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FPL expert’s squad: Get Vardy from the start

The Scout 26 Aug 2020
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Nick from Who Got the Assist? says Leicester’s opening fixtures make their striker too good to ignore

The Scout's panel of experts reveal who they currently plan to pick in their Gameweek 1 squad for 2020/21 Fantasy Premier League, and explain their decisions.

Nick (@WGTA_FPL)
Alex McCarthy (SOU) £4.5m

Southampton have some great opening fixtures, and that factor nudges him ahead of Mat Ryan (£4.5m) among the cheap goalkeepers. I always target a cut-price No 1 as it allows more money to be spent on key positions in the team.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV) £7.5m

A must-own in my eyes. He can score goals, keep clean sheets and also gets plenty of assists. First name on the teamsheet.

Matt Doherty (WOL) £6.0m

Another defender who has an amazing attacking threat and provides fantastic value in FPL.

Ruben Vinagre (WOL) £4.5m

I've doubled up on Wolverhampton Wanderers defensively as they were extremely impressive at the back last season, especially after Willy Boly (£5.5m) came back from injury. The long-term injury for Jonny (£5.5m) means Vinagre looks a bargain pick.

William Saliba (ARS) £4.5m

There are other good options at this price but currently I'm taking the gamble on Saliba, thanks to Arsenal's very nice opening couple of matches. If he doesn't look like a sure starter, he'll be replaced.

Mohamed Salah (LIV) £12.0m

Salah is such a dangerous player and I don't want to risk going without this FPL legend. Last term he was unlucky not to have a third consecutive season as FPL's top-scoring player.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (ARS) £12.0m

My captain for Gameweek 1, Arsenal couldn't have wished for a better opening fixture at Fulham. His reclassification from a forward to a midfielder only enhances Aubameyang’s appeal in 2020/21 FPL.

Mason Mount (CHE) £7.0m

A little bit of a differential pick but Mount impressed greatly in his maiden season in FPL. He started last term strongly and could do so again with Chelsea's decent opening fixtures.

Tomas Soucek (WHU) £5.0m

Soucek looks like an excellent enabler in midfield. He scored three goals after the restart and looked deadly in the air on set-pieces.

Jamie Vardy (LEI) £10.0m

Last season's Golden Boot-winner was the player I always wished I owned but never seemed to. I'm not making that mistake again, particularly as Leicester City have some excellent opening fixtures.

Timo Werner (CHE) £9.5m

New to the Premier League, he represents a little bit of a risk, but his pedigree in the Bundesliga speaks for itself. Werner scored 28 goals in 2019/20, more than any Premier League player.

Substitutes
Orjan Nyland (AVL) £4.0m

It’s unknown at present who will start in goal for Aston Villa but, at £4.0m, Nyland still acts as an excellent placeholder and his fixtures work well alongside Southampton’s.

Nathan Ferguson (CRY) £4.0m

While the Crystal Palace full-back currently has a knee problem, it's rumoured he will be in the starting XI this season. A great bargain option to sit on the bench, even if he misses the start of the season.

Anthony Gordon (EVE) £4.5m

My pick of the £4.5m midfielders. He isn't a guaranteed starter for Everton but is a young player with lots of potential and is playing an attacking role. He's more exciting than the other options in this price bracket. 

Rhian Brewster (LIV) £4.5m

If he gets a loan move from Liverpool, he could be an absolute bargain as a third striker option. Should Brewster remain at Anfield, I will look for a replacement.

Also in this series

Part 1: Alexander-Arnold can be a record-breaker
Part 2: Double up on Wolves wing-backs
Part 4: Ings spearheads Saints triple-up
Part 5: Kane can profit from early fixtures
Part 6: Double up with West Ham
Part 7: Build defence around Liverpool duo

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