FPL Preview: Gameweek 4

By Dharmendraprabhu

02/01/20

GW04 will kick off in London with Chelsea against Crystal Palace while the biggest match on the weekend will be between Manchester United and Tottenham. With 103 goals being scored in 28 games so far making it a total of 3.68 goals per game and with no goalless draws so far, the Premier League is onto a fiery start.

If you managed to catch the previous articles of this series last week, then you know exactly what you are in for in this one, if you are new, click the link below and join our Homeground FPL league.

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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

The Captain for the Week

Domnic Dass:

Danny Ings (Southampton,Forward,£8.4 mil)

Having scored 3 goals in his last 2 games, Ings will be looking to add to his tally against West Brom which has conceded 11 goals in 3 games.

Haikal Syed:

Wilfred Zaha (Crystal Palace,Forward,£7.2 mil)

Chelsea has not been in the greatest of forms and Zaha will look to exploit the shaky defense at Stamford Bridge. His 2 goals against Manchester United will give him the confidence to go again against another big team.

Karthik Ragu JR:

Jamie Vardy (Leicester,Forward,£10 mil)

Last season’s golden boot winner and current top scorer with 6 goals thus far recorded a hat-trick against the almighty Man city away from home and will look to cement his place at the top of the goal scoring charts by scoring against a lackluster West Ham side.

Dharmendraprabhu:

Richarlison (Everton,Forwward,£8 mil)

The Brazilian has 3 assists and 1 goal to his name in 3 games and he can definitely add to both his tallies against Brighton.

Thiru:

Calvert-Lewin (Everton,Forward,£7.5 mil)

The English forward got his first callup to the national team for the International friendlies in October and he will look to impress his England boss by adding more goals against a captivating Brighton team.

The Budget player of the week

Domnic Dass:

Timothy Castagne (Leicester,Defender,£5.7 mil)

Castagne has been more than impressive in helping his Leicester team lead the way at the top of the Premier League table with 4 assists in 3 games and with West Ham as their next opposition, he will be marauding the right flank hoping to provide more assists.

Haikal Syed:

Patrick Bamford (Leeds,Midfielder,£5.8 Mil)

3 goals and 2 assists in 3 games for Bamford has seen him score 29 points including 5 bonus points which has been a remarkable start to the season and as Leeds look to take on Man City at Elland Road, he will look to cause the City defense lots of problems.

Karthik Ragu JR:

Maitland Niles (Arsenal,Defender,£5 mil)

Sheffield United are Arsenal’s next opponents at the Emirates Stadium and since Sheffield United have not scored any goals thus far, Maitland Niles will be expected to keep a clean sheet and score the regular 6 points for a defender.

Dharmendraprabhu:

Gabriel (Arsenal,Defender,£5.1 mil)

Much like Maitland Niles, Gabriel will be looking to keep the clean sheet as well and hopefully trying to get on the score sheet for the second time.

Thiru:

James Justin (Leicester,Defender,£4.7 mil)

The young defender will look to add to his goal and assist tally against a West Ham side that is destined to concede goals away from home.

FPL Penalty Takers

The focus after FPL GW03 is on penalties. We look at what is happening and how to adapt to that in FPL.

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 What has changed?

A few very contentious penalties have already been awarded in the Premier League so far this season and the penalty conversion rate has thus far been exceptional.

Two major rule changes have contributed to this:

#1: Handball

A new interpretation of the handball law was introduced at the beginning of this season. Under these new rules, a player will be penalised for handball if:

  • The hand/arm is clearly away from the body and outside the “body line” .
  • The player clearly leans into the path of the ball.
  • The ball travels some distance.
  • The ball touches a hand/arm that is clearly raised above the shoulder.
  • The player falls and the hand/arm is extended laterally or vertically away from the body.
  • A deflection clearly makes no difference to the ball touching a hand/arm that is clearly extended away from the body and/or above the shoulder

To put in layman terms, the “intention” of the player is no longer relevant. So long as the ball strikes the the offending player’s hand/arm, a foul is committed, as clearly illustrated by Eric Dier’s injury-time transgression against Newcastle on GW03.

#2: Penalty kick (Goalkeeper)

Another stricter enforcement is the below section of FIFA law 14 on penalty kicks”

When the ball is kicked, the defending goalkeeper must have at least part of one foot touching, or in line with, the goal line.

