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EPL Fantasy Preview: Fernandes & KDB Dilemma

EPL Fantasy Preview: Fernandes & KDB Dilemma Photo: TT
Mohamed Salah of Liverpool scores and celebrates scoring his 3rd goal

Gameweek 2 of the new English Premier League presents a considerable dilemma for Fantasy coaches with the return to action of Manchester United and Manchester City.

Among the ranks of the Mancunian clubs are two popular Fantasy players in Bruno Fernandes and Kevin De Bruyne who’ll have coaches scratching their heads on whether they can find a way to bring them in.

New Options

City midfielder De Bruyne was a Fantasy essential last season but he has a high price and the Sky Blues have a difficult away fixture against Wolverhampton on Monday.Uniteds Portuguese star Fernandes also isn’t cheap but he’s attractive given the Red Devils host Crystal Palace on Saturday.

There’s a few other options from City and United who may be tempting, including Marcus Rashford, Phil Foden and possibly Anthony Martial.

Burnley and Aston Villa also didn’t play on Gameweek 1 and there’s a few options among their squads, led by Clarets keeper Nick Pope and Villa midfielder Jack Grealish.

Previous week lessons

Gameweek 1 threw up a few surprises in scoring but its not always wise to react after such a small sample size, yet plenty of Fantasy coaches have acted quickly on Timo Werner, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Sadio Mane.

Of course, their values will all go down shortly, but trading out premium players is fraught with danger. On the flipside, cash generation is tough early and this may be your avenue.

Mohamed Salah owners rejoiced in his hat-trick on Gameweek 1, while anyone who had Alisson Becker or any Liverpool defenders bemoaned the fact they conceded three goals but that’s unlikely to happen often or at all again his season.

Arsenals Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang started the season well and his confidence will be high after signing a new deal ahead of a clash with expected-strugglers West Ham.

Leicester forward Jamie Vardy started the season with a double, both from the spot, while his teammate Harvey Barnes is getting a lot of Fantasy coaches talking.

New Everton signing James Rodriguez made a starting debut and could be worth grabbing early, given he’s come straight into the side.

Who to captain?

Based on Gameweek 1, Salah is the obvious choice by Liverpool are away to Chelsea so that’s a fixture you’d best be advised to avoid.

Saturdays matches offer up some good options if you’re going to loophole your vice-captain, with Fernandes in action with United against Palace, while Aubameyang’s Arsenal host the Hammers.

Harry Kane’s Spurs go to Southampton on Sunday, fresh from a midweek trip to Bulgaria, so that’s unlikely to bring the points you’d want from your captain.

Vardy’s Leicester entertain Burnley which is mildly tempting, while you’ll have to wait until Monday to try your luck with De Bruyne when City go to Wolves.

Ben somerford
Sports Pundit staff writer @bensomerford
Australian journalist who specialises on all sports, focusing on football, tennis, basketball and racing, having written for global publications including FourFourTwo, AAP, Inside Futbol and many more....

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