Teams with the best matches, players to buy and captain options
The Fantasy Premier League season got off to a good start in Gameeweek 1 with an average points return of 69. Bruno Fernandes, GW1’s third most possessed player, managed a hat-trick. He was also the second preferred captain’s choice after Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.
The Egyptian was also among the points, scoring one and assisting twice. Over 6,000 managers have scored over 120 points in GW1.
It will be hard to see the big guns repeat their exploits in GW2 as generously as they did in week one, but there are some mouthwatering matches for the Premier League’s heavy hitters.
Liverpool host Burnley, Manchester City entertains Norwich while Manchester United travel to Southampton. Chelsea and Arsenal face off in the Heavyweight of the Week clash, but it’s a game that sees goals. West Ham and Leicester lock the horns in the other high-profile game of the week.
Difficulty of assembly
Manchester United, Tottenham and Brentford have the easiest fixtures in terms of fixture difficulty rating, but FPL management also have to look to Manchester City who have easier fixtures than the index suggests.
Everton, Aston Villa and West Ham are also teams to consider if the difficulty of the game is to be considered.
Chelsea, Arsenal, Burnley, Leeds, Leicester and Norwich have the toughest streak in GW 2-4.
Device difficulty ratings
|Team||Combined difficulty rating for GW 2-4||opponent GW2||Opponent of GW3||Opponent of GW4|
|Arsenal||11 (4, 5, 2)||CHE (H)||MCI (A)||NOR (H)|
|Aston Villa||8 (2, 2, 4)||NEW (H)||BRE (H)||CHE (A)|
|Brentford||7 (2, 3, 2)||CRY (A)||AVL (A)||BHA (H)|
|Brighton||8 (2, 4, 2)||MATH)||EVE (H)||BRE (A)|
|Burnley||10 (4, 3, 3)||LIV (A)||LEE (H)||EVE (A)|
|Chelsea||10 (4, 4, 2)||ARS (A)||LIV (A)||AVL (H)|
|Crystal Palace||9 (2, 4, 3)||BRE (H)||WHU (A)||TOT (H)|
|Everton||8 (3, 3, 2)||LEE (A)||BHA (A)||BUR (H)|
|Leeds||10 (4, 2, 4)||EVE (H)||BUR (A)||LIV (H)|
|Leicester||10 (4, 2, 4)||WHU (A)||NOR (A)||MCI (H)|
|Liverpool||9 (2, 4, 3)||BUR (H)||CHE (H)||LEE (A)|
|City of man||9 (2, 3, 3)||NOR (H)||ARS (H)||LEI (A)|
|Male Utd||7 (2, 3, 2)||SOU (A)||WOL (A)||NEW (H)|
|Newcastle||9 (3, 2, 4)||AVL (A)||SOU (H)||MUN (A)|
|City of Norwich||13 (5, 4, 4)||MCI (A)||LEI (H)||ARS (A)|
|Southampton||9 (4, 2, 3)||MUN (H)||NEW (A)||WH (H)|
|Spurs||7 (3, 2, 2)||WOL (A)||MATH)||CRY (A)|
|Watford||9 (3, 4, 2)||BHA (A)||TOT (A)||WOL (H)|
|Western ham||8 (4, 2, 2)||LEI (H)||CRY (H)||SOU (A)|
|wolves||9 (3, 4, 2)||TOT (H)||MUN (H)||WAT (A)|
The big ins and outs
The best-scoring duo of Paul Pogba and Fernandes lead the most transferred players ahead of GW2. After scoring five goals in the opening weekend, the games are shaping up to be good for United and it might not be the worst idea to overtake United’s attacking players.
Record-breaking Chelsea rookie Romelu Lukaku is already in demand as he prepares to make his debut against Arsenal. However, it would be wise to wait a few weeks to see how the Belgian settles into the Blues squad.
Most transferred players before GW2
Harry Kane’s future remains uncertain and it’s no surprise to see FPL managers getting rid of the Spurs forward (as is). Leicester’s James Maddision and Kelechi Iheanacho, Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka and Chelsea’s Kai Havertz are the other best players that FPL managers are getting rid of.
