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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. HD7
    • 5 Years
    12 days, 4 hours ago

    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 - Andreas Greenwood

  2. Sad Pablo Arsecobar
    • 6 Years
    12 days, 4 hours ago

    Wheres the Knights template? He would have a field day on these posts right now

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

      Jousting a tree.

      1. Horace Pike
        • 8 Years
        12 days, 4 hours ago

        Is that what he calls it

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

      The gravless hoards descend.

  3. Nespinha
    • 6 Years
    12 days, 4 hours ago

    LEEDS FANS...

    Aaronsson or Rodrigo?

    or neither?

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

      Rodrigo.
      Love walking my dog

      1. Nespinha
        • 6 Years
        12 days, 4 hours ago

        dog? wtf?

  4. AC Yew
    • 3 Years
    12 days, 4 hours ago

    Anyone going without Haaland or Kane

    1. I am 42
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 4 hours ago

      KDB & Son for 1m more?

  5. La Roja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    12 days, 4 hours ago

    Jesus now reached 76% ownership.

    A red card tonight to put spanner in works…

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

      I’m convinced he’s gonna tumble in value when he blanks tonight but I can’t stop myself picking him

    2. Brehmeren
      • 12 Years
      12 days, 4 hours ago

      If all my ML rivals own him I would actually prefer that 😀

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

      Gonna be a boring player to own

      1. Sad Pablo Arsecobar
        • 6 Years
        12 days, 4 hours ago

        Not if you captain him

  6. Boleyn Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    12 days, 4 hours ago

    Afternoon All. Which option is better? Thanks in advance:

    a) Ward / Iversen / Bailey / Mount
    b) Ramsdale / Ward / Rashford / Neto

  7. gooner_112233445566
    • 3 Years
    12 days, 4 hours ago

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

  8. SoShy
    • 6 Years
    12 days, 4 hours ago

    No Salah

    Ward
    TAA Walker Robbo
    Coutinho Son (c) KDB podence Diaz
    Jesus Mbeumo

    Sanchez Taylor Williams Patterson

    Thoughts?

  9. FDMS All Starz
    • 6 Years
    12 days, 4 hours ago

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

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

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

  10. Big Mac
    • 10 Years
    12 days, 4 hours ago

    Squeaky bum time. Last draft hopefully. Thoughts?

    Ederson / Ward
    Trent / Robbo / Cancelo / James / Neco
    Salah / Rashford / Martinelli / Bailey / Andreas
    Kane / Jesus / 4.5

    1. FDMS All Starz
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 4 hours ago

      Similar team but was flirting with Ederson/James/Rashford to Ramsdale/Trippier/Mount

      1. Big Mac
        • 10 Years
        12 days, 4 hours ago

        Yeah Ederson is a dull pick and I have had Mount and even Sterling in earlier drafts. I guess I want a couple of Chelsea games first and with Martial out am keen on the Rashford punt.

    2. Q
      • 10 Years
      12 days, 4 hours ago

      What's the plan if 8m fires

      1. Big Mac
        • 10 Years
        12 days, 4 hours ago

        Yeah it's a popular price point, but I don't think we'll know who the best option is after first gameweek. I've made peace with the fact that I'll have to choose one or two if they're firing come wildcard time.

  11. rdpx
    • 10 Years
    12 days, 4 hours ago

    Is it worth having MATIP & DIAS & NETO

    instead of TAA, Cancelo & Mahrez

    To get Haaland?

    1. Snooze ya lose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 13 Years
      12 days, 4 hours ago

      No

  12. Lord Flashheart
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    12 days, 4 hours ago

    DONE

    any last comments are welcome

    Ramsdale (ward)
    TAA, robertson, Cancelo, tripier (neco W.)
    Salah, Kulu, martinely, baily (pereira)
    Haland, jesus (archer)

    1. dshv
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 4 hours ago

      Almost the same lets go

  13. Wılly
    • 9 Years
    12 days, 4 hours ago

    A. James & Bailey
    B. Trippier & Martinelli

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

      B

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

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

    1. krawiecus
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 4 hours ago

      AA AA AAA

  15. boombaba
    • 9 Years
    12 days, 4 hours ago

    Martinelli or rashford ?

    1. Lord Flashheart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      12 days, 4 hours ago

      M

    2. Pep's Money Laundry
      • 7 Years
      12 days, 4 hours ago

      Marty

  16. GK
      12 days, 4 hours ago

      Diaz or Mount?

