Fantasy Premier League tips: Mohamed Salah’s GW1 record makes him top captaincy pick
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Fantasy Premier League is back after a football-rich summer between Euro, Copa America and the Olympics.
This means that a rather short preseason that has missed out on several key FPL strengths is all we have to do as we prepare for opening game week.
Liverpool have an enticing trip to Norwich to start with, but Man City’s clash at Tottenham will be the most intriguing, especially for Harry Kane’s tale.
Here are some tips to guide you through GW1.
CAPTAIN – MOHAMED WRONG | LIVERPOOL | 12.5M
Going down to a flyer in FPL is fine, but there is nothing worse than starting with a stink. So while the temptation is to side with a maverick from the start, you’d better play it safe and rack up a few weeks of data before making the most exciting moves.
And when it comes to a safe bet in GW1, or for FPL in general, you can’t do better than Mohamed Salah.
The Liverpool star is looking for the back of the net as if his life depends on it and is safe as the team’s penalty taker. But it’s his record in season openings that really stands out.
Salah has scored in GW1 for four consecutive years, including a hat-trick last season.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (7.5m) finished last season strong and looks excited for the new campaign. A clean sheet should be on the cards at Norwich and he will have plenty of opportunities to move forward.
GREENWOOD MASON (7.5m) had plenty of time to rest and recharge the batteries in the summer. He has had a good preseason and is certain to start the opening games with other attacking options unavailable.
ONE TO GET
BRUNO FERNANDES | UNITED MAN | 12.0 million
Priced at 12m this season, but Bruno Fernandes still promises to be worth every penny. Additions to United’s attack are only expected to increase their production with better players to partner with. He’s still the main man and returned to Old Trafford with a superb free-kick goal in the last friendly with Everton.
ONE TO AVOID
TEEMU PUKKI NORWICH 6.0M
He may have started off as a house on fire two seasons ago, but Teemu Pukki will likely struggle to get involved early this season. Norwich had a tough start to the campaign and he also lost his main supplier to Emiliano Buendia to Aston Villa.
ROBERT SANCHEZ | BRIGHTON | 4.5 million
Despite a very neat campaign the last time around, Robert Sanchez’s price has remained the same. He pocketed 10 clean sheets last season and quite a few save points to be great value. Even with Ben White gone, Brighton is a compact unit under Graham Potter, so he should retain good protection in front of him.
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