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FPL expert's squad: Build defence around Liverpool duo

The Scout 10 Sep 2020
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Fantasy expert Geoff Dance explains why he has made 12 changes to his original 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. 

Here, Geoff Dance reveals how his plans have changed since he put together his initial squad last month.

Geoff Dance (@GeoffreyDance)

While I could still consider a Gameweek 2 Wildcard, this team could comfortably see me through the first part of the season.

I have retained only three outfield players from my original team and am confident in these selections as long-term picks.

Saving the Wildcard for later in the season will hopefully pay off.

Alex McCarthy (SOU) £4.5m

With a stronger Gameweek 1 fixture than Brighton & Hove Albion stopper Mat Ryan (£4.5m), and a better first four, McCarthy is an excellent value pick.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV) £7.5m

An opening home fixture against Leeds United could bring points at both ends of the pitch.

Andrew Robertson (LIV) £7.0m

The fourth-highest player for points per match last season, I'm pairing Robertson with fellow Liverpool full-back Alexander-Arnold for Gameweek 1.

Romain Saiss (WOL) £5.0m

I expect the Wolverhampton Wanderers centre-back to bring in significant defensive returns early this season.

Mohamed Salah (LIV) £12.0m

I’ve gone for Salah over Sadio Mane (£12.0m) partly because of his penalty-kick duties.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (ARS) £12.0m

Aubameyang is the most-owned midfielder for good reason. He has two strong opening fixtures, penalty duties and a proven scoring record.

Dele Alli (TOT) £8.0m

With Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (£5.0m) helping out in midfield, Alli should push further forward to provide support for Harry Kane (£10.5m).

Allan Saint-Maximin (NEW) £5.5m

The arrival of Callum Wilson (£6.5m) will improve the Newcastle United attack, and they have three favourable fixtures in the first four Gameweeks.

Timo Werner (CHE) £9.5m

Werner is the second most-owned player in FPL, leading a refreshed Chelsea attack with strong fixtures.

Aleksandar Mitrovic (FUL) £6.0m

Mitrovic is highly owned for good reason, as he should provide consistency for a reasonable price.

Che Adams (SOU) £6.0m

With only 3.2 per cent ownership and strong fixtures, Adams provides an interesting balance of risk and reward.

Substitutes
Jed Steer (AVL) £4.0m

Steer is my pick of the £4.0m goalkeepers, as he could be the Aston Villa starter until Tom Heaton (£4.5m) returns from injury.

James Justin (LEI) £4.5m

The full-back is an affordable route into Leicester City's strong set of fixtures.

Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa (FUL) £4.5m

The Fulham midfielder will provide bench value if he starts, and could chip in with occasional attacking returns.

Tyrick Mitchell (CRY) £4.0m

The cut-price Crystal Palace defender will stay on my bench but if he gets a run of starts should provide excellent value.

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 4: Ings spearheads Saints triple-up
Part 5: Kane can profit from early fixtures
Part 6: Double up with West Ham

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