This season, this is enforced by VAR, which leaves very little room for error for goalkeepers. David de gea has already fallen foul to this.

Basically, this makes it difficult for goalkeepers to get a jumping start to reach spot kicks which are placed well into corners.

How much has changed?

Statistically, it increased the number of penalties awarded. By GW03, 20 penalties have been awarded to 13 different teams. Leicester City have been the biggest beneficiary with 5 and Jamie Vardy has netted 4.

To put this into perspective, a total of 471 penalties have been awarded in the Premier League over the last 5 seasons about 95 per season. The season is barely 10% through and the number of penalties awarded is around 20% of the average.

In terms of conversion rate, this season’s success rate is 95%. Historically, the conversion rate in the Premier League is ~75% – a marked 20% increase.

What should I do?

FPL Set Piece Takers

Unless we see a mid-season rule interpretation change, FPL managers can expect 2 things:

  • There would be a lot more penalties awarded, up to an average of 7-8 per GW
  • The success rate will remain high for penalty takers

Both points translate to this – penalty takers for their respective clubs will add more to their goal tally.

Who takes penalty kicks?

 Penalty Takers this seasonPenalties TakenPenalties ScoredExpected Penalty Taker
Arsenal 00Aubameyang
Aston Villa 00Grealish
Brighton and Hove AlbionMaupay22Maupay, Gross
Burnley 00Barnes, Wood, Rodriguez
ChelseaJorginho21Jorginho, Werner
Crystal PalaceZaha, Ayew*11Zaha, Milivojevic
EvertonRicharlison11Richarlison, Sigurdsson
FulhamMitrovic11Mitrovic
Leeds UnitedKlich11Kilch
Leicester CityVardy, Tielemans55Vardy, Tielemans
LiverpoolSalah22Salah, Milner
Manchester CityDe Bruyne11De Bruyne
Manchester UnitedBruno Fernandes11Bruno Fernandes, Rashford
Newcastle UnitedWilson11Ritchie, Wilson
Sheffield UnitedLundstram10Norwood, Lundstram
SouthamptonIngs11Ings, Ward-Prowse
Tottenham Hotspur 00Kane, Son
West Bromwich Albion 00Pereira
West Ham United 00Noble, Antonio
Wolverhampton Wanderers 00Raul Jimenez

*Ayew’s kick was re-taken

Who are the top picks?

It appears that Vardy is a clear choice. Leicester will continue to earn penalties they way they play and Vardy has a high chance to convert them. He scored 23 goals last season and he is already on 5 goals now after 3 games.

On a broader scale of things, we expect that more attacking teams are likely to get more penalties as the season progresses. The logic is simple – the more attacking teams are more likely to spend more time in the opposition box and hence ever more likely to have penalty calls in their favour.

With that, you should definitely pick penalty takers over others, especially if they are of the same price.

FPL GW01 Review

A clearer picture emerges between the below choices in the exact price range:

  • Mo Salah VS Sadio Mane
  • Kevin de Bruyne VS Raheem Sterling

If this is a straight race for goals, expect Salah and KDB to have the clear advantage.

Elsewhere, things also get clearer when it comes to budget picks. Aleksander Mitrovic, Mateusz Kilch and Neal Maupay stands out. Jorginho and John Lundstram have taken spot kicks but there may be complications. Jorginho may not continue to be a regular starter given Chelsea’s erratic start to the season and Norwood appears to be Sheff Utd’s first choice when he is on the pitch.

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FPL Gameweek 3 Preview:

By Dharmendraprabhu

25/09/20

Welcome to the weekly article of the FPL Gameweek preview where the Homeground pundits predict who the best captain picks are and who the budget players of the week will be.

If you managed to catch the previous articles of this series last week, then you know exactly what you are in for in this one, if you are new, click the link below and join our Homeground FPL league.

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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

The Captain for the Week

Domnic Dass:

De Bruyne (Man City,Midfielder,£11.6 mil)

De Bruyne picked up from where he left off last season in Man City’s first game of the season against Wolves at the weekend. Scoring 13 points with a goal and an assist plus the 3 bonus points, he surely justified his FPL price tag for the managers that bought him. Man City are at home against Leicester this week and we are predicting it to be a high scoring game as both teams have the firing power which will see De Bruyne get on the scoresheet.

