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GW23 Selection: Anfield form seals Robertson recall

The Scout 18 Jan 2019
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The Scout reckons Liverpool defender can bring in more FPL points at home against Crystal Palace

The home form of Andrew Robertson (£6.7m) earns him a return to The Scout’s best XI for Gameweek 23 of Fantasy Premier League.

Liverpool’s left-back has averaged 6.7 points per match at Anfield ahead of a weekend visit from Crystal Palace.

Robertson has produced two assists and seven clean sheets in his nine home appearances, earning nine bonus points.

He takes his place in a 3-5-2 formation, with Mohamed Salah (£13.4m) handed the armband and Paul Pogba (£8.6m) given the vice-captaincy.

Ben Foster (WAT) £4.5m

Watford’s goalkeeper has made 15 saves, earning five save points, in the last two Gameweeks. That highlights the importance of Foster for the home match with Burnley.

Matt Doherty (WOL) £5.2m

The Wolverhampton Wanderers wing-back has fired 15 shots on target, more than any other FPL defender. Doherty faces a Leicester City side who have failed to score more than one goal in their last seven away fixtures.

Andrew Robertson (LIV) £6.7m

More than 128,000 managers have moved for the Scot after an injury to team-mate Trent Alexander-Arnold (£5.2m). Robertson is five points clear at the top of the defender standings after his clean sheet and maximum bonus at Brighton & Hove Albion last weekend.

Lucas Digne (EVE) £5.3m

His 12 points in Gameweek 22 was his third double-figure haul in seven appearances. Digne is the most-bought defender in the Gameweek, with more than 175,000 transfers in, as Everton head to Southampton.

Mohamed Salah (LIV) £13.4m

Liverpool’s midfielder has averaged 7.9 points per home match this season. Salah has one goal and two assists over his last two Premier League encounters with Crystal Palace.

Paul Pogba (MUN) £8.6m

The Manchester United midfielder's home form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks ominous for Brighton. Pogba has four goals and 33 FPL points in his last two appearances at Old Trafford. 

Dele Alli (TOT) £8.9m

The absence of Harry Kane (£12.5m) and Son Heung-min (£8.7m) can transform Alli’s potential in Fantasy. He is expected to take up an advanced attacking role as Tottenham Hotspur travel to Fulham.

Leroy Sane (MCI) £9.6m

The winger has two double-digit hauls in his last five appearances ahead of his trip to Huddersfield Town. Sane can be among the armband favourites as Manchester City look for a repeat of their 6-1 win over the Terriers back in Gameweek 2.

Richarlison (EVE) £6.9m

His total of 13 shots inside the penalty area in the last four Gameweeks was more than any other FPL midfielder. Richarlison visits a Southampton defence with just one clean sheet in 12 attempts.

Marcus Rashford (MUN) £7.5m

Man Utd’s in-form forward has been bought by a massive 601,000 managers for his home match with Brighton. Rashford has three goals, two assists and 30 FPL points in the last three Gameweeks.

Raul Jimenez (WOL) £6.4m

When selected, the Mexican has been involved in 64 per cent of Wolves' goals at Molineux. At home, Jimenez has fired 28 shots inside the penalty area, a total bettered by only two other players this season.

What the experts say

Holly Shand (@FFCommunity_): The 3-5-2 formation reflects a lack of choice in the forward slots this week, particularly with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.3m) facing Chelsea. I’m interested to see if Alli steps up in the absence of Kane for a favourable fixture against Fulham. I’m nervous of not owning Digne once more this weekend. His double-digit return against AFC Bournemouth really hurt my rank!

Ben Crabtree (@FC_CrabDogg): This team looks set to score big with a great midfield and lots of potential in defence. Fernando Llorente (£5.6m) could have been worth a shout over Jimenez but would be a risk.

Lee Bonfield (@FPLFamily): Good picks! Mainly because I have most of them! I don’t have Alli though and I’m happy to wait and see how Spurs set up. They should win, but will be missing their two most potent weapons and possibly the presence of a combative midfielder, with Moussa Sissoko (£4.9m) out and Mousa Dembele sold.

Sam Bonfield (@FPLFamily): I really like it. A lot are in my team, which is pleasing. Richarlison is an interesting pick. He hasn’t been worth the money recently but the fixtures are good so he needs to show the form to go alongside it. I would have gone for Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.3m) instead.

Ben McNair (@drbenmcnair): FPL managers' eyes will light up at the number of highly owned players this week. Alli and Richarlison look to have been picked based on fixtures rather than form. Eden Hazard (£11.1m) and Ryan Fraser (£6.1m) would be safer picks. I'm excited to see how Kevin De Bruyne (£9.7m) performs at Huddersfield Town. It would be a risky pick, as his minutes are still being managed, but he impressed off the bench against Wolves last weekend and looks as likely to start as any Man City attacker on Saturday.

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