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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. Heskey Time
    • 8 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    Ake + .5 itb for first 2-3 weeks than switch to doherty/perisic?

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

      Why not Walker / Trippier? But idea good

      1. Heskey Time
        • 8 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        Between trippier and ake for me. Walker just has no attacking threat whatsoever

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

    I hear Perisic is not in the leaked Spurs team, should I just swap him for Trippier and keep £0.5m itb?

    Ward
    TAA Robbo Cancelo James Perisic*
    Salah Saka Bailey
    Kane Jesus

    Iversen Archer Andreas Dasilva

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

      Yes

    2. Botman and Robben
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Yesss

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

      That’s what I’m doing

    4. Heskey Time
      • 8 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      my exact team. Just trying to decide between trippier and Ake

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

      where did you finded that leaked lineup ?

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

        Not sure but James from Planet FPL was talking about it

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

          It made him replace Doherty and Perisic in his team

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

    Imagine going for 2x4.0 GKs who are going to get you 2 points almost every single week

    xD

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

      shhhhh

    2. didas
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        Schmeichel didn't do that bad for points last season and they were awful defensively. Plus you save 1M on what he was priced.

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

        Imagine the extra points you'd get from upgrade using that money in an another position eg Perisic to robbo

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

        They’re goalkeepers, they can still get save points if they’re not keeping clean sheets. If you don’t think it the best play then fine. I suspect they’ll do better this season and Ward (if nailed) will end up on similar points to most of the 4.5 keepers

      • CornerTakenQuicklyOrigi
        • 3 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        The 0.5 it saves could cover the likely point loss. Then again, it could not.

      • Powers106
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        I’m not so sure, could turn out to be the “Wan Bissaka” type pick of the year. Trust in your handle!

      • Sad Pablo Arsecobar
        • 6 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        Preach brother

      • Oscar Slater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        I've got them and I'm not expecting much but I found that extra 0.5m to be just what I needed to afford the last piece of my own particular jigsaw. They'll be gone in a few weeks anyway when I flash the wildcard.

    3. Bryan Roy
      • 13 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Going with:

      Ederson (Ward)
      TAA Robbo James (Walker) Neco
      Salah Rashford Lingard (Neto) (Andreas)
      Haaland Johnson Jesus

      Any changes? (Forest players have to stay)

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

        Too much money on the bench

        1. Bryan Roy
          • 13 Years
          12 days, 3 hours ago

          Fair point

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

            I like it , personally waiting for gw6 before getting lings and Johnson in after the team has had time to settle also fixtures ease off . Bench is ok too

      2. Hay Number 2
        • 11 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        Whats with the Defence heavy teams, what am I missing?

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

      I know its template, but is their anything I've missed or can change?

      A)James and Diaz
      B) Robbo and Mount
      C) Sanchez to Mendy

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

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

      1. Bubbles1985
        • 5 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        Kane or Son

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

          Yup I'm getting that a lot. Anything else?

          1. Bubbles1985
            • 5 Years
            12 days, 3 hours ago

            B

    5. bmmc89
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Trippier or Aaronson.... who scores better until GW5?

      1. Sad Pablo Arsecobar
        • 6 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        Trip

    6. UncleJacks
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Which one

      A - Sancho and Bailey

      B - Rashford and Gordon?

    7. iL PiStOlErO
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      A) TAA Dier or Robbo Perisic

      B) Sanchez or Raya

      C) Mount or Saka (have Jesus)

      Cheers.

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

      Bottomed:

      Any chance Cucurella gets a start? Or zero?

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

        Zero - gw2 should start

        1. ZeBestee
          • 8 Years
          12 days, 3 hours ago

          Cheers

      2. Sad Pablo Arsecobar
        • 6 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        Avoid

    9. gooner_112233445566
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

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

      Got ward as second keeper and cancelo already

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

        A & C

    10. iL PiStOlErO
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      A) TAA Dier or Robbo Perisic

      B) Sanchez or Raya

      C) Mount or Saka (have Jesus)

      Cheers all.