Haikal Syed:

Raul Jimenez (Wolves,Forward,£8.5 mil)

2 goals in 2 games for Jimenez sees him 2 goals behind current top scorer Calvert-Lewin and he is Haikal’s captain pick for this week as we see Wolves away at West Ham United. Having lost both of their opening games and conceding 4 goals, West Ham will have their work cut out against a injured Wolves side who lost to Man City and will be counting on Jimenez for redemption.

Karthik Ragu JR:

Son Heung Min (Tottenham,Midfielder,£9 mil)

Son capped off an amazing week with 4 goals against Southampton, earing a man of the match performance and the current joint top scorer looks like an even better player under Jose Mourinho than he was under Pochettino. Spurs are at home against Newcastle, who lost 0-3 to Brighton in their last game, and Son will fancy his chances to maybe score 4 again.

Dharmendraprabhu:

Harry Kane (Totttenham,Forward,£10.5 mil)

As with Son against Southampton in the previous game, Kane provided all the assists for all of Son’s 4 goals while also getting a goal for himself although, he narrowly missed out on the man of the match award. However, he still earned all 3 bonus points for himself and will look to catch up with Son in the race for the golden boot award this season by getting more goals against Newcastle this week.

Thiru:

James Rodriguez (Everton,Midfielder,£7.6 mil)

James earned 12 points on the weekend against Southampton by being the only other player on the scoresheet for Everton besides Calvert-Lewin and he will be looking to build on that performance with Everton going up against Crystal Palace.

The Budget player of the week

Domnic Dass:

Daniel Podence (Wolves,Midfielder,£5.6 mil)

They say that consistence is key and it looks like Domnic Dass will be going for Daniel Podence again this week. 2 assists in 2 games has seen his price rise but he will still be a good bet if you are looking for a budget midfielder to free up some cash for the more expensive players. His combination with Raul Jimenez has been deadly this season with him being the provider for both of Jimenez’s goals against Sheffield United and Man City and he will look to do the same against a weak West Ham side.

Haikal Syed:

Klich (Leeds,Midfielder,£5.6 Mil)

Klich together with his midfield partner Costa, are the highest earning midfielders below £6 million thus far. With Leeds away at Sheffield United in their next match, having already scored 2 of the 8 goals Leeds have scored, Klich stands a good chance of continuing on his fiery path of making 3 goals in 3 games.

Karthik Ragu JR:

Tariq Lamptey (Brighton,Defender,£4.5 mil)

Tariq Lamptey is the name on everyone’s lips this season as the young defender has been a menace to his opponents picking up 2 assists in 2 games while being fielded as a right wing back for Brighton. Although, Brighton will be up against Manchester United at the weekend and Lamptey will look to prove his supporters right by giving a performance to love if he can be fit enough to start or come on as a sub.

Dharmendraprabhu:

Reece James (Chelsea,Defender,£5.1 mil)

Reece James’ wonder goal in the first week against Brighton will still be fresh on FPL managers’ minds as he looks to help his Chelsea side to get some redemption after their 0-2 loss to Liverpool. West Brom are their next opponents and having already conceded 8 goals, Reece James will look to pile on the misery by scoring again and keeping a clean sheet in the process.

Thiru:

Dennis Praet (Leicester,Midfielder,£5.5 mil)

Dennis Praet has 1 goal and 1 assist to his name in 2 games and he will look to continue on this form away at Man City.

FPL Budget Players: The Best In Each Position

By Dharmendraprabhu @ Homeground

24 Sep 2020

Gameweek 2 just ended and managers must be thinking if it is wise to use their wildcard now and shift around their team to replace the deadwood with better options that will stop them from falling behind the leaders of the pack.

Harry Kane, Son, James Rodriguez, Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison are just some of the names that managers must be pondering over but here in this article we are going to tell you who the budget buys you should seriously be considering if you want to free up some money to purchase the aforementioned players and maybe a De Bruyne, Salah or Aubameyang.

Goalkeepers

Dean Henderson, who was on loan with Sheffield United last season, was the name on everybody’s lips in the 19/20 FPL season but sadly Manchester United decided to keep him as deputy to De Gea this season, dampening FPL managers’ hopes everywhere.

