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Every Wednesday, our panel of Fantasy Premier League experts look back at the previous Gameweek and ahead to the next one.
Following a thrilling second week of action, here’s what they had to say.
It was second time lucky for me with Romelu Lukaku as captain. He may not have bagged any bonus points over the weekend, but giving him the armband during the dreaded Saturday lunchtime kick off was vindicated with a goal.
He’s already displaying the kind of form which makes you think he will score 25+ goals this season. He’s already established himself as a must have. I might even captain him again in Gameweek 3.
The player that caught my eye this week was actually Watford’s new Brazilian signing Richarlison de Andrade aka Richarlison to you and me. Perhaps surprisingly listed as a midfielder he managed six shots in 80 minutes against Bournemouth and was certainly pushed further forward than perhaps was expected.
At £6m he is a solid option for consideration particularly if he continues in A. An advanced position and B. To shoot on sight! We all saw witness to the points potential last season of a certain Josh King being played out of position and who can forget the legend that was Michu back in the day (2012-13).
Richarlison has a lot to prove before he reaches that level so he’ll not be getting the captain’s armband yet but as a midfielder differential he’s already in my team.
Richarlison. Watford. 👀 #FPL
— Chief ⚽ #FPL Manager (@FPLHints) August 1, 2017
Jonas Lossl was probably not someone you considered as a viable goalkeeper pick during the pre-season. After all, Huddersfield had a negative goal difference last season and conceded more than a goal a game in the Championship.
However, he’s currently the 9th highest points scorer in FPL. This has been helped by making 9 saves, bagging 2 clean sheets and accruing 3 bonus points. If you’re looking for a cheap starting keeper, he may well be the answer.
I can already see myself buying a Huddersfield Town scarf this winter and I have genuinely loved their introduction to the Premier League. The underlying stat remains that if they win their next 36 league games they will be guaranteed Premier League Champions!
Realistically though they face Southampton in Gameweek 3 and I think it could be a real test for them in terms of what direction they will go this season.
Nathan Redmond is a player with the ability to perform on the pitch and frustrate fantasy managers in equal measure. His first two games though have seen a potent attacking threat and he’s had more shots than any other player in the Southampton team and tellingly more attempted assists than any other Saint also.
Now of course – unconverted chances don’t result in points in this format but needless to say if he continues putting up strong numbers each week then surely he can add to his points tally.
Javier Hernandez scored a brace in only his second match back in the Premier League. There will be plenty more goals for him over the course of the season. If you’re looking for a non-premium striker in the weeks ahead, he could make perfect sense.
In fact, West Ham’s next eight Gameweeks seem fairly generous and are as follows: Newcastle (A), Huddersfield (H), West Brom (A), Spurs (H), Swansea (H), Burnley (A), Brighton (H), Palace (A). He could easily score a goal a game during this period. Keep an eye on him.
I have already had a lot of interactions on Twitter asking about wildcard suggestions. There is no question it’s tempting to play it now, (particularly if you’ve had a slow start) but the reality here is hold fire.
Case in point– having Harry Kane in your line up at £12.5m and not bringing in the points is tough to watch. The goals will come. In both GWs 1+2 he has been close to scoring and perhaps unlucky not to.
With Burnley up next for Spurs and Kane alone averaging seven shots per game so far this season, surely it’s a matter of time for Kane and the same goes for the other big hitters in your squad.
I will be holding off any thoughts of wildcarding till after Gameweek 3 when we are lumbered with a delightful International break. Even then… If I can hold onto the Wildcard till later I will.
FantasyYIRMA.com started in 2012 as one of the early Fantasy Football blog accounts focused primarily on news and previews for the Premier League. Now after providing coverage across 191 consecutive Fantasy Premier League gameweeks we still haven’t a clue what we’re talking about however feel we could’ve qualified as an astronaut if the time had been spent more productively.
Liverpool will hope to book their spot in this season’s Champions League group stage when they met Hoffenheim in the second leg of their play-off on Wednesday night.
The Reds won 2-1 in the return fixture in Germany last week and will hope to advance to the group stage for just the second time in the past eight seasons.
Here we look at five talking points ahead of a crucial fixture for Jurgen Klopp’s Reds.
Hoffenheim manager Julian Nagelsmann expects their hosts on Wednesday to be more patient given they hold the slender advantage from the first leg and do not need an early goal. Liverpool know they may not even need to score to advance, but will Klopp abandon his normal methods to try to hold on to what they have got? That would certainly represent faith in a defence that few pundits have.
Fabled European nights at Anfield have been missing since May 2016, before the new Main Stand at the stadium was redeveloped, and Klopp is hoping his players can feed off the noise created by the home support. The Reds have won five of the six European games Klopp has taken charge of at Anfield, beating Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund and Villarreal en route to the Europa League final two seasons ago.
Klopp started the season by utilising back-in-favour Alberto Moreno on the left-hand side of his defence as summer signing Robertson was made to wait. However, an impressive first performance in the red shirt from the Scot against Crystal Palace on Saturday may have swayed his manager’s thinking in one of his biggest selection dilemmas for the second leg.
While Robertson staked his claim to remain in the team with his showing against Palace, England forward Sturridge did little for his chances with his hour-long display at the weekend. Klopp will surely restore Egyptian flyer Mohamed Salah to his starting XI and that means one of his attacking options has to revert to the bench, and Sturridge looks the most likely candidate.
Despite losing in the first leg, Hoffenheim midfielder Kerem Demirbay, a former youth player with Klopp’s old club Borussia Dortmund, declared that his team “play better football than Liverpool”. Klopp’s response was to state that it was “not like ice-skating where you are judged on the beauty”, and Liverpool’s opponents must be more than just aesthetically pleasing if they are to spring a shock.
Another day in football, another wave of transfer rumours to keep up with. Take a look at the most recent names and gossip being floated around in the media.
Will any of the following deals happen?
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has identified Schalke’s towering centre-half Benedikt Howedes, according to German outlet DW Sports.
The Reds’ summer-long pursuit of Southampton’s Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk is looking less likely and Klopp will turn his attention elsewhere to bolster his back line.
Makes sense for Liverpool to start considering their Plan B because Southampton’s stance on Van Dijk does not appear to be softening.
Klopp likes to buy from Germany and at £18million the 29-year-old represents an older but cheaper alternative.
Howedes has played alongside Liverpool defender Joel Matip in the past and has talked up a move abroad recently, adding credence to a possible transfer.
Matip and Howedes played together for years, makes sense..
— Rob🇳🇱 (@Ifcrob) August 22, 2017
Barcelona will table a fourth offer to Liverpool for their playmaker Philippe Coutinho in a deal which could rise to £138million, reports Sky Sports.
Liverpool have so far rejected bids of £118million, £90million and £72million and are hoping to reintegrate the Brazilian back into their starting line-up.
The report says the Catalan club will offer £101million up front and then a further £37million in bonuses related to Champions League appearances.
With so little time left in the window and a large chunk of that fee in add-ons, it’s incredibly difficult to see Liverpool accepting the offer having stood firm so far.
Chelsea are set to revive their efforts to sign Juventus full-back Alex Sandro.
According to calciomercato.com, the Serie A giants are hoping to negate the advances of Chelsea by offering a new contract but the Premier League side will return with a €70million offer after having multiple bids previously rejected.
It’s another rumour which has dragged throughout the summer but a resolution appears no closer.
Juventus have been clear in their stance and it seems Antonio Conte will be left disappointed, not for the first time this summer.