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FPL early ones to watch: Sane

The Scout 27 Jun 2018
Leroy Sane, Man City

Fresh and raring to go, the German winger could be the best player to exploit Man City's strong early fixtures

The Scout looks at players with favourable early fixtures for Fantasy Premier League managers to consider in their squads. 

Leroy Sane (MCI) £9.5m

Last season's PFA Young Player of the Year starts 2018/19 with an outstanding run of matches.

Over the first seven Gameweeks, Sane's Manchester City face each of the six teams who have been promoted to the Premier League in the last two seasons.

Man City's first seven matches
GW Opponent Venue
1 Arsenal A
2 Huddersfield H
3 Wolves A
4 Newcastle H
5 Fulham H
6 Cardiff  A
7 Brighton
Matching De Bruyne 

In Gameweek 1 Man City face a testing trip to Arsenal, who play their first match under new head coach Unai Emery. 

But Sane has scored in his two previous away meetings with the Gunners.

He supplied a goal, an assist and 13 FPL points in a 3-0 win in his most recent visit to Emirates Stadium in March.

That helped him finish last season as the sixth highest-scoring FPL midfielder on 179 points.

His average of 5.6 points per match was identical to team-mate Kevin De Bruyne

Home run 

Sane was particularly prolific at home.

Six of his eight double-figure hauls for the season came at the Etihad Stadium, which could be significant early on in 2018/19.

That's because in their first six home matches, Pep Guardiola's side avoid all of the teams who finished in the top six.

Fresh and rested

Sane will also be fresh for the new season having been left out of the Germany squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

That could give him an early advantage over other premium-priced midfielders who played international matches over the summer.

With FPL managers looking to Man City's attack for their initial squads, a rested Sane has the potential to make an immediate impact.

Also in this series 

Part 1: FPL early ones to watch: Begovic
Part 2: FPL early ones to watch: Mee
Part 3: FPL early ones to watch: Coleman
Part 4: FPL early ones to watch: Van Aanholt
Part 5: FPL early ones to watch: Otamendi
Part 7: FPL early ones to watch: Hazard
Part 8: FPL early ones to watch: Gudmundsson
Part 9: FPL early ones to watch: Sigurdsson
Part 10: FPL early ones to watch: Zaha
Part 11: FPL early ones to watch: Firmino
Part 12: FPL early ones to watch: King

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