If you are looking for your very own Henderson this season, then look no further then to Emiliano Martinez, who most recently completed his move from Arsenal to Aston Villa. In his first game in the weekend past, the £4.5 million goalkeeper saved a penalty while keeping a clean sheet which earned him 13 points including 2 bonus points.

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Another option of a £4.5 million goalkeeper is Mathew Ryan. While the Brighton shot stopper could not help his team out in the 3-1 loss to Chelsea on gameweek 1, he amassed 7 points in gameweek 2 against Newcastle by keeping a clean sheet.

Defenders

The highest scoring defender of gameweek 2 was a surprise in the name of Ezri Konsa, a £4.5 million defender from Aston Villa. By scoring 1 goal and recording a clean sheet against Sheffield United, he got 15 points.

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Tariq Lamptey has been a menace and a pain in the ass for opposing teams in the past 2 gameweeks. Although only scoring 7 points in total against Chelsea and Newcsastle, a £4.5 million defender who ventures further up the pitch and has recorded an assist in each of the 2 games is surely a decent buy. He missed out on the clean sheet against Newcastle as he was substituted in the 57th minute. A doubt for the next game but definitely one to look out for once he is back to full fitness.

The third option at £4.5 million that will be worth the look at is Leicester’s James Justin. Filling in for the now Chelsea defender Ben Chilwell, James has scored 16 points in 2 gameweeks including a goal and an assist to his name.

If you a looking for the cheapest option of £4 million, then look no further than Crystal Palace’s Tyrick Mitchell. He has earned 11 points including an assist against Manchester United. He will be in the Palace’s lineup for some time given that Van Aanholt has been sidelined indefinitely.

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Midfielders

The Leeds duo of Helder Costa and Mateusz Klich have earned 19 and 18 points respectively with a total combination of 4 goals and 3 assists. Both have seen their price increased to £5.6 million, but that should not deter you from having a go at them as Leeds are known for their goal scoring prowess having already scored a total of 7 games in 2 gameweeks.

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The other 2 options at £5.6 and £5.5 million are Wolves’ Daniel Podence and Leicester’s Praet. Podence has recorded 11 points thus far with 1 assist in each of his games whereas Praet has recorded 14 points with an assist and a goal to his name.

Slightly cheaper options at £5 million brings us to look at Chelsea’s Jorginho and Arsenal’s Dani Ceballos. Jorginho, the appointed penalty taker for Chelsea who only missed his first penalty in a Chelsea shirt in gameweek 2, scored 12 points in gameweek 1 against Brighton by scoring from the penalty spot and providing an assist. Ceballos on the other hand only briefly featured in the first game while playing 90 minutes in the second game and earned 9 points with an assist to his name.

Forwards

Taking a look at the cheapest option available, Connolly from Brighton will be your best bet to save some money and get you some goals along the way. He has already played 134 minutes in 2 games and with the 1 goal to his name in gameweek 2 he has 9 points. The rotation between him, Neal Maupay and Leandro Trossard in the forward line will need to be taken note of but at £5.5 million, what more could you ask for.

Another gem of a budget player who started at £5.5 million but saw his price increased to £5.7 million immediately and would be a shoe in at most FPL teams is Leeds United’s Patrick Bamford. With 2 goals and 2 assists, he currently has the third highest points among forwards with 21 points.

At £5.9 million sits the usual suspect in FPL teams every season, Crystal Palace’s Andre Ayew. His price has dipped from £6 million but being a regular starter for Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace side and with their fixture list looking pretty easy on the eye, we reckon that he will add many more goals to his name along the way.

Lastly, we check out Fulham’s Mitrovic. The striker who scored 26 goals in the Championship last season opened his account in the EPL in gameweek 2 against Leeds United with 2 goals. Although it looks impossible for him to be able to reach the amount of goals he had last season, he should be good enough for at least 10 goals and as a budget forward, that would be some quality.

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FPL Gameweek 2 Preview: Will Salah bag more goals against Chelsea?

By Dharmendraprabhu

11 Sep 2020

The first round of English Premier league games were played last weekend and there were a few surprises. Everton rocked Spurs at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Leeds nearly got a point at Anfield against the reigning champions and West Ham lost by two goals to nil at home against Newcastle. It was business as usual for Arsenal, Leicester, Chelsea and Wolves with all of them earning the three points quite comfortably.

