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Scout Selection: Raphinha tipped for more home joy

The Scout 20 Jan 2022
Raphinha, Leeds

Leeds winger faces Newcastle's out-of-form defence and is included in best XI for GW23 captained by Man City star

The influence of Raphinha (£6.5m) could prove decisive when Leeds United entertain Newcastle United, earning him a place in The Scout's Fantasy Premier League selection for Gameweek 23.

The Brazilian faces the Magpies in a consistent run of form, producing attacking returns in seven of his last 10 Gameweek appearances.

Raphinha has been a major influence at Elland Road, in particular. He has been involved in 50 per cent of their home goals when selected this season, scoring five and assisting one.

His all-round potential is backed up by the underlying statistics.

At home, Raphinha’s 32 shots, 12 shots in the penalty area, eight shots on target and 21 chances created are all team-leading totals for Leeds.

Newcastle, meanwhile, have failed to keep a clean sheet on their travels in 2021/22.


Raphinha earns a place in a Selection that lines up in a 3-5-2 formation, with Kevin De Bruyne (£12.1m) handed the captain's armband and Trent Alexander-Arnold (£8.4m) named as vice-captain.

Jose Sa (WOL) £5.2m

The top-scoring goalkeeper in Fantasy, Sa has amassed 95 points thanks to eight clean sheets and 16 save points. He visits Brentford on the back of 25 points in Wolverhampton Wanderers’ last four away matches.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV) £8.4m

The right-back’s multiple routes to returns lift his captaincy appeal against Crystal Palace. Alexander-Arnold’s total of seven double-figure hauls is joint-top along with Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah (£12.7m) this season. 

Joao Cancelo (MCI) £7.0m

The top-ranked player for value in Fantasy, Manchester City’s full-back has returned 18.9 points per million spent. One goal, eight assists and 12 clean sheets highlight Cancelo’s potential at both ends of the pitch against Southampton.

Kieran Tierney (ARS) £5.0m

A home encounter with Burnley gives Arsenal’s left-back the opportunity to deliver another big return in Fantasy. Tierney has produced 12 or more points in three of his last six appearances.

Kevin De Bruyne (MCI) £12.1m

Man City’s Belgian has produced four goals, an assist and 47 points over his last six matches. De Bruyne’s totals of 22 shots and 20 chances created in that period both ranked among the top three players in Fantasy.

Diogo Jota (LIV) £8.4m

The Portuguese’s 21 shots in the penalty area in his last six matches ranks joint-top among all players. Jota has blanked in only one of his previous four away appearances, producing returns against Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea

Philippe Coutinho (AVL) £7.0m

Aston Villa’s Brazilian is the most-bought player in Gameweek 23, earning over 436,000 new owners. Coutinho visits an Everton team who have conceded 13 goals in their last five home matches. 

Jarrod Bowen (WHU) £6.8m

The West Ham United midfielder has produced attacking returns in each of his last five appearances, scoring three goals and assisting a further five. Bowen visits Manchester United, who have managed just a single clean sheet at home this season. 

Raphinha (LEE) £6.5m

Leeds' Brazilian scored and earned eight points against Newcastle in Gameweek 5 earlier this term.

Alexandre Lacazette (ARS) £8.4m

Arsenal’s forward has scored twice and supplied three assists in his last five matches, totalling 28 points. Lacazette is at home against a Burnley side who have kept just a single clean sheet on their travels this term.

Patson Daka (LEI) £7.1m

The Leicester City striker has 21 points in his last three appearances, thanks to two goals and two assists. Having scored against Spurs in midweek, Daka has the form to pose big problems for Brighton & Hove Albion at King Power Stadium.

Since the publication of this week's Scout Selection it has been announced that Burnley v Watford has been rescheduled for 5 February, making Gameweek 23 a Double Gameweek for Burnley and Watford players. See Parts 4 and 5 below.

Also in this series

Part 1: GW23 Kings to watch: Coutinho can reward new backers
Part 2: GW23 Differentials: Mac Allister can star again
Part 4: Pair up Dennis and King for Double Gameweek 23
Part 5: GW23 Captains: De Bruyne can rival Double Gameweek duo

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