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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.

The FFS Pro Pundits 38

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:

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  1. The Wealdstone Raider
    • 6 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    Thinking about throwing Cucurella in

    Out: Ramsdale, James, Perisic,
    In: Raya, Robertson, Cucurella

    1. lankdog
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Is Cucurella nailed to start GW1?

    2. linkafu
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Not sure he will play one day after his signing. They can easily play a James Azpi TSilva Koulibaly Alonso for GW1 and maybe 2

    3. The Wealdstone Raider
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 2 hours ago

      True but Alonso is on his way out

  2. lankdog
    • 6 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    Last changes
    A) White, James and Pereira
    B) Cash/Digne, Zinchenko and Bailey

    Will be benching White and Pereira with option A, and 2 of Cash/Digne, Zinchenko, Bailey and Andersen with option B

  3. Gus Fring
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    Which combination?

    A) James, Cancelo, Martinelli

    or

    B) Sterling, Walker, Digne

    Cheers.

    1. lankdog
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Prefer A

    2. linkafu
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      A

    3. Q
      • 10 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      A

  4. Baines on Toast...
    • 12 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    This 5-3-2 with 5.5 mid on the bench looked bizarre when I first did it a few days ago and now it's the pro pundit template.

    1. D.r.a.c.o
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      You're on two 4.0 GKs?

      1. Baines on Toast...
        • 12 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        If I go 4-4-2 then yes, but I'm back on Perisic over Saka so 5.0 is back in.

  5. linkafu
    • 2 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    What you prefer:

    A Bamford Martinelli
    B Jesus Rodrigo

    1. C_G
      • 7 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Jesus Rodrigo

      1. C_G
        • 7 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        Jesus Martinelli*

  6. HD7
    • 5 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    Some help please...
    A or B, mates?

    A) Ederson Robo Rashford
    Bench: 4.5m midfielder

    B) Ramsdale Digne/Trippier Saka
    Bench: Neto

    Team:
    -
    TAA Cancelo James Perisic -
    Salah - Bailey
    Haaland Jesus

    Ward - Pereira Greenwood

    1. lankdog
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      B

  7. C_G
    • 7 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    BOTTOMED.

    happy w this, gtg?

    Ward

    TAA James Walker Tripp

    Salah(C) KDB Martinelli Bailey

    Kane Jesus

    Iversen Neco Andreas Greenwood

    1. g40steve
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      What about Hahaland & Son

      1. C_G
        • 7 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        thought about it, prefer Kane & KDB to begin with

  8. TimoTime
    • 3 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    Which 3?:

    A) Ramsdale, Neto, Rashford

    B) Ward/Ive, Bailey, Mount

    1. C_G
      • 7 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      B

  9. D.r.a.c.o
    • 4 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    Who'd you pick?

    1. Trippier 5-3-2
    2. Bailey 4-4-2

    1. HD7
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      A long term

  10. HD7
    • 5 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    Rashford or Martinelli?

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Martin

  11. Mark Colonel
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      How nailed Reece James is ???

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        Pretty much

        until injury

        1. Mark Colonel
            12 days, 2 hours ago

            brilliant 🙂

        2. C_G
          • 7 Years
          12 days, 3 hours ago

          nailed enough to never leave any of my draft teams

      2. g40steve
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        A or B?

        A,
        Ramsdale,
        Trent, Cancelo, Walker, Trippier
        Sterling, Salah, Martinelli, Bailey
        Jesus, Kane

        Ward, Andreas, Taylor, Neco

        B,

        Mendy,
        Trent, Robbo, Cancelo, Trippier
        Salah, Mahrez, Martinelli, Bailey,
        Jesus, Kane,

        Ward, Andreas, Neco, Taylor

        1. linkafu
          • 2 Years
          12 days, 3 hours ago

          B

          1. g40steve
            • 4 Years
            12 days, 3 hours ago

            Cheers

      3. Wakanda
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        Rmt please

        Ramsdale
        Taa/Robertson/digne/James/cancelo
        Saka/son/diaz/Bailey
        Kane

      4. focaccia
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        OK last one then i'm done:

        A) Son + Watkins (+1.5)

        B) Maddison + Haaland

        1. linkafu
          • 2 Years
          12 days, 3 hours ago

          B

          1. focaccia
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            12 days, 3 hours ago

            Or instead of Madders, Kulu?

            1. linkafu
              • 2 Years
              12 days, 3 hours ago

              I have Maddison in my team so I cannot tell you to get him out

        2. lankdog
          • 6 Years
          12 days, 3 hours ago

          B

          1. focaccia
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            12 days, 3 hours ago

            Or instead of Madders, Kulu?

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

        Been so happy for ages with my team and now finding myself panicking

        1. PascalCygan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          12 days, 3 hours ago

          Ha, same

        2. kroky
          • 11 Years
          12 days, 3 hours ago

          Lmao I'm the exact same

        3. g40steve
          • 4 Years
          12 days, 3 hours ago

          Nothing new!

          The two cheap keepers open up a new team?

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

            Yeah that’s the one I’m happy with, but I want Son

            1. Nomar
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 12 Years
              12 days, 2 hours ago

              Can’t have em all.

              1. KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
                • 5 Years
                12 days, 2 hours ago

                Very true, I’m still off the fags by the way!

      6. Pep Roulette
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        White or Saliba? Final call!

        1. PascalCygan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          12 days, 3 hours ago

          White

        2. Libano
          • 5 Years
          12 days, 3 hours ago

          Zinchenko

      7. Vinchent
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        Would love your comments; A or B, or anything else?

