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GW6 Differentials: Ross Barkley

The Scout 21 Oct 2020
Ross Barkley, Aston Villa

The Scout says midfielder's goal threat can make him a strong alternative to Aston Villa team-mate Jack Grealish

The Scout is selecting four overlooked players who could be set for a breakout Gameweek 6 in Fantasy Premier League.

Ross Barkley (AVL) £5.9m

The midfielder is owned by only 2.3 per cent of managers ahead of Aston Villa’s home encounter with Leeds United.

Barkley has been quick to make an impact on Dean Smith’s side since his loan move from Chelsea.

He has started the last two Gameweeks, scoring against both Liverpool and Leicester City.

Barkley's winner v Leicester

The underlying statistics further highlight Barkley’s influence on Aston Villa's attack.

His eight shots were more than any team-mate over those two matches.

And his five shots inside the penalty area were bettered only by the six of striker Ollie Watkins (£6.0m).

Barkley’s numbers also suggest he can offer a cut-price alternative to midfield team-mate Jack Grealish (£7.2m).

Grealish is Villa’s most popular player in FPL, sitting in 23.2 per cent of squads.

Yet he recorded only three shots, all from inside the box, in the last two Gameweeks.

Favourable fixture

Leeds’ poor performances in defence also boost Barkley’s potential for their match on Friday night.

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The promoted side have conceded 53 shots inside the box, more than any other team.

That gives Barkley the chance to emerge as a big value option for Villa in Gameweek 6.

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Part 2: Ademola Lookman (FUL)
Part 4: Sergio Aguero (MCI)

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