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The FPL line-up lessons we learned from Gameweek 1

With new signings, new managers and indeed three new teams clouding the water, anticipating the Gameweek 1 line-ups was always going to be tricky.

Our pre-season coverage helped point us in the right direction and there weren’t as many shocks as there might have been in the various starting XIs.

There were still lessons to be learned, though, so we will discuss each team selection on a match-by-match basis in the article below.

Liverpool v Norwich City

Liverpool were in their tried-and-tested 4-3-3, with Divock Origi patrolling the left flank.

Sadio Mane, late back from the Africa Cup of Nations, emerged as a 74th-minute substitute to replace the Belgian on the wing.

Alisson began the match in goal but budget FPL goalkeeper Adrian – listed above – came on for the injured Brazil international in the first half.

As happened in the Community Shield, Joe Gomez was given the nod over Joel Matip alongside Virgil van Dijk at centre-half.

Norwich were short on fit centre-halves, so Ben Godfrey and Grant Hanley were the pair selected at the heart of the defence.

Kenny McLean was chosen over Mario Vrancic and Moritz Leitner in the double-pivot, although the latter came on before the hour-mark.

£4.5m midfielder Todd Cantwell, who has also featured in place of Marco Stiepermann in pre-season, edged out Onel Hernandez on the left flank.

Hernandez came on late in the game, with Cantwell moving inside and indeed completing 90 minutes.

Analyse Liverpool v Norwich in detail here

West Ham United v Manchester City

Leroy Sane injured, Raheem Sterling – as happened in the Community Shield – shifted over to the left flank and Gabriel Jesus led the line in a 4-3-3.

Sergio Aguero replaced the Brazilian midway through the second half.

With Bernardo Silva nursing a minor muscle problem, Riyad Mahrez was promoted to the right flank despite not kicking a ball in pre-season – the Algerian having been involved with his country at the Africa Cup of Nations.

There were no great surprises elsewhere, with Oleksandr Zinchencko and Kyle Walker at full-back – Joao Cancelo only match-fit enough for the bench – and John Stones preferred to Nicolas Otamendi at centre-half.

With West Ham without the injured Mark Noble, Jack Wilshere dropped back alongside Declan Rice in the double-pivot.

Despite Pablo Fornals having started the last three pre-season friendlies, it was Michail Antonio who joined Felipe Anderson and Manuel Lanzini in the attacking trident behind Sebastien Haller.

Antonio, who had started the game on the left flank, was hooked at half-time and replaced by ‘number ten’ Fornals, with Lanzini moving across to the left wing.

Anderson was again deployed on the right flank in Manuel Pellegrini’s 4-2-3-1.

Analyse West Ham v Manchester City in detail here

Bournemouth v Sheffield United

Perhaps the biggest formation surprise of the weekend was Eddie Howe opting to go with a 3-4-3 against Sheffield United, although the unavailability of wingers Arnaut Danjuma and David Brooks perhaps forced his hand.

Josh King and Ryan Fraser played either side of Callum Wilson, with Adam Smith and £4.0m-rated Diego Rico used as wing-backs.

Goalscorer Chris Mepham joined Nathan Ake and Steve Cook in a back three, with Aaron Ramsdale getting the nod over Bournemouth’s other three senior goalkeepers between the posts.

There were no real shocks in the visitors’ starting XI, with a wing-back system one Chris Wilder used in the Championship last season.

FPL defender John Lundstram was brought in alongside John Fleck and Oliver Norwood to bolster midfield in a 3-5-2, with attacking midfielder Luke Freeman thrown on for Lundstram on 78 minutes as Wilder chased the game and reverted to a 3-4-1-2.

Analyse Bournemouth v Sheffield United in detail here

Burnley v Southampton

It was as you were for Burnley, with Sean Dyche sticking with the 4-4-2 that he has favoured for much of his tenure at Turf Moor.

Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood kept up their ever-present league record in 2019 up top, with Johann Berg Gudmundsson back on the right wing having played second fiddle to Jeff Hendrick for much of this calendar year.

Charlie Taylor still wasn’t quite match-fit enough so Erik Pieters made his Burnley debut at left-back and collected two assists.

Having started pre-season in a 4-2-2-2, Southampton finished the summer in a similar wing-back system that Ralph Hasenhuttl rolled out in 2018/19 and indeed a 3-4-3 was used again in Lancashire.

