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FPL team reveals: 5-3-2 with triple Arsenal and Perisic

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 Sonaldo, who talks through his Gameweek 1 plans.

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The anticipation of the new Fantasy Premier League (FPL) season is nearly over as the opening matches are about to commence. With the World Cup sandwiched in the middle, coupled with a new ‘five subs’ rule, it should be another tricky campaign to navigate. Yet that is what makes FPL so entertaining and I personally can’t wait to get going.

Before you pick your team, there are a few principles that I like to follow:

  • A lot of who we pick right now should be based on fixtures and the eye test, as we don’t have enough data to confidently justify our picks. The mantra of ‘we know little’ is a good starting place for now.
  • It’s ok to have a ‘template’ team as, within a couple of Gameweeks, lots can change and being able to adapt quickly will be important.
  • In FPL, we tend to think of the good scenarios without often considering what could go wrong. Thus, I believe that it’s fine to make the wrong calls but you should always have a backup plan.
  • While we don’t want to plan ahead too much, it’s good to have a Wildcard plan in mind, knowing that we have 16 Gameweeks to use it before having a month of unlimited transfers during the World Cup. Pras and I have done a Burning Questions video on this very topic.
Team Structure
  • Early season is usually high-scoring. As a result, I really want to invest in attackers and high-potential midfielders. 
  • However, the value of attacking wing-backs is too great to ignore, therefore I am leaning towards having a strong line of defence.
  • When looking at the fixtures, all the strong teams (Man City, Liverpool, Spurs, Arsenal, Chelsea, etc.) have decent fixtures to start the season. So, it means that I want to load up on City and Liverpool assets (thrree of each) if I can.
  • While the main dilemma for Liverpool is Robertson v Diaz, the City triple-up is a bit trickier. This is because while I want to own Cancelo and Haaland, it’s hard to identify the third City asset. Ederson comes into the fold as well as another defender in possibly Dias or Walker. But what if a City midfielder/forward asset starts to explode? Therefore, I’m likely to optimize my squad with just Cancelo and Haaland for now.
  • Essentially as I look to Wildcard in Gameweek 7-9, I am deciding between a 5-3-2 or 4-4-2 formation.

If you can’t tell by my FPL handle, my favorite player is Son Heung-min (£12.0m). Not having him in my team seems so odd. But to get him means I must sacrifice one of Mohamed Salah (£13.0m) or Erling Haaland (£11.5m), as I do not like the idea of a threemium structure. It sacrifices too many valuable assets.

My team is subject to change before the deadline, but here is what it looks like now:

FPL pre-season: Trossard hits hat-trick from wing-back role 2

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  1. JayKay1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 days, 14 hours ago

    I miss +1, he was fun! :o)

    1. JayKay1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 days, 14 hours ago

      Sorry, 'they' were fun, bit presumptuous on my part...

  2. abaalan
    • 6 Years
    3 days, 14 hours ago

    With 5-3-2, midfield of rashford, Salah, martinelli, bailey, Andreas.....would you bench martinelli? (And Andreas obv)

    1. Truicegod
        3 days, 14 hours ago

        bench martinelli something about that just sounds wrong

    2. manutd99
      • 13 Years
      3 days, 14 hours ago

      A) Martinelli / Neto
      B) Rashford / Bailey

      Between Rashford and Martinelli basically

      1. Bobby_Baggio
        • 11 Years
        3 days, 14 hours ago

        Martinelli and Bailey is my preference but A if you are set on Neto

      2. JayKay1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 days, 14 hours ago

        Would of been Marti 100%, but with Martial out, Rash could be mint GW1... But you know it's about more than just this W/E?

        1. manutd99
          • 13 Years
          3 days, 14 hours ago

          Will Rashford play week in week out with Ronaldo and Martial back?

          Not bothered about Neto. Its Rashford v martinelli dilemma

          1. BobB
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            3 days, 14 hours ago

            Ronaldo is still more likely than not to move on.

