Early Gameweek 2 Tips – West Ham, Crystal Palace and Swansea City
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Our early thoughts on game week 2:
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Game week 1 is not quite over yet but we have already seen some shock results, some good signs from differential players and the inevitable lack of points from our more expected hot-shots. The response on twitter has been a mixed bag although some FPL managers have already started to panic by stating they are going to be using their wild cards or taking points hits! With this is mind we thought it pertinent to release an early FPL game week 2 tips article – but don’t worry, we will be back on Wednesday with a more in depth look ahead to GW2 along with our regular captain picks on Friday.
With one game to play in GW1, some managers are sitting disappointed with their scores (the average being 27) and managers with over 40 points would consider they have had a good week (depending what happens at the Hawthorns of course) and will be looking to build on that next week. Probably the biggest disappointment on the opening weekend of the season came at The Emirates where so many hopes had been pinned on an Arsenal goal haul, only to see them falter against a resilient West Ham side who picked the Gunners’ pockets on two occasions to seal a memorable 2-0 away win. Our eyes will be on them now to see if they can continue to run, particularly given their next two fixtures are at home against Leicester and Bournemouth.
Despite many managers having an average or worst first week, the first thing to point out is not to panic. I know that is sometimes easier said than done, but if you put Mesut Ozil (or insert your own non-firing star) in your team expecting him to bag a goal and an assist this week – have faith! Players do not perform every week, and if you go chasing last week’s goal scorers every week then you may always miss the points. The talk of wildcards is ludicrous unless it is to reshape your team to put Aguero in, and even then I would argue against it. Players take time to adjust to the rigours of competitive football following pre-season and your stars will come good, just have some patience. Assuming you are going to want to put Aguero in your team for game week 4 then we suggest using a transfer this week (if needed) and then saving your free transfer next week to allow 2 free transfers to facilitate the Aguero purchase at the end of GW3. So effectively, we are looking at players who could perform over the next two game weeks as a minimum (West Ham perhaps?) and who offer good value.
Our first thoughts for Game Week 2 Tips:
The first thing to point out is something that will catch many managers unawares! The return of Premier League Friday night football and a deadline for team changes of Friday 6.45pm. Aston Villa take on Manchester United in the first game of the weekend with a 7.45pm kick off – this means we won’t get a sneaky look at the team sheet but you could get an advantage over the less astute managers in your league. Man City taking on Chelsea makes us instantly think a low scoring game is likely so we will be avoiding players from these teams as potential captain choices and we won’t be looking to bring in anyone for these teams. Instead, we are turning our attention to Swansea, Crystal Palace and West Ham. As we have already said, West Ham have the two home games, but Crystal Palace and Swansea both caught the eye with their fine attacking play and we fancy they have the fixtures to score more goals.
Our Top FPL Tips GW2 & 3:
Swansea: Newcastle (h) and Sunderland (a)
Swansea really caught the eye at Stamford Bridge and even before the sending off they were in the ascendency and their passing and movement was exceptional. They were good value for the point at Chelsea and look like they will have another solid season under their young manager Garry Monk. Montero is a player who excelled in that game but our tip is the £7m Andre Ayew who we talked about a lot in pre-season. He showed his quality throughout the game and capped it off with a goal. Against Newcastle and Sunderland we expect more from him and tip him to grab another goal in one of those games. He also represents good differential at 3.4% ownership (but expect that to rise before Friday). If you are on the lookout for a striker then Gomis represents reasonable value and is pretty much a guaranteed started each week. He is not quite as efficient in front of goal as Bony was but he will get plenty of chances to score.
Crystal Palace: Arsenal (h) and Aston Villa (h)
Like West Ham, Palace have two home games to play in their next two and they got off to a good start against a Norwich side who were unlucky at times. Pardew brings a more attacking style of play to Palace and with the quality in the side against an Arsenal team who will have been rocked by West Ham, they have a good chance for a goal or two. Aston Villa at home then represents excellent value and our top pick is Cabaye. The £6.5m player has already contributed a goal and is ‘the’ class act in the side. For the price, he is almost a must buy!
West Ham: Leicester (h) and Bournemouth (h)
If West Ham could be sitting top of the table after 3 games if they can continue to play the way they played against Arsenal. Of course, there is a lot of football to be played before then, but there was lots to like about their performance on Sunday. Most notably, how they limited Arsenal to just 4 shots on target and it was of course 16 year old Reece Oxford who got the headlines. At £4m, the FPL defender played just in front of the defenders and destroyed Mezut Ozil in a colossal performance. He has been tipped for big things, but the only question mark is whether he will start every week – we very much doubt that and it is unrealistic to expect it – however, if you are looking for a cheap rotating bench player then he could be it!
Dimitri Payet was the player who caught our eye the most and his assist gave the £7.5m player a decent 6 points on his debut. He is pricey, but he is the class act for West Ham.
For me, if I had to pick one of these players it would be Cabaye. Listen to what our podcast team decide our transfer will be (if any) when the podcast goes up on our site tomorrow.
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