Che Adams had featured on the right flank over the summer but it was Danny Ings who was moved wide to allow the ex-Birmingham striker to feature centrally, with Nathan Redmond stationed on the left.

Illness apparently kept Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg on the bench for most of the game, with James Ward-Prowse and Oriel Romeu playing in tandem in central midfield.

Jack Stephens got the nod over Maya Yoshida at centre-half but was sacrificed for Hojbjerg late on as Hasenhuttl reverted to a back four.

Analyse Burnley v Southampton in detail here

Crystal Palace v Everton

Roy Hodgson started this season as he finished last, with Palace in a 4-4-2.

Jordan Ayew was paired alongside Christian Benteke in attack, with Wilfried Zaha brought on alongside the Belgian midway through the second half.

Scott Dann and £4.0m defender Martin Kelly saw off the challenge of Gary Cahill at centre-half.

Everton were also in a familar shape to last season, with Richarlison and Bernard on the right and left respectively of a 4-2-3-1.

All of the players in the starting XI were on the books last season, although Moise Kean replaced Dominic Calvert-Lewin up front midway through the second half and Jean-Philippe Gbamin was brought on for the injured Andre Gomes just before half-time.

Morgan Schneiderlin was sent off and will miss Gameweek 2.

Analyse Palace v Everton in detail here

Watford v Brighton and Hove Albion

Gameweek 1 featured something we hadn’t seen last season: Gerard Deulofeu starting a Premier League match on the wing.

Now an FPL forward, of course, Deulofeu was sacrificed for Roberto Pereyra at the break, with the Argentina international still working his way back up to full match-fitness after the Copa America.

Craig Dawson was included at centre-half and was the only starter on either side who wasn’t at his club in 2018/19.

Graham Potter had trialled a 3-4-3 in the final two games of pre-season and that was indeed the formation that he deployed on Saturday.

Leandro Trossard remained an unused substitute as Pascal Gross and Jurgen Locadia flanked Glenn Murray in attack.

Florin Andone and Neal Maupay replace the latter two players in the second half and both scored.

Solly March and FPL defender Martin Montoya were used as wing-backs.

Analyse Watford v Brighton in detail here

Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa

Spurs started Saturday’s game in a 4-4-2 diamond, with Erik Lamela playing just off Harry Kane and Lucas Moura in attack.

The introduction of Christian Eriksen for Harry Winks saw Lucas and Lamela pull wide and Kane lead the line in a 4-2-3-1.

Villa were in their familiar 4-1-4-1 shape, with Conor Hourihane starting at the base of the midfield but later replaced by new recruit Douglas Luiz.

Trezeguet was preferred to – and eventually replaced by – Jota on the right.

There was a surprise in the full-back department, with last season’s first-choice pairing of Neil Taylor and Mohamed Elmohamady preferred to 2019 signings Matt Targett and Frederic Guilbert.

Only Targett made the bench, with Guilbert not among the substitutes.

Analyse Spurs v Aston Villa in detail here

Leicester City v Wolverhampton Wanderers

Brendan Rodgers opted for a 4-3-3 as he attempted to put pressure on Wolves’ back three.

Ayoze Perez played on the right of a front three with Jamie Vardy and James Maddison.

Hamza Choudhury was sacrificed in the second half as substitute Harvey Barnes took over on the left flank, with Maddison moving infield alongside Youri Tielemans in a 4-1-4-1.

Wolves were as they were for much of last season, with Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez stationed up top in a 3-5-2.

Patrick Cutrone replaced Jota for the final 15 minutes.

Analyse Leicester v Wolves in detail here

Newcastle United v Arsenal

Matt Ritchie recovered from injury to take up the same left wing-back role he occupied last season, with Newcastle United in a 3-5-2.

Ritchie moved infield when Jonjo Shelvey limped off, with Jetro Willems taking over on the left.

An ‘out of position’ Miguel Almiron partnered Joelinton up front, with substitute Allan Saint-Maximin joining them in a front three late on.

Unai Emery mostly used a 4-2-3-1 in pre-season and indeed that was the formation favoured on Tyneside, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leading the line after a stint on the right flank this summer.

Alexandre Lacazette, only just back from an ankle injury, was an unused substitute.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson started in the attacking midfield positions behind the Gabon international, with summer signings Gabriel Martinelli, Dani Ceballos and Nicolas Pepe replacing them in the second half.

Pepe took up a left-wing role.

