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GW1 Ones to watch: Leon Bailey

By The Scout 3 Aug 2022
Leon Bailey, Aston Villa

The Scout says Villa winger has form and fixtures to offer major value at the start of 2022/23

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The Scout is tipping five players to produce big points in Gameweek 1 of 2022/23 Fantasy Premier League.

Leon Bailey (AVL) £5.0m

The winger appears to have secured a starting role in the Aston Villa line-up thanks to his displays during pre-season.

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Bailey was the standout player for Steven Gerrard’s side over the summer, scoring three goals and assisting a further two. 

The Jamaican’s performances suggest he could be set for his breakout campaign in Fantasy, following a frustrating debut season in 2021/22.

Bailey's goal v Rennes

Bailey arrived from Bayer Leverkusen on the back of nine goals and eight assists in the 2020/21 Bundesliga.

However, he was limited to only seven starts last term due to injury, managing just one goal and three assists.

Bailey’s struggles in 2021/22 have resulted in a substantial drop in price of £1.5m in Fantasy this season.

Having returned to form and fitness, he has the short-term schedule to emerge as a major bargain.

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According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), each of Villa’s first three matches score just two.  

That run begins this weekend with a visit to an AFC Bournemouth side who have been poor in defence over the summer.

The Cherries have failed to keep a clean sheet across their four friendly fixtures.

At a cost of just £5.0m, Bailey has the potential to provide outstanding value in the early stages of 2022/23. 


Also in this series

Part 1: Wilfried Zaha (CRY)
Part 2: Bruno Guimaraes (NEW)
Part 3: Andrew Robertson (LIV)
Part 5: Son Heung-min (TOT)

Don't forget the Gameweek 1 deadline is 18:30 BST on Friday 5 August.

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