FPL Team Preview: Wolves
Wolves have one of the best attacking partnerships since Suarez and Sturridge – Jimenez and Traore. Wolves should do the same as last season and be around the mark for European Football again.
Jimenez was Wolves’ top scorer in FPL last season with 194 points, while Patricio finished with 153 points and 4th highest score in goalkeepers. Wolves had 9 players with over 100 points, while 2 other players Boly and Neves finished on 97 points.
Wolverhampton’s first 5 games are:
- Sheffield United (A)
- Manchester City (H)
- West Ham (A)
- Fulham (H)
- Leeds (A)
Wolves did the league double over Manchester City last season and they lost 1-0 and drew 1-1 with Sheffield Utd, but this season I expect them to open their account with a win against Sheffield Utd and most probably get about 12 points out of 15 to start their season.
There are several interesting choices from within the Wolves team. Patricio is worth a look at his price range and in defence, both Vinagre and Coady are good options. Jimenez has already generated a lot of interest and do keep Jota and Traore within sight – they are top top players at their price points.
They might have lost Doherty to Spurs but there is stability in this Wolves team and I expect them to finish in the top 7 as they have done so in the previous two seasons.
Rui Patricio (5.5): Finished as the fourth highest goalkeeper scorer in FPL with 153 points. He played every single minute in the Premier League season and produced 90 saves while keeping 13 clean sheets. When he first came into the Premier League he was 4.5 and this season he is 5.5 which is still value I reckon – will at some point be my keeper this season. Currently only in 6.6% of teams and by the end of the season it will be over 10%.
Ruben Vinagre (4.5): Vinagre will benefit from Jonny’s long term injury. His budget price point enables FPL managers to free up valuable cash for other departments. He is currently in 18.4% of teams and even though he only played 644 minutes last season. He only scored 32 points and was involved in 3 of the 13 clean sheets Wolves kept last season. Another defender of Wolves who hasn’t opened his account in either the goals or assists department. He is currently in my player pool and may find his way into my final team.
Conor Coady (5.0): Second highest scoring defender for Wolves last season only behind Jonny. I believe Coady will step up and improve on his last season score of 118. He played every minute last season and was involved in all 13 clean sheets. He hasn’t scored a Premier League goal or provided an assist yet. Let’s hope he gets off the mark this season. A recent England call-up may spur him on even more. Currently at 7.1% ownership.
Ruben Neves (5.5): Neves has scored some wonderful goals in the Premier League from free kicks or from long-ranged strikes. In FPL he has only scored 97 points, only 7 down on his previous season in 3053 minutes which was 47 minutes more than the previous season. In the 97 points he scored only 2 goals and provided 2 assists down on his previous season tally of 4 goals and 3 assists. I’m hoping he improves his goal contributions to at least 10-12 which would lift his points to close to 120 points which at 5.5 is a value pick. He is only in 2.5% of teams.
Adam Traore (6.5): He has forged an amazing partnership with Raul Jimenez. He has improved his minutes and points massively. He finished third in Wolves FPL points rankings with 130 points playing 2599 minutes scoring 4 goals and providing 9 assists. He most probably will continue to do the same this season with the possibility of increasing his goal output. I won’t be considering him in my initial team but will have him on my watch list.
Joao Moutinho (5.5): Moutinho is a player who stays under the radar all the time in regards to FPL. He’s a natural central midfielder who played 3105 minutes last season scoring 113 points consisting of only 1 goal and 7 assists. I will have him on my watch list this season and hopefully he can score a couple more goals this season.
Diogo Jota (6.5): In his first season was a midfielder but played as a front two alongside Jimenez, so last season he became a forward but then played majority of his games on the wing which now has made him a midfielder again. Playing as a winger he scored 7 goals and 3 assists for a score of 105 points. A little down on his previous season in 2018/19 where he scored 139 points with 9 goals and 8 assists. Definitely consider him as a possibility but it is definitely between him and Traore for your team if you have Jimenez in your team. Currently is in only 3.2% of teams.
Raul Jimenez (8.5): Wolves highest scorer last season with 194 points from 3241 minutes. He scored 17 goals and provided 7 assists. This season he is priced at 8.5 which is quite high but if he can produce the exactly the same as last season he is very worth considering in your team, he improved on his first season in the premier league by 13 points and 4 goals. Currently in 20% of teams.
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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.
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