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Scout Selection: West Brom threats make the cut

The Scout 20 Jan 2017
West Bromwich Albion v Swansea City, Rondon goal

The Scout turns to Baggies' aerial menace to strengthen the Gameweek 22 line-up

Our Gameweek 22 selection will be seeking to improve on a 70-point return from last weekend, with West Bromwich Albion making two key contributions to the teamsheet.

We are looking to the Baggies' aerial prowess, both from open play and set-pieces, against visitors Sunderland, who have shown weakness in that area and have several absentees due to injury and international commitments.

Victor Valdes - Middlesbrough - £4.6m

Three clean sheets in the last five Gameweeks, together with five save points and four bonus, highlights the Middlesbrough goalkeeper's current form. West Ham United will provide a test at the Riverside Stadium but, with Boro earning shutouts in their previous two home matches, returns for Valdes look a strong possibility.

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Hector Bellerin - Arsenal - £6.5m

Back in training following an ankle injury, the Spaniard's right-flank raids are set to be a feature of the meeting with Burnley at Emirates Stadium. The Clarets arrive having scored only three goals from nine away trips, while Arsenal will be seeking a fourth clean sheet in the last five Gameweeks.

Gareth McAuley - West Bromwich Albion - £4.9m

With four headed goals from set-pieces already this season, McAuley gets the nod for the visit of Sunderland. The Black Cats have allowed more headed attempts (59) than any other side and McAuley is equipped to expose such frailties while bidding for only a fourth clean sheet of the campaign.

Marcos Alonso - Chelsea - £6.6m

A 21-point haul in Gameweek 21 punished the wing-back's omission from our previous XI; Alonso duly earns an instant recall ahead of a Stamford Bridge meeting with Hull City. The Tigers have scored only six goals from 10 away trips and could be without playmaker Robert Snodgrass (£5.8m) through injury.

Alexis Sanchez - Arsenal - £11.9m

With a goal or an assist in eight of the last nine Gameweeks, our faith in Sanchez remains unshakable. He produced 17 goal attempts over his previous two home matches and is on a collision course with a Burnley defence that has allowed 20 goals from only nine away trips. Sanchez is our captain once again.

Pedro - Chelsea - £7.0m

Earning the nod over Eden Hazard, the in-form winger offers us big potential ahead of the home encounter with Hull City. Pedro has scored four of his five goals at Stamford Bridge and supplied five assists, including returns in five of his last six at home.

Philippe Coutinho - Liverpool - £8.3m

Set for a first Premier League start since his Gameweek 13 ankle injury, Coutinho has returned a goal or an assist in four of his last five Anfield encounters. The Brazilian will meet a Swansea City side that have conceded at least three goals in seven of their last nine outings.

Junior Stanislas - AFC Bournemouth - £5.2m

A converted spot-kick at Hull City in Gameweek 21 took the Cherries winger to four goals and six assists in his last 10 starts. The visit from an out-of-sorts Watford offers Stanislas a platform to maintain that form.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic - Manchester United - £11.6m

With a goal or an assist in nine of his last 10 Gameweek starts, the consistent Swede is an FPL mainstay that just cannot be overlooked ahead of a trip to Stoke City.

Romelu Lukaku - Everton - £9.6m

Three goals in the last four Gameweeks marks a return to form for the Toffees frontman, sparking a flurry of FPL transfer interest ahead of the Gameweek 22 visit to Crystal Palace. The Eagles backline has kept only a single shutout this season and may struggle to contain an Everton side that has scored seven goals from their last two outings.

Salomon Rondon - West Bromwich Albion - £6.8

Like McAuley, the Venezuelan striker will pose a major threat to visitors Sunderland in the air. Having already scored a hat-trick of headers against Swansea City this season, Rondon has proved his ability to punish defences at The Hawthorns.

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