Most transferred (retired) players before GW2
Top Picks for Gameweek 2
Whether you bring them in via transfers or (luckily) already have them on your squad, these are the five hottest picks for GW2.:
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool): Salah scored and assisted two in GW1 but he could have had more. The Egyptian managed four shots from inside the penalty area against Norwich. The Reds also recorded the most shots inside the penalty area (13) in GW1. A Burnley side who have twice conceded against Brighton will be up against them at Anfield, especially with the fans returning.
Danny Ings (Burnley): The Aston Villa forward stood out last week, but from the penalty spot and later. But the England striker has now scored twice in as many games, including preseason matches and will face a Newcastle side who have conceded four times against West Ham.
Joao Cancelo (Manchester City): The Portuguese full-back has secured encouraging positions against Tottenham and should have been on the scoresheet. City will be looking to respond following their 1-0 loss to Spurs and the impact would be felt by the newcomers from Norwich City at the Etihad Stadium. With the uncertainty over many positions in City’s lineup, Cancelo could be a safe bet for GW2.
Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United): The Manchester United midfielder started with a bang in GW1 scoring three times. Fernandes has been challenging his underlying numbers for too long and should be the first name on the squad sheet. Southampton looked pretty poor against Everton and United would be keen to score a few more at St. Mary’s on Sunday.
Other options: Romelu Lukaku couldn’t have asked for a better game to start his second stint at Chelsea, as an Arsenal side under pressure might find him too hot to deal with. Investing in Everton attacking talent like Dominic Calvert Lewin or Richarlison would also be a practical decision.
Best differential picks for GW2:
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City): Sterling was on fire at the Euro and this performance would have given him a lot of confidence. The England striker is generally a good bet against sides in the Etihad’s lower half and could be very useful against Norwich. Owned by just 2.7% of FPL managers, Sterling can be an explosive differential for GW2.
Neal Maupay (Brighton): The Brighton striker was on the right track in GW1 and faces newcomers Watford in GW2. He was sixth according to the ICT (Influence-Creativity-Threat) index in GW1. Brighton also have some good games ahead and Maupay, who is owned by less than 3% of FPL managers, could be a good differential for GW2 and beyond.
Sergi Canos (Brentford): The Brentford midfielder was on GW1’s scoresheet and has also been in great shape in the preseason with three assists. He sparkled against Arsenal. Owned by less than 3% of FPL and Canos managers could be a good differential option, especially given the Brentford fixtures.
The riddle of the harbor master’s office
Once again, Salah and Fernandes are the main contenders for the captain’s armband and the FPL managers will again face a tough choice. But the Liverpool man pretty much gets the advantage, playing Anfield with fans after a long time. Anfield, when singing, can be one of the most intimidating places for an opposing team and Salah could take advantage of that. Fernandes was very clinical in GW1, finishing every opportunity that presented itself. Against Southampton he may not have the same number of chances and may not be as clinical as GW1.
Elsewhere, Kevin de Bruyne who looks set to return to the starting lineup for Man City is a very tempting option. His teammates Sterling and Riyad Mahrez can be good differential captaincy options against Norwich.
Antonio de West Ham, who topped the xG (Expected Goals) rankings in GW1 is also an interesting captain choice for those who want to take a risk.
The Field FPL team
Points of the game week 1: 66
Having missed Bruno Fernandes’ rich run in GW1 and seeing his price soar to 12.1, we had to take a -4 hit to transfer Sadio Mane and replace him with the United midfielder. Kelechi Iheanacho is also on the cusp of demise, as he didn’t start the first Gameweek and also saw his price drop. Maupay drafted. Overall not the best of starts.
Here is our team for Gameweek 2.
FPL deadline for GW2: 3:30 p.m. IST, Saturday August 21, 2021.
(Courtesy of Statistics: FPL website, Understat.com, and WhoScored.com)