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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. Athletico Timbo
    • 1 Year
    3 days, 2 hours ago

    Thinking of doing a pre deadline team reveal. Anybody interested?

    1. Truicegod
        3 days, 2 hours ago

        do it

    2. Nightcrawler
      • 3 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      Gw 1 BENCH BOOST Team

      Ward Meslier

      Dalot TAA Castagne Trippier Digne

      Salah(c) ASM Rashford Coutinho Bailey

      Wilson Jesus Kane

      Let's get Ready to rumble

    3. Gudjohnsen
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      Who's more nailed

      Bailey or Neto?

      1. ceerus
        • 7 Years
        3 days, 2 hours ago

        neto ofc

    4. DavvaMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      Does it really matter about the 4.5m attackers and value?

      I have Archer at the moment but I think Greenwood will get more game time don't you think?

      1. unholysmoke
        • 7 Years
        3 days, 2 hours ago

        All else being equal, aim for the fodder with the lowest ownership. Less chance of them plunging to 4.2m by the time the clocks change...

        1. Amphetamine Logic
          • 5 Years
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          That is great advice.

    5. George James
      • 7 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      A) Martinelli + Mount

      B) Saka + Neto (+ 0.5M)

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

        A

    6. Riverside Red
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      Let's calm down with all the RMT requests...we've all nearly got the same core of players so not much to gain until we're well into the season.

    7. Bathman315
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      Locked in, thoughts?

      Ederson,
      Robertson, Walker, James
      Salah (c), Martinelli, Diaz, Bailey, Sancho
      Kane, Jesus

      Henderson, Dalot, N.Williams, Greenwood

      1. Truicegod
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          good team but personally Iam against not going with TAA and your Sancho pick

      2. Original Sin
        • 7 Years
        3 days, 2 hours ago

        Any SPURS fan can confirm the likelihood of Doherty to start this weekend? 50%? Currently have him in my team, should i change him?

        1. Finding Timo
          • 1 Year
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          Yes I need to know also but sounds like be benched so I may ditch

        2. Hurrikane
          • 6 Years
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          I think its more likely emerson starts based on pre season minutes and conte

          1. Original Sin
            • 7 Years
            3 days, 2 hours ago

            Ok thanks. Will change him to Walker then

      3. FantasyClub
        • 1 Year
        3 days, 2 hours ago

        A) Son, Walker, Dalot?

        Or

        B) Kulu, RJames, Cancelo?

        1. ceerus
          • 7 Years
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          b

        2. rdpx
          • 10 Years
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          A.

          Son is fantasy gold.

          1. FantasyClub
            • 1 Year
            3 days, 2 hours ago

            Very true

        3. Gudjohnsen
          • 5 Years
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          Tough

          A is tempting but B is the template

          1. FantasyClub
            • 1 Year
            3 days, 2 hours ago

            I don’t care for the template as I have gone Salahless

        4. boroie
          • 3 Years
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          B

      4. boroie
        • 3 Years
        3 days, 2 hours ago

        It’s the big one… best 4.5 striker?

        A - Archer
        B - Greenwood
        C - Taylor

        1. rdpx
          • 10 Years
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          A

        2. Hairy Potter
          • 7 Years
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          D. Dervişoğlu

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

          C

      5. rdpx
        • 10 Years
        3 days, 2 hours ago

        A. Matip, Dias, Neto, Haaland

        B. TAA, Cancelo, Mahrez, Solanke

        ?

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

          A

      6. DF
        • 9 Years
        3 days, 2 hours ago

        clean sheet odds?

        1. FourLokoLeipzig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          Used to be a bit tricky to find if not on here but I googled earlier and seems to be a new webpage pulling them together - was near the top of the search results

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

        A Ait Nouri Daka
        B Matip Archer

        1. Amphetamine Logic
          • 5 Years
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          Both are madness.

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

        Come on guys which one

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

        1. rdpx
          • 10 Years
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          A

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

          A

      9. SantiTotti
        • 6 Years
        3 days, 2 hours ago

        Guys what do u think ??

