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Scout Selection: Coutinho tipped for more home joy

The Scout 18 Mar 2022
Philippe Coutinho, Villa

Villa playmaker has 37 points from his four home matches and is named in best XI captained by Spurs star

The home form of Philippe Coutinho (£7.5m) could prove decisive as Aston Villa entertain Arsenal in Gameweek 30 of Fantasy Premier League.

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The Brazilian has been a major influence at Villa Park since joining in January.

He has racked up 37 points in his four home appearances under Steven Gerrard, scoring three goals and assisting a further three.

Villa’s recent change of formation has also lifted Coutinho’s appeal for the reduced, four-match Gameweek 30.

Playing in an advanced central role behind a front two, his totals of 16 shots, six shots on target and nine key passes all rank first for Villa over the last four Gameweeks.

Coutinho is named in a best XI that lines up in a 3-4-3 formation, with Harry Kane (£12.4m) given the armband and Son Heung-min (£10.9m) named vice-captain.

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Jose Sa (WOL) £5.3m

The Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper ranks second for value in 2021/22 Fantasy, returning 24.5 points per million spent. Sa entertains a Leeds United side who have failed to score in each of their last three away matches.

Matty Cash (AVL) £5.2m

Aston Villa’s right-back has recorded three of his four best scores this season in his last four appearances. Cash has amassed 44 points in that period, producing two goals, two assists, three clean sheets and eight bonus points.

Romain Saiss (WOL) £5.1m

Two goals and 11 clean sheets highlight his potential at both ends of the pitch at home to Leeds. With his aerial threat, Saiss can take advantage of the visitors’ weakness with defending set-pieces. 

Matt Doherty (TOT) £4.8m

The wing-back offers multiple routes to returns for Tottenham Hotspur’s home encounter with West Ham United. Doherty has combined a goal and three assists with three clean sheets in his last four appearances. 

Son Heung-min (TOT) £10.9m

The South Korean has produced four of his five double-figure hauls at home this season. Son claimed 13 points in the corresponding fixture in 2020/21, delivering a goal and an assist in a 3-3 draw.

Philippe Coutinho (AVL) £7.5m

His average of 6.3 points per match (ppm) ranks second only to the 8.2ppm of Mohamed Salah (£13.3m) among midfielders in 2021/22 Fantasy. 

James Maddison (LEI) £6.7m

The Leicester City midfielder has three goals, five assists and 50 points in his last six home matches. Maddison scored and earned eight points against his weekend visitors Brentford in Gameweek 9.

Bukayo Saka (ARS) £6.7m

Arsenal’s winger has amassed 38 points in his last four road trips, scoring four goals and supplying an assist. Saka's ownership has risen to 31.2 per cent, second only to the 59.0 per cent of Salah in midfield and fourth overall. 

Harry Kane (TOT) £12.4m

The Spurs forward has averaged 8.8 points per match at home to West Ham in his Fantasy career, scoring twice and earning double-figures in three of his last six such meetings with them. Kane has scored in four successive matches for the first time this term. 

Alexandre Lacazette (ARS) £8.4m

The Frenchman has produced returns in each of his last four away outings, totalling one goal and five assists. Lacazette’s 11 shots in the box in his last four matches place second only to the 15 of Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.2m) among forwards in Fantasy.

Ivan Toney (BRE) £6.6m

The Brentford forward is the most-bought player in the Gameweek, earning over 285,000 new owners. Toney has scored seven of his 11 goals this season in his last four starts and visits Leicester on the back of successive double-digit returns.

Also in this series

Part 1: GW30 Kings to watch: Maddison can continue home run
Part 2: GW30 Differentials: Odegaard thriving on the road
Part 4: GW30 Captains: Kane and Son can exploit weary West Ham
Part 5: GW30 final call: What to do with injured Alexander-Arnold?

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