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Scout Selection: Fresh faces take centre stage

By The Scout 2 Dec 2016
Manchester City v Southampton, Virgil van Dijk, FPL Scout Selection

Virgil van Dijk is one of a cast of new entries on the Gameweek 14 teamsheet as The Scout mixes things up

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Following a 49-point return from Gameweek 13, only three points above the average, the Scout Selection is looking to an array of differential picks to deliver an improvement.

Only two of our chosen XI boasts an ownership of over 20%, as we revisit some former FPL favourites with fixtures and form in their favour.


Lee Grant (Stoke City) £4.1m 
A clean sheet at Watford last time out and his prospects look strong again for this weekend. Opponents Burnley have scored a single goal on the road this season, registering the fewest goal attempts of any side (31).

Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion) £4.8m
With three goals to his name, McAuley combines goal threat with clean-sheet potential at home to Watford. The Hornets arrive having scored five goals in their last six following a disappointing 1-0 reverse to Stoke City.

Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough) £4.7m
The Middlesbrough skipper is our go-to option for a Riverside Stadium meeting with Hull City. Aitor Karanka's defence has shown improvement of late, with only four goals conceded in as many matches.

Virgil van Dijk (Southampton) £5.5m
The Dutchman leads a Saints' back four at Crystal Palace that has conceded only a single goal in their last four matches in all competitions, including back-to-back Premier League clean sheets. The Eagles pose a threat but only eight of their 21 goals have arrived on home turf.

Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) £11.4m
With five goals on his travels this season, Sanchez looks set to spearhead the Arsenal attack at the London Stadium, against a West Ham United defence without a clean sheet in the last four Gameweeks, conceding seven goals.

Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) £8.1m
The Dane fired his first goal of the campaign last weekend, having topped the charts for goal attempts from midfield over the last six Gameweeks. Opponents Swansea City have allowed 14 goals over their previous six, with a single clean sheet in eight.

Sadio Mane (Liverpool) £9.2m
Philippe Coutinho's (£8.5m) injury has us turning to an alternative in the Liverpool midfield ahead of a trip to AFC Bournemouth. Mane has hit five of his six goals at Anfield but, as the Reds' leading scorer, he has our backing against a Cherries rearguard that conceded twice to Sunderland in their last home outing.

Dimitri Payet (West Ham United) £9.2m
With 46 chances created, the Frenchman is the Premier League's most creative player and will be pivotal to the Hammers' ambitions in the derby meeting with Arsenal. The Gunners have injury concerns at right-back and may struggle to contain Payet's influence.

Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) £7.6m
With three goals in his last four Gameweeks, Defoe will likely renew his partnership with Victor Anichebe (£4.6m). That pair will face a Leicester City defence that has shipped 16 away goals and are yet to keep a clean sheet on the road.

Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) £10.9m
Currently on his best Premier League scoring streak having notched in four of his last five outings, Kane will take on Swansea City fresh from signing a new contract at White Hart Lane. He was a shoo-in for the weekend and will be our Gameweek 14 captain.

Alvaro Negredo (Middlesbrough) £6.3m
We revisit the Spanish striker following his impressive brace at Leicester City last weekend. Monday night's visitors Hull City have not kept a clean sheet since Gameweek 2 and have allowed 14 goals in their last six matches.

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