            1. manutd99
              • 13 Years
              3 days, 14 hours ago

              Being a utd fan. Hoping not. Never know he might stay. No offers yet

              1. JayKay1
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 days, 14 hours ago

                Why would you want him to stay?

    3. Kane Train
      • 7 Years
      3 days, 14 hours ago

      Best 4.5 defender?

      1. Bobby_Baggio
        • 11 Years
        3 days, 14 hours ago

        I've gone Saliba but White, Dalot, Mings

        1. Bobby_Baggio
          • 11 Years
          3 days, 14 hours ago

          Botman too

    4. Calum Undisputed
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 14 hours ago

      Ramsdale
      TAA Robertson Cancelo James
      Salah Martinelli Neto Bailey
      Kane Jesus

      Ward N.Williams Andreas Archer

      V template. Comments Guys? Thanks
      Should i go
      1. Ramsdale to Ederson ?
      2. Bailey to Rashford ?

      1. coozie
        • 13 Years
        3 days, 14 hours ago

        I might just save the 1.5mil for whoever bangs this gameweek and get them in.

        1. Truicegod
            3 days, 14 hours ago

            thats also a good idea

        2. Truicegod
            3 days, 14 hours ago

            Personal suggestion stick with ramsdale keep the third city spot open just incase you might want to jump on another city asset depending on whos hot.

            i like the bailey to rashford though i wish i had him

        3. jblakes
          • 3 Years
          3 days, 14 hours ago

          Robertson or Dias (pool one)

          1. hotine
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 days, 14 hours ago

            Robertson but it took me about 17 hours to decide

        4. gooner_112233445566
          • 3 Years
          3 days, 14 hours ago

          Come on then

          A) ramsdale, r dias, martinelli 0.5itb
          B) sanchez, Walker (any 5mil defender), saka

        5. manutd99
          • 13 Years
          3 days, 14 hours ago

          Is dalot nailed on most weeks? With perisic out could downgrade to dalot and use cash elsehwere

          1. Bobby_Baggio
            • 11 Years
            3 days, 14 hours ago

            Dalot competition is Wan Bissaka so think he is nailed

        6. DF Team
          • 5 Years
          3 days, 14 hours ago

          a) TAA and Mount
          b) Digne and Sterling

          1. nolard
            • 7 Years
            3 days, 14 hours ago

            a

        7. Cerebral36
            3 days, 14 hours ago

            Isn't Ward just coming back from Injury? Don't fance the 4.0 double up and have Ward atm. But heavily doubting. Other keeper is Sanchez and have him benched with United away.

            1. LLoris
              • 3 Years
              3 days, 14 hours ago

              same problem im having

          • LLoris
            • 3 Years
            3 days, 14 hours ago

            I know its template, but is their anything I've missed or can change?
            A) Sanchez to Mendy or nah

            Ward
            TAA, Cancelo, James, Gabriel
            Salah, Diaz, Martinelli, Neto
            Haaland, Jesus

            Bench: Sanchez, Andreas, Neco, Archer
            1M ITB

            1. Truicegod
                3 days, 14 hours ago

                good to go mate. goodluck on the fpl season personally iam still trying to decide on kane or haaland might just do a coinflip for that

            2. gooner_112233445566
              • 3 Years
              3 days, 14 hours ago

              A) sanchez, martinelli, (neto as first then A perreira and greenwood)
              B) ramsdale, martinelli (a perrreira as first sub and da silva and greenwood

              1. LLoris
                • 3 Years
                3 days, 14 hours ago

                b

            3. Defaid Daniel
              • 9 Years
              3 days, 14 hours ago

              A)Zinchenko/Pope
              B)Perisic/Sanchez

              1. hotine
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 days, 14 hours ago

                A given recent news

            4. Over Midwicket
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 days, 14 hours ago

              Trippier or Digne?

