FPL GW01 Review
Finally, after what felt like forever, FPL is back. We’ve all been waiting for this moment, the opening gameweek, and it’s fair to say it hasn’t disappointed.
The promoted teams impressed (two of them at least), whilst the usual big hitters returned, setting the scene for a great season ahead.
FPL GW01 Review – The promoted sides
Two of the promoted sides got off to a winning start.
Brentford’s attacking system saw them beat Arsenal 2-0, albeit a weaker side than usual, with Serge Canos impressing me. My instincts tell me to wait on him, but he’s already a player I could potentially own for GW2, but there is another player looking even better, who I will come to later.
Watford ran it close, beating an Aston Villa side without Jack Grealish 3-2, and as predicted Sarr was pulling the strings. When Watford have good fixtures where they could score goals, Sarr will become an essential player in fantasy, and because of the attacking play that goes through him, he should outscored the likes of Jack Harrison this season (revisit this in GW38 and slaughter me as you please)
Around the grounds
As usual, GW01 was a spectacle.
Around the grounds, Chelsea beat Palace 3-0 with a very dominating performance. Chelsea assets are to be taken seriously, including Andreas Christensen as a budget route into their defence, whereas Crystal Palace could easily fall apart with their lack of squad depth.
Manchester United beat Leeds 5-1, which worries me from a Leeds defensive perspective. They tightened up their backline last season, but after conceding eight in three pre season games and five in this, I’m starting to worry about their defence.
A very big game in North London finished Spurs 1-0 Man City, and I’m looking at Dele Alli and Lucas Moura in that match. Both £6.5m, starting for a new look Spurs and definitely impressing.
Newcastle lost 4-2 to West Ham, all good signs from the Hammers, but the Toon now have Joe Willock to add to their attack and despite Steve Bruce having to play a reserve keeper, I’m seeing positive signs for Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson.
Everton looked strong after beating Southampton 3-1, with Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin and Doucoure on the scoresheet for the Toffees. Adam Armstrong has given me some food for thought, however, as he scored Southampton’s only goal and impressed me.
Leicester might have got Jamie Vardy firing again, after he scored in the Foxes 1-0 win over Wolves. The switch to a 4-3-3 should benefit him, and make Harvey Barnes an option when fully fit.
Brighton’s attack might be back, after beating Burnley 2-1. I like Neal Maupay, who is a real character on the pitch, but wait and see on Brighton attackers.
I consider myself to be good at maths, so put simply, take away Fernandes and Salah and I have 40 points. Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful for my score but it says a lot that a normally ok score of 60-70 points puts you in the 2 to 3 millions. Havertz was a gamble that didn’t pay off, Veltman over Duffy hurt me, I chickened out and went Shaw last minute and Harrison over Benrahma was a smart fools choice.
My transfer should be Havertz to Greenwood if all goes well. Roll on GW02!
Dele Alli played the full 90 against Man City, and even though Kane is reported to be happy at Spurs, I expect him to keep his place.
At £6.5m, you could get better value from him than Raphinha. This guy is still a great player.
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Neo FPL is an FPL player who is used to seeing the good old red arrow.
Has never had the chance to brag, can never say he’s past the 4th round of the cup and has was 5 years too late on Mo Salah.
Swinging just inside the top 1 million is a personality trait.