    11. Bubbles1985
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Mount or Foden?

      1. ZeBestee
        • 8 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        Mount coz nailed.

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

        Mount, nailed

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

      i feel this team has a zen like balance so i'm done 🙂

      Ward
      TAA, Cancelo, James
      Bowen, Diaz, Mount, Bailey
      Kane(c), Nunez, Jesus

      Ramsdale, Andreas, Neco, Patterson

    13. Amartey Partey
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Template is boring, I'm going to take a chance and go BB1 WC2.

      Ramsdale
      TAA, Robertson, James, Trippier
      Salah, Martinelli, Bailey, Aaronson
      Kane, Jesus

      Martinez, Dalot, Almiron, Mbeumo

    14. Stimps
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Who's on corners / free kicks for Arsenal?

    15. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Start the season with Kane or Haaland and why?

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

        Haaland because he is a goal monster. Kane is a mouth-breathing DM

      2. gart888
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        Haaland. Save that transfer for getting Perisic in GW3.

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

        Haaland, don’t book a transfer

      4. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        Thanks lads (or she)

      5. Heskey Time
        • 8 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        I am 50/50 but going Kane so I have a spurs player for the game tomorrow

    16. DeuloRad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      I'm actually ready this season. No excuses 🙁

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        zip

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

          Balls out, I'm shetting meself. Need some wet wipes

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            12 days, 3 hours ago

            Na, ill slather em up

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

              zip

              ouch

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

      A) Trippier + Neto + Haaland

      or

      B) Cancelo + Martinelli + Watkins (+1.5)

    18. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Best option?
      A) Mount
      B) Saka (have Jesus)
      C) Maddison
      D) Diaz (have Salah)

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

        B

    19. gart888
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Bottomed, sorry!

      Ramsdale
      Trent Cancelo Robertson James
      Salah Rashford Martinelli Bailey
      Haaland Jesus

      Ward Neco Andreas Archer
      0.5 ITB

      My only last question is if I punt on Perisic or Rashford
      A - Rashford + Neco + 0.5 ITB
      B - Perisic + Neto

    20. fish&chips
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Who is likely to start for Leicester? Ward or iverson?

      1. Powers106
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        I don’t know so I’ve grabbed both and left 0.5 itb. Hate to waste a transfer on a gk but I only want the 4.0 that’s nailed and not the other guy lol and could wait til WC to move and save a ft

    21. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 8 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      A) Cancelo + Neto
      Have Dias already. No 8.0 mid.Neto Will rotate with Bailey in a 5-3-2.

      B) Mount + Neco
      Neco will be perma benched in a 4-4-2.

    22. Defaid Daniel
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      A)Pope, Zinchenko
      B)Ramsadle, Trippier

      1. Wheato182
        • 9 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        Love me a bit of Ramsadle - yee haa!

        FYI - B.

    23. Wheato182
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Which combo is best?

      A) Sa + Trippier
      B) Pope + Ait Nouri + 0.5

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

      Any obvious changes?

      Sanchez Ward
      TAA Robbo Cancelo James Perisic
      Salah Saka Mount Kulu Andreas
      Jesus 4.5 4.5

      1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 8 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        Yeah, Kane or Haaland

    25. 9I6
      • 7 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Having a proper dilemma here, I don't like playing 4 at the back, but the second team is looking stronger...

      Iversen, (Ward)
      TAA, Chilwell, Zinchenko, (Dalot, Neco)
      Salah, Martinelli, Sancho, Bailey, (Andreas)
      Haaland, Darwin, Jesus

      Or

      Iversen, (Ward)
      TAA, Cancelo, Chilwell, Zinchenko, (Neco)
      Salah, Diaz, Sancho, Neto, (Andreas)
      Haaland, Jesus, (Archer)

      So basically...

      A. Darwin, Martinelli, Bailey, Dalot
      Or
      B. Cancelo, Diaz, Neto, Archer

    26. myteamissheeeeeeeet
      • 12 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      A. James & Bailey
      B. Rash & Jonny/Dalot

    27. 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.

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

      Best £5m keeper?

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

        ramsdale

    29. gooner_112233445566
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

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