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GW4 Scout Selection: Alonso eyes another double

The Scout 1 Sep 2018
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Chelsea defender and FPL's top points scorer features alongside Aguero, Salah and Hazard

Salah? Aguero? Mane? No, the first name in The Scout's XI for Gameweek 4 is Marcos Alonso (£6.7m).

Fantasy Premier League managers often look to forwards to bring in the big points. But Alonso is proving more powerful than them all.

The Chelsea left-back has a goal and four assists in three appearances under new head coach Maurizio Sarri.

As a result, he faces AFC Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on Saturday as the top scorer in FPL, on 35 points.

He is the only player to record double-figure points hauls in each of the first three Gameweeks, and takes his place in a 4-4-2 formation.

Mat Ryan (BHA) £4.5m

Brighton & Hove Albion’s No 1 hosts a Fulham side who managed only three shots on target in their previous away match. But even if the Cottagers do score, Ryan could get save points. His total of 66 saves at home last season was more than any goalkeeper.

Marcos Alonso (CHE) £6.7m

The most-owned defender in FPL has the goal threat to reward his 34.1 per cent ownership. His total of seven shots is more than any other defender.

Benjamin Mendy (MCI) £6.4m

Over a million managers have bought Mendy since the start of the season, more than any other defender. He has four assists in the first three Gameweeks and could be set for an advanced wing-back role at home to Newcastle United.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (CRY) £4.1m

The budget favourite is back from suspension for Crystal Palace’s home match with Southampton. He sits in over 22 per cent of squads and has proven his worth with a 12-point return in Gameweek 1.

Hector Bellerin (ARS) £5.5m

Arsenal’s right-back supplied his first assist of 2018/19 in a Gameweek 3 win over West Ham United. Bellerin now travels to Cardiff City, the only side who have failed to score in their first three fixtures.

Mohamed Salah (LIV) £13.0m

Liverpool’s winger has justified his hefty 54 per cent ownership with two goals and two assists in three appearances. No player can better Salah’s 16 shots or 12 chances created ahead of his trip to Leicester City. He is our vice-captain.

Eden Hazard (CHE) £10.6m

The Belgian marked his return to the Chelsea starting XI with a converted penalty against Newcastle. Along with Salah, he is the only other midfielder to produce a goal or an assist in all three Gameweeks. Hazard also has a strong record against AFC Bournemouth, scoring five goals over their last five league meetings.

Theo Walcott (EVE) £6.7m

He has earned over 595,000 new owners for this Gameweek as FPL managers look to replace his suspended team-mate, Richarlison (£6.7m). Walcott has scored in back-to-back matches ahead of a home match with Huddersfield Town.

Pascal Gross (BHA) £6.9m

All of his seven goals and six of his eight assists last season came in home matches. He is also on penalties for Brighton, while visitors Fulham have conceded at least two goals in all three of their matches.

Sergio Aguero (MCI) £11.3m

Twenty points against Huddersfield in Manchester City’s last home match highlight Aguero’s form. Having also scored eight goals in his last two meetings with Newcastle at the Etihad Stadium, he is our Gameweek 4 captain.

Wilfried Zaha (CRY) £7.1m

The second-most popular forward in FPL sits in 32.7 per cent of squads for Crystal Palace’s home encounter with Southampton. Zaha has scored in six of his last nine Gameweek appearances and faces a defence who have conceded two goals in each of their last two matches.

What the FPL experts say 

Holly Shand (@FFCommunity_): "A clean sheet looks likely for Bellerin against a goal-shy Cardiff. David Silva would be a worthy addition alongside Aguero and Mendy, facing a struggling Newcastle."

Tom (@WGTA_FPL): "Wing-backs galore here! I like the inclusion of Brighton talisman Gross, who scored 40 per cent of Brighton’s attacking points last season. Solid week ahead."

Mark McGettigan (@FPLGeneral): "I like the Gross pick this week. It looks like he will be rotated more this season but should be a banker for home matches."

Simon March (@MarchSimon) "Good to see Gross getting some attention. He is so central to everything Brighton do that, as their fixtures start to ease up, I think he has potential to be among the next big midfield targets."

Lee Bonfield (@FPLFamily): "In the year of the wing-back, I like the look of that attacking backline. Walcott should also provide some points against Huddersfield’s leaky defence."

See: The Scout's panel of FPL experts

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