This weekend sees the Premier League return for its second round of fixtures, and we’re here to bring you our Fantasy Football tips.
It wasn’t exactly the most memorable of opening Saturdays to the campaign last weekend, with a lack of goals very evident.
It was on Sunday when things really came alive, with Liverpool’s remarkable 4-3 win over Arsenal one of the great opening games in recent memory.
In 2016/17, This Is Anfield is playing 1-day Fantasy Football on DraftKings, the official 1-day fantasy football partners of Liverpool Football Club, where you select eight players each week – a goalkeeper, two defenders, two midfielders, two forwards and a non-goalkeeping utility player – with a budget of $50,000.
The six matches being used for Matchday Two all take place on Saturday, including the 5:30pm kick-off between Leicester and Arsenal:
- Burnley vs. Liverpool
- Swansea City vs. Hull
- Tottenham vs. Crystal Palace
- Watford vs. Chelsea
- West Brom vs. Everton
- Leicester vs. Arsenal
Here are our selections — enter your team to win a share of £15,000 this weekend here.
Goalkeeper: Ben Foster (West Brom) – $4,600
Everybody knows just how well-drilled Tony Pulis teams are, and West Brom are no different.
Although this is likely to be a bigger test of West Brom‘s credentials, goalkeeper Ben Foster will again fancy his chances of keeping a clean-sheet.
The Englishman has been a consistent performer in the Premier League for a number of years now, and he would be a shrewd addition to your team this week.
Everton look short in attack, which should only heighten Foster’s chances of a shut-out.
Defence: Ragnar Klavan (Liverpool) – $2,600
Of all Liverpool summer signings, Ragnar Klavan was arguably the least high-profile, but he has come in and looked impressive.
A solid showing against Arsenal was masked by the fact the Reds conceded three goals, but he was a dependable member of the back-line.
Andre Gray will pose a threat in attack, but the Reds will feel they can come through the game without too much trouble.
At just $2,600, Klavan is too cheap to ignore.
Defence: Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) – $4,800
The right-back was full of energy going forward, and solid defensively, and Antonio Conte looks to have breathed new life into the 32-year-old.
His bursts down the right and aerial threat make him a defender who can rack up points with goals and assists, and he is part of a Chelsea back-line that looks solid.
Midfield: Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) – $7,400
He was almost non-existent for most of the first-half, before his two goals helped completely turn the game on its head.
This could well be the season where the 24-year-old becomes a genuinely world-class footballer, and Burnley will be fearful of him on Saturday.
The Brazilian will be absolutely sizzling with confidence going into the game, and not putting him in your team feels like an unnecessary risk.
He could once again be the match-winner.
Midfield: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) – $5,600
The 23-year-old was then bizarrely left out of the starting line-up to face Liverpool, before scoring soon after coming on in the second-half.
With Alex Iwobi picking up an injury during the match, Chamberlain is highly likely to start Saturday’s crucial trip to Leicester.
He has always been a confidence player, and his second-half cameo against the Reds will mean he is raring to go against the champions.
Leicester don’t look the same team they were last season – admittedly, they have only played one game – and Arsenal may get the better of them this weekend. Expect Chamberlain to shine.
Forward: Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – $7,800
Few players have dropped off a cliff in the manner Eden Hazard did last season, having won the PFA Player of the Year award in 2014/15.
Quite what happened to the Belgian we will never know, but in Monday’s win over West Ham, he looked somewhere close to his best again.
His pace, trickery and movement in the final third make him a nightmare to play against, and he looks hungry to show that last season was merely a blip.
Forward: Harry Kane (Tottenham) – $10,000
Few strikers in the country guarantee goals at the rate Harry Kane does, with the England international scoring 59 goals over the last two seasons, in all competitions.
Despite a very disappointing Euro 2016 campaign, Kane will now be refreshed, and desperate to show he can bounce back.
Having not found the net against Everton last weekend, Kane will be hungry to get his first goal of the season this time around.
Expect him to score at least one.
Utility Player: Fernando Llorente (Swansea) – $7,000
Fernando Llorente’s summer move to Swansea City was one that came completely out of left field.
The 31-year-old has real pedigree, having won the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 with Spain, and his goals have the potential to keep Swansea out of the relegation fight.
This weekend’s home game with Hull is the perfect opportunity for Llorente to get off the mark for his new club, in a game the hosts will boss.
Like his compatriot Alvaro Negredo did for Middlesbrough last weekend, the Spaniard will register a goal on his home debut.
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Click here to enter your fantasy team on DraftKings for the chance to win a share in £15,000 this weekend! Then let us know your picks in the comments section. Good luck!