      1. dshv
        • 5 Years
        12 days, 4 hours ago

        Mount

        1. GK
            12 days, 4 hours ago

            Thanks

      2. krawiecus
        • 1 Year
        12 days, 4 hours ago

        Ward or Iversen? As backup to Ederson, never gonna play, but wanna be safe for price

      3. NoName
        • 7 Years
        12 days, 4 hours ago

        No Chelsea or City attack. Mount or Foden?

        1. krawiecus
          • 1 Year
          12 days, 4 hours ago

          Mount

        2. iL PiStOlErO
          • 3 Years
          12 days, 4 hours ago

          Mount

        3. Bobby Digital
          • 5 Years
          12 days, 4 hours ago

          Both

        4. NoName
          • 7 Years
          12 days, 4 hours ago

          Cheers

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

          Mount

      4. 420king
        • 8 Years
        12 days, 4 hours ago

        Help me out guys, last decision:

        Ward (Iversen)
        TAA Robertson Cancelo James (_____)
        Salah _____ Martinelli Bailey (Andreas)
        Jesus Haaland (Archer)

        A) Perišić & Rashford (bench Perišić for first two, bench Rashford in GW3 and bench Bailey GW4+)
        B) Mount & Neco

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

          B and that is my team

        2. Pep's Money Laundry
          • 7 Years
          12 days, 4 hours ago

          b

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

          b

        4. Wheels
            12 days, 4 hours ago

            I like option A. Perisic should be firing by GW3 and by then you will be able to make a couple of transfers to sort out Bailey/Rashford situation.

            1. 420king
              • 8 Years
              12 days, 4 hours ago

              thanks all!

          • Q
            • 10 Years
            12 days, 4 hours ago

            Yeah b is my team also. But tempted by rash up front

          • Rod Liddle's Young One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 13 Years
            12 days, 4 hours ago

            B

        5. HD7
          • 5 Years
          12 days, 4 hours ago

          A) Ederson Robo Rashford
          Bench: 4.5m midfielder

          B) Ramsdale Digne/Trippier Saka
          Bench: Neto

          1. HD7
            • 5 Years
            12 days, 4 hours ago

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

            Ward - Andreas Greenwood

        6. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
          • 7 Years
          12 days, 4 hours ago

          A) Ramsdale+Walker
          B) Sanchez+James

        7. Jones Kusi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          12 days, 4 hours ago

          Who to bench?
          A. Martinelli
          B. Neto
          C. Bailey

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

            b

          2. Cal1umz
            • 7 Years
            12 days, 4 hours ago

            Neto

        8. Wheato182
          • 9 Years
          12 days, 4 hours ago

          Which combo is best??

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

        9. Johnjo
          • 4 Years
          12 days, 4 hours ago

          Help! Best 4.5 defender for final slot?

          A. Dalot
          B. White
          C. Saliba
          D. Other (please specify)

          1. Wheato182
            • 9 Years
            12 days, 4 hours ago

            Dalot

            1. rrcmc
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 13 Years
              12 days, 4 hours ago

              Why not Saliba?
              Good write up in the telegraph!

        10. Tabbara
          • 5 Years
          12 days, 4 hours ago

          Which Option is better :
          A: James + Iverson
          B: Gabriel + Mendy
          C : Sanchez + Perisic

          The backup goalie is Ward
          Thx

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

          Have this sneaky feeling that NEW will concede to NOTT. Putting me off trippier

          1. Wheato182
            • 9 Years
            12 days, 4 hours ago

            You have Trippier for his attacking play and set pieces as well.

          2. rrcmc
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 13 Years
            12 days, 4 hours ago

            i agree. i think forest should have a good first season with some pedigree to prove.
            i have trippier, currently

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

          A) Raya, James & White
          or
          B) Pope, Cash & Walker

          Thank you!

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

          Pick one...

          A) Trippier + Neto + Haaland

          or

          B) Cancelo + Martinelli + Watkins (+1.5)

        14. 9I6
          • 7 Years
          12 days, 4 hours ago

          Messed up in my last comment...

          A. Nunez, Martinelli, (Dalot)

          B. Diaz, Cancelo, (Archer)

        15. Dr. Agabuse
          • 9 Years
          12 days, 4 hours ago

          Simple question. Who's the best 4,5 strikers?