?

Moreno has seen off competition from Andrew Robertson (£4.7m) at left-back and is arguably the standout FPL option in Klopp’s defence.

The Spaniard has another opportunity to pick up points in the Gameweek 12 visit of Southampton.

Saints have scored only nine goals from their 11 matches, including three in four away trips.

And the numbers show just why they have struggled.

Southampton’s shot accuracy of 21.6% is the worst in the League, and only Crystal Palace (2.9%) have a lower goal conversion rate than their 5.7%.

Saturday's match is one of several strong home fixtures coming up for Moreno.

Five of his next six matches at Anfield score two in the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR).

The concern

But Liverpool’s away form is a concern. Their 16 goals conceded is the most in the Premier League.

So managers should consider rotating Moreno with a defensive partner.

How to rotate

For example, Charlie Daniels (£4.8m) is another strong FPL option in home matches.

By swapping the AFC Bournemouth left-back with Moreno in their XI, managers can get seven successive home matches from one defender slot from Gameweek 12 onwards.

The Moreno/Daniels partnership
GW Player Opponent FDR
12 Moreno SOU (H) 2
13 Moreno CHE (H) 4
14 Daniels BUR (H) 2
15 Daniels SOU (H) 2
16 Moreno EVE (H) 2
17 Moreno WBA (H) 2
18 Daniels LIV (H) 4

Like Daniels, Moreno can also be effective going forward.

Handed the freedom to attack down the left flank, no Liverpool player has made more crosses than Moreno (36).

And only James Milner (£6.2m), with 11, has made more successful crosses than his eight. 

Still a differential

Moreno is currently found in only 3.6% of FPL squads.

But with an improving schedule providing the platform for both defensive and attacking points, that modest ownership could soar.

Another example of the FPL value available in defence, Moreno builds a convincing case ahead of Gameweek 12.

Also in this series 

Part 1: GW12 Ones to watch: Julian Speroni

Part 3: GW12 Ones to watch: Anthony Knockaert

Part 4: GW12 Ones to watch: Ben Mee

Part 5: GW12 Ones to watch: Cesc Fabregas

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