The Headache When Picking Your Fantasy Premier League Team
Preventing A Euro 2016 Hangover Giving You A Game Week 1 Headache
So the Euro’s are finally over and irrespective of your thoughts on the quality of the competition in comparison to our domestic Premier League competition, you should be very aware of the implications of your Fantasy Premier League players playing right through in to the second week of July. Players from France, Portugal, Wales and Germany all played well in to July and will almost definitely be ruled out of the start of the new 2016/17 season.
With the Premier League being the most represented of all the European leagues in the tournament with 103 Premier League players being selected for the tournament (the next highest was the Bundesliga which had 57 players represented), the chances of your potential fantasy football squad being affected for the start of FPL game week 1 are pretty high.
Liverpool, Spurs, Man Utd and Arsenal all had 8 or more players playing at the finals with the reds of Merseyside leading the way with 12 of their players competing and with Southampton, Man City and Chelsea all having 6 or more players on international duty, the difficulty of who to pick for game week 1 becomes an altogether trickier affair than usual.
Who is at risk of missing the start of the season?
28 Premier League players remained in France for the Semi-Finals onwards and these are the players who are most at risk of missing the start of the new campaign. We take a look at the teams and players that look likely to be struggling at the start of the season.
Arsenal (4) – Perhaps the most high profile players will come from Arsenal and these could be significant for FPL managers choosing their new teams. Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny of course made the final and are most at risk, but Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil featured in the entire competition and played right up until the end of the first week of July so will be very doubtful to make the start of the new season.
Chelsea (0) – Despite what looked like a prolonged journey in the Euro’s for Chelsea players, an unexpected Belgium exit at the hands of Wales has meant their star players should be fit for the new campaign. No worries for Antonio Conte’s team.
Crystal Palace (5) – Palace had the highest number of players left in the final week of the Euro’s and although not all of them were competing, they will still need some rest before they start a belated pre-season. Steve Mandanda (new goalkeeper), Cabaye, Joe Ledley, Jonny Williams and Wayne Hennessey are all potential question marks for the start of the new season having made at least the semi-finals and of course the France players reaching the final.
Leicester City (2) – Last season’s champions Leicester City had two players represented in the final two games of the tournament with N’golo Kante and Andy King. Whether one or both of them will be at Leicester come the start of the new season remains to be seen but they will be risky to have from the off if you were considering them.
Liverpool (3) – Despite having the most players in the Championships, Liverpool had just 3 featuring in the semi-finals and beyond. Not likely to upset too many Fantasy managers, the players who look set to miss the start of the season are Joe Allen, Emre Can and Danny Ward.
Best of the rest:
Dimitri Payet is the other standout player who made it all the way to the final and will almost certainly need some sort of break and could take as long as 3 game weeks to return to the frame. As a player who was so highly coveted last term, it will be one of the more interesting pre-season discussions in terms of squad selection and is sure to divide opinion.
Southampton defenders were in fairly high demand last season and rightfully so, but with Jose Fonte and Cedric Soares now benig crowned European Champions it looks like they too will be set to miss the start of the season.
It is quite possible that Paul Pogba will be making a sensational return to Manchester United in what would be a world record breaking deal – but if he does and you want him in your FPL side then you are probably going to be kept waiting following a long season of Italian football and a maximum length international tournament.
The English Players
A last 16 exit at the hands of Iceland means that all of the 23 England players who play in the Premier League will not be needing a break. Some might say that they didn’t work hard enough to deserve a break at all, but that’s not for us to say.
Many of the England players are Fantasy Premier League top picks so you should rest easy when picking them and hope that they rediscover their club form and put a difficult summer behind them.
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