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Dream Team: Holding debuts as defenders dominate

The Scout 11 May 2017
Rob Holding, Arsenal

Fantasy budget buy leads a quartet of Arsenal players in the Gameweek 36 top-scoring XI

Back-to-back clean sheets helped a pair of Arsenal defenders earn debut call-ups to the Fantasy Premier League weekly elite, alongside team-mates Alexis Sanchez (£11.6m) and Granit Xhaka (£5.2m).

Elsewhere, Manchester City's 5-0 win over Crystal Palace ensured they were handed two representatives in a 5-4-1 set-up, with defenders dominating thanks to 10 clean sheets across the Gameweek. 

A graphic of the FPL Gameweek 36 Dream Team

Fraser Forster (Southampton) £5.0m

A penalty save to deny James Milner (£6.4m) in the goalless draw at Anfield helped the Southampton goalkeeper to a first Dream Team call-up. Forster totalled eight saves against Liverpool, scoring 16 points to claim maximum bonus, before adding a further point in a 2-0 defeat to Arsenal.

Rob Holding (Arsenal) £4.0m

Sitting in only 1.2% of FPL squads, Holding was the Arsenal's highest-scoring outfield player in Double Gameweek 36, registering 15 points to earn a Dream Team debut. Recording two clean sheets and three bonus points over encounters with Manchester United and Southampton, Holding has been acquired by 22,000+ managers ahead of another two matches in Gameweek 37. 

Billy Jones (Sunderland) £4.4m

A first goal of the season, along with a clean sheet and three bonus points in the 2-0 win at Hull City, gives the right-back a first call-up. Jones’s 15-point tally was his first double-digit haul of the campaign.

Nicolas Otamendi (Man City) £5.9m

Otamendi also opened his scoring account for the season to seal a second Dream Team call-up. Having accrued 10 FPL bonus points this season, more than any other Man City defender, the 2.8%-owned Otamendi presents a differential option ahead of home matches against Leicester City and West Bromwich Albion in Gameweek 37. 

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Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) £6.8m

With a goal in the 3-0 win over Middlesbrough, the Spaniard moved to six for the season and overtook team-mate Gary Cahill (£6.7m) at the summit of the defender standings. Earning his third call-up, Alonso has provided a goal, assist or clean sheet in each of his last four outings ahead of two Gameweek 37 fixtures.

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Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) £4.7m

Two clean sheets and a single bonus point helped the Gunners defender claim a first Dream Team selection. Gibbs has impressed in a new wing-back role, registering five successful crosses and two close-range efforts over the last three Gameweeks. 

Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) £10.4m

With a goal, two assists and maximum bonus points in the win over Crystal Palace, the Belgian recorded 17 points for his best tally of the campaign. Owned by 8.3%, more than 59,000 managers have invested in De Bruyne ahead of two appealing home fixtures in Gameweek 37.

Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) £5.2m

The third Arsenal player to earn a Dream Team debut, Xhaka’s goal in the 2-0 win over Manchester United earned him three bonus points. That set the midfielder on course for a 14-point tally over his two fixtures ahead of another Double Gameweek.

Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) £11.6m

A total of 14 points hands the Chilean an eighth Dream Team call-up, more than any other player. Triple Captained by 51,000+ managers, Sanchez returned a second goal in eight appearances during Arsenal’s win over Southampton. He is now a prime captaincy option for Double Gameweek 37, ahead of a trip to Stoke City and a home meeting with relegated Sunderland

Sam Vokes, Burnley
Sam Vokes is the only FPL forward in the Dream Team after his brace

Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) £6.9m

Flourishing at Stamford Bridge again, Fabregas supplied two assists in the 3-0 victory over Middlesbrough to earn a third Dream Team appearance. The Spaniard has delivered double-figure hauls in three of Chelsea’s last five home matches.

Sam Vokes (Burnley) £5.6m

The only forward to make the cut, Vokes scored a brace in Burnley's 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion to secure a first Dream Team call-up. He has had 15 touches in the opposition penalty area over the last two Gameweeks – second only to Swansea City’s Fernando Llorente (£6.1m) among forwards – scoring three goals.

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