With new signing David Luiz also not called upon on the bench, Calum Chambers started at centre-half.

Analyse Newcastle United v Arsenal in detail here

Manchester United v Chelsea

United and Chelsea both lined up in a 4-2-3-1, as they had ended pre-season.

FPL midfielder Anthony Martial led the line for the hosts, with Marcus Rashford stationed on the left.

Andreas Pereira and Jesse Lingard started the game in the hole and on the right respectively, although interchanged on occasion.

Paul Pogba was positioned on the right of a central midfield two, having played almost exclusively on the left last season.

Frank Lampard sacrificed Christian Pulisic to fit both Mason Mount and Ross Barkley into the same starting XI, with Barkley occupying the left-wing role and Mount playing just off striker Tammy Abraham.

Pulisic replaced Barkley on the hour-mark, with Mount finishing the game.

Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic lined up in the double-pivot, with N’Golo Kante replacing the former in the last 20 minutes.

Analyse Manchester United v Chelsea in detail here


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Lessons learned from Gameweek 1

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  1. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 days, 34 mins ago

    Risk of Trossard falling before gw2?

  2. jimmyabs1987
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    7 days, 28 mins ago

    Is Frank not a fan of Alonso? 2 game and no minutes now? Think he is no longer an option and I should be going Emerson over Alonso in my draft?

    1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 days, 13 mins ago

      Yes. Yes. Yes.

    2. CL4PTRAP
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      As above. Emerson looks soooo good too.

  3. Chaballer-Top 1K Career HoF…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 days, 28 mins ago

    So can anyone actually tell me if price changes are now going to change @6pm ish on the reg?Will FPL stats ever be as accurate as before or has it gone to pot...?

    1. waldo666
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 23 mins ago

      Apart from those who actually run the show, I really don't think there is.

  4. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    7 days, 28 mins ago

    Salah sales since Mane's brace last night

    Market's gonna be crazy again this season...

    1. jimmyabs1987
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 23 mins ago

      The million saving on Mane could be enough to really help bolster another area and last year my ML rival who I lost to 3 points in the end consistently had Mané scoring over Salah! It was so annoying!
      I have Salah again now and am sticking put!

      1. Slouch87
        • 3 Years
        6 days, 23 hours ago

        Tempted to downgrade Salah to Mane to bring in Aguero for Kane after GW3 to give Laporte , Sterling and Aguero for City's great run of fixtures.

    2. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 21 mins ago

      If I get Mane I will have them both...

      1. jimmyabs1987
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 days, 20 mins ago

        Yes as don’t think there is a sofa big enough

    3. The Overthinker
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      Mane's record vs Southampton is !!!!

    4. GoodFella93
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 9 hours ago

      Salah > Mane is a no brainer imo. The price difference is only £1m this season, Salah is greedier, players further forward, takes some penalties and some corners.

  5. ZeBestee
    • 5 Years
    7 days, 19 mins ago

    Anyone looking at Lingard? I know he isn't many people's favourite but he plays behind Martial, he looked sharp and has the knack to get big scores. At 6.5, he is not a bad choice if he will nail a place.

    Nailed enough?
    Good enough?

    1. Respect My Authoritah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 17 mins ago

      He's not nailed or good enough at that price imo. I'd consider him at 5.5

    2. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 17 mins ago

      No
      and
      ....
      No

    3. Lallana
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 17 mins ago

      rather get Martial at ST for 1.0M more or Jorginho at 5.0M with pens too

    4. waldo666
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 16 mins ago

      Don't think he's nailed enough myself.

      1. ZeBestee
        • 5 Years
        7 days, 12 mins ago

        You think who may be ahead of him in the pecking order? Can't see many tbh.

        1. waldo666
          • 9 Years
          7 days, 4 mins ago

          Probably no one rn but I think he's only one bad performance away. A rejig of the forwards to accommodate James out wide I could see happening in the not too distant future.

    5. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      Lingard is terrible at football and for FPL purposes - there I said it.

      It genuinely upsets me that he is in United’s first team

  6. Lallana
    • 5 Years
    7 days, 17 mins ago

    Barkley and Zouma owners, you holding?

    I am tempted to get rid of Barkley. Sure, he may play next GW but his minutes look limited with rotation this year. Lampard hasn't settled on his best XI I feel.

    1. Respect My Authoritah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 16 mins ago

      I'd sell Barkley if I had him.

