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GW7 Lessons: Time to focus on Foxes

The Scout 1 Oct 2018
Jamie Vardy, Leicester City goal v Newcastle

The Scout says Leicester City have the form and fixtures to reward FPL investment

An improving run of results for Leicester City should put Fantasy Premier League managers on alert.

The 2-0 victory at Newcastle United on Saturday was Leicester's second consecutive win in the league.

That sets them up for a very favourable run of opponents that can benefit their key players.

Only one of their next eight matches scores more than three in the Fixture Difficulty Ranking (FDR).

Leicester's next eight Gameweeks
GWOppFDRGWOppFDR
8EVE (H)212BUR (H)2
9ARS (A)413BHA (A)3
10WHU (H)214WAT (H)3
11CAR (A)215FUL (A)2

James Maddison (£6.9m) has been the go-to Leicester option since the start of the season, having been bought by over 853,000 managers, almost three times the total of any team-mate.

His assist against Newcastle for Harry Maguire (£5.5m) means he has produced a goal or an assist in five of the last six Gameweeks.

Maddison on top

The summer signing from Norwich City is Leicester's top-scoring player on 40 points and his underlying statistics show why.

Maddison's totals of 15 shots and 15 chances created are more than any team-mate.

His delivery from set-plays is boosting the potential of Maguire, who headed in Maddison's corner at St James' Park, to produce 18 points in Gameweek 7.

Maguire has two goals in 2018/19, equalling his totals in each of the last two seasons.

Cheaper defensive alternatives

For managers seeking cheaper alternatives to Maguire in defence, Ben Chilwell (£5.0m) and Ricardo Pereira (£5.1m) are worth considering.

Chilwell's 38 crosses from open play are more than any other player in FPL, while Pereira was not a right-back but a right wing in Claude Puel's 4-2-3-1 formation at St James' Park.

Differential pick for Vardy 

Jamie Vardy (£8.9m) remains a powerful differential up front.

Last season’s second top-scoring FPL forward has scored in back-to-back matches, totalling 19 points.

Owned by only 4.5 per cent, Vardy can also appeal as a captaincy option if he can take advantage of Leicester's kind run.

Also in this series

Part 1: GW7 Lessons: Kane on the up
Part 2: Buy Kane? The FPL experts have their say

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