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Fantasy Premier League is back || Initial FPL draft to help you build the team

We are back! So does FPL. Yes after a long summer break. World Cup is over and it was a great experience for everyone who watched it. Now we are a day far off to new Premier League season, we can’t wait for it to get started.

This time around the transfer window closed one day before season start. Lots of players coming in and going out. Now we know that nobody can come in the premier league until winter transfer window. Sure they can go out till 31st August to other leagues.

Now let’s cut to the chase. Have you created your fantasy premier league team yet? If you haven’t then don’t worry we are here to help you out. I have created a private mini league that you can join and also share your thoughts in the comments section regarding your team selection for the start of the season.

Team building factors

I am going to show you my initial draft which might change in the last hour because of any last minute news, but not much. I have taken into consideration factors such as fixtures, rest, injury, starting XI possibility, number of minutes the player could possibly have, the morale of the team and of course my own gut feeling.

 

If you look at the defensive options you would not feel excited and rightly so.

The main focus is to build this team for 3 to 4 game weeks. Looking at Manchester City fixtures it is quite hard to look past Aguero and Sane/De Bryune in the midfield. I was tempted to look for a city defender but the budget was a constraint.

Formation

3-5-2 is the most popular formation that I used last season but few budget players have been classified as strikers in this FPL 18-19 season such as Zaha, Arnautovic. So decided to go with 3-4-3 to start the season off.

Must-Have Players

Must have players looking at the fixtures were Mo Salah, Aguero, Zaha, Sane and Van AanHolt. If you wish to exclude Salah then you can work with other options as well but I do not want to take that risk because he is owned by almost 55% of the players so it won’t affect badly even if he doesn’t score.

Other Options

Other midfielders you can look at are Sanchez, Eriksen, Ozil, David Silva if you have the budget. Unfortunately, I do not have the budget. Eriksen has always provided great points at the start of the season to me.

You always want to look at budget options who has the potential to provide great value for your money. Like last season Pascal gross did. Yeah, I benched him once when he score whopping 18 points 🙁

Follow your instinct/gut

Always follow your gut feeling with 1 or 2 players because that will differentiate your team from the rest and you can climb in your mini-league by having such a strategy. Do not always follow what scout or I have to say, use your intuition to build your team.

Have Patience

My team strategy is to see whether this defense works or not till 3 to 4 game weeks if not then upgrade it by downgrading midfield option because you are likely to find out cheaper midfield option who is performing well.

Well, if all doesn’t work out we do have our Wildcard, but I hope we do not come across such a situation so early. Do not think more about bench players because you would want to maximize points from starting XI.

Good Luck to everyone ! I hope everyone has their team ready, if not then refer this article for guidance only because at the end of the day it’s you FPL team and it should be unique.

 

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Let me know your teams as well in the comments section!

 

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Guest Blog | The Cost of a Premier League Goal

Dear Readers,

This is a very informative article related to EPL football clubs.

You would gain much information when you will go through it.

The piece has several aspects. They compared teams squad value and wages per point and per goal, to find out who has the most cost-effective squad.

Is Manchester United’s cost of £12.9m per goal really more effective than Bournemouth’s £1.8m? They also compared the cost per home goal, with Southampton supporters paying out a massive £31.82 per goal, the highest in the Premier League.

Kindly check out this article at (Cost of Premier League Goal)

Also, Check out our own blogs at Football blogs page Football Blogs.

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FPL final game week 38 selection || FPL Tips || Get ahead in your Mini League

Will Sterling Play today ? This is the biggest question all the fantasy managers of the premier league will be having today.

Yeah, it’s a tough one to judge as Manchester City will be rotating their squad. They would love to provide an opportunity to their young talent.

Sterling missed out last match as he was not even on the bench. Here we have made a draft of players for the final game week of the premier league season.

We have looked at multiple factors while considering those players.

Relegation Battle – 

It is very difficult to over come difference of 10 goals for Swansea. Yes Southampton could get battered by Manchester City tonight.

Swansea will be in attacking mode only, as they will be relegated even if they win with small margin. It would be a shock of the season if Swansea beat Stoke by 5 goals and Southampton lose by 5 goals against City.

So it would be wise if we consider one the Swansea attacker for this game week. Ayew brothers provide great option with Tammy Abraham. At least they will be in starting XI for sure.

On the other hand, Southampton will be parking everything they have got against City. They have no choice but to defend well as City is chasing those mammoth 100 points.

If you have Southampton attackers then you should get rid of them. Yes they can score if they concede early 3-4 goals. Personally I am getting rid of Austin.

