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Scout Selection: Jesus can be decisive in derby

The Scout 6 Dec 2019
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Man City forward scored twice in midweek and earns a place in GW16 line-up captained by Sadio Mane

A home derby encounter with Manchester United allows Gabriel Jesus (£9.6m) the chance to continue his consistent Fantasy Premier League form.

The Manchester City striker has started six Gameweeks this term, scoring or assisting on five of those occasions.

That includes a two-goal haul against Burnley in midweek that earned the Brazilian his season-high haul of 13 points.

Indeed, Jesus has averaged 6.5 points per start in 2019/20 FPL.

He takes his place in a Scout Selection that lines up in a 3-4-3 formation, with Sadio Mane (£12.3m) handed the armband and Jamie Vardy (£10.0m) given the vice-captaincy.

Ben Foster (WAT) £4.8m

The Watford No 1 has been a reliable source of returns in recent matches at Vicarage Road. Foster entertains Crystal Palace on the back of 24 points in his last four home fixtures.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV) £7.3m

Liverpool's right-back has been involved in more goals than any other defender this season. Alexander-Arnold visits AFC Bournemouth with one goal and seven assists to his name.

Serge Aurier (TOT) £4.9m

A home fixture with Burnley hands the Tottenham Hotspur defender a chance to continue his impressive attacking form. Aurier has one goal and three assists in four matches across all competitions since Jose Mourinho arrived as head coach.

Jetro Willems (NEW) £4.6m

The Newcastle United wing-back has been a big success in home matches ahead of a visit from Southampton. Willems has 31 points in his six appearances at St James' Park.

Sadio Mane (LIV) £12.3m

FPL's top-scoring midfielder visits AFC Bournemouth in prolific form. Mane has four goals and three assists in his last five outings and equalled his season-high haul of 15 points against Everton in midweek. 

Dele Alli (TOT) £8.6m

The most-bought player for Gameweek 16, Alli has earned 181,000+ new owners. He has served up 29 points in his three Gameweek appearances under Mourinho. 

Jack Grealish (AVL) £6.0m

At home, the Aston Villa playmaker's 23 key passes ranks third among all players in FPL. Grealish has 19 points in his last two at Villa Park ahead of a visit from Leicester City.

Christian Pulisic (CHE) £7.5m

The Chelsea winger has the goal threat to condemn Everton to a fourth straight defeat this weekend. Pulisic's 16 shots and 13 shots in the box are both more than any other FPL midfielder in the last four Gameweeks.

Jamie Vardy (LEI) £10.0m

The Leicester forward plays Villa on the back of nine goals and three assists in the last seven Gameweeks. His hosts have conceded at least twice in five of the last six Gameweeks.

Gabriel Jesus (MCI) £9.6m

Owned by only 3.3 per cent, he faces a Man Utd defence who have conceded in 10 successive Gameweeks.

Raul Jimenez (WOL) £7.7m

Wolverhampton Wanderers' striker boasts a major goal threat for his trip to Brighton & Hove Albion. Away from home, Jimenez's 25 shots and 13 shots on target both rank among the top two players in FPL.

What the experts say

Holly Shand (@FFCommunity_): I have the same forward line so I'm even more hopeful of returns now. I'd love to have Pulisic and Alli in midfield but I can only bring one of them in this week.

Ash (@FPLHints): I think Grealish is an underrated pick but whether he can continue momentum against an in-form Leicester team remains to be seen. As for Mane as captain, it's hard to argue against it after his 15 point-haul against Everton.

Paul Gee (@FPLPaulGee): The Everton fixture against Chelsea is tough for the hosts and that's why I back Pulisic in my own team. Alli is another great pick, this could possibly be my transfer this week. I think I would have left Grealish out and doubled up on Chelsea with Mason Mount (£6.6m) after his recent goal.

Sam Bonfield (@FPLFamily): Although Jimenez blanked in Gameweek 15, prior to that he had four consecutive attacking returns so he looks a great option ahead of a trip to Brighton. However, in that cheaper attacking position I'm surprised not to see Danny Ings (6.2m) and indeed to see Willems in the picks against him. Aurier and Alli look a great combination for Spurs against Burnley.

Lee Bonfield (@FPLFamily): Everton desperately need a result at home to Chelsea but I don't see it. Frank Lampard's men have been great on the road so far this season, especially Tammy Abraham (£7.9m), who I'm surprised is not included in this week's Scout Selection. Pulisic is in there, though, and has a chance to put his three back-to-back blanks behind him; the American hasn't returned since his goal against Palace in Gameweek 12.

Neal Thurman (@nealjthurman): I want Abraham in my side for a match against struggling Everton and I like that match-up better than Jesus against Man Utd.

Ben McNair (@drbenmcnair): The picks are a bit more difficult this week as most of the stronger teams are playing away from home. Mane's form is superb but I'm concerned he may be rested this weekend ahead of a crunch UEFA Champions League trip to Salzburg. Son Heung-min (£9.8m) or Kevin De Bruyne (£10.3m) would be safer picks.

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