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FPL expert's squad: Ings leads Saints triple-up

The Scout 27 Aug 2020
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Favourable fixtures make prolific forward one of three Southampton players in Holly Shand's opening squad

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.

Holly Shand (@FFCommunity_)
Alex McCarthy (SOU) £4.5m

I plan to have a cheap set-and-forget goalkeeper and McCarthy's early fixtures made it an easy decision to go for him.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV) £7.5m

The first name on my teamsheet and a must-own. Even with his price hike he remains a bargain.

Ruben Vinagre (WOL) £4.5m

Benefiting from the injury to Jonny (£5.5m), he could be a great route into a solid Wolverhampton Wanderers defence.

Kyle Walker-Peters (SOU) £4.5m

Completing the double-up in Southampton's defence, he's a great price and has promising fixtures.

William Saliba (ARS) £4.5m

He has promising opening fixtures and offers a cheap route into an improving Arsenal defence.

Mason Mount (CHE) £7.0m

A placeholder right now at his mid-priced tag. Chelsea have great opening fixtures but unfortunately there's no room for Timo Werner (£9.5m).

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (ARS) £12.0m

A great option for the opening couple of Gameweeks while I go without Manchester City players.

Mohamed Salah (LIV) £12.0m

It's an easy decision to select the most consistent player in the league over the past three seasons.

Allan Saint-Maximin (NEW) £5.5m

A great price backed up with great fixtures, he's a gem as a fifth midfielder when going with a 3-5-2.

Aleksandar Mitrovic (FUL) £6.0m

There's not a lot of choice at his price. He had a very good season in 2019/20, has proven his worth in the Premier League and has solid fixtures.

Danny Ings (SOU) £8.5m

The final name in a Saints triple-up, he's a good placeholder at this price point and I expect him to continue his impressive performances from last season.

Substitutes
Orjan Nyland (AVL) £4.0m

He could start for Villa in the opening weeks at least, before Tom Heaton (£4.5m) returns to fitness and replaces him.

Charlie Taylor (BUR) £4.5m

A great route into a very solid Burnley defence, with promising fixtures to follow their Gameweek 1 blank.

Bruno Fernandes (MUN) £10.5m

A must-own given he's on penalties and Manchester United have great fixtures after their blank Gameweek 1. 

Keinan Davis (AVL) £4.5m

Perhaps the most desirable of the £4.5m forwards, although he will be confined to the bench most weeks as I plan to use a 3-5-2 formation.

Also in this series

Part 1: Alexander-Arnold can be a record-breaker
Part 2: Double up on Wolves wing-backs
Part 3: Get Vardy from the start
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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