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The Scout's Wildcard squad for the run-in

The Scout 25 Mar 2021
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The Scout picks a 15-man line-up to help managers navigate the final nine Gameweeks

Managers in Fantasy Premier League who are playing their Wildcard during the international break prior to Gameweek 30 should pinpoint sides with strong run-ins when building their new squad.

Both Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers have favourable schedules that can reward investment at both ends of the pitch, while Chelsea's kind fixtures lift the appeal of doubling up on their formidable defence.

Bruno Fernandes (£11.5m) and Harry Kane (£11.6m) have the form and consistency to be key captaincy picks over the remaining nine Gameweeks.

Elsewhere in attack, players such as Jesse Lingard (£6.2m), Raphinha (£5.7m) and Kelechi Iheanacho (£5.7m) can continue offering outstanding value for Fantasy managers.

The Scout has selected a 15-man squad that costs only £98.1m ahead of the Gameweek 30 deadline of 11:00 BST on Saturday 3 April.

Goalkeepers
Edouard Mendy (CHE) £5.1m

Mendy has been a key figure in a Chelsea backline that have conceded only two goals in 14 matches across all competitions under Thomas Tuchel. He has 31 points from his last four outings, combining four clean sheets with two save points and five bonus points.

Fraser Forster (SOU) £4.0m

The cheapest starting goalkeeper in Fantasy, Forster has been named in Southampton's starting XI in four of their last five matches in all competitions.

Defenders
Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV) £7.3m

The right-back boasts strong attacking potential for Liverpool's favourable end-of-season run-in. Alexander-Arnold's 36 shots and 47 key passes both rank among the top two defenders in Fantasy this season.

Cesar Azpilicueta (CHE) £5.8m

He is the only player to start every Premier League match for Chelsea since Tuchel took charge. Azpilicueta has averaged 6.6 points per appearance since, combining one goal with eight clean sheets and nine bonus points. 

Kieran Tierney (ARS) £5.3m

One goal, three assists and three clean sheets in his last nine outings highlights the Arsenal left-back's all-round potential. Tierney faces six of the bottom nine sides in the final eight Gameweeks.

Nelson Semedo (WOL) £5.2m

Owned by only two per cent of managers, the Wolves wing-back has the schedule to be an impactful differential. Four of Semedo's next five matches score only two in the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR).

Jannik Vestergaard (SOU) £4.7m

The Southampton centre-back's total of 17 shots in the penalty area is the third-highest among defenders in Fantasy. Vestergaard, who faces Burnley and West Bromwich Albion in his next two matches, is also expected to have a Double Gameweek later this season.

Midfielders
Bruno Fernandes (MUN) £11.5m

Manchester United's playmaker has been the most explosive Fantasy captaincy option in 2020/21. Fernandes has recorded 11 double-figure hauls on his way to the top of the player standings.

Diogo Jota (LIV) £6.7m

The fit-again Portuguese offers a cut-price route into Liverpool's attack. Only one of Jota's remaining nine matches scores more than three in the FDR.

Jesse Lingard (WHU) £6.2m

He is the top target in Fantasy for Gameweek 30 on the back of five goals and three assists in seven appearances for West Ham United. Lingard has averaged 8.0 points per match, more than any other player this term.

Pedro Neto (WOL) £5.7m

Neto's five goals and seven assists this season underline his strong all-round potential for Wolves' run-in. Neto’s totals of 57 shots and 56 chances created are both the highest for Nuno Espirito Santo's side in 2020/21.

Raphinha (LEE) £5.7m

The Leeds United winger's 24 chances created and 18 shots both put him among the top two players over the last six Gameweeks. Raphinha faces five of the league's bottom seven sides in the remaining nine Gameweeks.  

Forwards
Harry Kane (TOT) £11.6m

The top-scoring forward in FPL, his total of 191 points is second only to Fernandes among all players in 2020/21. The race for the Golden Boot means Kane will be a vital captain pick for the run-in.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (EVE) £7.6m

Everton's frontman has already scored against each of his next three opponents - Crystal Palace, Brighton & Hove Albion and Tottenham Hotspur, earlier this season. Calvert-Lewin is also expected to have a Double Gameweek in the final nine Gameweeks.

Kelechi Iheanacho (LEI) £5.7m

Owned by only 2.6 per cent of managers, the Leicester City striker has proved an outstanding differential in recent matches. Iheanacho has scored five goals in his last three Gameweek appearances, totalling 35 points.

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