        Ederson
        TAA Pericić zenchenko cash
        Son salah baily coutinho
        Jesus darwin

        Andreas greenwood n.williams
        .5 itb

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

          What was the update on perisic two pages back?

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

            May not start

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

        Where’s the regulars when you need a final 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. JayKay1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          Errr, B, just....

        2. FantasyClub
          • 1 Year
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          A

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

          Fecking tight!

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

        Feck...

        FPL is back...

        So stoked...

        Good luck everyone, including the NoMo's :o)

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

        Play neto or Perisic ? I'm freaked about Perisic getting a 1 pointer .

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

          It's GW1, which will hurt most, a 1 pointer, or 12 on your bench?

          Live a little :o)

      13. Kane Train
        • 7 Years
        3 days, 2 hours ago

        Which one?

        A) Reece James
        B) Kyle Walker

        1. The Mighty Hippo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          A

        2. ceerus
          • 7 Years
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          a 100%

      14. Back of the Garnett
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          Neto > Martinelli or keep 0.5 ITB

          Not sure why everyone’s shifted from Neto recently…

          1. The Mighty Hippo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 days, 2 hours ago

            Yes, I think it's a worthwhile move to do. Wolves just seem to be a bit toothless in attack, especially with Jiminez out injured.

        • Disturbed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          Guys threemium or twomium?

          1. SAY MY NAME
            • 5 Years
            3 days, 2 hours ago

            twomaxium

          2. Bobby_Baggio
            • 11 Years
            3 days, 2 hours ago

            Ive gone Kane + Salah - better distribution elsewhere

            1. Disturbed
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 days, 2 hours ago

              Done, cheers!

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

            One-ium
            Two-mium
            Three-mium

            Sort your grammar :o)

            Just kidding!

            1. Disturbed
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 days, 2 hours ago

              Your name is JayKay haha

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

                Jamiroquai's mates uncle, twice removed, it's all cool :o)

          4. Kane Train
            • 7 Years
            3 days, 2 hours ago

            Threemium 100%

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

          Right, locked and loaded for a GW2 WC due to my utter contempt for the dear lord 'template'...

          Time for a drink, see you all on the other side :o)

        • PascalCygan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          Dangerous voice in my head with a late threemium suggestion...

          A) Son, Walker, Digne
          B) Mahrez, Cancelo, Robbo

          Rest of team:
          Ward (Iversen)
          TAA James xxx xxx (Neco)
          Salah xxx Martinelli Bailey (Andreas)
          Kane/Haaland Jesus (Archer)

          Ha! Thanks

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

            A like it a lot

        • Siva Mohan
          • 9 Years
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          saw Pereira in few teams and couldn't find him in FPL search .. then realised it's Andreas 😐

        • Attaka
          • 7 Years
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          Who you start between Zinchenko and Perisic??

          TIA

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

            Perisic may not start. Link on last page

          2. Siva Mohan
            • 9 Years
            3 days, 2 hours ago

            Z as P is not fully fit

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

            Who's first bench? You got cover?

            1. Attaka
              • 7 Years
              3 days, 2 hours ago

              Whenever between these two will be first on bench and then Patterson

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

                Then start Peri... Zinc 1st becnh fine...

        • 007 [RoboKlopp]
          • 5 Years
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          Play Walker or Neto?

          Good luck all.

        • Disturbed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          Mount or Mahrez?

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

            M, has to be M, surely?

            1. Disturbed
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 days, 2 hours ago

              M it is! Thanks bro

          2. Bobby_Baggio
            • 11 Years
            3 days, 2 hours ago

            mount

        • Messien
          • 9 Years
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          Walker + Mount/8M
          James + Coutinho

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

            Walker and Saka/Kulu

        • gooner_112233445566
          • 3 Years
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          which one

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

        • coozie
          • 13 Years
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          last two to decide. Any help would be appreciated folks

          A - Robertson and Baily

          or

          B - Perisic and Diaz

          Thanks

          1. Bobby_Baggio
            • 11 Years
            3 days, 2 hours ago

            a

          2. Calum Undisputed
            • 1 Year
            3 days, 2 hours ago

            A