Fantasy Premier League

GW22 Lessons learned: Goal tempts Hazard rethink

The Scout 4 Jan 2018
Eden Hazard celebrates scoring a penalty for Chelsea against Arsenal

Sold by over 200,000 FPL managers, the midfielder returns to the scoresheet ahead of a favourable run of Chelsea fixtures

Eden Hazard's (£10.7m) penalty in Wednesday's 2-2 draw with Arsenal ended a six-Gameweek run without a goal, punishing those Fantasy Premier League managers who had recently lost faith.

Over 207,000 sold the Chelsea midfielder ahead of Gameweek 22, after he supplied only one assist from his last five appearances.

Indeed, since Gameweek 19, Hazard has lost over 394,000 owners.

But deployed behind striker Alvaro Morata (£10.5m) in a 3-5-1-1 formation, Hazard fired six shots at Emirates Stadium, all from inside the penalty area.

That gives FPL managers food for thought ahead of a favourable run of opponents for Chelsea.

Antonio Conte's side host Leicester City in Gameweek 23, with the four opponents that follow all scoring two in the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR).

Chelsea's next five Gameweeks
GW Opponent FDR
23 LEI (H) 3
24 BHA (A) 2
25 BOU (H) 2
26 WAT (A) 2
27 WBA (H) 2
Misfiring Morata

While Hazard will tempt new investment, Morata's form will have frustrated his one million owners.

The Spaniard spurned three big chances - chances where the player is expected to score - in Wednesday's draw, having also missed two in the 5-0 victory over Stoke City last time out.

Morata has only two goals from the last eight Gameweeks, though he has been limited to five starts over that period.

He is already the most sold forward ahead of Gameweek 23, with Harry Kane (£12.9m) and Sergio Aguero (£11.7m) the popular replacements.

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