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The Scout’s FPL Gameweek 2 Ones to watch

By The Scout 15 Aug 2023

See the five players backed to deliver big hauls this weekend, including Aston Villa's Ollie Watkins

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The Scout is tipping five players for big success in Gameweek 2 of 2023/24 Fantasy Premier League.

Mohamed Salah (LIV) £12.5m

A home encounter with Bournemouth lifts the Liverpool star’s prospects as a major captaincy rival to Erling Haaland (£14.0m).

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Salah was the standout form player during pre-season, scoring twice and supplying seven assists.

He continued that output with an assist at Chelsea last weekend, collecting five points.

The Egyptian has proven a very reliable source of returns since Liverpool changed their formation in Gameweek 30 last season.

Indeed, Salah has blanked just once in his subsequent 11 appearances, averaging 7.5 points per match.

Salah's assist v Chelsea
Ollie Watkins (AVL) £8.0m

The Aston Villa forward was a big success against his weekend opponents Everton last season.

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Watkins scored twice and supplied an assist over their two meetings, collecting 11 points in the corresponding fixture in 2022/23 Fantasy.

The Toffees, meanwhile, have struggled defensively in away matches under Sean Dyche.

They have only kept a single clean sheet in nine road trips since he was appointed as manager. 

Morgan Gibbs-White (NFO) £6.0m

Nottingham Forest's midfielder boasts a strong home record ahead of a visit from Sheffield United.

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Gibbs-White scored four of his five goals last season, and supplied nine of his 12 assists, at the City Ground.

Indeed, he averaged 5.2 points per home match, compared with only 2.8ppm on the road.

Gibbs-White’s dead-ball duties could prove a key factor against the Blades on Friday.

Sheff Utd conceded eight shots and five headed attempts from set-pieces in Gameweek 1, the joint-most for both statistics. 

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Ben Chilwell (CHE) £5.6m

The Chelsea star is the first defender to earn a price rise in 2023/24 Fantasy, climbing to £5.6m ahead of his trip to West Ham United.

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Chilwell has amassed over 324,000 transfers in after his assist and seven-point haul at home to Liverpool last weekend.

His potential for returns at both ends of the pitch, combined with a very kind upcoming schedule, can make him a must-have for many Gameweeks to come. 

According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), five of Chelsea’s subsequent six matches from Gameweek 3 score only two. 

See: Chilwell can fix FPL managers' defensive issues

Martin Odegaard (ARS) £8.5m

A visit to Crystal Palace gives the Arsenal playmaker the chance to atone for his disappointing blank against Nott'm Forest in Gameweek 1.

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Odegaard was the second top-scoring player in away matches last season, with his 116 points eclipsed only by the 127 of Harry Kane.

Notably, that was significantly better than Bukayo Saka (£8.5m), with the Arsenal winger managing just 77 points on his travels.

Furthermore, Odegaard’s five double-figure returns in away matches ranked joint-top along with Liverpool’s Salah.

His team-mate Saka, by contrast, failed to deliver a single 10+ points haul on the road in 2022/23 Fantasy.

Also in this series

Part 1: Whose FPL prospects have improved after Gameweek 1?
Part 3: Foden and Alvarez can thrive in FPL in De Bruyne's absence
Part 4: The Scout’s Gameweek 2 Differentials
Part 5: FPL long view: Plan ahead for Chelsea and Spurs' dream fixtures
Part 6: FPL experts: Do you NEED a Liverpool player for Gameweek 2?
Part 7: FPL long view: Plan ahead for Chelsea and Spurs' dream fixtures
Part 8: Scout Selection: Best FPL team for Gameweek 2
Part 9: Why Salah can outscore Haaland as FPL captain in Gameweek 2
Part 10: Disasi and Colwill ideal James replacements in Fantasy

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