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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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1,044 Comments Post a Comment
  1. hotine
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 days, 3 hours ago

    Son and Wilson (son becomes kdb next week) or Kane and Kulu Kane becomes Haaland next week?

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

      S & W

  2. AC Yew
    • 3 Years
    3 days, 3 hours ago

    Hows this team looking?

    Sanchez
    TAA Dias Trippier Neco Ait Nouri
    Salah Son Martinelli KDB
    Jesus
    (Ward) (Andreas Archer Plange)

  3. Athletic Nasherbo
    • 5 Years
    3 days, 3 hours ago

    Which option?

    A) Alisson + Saliba

    B) Iversen (With Ward) + Matip

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

      A

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

      A but sticking cash and Liverpool spot in goal

  4. Il Capitano
    • 1 Year
    3 days, 3 hours ago

    *
    TAA - Robbo - Cancelo - *
    Salah - Mount - Martinelli - Bailey
    Kane - Jesus

    Ward - Neco Andreas Archer

    A) Ramsdale + Trippier
    B) Iversen + James

    1. Q
      • 10 Years
      3 days, 3 hours ago

      B is my exact team

      1. WVA
        • 5 Years
        3 days, 3 hours ago

        Its most peoples team

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

    A. Trippier, Neto
    B. Perisic, Bailey

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

      B for sure. I would say that. I have both

  6. kysersosa
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 days, 3 hours ago

    For the next 3-4 weeks

    A) James
    B) Perisic
    C) Trippier
    D) other

    (Have Cancelo, Cash, Taa, and Robo)

    TIA

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

      A

  7. RVP 20
    • 2 Years
    3 days, 3 hours ago

    Help out guys!

    A) Saka + Rashford
    B) Diaz + Martinelli

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

      B

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

      A

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

      B

    4. Chelsea Dagger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 days, 3 hours ago

      A

  8. Boleyn Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 days, 3 hours ago

    Sorry to repeat. I think I bottomed.

    Which option is better? Thanks in advance:

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

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

      A but I would choose someone other than mount. But having an 8m slot is wise imo

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

    Last decision

    A) Ederson & Gabriel

    B) Ramsdale & Perisic

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

      B just

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

    Do you think Grealish is nailed?
    For 100 millions he should be

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

      He wasn't last season.

      Ederson and Cancelo and more or less KDB and Rodri are.

  11. Marshall96
    • 8 Years
    3 days, 3 hours ago

    A. Ramsdale , Roberson and rash
    B. Sanchez , walker and L Diaz

    1. Jebiga
      • 10 Years
      3 days, 3 hours ago

      A

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

      A

  12. PompeyUpNorth!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 days, 3 hours ago

    I like it Sonaldo so thanks for revealing. It’s exactly the same as 1 of my 2 teams I need to decide on. This has convinced me to go that way now I think

  13. Sal8
    • 1 Year
    3 days, 3 hours ago

    Ward
    Taa robbo cancelo james trippier
    Salah bailey kulu
    Jesus haaland

    Sanchez pereira dasilva archer

    Thoughts??

  14. Atters
    • 7 Years
    3 days, 3 hours ago

    A) James and Rashford
    Or
    B) 4.5 def and Mahrez

    Really like Mahrez as a pick and feels he's being overlooked

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

      A

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

      A

    3. Il Capitano
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 3 hours ago

      A

  15. Viva Ronaldes
      3 days, 3 hours ago

      Current team:

      Ward
      TAA | Cancelo | Trippier | Cash
      Salah (C) | Maddison | Martinelli | Mount
      Jesus | Kane (VC)

      Iversen | Neco | Andreas | Archer

      Final decisions:

      A) Cancelo & Cash
      B) Dias & James

      1) Maddison & Martinelli
      2) Saka & Rodrigo

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

        A then 1 without Maddison. 8m slot is good to have though

    • Hurrikane
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 3 hours ago

      Jesus vs Saka help me 🙁

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

        if you cant decide, then go with the higher ownership

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

        saka

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

        I've gone both

    • sarnshawn
      • 10 Years
      3 days, 3 hours ago

      Good to go?

      Mendy
      TAA, Trippier, Robertson, James, N.Williams
      Salah, Rashford, Mount
      Jesus, Haaland
      Bench - Greenwood, Rice, Andreas

    • Stu3y
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 days, 3 hours ago

      So its come down to this…..

      A) Saka + Walker
      B) Martinelli + Cancelo

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

        B

    • Salahlulijah
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 3 hours ago

      Last Dilemma, help appreciated please?
      A - Kane and KDB
      B - Haaland and Son

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

        A

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

        had the same question an hour ago, I went for Kane & KDB

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

        A

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

        Who do you all prefer out of son/Kane and Haaland/kdb?

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

          KDB and Kane, but think I’d want Haaland wk2

    • Vpan
      • 11 Years
      3 days, 3 hours ago

      a) Saka

      or

      b) Mount

      ?

      1. Gus Fring
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 days, 3 hours ago

        B

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

        Mount, if you have Martinelli.

        Saka, if you don't.

        1. Vpan
          • 11 Years
          3 days, 3 hours ago

          I have Jesus and James

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

        Saka

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

      A) Saka or
      B) Mahrez

      I already have Jesus in my team.

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

        Depending on how ST.

        Not Mahrez

    • Pedram
      • 8 Years
      3 days, 3 hours ago

      One hour until deadline, I'm ready to be disappointed

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

      What do you think please?

      A. James + Walker
      B. Cancelo + Walker
      C. Cancelo + Digne

      Thanks

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

        B for sure

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

          Cheers, thats what I was on for the last two days just flipping before deadline!

    • selig
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 3 hours ago

      Mad to go no arsenal first gw or two? Got a few high value differentials I can move around if need be, I just don’t see palace being pushovers (leicester does worry me a little though…)

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

      Digne or Cash?

      cheers

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

        Cash for me

    • Bobby_Baggio
      • 11 Years
      3 days, 3 hours ago

      Right last one hopefully. Which do you prefer to have please?

      Ward
      Trippier - TAA - Cancelo - __B___
      Salah - Martinelli - Diaz - Bailey
      Kane - Jesus - __A___

      (Iversen) - Saliba - Andreas - Neco

      A) Wilson
      B) James

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

        Wilson

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

        Wilson just

    • tabby98
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 3 hours ago

      Ramsdale
      TAA, Robbo, Cancelo, James, Perisic
      Salah, Martinelli, Bailey
      Jesus, Haaland

      Ward | Neto, Andreas, Archer

      Am I GTG?

    • Bubbles1985
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 3 hours ago

      Current squad, how's it looking:

      Ward
      TAA Cancelo Robbo Tripp
      Salah(c) Mount Martinelli Bailey
      Haaland(vc) Jesus

      Iver Andreas Greenwod N.Williams

      GL all!

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

      Seeing Neto and Rashford alot less in teams , thank god

    • C_G
      • 7 Years
      3 days, 3 hours ago

      happy with this, gtg?

      Ward

      TAA James Walker Tripp

      Salah(C) KDB Martinelli Bailey

      Kane(VC) Jesus

      Iversen Neco Andreas Greenwood