FPL GW01 Review
Seriously, How good was it to have the Premier League back?
Liverpool had a hard fought win against newly promoted Leeds. Leeds showed promise and will beat top teams at some stage this season and should definitely stay up.
Arsenal went about their business as per usual. Chelsea notched up their first win eventually downing Brighton at the Amex Stadium. It looks all doom and gloom for West Ham to start the season losing 2-0 to Newcastle, with both of the new Newcastle boys Hendrick and Wilson getting on the score sheet.
Everton surprised a few including me, by defeating Spurs. I do reckon Leon Osman is well ahead of himself by saying “Everton can win the league”. Routine win for Leicester over WBA, Palace might of surprised a few with a win over Southampton thanks to a Zaha volley at the back post, while Wolves went about their business securing a 2-0 win against Sheff Utd.
If you’re a Mo Salah owner then you would of been very happy with his hat-trick and 20-point return, unfortunately I went for Mane instead and lost out by 18 points.
Only four teams kept clean sheets – Everton, Wolves, Newcastle and Crystal Palace.
Reece James returned his owners 14 points and they will be hoping he can hold his spot over Cesar Azpilicueta for the game at Stamford Bridge against Liverpool on Monday night.
Even though James Rodriguez only returned his owners 3 points, he performed remarkably well, make sure he is on your radar as he will start getting you plenty of points soon.
Gabriel surprised many by making his debut against Fulham and even getting himself a Premier League goal. I’ll be honest I thought Willian would start on the bench and Pepe would be in the starting XI but nope Arteta went the other way. Willian finished with 3 assists and 12 points. Aubameyang got his goal and 49% of the FPL managers should be pleased about that.
It was Robertson who scored extra points this week, Alexander-Arnold finished on 1 point which is upsetting for 56.3% of FPL. This coming week they come up against Chelsea which will be a tough game but TAA should bounce back and he loves a goal against Chelsea, scoring in both meetings last season.
As mentioned before Newcastle, Everton and Crystal Palace were the surprises of the weekend. I did not expect Calvert-Lewin to win the match for Everton.
Palace beating Saints was also a bit of a surprise. Many FPL managers had Ings and Adams along with Kyle Walker-Peters. I was stressing so much when I saw the red card given to KWP in the second half. I do believe the red was justifiable as the referee had a split decision to make as it was high and was quite late. He was very lucky to remain on the pitch.
Newcastle went about their business and kept a clean sheet which surprised me but West Ham now have a huge mountain to climb early on. I wouldn’t be taking any West Ham players going forward till at least GW10 like I mentioned in my season preview. Newcastle won’t be playing West Ham every week, they will have games where they concede plenty of goals. If you are interested in any Magpie, you should be looking at Callum Wilson.
Oh and lastly, I was absolutely FUMING at Scott Parker! First game of the season and MITROVIC is on the BENCH. Okay, I’m being dramatic, but still he should have started. Kamara had a golden opportunity to put Fulham ahead and if that was Mitrovic I reckon it would of been 1-0 to Fulham and Arsenal would of been playing catch up. Apparently Mitrovic had some issue with his hamstring but hopefully that won’t be too long-term an issue.
Scott Parker better start him this week!
The dream team for this week was in formation 5-4-1
- GK: Guaita (CRY) – 10 pts
- DEF: Saiss (WOL) – 15 pts
- DEF: Gabriel (ARS) – 15 pts
- DEF: R. James (CHE) – 14 pts
- DEF: Castagne (LEI) – 14 pts
- DEF: Digne (EVE) – 13 pts
- MID: Salah (LIV) – 20 pts
- MID: Hendrick (NEW) – 14 pts
- MID: Willian (ARS) – 14 pts
- MID: Jorginho (CHE) – 12 pts
- FWD: Jamie Vardy (LEI) – 13 pts
From the dream team which scored 153 points I wouldn’t be too reactionary, you chose your team at the start of the season for a reason.
There will be lots of early wildcards on GW02, but if you can save a transfer this week and then next week you have two free transfers to help you change up a bit. The highest scoring team was a player from Norway scoring 142 points, using his triple captain on Salah giving him 60 points. His team isn’t all too bad and some gambles actually paid off like Guaita and Willian.
My preview and suggested transfers will be out soon along with just some tips in what to do in the coming gameweeks.
Hope you all had a good game week, I definitely didn’t and now I’m playing catch up this season already.
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Josh Dowling js from Australia and has been playing FPL for 9 years. He follows Liverpool fervently and is passionate about the Beautiful Game.
He is currently coaching and getting his FFA C license.
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