Sterling and Salah both feature for @FPLXI in Gameweek 1 FPL team

10:49am Aug 7 2019

It’s triple Liverpool and double Leicester City for @FPLXI in his Gameweek 1 Fantasy Premier League lineup

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[Article written and published by @FPLXI]

Good day to all Fantasy Premier League managers and welcome to my guest post article for my friends at the Fantasy Football Pundits.

I am heading into the new 2019-20 FPL season off the back of an overall finish of 214 last season, which I’m aware is going to be difficult to match this season, but, I’ll be giving it my all, that’s for sure.

In this article, I will be showing you my 15-man FPL squad for Gameweek 1, with some stats and personal insight thrown in for good measure.

I (@FPLXI) hope you enjoy this read and I wish you all, the very best for the 2019-20 Fantasy Premier League season.

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Goalkeepers

My goalkeeper choice for my Gameweek 1 team is Nick Pope (£4.5m). In his 2018-10 season with Burnley, he had a save percentage of 76.51%. This ranker higher than De Gea, Ederson and Lloris in the same season.

That season, Pope scored an impressive 152 points and, if I’m honest, I’m confident he will repeat as they will not play in Europe this season. My Second-choice goalkeeper is a £4.0m player to save funds.

Defenders

The first defender in my lineup is the top scoring defender from last season, Liverpool’s Andrew Robertson (£7.0m).

The full-back created many chances whilst maintaining a tight defence alongside his team-mates, which saw him score 213 points.

My second-choice defender is Virgil Van Dijk (£6.5m). Due to his consistent minutes within the Liverpool defensive line and is likely the first name on Klopp’s team-sheet each week.

The third defender to make the cut is Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.5m).

Zinchenko is the cheapest route into the Champions’ defence and I do expect Manchester City to end the season with the best defensive record, topping that of Liverpool.

With Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy (£6.0m) still out injured, Zinchenko is assured of his spot at full-back and will gain a run of games before Mendy is back to cement his spot.

The fourth spot in defence goes to Everton’s Lucas Digne (£6.0m). Everton finished last season strong defensively and despite losing Gueye, Everton have done well defensively in pre-season in my opinion.

Couple this with Digne’s fixtures and attacking potential, he’s a nailed starter in my team for the first 5 Gameweek’s at least.

The last spot in defence goes to Aston Villa’s Frederic Guilbert (£4.5m). The attacking full-back has been great in pre-season for Villa offensively, and on paper, Villa have favourable fixtures after Spurs in Gameweek 1.

Midfield

The first midfielder in my lineup is Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah (£12.5m). The Egyptian has proven during his time at Liverpool that he offers a continual goal threat, against any team.

His creative stats and set-piece potential ensure he is in over team-mate Mane (£11.5m).

Mohammed Salah had the highest expected goal involvement (xGI) of any player last season with an xGI of 32.26. Salah’s ppg in 2018/19 was 6.8 – this was the second highest of any player.

The second midfielder in my lineup is Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling (£12.0m). The English attacker is the most nailed on member of Guardiola’s attack in my opinion.

Sterling played more minutes than team-mate Sergio Aguero (£12.0m) last season. He also had the highest points per game in FPL last season with 6.9 ppg. Sterling had an xGI of 26.7.

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The third midfielder in my lineup is Leicester’s Ayoze Perez (£6.5m). After making his summer transfer from Newcastle, Perez has played up front along partnering Vardy, or deployed on the wing.

Due to his reclassification as a midfielder he will now receive clean sheet points and gain an extra points per goal. This could see him improve upon his previous seasons tally of 141 points.

My Fourth and Fifth midfielder choices are Isaac Hayden (£4.5m) and Leander Dendoncker (£4.5m).

Both midfielders are cheap enablers to save funds for the other players within my team, however, both have appeared heavily in pre-season and provide an attacking threat.

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Forwards

The first forward in my lineup is Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson (£8.0m). Wilson’s ppg of 5.6 is far superior to his partner King at 4.0 ppg.

Wilson had an expected goals per 90 + expected Assists per 90 (xG90+xA90) of 0.78 (only bettered by Aubameyang and Aguero last season). Couple this with his opening fixtures and to me, he is a great option.

The second forward in my lineup is Leicester’s Jamie Vardy (£9.0m). Since Rodgers took over as manager, Vardy had an xG90+xA90 of 0.89. During this period, he also had the most goal involvements of any player in the premier league.

My third-choice forward is Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood (£4.5m). United Manager, Solskjaer has come out and said: “Mason will definitely play more games”.

Couple this with his involvement and impressive performances in pre-season, he is a great budget bench option and one to watch, that’s for sure.

[xG Reference: www.understat.com]
[All stats are for players to have played over 1000 minutes in the 2018-19 season.]

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