Recently Stoke got relegated and Charlie Adam hit out in public against his team mates. I wonder that might affect team on final game week. They might end up losing by 3 to 4 goals.

( BBB Radio Article – Charlie Adam says ” Players are responsible for this debacle “)

Whatever happens but choose your fantasy team according to those conditions. It is very important to pick out such players to get ahead in your mini league.

Who will finish in TOP 4 ?

Liverpool made it interesting by losing against Chelsea. Chelsea also made it interesting against Huddersfield. I wonder what will happen on a final game day.

Reds need to secure at least a draw against Brighton at Anfield. Chelsea need a win and hope Liverpool lose against Brighton.

That’s a good news for fantasy managers. They can pick Liverpool players as they will be playing with usual suspects.

Salah, Mane and Firmino will look to repeat their performance against Brighton as they hammered them in the reverse fixture. Firmino scored a brace that night against Brighton.

Liverpool’s home form has been great this season as they are unbeaten at Anfield.

Chelsea need to go all out for win too. Giroud could be the differential pick in your fantasy team as he is having low ownership around 3.5%

Newcastle will be up against lot of attacking threats from Chelsea. Dubravka could really provide save points. This guy saved a penalty in the previous game also.

Salah vs Kane

As focus will be on securing champions league spot for Liverpool. Salah is leading goal scoring chart with 31 goals and he needs only a goal to break the all time record. ( Record 38 game season – 31 goals )

Tottenham already secured champions league place and Kane is 3 goals behind Mo Salah. He is facing leicester City at home in the last game of the season.

Remember last season Kane scored 4 goals against same opposition at King Power stadium. It was second last match of the season.

Kane’s goal scoring numbers in last three season depicts some pattern

  • 2016-17   29 goals
  • 2015-16   25 goals
  • 2014-15   21 goals

If you forecast then he should score 33 goals and he loves scoring against Leicester too.

Well it is almost impossible to predict this but anyone can then it’s Harry Kane.

I just hope Salah gets a brace to keep Kane away from Golden boot.

Final Game week XI Selection

This is the team I have selected for final game week of the season. This is not my team. I have some players from it. We hope you can opt out for 5-6 players from this team at least.

I am currently at 2204 points in FPL. ( Check out my FPL team – My FPL Team )

Captain Choice-

If it’s going down to the wire in your mini league then it’s very important decision of this fantasy season for you.

You should not make ridiculous captain choices if you are topping the chart. I have benefited from that through out this season. Keep the faith in Salah and Kane.

If you are lagging behind then go for Aubameyang , Hazard or Jesus. Always have 1-2 differential picks in your team.

Differential Picks –

Arnautovic, Van Aanholt, Gudmundsson, Romero and Ayew brothers etc.

Hope you find this article useful. I wish every one best of luck for the final game week of the season. May you come out on top in your mini fantasy league.

As the biggest question remains will sterling play today ? I am definitely not picking him up.

Let me know, if you think I should consider other players for the final game week. if yes then comment below.

I would love to know those players.

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Is EPL top 4 still on ? || Interesting Relegation battle

We thought EPL top 4 race was almost over, but how unpredictable football can be. Liverpool should have won the game against Stoke but their champions league focus made things interesting for top 4 race. Relegation battle is heating up at the bottom of the table.

Man United Secured Champions League Spot

Though I support Liverpool but it’s safe to say that Man United has secured that second spot with 2-1 win against Arsenal. They showed great gesture by honoring Arsene Wenger before the game.

Arsenal played with so many young players and they impressed us all by playing in that big game. United should have been more clinical in the final third. Lukaku was not playing at his best.

He needs to prove that he is a big game player as he plays well against weaker opponents. He has the potential, but he needs to improve his skills and decision-making in big games.

Crystal Palace on Fire ?

Well, what happened to Crystal Palace ? They are on fire at the moment and Zaha is running riot on left hand side. Roy Hodgson is doing a fantastic job at Palace given that Palace had poorest start of the season ever.

West Brom are in good form right now but in the end it will be too late too little for them. It would be a miracle if they survive.Swansea vs Stoke will be some final match day game if it goes down to the wire.

Huddersfield in Danger ? || Southampton can survive || Stoke vs Swansea heating up

On the other hand Huddersfield having worst fixtures coming up against City,Chelsea and Arsenal and if they fail to pick up points there, they will be at 35 points. Where Southampton with comparatively easy fixtures than them could pick up 3 points to avoid relegation as they are having better goal difference by 10.

