It’s time for some final tinkering before the Fantasy Premier League season gets underway.
After a long summer, we’re eager to sink our teeth into Gameweek 1 and, hopefully, get off to a flyer.
Liverpool and Manchester City assets will unsurprisingly be among the most popular and the two sides begin with attractive fixtures. The Reds face newly-promoted Norwich City at Anfield while the reigning champions travel to West Ham.
The clash of the weekend though will be staged at Old Trafford where Manchester United begin the new season against Frank Lampard’s Chelsea.
Here’s a few picks to help you get off to a great start.
CAPTAIN – MOHAMED SALAH | LIVERPOOL | 12.5M
Mohamed Salah is probably the safest captaincy pick to begin with. The Liverpool star has been the game’s top-scoring asset for the last two seasons, bagging 259 points last term.
Despite his returns, the emergence of Sadio Mane was a drawback for Salah owners. The Senegalese nearly matched his team-mate while being a whopping 3.5m cheaper as he was priced at 9.5m and Salah at 13m.
This time around though, his value has risen to 11.5m, just 1m less than the Egyptian. That, coupled with the fact that Salah has had some minutes in pre-season and played in the Community Shield against City last week as opposed to Mane who is yet to feature, makes him the more appealing option.
Salah also looked like Liverpool’s biggest threat against the Citizens and having topped the charts for shots last season with 137, he should enjoy numerous efforts at goal against Norwich.
He has a total of 78 direct goal involvements over the last two FPL seasons. Salah’s simply the best choice.
RAHEEM STERLING (12.0m) will be the one hoping to dethrone Salah as FPL’s top scorer. He was pivotal to City’s title-winning campaign and fell 25 points shot of the Liverpool man’s tally. He’s bound to be City’s main man again, especially with Leroy Sane injured, and should breach West Ham’s defence.
HARRY KANE (11.0m) looks like he may be geared up for a fine season. Even though he was far from his sharpest last term, he averaged 3.6 shots per game, more than any other player. Meanwhile, his 1.6 shots on target per game was only topped by Salah. A price drop from 12.5m to 11m is most welcome as well and he takes on Aston Villa at home first up.
NICOLAS PEPE (9.5m) is Arsenal’s bright new star in attack and while many will be apprehensive about captaining a foreign recruit on his Premier League debut, he presents a great differential. He’s owned by less than 7 per cent so far and is listed as a midfielder though he could well operate in a front three. Away to a Newcastle side reeling from a tumultuous summer, it could be the perfect storm for the Frenchman.
ONE TO GET
GYLFI SIGURDSSON | EVERTON | 8.0M
Many fail to realise that Gylfi Sigurdsson had his best-ever FPL campaign last season with 13 goals and six assists. He’s firmly established as the No10 for Everton and is on set-piece and penalty duty. He will also have the gifted Moise Kean to link up with in attack now while enjoying great fixtures early on starting with a trip to Selhurst Park. Take all that into account and the Iceland international is a steal at 8m.
ONE TO AVOID
WILLY BOLY | WOLVES | 5.0M
With Matt Doherty rising to 6m this season, many FPL managers have turned to other assets in Wolves’ defence. Most seem to have settled on Willy Boly at 5m but opting for Wolves defenders entirely at the moment may be a mistake. They begin with a tough run of fixtures and have a Europa League qualifier in Armenia against FC Pyunik just two days before their opener away to Leicester.
JOSHUA KING | BOURNEMOUTH | 6.5M
At just 6.5m, Joshua King is a budget striker still capable of delivering consistent returns. While team-mate Callum Wilson (8m) is more explosive, King has the advantage of being on penalty duty while being significantly cheaper. Bournemouth start by hosting newly-promoted Sheffield United and King averaged 5.3 points per home match last season.
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