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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. bashtag
    • 7 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    No Salah! Am I mad!

    Meslier, Sanchez
    Cancello, Trent, Cash, White, Williams
    KDB, Diaz, Mount, Bailey, Colback
    Kane, Jesus, Solanke

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

      Moneyball

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

      No, you have Kane and KDB

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

        Yes, still squeaky about not having salah

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

      Bonkers!

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

        My thoughts were KDB could match him over the season and i have faith in diaz

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

      No, but wouldn't have colback gets yellows for the fun of it

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

        Hes bench fodder

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

          Guessed that but if you had need for him still a gamble I wouldn't take everyone else has got andreas

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

            Nice tip, thanks

    5. 15men1cup
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      downgrade a keeper to 4.0 and Solanke to a 4.5 and use the 2m to grade Cash to Robbo IMHO

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

        Thanks, I do intend on using Solanke though

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

      Yes

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

    Last decision... please help

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

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

      First

    2. 15men1cup
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      A

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

    Pick a triple:

    A: Saka, Neto, R. James
    B: Mount, Martinelli, Perisic

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

      Second for me

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

      B with walker instead

  4. Shark Team
    • 5 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    Who is better ? (gonna start every gw)
    A) Walker
    B) Neto

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

      A

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

        This

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

      A

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

    Foden / Rashford / Mount / Diaz / Kulu?

    1. yousunkmybattleship
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 13 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Yes

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

      Diaz

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

      Mount

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

      Kulu

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

      Rashford

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

      Foden

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

    Best option?

    A) Meslier, Trippier & Neto
    B) Ward, Dalot & Rashford

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

      A

  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 already)

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

      I think A first because Trent is essential I think Sanchez over raya and Saka

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

    Some help please...

    A. Raya & Perisic
    B. Ramsdale & Digne

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

      A

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

      B

  9. Josh.E
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Hello people, help needed with last minute changes? thanks.

      Ward
      Cancelo, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, James
      Bailey, Salah(c), Mount, Martinelli
      Haaland, Jesus

      Subs: Iverson, Andreas, Neco W., Archer

      A. Mount or Foden/Mahrez
      B. Ditch Mount and Haaland for 5-4-1
      C. Other recommendations thanks

      1. Rod Liddle's Young One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 13 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        That is literally my team. I wouldn't change it.

      2. TST4N
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        I like this, although I've gone Walker over James, Sanchez over Iversen, and Kane over Haaland, with £0.5m in the bank as I'm eyeing up Perisic after the first few GWs (for Walker most likely).

        Stick

      3. 15men1cup
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        Same as my team too

        1. 15men1cup
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          12 days, 3 hours ago

          Thinking of going Mount to Saka and Martinelli to Perisic

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

      Final call for managers looking to enter our mini league before the deadline.

      Come join us!!
      

Auto join link below:


      Deadline day league (Classic)
https://fantasy.premierleague.com/leagues/auto-join/tb0jf3



      Last Minute League (Head to Head)
https://fantasy.premierleague.com/leagues/auto-join/hdsir6

    • Dynamic Duos
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Are these players good enough to rotate for one of them to start every week, Bailey, Andreas and Neco?

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

        Yep

    • Wheato182
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Anyone, which combo would you pick?

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

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

        A

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

          Cheers!

    • FantasyClub
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Best 4.5 defender?

      A) Dunk
      B) Dalot
      C) Justin
      D) Saliba

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

        D

      2. JD @JDCochran2
        • 8 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        definitely Saliba

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

        Dunk or Dalot at the moment.

        If MUFC can get themselves better organised defensively under ETH then Dalot could be a bargain.

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

      After weeks of tinkering with our teams, this is it. Don’t get scared now.

    • Jebiga
      • 10 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      How on earth Perisic is more nailed than Doherty, am i missing something?

      1. yousunkmybattleship
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 13 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        They will both start GW1 relax

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

        Is Doherty ahead of Perisic recovery?

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

          No behind, but leaked lineup suggest neither play

    • tabby98
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Mendy or Ramsdale?

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

        Ramsdale has better fixtures. Chelsea have lost Rudiger

    • HashAttack
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Tempted to BB with Pope, Rashford, Bailey, Aaronson

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

        Don't do it

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

          After loads of planning I got 9 points last year!

    • chazlan
      • 12 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Would you go with:
      A. Robertson & Rashford
      B. Perisic & Mount
      TAA already in the team

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

        B.

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

      Guys how am I missing something, am I missing something?

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

        Yes
        And no.

    • Live4pool
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Bench one:

      A Bailey
      B Dalot

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

        Dalot

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

        A

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

        Dalot

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

        Dalot

    • FirminoIsBetterThanYou
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Ramsdale
      TAA - Cancelo - James - Trippier
      Salah(C) - Diaz - Martinelli - Neto
      Jesus - Haaland
      Ward - Archer - Andreas - Patterson
      0.5itb
      Pretty template I know, but thoughts? G2G?

      1. Woy_is_back
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        Start Ward

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

          Yeah I get that, will have to give it some thought

    • Woy_is_back
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Arsenal will lose tonight, 100%

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

        I'm saying draw.

        50%.

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

        Or 2-3 win.

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

        PAL 2-0 ARS

    • OptimusBlack
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

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

      1. Woy_is_back
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        A easy

    • Messien
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      A) Trippier/Walker and Mount
      B) James and Rashford

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

        A

    • Hurrikane
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Jesus because ownership or saka for (most likely) penalties and extra points? Which way you swinging if not having both?

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

        I’m going Jesus because whilst I think it’s almost too hard to split Jesus pre season and ownership scare me to go that way. But I think they’ll be within 10 points end of season

    • HD7
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Some help please...

      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

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

        Could you downgrade bench Neto to pereira and upgrade Bailey to martinelli in second option? If so I’d go A

    • JollyGoodYellows
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      A) Trippier, Mount, Martinelli
      B) James, Saka, Neto

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

        A but I might go B if Neto became Bailey

    • La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Will Doherty start?

      His ownership is only 1%

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

        much less likely than perisic imo

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

          (who isn't a certainty himself)

    • JD @JDCochran2
      • 8 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      anyone seen Jamie Pigott's team that was posted on HUB, thoughts?

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

        link pls?

        1. JD @JDCochran2
          • 8 Years
          12 days, 3 hours ago

          I dont have the link, was just asking if anyone here had seen it and had any thoughts

          I have his team from 3 days ago tho

    • tabby98
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Reece James or Trippier?

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

        James imo