H17 2019-08-15 TOP 4 Players To Watch

This is the first ones to watch article of the new season and it's definitely good to be back. GW1 was a high scoring gameweek and we were able to see which players we should keep an eye on for GW2, so let's get into it...

WILSON (£8.0) - 17.9% ownership


GW2: vs Aston Villa (A)

We start off with the Bournemouth striker, Callum Wilson. FPL managers definitely had high hopes for the forward in the home game against Sheffield, but he only got an underwhelming 5 points. Wilson missed a big chance in the above mentioned game, however it fortunately turned into an assist after his shot that ricochet of the post was slotted in. He'll be making a trip to Villa Park in GW2, a side that conceded 31 shots at goal in GW1 vs Spurs. The forward ha a brilliant away record last season, scoring 9 goals and providing 5 assists. Villa on the other hand had the worst defensive record in the championship last season, shipping in a massive 38 goals. This suggests that Bournemouth might be able to rip into that Villa defence, with Wilson leading the attack.

SALAH (£12.5) - 45.3% ownership


GW2: vs Southampton (A)

Let's jump to another player who will be playing away from home, Mo Salah. Liverpool visit The Saints in GW2, a side that the Egyptian King has enjoyed playing against. He has scored in each of the 4 games he has played against Southampton (5 goals + 1). The Saints conceded 8 shots from inside the box, with only 4 teams allowing more. Salah had 2 shots from inside the box in GW1, both were on target with 1 being a big chance. He also created 3 chances, with all 3 chances resulting in a shot on target. So, fresh from getting a goal and an assist vs Norwich at Anfield, Salah might be able to continue his hot scoring form in GW2 vs The Saints at St Mary's. Mo for "Mo" fpl points.

Digne (£6.0) - 24.4%


GW2: vs Watford (H)

Next we turn our attention to a defender with high attacking, Everton's left back, Luka Digne. Everton continued their dull display in front of goal in GW1, but a positive to take out is that they kept her another cleansheet picking up from where they left off last season. This suggests that there is more value in defence than in attack for Everton, with Digne being the standout pick because of the number of chances he creates from both open play & set-pieces. He was able to create 1 big chance away to Palace in GW1 but the resulting shot was cleared off the line. Which proves the point that his created chances don't get converted. Digne will be looking to get back-to-back cleansheets, and maybe get an attacking return since the side he'll be facing conceded 3 goals in their own backyard.
Also the Toffees kept five consecutive home Premier League clean sheets at the end of the 2018/19 season. Only once before have they had a longer such run in the competition, keeping seven in a row between March and September 2013.

Sterling (£12.1) - 37.2% ownership


We close off the article on very high note, ending off with hat-trick hero Raheem Sterling. The England international ran riot at the London Stadium playing as a false 9. He racked up a gameweek high points tally of 21 after scoring 3 goals. Sterling had 4 shots at goal from inside the box, and all four were on target (3 being big chances). In GW2, he faces a Spurs side that only kept 1 cleansheet against the big six last season, conceding 15 goals. He has had 8 goal involvements (5 goals + 3 assists) in 12 games against Spurs. GW1 showed that De Bruyne can't cover Sterling, and that he is definitely worth the extra £2.5m (well now he is £2.6m more than KDB after the price rise).

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