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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:

1,045 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Differentiator
    • 6 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    My team name is NOhammed Salah

    1. AC Yew
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      NO points for you

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

        AYEW sure?

        1. AC Yew
          • 3 Years
          12 days, 3 hours ago

          Differential for sure

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

      Mine is Two-Bit Håland

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

      Noted

  2. john25
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    Hey guys, Archer or Greenwood the better 4.5 fwd?

    Cheers

    1. AC Yew
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      ive gone Archer less risk of price going down?

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

      Archer imo. Jut fined a new 5 year deal with the villa apparently

    3. I am 42
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      most predicted Greenwood will be the 1st 4.5m forward to drop in price

  3. I am 42
    • 9 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    lock in...good luck all

  4. JELLYFISH
    • 10 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    Which option guys:

    A) James & Walker
    B) Dias & Digne

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

    Any last minute injury/rotation news affecting template players?

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

    Will only post a couple of more times, would like to see some regular posters join.

    The Sheep Hunters Whisky challenge league.

    Winner will get a bottle of Johny Walker Black(YUM) and an engraved tumbler.!

    Rules: Only sheep and over 18's please.
    https://fantasy.premierleague.com/leagues/auto-join/n1bab5

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

      I think more than twice is an insta-ban, sorry

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

        You don't look sorry.

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

          Inside I'm crying

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

            🙂

  7. Jones Kusi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    Kane or Haaland?

    1. AC Yew
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      If you have Son go Haaland

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

      Kane only if you plan to captain other Haaland

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

    Which to pick
    A Neto
    B Bailey
    C Both and bench one ( if so who)

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

    Who is best
    A- Tripper
    B- Gabriel
    C- Cash
    D- Digne

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

      I am between A and Ake at the moment. Think he is under-rated and the target for all of man cities set plays

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

    Last decision

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

  11. The_FF_King
    • 9 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    A) Dalot & Martinelli

    B) Trip & Neto

  12. RMT final update for GW1
    TopMarx
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 9 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    The Members RMT has been given a final update following today's press conferences.

    Our numbers are in line with the team odds for the next two Gameweeks and team season betting markets. They are also in line with season player markets for goals and assists.

    Tweaks have been made to the code to account for the new five subs rule.

    The projections have also been updated in the Members Area (not Beta).

    Good luck for the new season!

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

      The 5-sub rule was just accounted for from today? I'm sorry, but what are we paying for? The deadline is less than 1.5 hours away

      1. Horace Pike
        • 8 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        Lmao that cracked me up classic Deulo

      2. Siva Mohan
        • 10 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        developer was on leave

      3. TopMarx
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 9 Years
        12 days, 2 hours ago

        Well no it was done during pre-season, the RMT is really comprehensive and one thing I would like to do this year now that I’m working with Chris (aka RMT’s Professor) is to communicate better how it works and the information it takes into account. There's a lot to it!

        1. DeuloRad
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          9 days, 9 hours ago

          That would be very useful. As well as ensuring it's updated constantly and consistently - and communicating that. Can't trust it when we're in the dark about those things 🙁

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

      Ta.

  13. ToyBlader
    • 7 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    Final one:

    A) Walker

    B) James

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

      B

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

      I’m currently on both…doesnt really answer your question though does it

  14. The Senate
    • 4 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    So here we are, which?
    (A) Ederson, Sancho, Martinelli, +0.5ITB
    (B) Ramsdale, Mahrez, Rashford
    (C) Warversen, Mahrez, Sancho

  15. Caleb's Kitties
    • 7 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    A. Robertson cancelo mount OR
    B. Gabriel walker son

    Ward
    TAA james X X
    Salah(c) X martinelli bailey
    Haaland jesus
    Subs: iversen andreas neco archer

    1. The Senate
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      A

  16. premierleaguesgreatestevert…
    • 2 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    Rashford or Martinelli?

    Have Jesus

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

      If you have Jesus, Martinelli won't get points, so Rashford. Oh wait, no. Martinelli.

      1. premierleaguesgreatestevert…
        • 2 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        Ok thanks!

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

      Rash

      1. premierleaguesgreatestevert…
        • 2 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        Thanks

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

    Pick one:

    A) Trippier + Neto + Haaland

    or

    B) Cancelo + Martinelli + Watkins (+1.5)

  18. ToyBlader
    • 7 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    Final one:

    A) Walker

    B) Trippier

    1. The Parrot
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      B

    2. I am 42
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      wow, tricky

  19. 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...

  20. mr_jones
    • 3 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    Last Decision: Kulu or Mount?

    1. The Senate
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Mount

    2. The Parrot
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Kulu for this GW, Mount longer term

  21. No Need
    • 8 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    First time owning Kulu this week...fear the worse for him...

  22. Paully Walnuts
    • 11 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    Been ages since I posted here but going with

    Sanchez, Ward
    TAA, Dias, Trippier, Cash, Neco
    Salah, Luis Diaz, Mount, Martinelli, Andreas
    Kane, Jesus, Archer.

    I like the extra 8m mid over having Cancelo or Robbo as it gives a lot of flexibility but no Cancelo or Haaland isn’t ideal, but I can’t have everyone!

  23. The Parrot
    • 1 Year
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    Ok final but (lol)

    A) Digne/Walker + Saka + Diaz
    B) Robbo + Martinelli + Mount

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

    Team almost done, last 3 spots left, which combo?

    A) Ederson - James - Rashford
    Or
    B) Ramsdale - Walker - Kulu (GW2: Kane or Kulu —> Haaland or Foden)

    xxx
    TAA - Robbo - Cancelo - xxx
    Salah - Martinelli - Bailey - xxx
    Kane - Jesus

  25. SantiTotti
    • 7 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    Rate my team
    Ederson
    TAA Pericić zenchenko cash
    Son salah baily coutinho
    Jesus darwin

    Andreas greenwood n.williams
    0.5 in the bank

  26. stoffe_h
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      All my other decisions made, down to the final one when it comes to my starting XI:

      A: Reece James or B: Marcus Rashford? (Or, in reality; A: James+Colback (4-3-3) or B: Patterson+Rashford (3-4-3). Have got no other players from Chelsea or ManUtd.

      Thoughts appreciated! Thanks!

    • FPL_Pugster
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Final Thoughts

      Ward
      TAA - Gabriel - Cancelo - James
      Salah(c) - Maretinelli - Diaz - Grealish
      Kane - Jesus

      Subs : Iversen - Andreas - Greenwood - Williams

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

      A) James, Diaz, Cancelo
      B) Mount, Robbo, Dias

    • Junks
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      A. Raya & Perisic
      B. Ramsdale & Digne

    • Leeroy357
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Final call on 4.5m mids?
      Need 2 and currently in this order:
      1. Lavia
      2. Andreas
      3. H Reed
      4. Colback