      Quite clear he's behind Mount imo. And Mount may not even get in the team if they roll with last night's midfield trio.

    2. KingOllie
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 14 mins ago

      I feel like i wana do Barkley -> Buendia

      But then something is telling me to wait a week

      1. jimmyabs1987
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        6 days, 23 hours ago

        Surely do it this week with Norwich fixture?

    3. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 17 hours ago

      Holding. Likely won't last that long in my team. No rush. I have a bench.

    4. GoodFella93
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 9 hours ago

      I have him, and also think he's behind Mount.

      I'm thinking:

      Barkley > Cantwell & Rico > Emmerson
      or
      Barkley > McGinn

      Thoughts?

  7. Guendomeyang
    • 6 Years
    7 days, 1 min ago

    I'm on Wildcard. GTG?

    Ryan Button
    VVD AWB Zinchenko Pieter Rico
    Salah Sterling Martial McGinn Meyer
    Aubameyang Pukki Greenwood

    Old Team :

    Llrois Button
    Robertson VVD Zinchenko Coleman Rico
    Salah Sterling Perez LucasMoura Dendocker
    Wilson King Greenwood

    1. CL4PTRAP
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      I think Pieters spot is not nailed. Just be aware of that. Meyer does not excite me but fixtures are decent.Why not get Adrian for Ryan on a WC and with an open Pool slot?

    2. jimmyabs1987
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      Can you explain to me why you would use a WC in GW2? I just see how you can get a team so wrong after 1 GW and have seen enough analysis to make the new calls? I can see you been a member for 6 years so clearly you know the game and this isn’t me having a dig as I am genuinely interested to understand you’re logic?

      1. TheDragon
        • 1 Year
        6 days, 23 hours ago

        Bit of a tangent but.....

        My understanding is that the number next to people’s names just indicates how many years ago that they set up an account on FFS (not necessarily membership).

        So someone could have a ‘10’ and all that happened is 10 years ago they created an account to post 1 rate my team comment, then never played FPL again for 9 years and then started playing again this year.

        Not commenting at all on the Op’s FPL abilities, but just saying that having a big number next to your name doesn’t automatically mean you are v good at FPL and likiewise having a small number (or no number) doesn’t automatically mean the person is bad at FPL

    3. Totalfootball
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      Like it
      Meyer can be changed

  8. CL4PTRAP
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 days, 23 hours ago

    One week punt for a max 6.5 Midfielder?

    1) Grealish
    2) Robinson
    3) Suggestions

    1. jimmyabs1987
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      Buendía

    2. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      Robinson 🙂

      1. jimmyabs1987
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        6 days, 23 hours ago

        Would you play Robinson CRY H over Perez Chelsea A?

        1. TheDragon
          • 1 Year
          6 days, 23 hours ago

          I’ve got both and will be playing both

          But no - i’d still play Perez but then I don’t think he is much of a punt

    3. CL4PTRAP
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      Cheers for the comments

    4. Lets all klopp together
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      C, lanzini

  9. The Overthinker
    • 2 Years
    6 days, 23 hours ago

    Montoya or dunk?

  10. Lets all klopp together
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    6 days, 23 hours ago

    Even tho he was shocking against united, would you say zouma is nailed?

    1. Lallana
      • 5 Years
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      Not nailed yet but I feel as though he'll start with Rudiger long-term.

      Thought he was good in pre-season and against Liverpool.

      Also played a lot of minutes last season.

  11. Lallana
    • 5 Years
    6 days, 23 hours ago

    Keep FT or any moves you'd make?

    Ederson
    TAA Zouma VVD Digne
    Salah (C) Barkley Sterling (v) Perez Lucas
    Wilson

    Bench: McGovern, Lundstram, Greenwood, Wickham

    Think Barkley will rotate with Mount but don't know who a suitable replacement would be so I might bide my time. Feel as though McGinn is risky but I like Buendia.

    On my radar is Pukki, Martial, Rashford, Emerson, Boly, Jorginho (pens). Anyone else I should consider?

  12. Hotdogs for Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 days, 23 hours ago

    I missed the FFS preseason shenanigans but I see lots of disgruntled dudes with the likes of Lucas, Barkley, Jota, Perez, Rico, Guilbert, King etc ... but not with Martial, Rashford etc

    what was the template team that everyone settled upon in the end ?

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 17 hours ago

      Scout picks.