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The Scout 10 Sep 2020

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.

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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