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FPL experts' teams: Double up on Aston Villa

2 Aug 2021
Emiliano Buendia and Ollie Watkins, Aston Villa

Fantasy expert Pranil Sheth says Emiliano Buendia and Ollie Watkins have the fixtures to start strongly

The Scout's panel of experts reveal who they currently plan to pick in their 2021/22 Fantasy Premier League starting teams.

Pranil Sheth (@Lateriser12)

It is difficult to assess players' form ahead a new season, so fixtures and value are often the two key factors in deciding who to select in your opening 15-man squad. 

Pranil Sheth, who has two top-100 finishes in Fantasy and was the No 1 manager in India on both occasions, has identified two Aston Villa stars who fulfil both criteria.

He has selected Emiliano Buendia (£6.5m) and Ollie Watkins (£7.5m) as they prepare to face promoted pair Watford and Brentford, plus Newcastle United, in their opening three matches.

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"Aston Villa have a really, really good start to the season and Buendia had a really, really good season," says Sheth. "He got about 30 returns last season for Norwich City.

"It's more a price-point pick for me, with somebody looking like having a high upside at the start of the season, and then an easy switch to some of the better mid-priced midfielders in Gameweek 4 onwards.


"[Watkins] got 23 returns last season as well and, if you remember, he was really unlucky to get only 23 returns.

"We remember Watkins' really good performance against Liverpool as well, so he tends to do well against the big guys as well. A stick-and-forget option, I'm hoping."

Also in this series

Part 1: Sam Bonfield: You have to invest in Toney
Part 2: Ben Crabtree: Havertz can enjoy breakout season
Part 3: Utkarsh Dalmia: Fixtures key to Antonio appeal
Part 4: Chuck Booth: Saint-Maximin backed over Toney
Part 5: Neal Thurman: Double up on Liverpool defence
Part 6: Holly Shand: Calvert-Lewin can start strongly again
Part 7: Ben McNair: Back Dias for clean sheets
Part 9: Tom Cantle: Smith Rowe and Harrison are bargains
Part 10: Experts' ultimate Gameweek 1 team

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