Fantasy Premier League: GW2 Dream Team

Mohamed Salah and Bruno Fernandes brutally punished non-owners in the opening round of the 2021-22 season, scoring four and assisting twice between them.

Fernandes has already gone up in price ahead of GW2, whilst Salah is close to an increase of his own following a 17 point haul away at Norwich City.

Both Manchester United and Liverpool again have favourable fixtures here and it’d take a brave manager to ignore the pair once again.

Liverpool vs. Burnley: Mohamed Salah
Salah doesn’t have the best of records against Burnley, with just one goal and two assists in seven games against Saturday’s opponents.

However he looked excellent in GW1 and it’ll be hard to back against him in Saturday’s early game.

Liverpool will be looking to record back to back clean sheets and Kostas Tsimikas is likely to get one final game before Andrew Robertson returns from injury.

Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota are other good options here, however Salah will likely be the main man once again.

Aston Villa vs. Newcastle United: Callum Wilson
Aston Villa were desperately poor in defeat to Watford in their opener, conceding three goals in a shambolic defensive display.

It could take them longer to settle following numerous signings and Newcastle United will fancy their chances of a few goals at Villa Park.

Callum Wilson got off the mark on Sunday and he’ll be confident of causing Villa problems.

I’d expect a few goals here and Danny Ings from the hosts is a good choice as well, especially with the former Southampton man on penalties.

Crystal Palace vs. Brentford: Ivan Toney
Brentford were superb in their first ever Premier League game, easing to a 2-0 win over helpless Arsenal.

Ivan Toney was man of the match; however frustrated FPL managers with a return of just two points.

I wouldn’t worry though if I owned the former Newcastle man and a trip to Selhurst Park represents an excellent chance for him to get off the mark.

Defensively Brentford looked comfortable in their opener and David Raya and Ethan Pinnock are also good bets here.

Leeds United vs. Everton: Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Everton looked better going forward than many assumed they would in their opener, scoring three goals in the win over Southampton.

Their approach play was clear, cross the ball to Dominic Calvert-Lewin and he sealed the win at Goodison Park late on.

Calvert-Lewin scored in the fixture last year and Leeds United looked poor defensively in the heavy loss at Manchester United in their first game of the season.

Manchester City vs. Norwich City: Kevin de Bruyne
Manchester City have the most favourable fixture of the weekend; however the Pep roulette fear will likely hurt FPL managers.

Kevin de Bruyne looked good off the bench in defeat to Spurs last time out and he’ll surely come in for a first start of the season here.

It’s hard to know who’ll start for City here, but you can be sure of Ruben Dias keeping his spot for what will surely be a six point plus return.

Brighton vs. Watford: Robert Sanchez
Brighton can consider themselves unlucky not to have had a clean sheet in their first game of the season, as somehow James Tarkowski’s goal was allowed to stand.

They have looked solid defensively for sometime now and they will be confident of shutting out Watford at the Amex.

At 4.5m Robert Sanchez is excellent value and it’s not a surprise to see him in so many teams.

Southampton vs. Manchester United: Bruno Fernandes
Manchester United scored 12 goals in two games against the Saints last term, with Fernandes returning two goals and three assists in the fixtures.

Southampton conceded three in their first game this season, whilst United put five past Leeds, surely it all adds up to a comfortable away win here.

Fernandes bagged a hat-trick in the win over Leeds and didn’t need a penalty in his returns! Non owners will be scared and he looks the best bet here.

Mason Greenwood was excellent up front and will surely keep Anthony Martial out of the side and is another excellent pick here.

Wolves vs. Tottenham: Heung Min Son
Tottenham surprised many with their performance as well as result against the champions Manchester City last week; however building on the win is what’s key.

Heung Min Son was superb and scored the winner and many will be looking at the South Korean international ahead of some nice fixtures.

Wolves were defensively decent against Leicester, but lost 1-0 and a similar result is probable here.

Arsenal vs. Chelsea: Marcos Alonso
Should Marcos Alonso keep his spot in the side ahead of Ben Chilwell, then he is a superb differential.

Alonso scored a superb free-kick in the 3-0 win over Crystal Palace and his 15 point return was an excellent return for whom risked him.

Kai Havertz and new signing Romelu Lukaku could both start for the Blues and both would be good picks against an Arsenal side already short of confidence.

West Ham United vs. Leicester City: Said Benrahma
West Ham scored six against Leicester over the two fixtures last term and hit Newcastle United for four on Sunday.

Said Benrahma was excellent for the Hammers last time out and this season looks like it could be his breakthrough campaign in the top flight.

Both Benrahma and Michail Antonio scored and assisted each other in the win and you can be happy if you have either (or both) going into this one.

GW2 Dream Team: Sanchez; Tsimikas, Dias, Shaw; Salah, Fernandes, Greenwood, Benrahma, De Bruyne (C); Toney, Wilson

GW1 Dream Team: Sanchez (2) Digne (2) Alexander-Arnold (6) Rudiger (6) Havertz (1) Salah (34) Fernandes (20) Buendia (2) Greenwood (8) Toney (2) Wilson (6) – 89 points

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