Gameweek one is over and done with, and we now have some sort of an idea at who the surprise performers could be for the upcoming season. Andre Ayew made a stunning Swansea debut, whereas Dimitri Payet stunned Arsenal, and Leicester City made a fantastic start largely due to Mark Albrighton and Riyad Mahrez.
For the first time ever, gameweek two starts earlier, and you’ll have to get any team changes in by 6:45pm, an hour prior to Manchester United’s 7:45pm kick-off away to Aston Villa.
Thats exactly where we’ll start. Both teams kicked off with a win in unconvincing fashion, but if you want to get points on the board early, a good choice could be Wayne Rooney (10.5m) as he looks to lead from the front. If you fancy Villa to cause an upset, last weeks goalscorer Rudy Gestede (£6.0m) could be an astute piece of business.
There are some tasty fixtures on Saturday, and in terms of FPL points look no further than Swansea vs Newcastle where goals are almost guaranteed. Bafetimbi Gomis (7.0m) could be a good move here, likewise Andre Ayew (7.5m) who made a stunning performance.
The big clash of the weekend comes on Sunday, when Manchester City host Chelsea in what looks set to be a tight affair. Personally I’d avoid players from this game if possible as its likely to be a low scoring game, and probably a 0-0 or 1-0 either way. Vincent Kompany (6.1m) or Eliaquim Mangala (5.5m) could be the way to go here.
The best chance for points this week comes on Monday night as Liverpool play host to newly promoted Bournemouth. The Anfield side should be looking to get goals aplenty whilst keeping a clean sheet. Joe Gomez (4.6m) could be the bargain of the week as he’ll definitely keep his place and probably a clean sheet, whereas Christian Benteke (8.5m) will be looking to score his first goals for his new side.
Personally I’m going to go for the aforementioned Christian Benteke this week. I expect him to make a name for himself this Monday night as he’ll bully the Bournemouth defence. Other good choices could be Wayne Rooney as United take on Villa, or even Harry Kane as Tottenham Hotspur play host to Stoke City.
You could even use you’re triple captain booster here, but perhaps a more sensible option is to save it for when a double game week comes along.
Riyad Mahrez had a superb weekend, and at £5.6 he could prove to be a bargain whilst increasing squad value. Reece Oxford is listed as a centre-back whilst playing in midfield, so theres a good chance for some extra points due to assists and potential goals, he’s a mere £4.1m! Joe Gomez of Liverpool could be equally good wheeler-dealing at £4.6m. Yaya Toure looked in imperious form, and at £8.5m his value could rise, and quickly.
Thibaut Courtois and David de Gea have both been taken out of a lot of squads due to their red card and being left out of the match day side respectively. Eden Hazard struggled last weekend and at £11.5m that could be spent better elsewhere. Memphis Depay is another candidate to be dropped, he’s largely unproven and at £8.5million he’s a huge gamble going into his first away game.
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