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EPL Fantasy Preview: Decision Time, Get KDB ASAP

EPL Fantasy Preview: Decision Time, Get KDB ASAP Photo: TT
Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne scores his team's first goal from the penalty spot during the English Premier League soccer match between Wolverhampton

With Gameweek 3 approaching, Fantasy coaches have now had a good sample size of the English Premier League options for their squads and moves need to be made quickly before players become unaffordable or bargains begin to max out.

It’s important to get busy early in the Fantasy season, nailing down the best squad possible to maximise early season points but also value with a long-term view, so we’ll guide you through some of the key considerations.

New Options

Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon both joined Tottenham over the past week but will not debut in Saturday’s home clash with Newcastle due to knee and ankle injuries respectively. With the international window coming up after this round of fixtures, expect a few other players in the same boat.

One to keep an eye on is Nelson Semedo who has also signed with Wolverhampton from Barcelona, while Diogo Jota leaves Wolves for Liverpool where he’s likely to battle for opportunities.

Villa goalkeeper Emilio Martinez put his name up in lights as a good option with his penalty save against Sheffield United, while the under-rated Chris Wood netted in Burnley’s first game of the season. Don’t forget, Wood takes penalties for the Clarets.

Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin has scored four goals in two games to offer value although don’t expect that output all season, although the Toffees should be more prolific, so he’s an option long term.

Leeds midfield pair Helder Costa and Mateusz Klich have also started well and provide great value, but again, they won’t maintain these levels all campaign. Klich takes penalties for the Whites so he’s arguably the better option.

Previous week lessons

Given Manchester City missed Gameweek 1, plenty of coaches didn’t own Kevin De Bruyne but he underlined his essentiality with a bumper score with a goal and an assist in the 3-1 win at Wolverhampton. If you don’t have him, get him ASAP, despite his price tag. He’s the best player in the game.

Son Heung-Min scored four goals, while Harry Kane provided four assists and grabbed a goal of his own to reiterate they’re premium attacking options. Neither will produce that every week, but they’ll both skyrocket in price as a result and are worth rolling with for a few weeks.

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga’s time at first choice at the Blues may be over after his error against Liverpool. The Blues also signed another shot-stopper in midweek, Edouard Mendy, so Kepa’s grip in the number one spot is very uncertain. If you got him, plot a way to get rid of him.

New Everton signing James Rodriguez has now shown enough for any doubters to grab him before his price goes up into unaffordable levels.

Who to captain?

With Manchester City playing Leicester and Liverpool hosting Arsenal, there’s a level of awkwardness around who to captain this round, although both Manchester United and Chelsea have prime fixtures against sides expected to battle relegation, but both are away.

United go to Brighton in Saturday’s first game, offering up perfect vice-captain loophole options, although given the Red Devils’ gameday 1 absence, few will own their best picks such as Bruno Fernandes or Marcus Rashford.

Also on Saturday, Chelsea make the trip to newly promoted West Bromwich who have conceded the most goals in the Premier League this season.

Coaches who’ve been patient with Timo Werner may be tempted to put the VC on him, having won two penalties already, while Kai Havertz netted a hat-trick in midweek too, but no one stands out.

Spurs play on Sunday against Newcastle, with Kane and Son potential options but don’t expect last round’s numbers, while it’s hard to look past De Bruyne despite City having a tricky game against Leicester. The Sky Blues are at home which should suit the Belgian.

Liverpool are also at home to Arsenal where Mohamed Salah has scored the majority of his points and he’s a very attractive option for captain.

Injury front

There’s a bit to work through with injuries, led by Christian Pulisic “getting better” according to Chelsea boss Frank Lampard but still seeming unlikely to return, while Arsenal’s Kieran Tierney appears probable after suffering a groin injury in the warm-up last weekend.

Leeds’ Pablo Hernandez and Leicester’s Wilfried Ndidi have been ruled out, while Joe Gomez (knee) is a doubt for Liverpool while Jordan Henderson (thigh) is 50-50.

Fernando Marcal looks set to miss for Wolves which could open the door for popular pre-season pick Ruben Vinagre, while Allan Saint-Maximin’s knee issue isn’t serious, nor his teammate Jamal Lewis’ facial injury but both missed out in the League Cup in midweek.

Finally, Dele Alli isn’t injured but he was overlooked for Tottenham last round, prompting speculation he was leaving for PSG and being frozen out, but he started in their midweek Europa League game.

Ben somerford
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