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FPL team reveals: 4-4-2 with Diaz as the ‘third’ Liverpool player

With Gameweek 1 of Fantasy Premier League (FPL) almost upon us, we’re welcoming back our stellar team of Pro Pundits, Hall of Famers and guest contributors for the new campaign.

Our writers will be providing regular articles and team reveals throughout the new season, with only Premium Members able to access every single one.

Next up is five-time top-1k finisher and Scout’s Deputy Editor Tom Freeman, who talks through his Gameweek 1 plans.

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On the eve of the new FPL season, I’m ready to share my Gameweek 1 team.

I’ve opted for a 4-4-2 formation which includes big-hitters Mohamed Salah (£13.0m) and Erling Haaland (£11.5m), as well as two outfield substitutes who should both get plenty of minutes.

If you’re anything like me, then tinkering will undoubtedly continue right up until deadline, but it does feel like I’m almost there with this latest draft.

AARON RAMSDALE

I usually start with a £4.5m/£4.0m ‘keeper combo, but this year I am spending a bit more on Aaron Ramsdale (£5.0m). The 24-year-old finished with a very decent 4.0 points per match last season, despite a late run of blanks which coincided with an injury to Thomas Partey (£5.0m). Arsenal were significantly weaker at the back without the Ghanaian, conceding an average of 0.96 goals per game in matches he appeared, compared to 1.64 without him. They also struggled to control matches, so the return of their best defensive midfielder is huge, as is adding Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.0m) into the mix. It’s also worth noting that Arsenal have a great run of fixtures to start the season – they only play Manchester United from last season’s top six in the first eight Gameweeks.

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  1. Tinmen
    • 8 Years
    4 days, 9 hours ago

    I appreciate it’s late in the day folks, but how is this looking ?
    Sadly the plan is Kane to Halaand GW2

    Ward
    Trent Robbo James Cancelo
    Salah Martinelli Mount Bailey
    Kane Jesus

    Iverson Andreas Neco 4.5

    1. Big Mike
        4 days, 9 hours ago

        OK as long as Leicester don't go out and get another goalie that's more expensive than 4.0.

      • PScholes18
        • 2 Years
        4 days, 9 hours ago

        Almost my exact team. Got Saka/Neto for Martinelli/Mount, but neither are secure.

      • Brewstercat
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 days, 6 hours ago

        Exact same as mine hahah. Good to go!

    2. Big Mike
        4 days, 9 hours ago

        Which combination is is best?

        A) Mendy and James
        B) Alisson and Perisic

      • alfast1c
        • 11 Years
        4 days, 9 hours ago

        Do u think Cucurela will play from gw1 ?

        1. George James
          • 7 Years
          4 days, 9 hours ago

          Against United, probably not

      • George James
        • 7 Years
        4 days, 9 hours ago

        A) Mount + Martinelli

        B) Saka + Neto (+ 0.5m)

      • Moeyg123
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 days, 9 hours ago

        A or B?

        Ramsdale

        TAA, cancelo, james, X

        Mount, Diaz, Rashford, X

        Kane, X

        A. Haaland, Martinelli, Perisic

        B. Jesus, Saka, Robbo

        1. Big Mike
            4 days, 9 hours ago

            B

        2. More Cowbell
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          4 days, 9 hours ago

          Is Ramsdale, Martinelli, Jesus too much Arsenal?

          Seems to be template, but 3 Arsenal feels too much

          1. FPL_Champ
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            4 days, 7 hours ago

            Don't get 3 of them then if you think it's too much.

        3. Casual crab
            4 days, 8 hours ago

            No love for Benardo? Who's the most nailed city midfielder? On Foden at moment...

            1. agueroooooney
              • 7 Years
              4 days, 8 hours ago

              Had him in my team for a while, I think he's pretty nailed. Actually changed to Grealish who won't start as much but hoping he'll bag some returns

          • Walk93
              4 days, 8 hours ago

              Thoughts on below?

              Ward

              TAA White Walker Dalot

              Son Salah Diaz Dewsbury Hall

              Jesus Haaland

              1. FPL_Champ
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                4 days, 7 hours ago

                I'd get someone else instead of White. I don't think he's nailed in the medium term and with a few other slightly risky picks I'd get a guaranteed starting 4.5m instead.

            • xexugh
                4 days, 8 hours ago

                Neco apart, Which £4.0 defender is nailed?

                1. KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
                  • 5 Years
                  4 days, 8 hours ago

                  None of them, Patterson best bet, could have a breakthrough year/get some mins

                  1. xexugh
                      4 days, 7 hours ago

                      What of vestergard and valery?

                      1. KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
                        • 5 Years
                        4 days, 6 hours ago

                        Can’t see it

                2. YavorD
                    4 days, 7 hours ago

                    Alisson (Cazaniga
                    Perisic-TAA-Cancelo-James (Neco)
                    Martinelli-Coutinho-Bruno Guinaraes-Salah (triple C) (Andreas)
                    Kane-Jesus ( Greenwood)
                    0 In the bank

                    What's your opinion? Perhaps, I can swap Bruno for Mount and Coutinho for Bailey.

                    1. FPL_Champ
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      4 days, 7 hours ago

                      I think I'd rather your team if you made the changes you've proposed.

                      1. YavorD
                          4 days, 7 hours ago

                          Still thinking about the 8m.
                          Mount or Madison, or Saka.
                          Although I won't go with 3 Arsenal, so if I pick Saka I'd get rid of probably Martinelli, possibly getting Benrahma.

                    2. rochet82
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      4 days, 7 hours ago

                      Thoughts much appreciated,

                      A. James, Neto, Bailey
                      B. Perisic, Martinelli, Bailey
                      C. 5M Def, Martinelli, Neto

                      If C, who you reckom?

                      Sanchez, Ward
                      TAA, Robbo, Cancelo, Neco, ???
                      Salah, 8m, Andreas, ???, ???
                      Haaland, jesus, 4.5

                      1. FPL_Champ
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        4 days, 7 hours ago

                        B for me.

                        1. rochet82
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          4 days, 7 hours ago

                          Thank you!

                    3. KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
                      • 5 Years
                      4 days, 5 hours ago

                      Sexy and GTG?

                      Ward
                      Trent | Cancelo | Dalot
                      Salah | Martinelli | Aaronson | Bailey
                      (K)ane | Whoreland | Jesus

                      Iversen | Neco | Andreas | Patterson

                      Thanks

                    4. MT180
                      • 4 Years
                      3 days, 18 hours ago

                      Any last minute changes to this? Considering saka - diaz, James - Perisic and Trippier - Walker//Cash

                      Also haaland - Kane GW2

                      Ederson

                      TAA — Cancelo — Trippier — James

                      Salah — Martinelli — Saka — Neto

                      Haaland — Jesus

                      Ward — Williams — Archer — Andreas