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Scout Selection: Home form key for King

The Scout 9 Aug 2019

The Scout on why AFC Bournemouth striker can provide value against visitors Sheffield United

The popularity of Joshua King (£6.5m) has soared in Fantasy Premier League ahead of Friday’s 19:00 BST deadline.

He now sits in 21.1 per cent of squads, making him AFC Bournemouth’s most-selected attacker for their season opener against promoted Sheffield United.

King’s output at home last season is no doubt a factor.

Home strength

At home, his total of nine goals was more than any team-mate.

By comparison, Callum Wilson (£8.0m) and Ryan Fraser (£7.5m) managed five goals apiece at Vitality Stadium.

King takes his place in a 3-4-3 formation, with Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) handed the armband and Raheem Sterling (£12.0m) given the vice-captaincy.

Nick Pope (BUR) £4.5m

Having missed last term through injury, Pope looks set to start the season as Burnley’s No 1 again. A home encounter with Southampton can re-establish him as a key pick among the £4.5m goalkeepers.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV) £7.0m

The Liverpool right-back offers an alternative captain pick against Norwich City at Anfield. He produced nine assists and 10 clean sheets in his 14 home outings in 2018/19.

Kyle Walker-Peters (TOT) £5.0m

A visit from Aston Villa gives the 22-year-old full-back the chance to start the season successfully. Walker-Peters produced three assists in four home appearances last season.

Oleksandr Zinchenko (MCI) £5.5m

Reclassified as a defender this season, the Ukrainian has big all-round potential for a trip to West Ham United. Zinchenko produced three assists and nine clean sheets in 14 appearances for Manchester City last term.

Mohamed Salah (LIV) £12.5m

Owned by 42.0 per cent of managers, he will be heavily backed for the Gameweek 1 captaincy at home against Norwich. Salah has 32 goals and 15 assists in 38 appearances at Anfield since arriving on Merseyside.

Raheem Sterling (MCI) £12.0m

The Man City winger was a huge success in the corresponding fixture last season. Sterling claimed 16 FPL points away to the Hammers, thanks to a goal and two assists.

Ayoze Perez (LEI) £6.5m

The Spaniard has impressed at new club Leicester City, scoring twice over the summer friendlies. Perez hosts a Wolverhampton Wanderers side who managed just two clean sheets away from home in 2018/19.

Dwight McNeil (BUR) £6.0m

Owned by just 0.4 per cent of managers, the Burnley winger could be a handy differential against Southampton at Turf Moor. McNeil averaged 4.5 points per start at home last season.

Harry Kane (TOT) £11.0m

Goals against Juventus and Real Madrid in pre-season suggest Kane is in top form for the visit of Aston Villa. As the most-owned forward in FPL, he will be among the key captain picks for Gameweek 1.

Joshua King (BOU) £6.5m

The Norwegian's strong home form was in evidence last weekend as he scored in a 3-0 win over Ligue 1 side Lyon at Vitality Stadium.

Diogo Jota (WOL) £6.5m

The Wolves striker supplied a trio of assists in a UEFA Europa League win over FC Pyunik on Thursday. He also scored a hat-trick in his previous meeting with his weekend hosts, Leicester.

What the experts say

Holly Shand (@FFCommunity_): The premium attacking players included here are the ones in my team! Walker-Peters could be a great differential against Aston Villa and I'd be tempted by Lucas Moura (£7.5m), too. Spurs should win that game easily.

Tom (@WGTA_FPL): My eye is drawn to McNeil, who could be set for a breakthrough year. Solid overall.

Ash (@FPLHints): From an attacking perspective, Salah and Sterling are must-haves. As for Walker-Peters, it's essential he hits the ground running to cement his place as a regular FPL starter for the long-term.

Lee Bonfield (@FPLFamily): It's a solid-looking team. You can't argue with the premium picks, who should all justify their price tags in GW1. The inclusions of King, Jota and Perez show just how much value there is at £6.5m. I’m backing King, in particular, to do well at home against new boys Sheffield United, along with Wilson, Fraser and Dominic Solanke (£5.5m).

Ben Crabtree (@FC_CrabDogg): The defenders all have potential issues for starts but I think they'll begin the season well. I'd like to see Richarlison (£8.0m) and Wilson in there.

Mark McGettigan (@FPLGeneral): I'm surprised to see McNeil included. I haven't seen him in a single draft this week! It's good to see my goalkeeper in there though, and overall I would expect that XI to score very well in Gameweek 1.

Neal Thurman (@nealjthurman): I'm a Ralph Hasenhuttl believer so Pope wouldn't be my choice. I'd rather downgrade elsewhere and go with Ben Foster or Bernd Leno for £5.0m instead.

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