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FPL expert Gianni Buttice's Gameweek 10 Wildcard squad

24 Oct 2023
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One of The Scout's panel of Fantasy Premier League experts, Gianni Buttice, is playing his first Wildcard in Gameweek 10 ahead of Friday's 18:30 BST deadline.

By buying players before their prices have increased, Gianni has been able to afford a squad that costs £101.1m.

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Here he reveals his 15-man line-up and the reasons for his choices.

Gianni Buttice's Wildcard squad (1)
Goalkeepers

Alphonse Areola (£4.2m): In a season where there has been no standout goalkeeper, saving funds and going with Areola makes sense given his good fixture run.

Matt Turner (£4.1m): I do think Odysseas Vlachodimos (£4.5m) will be given the opportunity to start soon and Turner could be a couple of poor performances away from being dropped, but for the time being, given his price, he’s the best back-up goalkeeper.

Defenders

Matty Cash (£5.1m): Top for Expected Goal Involvement (xGI) among all defenders so far this season, the former winger is being encouraged to attack under Unai Emery.

Gabriel (£4.7m): We know from last season that Arsenal’s defence can rack up the clean sheets when they’re all fit and firing, and their fixture run is too good to ignore. He is a bargain.

Konstantinos Tsimikas (£4.5m): Offers a similar threat to Andrew Robertson (£6.5m) and should be the nailed left-back for a couple of months. Jurgen Klopp likes outswinging set-pieces, so expect Tsimikas to take corners from the left.

See: FPL experts' must-haves for a Gameweek 10 Wildcard

Jarrad Branthwaite (£4.0m): Everton’s underlying defensive numbers this season haven’t been bad at all and Sean Dyche is picking the centre-back every week. The best defensive enabler in the game.

Charlie Taylor (£3.9m): In an attempt to put more funds in my attack, I am selecting two enablers in the backline and hoping I don’t need to rely on the Burnley left-back very often.

Midfielders

Mohamed Salah (£12.8m): One of the main reasons I have pulled the trigger. Accommodating Salah required too much surgery without a Wildcard and while I haven’t been blown away by his performances in the last two Gameweeks, he has still managed to accumulate 31 FPL points - no one finds a way of notching returns like Salah.

See: Is Salah now a better pick than Haaland in Fantasy?

Son Heung-min (£9.5m): Very few overperform their Expected Goals (xG) like Son, who needs very few chances to rack up big FPL points. Backing an out of position No 9 for an attacking looking Tottenham Hotspur team feels like a no-brainer.

Bukayo Saka (£8.5m): Arsenal’s next three home fixtures are against Sheffield United, Burnley and Wolverhampton Wanderers, and I need a piece of that attack. Saka is not only the most reliable, but offers the highest ceiling.

Moussa Diaby (£6.7m): There are so many cheaper options that I really like who are performing well, such as Anthony Gordon (£5.6m), Pedro Neto (£5.8m) and Cole Palmer (£5.0m), but I really want to target the fixture run Aston Villa have. As a short-term pick, Diaby could be a great differential before switching to one of the aforementioned players in a few weeks.

Kaoru Mitoma (£6.5m): Roberto De Zerbi's side are always fun to watch and while we never quite know how he will line them up, Mitoma always feels like a safe option. The fixtures are simply too good to not back a Brighton attacker.

Forwards

Erling Haaland (£14.0m): He’s been quiet the last few weeks, but he’s too good to consider going without and we know when Manchester City start clicking (which I predict will be very soon), Haaland is capable of FPL hauls like no other.

Ollie Watkins (£8.3m): Since Emery has taken over, only Haaland and Salah have more goal contributions. He is performing at the highest level and we know from last season, when he goes on a goalscoring run, he’s FPL gold.

Divin Mubama (£4.3m): My set and forget third substitute and the joint-cheapest forward in the game, which enables me to create this squad with £0.0m in the bank.

Also in this series

Part 1: Is Salah now a better pick than Haaland in Fantasy?
Part 2: The Scout’s FPL Gameweek 10 Ones to watch
Part 4: FPL experts' must-haves for a Gameweek 10 Wildcard
Part 5: Keep or sell Son and Maddison in Fantasy?
Part 6: The Scout’s FPL Gameweek 10 Differentials
Part 7: Who is the best budget midfielder to own in Fantasy?
Part 8: FPL experts: Who is the best budget midfielder?

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