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FPL experts' squad: Experts play their Wildcard

The Scout 24 Oct 2019
Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoim Chelsea

Mason Mount and Callum Hudson-Odoi join Tammy Abraham in a Chelsea triple-up among seven changes as Mohamed Salah makes way

The Fantasy Premier League experts have deployed their Wildcard ahead of Gameweek 10.

After the FPL Experts Panel Team failed to beat the average score for the sixth successive Gameweek, they have taken drastic action in a bid to revive their fortunes.

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Salah sacrificed

Mohamed Salah (£12.4m) is the biggest name to be moved on, with the Liverpool winger among seven players transferred out.

But the experts have kept faith with Manchester City's premium-priced pair, Raheem Sterling (£12.1m) and Kevin De Bruyne (£10.1m), for back-to-back home matches with Aston Villa and Southampton.

Indeed, Sterling will be the experts' chosen captain for the sixth time this season when Pep Guardiola's men host Villa on Saturday.

Blues attack backed

Chelsea's favourable schedule earns Mason Mount (£6.8m) and Callum Hudson-Odoi (£6.0m) a place in the experts' squad, joining their team-mate Tammy Abraham (£7.8m) in a triple-up.

Eleven of the Blues' next 14 matches score no more than three in the Fixture Difficulty Ratings, highlighting the value on offer from their attack.

Forward changes

Up front, Jamie Vardy (£9.1m) and Raul Jimenez (£7.1m) have been brought in as the experts move to a 3-4-3 formation.

Both forwards are in form. Jimenez has a goal and two assists in his last two matches, while Vardy has three goals in his last three appearances.

Crucially, they also have favourable schedules to deliver further returns.

Seven of Wolverhampton Wanderers' upcoming nine matches score no more than three in the FDR, while seven of Leicester City's next eight score only two.

Liverpool defensive switch

At the back, the recent return to action of Alisson (£5.8m) has persuaded the experts to keep faith in a Liverpool double-up.

They have brought in Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.2m) to partner Andrew Robertson (£6.9m), with Virgil van Dijk (£6.5m) making way. 

What the experts say

Holly Shand (@FFCommunity_): The Wildcard was long overdue. The team has been struggling for several weeks and it's time to bounce back. With Alisson returning, it's time to embrace Liverpool defenders once more.

Paul Gee (@FPLPaulGee): It was important to refresh the team as it was doing poorly. Hudson-Odoi was an important pick along with Jimenez for their kind run of fixtures.

Sam Bonfield (@FPLFamily): Picking your own Wildcard team is hard, trying to get agreement on a Wildcard team from a group of people is nearly impossible. I fear a Wildcard team without Salah and/or Sadio Mane (£11.8m) will cost us hugely in overall rank. However, the budget and requirements of the group meant we couldn't afford either.

Mark McGettigan (@FPLGeneral): This Wildcard was badly needed! Let's hope our shiny new squad can start to rise the rankings over the next few weeks. I like the Chelsea attacking triple-up, with Hudson-Odoi looking the real deal. Hopefully Vardy and Jimenez will do the business given the pair's promising fixtures.

Ben McNair (@drbenmcnair): There have been lingering problems in the team for a while now. Van Dijk needed to be upgraded to Alexander-Arnold, who plays such a key role in Liverpool's attack. Todd Cantwell (£4.9m) wasn't offering enough to be in the starting line-up on a weekly basis and Nicolas Otamendi (£5.6m) doesn't appear to be guaranteed starts for Man City following some errors.

Can you do better?

Managers who want to take on the panel should enter the private classic league "Beat the FPL Panel".

Join: FPL Panel mini-league (insert code: 3hdr4s).

Remember to select your Gameweek 10 team before Friday's deadline of 19:00 BST

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