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GW5 Scout Selection: Mendy eyes more returns

The Scout 14 Sep 2018
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Flying full-back is one of three Man City players in the XI as Sergio Aguero is handed the captaincy

The creative potential of Benjamin Mendy (£6.4m) earns him a place in The Scout’s XI for Gameweek 5.

Manchester City’s left-back is the most-bought player in Fantasy Premier League this season.

Over 1.33million managers have transferred in Mendy, who has five assists in the first four Gameweeks.

His raids forward have been a major influence on City’s attacks.

Mendy’s total of 27 crosses is more than any other player in the Premier League.

He takes his place in a 3-4-3 formation as The Scout stocks up on City and Chelsea players.

Asmir Begovic (BOU) £4.5m

A home encounter with Leicester City grants Begovic the chance of a second clean sheet of the season. No team have allowed fewer big chances, or gilt-edged scoring opportunities, than AFC Bournemouth’s total of two.

Marcos Alonso (CHE) £6.8m

The top-scoring player in FPL has a home meeting with Cardiff City at Stamford Bridge. With one goal, five assists and three clean sheets, Alonso offers multiple routes to points against the Bluebirds.

Benjamin Mendy (MCI) £6.4m

He has claimed three assists in his first two home appearances, creating seven chances overall. Visitors Fulham have conceded nine goals over their first four fixtures, suggesting that Mendy could be in for another major haul.

Matt Doherty (WOL) £4.4m

The wing-back has caught the eye down the Wolverhampton Wanderers right. Doherty is their leading player for successful open-play crosses, with 11, ahead of a visit from Burnley. Only three defenders have surpassed his five shots inside the opposition penalty area.

Eden Hazard (CHE) £10.7m

Along with team-mate Alonso, Hazard is the only player to have produced either a goal or an assist in each of his first four matches. Having scored 11 points in his last home match, he is the vice-captain for Gameweek 5.

Raheem Sterling (MCI) £11.0m

No team-mate bettered his total of six double-digit hauls at home last season. Sterling has scored in two of his three appearances, including a 10-point return at home against Newcastle United in Gameweek 4.

Pedro (CHE) £6.8m

The Chelsea midfielder has three goals in the first four Gameweeks, one short of his total for 2017/18. Having emerged from the bench to fire the opener in Gameweek 4, Pedro is expected to replace Willian (£7.4m) on the Blues’ right flank.

Lucas Moura (TOT) £7.3m

Three goals and an assist have earned the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder more than 331,000 transfers in for Gameweek 5. Lucas can reward that faith against Liverpool at Wembley Stadium from his new central role alongside Harry Kane (£12.5m).

Sergio Aguero (MCI) £11.3m

Man City’s striker has three goals and two assists in his first two home appearances of 2018/19. At home against a Fulham defence that have yet to keep a clean sheet, Aguero wears the captain’s armband for Gameweek 5.

Callum Wilson (BOU) £6.2m

He has been involved in all four of AFC Bournemouth’s home goals, scoring once and providing three assists. No player has bettered Wilson’s 14 shots inside the penalty area ahead of a visit from Leicester City.

Danny Ings (SOU) £5.6m

The Southampton forward welcomes Brighton & Hove Albion and is in fine form. Ings has scored in two of his three starts for Saints and his 12 shots inside the penalty area is ranked third overall.

What the FPL experts say 

Holly Shand (@FFCommunity): Triple Chelsea and Man City should serve managers well, with favourable fixtures. Don’t overlook Liverpool assets, particularly as Spurs are without the injured Dele Alli and Hugo Lloris.

Tom (@WGTA_FPL): I zeroed in on the Pedro pick: he's my foil of choice as a non-Eden Hazard owner and is lying in the top five for shots in the box among midfielders.

Mark McGettigan (@FPLGeneral): I like the Ings pick. He's coming in on my Wildcard this week. He has 14 goal attempts despite playing just 271 minutes.

Ben Crabtree (@FC_CrabDogg): The Doherty pick is interesting. I am hoping for those attacking returns he's teased. Sterling looks like he'll be a good differential for a while.

Lee Bonfield (@FPLFamily): Wilson is the intriguing pick. He’s been wasteful in front of goal, but AFC Bournemouth are creating a lot of big chances, and I’d back Wilson to start converting.

Neal Thurman (@Neiljthurman): With Jamie Vardy back, I don't like Begovic for the clean sheet. I'd be looking at Alex McCarthy against a Brighton side who haven't scored on their travels yet.

Sam Bonfield (@FPLFamily): With Alli ruled out, Lucas Moura is starting to look even more essential. With three goals and an assist in the last three Gameweeks he looks a great choice.

Chuck Booth (@ChuckBoothSport): The faith in Sterling will bring home the points this weekend. With Fulham's defence suspect at best, it'd be expected for him to get the attacking returns along with Aguero.

Paul Gee (@FPLPaulGee): All the rage is to go with Hazard but, at nearly the same price point and less than three per cent ownership, Sterling over the next three Gameweeks could blow him out of the water!

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