Fantasy Football Dream Team: GW2

Team to target: Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool

Arsenal vs. Leicester City
Arsenal looked very good in their opening day win over Crystal Palace and it was evident why there is a real belief the club can return to the Champions League.

After three loan spells away from the club, William Saliba finally made his debut for the club at Selhurst Park and he produced one of the performances of the opening weekend.

Defensively the Gunners look more solid; however that doesn’t appear to have stunted their attacking options, with both Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka returning in GW1.

Gabriel Jesus looked lovely and will be desperate to open his account against Leicester City at the Emirates on Saturday and despite an opening day blank, he remains owned by over 70% of managers.

Owning at least two Gunners going into this fixture, especially given their favourable prices, looks to be a must.

Manchester City vs. Bournemouth
The gimme of the weekend see’s newly promoted Bournemouth travel to face reigning champions Manchester City.

Both won their opening fixtures; however Manchester City are probably as short of odds as you will find all season going into this game and with good reason.

Erling Haaland scored twice on his Premier League debut away to West Ham United in GW1 and will surely be the most brought player here.

It’s hard to get Kevin de Bruyne in alongside Haaland, especially if you own Mohamed Salah already, however Joao Cancelo, Ilkay Gundogan and Phil Foden are all under 8.0m and having at least one alongside Haaland is necessary.

Liverpool vs. Crystal Palace
Liverpool surprisingly struggled in a 2-2 draw away at Fulham last time out; however Salah still produced a double digit return.

Salah has been involved in 11 goals in 10 Premier League appearances against Crystal Palace and you will need a big sofa if you could without the Egyptian in Monday’s fixture.

At least one of the full-backs again are a must, with Trent Alexander Arnold more expensive and owned than Andrew Robertson.

Darwin Nunez scored one and made another off the bench against Fulham and it’d be hard to see how he doesn’t replace Roberto Firmino for GW2.

Opposition to target: Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest vs. West Ham United
Nottingham Forest were poor in their first game back in the top flight since 1999, losing comfortably away at Newcastle United last week.

Dean Henderson had a mixed debut, keeping the hosts at bay frequently; however will have been disappointed that Fabian Schar’s opening goal beat him.

Only West Ham, Fulham and Everton had more XGA in their opening goal and they faced the top three from the previous campaign.

Forest also produced the lowest XG in GW1, a paltry 0.24.

I wouldn’t be buying West Ham players this week; however I’d be very confident if I had Jarrod Bowen from the first game week.

Other options

Brentford: Ivan Toney
Brentford rallied from two down in their opening game to draw with Leicester City and will fancy their chances of inflicting more pain on Manchester United.

The Red Devils lost at home to Brighton in Erik ten Haag’s first game in charge and defensively, especially in the first half, they were all over the place.

Ivan Toney scored in the 2-2 draw with Leicester and he will fancy his chances of making it two in two here.

Leeds United: Brendan Aaronson
The American international enjoyed a superb Premier League debut last weekend as he helped Leeds United rally from a goal down to beat Wolves.

Aaronson played a huge part in both goals and would have opened his account had Wolves defender Rayan Ait-Nouri not beaten him to it.

At 5.5 he is a very cheap option and a trip to Southampton is a favourable fixture in GW2.

GW2 Dream Team: Sanchez; Cancelo, Zinchenko, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson; Aaronson, Foden, Salah, Martinelli; Haaland (C), Jesus

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