Congratulations fantasy football addicts, you’ve made it through another summer and can breathe the sweet air of Fantasy Premier League once more. It’s been a long summer with no tournament to break it up but here we are with a fresh season waiting.
By now, you’ll be fine-tuning your fantasy squads whilst hunting down every little scrap of football info that could give you that dream start we all crave. Oh what a feeling it’d be to see your players keeping clean sheets whilst creating and scoring, to leave you with a monster points total.
- Petr CECH [WHM(H), 5.5m] – In Cech, Arsenal finally have a commanding goalkeeper who will help them secure plenty of clean sheets over the course of the season. First up, he faces a West Ham side who are missing the attacking threat of Valencia, leaving it to Payet and Sakho to be the chief duo who could prevent Cech from picking up a debut clean sheet.
- Branislav IVANOVIC [SWA(H), 7.0m] – Finishing top of the defenders charts last season, Ivanovic goes straight into our Select XI. With Chelsea stuttering a little in front of goal in Costa’s absence, Mourinho will look to build at the back to get their campaign off to a successful start. Ivanovic will also be a threat going forward and from set pieces.
- Jeffrey SCHLUPP [SUN(H), 5.0m] – If Ranieri decides to go for the speed and attacking threat of Schlupp at left back, he may score points at both ends of the field. Sunderland haven’t been great in pre-season and may struggle for goals once more this season.
- Leighton BAINES [WAT(H), 6.5m] – Baines had an underwhelming 2014/15 but so did the entire Everton team to be fair. He’ll always remain a fantasy favourite here at FFA and with Everton hosting Watford in the first game of the season, Baines finishes our backline. Despite losing penalty duty, Baines is still a deadly set piece taker and can cross the ball better than most midfielders.
- Mesut OZIL (C) [WHM(H), 8.5m] – Wenger has talked up Ozil in pre-season, mentioning how he expects the German to have a fantastic campaign with his position in the hole secured. Goals and assists are sure to come being the focal point in a very talented Arsenal midfield and a home match against West Ham is the ideal start to showcase all the hard work over the summer.
- Eden HAZARD [SWA(H), 11.5m] – With Costa out, the onus falls on their star player from last season to create matchwinning moments. As shown against Barca in pre-season, Hazard can drift past players and Mourinho needs him to drive Chelsea forward against a decent Swansea side.
- Matt RITCHIE [AVL(H), 6.0m] – Bournemouth are set to play attacking football and we’d all love a repeat of Blackpool’s legendary season in the top flight with Ritchie emulating Charlie Adam. The atmosphere will be electric at Dean Court and it should be an exciting and attacking game with Ritchie looking to test Villa’s defence.
- Theo WALCOTT [WHM(H), 9.0m] – Walcott has looked lively in pre-season and is eager to make up for lost time on the sidelines. Although, he may not play every game up top, Walcott has the potential to be a high scoring FPL midfielder with explosive returns as shown in the last game of the season, especially when operating in the striker position. Saying that, he’d also be a threat as one of the wingers in support. He’s not the safest option but sometimes safe isn’t what we’re looking for.
- Romelu LUKAKU [WAT(H), 8.0m] – If Lukaku can shake off his hamstring concern, he’ll be looking to terrorise the Watford defence making the move up from the Championship. Lukaku has scored 42 goals over the past 3 FPL seasons and if given the supply, the big Belgian has the potential to find the back of the net.
- Jamie VARDY [SUN(H), 6.0m] – Vardy played a significant role in keeping Leicester up with 12 assists and 5 goals to boot. He’s already grabbed some goals in pre-season and will be looking to make the perfect start as Leicester host Sunderland in Gameweek 1.
- Wayne ROONEY [TOT(H), 10.5m] – This season sees Rooney return to the lone striker position and as the past has shown us, goals are sure to come. Midfield reinforcements have freed Rooney up to showcase his finishing capabilities and if given a sniff, he’ll be hunting down the back of the net against Spurs.
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