For our maiden journey into the 2013/2014 Fantasy Premier League we prepare ourselves with captain picks, big hitters, clean sheets, and punts. Surprisingly, we skip the normally painfully bad analogy in the foreword.
- Hazard: The obvious pick due the double Gameweek. I think Hazard will outscore everyone this season, except perhaps Van Persie and Aguero.
Mata: While Mata is a slight risk due to doubts over his match fitness, he should still take part in at least on of the games and is likely, as always, to score or assist.
Benteke: The big Belgium striker showed what he is capable last year and is a worthy pick, despite playing away against Chelsea and Arsenal.
Despite all the talk of Van Persie being too expensive I still believe he is essential. He’s a boring pick, but one that will likely get you the points.
Coutinho lit up the Premier League in the latter part of last season and has a perfect first game at home against Stoke to pick up where he left.
Walcott is capable of double-digit Gameweeks, especially at home against one of the likely weaker teams in Aston Villa.
I’m backing Soldado to start and finish the season with a bang, with goals coming thick and fast all season long.
Silva is the safest bet to start in Manchester City’s attack. Despite a lacklustre last season, he still managed to score four times and provide twelve assists.
- Liverpool with Kolo Toure being the cheapest link.
Arsenal with Szczesny being a popular choice.
Chelsea with Ivanovic being a safe pick.
Lukaku is more than a punt should he start both games, but I can’t see that happening with Mourinho needing to give Torres and Ba some game time.
Zaha should start for Manchester United and has looked lively in the pre-season.
Rodriguez is a cheap third striker choice who looked great after Pocchetino was installed as Southampton manager.