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Scout Selection: The FPL experts' views

The Scout 20 Aug 2021

Fantasy experts have their say on The Scout's best XI to pick for Gameweek 2

The Scout's panel of experts give their verdict on the Scout Selection ahead of the Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 2 deadline of 11:00 BST on Saturday 21 August.

Utkarsh Dalmia (@zophar666)

I absolutely love the midfield selection, especially the inclusion of Riyad Mahrez (£9.0m), Said Benrahma (£6.1m) and Raphinha (£6.5m) who are such explosive picks.

I wouldn't have included Vicente Guaita (£4.5m), though, I think that match could be quite open with goals at both ends.

Sam Bonfield (@FPLFamily)

Since his debut in the 201616/17 season Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m) has averaged 5.7 points per match against non-big six clubs. His set-piece duties also make him a great option against Burnley.

Michail Antonio (£7.6m) and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£8.1m) both started the season well and look like excellent picks this week.

Guaita in goal is a great differential, hopefully Crystal Palace team can benefit from the home support in their first match at Selhurst Park this season.

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Pranil Sheth (@Lateriser12)

I'm happy to see Luke Shaw (£5.5m) in there despite the blank in Gameweek 1. He looked very attacking and a return should be around the corner. 

Lee Bonfield (@FPLFamily)

I like Calvert-Lewin for the next few fixtures, as he's up against teams who struggle to defend set-pieces and crosses into the box; Leeds United this week are no exception. And with the addition of Andros Townsend (£5.5m) into Rafa Benitez's new-look side, I'll back Calvert-Lewin to be among the points again this weekend. 

Ben Crabtree (@FC_CrabDogg)

Although West Ham United did very well against Newcastle United, a double-up against Leicester City is quite bold, given there is only one Manchester City player for their appealing fixture against Norwich City.

Ben McNair (@drbenmcnair)

I love seeing Alexander-Arnold in the picks any week, but this week looks particularly enticing as Burnley conceded twice from right-wing crosses in Gameweek 1.

Chuck Booth (@ChuckBoothSport)

Shaw may have underwhelmed in Manchester United's impressive performance versus Leeds but I'm expecting a bounce back with at least a clean sheet at Southampton.

He also still got forward with ease so there is no need to be concerned about his attacking output at St Mary's Stadium.

Holly Shand (@FFCommunity_)

I'm expecting big things from the players with a home fixture this week, Antonio and Benrahma included. West Ham had more shots than any other team in Gameweek 1. 

Tom Cantle (@WGTA_FPL)

Due to concerns over the fitness of Ilkay Gundogan (£7.4m), Benrahma has found his way into my team, too. I'm hoping for a repeat of his 12-point Gameweek 1 performance in front of the Hammers fans.

See: The Scout's essential FPL tips for Gameweek 2

Remember, the Gameweek 2 deadline is at 11:00 BST on Saturday 21 August.

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