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Scout Selection: Sterling gets the armband

The Scout 23 Aug 2019

Man City winger tipped to extend excellent record against AFC Bournemouth as the captain of The Scout's best Gameweek 3 line-up

A fantastic record against his weekend opponents earns Raheem Sterling (£12.2m) a leading role in the Gameweek 3 Scout Selection.

Sterling travels to AFC Bournemouth having produced eight goals and two assists in seven previous Premier League appearances against them for Manchester City.

The winger is the top-scoring player in 2019/20 FPL, firing four goals to claim 26 points, and takes the captain's armband with Harry Kane (£11.0m) picked as the vice.

David De Gea (MUN) £5.6m

The Manchester United goalkeeper could be set for a second clean sheet of the campaign. De Gea hosts a Crystal Palace side who have yet to score this season.

Kyle Walker-Peters (TOT) £5.0m

The Tottenham Hotspur right-back produced three assists in four home outings last season. A visit from Newcastle United also raises his prospects of a clean sheet on Sunday afternoon.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV) £7.0m

A major all-round source of points, he produced nine assists and 10 clean sheets in 15 home appearances last season. Alexander-Arnold can bring in big returns against Arsenal at Anfield.

John Lundstram (SHU) £4.1m

A role in midfield for Sheffield United has caught the eye of FPL managers ahead of a home meeting with Leicester City. Lundstram is the most-bought defender in the game thanks to his goal, clean sheet and 14 points against Palace.

Sadio Mane (LIV) £11.5m

Liverpool's in-form attacker ahead of their home meeting with Arsenal. Mane has three goals and an assist in his last two matches in all competitions.

Mason Mount (CHE) £6.1m

Over 246,000 managers have bought the Chelsea starlet after his 10-point haul in Gameweek 2. Mount has fired five shots on target, second only to the seven of Sterling among FPL midfielders.

Anthony Martial (MUN) £7.7m

The Frenchman has profited from a role up front, scoring in both the opening Gameweeks. Martial has earned more than 412,000 new owners for his home encounter with Crystal Palace.

Raheem Sterling (MCI) £12.2m

Owned by 43.1 per cent of managers, Sterling is the most popular midfielder or forward in FPL for his trip to Vitality Stadium. 

Leandro Trossard (BHA) £6.0m

Brighton & Hove Albion's winger was on the scoresheet on his home debut last weekend. Trossard hosts a Southampton side who have suffered consecutive defeats, conceding five goals.

Harry Kane (TOT) £11.0m

The Spurs striker scored twice and returned 13 FPL points in his last home appearance. A visit from Newcastle means Kane could be the most-selected captain for the first time this season.

Teemu Pukki (NOR) £6.8m

Norwich City's forward has earned over 879,000 transfers in after his hat-trick against Newcastle last weekend. Pukki can extend that run at home to a Chelsea side who have conceded five goals in the opening two Gameweeks.

What the experts say

Holly Shand (@FFCommunity_): I’m not convinced Lundstram's a starter for that tricky Leicester fixture. I’m also tipping Salah to outperform Mane this weekend. The Egyptian is the main man for Liverpool in more challenging fixtures.

Ash (@FPLHints): If last weekend is anything to go by, Mount and Trossard could serve as cracking differentials for this week and beyond. They are definitely the best midfielders in the £6.0m bracket.

Paul Gee (FPLPaulGee): A good team but very risky going Mane instead of Salah due to the latter's high ownership.

Sam Bonfield (@FPLFamily): A Liverpool defender in a fixture with only one clean sheet in the last eight is interesting. I’d have fancied Laporte over Alexander-Arnold this week. 

Lee Bonfield (@FPLFamily): Lundstram looks like this year’s Wan-Bissaka and Trossard had a great Gameweek 2. We need to watch out for rotation but, Brighton having paid big money for him in the summer, the Belgian man will get regular minutes.

Ben Crabtree (@FC_CrabDogg): This team is maybe lacking an inspired choice to deliver their first returns, like Richarlison (£8.0m) or Christian Eriksen (£8.9m).

Mark McGettigan (@FPLGeneral): I'm surprised with Alexander-Arnold given the fixture and Liverpool not yet registering a clean sheet. I do not see Lundstram getting much v Leicester. 

Neal Thurman (@nealjthurman): I was all in on Liverpool premium defenders but they have looked off the pace and I'm set to pay that price with Arsenal visiting. I would look at Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.6m).

Ben McNair (@drbenmcnair): A lot of faith is being placed in Gameweek 2 evidence with Lundstram, Mount and Trossard, but they do look the best picks at their price points. I am surprised to see neither Lucas Digne (£6.0m) or Kevin De Bruyne (£9.6m).

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