              1. Truicegod
                  3 days, 14 hours ago

                  Trippier

              2. manutd99
                • 13 Years
                3 days, 14 hours ago

                Ward / Iverson
                TAA / Robertson / Cancelo / Dalot / N.Williams
                Salah / Mount / Rashford/ Martinelli / Andreas
                Haaland / Jesus / Archer

                g2g?

                2 x utd. Hoping for a good start under new manager

              3. JayKay1
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 days, 14 hours ago

                Need it to be 6:30 already, so you lot don't talk me out of it...

                :o)

              4. gooner_112233445566
                • 3 Years
                3 days, 14 hours ago

                A) Ruben dias starting as 5th defender in 5-3-2, then Andreas perreira, dasilva and greenwood as 3 subs

                B) walker (any 5mil defender) starting as 5th defender in 5-3-2, then neto, a perreira and greenwood as 3 subs

                Got cancelo already and Bailey starting as my 3rd midfielder

              5. shady4revr
                • 8 Years
                3 days, 14 hours ago

                People are choosing williams, which one brendon or neco?

                1. JayKay1
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 days, 14 hours ago

                  Neco, NFO, starter @ £4.0m

                2. SonnyPikey
                    3 days, 14 hours ago

                    robin. actor

                3. matty8t9
                  • 9 Years
                  3 days, 14 hours ago

                  Ward
                  Cancelo. Trip. Sess
                  Diaz Sancho. Foden. Saka
                  Jesus. Haaland. Kane

                  Iversen
                  Dalot
                  N.Williams
                  Andreas

                  Is this good to go? Sess defo starting?

                4. gooner_112233445566
                  • 3 Years
                  3 days, 14 hours ago

                  A) r dias (no rashford) starting 5-3-2 with a perreira, dasilva and greenwood as subs
                  B) rashford (no r dias) starting in 4-4-2 with neco Williams, perreira and greenwood as subs

                  Got cancelo already if that makes differnece

                5. Kane Train
                  • 7 Years
                  3 days, 14 hours ago

                  Last decision .

                  A) James & Neto
                  B) Kyle Walker & Rashford
                  C) James & McGinn

                  1. JayKay1
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 days, 14 hours ago

                    You've had a lot of 'last' decisions today :o)

                6. JayKay1
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 days, 14 hours ago

                  It's too bloody late, you should of made your minds up days ago :o)

                  1. SonnyPikey
                      3 days, 14 hours ago

                      only idiots are still deciding

                      1. JayKay1
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        3 days, 14 hours ago

                        I've gone left field, but last change I made was Ward / Iverson...

                  2. gooner_112233445566
                    • 3 Years
                    3 days, 14 hours ago

                    Bailey or neto for first 5 games

                    Money no issue

                  3. JayKay1
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 days, 14 hours ago

                    Right, lock in your squad, select your (C) and bench order and press save...

                    I don't want to be back later hearing the 'site crashing / it ain't my fault' bolloxs :o)

                  4. Berkshire Hafaway-Line
                    • 1 Year
                    3 days, 14 hours ago

                    Your stress and misery is updating and will be available soon.

                  5. Yogz
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    3 days, 14 hours ago

                    The game is locked gents.. Good Luck!

                  6. I'M VARANE GRATEFUL
                    • 5 Years
                    3 days, 12 hours ago

                    Lms league code anyone?

                  7. SonnyPikey
                      3 days, 12 hours ago

                      Arsenal ladies on instead

                    • Lampard 8
                      • 8 Years
                      2 days, 23 hours ago

                      Hello,

                      For the 2022/23 Fantasy Premier League why don't you join my mini-league "The great north."?

                      Joining the league couldn't be easier. Simply use the link below and you'll be added automatically after you've entered the game.

                      https://fantasy.premierleague.com/leagues/auto-join/51pvb7

                      League Code: 51pvb7

                      Looking forward to playing against you this season!