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GW26 Ones to watch: Virgil van Dijk

The Scout 5 Feb 2020
Virgil van Dijk v Norwich

The Scout says now could be the time to double up on Liverpool defenders and that Dutchman will again be a threat in Norwich's box

The Scout is tipping five players to produce big points in Gameweek 26 of Fantasy Premier League.

Virgil van Dijk (LIV) £6.5m

A favourable run of opponents raises the appeal of doubling up on the Liverpool defence.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have kept nine clean sheets in their last 10 Premier League matches and now face four of the bottom five sides in successive Gameweeks.

Liverpool’s next four Gameweeks
26 NOR (A) 2
27 WHU (H) 2
28 WAT (A) 2
29 BOU (H) 2

Van Dijk made an impact in the reverse fixture against his Gameweek 26 opponents Norwich City.

He scored to record eight points in a 4-1 win at Anfield, and he could now repeat the feat.

The Dutchman has netted from four such situations this term, more than any other defender in FPL.

His 14 shots inside the box are more than any other Liverpool defender, while his 11 headed attempts are joint-top with Roberto Firmino (£9.7m) for the Reds.

Norwich, meanwhile, have struggled against opponents with a strong aerial threat.

Their total of 101 shots conceded from set-pieces is the fourth-worst in the league, while only two sides have conceded more than their 67 headed efforts.

Van Dijk's goal v Norwich 

Many managers will have a spare slot in their three-player quota of Liverpool stars after the recent injury to Sadio Mane (£12.2m).

Over 1.2million sold the Senegalese for Gameweek 25, while a further 219,000 have since moved him on.

Liverpool’s schedule suggests that pairing Van Dijk with Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.6m) could prove a very successful tactic.

Also in this series

Part 1: GW26 Ones to watch: Lucas Digne
Part 2: GW26 Ones to watch: Leandro Trossard
Part 3: GW26 Ones to watch: John Fleck
Part 5: GW26 Ones to watch: Lucas Moura

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