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FPL experts' squad: Save your free transfer

The Scout 16 Aug 2019
Joshua King, AFC Bournemouth

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Following an impressive 85 points in Gameweek 1, the FPL Experts Panel team will stay unchanged XI for Gameweek 2.

The decision among our experts ahead of Saturday's 11:30 BST deadline was to save the free transfer, meaning the team will have two free transfers in Gameweek 3.

FPL Experts Panel Gameweek 2

Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) and Raheem Sterling (£12.1m) were the standout performers in Gameweek 1, combining for 44 points for the experts.

Salah will retain the armband this weekend, despite playing 120 minutes in the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday.

He travels to Southampton, having scored in all four of their previous meetings.

Sterling, meanwhile, remains the vice-captain as Manchester City host Tottenham Hotspur.

A triple-up on AFC Bournemouth’s attack is likely to be given another go.

Callum Wilson (£8.0m) only managed an assist in Gameweek 1 but with a trip to Aston Villa this weekend, he, Ryan Fraser (£7.5m) and Joshua King (£6.5m), get another chance to impress.

What the experts say

Ben McNair (@drbenmcnair): Banking a free transfer will give us so much flexibility. One Gameweek is very little information to go on. If we wait a week we will double our sample size. Our AFC Bournemouth triple-up isn’t ideal, but I prefer to hold, since they play Aston Villa this week and no free transfer is lost by waiting.

Mark McGettigan (@FPLGeneral): Two frees next time with another week of information and data is my suggestion. Stay patient.

Sam Bonfield (@FPLFamily): We learn a lot from Gameweek 1 in terms of how teams will set up, who is playing and who showed form. For me, it’s the perfect opportunity to roll a transfer and be able to have a "mini-Wildcard" before Gameweek 3 (two free transfers and one four-point hit) when we have double the information available to us.

Lee Bonfield (@FPLFamily): Having spent two months deliberating over our FPL teams for Gameweek 1, it would be remiss of the panel to dump a player on the back of one bad performance. 

Chuck Booth (@ChuckBoothSport): Banking the transfer seems to be the right move. Triple Bournemouth is still fine for this week and worst case one Cherry can be moved out against Man City along with someone else.

Paul Gee (FPLPaulGee): We can watch and maybe play a mini-Wildcard of three transfers the week after. The season has only just begun so there is a lot still to see.

Neal Thurman (@nealjthurman): Nick Pope (£4.5m) came up big last weekend at a bargain price and, while I don't love his upcoming schedule, banking some free transfers ahead of any late departures shaking up starting line-ups takes precedence.

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