The Pundits' Team - FPL Gameweek 2

2:08pm Aug 19 2016

Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero is awarded our Gameweek 2 Fantasy Premier League captains armband again, but who else makes it in to our starting XI?

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As previously mentioned on our Gameweek 1 Pundits’ Team Preview and as you can see from the screenshot below, our Pundits Staff team managed an above average score of 60 points. With Aguero as captain and goals from Redmond, Mahrez and Hazard, we’re pretty happy with how our Gameweek 1 plan turned out – Of course, we’re disappointing that our goalkeeper and defenders couldn’t hang on to their clean-sheets, but, we’re not worried going forward with this setup.

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Goalkeeper

If it wasn’t for West Ham scoring a freakishly good goal against the grain of play, we were pretty content with Chelsea’s defence and Courtois between the sticks. With upcoming fixtures against Watford (A), Burnley (H) and Swansea (A), there will be no knee-jerk reaction from us and Courtois will keep his place.

Defenders

Valencia, Stones and Baines were put in our pre-season FPL team for Gameweek 1 and beyond. Each conceded only one goal in their fixtures last weekend, so, as mentioned above with regards to Courtois, we see no need to change things yet and waste valuable free transfers (or take hits).

Whilst it was a shame to have Swansea’s Amat on our bench for Gameweek 1, having picked up a clean sheet away from home at Burnley, he keeps his place on the bench, along with Boro’s George Friend as we continue with our 3 main defenders.

Having looked at the next 3 or 4 fixtures for our 3 starting defenders, it’s encouraging reading (especially for Baines) and we would advise anyone who owns the above mentioned players to not waste free-transfers or take point-hits to switch these players in and out, unless absolutely necessary.

Midfielders

Call us crazy, call us smart – lots of you will have mixed opinions on our decision to keep the same 5 midfielders from Gameweek 1 in our Gameweek 2 team this week, but, here’s some insight as to why.

Riyad Mahrez and Eden Hazard were our two pre-season premium picks for the start of our FPL campaign and it has worked out really well so far. Andros Townsend and Nathan Redmond were our cheap yet (hopefully) effective options to help free-up funds for the likes of Aguero, Vardy and a fairly solid defence.

Nathan Redmond managed to get his name on the score-sheet against Watford in Saints’ 1-1 draw, which seemed like a bargain too good to be true pre-season, especially with a generous price-tag of only £6.0m for an out-of-position player. Whilst Southampton’s fixtures look slightly off-putting for the next 3 Gameweek’s, we see no reason to transfer or sub him for Gameweek 2 so, he keeps his place.

Andros Townsend appears to have been a big disappointment for the nearly 20,000 FPL managers who have taken him out of their teams for Gameweek 2, but, we see it slightly differently. Having reviewed the Palace vs. West Brom stats at WhoScored.com Andros Townsend and Crystal Palace appeared to have a fairly decent game, regardless of the result. Townsend had a total of 6 shots on goal, with 2 on target, 2 blocked and 2 off target. These numbers are fairly encouraging so he keeps his place in our team for a few more weeks yet.

Everton’s Gerard Deulofeu is our biggest concern ahead of Gameweek 2 and we’ve come very, very close to transferring him out of our team, but, he keeps his place (just). With the arrival of Yannick Bolasie, we fear the Everton midfield rotation is going to get worse. Barkley, Lennon, Mirallas, McCarthy and Deulofeu are all possible starters for Koeman against West Brom this weekend and with Deulofeo being brought off after just 68 minutes against Spurs, our pre-season confidence of owning him has taken a serious battering. Watch this space…

Forwards

It was a bummer to have Hull City’s Diomande on our bench for Gameweek 1, as he picked up a goal and 2 bonus points against Leicester at the KCOM stadium last Saturday. However, there was no way he’d make his way in to our Gameweek 1 team over Vardy or Aguero, so, we suck it up and move on and wipe away the tears.

We find it quite unbelievable to see that over 95,000+ FPL managers have transferred the Leicester striker OUT of their teams ahead of Gameweek 2, with the three most transferred IN strikers currently Negredo, Defoe and Ibrahimovic.

We’d like to think that the 95,000+ managers who transferred Vardy out of their teams were mostly the more impulsive players who tend to give up after a few weeks (no offence to anyone reading this who genuinely wanted to get rid of Vardy for tactical purposes) but, he had plenty of chances vs. Hull City and looked lively (but rusty) and will keep him place in our starting XI.

Sure, we’d love to own Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but, you can’t have everyone you want hey and yes, we’ll be hiding behind our sofa’s AGAIN tonight as United face Southampton.

Jamie Vardy and Sergio Aguero will retain their place in our starting XI (3-5-2) for Gameweek 2.

The Captain

With only one week of Premier League highlights and data available to us, it’s very hard to make an educated and stats-based decision on which player is likely to return the highest averages for Gameweek 2. However, having scored and picked up bonus points in Gameweek 1, he then travelled to Steaua Bucharest in Man City’s Champions League qualifier and ran riot! Whilst missing two penalties, he still managed to score a hat-trick as City cruised to a comfortable yet very impressive 0-5 victory.

It looks like Pep Guardiola has managed to embed his style of play in to his players in double-quick time and we expect Manchester City to score plenty of goals so, Sergio Aguero will keep the armband for Gameweek 2. #AlwaysCaptainKun

The Pundits’ Gameweek 2 Team

We hope the above insight in to our 15-man squad and starting XI has helped you in one way or another – or, at least given you some type or entertainment.

We’re expecting (hoping) a few clean sheets this week and feel that Jamie Vardy will run riot against Arsenal, but, like the majority of Fantasy Premier League managers, it’s a game of hit-and-hope and we certainly hope that this week is a big week for us, and you.

The Fantasy Football Pundits FPL team for Gameweek 2

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