Game Week 2 Tips
FPL Game Week 2 Picks
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As game week one draws to a close we move swiftly ahead to Fantasy Premier League game week 2 having learned quite a lot already. Philippe Coutinho sits as the king of FPL (for at least a week anyway after his mesmerizing display against Arsenal and Mane wasn’t bad either. Ibrahimovic got off to a great start, Hazard was back to his prime and Aguero… well, he does what Ageuro does – score.
A sub standard Leicester performance has already signaled the move for Jamie Vardy being the most transferred out player (a trend that will probably continue for the rest of the week) and by the time GW2 comes around he could be the first player to drop in price. By Contrast, Coutinho is the most transferred in player and his price could increase to £8.1m before Wednesday morning so if you are tempted it may be wise to go earlier than later.
Alvaro Negredo looks like the better prospect of the newly promoted strikers and like we said in pre-season he looks like more of a long term prospect than some of the other newly promoted players. Expect a price rise for him this week too. The same applies for Nathan Redmond who is manager likened to Thierry Henry before the game and he looked like Henry when scoring his first of the season to reward thousands of FPL managers who put their faith in him.
One thing to remember is that we have only played one game week. Now is not the time to panic and hit the wildcard button. Yes, you may have had a few players who were below par, but that happens to almost everyone and if you drop a big hitter this week then they could just as well bang in a couple to leave you feeling even more frustrated next week.
The spots in your team where you are likely to make the difference at this stage of the season are in the lower priced players – those who are around the £6-8m mark. Players like Negredo, Redmond, Bolasie, Barkley and Coutinho come in to that thinking.
Game Week 2 Predictions
With the preamble well and truly set, let’s take a look ahead to our game week 2 predictions.
Andre Ayew – 8.9% ownership
If you are one of the 8.9% of FPL managers who own Ayew then you are probably going to be looking for a replacement after he sustained an injury in the Chelsea game. At £7.5m he is the perfect price to be thinking in the region of the players we suggested earlier. Coutinho and Redmond are our preffered options – however, Bolasie becomes a really interesting player now at £6m and whatever your thoughts on his £28m move from Palace to Everton, he could be playing right up top if Lukaku moves back to Chelsea.
Man Utd Vs. Southampton
GW1 starts on Friday night so make sure you don’t miss the deadline this week and it will be a great start to GW2 under the floodlights at Old Trafford. Juan Mata impressed in the first game of the season and looks set to stay at Man Utd, but he is a rotation risk, Whilst Paul Pogba could make his United debut in this game. Ibrahimovic looks set to have a good season, but Wayne Rooney could also benefit from the Swede’s arrival. It is Anthony Martial though who looks the best option. At £9.5m the Frenchman looks to have goals and plenty of assists in him this season and could be a good pick moving forwards.
Defensively, we’d be looking at Valencia who has assists written all over him from right back and looked very dangerous in the opening game of the season. For Southampton, it is of course Nathan Redmond who is the one to get on earlier rather than later. Whilst he probably won’t do a Mahrez, he is going to be a solid £6m pick this season and his price could be closer to £7m come the end of October.
Stoke Vs. Man City
Stoke have had a tough start to the Premier League but they perform well against Man City who stuttered over the line in their opening game against Sunderland. This is perhaps a week to not captain Aguero and we aren’t suggesting you rush to put any City or Stoke players in your team this week.
Burnley Vs. Liverpool
Burnley were poor in their opening game of the season and they struggled to create much against a well organised Swansea side. It could be a more open game against Liverpool and if you went for Andre Gray it could be worth giving him another chance to impress against a Liverpool side that conceded 3 goals to Arsenal on Sunday.
Coutinho is the star pick, with Mane also being a top selection based on the Arsenal performance. The £8m price tag for the Brazilian is too tempting though and we highlighted in pre-season the shots per game that he has – and he is predictably our top pick for gameweek 2.
Leicester Vs. Arsenal
Both of these teams were expected to win the opening game of the season by their fans and both game away with zero points. With the Arsenal defence in tatters and Wenger himself describing his team as ‘not ready’, this is a fascinating encounter than could again end in goals a plenty. Not on to back the defenders but for the thousands upon thousands of managers dropping Jamie Vardy after one game you could be made to regret that decision. Vardy spurned the Gunners who made a bid for him earlier this summer and he will be out to make them pay.
Sanchez didn’t perform in the Liverpool game but could find a bit more space to have an impact against a Kante-less Foxes side – the value picks are Iwobi and Walcott. Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy and Theo Walcott are our top picks in this game.
Sunderland Vs. Middlesbrough
Jermain Defoe and Alvaro Negredo both scored last week but chances might be restricted in this one. A game that could be very significant come the end of the season and both will be out to claim an early advantage over the other. Negredo is a top pick this season and should make a fair few teams – if you have a double big hitter combo up front then Negredo makes an excellent third choice. This won’t be easy for Middlesbrough though and David Moyes will be encouraged by his side’s performance at Man City. Expect this game to be tight and maybe decided by the odd goal – not one to jump all over this week.
West Ham Vs. Bournemouth
Bournemouth are the first Premier League visitors to the Olympic Stadium and the atmosphere will be electric. West Ham will likely start with Payet in the first 11 this week and Andy Carroll is another player who could be a threat against a Bournemouth side who ebbed away in the Man Utd game last week. We expect West Ham to win this game comfortably and Payet is the star man – avoid him at your peril.
Spurs Vs. Crystal Palace
Spurs got off to a quiet start and whilst Lamela earned them a point against Everton last weekend, they were quiet by their own standards. This game represents a much better chance of registering a goal or two and a clean sheet could be on the cards for their defenders. Lamela is a decent budget midfielder but Eriksen is the main man and is proven season after season in FPL. Don’t be swayed by one goal.
Watford Vs. Chelsea
Chelsea looked very good at the Bridge on Monday night and we expect big things from them this season. Eden Hazard and Diego Costa look sharp and are the two to back. Willian won’t be far away from the goals either and is the budget pick. If you are going to have only one premium midfielder then Hazard should probably be the pick – at just £10m he is a snip for what you are getting. Costa on the other hand is one to avoid and is very likely to pick up a couple of red cards this season unless he learns to keep his mouth shut with the new Premier League rules being enforced by referees.
A Chelsea clean sheet and a win is our predicted result here – and we are suggesting that you have Hazard in your team.
West Brom Vs. Everton
Another manager who is publicly saying his team is not ready in Ronald Koeman, claiming his team was at 70% for their opening game of the season. Everton impressed in that game and their midfield trio of Bolasie, Deulofeu and Barkley look like being dangerous this season. This game will be tough though and it looks like Tony Pulis has his West Brom side well and truly set to be in the business of clean sheets – Johnny Evans being our top pick at £4.5m.
It’s too early to bring Bolasie in and whilst the Everton players are tempting it is perhaps best to avoid the transfers for this week. 0-0 or 1-1 would not be a surprising result here.
We will be back later this week with more game week 2 tips, our GW2 captain tips and our must have player of the week. There will be no podcast this week but we will return for GW3.