It´s time to suit up for Gameweek 2 of the Fantasy Premier League. Accessories include captain picks, big hitters, clean sheets, and punts. Also, a return to the disappointing analogies.
- Soldado: With Bale´s eventual departure, I expect Soldado to pick up most of the scoring burden for Tottenham. He´s on penalties and his record for the last three seasons with Valencia reads: 30 in 46 games, preceded by 27 in 51 and 25 in 44.. With Swansea not likely to shut up shop, Soldado´s owners could be in for a treat.
Van Persie: He just scores points, whoever Manchester United are playing against. The Dutchman is probably the best player in the league and is a safe captain pick every week.
Aguero: Manchester City destroyed Newcastle and Aguero showed his class with a well taken goal and an assist. With Mancini, Balotelli, and Tevez moving on in the summer, City´s dressing room should be saner and Pellegrini´s setup will provide Aguero the perfect platform to return to his first season form.
Benteke is an outside shout for a captain pick following his excellent performances against Arsenal and Chelsea. Liverpool should be strong though which could limit his chances, unless he takes advantage of his superior speed against Kolo Toure.
Arsenal face Fulham with at least two defenders missing. Despite Berbatov´s lacklustre first game he´s a fine pick in Gameweek 2, based on his 15 goals and four assists last season.
I’m backing Soldado to start and finish the season with a bang, with goals coming thick and fast all season long.
Silva was excellent last Gameweek and his price of 9.0 could look very cheap come the tail end of the season. With so many attackers to look out for in the City lineup, Silva could see more space in the last third.
Lambert kept up his scoring ways from last season with a well taken penalty and should see chances come his way at home against Sunderland.
- Stoke City with Marc Wilson being the cheapest link.
Tottenham with Walker being a popular choice offering some attacking threat.
Southampton with Boruc being a fine 4.5 priced goalkeeper.
Barkley´s goal lit up the Fantasy world with over 215.000 managers bringing him in. If he starts and delivers points against West Brom expect his price to quickly surpass 5.0.
Despite Arsenal´s supposed problems, I expect them to come back strong against Fulham. If Walcott gets service he can be lethal and the Fulham game could be full of goals.
Hazard is a rather expensive punt, and could even be considered a heavy hitter, but an away game against Manchester United is unlikely to yield many away goals so his is stuck in the punt category for this Gameweek.