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GW12 Ones to watch: Anthony Knockaert

The Scout 15 Nov 2017
Anthony Knockaert, Brighton

The Scout on why midfielder is showing signs of overtaking Pascal Gross as Brighton's go-to option

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

Anthony Knockaert (BHA) £5.7m

The Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder can now become a factor in our Fantasy seasons.

Last season’s Championship Player of the Year is showing signs of producing on the Premier League stage.

A goal, an assist and five bonus points have earned him 22 FPL points over the last four Gameweeks.

Better than Gross?

That has kept pace with team-mate Pascal Gross (£5.9m).

Gross has been a major success for the Seagulls and his two goals and five assists have given FPL managers a cut-price option.

He ranks top for points per million (9.8) among midfielders and sits in 19% of squads.

In contrast, Knockaert has been overlooked and is owned by just 42,000 managers (0.9%).

But that could be set to change.

On the up

Knockaert has shown great progress over the last four Gameweeks when compared with his early-season displays.

He failed to create a single big chance (a chance where the receiving player is expected to score) in his opening seven Gameweeks.

But over the last four matches only Raheem Sterling (£8.2m and four) has created more than his three big chances.

He has also had more shots in the opposition penalty area (four) over this spell than in his previous seven appearances (three).

Next opponents

Brighton host Stoke City in Gameweek 12.

The Potters have conceded 22 goals from their 11 matches, with West Ham United (23) the only side to allow more.

And Knockaert's home fixtures remain strong heading into the Christmas period.

Five of Brighton's next six opponents at the Amex Stadium score two in the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR).

That gives Knockaert the opportunity to build on recent form and surpass the FPL value offered by team-mate Gross.

Brighton's next six home Gameweeks
GW Opponent FDR
12 STK 2
14 CRY 2
15 LIV 4
18 BUR 2
19 WAT 2
22 BOU  2
Also in this series 

Part 1: GW12 Ones to watch: Julian Speroni

Part 2: GW12 Ones to watch: Alberto Moreno

Part 4: GW12 Ones to watch: Ben Mee

Part 5: GW12 Ones to watch: Cesc Fabregas

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