11 Sep 2020
The English Premier League begins in less than 24 hours and together with the start of the 20/21 season, is the beginning of a brand new Fantasy Premier League season. Players all around the world have been eagerly waiting for this day as the battle to prove their worth and get some bragging rights among their friends starts all over again. This article will be a weekly article and it will comprise of tips by our pundits for the coming gameweek.
Before we meet the Homeground pundits and hear what they have to say about who you should pick for Gameweek 1, we would like to invite you to join our Homeground League by clicking the link below and put the peddle to the metal and show us what you’ve got for FPL.
Meet the Homeground Pundits
Data Analyst: Domnic Dass – Twitter handle @RockfieldRdLFC
KitMan: Karthik Ragu JR
Chief Scout: Haikal Syed – Twitter Handle @Haikazorla
Technical Director: Thiru – Twitter Handle @thirushev
Twelfth man: Dharmendraprabhu – Twitter Handle @_number33
Now that you have met our Homeground pundits, we are going to dive right into their tips for Gameweek 1.
Three tips from each pundit regarding,
- The captain for the week
- The cheapest buy of the week
- The team with the best upcoming fixture list
We would like to give our readers a gentle reminder that there will be no fixtures for Manchester United, Manchester City, Aston Villa and Burnley this weekend, thus our pundits will not be picking any players from those teams. So, if you did not know, now you know.
The Captain for the Week
Timo Werner (Chelsea,Forward,£9.5 mil)
The Chelsea new boy is our Data Analyst’s pick for captain this week. Chelsea are away at Bighton on the weekend and Werner looks likely to start ahead of Tammy Abraham as he will try and get on the scoresheet to impress Frank Lampard. The 24 year old German scored 28 goals and recorded 8 assists across 45 games for RB Leipzig in 19/20 and he will look to replicate his form in the first week. Werner played 61 mins of Chelsea’s only friendly game against Brighton on August 29 which ended 1-1 with him scoring Chelsea’s only goal. At £9.5 mil , he certainly looks like a decent buy.
Aubameyang (Arsenal,Midfielder,£12 mil)
The Arsenal striker will be the obvious choice upfront for Mikel Arteta as they aim to setup a strong start to their campaign and look for the elusive Champions League spot this season. Aubameyang scored 22 goals last season as he missed out on the golden boot to Leicester’s Jamie Vardy, who scored 23 goals. Aubameyang recorded 205 points in last season’s FPL and looks likely to continue in that fashion as he has been moved to a Midfielder position for this season’s FPL. Aubameyang scored in the Community Shield against Liverpool as Arsenal won the title with him scoring the deciding penalty and as a midfielder at £12 mil, pricey as it is, he will surely get you the points this week as they are up against EPL new comers, Fulham.
Karthik Ragu JR:
Christian Pulisic (Chelsea,Midfielder,£8.5 mil)
Pulisic is now a household name at Stamford Bridge and with the USA national Men’s team captain now wearing the number 10 jersey at Chelsea, he will be leading them down the flanks as Chelsea looks to beat Brighton. Last season, Pulisic scored 9 goals and raked up 127 points in the FPL. He was injured during the FA Cup final against Arsenal on August 2 but has since returned to training and looks most likely to start as new comer Hakim Ziyech is ruled out.
Jamie Vardy (Leicester,Forward,£10 mil)
Last season’s golden boot winner is our twelfth man’s pick for captain this weekend as Vardy will try to get onto the ground firing and reclaim the golden boot. With 23 goals to his name last season and 210 FPL points, going up against Premier League new boys West Brom away from home will not be an easy task but Jamie Vardy will be up for it.
James Ward Prowse (Southampton,Midfielder,£6 mil)
Our Homeground Technical Director has gone with an outside option of picking Ward Prowse as his captain for the weekend as we see Southampton make their trip to Selhurst park to play against Crystal Palace. Ward Prowse earned a decent 117 points last season while scoring 5 goals and assisting 3 times.
The Cheapest buy of the week
William Saliba (Arsenal,Defender,£4.5 mil)
The 19 year old French centre-back played 45 mins of Arsenal’s only friendly game against MK Dons and he will most probably start as Mikel Arteta is without the Brazilian David Luiz. Another of Arsenal’s new signing, Luiz’s national teammate Gabriel (£5 mil) is the only other player who could push Saliba out of the starting team but with little to no game time in the friendly, it almost looks like Saliba is a better choice against Fulham and keeping the clean sheet.
Saint-Maximin (Newcastle,Midfielder,£5.5 Mil)
Last season, Saint-Maximin was Newcastle’s driving force in attack and looks set to continue down that road on the weekend against West Ham. West Ham at home are a force to be reckoned with but our pundit believes that Saint-Maximin will get some goals and assists to his name.
Karthik Ragu JR:
Ruben Vinagre (Wolves,Defender,£4.5 mil)
Vinagre has been the talk of the FPL town ever since Wolves’ regular left back Johnny was sidelined and he certainly looks like he will be marauding down the left flank for Wolves’ this weekend against Sheffield United.
Reece James (Chelsea,Defender,£5 mil)
With both Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell being ruled out against Brighton, Azpilicueta looks set to be covering for either of these positions which means the right back position will be available for Reece James to deputize and make his own. Last season, he scored 61 points while providing 2 assists.
(Kalvin Phillips,Leeds,£5 mil)
Leeds’ main man last season deputized in central midfield and led Marcelo Bielsa’s team to the championship title with strong performances earning him a place in the EFL championship Team of the season. At the weekend, Phillips’ Leeds will be taking on reigning EPL champions, Liverpool and they will be hoping to cause an upset with Phillips leading the battle.
The teams with the best upcoming fixture list
Haikal Syed & Karthik Ragu JR:
Tottenham – Everton (H), Southampton (A), Newcastle (H), Manchester United (A)
Spurs have got the ball in their court with the relatively easy first three fixtures of the campaign before they go up against Manchester United at Old Trafford. The likes of Heung-Min Son, Dele Alli, Lucas moura and Harry Kane will most likely prove too much to handle for Everton, Southampton and Newcastle. New signing Matt Doherty will add firepower to the ranks and will look set to replicate his fine form for Wolves last season.
Domnic Dass & Thiru:
Wolves – Sheffield United (A), Manchester City (H), West Ham (A), Fulham (H), Leeds (A), Newcastle (H), Crystal Palace (H)
Wolves is a very interesting pick as their first 2 fixtures are not that easy at all with Sheffield United away and Man City at home but if they can get past these two teams then the rest of their fixtures will be a walk in the park.
Leicester – West Brom (A), Burnley (H), Manchester City (A), West Ham (H), Aston Villa (H)
Last season’s Champions League spot contenders have it in their favour with three out of their first five games at home coming against Burnley, West Ham and Aston Villa. Man City away is their only tough fixture and if they can avid defeat at the Etihad, the players will be in for a points overhaul for this FPL season.
That is it for the preview of gameweek 1 and if you liked this article, don’t forget to share it with your friends too. Do look out for the preview of gameweek 2 next week and good luck for your Fantasy season.