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GW23 Dream Team: West Brom defence make return

The Scout 16 Jan 2018
West Brom v Brighton

Set-piece goals and clean sheet help the Baggies return to the elite XI for the first time since Gameweek 8

West Bromwich Albion's return to the Dream Team ranks could signal a revival for their players in Fantasy Premier League

Up until last weekend, Nacer Chadli (£5.6m), in Gameweek 8, and Ahmed Hegazi (£4.6m), back in Gameweek 1, were West Brom's only two contributions to the weekly elite, fewer than any other side. 

But that came to an end, along with the Baggies’ 20-match winless streak, with the 2-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion.

Dream Team, Gameweek 23
Kasper Schmeichel (LEI) £5.0m; 11pts

The Dane produced seven saves at Stamford Bridge to earn a second successive clean sheet. Awarded the maximum three bonus points against Chelsea, he moves to 12 for the season. No goalkeeper has more.

Antonio Valencia (MUN) £6.7m; 15pts

Returning from a hamstring injury, Valencia helped Manchester United to a 3-0 win over Stoke City by scoring their opener. That took him to three goals for the campaign, matching his tally over the previous three seasons combined.

Jonny Evans (WBA) £4.9m; 15pts

The captain set West Brom on the way to beating Brighton with a second goal of the campaign. Evans ranked top for defenders in the Bonus Points System (42). This helped him to match the best tally by a West Brom defender this season, alongside Ahmed Hegazi’s 15 points in Gameweek 1.

Craig Dawson (WBA) £4.8m; 14pts

Like Evans, the Baggies right-back also scored from a corner to return a double-figure score. No defender has fired more shots in the opposition penalty area than Dawson’s six over the last four Gameweeks.

Marko Arnautovic (WHU) £7.0m; 16pts

The Austrian’s goal in West Ham United’s 4-1 win at Huddersfield Town was his sixth in seven starts. Arnautovic coupled his second-half strike with two assists to top-score in the Gameweek and gain a second Dream Team call-up.

Manuel Lanzini (WHU) £6.8m; 14pts

Lanzini benefited from the Arnautovic assists to get his second and third goals of the campaign. Found in just 2.5% of squads, the Argentinian benefits from a favourable run of opponents who all score just two in the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR).

James Ward-Prowse (SOU) £5.0m; 15pts

The midfielder earns his Dream Team debut courtesy of both his side's goals in Southampton’s 2-2 draw at Watford. His 15 points is the highest Gameweek total by a Saints player this season.

Ilkay Gundogan (MCI) £5.3m; 13pts

Selected ahead of David Silva (£8.0m) against Liverpool, the German produced a goal and an assist in the 4-3 defeat at Anfield. Gundogan has recorded two double-digit scores from just five starts, but he remains an uncertain selection in Pep Guardiola’s starting XI.

Son Heung-min (TOT) £8.2m; 13pts

The South Korean made a ninth successive start for Tottenham Hotspur in the 4-0 win over Everton and has supplied six goals and five assists over that run. His score of 91.0 for ICT Threat was a Gameweek 23 high, made up of seven shots, which were more than any other player.

Harry Kane (TOT) £13.0m; 13pts

The striker atoned for his lack of points in Gameweek 22 with another double-digit tally in Spurs’ win. Kane has drawn level with Mohamed Salah (£10.2m) on seven Dream Team appearances for the season, four more than any other FPL forward.

Callum Wilson (BOU) £5.7m; 12pts

The AFC Bournemouth striker took his tally to three goals in four Gameweeks, while also providing the assist for Jordon Ibe’s (£4.8m) winner against Arsenal. Among forwards only Kane has fired more shots than Wilson's 15 over those last four matches. 

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