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Sturridge brace keeps FPL targets on their toes

The Scout 26 Oct 2016
Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool

The Scout looks at the MW10 implications from Tuesday's EFL Cup action as Reds striker shines

Daniel Sturridge's (£9.9m) two goals helped Liverpool to an EFL Cup victory over Tottenham Hotspur to maintain the pressure on Jurgen Klopp's coveted midfield assets.

Philippe Coutinho (£8.4m) was one of several popular Fantasy Premier League players rested for the 2-1 win by Klopp.

Drafted in by more managers than any player in the Gameweek, the Brazilian, who sits in 36.7% of squads, had the night off along with Sadio Mane (£9.0m), Roberto Firmino (£8.5m) and Adam Lallana (£7.1m).

All four should be refreshed for Saturday evening's trip to Crystal Palace and look likely starters, as Liverpool face a defence who have yet to keep a clean sheet this season.

Georginio Wijnaldum, Liverpool and Eric Dier, Spurs
Georginio Wijnaldum, left, is in contention to face Crystal Palace after returning against Spurs last night

Georginio Wijnaldum (£7.6m) will be pushing for a starting berth at Selhurst Park. The midfielder returned to the first XI against Spurs and assisted Sturridge’s second.

Mauricio Pochettino made 10 changes to his Spurs line-up, with Kyle Walker (£6.1m), the most popular defender in FPL, among those preserved.

Walker and Danny Rose (£5.9m) look assured of starts for the Gameweek 10 meeting with Leicester City.

Vincent Janssen (£7.8m) netted Spurs’ consolation from the penalty spot but the preference for him to Son Heung-min (£7.7m) up front suggests the South Korean will get the opportunity to lead the attack at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

Vincent Janssen, Spurs
Vincent Janssen scored a consolation for Spurs but will likely make way for Son Heung-min when Leicester visit

Leicester have lost all four away Premier League matches, scoring three times and shipping 13 goals.

Over at Emirates Stadium, highly owned FPL players such as Alexis Sanchez (£11.3m), Theo Walcott (£8.1m), Hector Bellerin (£6.6m) and Laurent Koscielny (£6.4m) also had the night off.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (£5.8m) scored twice in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Reading and has produced three goals and an assist in his last two starts. He will rival Alex Iwobi (£5.8m) for a spot on the left away to Sunderland on Saturday lunchtime.

Olivier Giroud (£8.8m) returned from injury off the bench and assisted the second as Arsenal chalked up a seventh clean sheet in eight matches.

The Frenchman will eventually challenge Sanchez for his central striking role, although the Chilean looks assured of that position at the Stadium of Light.

Hull City's run of four straight defeats ended with a 2-1 win at Bristol City. Mike Phelan opted for a 3-5-2 formation, with two centre-halves, Harry Maguire (£4.4m) and the fit-again Michael Dawson (£4.4m), finding the net.

Ryan Mason (£4.9m) had set-piece duties in the absence of Robert Snodgrass (£5.7m) and assisted both goals.

The top-scoring Hull player in FPL with 38 points, Snodgrass is out for up to four weeks with the ankle injury sustained against Stoke City last weekend.

Hull travel to Watford on Saturday.

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