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FPL experts' squads: Back Cherries trio

By The Scout 19 Jul 2019

Fantasy expert Neal Thurman says Wilson, Fraser and Brooks can take advantage of favourable opening fixtures

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The Scout's panel of experts reveal who they currently plan to pick in their 2019/20 Fantasy Premier League starting squads.

Neal Thurman (@nealjthurman)
Hugo Lloris (TOT) £5.5m

Reasonably priced and with an opening weekend home match against Aston Villa, he looks as locked in for a clean sheet as anyone.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV) £7.0m

A two-way Fantasy threat with a great Gameweek 1 match-up at home against Norwich City. Should be a star all season.

Andrew Robertson (LIV) £7.0m

Joint-most expensive defender with Alexander-Arnold but the Reds defensive double-up is worth it.

Lucas Digne (EVE) £6.0m

Another twin threat at the back. As a bonus, Everton only have two top-six opponents over the first 14 Gameweeks of the season.

Mohamed Salah (LIV) £12.5m

Was happy to see him exit the African Cup of Nations early and healthy so he should be ready for the mouth-watering opener against Norwich at Anfield.

Ryan Fraser (BOU) £7.5m

Last season's runaway leader in big chances created is reasonably priced and opens with Sheffield United at home and Aston Villa on the road.

David Brooks (BOU) £6.5m

I am doubling down on affordable stars from AFC Bournemouth for the first two weeks at a minimum.

Youri Tielemans (LEI) £6.5m

Spectacular production on a limited basis last season and fits nicely subbing in for Brooks in Gameweek 3 when AFC Bournemouth face Manchester City and the Foxes get Sheffield United.

Callum Wilson (BOU) £8.0m

Tripling down on the Cherries' early schedule.

Gerard Deulofeu (WAT) £6.5m

Inexpensive, a strong Gameweek 1 fixture and fits the Gameweek 3 sub for AFC Bournemouth mould, when Watford face West Ham United at Vicarage Road.

Diogo Jota (WOL) £6.5m

I am betting on his second-half surge to continue even if his early schedule isn't the best.


David Button (BHA) £4.0m

An enabler of other things at £4.0m.

Nathan Redmond (SOU) £6.5m

Great value player after an excellent second half to 2018/19. He also dovetails nicely with Fraser in Gameweek 3 when the Cherries face Man City and Southampton play Brighton & Hove Albion.

Jose Holebas (WAT) £5.0m

He was superb early last season and a low price, combined with a Gameweek 1 match-up against Brighton, makes him an attractive sub.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles (ARS) £5.0m

Reclassified as a defender, he should start until Hector Bellerin (£5.5m) returns. Throw in his value price and Maitland-Niles is a strong bench option with a great Gameweek 1 match-up versus Newcastle United.

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