Fantasy Premier League

GW27 Ones to watch: Moritz Bauer

The Scout 7 Feb 2018
Moritz Bauer, Stoke City

The all-round potential of the new Stoke City right-back has caught the eye of The Scout

The Scout is selecting five Fantasy Premier League players set to make an impact in Gameweek 27.

Moritz Bauer (STK) £4.5m

Stoke City's new full-back was a low-key signing in the January transfer window but, in FPL terms, Bauer can make his mark.

Before his arrival from Rubin Kazan, there was no assured starter in the Stoke defence priced at £4.5m or lower.

Bauer has not only changed that, he has made a big impression on the pitch.

The Austrian has produced six chances and six successful crosses in four matches. No other FPL defender can better either of these tallies over the same period.

Right-wing raider

Bauer's raids down the right can be a factor against Brighton & Hove Albion, who visit the bet365 Stadium in Gameweek 27.

Over the last four Gameweeks, Brighton have conceded 44 crosses down the left side of their defence. Only Southampton, with 50 crosses, have conceded more.

Bauer's hopes of collecting a clean sheet on Saturday have improved markedly thanks to the work on the Stoke defence by new manager Paul Lambert.

Lambert lift

Prior to Lambert's arrival Stoke were conceding 2.7 big chances, or gilt-edged opportunities, per match.

This has since dropped to an average of just 1.0 over his three matches at the helm.

Indeed, only two teams have allowed fewer big chances than Stoke's three over that three-match spell: Manchester United, with two chances, and AFC Bournemouth with one.

As a result, Stoke have claimed two clean sheets under Lambert, the same number they recorded in their previous 23 matches.

Seagulls' struggles on the road

Brighton could struggle to breach this new resilience.

Chris Hughton's attack have failed to score in six of their last seven away matches.

Having flown under the radar until now, a big score for Bauer in Gameweek 27 would reveal him as one of the more essential new arrivals in Fantasy.

Also in this series

Part 1: GW27 Ones to watch: Alfie Mawson
Part 2: GW27 Ones to watch: Bernardo Silva
Part 4: GW27 Ones to watch: Gerard Deulofeu
Part 5: GW27 Ones to watch: James Ward-Prowse

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