Fantasy Premier League - Pre-season Form Players

6:58pm Aug 3 2017

Pre-season form players from Man City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United give FPL bosses a selection dilemma

With the return of the Premier League nearing ever closer, it’s time to take a look at which players have shown good form during pre-season and should be considered for your Fantasy Premier League teams.

It’s also important to  consider other factors when making your initial team selection for Gameweek 1, such as last seasons form and underlying statistics, but pre-season form can be a good sign of how players are doing in terms of match fitness and confidence.

For attacking players, scoring goals is always a nice confidence boost, therefore, the players we’ve highlighted below will hopefully kick off their Premier League campaigns in style.

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Michy Batshuayi – Chelsea [£8.5m]

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Chelsea striker, Michy Batshuayi, has been heavily involved in his team’s pre-season preparation. With Diego Costa absent, as he looks set for a move away and with new signing Alvaro Morata having joined up with the group late, Batshuayi has started all four of Chelsea’s pre-season games so far.

The Belgian has grabbed hold of his opportunity to show Antonio Conte what he can do, scoring 5 goals and providing assists for 3, during his 4 pre-season appearances so far.

Towards the end of last season, we saw Batshuayi make a several appearances in the Premier League, once the title was wrapped up for Chelsea.

The forward managed 4 goals in the last 3 games of the 2016/17 season, which was especially impressive given that he made only 1 start during the entire campaign, with 19 of his appearances coming from the bench.

Despite the incredible form shown by the Belgium international, the signing of Alvaro Morata certainly presents a huge risk for Batshuayi’s game time.

We’ve seen the pair line up together in the two most recent pre-season games, which is a positive sign, but both Pedro and Eden Hazard were unavailable at the time.

It’s unclear how Conte will line-up when all his men are fit and available but with Hazard likely to be side-lined for a number of weeks, there is at least a chance that Batshuayi will get minutes at the start of the season, if you’re prepared to take the risk.

Willian – Chelsea [£7.0m]

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The absence of Eden Hazard has also presented starting opportunities for Willian during pre-season and the Brazilian has stepped up during his 4 appearances so far, providing 4 goals and 1 assist.

With 34 appearances last season, Willian was involved in 11 league goals for Chelsea; providing 3 assists and scoring 8 times himself.

However, it’s worth noting that only 15 of his appearances were from the start; the 28-year-old featured from the bench on 19 occasions last season.

Priced at just £7.0m, the attacking midfielder could play a key role not only in Antonio Conte’s team, but also in our FPL teams, during the opening weeks of the season, if he can keep hold of his starting place.

Mohamed Salah – Liverpool [£9.0m]

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New signing, Mohamed Salah, made his debut for Liverpool during a 1-1 draw with Wigan in pre-season and marked the occasion with a goal.

Since then, Salah has found the back of the net in games against Leicester, Hertha BSC and Bayern Munich; scoring a total of 4 goals during his first 5 pre-season games.

Comparatively, Philippe Coutinho has provided 1 goal and 3 assists during pre-season, while Roberto Firmino has set up 3 goals for his teammates.

Salah was directly involved in 26 league goals for Roma last season, scoring 15 times himself and providing 11 assists, during his 31 appearances.

The 25-year-old is expected to lineup in Liverpool’s front 3, alongside Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané, with Philippe Coutinho moving into a deeper midfield role to accommodate the Egyptian.

Kevin De Bruyne – Man City [£10.0m]

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Manchester City have quickly picked up the pace during pre-season; after losing 2-0 to Man Utd in their opening game, they went on to secure a 4-1 win over Real Madrid and a 3-0 win over Spurs, in the two pre-season games that followed.

John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi and Raheem Sterling have been amongst the goals for Pep Guardiola’s side but the key man in their attack has been Kevin De Bruyne, who’s racked up 3 assists during his 3 pre-season games so far.

Notably, Sergio Aguero started on the bench in a strong City line-up for their meeting with Spurs, while Gabriel Jesus has been unable to get on the score sheet so far, despite being gifted a number of good chances.

With the uncertainty surrounding the rest of City’s attack, De Bruyne looks like a safe and secure option for FPL, to begin the season.

The Belgian was directly involved in 27 league goals in the 2016/17 season, scoring 6 times himself, while his tally of 21 assists was better than any other Premier League player last season.

Romelu Lukaku – Man United [£11.5m]

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Manchester United’s new signing, Romelu Lukaku looks to have adapted quickly to his new team, having bagged 3 pre-season goals during his 6 appearances so far.

The Belgian made his debut during a 2nd half appearance in Man Utd’s 5-2 win over LA Galaxy and despite failing to find the back of the net on his debut, the forward scored in the two pre-season games that followed.

The 24-year-old recorded an impressive tally of 25 goals last season; only Harry Kane managed more in the Premier League. Similarly, Lukaku’s 55 shots on target where 2nd only to the Spurs striker, who produced 58 efforts on target.

With home fixtures against West Ham and Leicester in the opening 3 Gameweeks, either side of a trip to Swansea, the Belgium international has made his way into over 48% of FPL teams so far, to become the most selected player in the game.

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