In the end Swansea hanging on slender lead, but they are playing against 18th and 19th positioned teams in last 2 of their 3 matches. So they have to blame themselves if they fail to secure premier league campaign next season.

What a crazy weekend we are going to witness. I can not wait to see who finishes in top 3,4 and who avoids relegation.

Tell us who do you think will finish 3rd,4th and who will be relegated and why ?

 

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EPL GW 35 & FA Cup Weekend Review || Napoli Close the Gap

What a finish to this weekend’s football action ! Yes we had less number of EPL games this weekend because of the FA cup Semi Finals.

EPL GW 35 Review

West Brom Vs Liverpool-

Being a Liverpool fan, I was not happy with the way Liverpool conceded two goals in the end. We knew that champions league semi final on the horizon caused Klopp to make so many changes.

They had 3 changes in the back and that quite tells you the outcome of this match. Special credit goes to Danny Ings for a scoring goal after ages. He looked as if he was going to score and that’s a positive sign for him.

Once again Mo Salah showed why he was chosen as PFA player of the year 2018. He scored that brilliant chip again as he did against Man City in  the second leg.

Klopp made few excuses regarding dry pitch and Hegazi foul, but having said all of that Liverpool squandered two goal lead which should have been avoided. Moreno and Gomez were the culprits in defense.

Anyway that should ring a bell to all the players to get back to their best to prepare against Roma at Anfield. Robertson,Trent,Lovren and VVD will be defending that night so it will make a huge difference.

Watford vs Crystal Palace –

This game was unwatchable to say the truth. There were almost no shots on target, nobody looked threatening to cause any damage.

Funny thing is that this game produced more yellow (8) cards than shots on target (5).

Palace played safely for a point just to be safe and they are likely to survive as they will be facing bottom two teams in three of their last games. 

Arsenal vs West Ham –

Merci Arsene ! We thought in the first half Arsenal played exactly the same way they have been playing all season.

Second half – they did brilliantly well to get those goals. Stand out players were Welback,Ramsey and Lacazette with their inter link play and end product. 

We hope that they will produce the same against Atletico Madrid in semi finals of Europa League.

Stoke Vs Burnley – 

Stoke in desperate need of points started game very well by scoring in 11th min courtesy to Ndiaye. If Stoke had better finisher than Diouf then there season would have been different as he missed another great chance to score a goal.

Who was impressive ? Gudmundsson. Yes he has been so impressive this season with his set pieces, passes and long-range shots. Burnley could have scored more goals but Butland was amazing between the sticks.

In the end it was a stalemate 1-1.

Man City vs Swansea –

Do we really to talk about how Man City dominated this game ? It was one way traffic and Swansea team was close spectator of this match.

City made astonishing 1000+ passes in this game alone to break the record. Though that stat never matters.

David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Sterling, Jesus and B. Silva everyone put their name on the score sheet.

Impressive player for me was David Silva again. What a player he is ! He just knows how to slide the ball into little pockets with accuracy. Everyone can say ‘what’s the big deal ?’, but weight of the pass makes him so special player.

If we had statistics like number of times weight of the pass was successful then David Silva would be miles ahead of everyone. Opta please make a note of this statistics and try to work on that 🙂

We must mention Foden. He showed glimpses of his future in the last quarter and let me tell you he is going to be a Superstar. He is only 17 I guess, that’s frightening.

City celebrated their title-winning campaign in style by thrashing Swansea at Etihad.

FA CUP Semi Final review

 

Manchester United Vs Tottenham –

Tottenham bottled it again by losing in semi final against Manchester United in FA Cup. Credit must go to Man United the way they played that game after conceding an early goal.

Once again Pogba and Sanchez proved that why they are big game players. Nobody thought Dembele could be out muscled but Pogba did just that to provide great assist to Alexis.

Chelsea Vs Southampton –

As expected Chelsea got the job done as Giroud continued his great form. He showed why he can be a starting XI player ahead of Morata.

Though Morata scored to secure birth in the FA Cup final but Southampton never looked like winning this match. Now Burnley can hope to play in Europa League 🙂

Napoli Close the Gap –

Well many pundits wrote Napoli off before this game. Napoli showed Juventus that they wanted this game more than them. Juventus had zero shots on target and in the end Napoli snatched the win.

As a neutral spectator the game was not entertaining, because teams had different mindsets going into the game given the situation in the points table.

Well it will go down to the wire because Juve has tough run in from now on, as they will facing Inter and Roma in their last four matches.

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