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Scout Selection: Abraham home run to roll on

The Scout 13 Dec 2019

Chelsea forward backed to score in fourth consecutive Stamford Bridge match in a GW17 line-up captained by Jamie Vardy

A visit from AFC Bournemouth raises the appeal of Tammy Abraham (£7.9m) in Gameweek 17 of Fantasy Premier League.

The 22-year-old is the second most-bought forward ahead of Saturday's 11:30 GMT deadline, earning more than 148,000 new owners.

Abraham has scored in his last three home appearances for Chelsea in all competitions.

And he can extend that streak against a Cherries side who visit Stamford Bridge after five straight defeats and with injuries at the back.

Abraham takes his place in a Scout Selection that lines up in a 3-4-3 formation, with Jamie Vardy (£10.1m) handed the armband and Mohamed Salah (£12.2m) given the vice-captaincy.

Nick Pope (BUR) £4.7m

A visit from Newcastle United can help extend his reliable record for Burnley. At home, Pope's total of four clean sheets is joint-top among goalkeepers.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV) £7.3m

Liverpool's right-back faces Watford on the back of three assists in his last two Anfield appearances. At home, Alexander-Arnold's 33 chances created ranks second among all players in FPL.

John Lundstram (SHU) £5.1m

The Sheffield United ever-present offers major all-round potential at home to Aston Villa. Lundstram has two goals, one assist and two clean sheets in his last four at Bramall Lane.

Martin Kelly (CRY) £4.3m

The Crystal Palace defender has been a cut-price success in recent matches. Kelly has three successive clean sheets, totalling 20 FPL points, ahead of a home encounter with Brighton & Hove Albion.

Mohamed Salah (LIV) £12.2m

Last weekend's 13-point haul against AFC Bournemouth was his first double-figure return since Gameweek 3. An outstanding goal in the UEFA Champions League suggests Salah has rediscovered his top form for the visit of Watford.

Son Heung-min (TOT) £10.0m

The most-bought midfielder in the Gameweek, Son has earned 267,000 new owners for his trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers. He has produced 37 points in his four matches under Tottenham Hotspur head coach Jose Mourinho.

Anthony Martial (MUN) £7.6m

Playing up front for Manchester United, the Frenchman has two sets of double-figure hauls in his last four Gameweek appearances. Martial has scored in all three of his previous home matches against weekend visitors Everton

Christian Pulisic (CHE) £7.4m

A home encounter with AFC Bournemouth can help the Chelsea winger get back on the scoresheet. Pulisic has failed to score in the last four Gameweeks, yet his 10 shots in the box are joint-top among FPL midfielders in that period.

Jamie Vardy (LEI) £10.1m

Leicester City's frontman has scored in eight successive Gameweeks ahead of a visit from Norwich City. Owned by 50.8 per cent, Vardy's total of six double-digit hauls is more than any other player this season.

Tammy Abraham (CHE) £7.9m

Abraham's 12 big chances at home rank joint-top among all players in FPL this season. He will come up against a Cherries defence without both first-choice centre-backs in Nathan Ake (£5.0m) and Steve Cook (£5.0m).

Danny Ings (SOU) £6.4m

The Southampton forward has scored in five successive Gameweeks ahead of a home meeting with West Ham United. The Hammers have lost five of their last six, conceding at least two goals in each of those defeats.

What the experts say

Neal Thurman (@nealjthurman): Unless I missed an injury update, having Salah over Sadio Mane (£12.3m) at this point feels like huge recency bias. For the same price, Mane has been the more reliable player when it comes to starts and the more productive when it comes to Fantasy points.

Lee Bonfield (@FPLFamily): Great to see Salah, the Egyptian King, make a triumphant return to the Scout Selection. With Jurgen Klopp saying he's "back to 100 per cent", Salah comes back just in time to attack the busy Christmas schedule. In this fixture last year, Salah played a blinder and got no attacking returns. He will be looking to right that wrong on Saturday.

Paul Gee (@FPLPaulGee): Love the Salah pick. I can sense the double-digit hauls right now. Surprised Marcus Rashford (£8.9m) isn't included.

Ben McNair (@drbenmcnair): A lot of people are scrambling for Spurs and Man Utd players but I don't think the fixtures suit them this week. Wolves are a tough opponent, while Everton may frustrate Rashford and Co the way they did Chelsea last Gameweek. I'd replace Son and Martial with Kevin De Bruyne (£10.2m) and Andrew Robertson (£7.0m).

Holly Shand (@FFCommunity_): I've high hopes for clean sheets since I own all of this defence. I'm actually playing a Leicester defender and benching Kelly, though, since they are more likely to keep a clean sheet.

Ben Crabtree (@FC_CrabDogg): If the budget could stretch I like Vicente Guaita (£5.1m) in goal. Some plum home fixtures should see big scores but maybe a second Leicester player would be advisable.

Ash (@FPLHints): Nice to see trust placed in Lundstram. He was unlucky not to register an attacking return last week and is due a big haul. As for that in-form front three, it's on-point and they're capable of doing well collectively in Gameweek 17.

Sam Bonfield (@FPLFamily): That front three is the same as mine, they look nailed-on for returns this weekend with the perfect combination of form and fixtures. After four blanks in a row, Pulisic is on his last chance with a lot of managers but I think he'll do well this weekend so it's good to see him in the selection.

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