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GW2 Ones to watch: John McGinn

The Scout 14 Aug 2019
John McGinn

The Scout says Aston Villa's fixtures can make midfielder a key cut-price target

The Scout is tipping five players to produce big points in Gameweek 2 of Fantasy Premier League

John McGinn (AVL) £5.5m

The Aston Villa midfielder has already shown he could be a standout value pick in 2019/20.

McGinn scored the opener in a 3-1 loss at Tottenham Hotspur in Gameweek 1.

And his goal has caught the eye of FPL managers.

He is the fifth most-bought midfielder in the Gameweek, transferred in by over 98,000 new owners.

Aston Villa's upcoming run of matches suggests investment in their key players could pay off significantly.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), seven of their next eight opponents score just two.

And three of their next four matches are at home.

Dean Smith's men entertain AFC Bournemouth, Everton and West Ham United during that period.

That could benefit McGinn, who was more reliable for attacking returns at Villa Park than away from home last season.

Seven of his nine assists in the Championship in 2018/19 came in home matches.

Consistent threat 

The underlying numbers further strengthen the case for McGinn.

His total of 40 shots inside the penalty area last season was more than any Villa midfielder, far ahead of the 26 of Jack Grealish (£6.0m).

A visit from AFC Bournemouth's defence this weekend looks promising for Villa.

The Cherries had the joint-worst defensive record on the road last term, conceding 45 away goals.

McGinn can take advantage of those frailties with his eye for goal, marking him out as a standout pick in the cut-price midfield bracket.

Also in this series

Part 1: GW2 Ones to watch: Anthony Martial
Part 2: GW2 Ones to watch: Teemu Pukki
Part 4: GW2 Ones to Watch: Wilfried Zaha
Part 5: GW2 Ones to watch: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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