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FPL watchlist: King can rival Wilson

The Scout 12 Jul 2019
Joshua King, AFC Bournemouth

Norwegian had more shots than his popular team-mate and is on penalties for an AFC Bournemouth side with good early fixtures

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

Joshua King (BOU) £6.5m

A favourable run of opening matches for AFC Bournemouth has raised the appeal of their key players.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR), six of the Cherries' first nine opponents score only two.

They face only two of last season's top six in their opening 10 Gameweeks.

Cherries' first 10 GWs
GW Opp FDR GW Opp FDR
1 SHU (H) 6 SOU (A)
2 AVL (A) 7 WHU (H)
3 MCI (H) 8 ARS (A)
4 LEI (A) 9 NOR (H)
5 EVE (H) 2 10 WAT (A) 3

That schedule has turned the heads of FPL managers.

Indeed, both King and his strike partner, Callum Wilson (£8.0m), are among the top five most popular forwards in FPL.

They sit in 20.6 and 24.6 per cent of squads respectively.

The underlying statistics suggest King could be the better-value pick for initial squads.

The Norway international surpassed Wilson for shots on goal last season, by 72 to 65. He also had the edge for chances created, by 34 to 30.

King’s penalty duties are also a factor.

AFC Bournemouth won nine penalties, the third most in the Premier League. 

As their first choice, King took six of them and scored five.

Costing only £6.5m, his early fixtures can make him one of the standout cut-price forwards in FPL over the first few months.

See: The Scout's 2019/20 FPL watchlist

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