If you managed to catch the first article of this series last week, then you know exactly what you are in for in this one. Our Homeground pundits will take a look at gameweek 2 and assess the best options for FPL targets. Before we move on, if you are new, click the link below and join our Homeground FPL league.

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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 2.

Three tips from each pundit regarding,

  1. The captain for the week
  2. The cheapest buy of the week
  3. The easiest fixture on the weekend

The Captain for the Week

Domnic Dass:

Salah (Liverpool,Midfielder,£12 mil)

The biggest earner the past weekend was none other the Egyptian pharaoh Salah with him bagging 20 points, 5 more than the second highest earner, Arsenal’s new defender, Gabriel. The big question on everyone’s mind is whether Salah will find his name on the scoresheet again, this time around against his old club Chelsea. In his 6 games against Chelsea in the Premier League, Salah has found the net 2 times and has registered as many assists. After his hat trick last week, our Pundit and Liverpool fan Domnic believes that Salah will continue on his hot form and he should be the captain of the week.

Haikal Syed:

James Rodriguez (Everton,Midfielder,£7.5 mil)

Well, everyone knew that the golden boy James Rodriguez was going to impress at Everton but probably not everyone expected him to boss the midfield against Tottenham on his debut game for Everton. His outstanding performance not only helped Everton in the 1-0 win, but also earned him the man of the match award. He created more chances than any other Everton player in the last 20 Everton games. With Everton against West Brom tomorrow, our pundit Haikal will be banking on James to capitalize on the dismal form that West Brom are in.

Karthik Ragu JR:

Aubameyang (Arsenal,Midfielder,£12 mil)

Aubameyang got back to business as usual with him finding himself on the scoresheet against a weak Fulham side as he helped Arsenal to a 3-0 win at Craven Cottage on the weekend. Their opponents for the London derby in Gameweek 2, West Ham, will have their work cut out especially after last weekend’s loss to Newcastle. With Aubameyang on penalty duties as well, he is our pundit Karthik’s pick for captain in Gameweek 2.

Dharmendraprabhu:

Jamie Vardy (Leicester,Forward,£10 mil)

Jamie Vardy picked up from where he left off last season as the 19/20 season golden boot winner scored both his goals from the penalty spot aiding his Leicester city team to a 3-0 win against West Brom. Our pundit, Dharmendraprabhu picked Jamie Vardy as his captain in gameweek 1 and he has decided to keep Jamie Vardy as his captain again. With Vardy being the 3rd highest earner for gameweek 1 with 13 points, he has justified his captaincy pick and should do the same in Gameweek 2 against Burnley.

Thiru:

Anthony Martial (Manchester United,Forward,£9.0 mil)

With no fixtures in Gameweek 1, a fully rested Manchester United side will go up against Crystal Palace, who narrowly beat Southampton 1-0 in their opening game. Martial will look to hit the ground running and continue his goalscoring form from last season as he finished with the most goals he has ever scored as a Manchester United player with 17 goals. Earning 200 FPL points last season, our pundit Thiru expects Martial to back up his captaincy choice with at least a few goals to his name.

The Cheapest buy of the week

Domnic Dass:

Daniel Podence (Wolves,Midfielder,£5.5 mil)

Daniel Podence was a surprise inclusion in the Wolves’ starting lineup as 7% of Fantasy managers had opted for Diogo Jota instead and expected Jota to start ahead of Podence. Not only did Podence prove his manager right by giving an awe inspiring performance, he also provided the cross that led to Wolves’ opening goal. While Wolves do have a tough fixture against Manchester City, Podence will look to cause problems on the break and capitalize on a new untested City defense.

Haikal Syed:

Lamptey (Brighton,Defender,£4.5 Mil)

Tariq Lamptey put in an amazing shift against Chelsea on Monday night and provided the assist for Brighton’s only goal in the 3-1 loss and awed many Brighton fans in the process. Registered as a defender on FPL for £4.5 million, he is being played as a wing back on the right side and given the chance to run higher up the pitch on the right wing providing the width for Brighton’s attack. Brighton are away at Newcastle this week and while this proves to be a tough fixture, Haikal does believe that Lamptey will shine and secure the points.

