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Grealish and Watkins impress: What the FPL experts have learned

The Scout 11 Oct 2020
Aston Villa

The Scout’s panel of experts are tipping Aston Villa pair to enjoy further success after eye-catching start

The Scout's panel of experts are pinpointing the players who have impressed them over the opening four Gameweeks in Fantasy Premier League

Villa's flying start

The 7-2 victory over Liverpool extended Aston Villa's 100 per cent start to the new season.

Dean Smith's side have won all three of their opening fixtures, also defeating Sheffield United and Fulham.

Jack Grealish's (£7.1m) two goals and three assists against the champions have turned the heads of FPL managers during the international break.

He is the third most-bought midfielder in the Gameweek, earning over 352,000 new owners.

And there is further value to be found in less-expensive options in the Villa attack.

Value everywhere

Ollie Watkins (£5.9m) produced 19 points against Liverpool, while John McGinn (£5.5m) has returned back-to-back 10-point hauls.

A kind upcoming run of opponents offers more encouragement.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), only two of their next 11 matches score more than three.

What the experts say
Pranil Sheth (@Lateriser12)

There are two teams that I'm looking to add to my team at the moment. Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur. Both have some decent fixtures and their players look sharp and in form.

Lee Bonfield (@FPL Family)

The obvious answers here are Villa, Spurs and Everton as FPL managers wielding their Wildcards dive in. However, there are two teams that have completely dominated the league in the last two to three years and I expect them to be back at the forefront of our FPL thinking in no time.

Don't forget about Liverpool and Manchester City. They are still, in my opinion, the best two teams in the league.

Geoff Dance (@GeoffreyDance)

While our main targets are found at the top of the ownership and points charts, managers should strongly consider Rhian Brewster (£4.5m). He is a strong option in Gameweek 5 and allows a powerful switch in formation to 3-5-2.

Sam Bonfield (@FPLFamily)

All aboard the Spurs train. The double-up with Son Heung-min (£9.0m) and Harry Kane (£10.6m) looks exceptional at the moment, with both players in fantastic form - something that can surely only improve when Gareth Bale (£9.5m) starts playing.

Combine that with a couple of Everton players and a nice enabling Villa player for their fixture run and you should be on for a good sequence of FPL returns.

Neal Thurman (@nealjthurman)

I'm going to reserve this space for the low-budget producers who will both generate points and provide flexibility in adding premium options.

Tariq Lamptey (£4.7m), Neal Maupay (£6.6m), Callum Wilson (£6.4m) and, in a season where the penalties won't stop coming, Jorginho (£5.1m).

Ben McNair (@drbenmcnair)

The surprise packages so far have been Villa, Everton, West Ham United and Brighton & Hove Albion.

There is plenty of value to be found there in the likes of Grealish, Watkins, Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.6m), Richarlison (8.0m), Emiliano Martinez (£4.7m), Tomas Soucek (£4.9m), Michail Antonio (£6.3m), Leandro Trossard (£6.0m), Lamptey and Maupay.

Paul Gee (@FPLPaulGee)

For me, Spurs have really turned a corner and I will be targeting them along with Villa for their great fixtures to come.

Holly Shand (@FFCommunity_)

I currently have no Everton or Spurs players in my side: key players from those sides are going to be crucial in the coming weeks and will be the focus for my transfers.

Also in this series

Part 1: Penalties and value
Part 3: Climbing mini-leagues

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