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FPL experts' squads: Back Cherries trio

The Scout 19 Jul 2019
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Fantasy expert Neal Thurman says Wilson, Fraser and Brooks can take advantage of favourable opening fixtures

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.

Substitutes

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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