Karthik Ragu JR:

James Justin (Leicester,Defender,£4.5 mil)

While everyone was wondering how Leicester would cope with the loss of Ben Chilwell to Chelsea, little did we know that 22 year-old James Justin would be the perfect replacement. He was able to keep West Brom’s Matheus Pereira at bay and at the same time marauded forward to frequently put crosses into the box for Leicester’s attackers. His best play of the game was when he was fouled in the box and earned the assist for the penalty which Jaime Vardy converted. With the Foxes up against Burnley on the weekend, we reckon that James Justin will get another clean sheet and have a chance at assisting again.

Dharmendraprabhu:

Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa,Goalkeeper,£4.5 mil)

We have all seen the quality that Martinez possesses especially since his last two games with Arsenal delivered the FA cup trophy and the Community Shield. As Aston Villa’s new signing and with Tom Heaton sidelined for a long term injury, he is the most experienced keeper the villains have. Martinez will start at home against Sheffield United and a clean sheet looks set for Martinez as we expect the Sheffield United to record 0 goals as they did against Wolves.

Thiru:

(Almiron,Newcastle,£6 mil)

Miguel Almiron played only five minutes against West ham last time out and managed to record an assist. He will be looking to push for a start this week against Brighton and rub sat into the wounds of the seagulls.

The easiest fixture of the weekend

Leicester vs West Brom

That is it for the preview of gameweek 2 and if you liked this article, don’t forget to share it with your friends too. Do look out for the preview of gameweek 3 next week and good luck for your Fantasy season.

FPL Preview: We take a look at Gameweek 1

By Dharmendraprabhu

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.

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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,

  1. The captain for the week
  2. The cheapest buy of the week
  3. 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

Domnic Dass:

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.

Haikal Syed:

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.

Dharmendraprabhu:

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.

Thiru:

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

Domnic Dass:

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.

Haikal Syed:

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.

Dharmendraprabhu:

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.

Thiru:

(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.

Dharmendraprabhu:

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.

Half Time Team Talk: Brand new Premier League Season-20/21 Episode 1

Its the brand new Barclays Premier League Season and we talked about Liverpool, Leeds United and Chelsea. Can Liverpool retain the title? Can Bielsa perform in the Premier League? Can Chelsea’s new signings gel and adapt in England? We answer those questions and more in this episode!

Fantasy Premier League is back: FPL Review for 19/20 Season

By Dharmendraprabhu

The new season of FPL is back after less than 65 days as the previous season ended on 26th July. Be it whether you’re playing for bragging rights or for some extra $, you definitely are in the right place as we at Homeground will bring you weekly tips on the players to look out for starting with this 19/20 FPL season review. Don’t forget to join our Homeground League and prove your worth. Simply click the link below to join. https://fantasy.premierleague.com/leagues/auto-join/2vs77p

Last season ended with a bang as 33 goals were scored on gameweek 38. Only Wolves and Leicester ended up not scoring as they lost to Manchester United and Chelsea respectively.

Manchester City ace Kevin De Bruyne recorded the most points in the 19/20 FPL season with 251 as he finished the campaign on 13 goals and 20 assists. Last season saw De Bruyne top the chances created table with 136 chances created. Liverpool’s duo of Mohammad Salah (233 points) and Sadio Mane (221 points) finished second and third respectively.

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In the goals department, Leicester’s Jamie Vardy claimed the golden boot with 23 goals and recorded 210 points. Arsenal’s Aubameyang finished second with 22 goals while recording 205 points and Southampton’s Danny Ings finished third with 21 goals while recording 198 points.

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In the Goalkeepers section, Burnley’s Nick Pope finished top with 170 points as Manchester United loanee Dean Henderson ended up second with 160 points. Leicester’s Kasper Schmeichel bagged third place with 156 points.

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No surprises in guessing who ended up top among the defenders as Liverpool’s Alexander Arnold finished top with 210 points. The rest of the top three were from Liverpool as well with Robertson on 181 points and Van Dijk on 178 points.

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Lastly, in midfield, the top three were De Bruyne, Salah and Mane. Behind them, were Raheem Sterling on 204 points. Anthony Martial was the only other player to finish the campaign with 200 points or more.

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Will we see more players ending up with 200 points this season? We can’t wait to find out.

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