Here are our picks for Fantasy Premier League GW2.
After an exciting opening weekend of Premier League football that allowed us to settle into our FPL teams, we are now gearing up for another week of matches.
GW1 often lets you quickly see who might have been good additions, while others need immediate removal or not even added to the team after a terrible performance.
As we once again look to make our XI as strong as possible ahead of a rather unpredictable week of play, we have our picks on who to captain and who’s making the substitutions.
The captain’s selection last season usually meant keeping Mohamed Salah able to achieve maximum points week in and week out.
However, this season gives you a lot more options and most people will probably choose between Salah, Erling Haaland, Harry Kane or Heung-min Son.
While Tottenham are likely to beat Chelsea this weekend, picking the latter two is definitely riskier simply because they still face top-flight centre-backs like Thiago Silva and Kalidou Koulibaly – although I’m pretty sure Spurs will manage to break them this defense either way.
However, Haaland is definitely the safest bet as Man City prepare to host Bournemouth.
Pep Guardiola’s side probably won’t even need to get out of first gear against the newly promoted side and with Haaland already off the mark I can see him fly past that defence.
Salah is always a reliable choice too, but after Liverpool’s troubling performance against Fulham on opening day it’s hard to predict how they will line up against Crystal Palace next Monday.
Gabriel Martinelli is one of three or four Arsenal players you could add to your squad, although I won’t mention Gabriel Jesus as a majority of the population already has him at the helm.
Martinelli scored Arsenal’s first goal of the season against Crystal Palace last weekend and is expected to improve in his breakthrough campaign.
The Brazilian will be keen to play again after scoring his first goal and against a Leicester side who may be struggling this season I’d expect Arsenal to score a few more.
Like Martinelli, Callum Wilson is a player who will benefit massively from scoring his first goal of the season early on.
Newcastle United are already looking very exciting and with the likes of Allan Saint-Maximin and Bruno Guimaraes around him, the striker should have plenty of chances to score and he will certainly have the confidence to thwart them.
The Magpies face a trip to Brighton this weekend and I can see their attack is too much for what is usually a strong south coast defence.
Jesse Lingard and Nottingham Forest have not had a good start to the season after losing to Newcastle United but I expect this weekend’s game will be very different in front of their home crowd.
While West Ham will be an extremely tough test for Forest, the fans who have been waiting for 23 years will act as the 12th man and help them at least achieve a draw.
While I’m not sure on the points standings, it seems like Jesse Lingard is in the stars to score in his home debut against the side that wanted him so badly this summer.
The midfielder was fantastic during his loan spell in the capital and West Ham spent much of the following year signing him on a permanent basis – only to lose to Forest.
Just like he did for Manchester United last season, I can definitely see him scoring against an angry group of West Ham fans.
Kalidou Koulibaly has likely made it into some FPL sides following his exciting move from Napoli this summer and is likely to form a terribly strong defense alongside Thiago Silva.
He also impressed massively on his debut as Chelsea narrowly beat Everton on the opening day and you may have been tempted to add him to your squad.
However, with the Blues next up against an in-form Tottenham side, I would steer clear of it.
That’s not to say Koulibaly will have a bad game, but I think it will take a lot for defense to prevent goals like Harry Kane, Heung-min Son and Dejan Kulusevski this season.
James Maddison is another exceptional individual who won’t necessarily play badly this weekend but it’s Leicester that I’m concerned about.
The midfielder is usually a safe bet for goals and assists but I can’t see him getting as many chances as Arsenal look.
I expect the Gunners to dominate most of the game and take home a comfortable three points, with some of their players – including Maddison – being affected by continued transfer interest in them.