Gameweek 2 Tips for Premier League Fantasy
The new Premier League season continues with a full set of fixtures this weekend. As you tweak your lineups to perfection, we’ve highlighted five key talking points ahead of Gameweek 2.
D-Day for Dele
It’s the moment every player (and FPL manager) dreads – a first-half performance so abject you have to stay in the changing room for the second 45. Not even ten minutes to show the rocket up your behind has had an effect. That was the fate of Dele Alli (buy price at time of writing: £3.86) in Tottenham’s disappointing defeat to Everton in the first match of the new season. Though in his defence, Alli didn’t appear to be the worst performer in the Spurs side. And now rumours abound that he could be a makeweight in a move to bring Gareth Bale back from the Bernabeu.
Was there something more behind the substitution? Will he get another chance to show what he’s really capable of against Southampton on Sunday? Or is he now out in the cold as far as Jose is concerned? He will either be a lineup killer or a tasty differential on Footstock this weekend.
Mo Salah, Mo’ Problems
Speaking of Mourinho, the Egyptian King that Chelsea let go while Jose was manager in 2016 returns to Stamford Bridge this weekend in red-hot form for Liverpool. On top of his gameweek 1 hat-trick, Mo Salah (£37.25) also has attacking returns in each of his last three matches against his former club (1 goal, 2 assists). Is there another Footstock haul incoming on Sunday?
City Stars Sidelined?
This weekend will see both the blue and red halves of Manchester enter the Premier League fray for the first time this season. City may be without Aymeric Laporte and Riyad Mahrez for their trip to Wolves after the pair tested positive for coronavirus. Will that pave the way for new signings Nathan Ake (£1.29) and Ferran Torres (£10.36)?
Bamford Leeds the Way?
Leeds and Fulham both got their Premier League campaigns underway with defeats last weekend, but the home side will have taken by far the more encouragement from their season opener than the Cottagers before the two take each other on at Elland Road this weekend. Not many predicted Marcelo Bielsa’s side to put three past the champions at Anfield, but that performance has put their players firmly on Footstock users’ radars and brought about some impressive price rises on the market for Leeds’ higher point scorers. Has Patrick “barn-door” Bamford (£3.26) found his shooting boots?
Willian, It Was Really Something
New Gunner Willian (£14.90) opened his Arsenal account with two assists on Footstock last weekend and will fancy his chances of another fruitful outing on Saturday. Opponents West Ham looked out of sorts in their opening-day defeat to Newcastle, with rumours of squad unrest following the sale of hot prospect Grady Diangana (£3.99) to potential fellow relegation battlers West Brom. Currently available for around £15 on the Footstock market, could the Epic-rated Willian be a savvy purchase for this weekend and beyond?