TheFanMetric MW02 Team Reveal
What a MW01 we had from newly-promoted Brentford’s stunning win over Arsenal to Manchester United’s statement victory over Leeds to Nuno Espírito Santos claiming his win as Spurs manager over favourites and defending champions Manchester City in the last game of the weekend.
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As the dust settles, and MW02 is upon us, it only means one thing – time to consider your Fantasy selections. I’ll once again guide you with my selections and tips and hopefully make your decisions easier.
TheFanMetric MW02 Team Reveal
Unlike last week, I’m choosing to go with a strong bench as I’m going with players’ current form and banking on their good start(s) to the season. It also enables me to cover my bases just in case one of them gets substituted in.
Kieran Tierney (ARS | £7)
The Scottish full-back was one of the bright lights in the Gunners’ opening day defeat. He was a constant threat on the left flank with his forward runs while being strong at the defensive end. I expect to see more of the same against a Chelsea team who will push their defensive line higher enabling the Arsenal man to get in behind during transitions and create a few chances.
Frank Onyeka (BRE | £5.5)
The ex-Midtjylland man had an impressive debut in the Bee’s first ever PL victory. He was a constant presence at both ends of the field with his energy and tireless running while also looking like scoring. I foresee more of the same against a more workman-like Crystal Palace midfield in Saturday afternoon’s London derby. He could be the key to what will be a scrappy midfield battle.
Danny Ings (AVL | £7.9)
The Villains may have lost on the opening day in what was a disappointing showing from a team that has spent well this summer but the new signing from Southampton made it a debut to remember with a goal from the spot in injury-time. Continuing from where he left off last season, I’m confident he will continue to score goals this year and has a good chance to add to his tally against a Newcastle defence that conceded 4 goals at home last week.
Team Value = 49.9
Ederson Moraes (MCI | £7.7)
It’s very likely the Brazilian keeps a clean sheet against newly-promoted Norwich City when they welcome them. The Canaries, not for the lack of effort, looked toothless in attack against Liverpool last weekend and every chance will count even more so in this game as they’re likely to see very little of the ball. It might very well be a comfortable day between the sticks.
Sergio Reguilon (TOT | £7.1)
The Spaniard was limited in his performance last weekend as, expectedly, Spurs had less of the ball and were pinned back in their half for large parts.
However, they face a Wolves side this weekend who are expected to present more opportunities for the ex-Real Madrid man to make his ever-present forward runs and join the attack. He will play a key part if his side are to come away with a win.
Virgil van Dijk (LIV | £8)
The big Dutchman was largely comfortable in what was his return to competitive action for the time in 10 months.
He will be faced with a slightly different sort of test this weekend as Burnley come visiting with their effervescent physical approach. Yet, I expect him to deal with the threat posed and even possibly get on the end of a set-piece. He’s an aerial threat and could very well be the one who opens the scoring.
Abdoulaye Doucoure (EVE | £6.7)
This is the sort of game that the Frenchman thrives in where i expect Leeds to be less pragmatic and take the game to their opponents. With plenty of space sure to be available as a result in the middle, his dynamic ball-carrying ability and energy will be key in Everton coming away with a win. An all-action midfielder, he’s good at tackling and closing down space while one of his late runs into his own box just might net him a goal.
Bruno Fernandes (MUN | £8.3)
The superlatives are running out for this man.
Another game, another devastating performance in front of a full Old-Trafford crowd. The Portuguese magician grabbed a hat-trick without needing a penalty. This week, he comes up against an unpredictable Southampton side that is expected to struggle this season. Their defence has gotten weaker with the departure of Janik Vestergaard and the in-from midfielder will fancy his chances to exploit his opponents either through an assist or another plethora of goals.
Said Benrahma (WHU | £6.9)
The former Brentford took some time in his first season as a Hammer to find his feet and I believe he’s finally ready to fulfill what we know he’s capable of this campaign. After an impressive pre-season, he continued his form into his side’s 4-2 win last weekend with a goal and an assist. As they welcome the foxes on Monday night in what will be an intriguing clash, I expect the inside winger to be at the centre of everything positive.
Emmanuel Dennis (WAT | £5.2)
Not many people might remember this but the exciting and pacy Nigerian scored against Manchester United in the Europa League just two seasons back with Club Brugge. With Champions League experience in his arsenal as well, the 23 year old showed his club’s fans what a coup their club pulled off with an impressive performance in last weekend’s 3-2 win where he grabbed a goal on his debut in what was a lively performance.
This week he comes against a Brighton and Hove Albion side who aren’t known to be strong defensively and with the high defensive line they adopt where they inevitably give away chances, it could be a game to remember with plenty of spaces to exploit.
- Bruno Fernandes
- Said Benrahma
- Abdoulaye Doucoure
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