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Scout Selection: Barnes to exploit leaky Leeds defence

By The Scout 29 Jan 2021

In-form Leicester winger named in best GW21 Fantasy team captained by a Man City midfielder

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Three goals and two assists in his last six matches highlight the value offered by Harvey Barnes (£6.8m) in Fantasy Premier League.

The Leicester City winger has blanked only once since Gameweek 15, bringing in attacking returns against Manchester United, Crystal Palace, Southampton, Chelsea and Everton.

Indeed, that recent run of points bettered his output from the first 14 Gameweeks, when he managed three goals and one assist.

Barnes now faces a Leeds United side who have conceded a league-leading 21 away goals this term.

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He is included in a Scout Selection that lines up in a 3-5-2 formation, with Ilkay Gundogan (£5.7m) handed the armband and Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) named vice-captain.

Alphonse Areola (FUL) £4.5m

Fulham’s No 1 has racked up 38 points across his last seven matches, thanks to three clean sheets, seven bonus and six save points. Areola can add to that tally against a West Bromwich Albion side who have failed to score in their four home encounters under Sam Allardyce.

Ben Chilwell (CHE) £6.1m

Two goals, three assists and three clean sheets over his nine home starts highlight his multiple routes to points for the visit of Burnley. Chilwell was fielded as a wing-back in Thomas Tuchel’s first match in charge of Chelsea, lifting his chances of more attacking returns.

Lucas Digne (EVE) £6.0m

The Everton defender can bring in points at both ends of the pitch at home to Newcastle United. Digne has played as a left winger in his last two matches and already has six FPL assists this term. The Magpies, meanwhile, have failed to score in their last six road trips in all competitions.

Joao Cancelo (MCI) £5.9m

Manchester City’s full-back faces Sheffield United at home on the back of his season-high haul of 17 points at West Brom. Cancelo has produced attacking or defensive returns in 10 of his 14 starts this term.

Mohamed Salah (LIV) £12.5m

A visit to West Ham United can help revive the Liverpool winger’s fortunes in Fantasy. Salah has a prolific record against his weekend hosts, scoring seven goals in his seven meetings with the Hammers.

Raheem Sterling (MCI) £11.5m

The Man City winger has scored or assisted in six of his last seven starts ahead of a home encounter with Sheff Utd. Sterling is a major captaincy contender against a Blades side who have kept only one clean sheet all season.

Son Heung-min (TOT) £9.8m

Six big chances in his last four matches rank joint-top among all players in FPL. Son could even play up front for Tottenham Hotspur if Harry Kane (£11.3m) fails to recover from injury for their visit to Brighton & Hove Albion

Harvey Barnes (LEI) £6.8m

An ownership of just 5.9 per cent underlines his potential as a key differential for Gameweek 21.

Ilkay Gundogan (MCI) £5.7m

The top target for Gameweek 21 has been transferred in by 395,000+ managers. Gundogan has seven goals and 68 points in his last eight matches, returning double-figure hauls on four occasions. 

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (EVE) £7.6m

He is the most-bought forward in the Gameweek, earning more than 327,000 transfers in for Everton’s meeting with Newcastle. Calvert-Lewin scored and earned eight points against the Magpies in Gameweek 7.

Ollie Watkins (AVL) £6.2m

The Aston Villa frontman visits Southampton having scored in back-to-back matches for the first time since Gameweek 8. His four big chances and seven shots on target in his last four appearances both rank among the top two forwards in FPL.

Also in this series

Part 1: GW21 Kings to watch: Watkins can fill Kane void
Part 2: GW21 Differentials: Digne can deliver in new role
Part 3: GW21 Captains: Back Gundogan for another double
Part 4: Who to captain in GW21? What the experts say

Remember, the Gameweek 21 deadline is at 11:00 GMT on Saturday 30 January.

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