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FPL tips: Youri Tielemans is the man to target

Leicester's Belgium midfielder could be hitting form at just the right time.

Youri Tielemans is the man to target this week for a Fantasy Premier League boost.

While fellow midfielder Ilkay Gundogan remains in ridiculous form for Manchester City, the Leicester man is not far behind and is set up to make more of an impact in the coming weeks, according to the PA news agency's approach to tracking the game's statistics.

Here we look at who to pick up in gameweek 21, and why.

'Your' the man

Top midfield picks for FPL gameweek 21
Youri Tielemans heads up gameweek 21's FPL options (PA graphic)

PA uses a Transfer Score metric to rate all players in the game each week, 50 per cent of which comes from a player's recent form with the other half rewarding low cost, ownership and upcoming fixture difficulty rating (FDR).

Tielemans' recent average of eight points a game, helped by two goals, two assists, two clean sheets and three entries in the bonus points in his last four games, translates into a 91 rating for form while he is owned by less than three per cent of FPL managers and Leicester have the easiest upcoming run of games on paper.

That all combines into a transfer score of 90 out of 100, three points more than Gundogan despite the German retaining the 100 rating for form with an average of 8.8 points per game.

West Brom's Matheus Pereira completes a strong top three in midfield – and in the overall rankings – with a transfer score of 84 after his 24-point double gameweek in week 19.

Positions five to eight overall are also occupied by midfielders, with Tielemans' team-mates James Maddison and Harvey Barnes sandwiching Arsenal's Bukayo Saka and West Ham's Tomas Soucek.

Stones bucks the trend

Top defensive picks for FPL gameweek 21
John Stones remains the man to have in defence (PA graphic)

John Stones is the one non-midfielder in the top eight, with the Manchester City defender riding his six clean sheets in seven and brace against Crystal Palace to the second-best form score in the league and a transfer score of 83.

Even as his ownership rises to almost 20 per cent, the England hopeful remains the pick ahead of central defensive partner Ruben Dias by virtue of being £700,000 cheaper in FPL at £5.2m.

Craig Dawson, whose first five West Ham appearances on loan from Watford have yielded three clean sheets and a goal, and Aston Villa full-back Matt Targett are our defensive runners-up and the last members of our overall top 10, just ahead of Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel with all three recording transfer scores of 74.

Dias and team-mates Joao Cancelo and Oleksandr Zinchenko follow Schmeichel in the overall ranking and just miss out on the defensive podium, all on 73.

Striker light

Top attacking picks for FPL gameweek 21
Attacking options are limited beyond Alexandre Lacazette and Michail Antonio (PA graphic)

Options remain limited in attack, where Alexandre Lacazette is the pick of the bunch despite Arsenal's unappealing run on FDR limiting his transfer score to 68 – good for only 29th overall.

Two places behind on 67 is Michail Antonio, with two goals and an assist in three games since returning to West Ham's starting line-up after injury.

Beyond that, West Brom's Callum Robinson (65) shapes up as a desperate differential pick with his sub-one per cent ownership – Ollie Watkins (59) is kept out of the top three by the 13.8 per cent of managers already on the bandwagon but may make more appeal.

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City32235467234474
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd31189461342763
3Leicester CityLeicester31175955371856
4West Ham UnitedWest Ham31167851391255
5Chelsea31159750311954
6Liverpool31157953371652
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs311471052351749
8Everton30146104138348
9Arsenal31136124335845
10Leeds UnitedLeeds31143144949045
11Aston Villa301351243331044
12Wolverhampton WanderersWolves31108133141-1038
13Crystal Palace31108133352-1938
14Southampton31106153956-1736
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton31712123338-533
16Burnley3189142542-1733
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle3188153251-1932
18Fulham32511162442-1826
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom3159172859-3124
20Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd3142251755-3814

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