A decent start to the Fantasy Premier League for our side after we avoided making many controversial decisions. Of course, it’s a shame we didn’t gamble on Eden Hazard (£9.6m) and while the knee-jerk decision would be to transfer him in immediately, it’s worth remembering that Chelsea have no fixture in Gameweek 3. This week, we’re backing Manchester United, Tottenham and Sunderland.
United, fairly obviously have some great players to choose from. And after their opening game defeat at Goodison, Sir Alex Ferguson will, to put it mildly, be keen for his side to bounce back. Fulham and Southampton oughtn’t be surprised to be faced by the United backlash in the next couple of weeks. Until Robin Van Persie settles in, Wayne Rooney looks like the best bet among the strikers and at £12m is £1m cheaper than the former Arsenal hit man. Meanwhile, Shinji Kagawa (£8.5m) looked pretty sharp in an otherwise disappointing display at Everton on Monday.
Like Sir Alex, Tottenham manager André Villas-Boas will be hoping his team can bounce back from opening day defeat tomorrow. Spurs have back-to-back home games against West Brom and Norwich and really ought to get themselves off the mark. Emmanuel Adebayor (£9.5m) wouldn’t be a bad attacking option after signing at the Lane on a permanent basis, although Jermain Defoe (£7.5m) is the cheaper option. Gylfi Sigurdsson (£9m) demonstrated his goal scoring ability last season while on loan at Swansea and looks like being preferred to Rafael Van der Vaart in the attacking midfield role. At the back, Brad Friedel (£5.5m) looks a solid, reasonably priced goalkeeping option for your fantasy team this season.
We also like the look of Sunderland for the next couple of gameweeks, with the Black Cats set to face Reading at home and Swansea away. Martin O’Neill has just made two excellent signings in Adam Johnson (£7m) and Steven Fletcher (£7m), who have both proved they have the ability to shine at the top level.
Others worth considering
It’s early days of course, but we did see a few ‘if you don’t have him, you’re doing wrong’ contenders during gameweek 1. Aside from Hazard, there’s Samir Nasri (£8.5m) and Frank Lampard (£9m) who have impressed early on and you can’t go far wrong with Manchester City and Chelsea players. Marouane Fellani (£6.6m) and Miguel Michu (£6.8m) looked very impressive while Gareth McCleary (£5m) and Hatem Ben Arfa are going to put the fear of god into full backs this season.
Best of luck.
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