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Pogba and Maguire lead list of unexpected Gameweek 1 starters

Paul Pogba (£8.0m) heads up a number of players who have made an unexpected appearance in Gameweek 1 of Fantasy Premier League.

It was thought to be unlikely that the French World Cup winner would feature against Leicester in the first match of 2018/19, as a result of his exploits in Russia, but he captains Manchester United at Old Trafford.

However, the biggest surprise starter of the night from a Fantasy perspective is Harry Maguire (£5.5m), who will sit next to Wes Morgan (£4.5m) at the heart of the Leicester defence. That comes after suggestions from manager Claude Puel that he was a serious doubt to play after going deep into the World Cup with England.

Despite the suggestions he would miss out, Maguire was still picked in 17 percent of FPL squads. His contribution tonight could end up unexpectedly making a big difference to the Fantasy landscape of Gameweek 1.

James Maddison (£6.5m) passed a fitness test to start in the number 10 role Jamie Vardy (£9.0m) was considered ready enough only for the bench. But even that is an unexpected role for the England man, and he could be in the frame for a start against Wolves next week.

Also on the bench tonight is Romelu Lukaku (£11.0m) while Marcus Rashford (£7.0m) leads the Manchester United attacking line. Alexis Sánchez (£10.5m) has not been given the centre-forwards role that was expected, or at least, that is what the team-sheet suggest. He may well take up that position after all with Rashford also able to operate out-wide.

Fantasy managers who had banked on World Cup semi-finalists not returning to full action for a few weeks may be hoping these team-sheets don’t set the tone for Gameweek 1.

MANCHESTER UNITED XI (4-3-3): De Gea; Shaw, Lindelof, Bailly, Darmian; Fred, Pogba, A Pereira; Sánchez, Rashford, Mata.

LEICESTER CITY XI (4-2-3-1): Schmeicheln; Chilwell, Maguire, Morgan, Amartey; Silva, Nidda; Gray, Maddison, R Pereira; Iheanacho.

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  1. noahzark22
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 14 days ago

    0 points from 0. I give up

    1. The Pesci challenge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Yep might as well just quit and walk away. It’ll be better day tomorrow, I promise

  2. Red Dagger ✪
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Bloody hell! Everyone calmed down a bit now?

    1. stat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      No. Sanchez is exploiting non-owners with that non-assist

      1. Red Dagger ✪
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Haha! Yup. Seems a bit unfair to me.

        1. stat
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Maybe it can still be removed before the GW ends?

          1. Red Dagger ✪
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Possibly but I think after all the league updates happen then it will stand. Have the leagues updated yet?

            1. stat
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              No

              1. Red Dagger ✪
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 14 days ago

                That will be the marker then. If the leagues update with Sanchez's points then they are final.

    2. Flapjack ✅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Sorry mate just gutted I didn’t captain Shaw. Changed it back to Salah at 18:59 😉

      1. Red Dagger ✪
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Haha!

    3. BadgersBoys
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Well that escalated 🙂 It was a refreshing break from the whole Sanchez assist explosion.

      1. Homo Neanderthalensis
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Nice of the mods to lock down possibly the most intellectual discussion I’ve ever had on here. Nothing wrong with healthy debate.

        1. BadgersBoys
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Completely agree. Although, I do think that the vast majority would like to keep it football/ FPL related. Hope you have a great fantasy weekend though 🙂

        2. stat
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          This, there was some interesting debate going on

      2. Homo Neanderthalensis
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        On a side note.. check out this infograph under humanity->ideology lol

        https://infobeautiful4.s3.amazonaws.com/2013/03/iib_death_wellcome_collection_fullsize.png

        1. TH 14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          tobacco officially worse than communism

          1. Homo Neanderthalensis
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Don’t smoke kids lol

        2. ChelseaKTBFF
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Interesting.

          Still a white-washed appropriation of facts though. Somehow wars fought under "capitalist" agendas are just "Wars"

          1. Homo Neanderthalensis
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            I disagree, The data is from; and the infographic was commissioned; by the World Health Organisation.. which is an organisation with people from every walk of life and ideology, not just white people lol.

            The wars under the “wars” heading are not under ideology because those wars were not fought in the name of capitalism or democracy.. and most I can see under that heading have nothing to do with ideology, and everything to do with revolutions to bring their people out of oppression.

            The deaths listed under ideology didn’t come from wars... they came directly from the ideology... like the Soviet Union killing people for having different viewpoints to the communist agenda.. and chairman Mao starving his entire population, and killing those who opposed his ideology under the communist regime.

  3. Capoue Propper Mings
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Assist stands.

      I am almost positive this was implemented end of last season.

      Would of thought the rules would be updated by now though.

      1. Totalfootball
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        implemented what at end of last season ?!

        1. Capoue Propper Mings
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Some changes to coincide with another scoring system.

            Was a few of these scenarios last season.

        2. Thunder Warrior
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Yeah, they will change rules tonight

          1. Capoue Propper Mings
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Like I said earlier this is the best thing for the game in general.

              You will have points this season because of this at some point.

        3. Best_07
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          So no standings available until the next matches ?

          I wanted to see my opponents teams in my ML. 🙁

          1. Red Dagger ✪
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 14 days ago

            That hasn't updated yet. It might do. You can see other teams on your mobile app now.

          2. GanonTEK
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            They will update in the next few hours.
            The first update is always the longest.

        4. stat
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          GW Rank updated

          1. WesMantooth
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            2,838,430 cool as you like

            1. GanonTEK
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Same! We're tied! 😀

          2. Four Hit Wonder
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 14 days ago

            86k. I love myself.

        5. GanonTEK
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Just saw that the highest score so far is 46pts and they treble captained Shaw. There's always one!

          https://fantasy.premierleague.com/a/team/2649210/event/1

          1. WesMantooth
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            hah! stuff of legends that one!

          2. Vinyl78LP
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Off to a flyer, well played that chap.

          3. GanonTEK
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            I'm pretty sure 11pts is better than my double gameweek treble captain last year so I can't say it's a bad decision.

            I remember I found all three double gameweeks awful last year. No-one did really well twice. Hoping this year it's better!

        6. PepSala
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          With all due respect.. If the Sanchez assist stands it will be an absolute joke.

          1. TH 14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            it stands move on

          2. GanonTEK
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            It stands unfortunately.
            When match points say "confirmed" then that's that. Nothing changes then.

        7. 8ball
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Do you think Lindelof, Smalling or Jones will start for the foreseeable future?

          1. Jean Claude Edam
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            One with Bailly

            1. 8ball
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Yea which one? 🙂

              1. Best_07
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                Jones is my favourite long term.

        8. TheSteel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Maddison needs a year to be a real option IMO

          1. LangerznMash
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            He was the best player on the pitch.

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Lol behave

        9. DementedFlamingo
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Who do you think Ings will go? I hope he was a good season. When was the last time he played a full 90 mins? (Didnt follow pre-season closely.. so hopefully the answer isnt '3 days ago' :))

          1. DementedFlamingo
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            **How!

        10. Albrightondknight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          That rant against red dagger cracked me up.
          What does he for a grav a stupid frog or whatever it is meant to be.
          Snowflakery gone mad.
          So ease to offend these days.

        11. Four Hit Wonder
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 14 days ago

          One geezer triple captained Shaw. Also has Pogba and De Gea. 46 points.

        12. Dog and Fox
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Is Anfield exspress gone from Twitter?

        13. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Here is to hoping TAA will actually, as many we're afraid of, stay on the bench. I got W-B as first sub then