It’s finally here!
The first Gameweek of the season and our first glimpse into whether we our research and tinkering will pay off over the course of the season.
For those new to the Friday Foreplay I break down the preview into Captain Picks, Big Hitters, Clean Sheets, and Punts.
Remember to not go all out for the double Gameweek, considering that neither Chelsea nor Reading play in Gameweek 3.
- Torres: Due to the double Gameweek we have to consider Chelsea’s attacking players. On form in the Euros and grabbing a goal in the Community Shield, Torres is Chelsea’s main striker this season. It’s do or die time for the Spanish forward.
Aguero: The Argentinian scored 30 goals in his first season for City and should improve in his second season. He’s a quick, clever, clinical, and is likely to score at home against newly promoted Southampton.
Mata: Many will go for Hazard but I feel Mata is the safer choice. He scored 6 goals and assisted for 16 in his debut season an should, like Aguero, improve.
Ferguson has been making noises about Van Persie starting against Everton. Despite the tough fixture I have to mention the Dutchman because of his astounding 269 point Fantasy score last season.
Cazorla is a proven quality player who Wenger could build his team around after the departure of Van Persie. He scored 9 goals in 34 appearances for Malaga last season and will get his chances against Sunderland.
Silva was the highest scoring midfielder in the Fantasy league last season. There is no reason to think he will not start the season in good form.
- Chelsea face Wigan away and Reading at home. You never know what to expect from Wigan at the start of the season. However, keeping a clean sheet at Stamford Bridge for the opening game of Reading’s Premier League season is as good a bet as your are going to get. Ashley Cole is the safest choice of the Chelsea defence.
- Reading will most likely not shut out Chelsea but have a decent chance of frustrating Stoke City. Gorkss can be had for £4.0 and is a value bet for Gameweek 1.
- Manchester City are strong at home and will present an almighty challenge for Southampton. At £1.5 cheaper than Kompany, Zabaleta should start for City due to Richard’s injury.
- Arsenal will be looking to put the sale of Van Persie behind them with a confident win over Sunderland at the Emirates. Jenkinson is in line to start, with Sagna out injured.
- Defoe is Tottenham’s only senior striker and should start against Newcastle. He could benefit from playing with Tottenham’s creative midfield, featuring Bale, Van der Vaart, and new signing Sigurdsson.
- I would recommend assessing Pogrebnyak’s potential for the season in the first few games before purchasing him. However, because of the double Gameweek, he’s a decent punt.
- With all the focus on Van Persie’s and Rooney’s partnership I fancy Nani to take his chances.