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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:

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

    Ward
    TAA - Robertson - Cancelo - James
    Martinelli - Bailey- Mount - Salah (C)
    Haaland (VC) - Jesus

    Iversen - Neco - Pereira - Taylor

    GTG? (I know it's 95% template but what can a man do)

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

      Same but Mahrez and Kane for Mount and Haaland. Moving to Haaland next week

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

        So g2g!

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

      GTG

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

    Which combination is better?

    A) Ramsdale + Perisic
    B) Ward + Dias

    Cheers!

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

      A

      Substantially so

      Possibly

    2. Il Capitano
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      A

    3. Duka
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      1 if Perisic starts and adapts to PL

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

      a

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

    Stuck!

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

    A) Robertson Saka and Ward

    B) Chilwell Diaz and Ramsdale

  4. Weeb Kakashi
    • 6 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    Thoughts on this Threemium?

    Ward
    TAA Robbo Walker Digne Dalot
    Salah Son Bailey
    Haaland Jesus

    No 8.0 mid but can easily get 2 with 2 FT's by downgrading one of the premium mids.

    Love the 5.0 defenders due to easy switching as there are a lot of options at that bracket.......

    1. FantasyClub
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      I’m on a similar thought process. I have Son also but do you think Kulu could do well then use funds elsewhere ?

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

    My team right now, any thoughts?
    Ward
    TAA, James, Cancelo, Robbo
    Salah, Mount, Bailey, Martinelli
    Jesus, Kane(c)

    Bench: Gazzaniga, Archer, Andreas, Williams

    1. Hinchcliffe Thumper
      • 7 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      G2g except maybe take Iversen over Gazzaniga

      1. LABILLETHEGOAT
        • 9 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        thanks

  6. FDMS All Starz
    • 6 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    Which combo?

    A) Ederson - James - Rashford
    Or
    B) Ramsdale - Trippier - Mount

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

      A

  7. FantasyClub
    • 1 Year
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    Was KULU good on the eye test pre season?

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

    How am I looking?

    Ward
    TAA Robertson James Dias
    Salah Rashford Foden Bailey
    Kane Jesus

    Sanchez Pereira Williams Archer

    Fancy foden to start and do well against West ham then have him as my city attacker for gw 2 all going well. Can't squeeze cancelo into defence as would have to sacrifice James to do so. Cheers. Good luck all

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

    Maddison OR Kulu?

    1. Hinchcliffe Thumper
      • 7 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Kulu

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

    A Matip + Archer
    B Ait Nouri + Daka

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

    Anyone else with only 1 City player?

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

      Yep and okay with that

  12. Bobby Digital
    • 5 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    One hour till SCENES!

  13. klipp klopp
    • 3 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    Mount and ramsdale
    OR
    Saka ajd mendy

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

      A

  14. raoulduke71
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    A - Ward/Iversen, Robbo
    B - Ramsdale, Perisic

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

      B

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

    Which one?

    A) Kyle Walker
    B) Neto

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

      A

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

    Serious talk

    Who do we think starts Ward or Iversen

    I’m playing GW1 BB with Ward so need to have an idea. Who we picking for GW1?

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

      Ward

    2. bombonera
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Why bench boost when you don't know if your bench players will start...

  17. tabby98
    • 6 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    Thoughts?

    Ramsdale
    TAA, Robbo, Cancelo, James, Perisic
    Salah, Martinelli, Bailey
    Jesus, Haaland

    Ward | Neto, Andreas, Archer

    Am I GTG?

  18. THE SHEEP HUNTERS
    • 5 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    ONE HOUR.

  19. Spoox777
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    No tinkering anymore now....

    Good luck to all 🙂

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

    Thoughts please?

    Ward
    TAA, Cancelo, Walker, James
    Salah, Neto, Martinelli, Bailey
    Haaland, Darwin, Jesus

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

      Bailey is sub sorry, it's

      Ward
      TAA, Cancelo, Walker, James
      Salah, Neto, Martinelli
      Haaland, Darwin, Jesus

      1. Men in green tights
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        Bailey over Neto playing easier team

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

    How about this 5-3-2 mates?

 Any changes?

    Ederson
    TAA Robo Cancelo James Perisic
    Salah Martinelli Bailey
    Haaland Jesus

    Bench: Ward, Murphy, Pereira, Greenwood

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

    Best 8m mid (can’t go Diaz as already triple pool:

    A) Mount
    B)Saka
    C) Mahrez

    Currently on A….

  23. Ady87
    • 8 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    Ward
    TAA James Walker Tripp
    Salah Son Martinelli Bailey
    Haaland Jesus

    Subs : Template

    Any good?

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

      Very

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

      Almost identical 🙂

    3. Owenuk
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Am similar. Except have raya in goal and white for defense. Worth taking the drop to Iverson and upgrading white to Zinchenco or Trippier? If so which one? Thanks guys!

  24. Garlana
    • 7 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    Cucurella chance of starting? yes its got to that...

  25. Calum Undisputed
    • 1 Year
    12 days, 3 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
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Am in the same boat as you and dont know what to do mate

  26. CoracAld2831
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    Pick 2 Out of these 3:

    1. Martinelli
    2. Neto
    3. Bailey

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

    Dont you think Rashford is a good idea on this price and as a midfielder? We might see a better version with the new coach

    Not sure if Martinelli is the better choice...

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

      Im Stuck between the two. If rashford can hit same form then can get the goals in

  28. manutd99
    • 13 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    A) Martinelli / Neto
    B) Rashford / Bailey

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

    Down to 2, A or B 🙂

    A,
    Ward
    TAA James Walker Tripp
    Salah(C) Son, Martinelli Bailey
    Hahaland, Jesus

    Iversen Neco Andreas Taylor

    B,

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

    Ward, Andreas, Neco, Taylor

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

      My team is closer to B but I prefer A