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FPL Wildcard: How to fit in Liverpool stars

The Scout 4 Jan 2020
FPL Show Ep 21: Team talk - Liverpool

The Scout shows how Fantasy managers can include the Reds' top assets in a squad costing under £100m ahead of Double GW24

Over 265,000 managers in Fantasy Premier League have already played their second Wildcard of the season after the chip became available from 11:30 GMT on 28 December.

Any manager contemplating their Wildcard must consider the first Double Gameweek of the campaign when assembling a new squad.

Both Liverpool and West Ham United play twice in Gameweek 24, with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah (both £12.3m) likely to be hugely popular captaincy options.

Liverpool’s subsequent schedule is also enticing, their five matches over Gameweeks 25-29 scoring just two, according to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR).

Spending wisely

That gives Mane and Salah, along with Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m), Andrew Robertson (£7.0m), Virgil van Dijk (£6.4m) and Roberto Firmino (£9.2m) the chance to bring in big points returns.

Fitting three of those players into a squad is easier said than done, given their price tags. But it is possible to achieve the triple-up within a balanced line-up by making the most of the value on offer at other clubs.

The Scout shows how to pick a 15-man squad including Alexander-Arnold, Mane and Salah for a total spend of £99.8m. 

Goalkeepers
Lukasz Fabianski (WHU) £4.9m

West Ham United’s No 1 has 14 points in his two appearances since returning from injury. Fabianski has averaged 5.1 points per match this season, more than any regular goalkeeper, and could be the Hammers’ standout option for Double Gameweek 24.

David Martin (WHU) £4.1m

West Ham’s back-up goalkeeper can prove a handy deputy for Fabianski should he need to provide cover off the bench.

Defenders
Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV) £7.5m

Two goals, 10 assists and six clean sheets this season highlight the right-back's huge potential for points at both ends of the pitch. Barring injury, Alexander-Arnold looks well placed to finish as FPL’s top-scoring defender.

John Lundstram (SHU) £5.1m

The top-value player in FPL, he has returned 19.2 points per million thanks to his role in midfield for Sheffield United. Lundstram has an appealing run of opponents, with six of his next eight matches scoring just two in the FDR.

Caglar Soyuncu (LEI) £5.1m

Owned by 19.4 per cent of managers, the Turk is the most popular player in a Leicester City defence that has a league-leading eight clean sheets.

Lewis Dunk (BHA) £4.7m

The Brighton & Hove Albion centre-back offers the prospect of both attacking and defensive points, as well as bonus points. Dunk's next eight matches score no more than three in the FDR.

Mason Holgate (EVE) £4.4m

With an ownership of only 0.7 per cent, the Everton defender is a cut-price differential under new manager Carlo Ancelotti. Holgate’s next four matches score just two in the FDR.

Midfielders
Mohamed Salah (LIV) £12.3m

The Egyptian has stepped up his output recently, with three of his five double-figure hauls coming in his last five matches. Over his last four outings, Salah’s 18 shots and 15 shots in the box are both league-leading totals.

Sadio Mane (LIV) £12.3m

The winger has been Liverpool's most consistent attacker, providing a goal or an assist in nine of his last 10 appearances. Mane’s average of 7.4 points per match is more than any other midfielder in FPL.

Jack Grealish (AVL) £6.4m

Six goals and six assists have made the Aston Villa playmaker the seventh highest-scoring FPL midfielder and he will face two of the bottom three sides in the next four Gameweeks.

Adama Traore (WOL) £5.6m

The Wolverhampton Wanderers winger has produced double-figure hauls against Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City in his last four starts. Traore faces Newcastle United and Southampton in his next two Gameweeks.

Todd Cantwell (NOR) £4.9m

Six goals and two assists for Norwich City make him the ideal fifth midfielder in FPL. Owners should consider starting Cantwell in his matches at Carrow Road, rather than putting him on the bench. Only Salah and Mane have scored more home goals from midfield this season.

Forwards
Jamie Vardy (LEI) £10.1m

FPL’s top-scoring player is expected to recover from a calf problem for a Gameweek 22 home encounter with Southampton. Vardy recorded his season-high haul of 20 points in a 9-0 win over Saints in Gameweek 10. 

Danny Ings (SOU) £6.7m

The Southampton forward is enjoying his most prolific FPL campaign, with 13 goals and an assist. His low cost of £6.7m and fixture-proof record makes Ings a must-have for managers on a Wildcard.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (EVE) £5.9m

The Toffees striker has provided three goals and 20 points in three matches under Ancelotti. An ownership of 4.7 per cent could appeal to those in search of a differential for their frontlines. 

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