A new season starts on August 9th, which means Fantasy Premier League is back! Let’s dig in some of the tips hot off the grill the Overhead Kick concocted for you crazy football fans!
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At the beginning of the league, it’s tough to know who will perform and who will flunk. It’s important to get your basics right so you do not lag behind early on and also to prevent using a wildcard prematurely.
See also: Liverpool’s Ridiculous Schedule
One key tactic that has worked for me before is to figure out which players and teams from last season you can trust and mix it up with the favorable fixtures for the first five game weeks. You can also use preseason and transfer deals as an indicator of things to come but do not bet too much on this part.
Liverpool’s Clean Sheets
Jurgen Klopp’s team probably still have a bad taste in their mouth after City edged them for the title by only one point last season. They will be raring to go.
Liverpool’s Brazilians Alisson (6m) and Firmino (9.5m) won the Copa America together in the summer and their confidence is sky high. With Mane back late from vacation and Salah’s exorbitant price tag, Firmino gets the nod for me.
Liverpool had the most clean sheet last season so I will keep trusting in Alisson and Alexander-Arnold (7m), who can also deliver assists and is known to take corners (wink wink Barcelona).
Liverpool have a decent run of fixtures coming up: Norwich City (H), Southampton, Arsenal (H), Burnley and Newcastle (H). The only hiccup is the UEFA Super Cup game squeezed in between GW1 and GW2 but they have enough squad depth to manage that.
Bournemouth’s first two
Teams which have just earned promotion usually have a rough time getting started. The Cherries play Sheffield United and Aston Villa respectively in their first two games, so a couple of Bournemouth players to start the season is not a bad idea.
Wilson has provided points aplenty for FPL managers in the last two seasons, resulting in a price raise to 8m. If you have the funds, go for it! I would also recommend a cheaper alternative in Joshua King (6.5m) in case you do not feel like spending 8m on a Bournemouth striker.
Fraser is a fantastic midfield option and he impressed last season, so much that Arsenal came in for him, only to balk at the insane price Bournemouth asked. If the 7.5m price is too much for you, in Brooks’ (6.5m) absence, look to new signing Billing (5m) for a midfield berth. Freshly arrived from Huddersfield for 15m pounds, the Danish midfielder will want to prove himself to his new team. What better fixture than two recently promoted teams to demonstrate his abilities?
Last season’s golden boots were Aubameyang (11m), Mane and Salah, the African holy trinity of the EPL. Mane has missed preseason and I already recommended three Liverpool players so my money is on Auba.
With 22 goals last season, the Gabonese is a good choice. Aguero came close to winning the golden boot too but who knows when Pep will rotate him for Sterling or Jesus. Better wait and watch than have an expensive player yield 1 or 2 points or worst, none!
Arsenal have a mixed run of fixtures until GW6. Newcastle away, Burnley and Aston Villa at home should allow Auba to get a decent point haul. Liverpool is always tough. Watford and Spurs are no walk in the park either but apart from the Liverpool one, Arsenal can score in all of these games (even if they do not win) so Auba would still be very valuable.
This concludes our Part 1, with Aubameyang, King and Firmino as strikers, Billing as an affordable midfield option and Alexander-Arnold and Alisson in defence.
Go to Part 2!
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