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FPL team news: Xhaka benefits from Zaha sales

The Scout 19 Aug 2017
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Find out who is available and missing for Gameweek 2, as managers replace Crystal Palace winger with Arsenal midfielders

Wilfried Zaha (£7.0m) has been ruled out of Crystal Palace's Gameweek 2 trip to Liverpool, accelerating his Fantasy Premier League sales.

The Palace winger is the most-sold player ahead of Saturday's 11:30 BST deadline, with 300,000+ managers moving him out.

Granit Xhaka (£5.6m) has been the major beneficiary; more than 51,000 have brought in the Arsenal midfielder for Zaha.

Willian (£7.0m; 34,000+ managers) and Aaron Ramsey (£7.0m; 24,000+) have been the other popular replacements.

Zaha's absence could boost Liverpool's clean sheet prospects. But managers should remember Crystal Palace have won their last three trips to Anfield.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (£4.5m) is the most popular target in Jurgen Klopp's defence. He has claimed 22,000+ new owners and looks set to retain his role at right-back with Nathaniel Clyne (£5.5m) still sidelined. 

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Defoe boost

Jermain Defoe (£8.0m) could get his first start for AFC Bournemouth.

The striker was introduced from the bench in the 1-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion in Gameweek 1.

Owned by only 4.4% of managers, Defoe could be unleashed against visitors Watford, who are without defenders Younes Kaboul (£4.5m) and Daryl Janmaat (£5.0m). Their playmaker, Roberto Pereyra (£6.0m), is also ruled out.

Antonio addition

West Ham United will be strengthened by the return of Michail Antonio (£7.5m) for their trip to Southampton.

With nine goals and eight assists, Antonio was a key figure in 2016/17. FPL managers should monitor his progress, with the schedule about to ease up for Slaven Bilic's men. 

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Stoke debutants

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has hinted he will call on new signings Bruno Martins Indi (£5.0m), Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (£5.5m) and Jese Rodriguez (£6.0m) for the visit of Arsenal.

The latter could be of real interest to FPL managers, having arrived on loan from Paris Saint-Germain.

Rodriguez has been added to the game earlier today as a £6.0m midfield option.

For the Gunners, defenders Per Mertesacker (£5.0m) and Shkodran Mustafi (£5.5m) could return from injury.

Trippier assessment

Kieran Trippier (£5.5m) will be assessed and could boost Tottenham Hotspur for their first PL match at Wembley Stadium, against Chelsea on Sunday

The right-back was a major FPL target before his pre-season injury, having recorded five assists from only six starts last season.

Chelsea will be without the suspended Gary Cahill (£6.4m) and Cesc Fabregas (£6.9m), who have been sold by more than 263,000 and 162,000 managers respectively.

Pedro (£8.0m) also remains a doubt with an ankle problem. Head coach Antonio Conte is considering a debut for summer signing Tiemoue Bakayoko (£5.0m).

Eden Hazard (£10.5m) is also close to a return, news that will perhaps concern the recent investors in Willian (£7.0m). 

See: The Scout's Gameweek 2 selection

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