        A:
        Ramsdale (Ward)
        TAA - Robertson - Cancelo - Walker - James
        Salah - Neto - Grealish (Andreas - Cafu)
        Kane (C) - Jesus (Greenwood)

        B:
        Raya (Lis)
        TAA - Walker - Perisic - Zinchenko (N. Williams)
        Salah (C) - Bailey - Rashford (Andreas - Dasilva)
        Haaland (V) - Kane - Jesus

        Cheers guys

        1. PascalCygan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          12 days, 3 hours ago

          a

      8. Kiyoshi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        Pope
        TAA - Cancelo - Cash
        Salah - Bailey - Rashford - Saka
        Jesus - Kane - Mbeumo

        Ward - Walker - Andreas - Neco Williams

        What do you think? Should I sell Mbeumo?

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          12 days, 3 hours ago

          Who for?

          1. Kiyoshi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            12 days, 2 hours ago

            Maybe for a fourth premium defender

      9. Libano
        • 5 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        Why is Archer in so many teams? Isn't Greenwood more likely to get minutes?

        1. the dom 1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          12 days, 3 hours ago

          Greenwood higher owned and more likely to fall in price

        2. g40steve
          • 4 Years
          12 days, 3 hours ago

          Archer scored in pre season

          1. g40steve
            • 4 Years
            12 days, 3 hours ago

            But Taylor is the sleeper

            1. Nomar
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 12 Years
              12 days, 2 hours ago

              Archer and Greenwood both look like £4.4’s waiting to happen.

      10. the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        Thoughts?

        Digne or Cash?

        cheers

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

          I have Cash, primarily because Digne has let me down way too many times before, so I can’t bring myself to own him now.

      11. Back of the Garnett
        • 1 Year
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        Good luck all!

        Last question..

        A) Raya/Sanchez & Ward
        B) Ward & Iversen + 0.5 ITB

        1. Pep's Money Laundry
          • 7 Years
          12 days, 3 hours ago

          B

          1. Back of the Garnett
            • 1 Year
            12 days, 3 hours ago

            Yep my thoughts too, cheers!

        2. Men in green tights
          • 4 Years
          12 days, 2 hours ago

          I've gone b just to shave the 0.5m , don't think there will be much difference with most of the 4.5m gks anyway

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

        Which one?

        A) James & Neto
        B) Walker & Rashford

        1. lankdog
          • 6 Years
          12 days, 3 hours ago

          A probably, just

        2. linkafu
          • 2 Years
          12 days, 3 hours ago

          B

        3. C_G
          • 7 Years
          12 days, 3 hours ago

          A

        4. hotine
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          12 days, 2 hours ago

          B

      13. have you seen cyan
        • 3 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        we got any more news on perisic starting? I'm BB so if he aint starting he has to go :/

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

          I think he’s one of those players that, if you have him, you play him anyway and hope that he a) starts and b) gets at least 60 minutes.

        2. Hits from the Bong
          • 3 Years
          12 days, 3 hours ago

          Planet FPL just released a mini podcast to say neither Perisic nor Doherty are in the leaked starting lineup. Think Perisic will come on.

          1. have you seen cyan
            • 3 Years
            12 days, 2 hours ago

            thanks guys, I cant risk it, he is out for Gabriel

      14. Weasel51
        • 6 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        Arsenal triple up too much? Already have Mart and Jesus.

        A) Robertson Saka and Ward

        B) Chilwell Diaz and Ramsdale

        1. linkafu
          • 2 Years
          12 days, 3 hours ago

          B but with James

          1. Weasel51
            • 6 Years
            12 days, 3 hours ago

            Have James too.

        2. lankdog
          • 6 Years
          12 days, 3 hours ago

          Didn't think Chilwell was likely to start GW1? So probably A

      15. Sly Fly
        • 13 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        Hi,

        Would you rather have:

        Saka, Walker, Neto... or,
        Martinelli, Cancelo, Neto, or,
        Martinelli, Dias, and a 6.5mid (if there are any decent ones)?

      16. Pep's Money Laundry
        • 7 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        A. Bowen & Neco + 0.5 (442, start Bailey)
        B. James & Martinelli +1m (532, bench bailey)

        1. Wag the Drog
          • 10 Years
          12 days, 3 hours ago

          B

      17. mcginnntonic
        • 2 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        is gibbs white nailed?

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

          Probably will be if he goes to Forest.

      18. Wag the Drog
        • 10 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        A)Grealish
        B)Rashford
        C)Sancho

        1. PascalCygan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          12 days, 3 hours ago

          b

        2. AC/DC AFC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          12 days, 3 hours ago

          X

      19. PascalCygan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        Mount is the safe pick, Mahrez is risky but seems more fun.

        Part of me should know better than to pick Mahrez but... what should I do?

        A) Mount
        B) Mahrez

        Ward Iversen
        TAA Robbo Cancelo James (Neco)
        Salah xxx Martinelli Bailey (Andreas)
        Kane Jesus (Archer)

        Thanks!

        1. Wag the Drog
          • 10 Years
          12 days, 3 hours ago

          B

          1. PascalCygan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            12 days, 3 hours ago

            Ta!

        2. Nomar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          12 days, 3 hours ago

          Do the one you want the most.

          1. PascalCygan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            12 days, 2 hours ago

            Thanks. For my sins, probably Mahrez!

      20. HD7
        • 5 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        Digne or Trippier
        Rashford or Martinelli

        1. Wag the Drog
          • 10 Years
          12 days, 3 hours ago

          Martinelli

        2. hotine
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          12 days, 2 hours ago

          Tripper and martin