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First, I always look at the fixtures, especially the earliest ones, because you never want to start the season on a wrong note.
Second, you always have to think about pricing. Players are ridiculously priced, so you want to build your team around your most expensive priority players. Alexander-Arnold (£7.3) is high value, but if you’ve ever played FPL religiously, you know he’s worth it. The Liverpool defender is one of the most creative in the league, guaranteed almost always to provide points, whether by assists or clean sheets, and with Van Dijk back in the squad, it’s an even better incentive. Mo Salah (£12.5) and Bruno Fernandes (£12.0) are FPL necessities, especially with their fixtures this opening GW. The squad can then be built around these three because they are priorities.
Brighton’s Robert Sanchez is valued at £4.5, and he makes the squad. Brighton has kept nine clean sheets in 22 matches this year and earned 86 FPL points. Only Allison, Martinez, Ederson, and Mendy (all ridiculously priced) have earned more points. A non-playing, low-value option goalkeeper will be chosen for the second choice keeper- to complete the squad so pick whoever you like. My choice is Watford’s Ben Foster, valued at £4.0.
In defence, the options are far better and more adequately priced. The opening fixtures also make it easier to select, so I’ll be going with four at the back. Digne (£5.5) created 11 big chances last season, so I think it’s a steal that he’s priced that low. Shaw (£5.5) was one of the most creative defenders last season, along with Alexander-Arnold, and Manchester United have relatively easy opening fixtures. It should be a no-brainer to go with the left-back, but it’s assumed that he played with broken ribs throughout the Euro 2020 knockout stages. This may mean he would be unavailable for the first few GWs, so alternatively, Lamptey (£4.5) who is back with the Brighton squad after his injury last season. The remaining spots will most likely be filled with Leicester City’s Fofana and Wolves’ Coady, both valued at £4.5m, to help with rotation. Alternatively, Leeds’ Luke Ayling (£4.5) can also be considered for a spot in the defence.
In midfield, Jota (£7.5) averaged 7 FPL points per game last season, 0.2 more than Salah for the Liverpool squad. There is the trouble of rotation with Liverpool’s first team, but life is a gamble, so he stays in the squad…for now. Brighton’s Bissouma and Romeu of Soton, both valued at £4.5, complete the midfield five.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin is an excellent forward option at £8.0. He was involved in 22 goals last season and ranked 2nd among PL forwards for big chances created. Everton’s opening five fixtures are also great, so he is a good asset. Aston Villa also has great opening fixtures as they face Watford, Newcastle, and Brentford, making Ollie Watkins (£7.5) automatically an asset to consider.
West Ham’s Antonio (£7.5) has seven goals and five assists in 18 matches this year. They face Newcastle, Crystal Palace, and Southampton in their first four GWs, so Antonio is a good asset. Alternatively, Welbeck may replace DCL but only as a rotation option to change the formation to 4-4-2. In this case, Bissouma will have to go, replaced by Greenwood (£7.5) to keep the squad at the maximum of 3 players per team. Mason Greenwood is usually a differential choice, but with the absence of Rashford to surgery, he might break into the XI for a while.
Liverpool faces Norwich at home, so Mo Salah takes the armband this first GW, and Bruno takes the vice.
PLEASE NOTE that these selections aren’t final. The final draft will be posted on Twitter just before the GW1 deadline. I hope this helps. Good luck!
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