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FPL Scout Report: Hull City 2-1 Leicester City

The Scout 15 Aug 2016
Hull City v Leicester City

The Scout breaks down Hull City’s opening-day triumph over the champions

The Bonus Points

Robert Snodgrass (£5.5m) claimed the maximum bonus points in Saturday's early kick-off, amassing 40 in the BPS.

His decisive strike was coupled with four tackles won and seven recoveries to help the Tigers cling to their shock victory.

The two bonus points went to Adama Diomande (£4.5m) who was credited with the opening goal, helping him to a tally of 29 in the BPS. He also chipped in with the rearguard action, claiming six recoveries.

Having topped the bonus-point rankings last season, Riyad Mahrez (£9.5m) edged his way to the first of this campaign, earning 23 in the BPS. The Algerian completed two successful dribbles and registered six recoveries, together with his goal from the penalty spot.

The ICT Index 

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Robert Snodgrass earned the maximum bonus points on Saturday

The same three players that scooped the bonus points also topped the rankings in the ICT Index.

Snodgrass recorded the top Influence score in the Index with 51, although team-mate and skipper Curtis Davies (£5.0m) challenged him with 46. The centre-back registered 25 clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI), more than any other player over Saturday’s matches. 

Mahrez was the most threatening player on show according to the ICT Index. He scored 56 Threat overall, firing in five attempts with four of those efforts arriving from inside the Hull City box.

Intriguingly, Ahmed Musa (£7.5m) topped the ICT Index for Creativity with 46. The fleet-footed Nigerian created four chances for team-mates including two big chances - more than any other player in Gameweek 1 so far.

However, Musa recorded a Threat score of just eight on his Premier League debut, mustering two efforts on goal from outside the box.

The Scout Notes

Snodgrass’ display coupled with his impressive set-piece ability has elevated his profile.

The Scot contributed five attempts on goal, three of which came via dead-balls situations. He boasted just 0.5% ownership heading into Gameweek 1.

Curtis Davies’ outstanding defensive display and CBI haul indicates that he will be a factor for bonus points if and when Hull City claim a clean sheet.

But with Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea the next three visitors at the KCOM Stadium, it could be some time before we see evidence of that.

Having returned to spot-kick duties, Mahrez appears even more attractive as cover of Leicester City’s attacking potential. Conversely, having surrendered penalties, Jamie Vardy’s (£10.0m) stock has suffered a significant dent. The striker has suffered more "transfers out" over the weekend than any other player. 

While Vardy is exiting FPL squads, both Musa and Demarai Gray (£5.0m) appear to warrant further monitoring should they retain their places in Claudio Ranieri’s starting line-up.

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