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Scout Selection: Bank on in-form Sterling

The Scout 4 Oct 2019

Manchester City winger looks to be returning to top form after a rest and leads The Scout's best Gameweek 8 line-up

A visit from Wolverhampton Wanderers gives Raheem Sterling (£12.1m) the chance to get more goals in Gameweek 8 of Fantasy Premier League.

The Manchester City winger was an unused substitute in his previous home match, against Watford in Gameweek 6.

But that rest appears to have benefited Sterling, who has since scored in each of City's last three fixtures in all competitions.

Sterling was named on the bench for the UEFA Champions League victory over Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday evening and his second-half introduction proved decisive as he grabbed a goal and an assist.

He is handed the armband in the Scout Selection line-up, with Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) named as vice-captain.

Nick Pope (BUR) £4.6m

The Burnley goalkeeper faces Everton in resilient home form. Pope has claimed a clean sheet in two of his three matches at Turf Moor this term.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV) £7.2m

The right-back looks a strong all-round prospect at home to a Leicester City side who have scored only three away goals. Alexander-Arnold has one goal, three assists and two clean sheets in his seven appearances.

Nicolas Otamendi (MCI) £5.5m

Man City's centre-back has been a big success at both ends of the pitch in recent home matches. Otamendi has a goal, an assist and two clean sheets in his last two outings at the Etihad Stadium.

Aaron Cresswell (WHU) £4.9m

Back-to-back goals have earned him 61,000+ new owners for West Ham United's home meeting with Crystal Palace. Cresswell has produced 21 points in the last two Gameweeks.

John Lundstram (SHU) £4.5m

The top-value defender in FPL, he has returned 7.7 points per million ahead of his trip to Watford. Lundstram earned 12 points in his previous road trip, with an assist and clean sheet at Everton.

Mohamed Salah (LIV) £12.5m

All four of the Liverpool winger's goals in 2019/20 FPL have been scored at Anfield. Salah has averaged 12 points per home match and hosts a Leicester defence without a clean sheet on their travels.

Raheem Sterling (MCI) £12.1m

His 22 shots on goal are more than any other midfielder this season.

John McGinn (AVL) £5.8m

Aston Villa's midfielder has scored in back-to-back matches ahead of his trip to Norwich City. McGinn's 11 shots on target rank top among FPL midfielders in the first seven Gameweeks.

Teemu Pukki (NOR) £7.2m

The Norwich striker has scored five of his six goals and supplied both his assists at home. Pukki could tempt many managers with the armband, having delivered double-figure hauls in all three of his Carrow Road fixtures.

Tammy Abraham (CHE) £7.6m

A trip to Southampton allows the Chelsea striker to extend his fine away record. Abraham has five goals and 27 points in his last two road trips.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (ARS) £11.0m

A home encounter with AFC Bournemouth raises his appeal as a major captaincy contender. Aubameyang has produced a goal or an assist in each of the first seven Gameweeks.

What the experts say

Sam Bonfield (@FPL Family): Aubameyang is on fire at the moment. With returns in every Gameweek so far he looks fantastic ahead of this weekend, especially as he scored in both games against AFC Bournemouth last season. Pukki has returned double-digits in every game at home this season so I expect good points from him this weekend. I really like the Lundstram pick at the back, too.

Lee Bonfield (@FPL Family): Two of FPL's great-value heroes come head to head this week at Carrow Road. It's great to see both Pukki and McGinn in the Scout Selection in a game that promises tons of goals against two defences that have looked pretty suspect so far. Feeling brave? Put the captain armband on Pukki.

Mark McGettigan (@FPLGeneral): It's good to see six of my XI in there this week. Aubameyang is the player I fear most this weekend. I can see him doing a lot of damage against AFC Bournemouth. McGinn is looking great, I regret selling him a few weeks ago.

Ben McNair (@drbenmcnair): I'd like to see three Man City players in there up against a struggling Wolves team who played in Turkey on Thursday night. I think Leicester will give Liverpool a tough game, so I'd swap Salah and McGinn for Riyad Mahrez (£8.6m) and Son Heung-min (£9.7m).

Ben Crabtree (@FC_Crabdogg): I prefer Callum Wilson (£7.9m) against Arsenal's attempt at a defence rather than Abraham but the team looks to have the form players with good fixtures.

Holly Shand (@FFCommunity): The Scout Selection should bode well for my FPL team this week, sharing seven players. I just wish I owned Aubameyang after his rest midweek and his blistering form!

Ash (@FPLHints): Well balanced Scout Selection for GW8. In particular I think McGinn is capable of adding to his tally by causing havoc to the Norwich backline.

Neal Thurman (@nealjthurman): I'm all about the (relative) bargain route with City attackers these days.  Spending on Sterling looked good early but with both Silvas, De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez (£8.6m) producing at just as high a level, I'd rather have one of them and the extra money to upgrade elsewhere. Perhaps Sterling and flavour-of-the-week-bound-to-regress Cresswell to any two of David Silva (£7.6m), Bernardo Silva (£7.9m) or Mahrez would be better.

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