Scout Picks: GW23
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Carljohan Eriksson, Mjällby AIF, 4.9m
Mjällby’s defence has been seriously impressive lately and Carljohan Eriksson has been at the forefront of that. With 7 straight clean sheets, 6 save points, and 8 defensive bonus points registered due to ball recoveries, Eriksson looks a solid bet for those looking at a goalkeeper switch for the final part of the season.
Elohor Godswill Ekpolo, BK Häcken, 7.1m
Largely going under the radar this season much due to his price, Elohor Godswill Ekpolo is showing signs of delivering on the new premium price tag. Popping up with a goal from an unusually attacking position in GW22, Ekpolo has 6 offensive and 30 (!) offensive bonus points this season.
Joel Nilsson, Mjällby AIF, 5.6m
Joel Nilsson seems to have re-established himself in the lineup lately and is one of the most attacking wingbacks in the game, playing for a defensively solid Mjällby outfit. Kalmar at home is a test for their newfound resilience but even if the clean sheet would be lost, Nilsson offers a significant threat going forward and could pop up with more attacking returns.
Carlos Moros Gracia, Mjällby AIF, 4.5m
Carlos Moros Gracia completes the defensive treble up which does carry some risk against an in-form Kalmar attack, yet Moros offers a likely secure route into defensive bonus points, getting 9 defensive bonus points from his 10 appearances so far.
Benjamin Hjertstrand, Örebro SK, 4.3m
New Örebro coach Marcus Lantz hints at scrappy football, a new formation and defense being a priority to stay up. This could potentially see Benjamin Hjertstrand take up a spot as left wingback, or as a defensive midfielder (pending the fitness of other players). Hjertstrand has had some attacking success in Superettan with Brage, scoring 9 goals and 8 assists in 83 appearances for the club.
Magnus Eriksson, Djurgården, 9.9m
Ever present Magnus Eriksson is in charge of keeping the title dreams alive for Djurgården after their defeat to local rivals AIK in GW22. Elfsborg should provide them with a stern test, but it remains highly likely that Eriksson comes out of the game with his usual minimum of 4-5 points, even without attacking returns.
Nahir Besara, Örebro SK, 8.3m
If Örebro are to stand any chance of staying up, they also have to score some goals in order to win games. Nahir Besara could benefit from the change in formation and new direction that the club is taking, and he will be needed to make an impact away to a similarly troubled Göteborg side.
Patrik Wålemark, BK Häcken, 7.0m
Patrik Wålemark has been in fine form lately, scoring 2 goals, 4 assists, 6 offensive and 1 defensive bonus point. Häcken have a run of 4 home games in the next 5 and Wålemark looks to be priced kindly for the potential returns.
Anders Christiansen, Malmö FF, 12.2m
Malmö have to win most of their remaining games while staying ahead on goal difference as well, and attacking players like Anders Christiansen can be the beneficiary of that. 2 goals, 2 assists, 5 offensive and 5 defensive bonus points in his 5 last appearances, “AC” should do well against bottom dwellers Östersund.
Nabil Bahoui, Örebro SK, 8.3m
Nabil Bahoui has been taking up a slightly more advanced role as of late, recording 14 shots in his 4 last games (8 on target). AIK tends to perform in the derbies (3 wins in 3 this season) and Bahoui will be up against a Hammarby side without key defenders Jon Gudni Fjoluson and Mads Fenger, with Mohanad Jeahze uncertain as well pending fitness tests during the week.
Antonio Colak, Malmö FF, 10.4m
Antonio Colak has 10 goals and 5 assists on the season while still not managing to score what the expected goals data indicates (11.87). Fresh from a hattrick in the midweek cup tie, Colak will be looking to pick up the fight for the golden boot this season.
Every week in the Scout Picks, a captain is selected from the 11 chosen players. The Captain Pick is meant to give some guidance into who has the biggest potential for points this Gameweek and who looks relatively safe, according to the Scout.
This Gameweek the Captain Pick is Antonio Colak. He is in form, plays for a Malmö side in need of points and goals, and is facing Östersund who are rock bottom drifting closer towards assured relegation with just a few more games to go. On top of that, their goalkeeper Aly Keita managed to get himself suspended ahead of this one…