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GW18 Ones to watch: Alexandre Lacazette

The Scout 14 Dec 2017
Arsenal v Manchester United

Arsenal striker can exploit home comforts to solve managers' FPL striker dilemma

The Scout is selecting five Fantasy Premier League players set to make an impact in Gameweek 18.

Alexandre Lacazette (ARS) £10.3m

Home form makes the Arsenal striker a key target for the forthcoming Gameweek.

With six of his eight goals arriving at Emirates Stadium, Lacazette has scored more than any other FPL forward in home matches.

The underlying statistics confirm that Lacazette has posed a far greater goal threat in front of his own fans.

He averages 3.0 shots per match at home, compared with 1.3 away, while his penalty-area shots drop from 2.6 per home match to 1.2 away.

Only Harry Kane (£12.9m and 24) and Romelu Lukaku (£11.3m and 15) can better Lacazette's 14 efforts on target in home matches among forwards.

These statistics have translated into FPL points.

Lacazette has supplied a goal or assist in six of his eight appearances at Emirates Stadium. He is averaging 5.6 points per match at home, compared with 2.6 on the road.

Accommodating Newcastle 

Newcastle United are next to visit north London in Gameweek 18.

They have conceded 10 goals in their last four away fixtures, allowing 46 shots in the penalty area, more than any other side.

Lacazette was limited to an eight-minute appearance from the bench in Wednesday's 0-0 with West Ham United.

Well rested, he looks poised to earn a recall to exploit any weakness in the Magpies defence on Saturday. 

Promising schedule

Arsenal's upcoming fixtures only promote further interest in the French striker.

Seven of their next nine opponents score two in the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR).

Arsenal's next nine Gameweeks
18 NEW (H) 2 23 BOU (A) 2
19 LIV (H) 4 24 CRY (H) 2
20 CRY (A) 2 25 SWA (A) 2
21 WBA (A) 2 26 EVE (H) 2
22 CHE (H) 4      

Kane aside, FPL's premium-priced forwards are failing to supply consistent points and justify their valuations.

But Lacazette can be the exception and solve that problem.

Gameweek 18 offers him the opportunity to shine and finally boost his modest 10.3% ownership.

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