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Scout Selection: Abraham backed for more returns

The Scout 17 Jan 2020

Chelsea forward has produced a goal or assist in his last three matches and earns place in Gameweek 23 line-up captained by Kevin De Bruyne

A visit to Newcastle United hands Tammy Abraham (£7.8m) the chance to extend his run of form in Fantasy Premier League.

The Chelsea forward has scored against Arsenal and Burnley while also supplying an assist against Brighton & Hove Albion in the last three Gameweeks.

Newcastle, meanwhile, have struggled in defence in recent matches.

No side have conceded more goals than their total of 10 in the last four Gameweeks.

Abraham takes his place in a Scout Selection that lines up in a 3-4-3 formation, with Kevin De Bruyne (£10.7m) given the captaincy and Mohamed Salah (£12.3m) the vice-captaincy.

Bernd Leno (ARS) £5.0m

Arsenal's No 1 is looking for a second successive clean sheet at home as he faces Sheffield United. Leno recorded nine FPL points in his last match at Emirates Stadium, a 2-0 win over Manchester United.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV) £7.5m

Liverpool's right-back has been a big success at both ends of the pitch in recent matches. Alexander-Arnold's side hosts Man Utd after producing one goal, three assists and four clean sheets in the last four Gameweeks. 

Benjamin Mendy (MCI) £5.5m

Man City's left-back can be a major source of creativity at home against Crystal Palace. Mendy has recorded 11 key passes in the last six Gameweeks, more than any other defender in FPL.

Lewis Dunk (BHA) £4.8m

The Brighton centre-back offers strong all-round potential at home against Aston Villa. Dunk has two goals, three assists and five clean sheets in his 20 Gameweek appearances. 

Mohamed Salah (LIV) £12.3m

Liverpool’s Egyptian has been prolific when playing at Anfield this season. Salah has averaged 8.3 points per home match and faces a Man Utd defence with just one away clean sheet in 2019/20.

Kevin De Bruyne (MCI) £10.7m

The Belgian's two assists against Villa last weekend took him to the top of the FPL player standings with 150 points in total. Four of De Bruyne’s six double-digit hauls have come at home this season.

Riyad Mahrez (MCI) £8.5m

The Algerian's 17-point return at Villa last weekend has made him a top target for managers ahead of Saturday’s 11:30 GMT deadline. He is the most-bought midfielder in the Gameweek, with over 185,000 new owners. 

Todd Cantwell (NOR) £4.9m

Norwich City's attacking midfielder has produced 10-point returns in his last two home starts. The Canaries host an AFC Bournemouth side who have lost seven and drawn one of their last nine matches.

Jamie Vardy (LEI) £10.1m

Leicester City's frontman has been the most-selected captain for the last 10 Gameweeks. Vardy makes his way to Burnley having scored nine away goals this term, joint-top among all players in FPL.

Tammy Abraham (CHE) £7.8m

Eight of the Chelsea striker's 13 goals and three of his four assists this season have come in away matches.

Danny Ings (SOU) £6.8m

Ten goals in his last 10 starts have made the Southampton forward a hot target ahead of his home match against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Ings is the most-bought player in the Gameweek, earning over 370,000 new owners.

What the experts say

Holly Shand (@FFCommunity_): I'm pleased to see the inclusion of Cantwell. I'm playing him this week and he's got an excellent home record this season. There are clear issues with the AFC Bournemouth defence.

Sam Bonfield (@FPLFamily): I fully expected to see Vardy wearing the armband this week. De Bruyne’s fixture is great but Vardy at Burnley looks set for another party. It's no surprise to see Dunk in the selection. He's having his most successful season for attacking returns and Brighton's last three clean sheets have come at home, where they play this weekend.

Mark McGettigan (@FPLGeneral): It's good to see five of my players included. I fancy Abraham to do well against Newcastle and Cantwell to get on the scoresheet against the Cherries.

Ben McNair (@drbenmcnair): My only bone to pick is the selection of Mendy. Yes, he has a great fixture, but he has not been playing well this season and Pep Guardiola has spoken well of Angelino (£4.7m) in recent weeks so I'm not sure he'll start. I'd go for Andrew Robertson (£7.0m) against a Man Utd side potentially without Marcus Rashford (£9.2m). To fund that, I'd look at selecting Emiliano Buendia (£6.0m) rather than Mahrez. Only De Bruyne can match Buendia's chance-creation stats over recent weeks and he plays a severely out-of-sorts AFC Bournemouth team this week.

Ben Crabtree (@FC_CrabDogg): Mendy is an interesting pick. I might be buying Dunk this week so it's good to see him along with Cantwell, who I'll likely play if Rashford is confirmed out.

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