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FPL watchlist: Captain Sterling for early run

The Scout 11 Jul 2019
Raheem Sterling, Man City

The Scout says Man City winger's fixtures make him a strong armband contender for the first 11 matches

As Fantasy Premier League managers can now select their 15-man squads, The Scout analyses standout budget and premium players in each position.

Raheem Sterling (MCI) £12.0m

The Manchester City winger has the schedule to immediately make his mark this season.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR), only two of the reigning champions' first 11 Gameweeks score more than three.

Just one of their initial 11 opponents, Tottenham Hotspur, finished in the top six in 2018/19.

Man City's first 11 Gameweeks 
GW Opp FDR GW Opp FDR
1 WHU (A) 3 7 EVE (A) 4
2 TOT (H) 4 8 WOL (H) 3
3 BOU (A) 3 9 CRY (A) 2
4 BHA (H) 2 10 AVL (H) 2
5 NOR (A) 2 11 SOU (H) 2
6 WAT (H)  3  

Sterling has been Man City's top-scoring player in FPL for each of the last two seasons.

The England international produced 17 goals and 15 assists to record a career-high 234 points last term.

And his average of 6.9 points per match (ppm) was more than any other regular starting player in FPL.

Managers have been quick to turn to Sterling since FPL launched.

Owned by 24.1 per cent, he is the fifth-most popular midfielder in the game. 

And his ability to deliver devastating points hauls can quickly reward managers' faith.

Sterling produced nine double-figure hauls last season, more than any team-mate. 

That included 16 points at West Ham United, whom he visits in Gameweek 1.

This suggests Sterling can deliver high returns immediately, and that he is a major captaincy contender from the start. 

Tomorrow: Mohamed Salah

See: The Scout's 2019/20 FPL watchlist

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