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GW26 Selection: Jimenez to topple Magpies

The Scout 9 Feb 2019
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The Scout is backing Wolves forward to continue red-hot form against Newcastle

The recent form of Raul Jimenez (£6.7m) has shaped the plans of many Fantasy Premier League managers for Gameweek 26.

Wolverhampton Wanderers’ top scorer is the most-bought forward in the Gameweek, earning over 171,000 new owners for the visit of Newcastle United.

Jimenez has three goals, an assist and 26 FPL points in the last three Gameweeks.

He takes his place in a 4-3-3 formation, with Mohamed Salah (£13.6m) handed the armband and Sergio Aguero (£11.4m) given the vice-captaincy.

Alex McCarthy (SOU) £4.4m

The Southampton goalkeeper has earned one save point in six of his nine appearances under new manager Ralph Hasenhuttl. McCarthy faces a Cardiff City side who visit St Mary's Stadium having scored only seven away goals, fewer than any other side.

Matt Doherty (WOL) £5.3m

The Wolves wing-back offers strong all-round potential at both ends of the pitch against Newcastle. Doherty has three goals, five assists and six clean sheets ahead of Monday evening’s meeting.

Andrew Robertson (LIV) £6.8m

Liverpool’s left-back is the top-scoring defender in FPL, with 133 points. Robertson will face AFC Bournemouth at Anfield, having averaged 6.1 points per home match this season.

Sead Kolasinac (ARS) £5.0m

Since making his first appearance of the season in Gameweek 11, the Arsenal defender has supplied five assists, more than any other defender. Kolasinac travels to Huddersfield Town, who have scored one goal in the last six Gameweeks.

Jose Holebas (WAT) £4.8m

Watford’s left-back has played a part in 10 goals this season, more than any defender in FPL. Holebas has three goals and seven assists ahead of his home match with Everton.

Mohamed Salah (LIV) £13.6m

The Liverpool midfielder has three double-digit returns in his last four home matches. Salah fired a hat-trick in his previous meeting with AFC Bournemouth, returning his season-high haul of 21 points in Gameweek 16.

Son Heung-min (TOT) £8.8m

The most-bought player in the Gameweek, Son has earned over 336,000 new owners for a home match with Leicester City. Son has two goals and 20 FPL points in his two appearances since returning from the Asian Cup.

Paul Pogba (MUN) £8.7m

The Frenchman heads to Fulham having averaged 9.5 points per match under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Since the Norwegian was appointed caretaker manager in Gameweek 18, Pogba’s 36 shots and 19 shots on target are both more than any other FPL midfielder.

Marcus Rashford (MUN) £7.8m

Rashford has scored in all four of his away matches for Manchester United with Solskjaer in charge. Rashford produced 14 points against Fulham in a 4-1 home win back in Gameweek 16.

Sergio Aguero (MCI) £11.4m

The Manchester City striker has five goals in his last five Premier League meetings with his weekend opponents, Chelsea. Aguero warmed up for the Etihad match with a hat-trick in his previous home fixture, a 3-1 win over Arsenal last Sunday.

Raul Jimenez (WOL) £6.7m

At home, the Mexican's totals of 43 shots and 35 shots inside the penalty area are both among the top three for forwards in FPL. At Molineux, Jimenez will take on a Newcastle defence with one clean sheet in their last seven away matches.

What the experts say

Holly Shand (@FFCommunity_): The front six looks great, although I’d prefer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.2m) and his trip to Huddersfield over Aguero. The Man Utd pairing of Pogba and Rashford will slice open a frail Fulham defence.

Paul Gee (@FplPaulGee): I love that Aguero pick. A lot of managers will be swapping him out for Aubameyang but I prefer the Man City striker this week.

Sam Bonfield (@FPLFamily): Really interesting. Aguero is a surprise, given Chelsea’s form against defending champions. I’d have gone with Alexandre Lacazette (£9.3m) or taken a risk on Aubameyang getting over his illness. The rest of those attacking players look great choices.

Ash (@FPLHints): Son is the standout pick. He just can't stop scoring. 

Mark McGettigan ():  I like the selection of Holebas. It's always a rollercoaster with him, from -3 to 15 points! Everton have been poor defending set-pieces so he could exploit that.

Ben Crabtree (@FC_CrabDogg): I'm hoping Newcastle can halt Wolves' run as I worry about not owning Doherty or Jimenez. Overall it looks a team full of points.

James Egersdorff (@JEgersdorff): I'm hoping Doherty can keep up his inspirational midweek form, scoring twice in the FA Cup. His recent returns have been steady rather than spectacular and a double-digit haul would go some way to repaying loyal managers.

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