Premier League fantasy football tips: Ten most popular players to sign for your Dream Team XI

9 Aug

The Premier League begins today and time is running out to select your Dream Team XI.

The fantasy world is also full of frantic last minute transfers, as managers scramble to assemble the best team possible before the deadline strikes.

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It’s a stressful time, but fear not, because here at talkSPORT.com, we’re on hand to help.

We’ve already picked out ten hidden gems with low ownership, but there’s a reason why everyone picks the big dogs.

If Mohamed Salah scores a hat-trick and he’s not in your team, you could be in serious trouble.

So we’ve taken a look at the highest owned players in the game. You’ll definitely need some of these…

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Bernardo Silva (£4.5m) – 30.8 per cent

Bernardo Silva was quite simply sensational last season, emerging as a real star in the absence of Kevin de Bruyne.

The Belgian is back fit this season, but that shouldn’t keep B. Silva out of the side, even though Pep Guardiola loves to rotate.

He got seven goals and seven assists in the Premier League last season.

Bernardo Silva was a key player for Man City last season
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Harry Maguire (£3.5m) – 31.3 per cent

When the game was launched, Maguire was a Leicester player. We’re not sure why his stock has risen to much since he joined a lesser club.

But now that he’s at Manchester United, he becomes the third-most owned defender in the game.

The Red Devils should be tighter at the back this season – and Maguire guarantees the odd goal from a set-piece.

Harry Maguire has joined Man United for £80million
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£6m) – 35 per cent

The Arsenal striker shared the Golden Boot last season with Liverpool forwards Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane. So he’s understandably a popular choice.

Aubameyang netted 22 times in the Premier League, plus he’s on penalty duties for the Gunners, so that total could increase with the introduction of VAR.

Aubameyang looks set to stay at Arsenal despite transfer rumours throughout the summer
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Sadio Mane (£6m) – 36 per cent

Goals from midfield are key in Dream Team, with extra points on offer, so it’s difficult to overlook Mane.

The Senegal international matched Salah’s tally last season – and he’s £1.5m cheaper than his Liverpool team-mate.

However, he only returned to training on Monday due to his participation in the Africa Cup of Nations, so there is a chance he won’t feature against Norwich on Friday night.

Sadio Mane only returned to Liverpool training earlier this week
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Andy Robertson (£4.5m) – 37.8 per cent

Clean sheets, assists, bonus points – what more could you want?

Liverpool boasted the best defence in the league last season and Robertson was the highest-scoring defender in Dream Team.

A real no-brainer, this one.

Robertson helped Liverpool win the Champions League
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Harry Kane (£7m) – 43.9 per cent

Imagine how many goals Harry Kane would score if he stayed fit and bagged a few in August?

As it stands, he’s already won the Golden Boot once and hit 30 goals in the 2017/18 campaign, despite an ankle injury.

Last term, he only managed 17 strikes, but his goals-per-minute ratio was actually better than Salah’s.

If he plays 38 games, he’ll be difficult to beat, especially with the introduction of VAR possibly resulting in more penalties.

Harry Kane will surely challenge for the Golden Boot this season
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Sergio Aguero (£7.5m) – 45.2 per cent

Given how incredible Aguero has been for such a sustained period of time, it seems strange he only has one Golden Boot to show for it.

What’s even more bonkers is last season was the first time he was named in the PFA Team of the Year.

But end-of-season awards are biased in favour of people who have been exceptional for a short amount of time, which means longevity can often be overlooked.

Aguero remains one of the deadliest strikers in Europe, although beware of Pep Guardiola’s infamous rotation policy.

Aguero is Manchester City’s record goalscorer
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Mohamed Salah (£7.5m) – 47.4 per cent

Two seasons in the Premier League. Two Golden Boots. That’s not a bad return.

Those who labelled Salah a one-season wonder were given several slices of humble pie as the Egyptian just kept on scoring.

It doesn’t matter how you defend, whether you play a high line or sit deep, Salah will find a way to get in behind.

He’s another player set to benefit from the possibility of more penalties next season.

Mohamed Salah has captured the hearts of Liverpool fans with his relentless goalscoring prowess
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Virgil van Dijk (£6m) – 51 per cent

The reigning PFA Player of the Year will ensure Liverpool keep plenty of clean sheets.

He also chips in with the odd goal and rakes in the bonus points – plus you can absolutely guarantee he starts every game.

But with Robertson available for £1.5m less and more likely to get assists, we’d suggest picking the Scot. Or just get both!

Van Dijk is a contender for the Ballon d’Or
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Raheem Sterling (£6.5m) – 56.2 per cent

No surprises here. You’ve got a midfielder, almost guaranteed to start for Manchester City, who has reached double figures in goals and assists for the past two seasons.

City are a minefield for fantasy football players due to Guardiola’s rotation policy, but despite their incredible depth in attack, Sterling still gets the nod every weak.

He’s surely a must for your Dream Team XI.

Sterling netted in the Community Shield on Sunday
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Premier League Fantasy Football 2019/20: Why Dream Team keeps us up at night but we love it anyway

7 Aug

Dream Team is the bane of my life, but it’s still difficult to imagine the football season without it.

I’m that guy who spends hours analysing every player’s fixtures, studying form and stacking my Dream Team with hidden gems.

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And yet, every season without fail, I’m beaten by the punters, the guys who captain Shane Duffy and watch him bag a hat-trick of headers.


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Last season, Vincent Kompany’s wondergoal against Leicester saw me usurped as a league leader with one week to go. He wasn’t even expected to start.

Meanwhile, there I was, double figures on my bench, with my captain skying a penalty into Row Z.

There’s an annual sense of despair come May, another season ending in disappointment.

But as Steven Gerrard once said, ‘we go again!’ This is my year! Luka Milivojevic is going to guide my Dream Team to glory! And the cycle continues as I sign up.

That feeling when your mates beat you at Dream Team
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The truth is, while some of us are lucky enough to do it for a living, we all consider ourselves to be football experts, and fantasy football is where we try and prove it.

But what makes it so fun is its knack for showing the experts how little they know, because the Premier League is so wonderfully unpredictable.

Like Liverpool, Kompany’s belter ended my title ambitions
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In a game increasingly dominated by numbers, it’s comforting to know that a big centre-back might just smack one into the top corner when you least expect it.

And if you can get bragging rights over your mates in the process, well that’s what football’s all about, isn’t it?


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Fantasy Football: One player you must sign from every Premier League club

7 Aug

Not signed up to play Dream Team this year? Why not? It’s easy, free, and could help you win some of the £100,000 prize pot!

Managers around the globe have already selected their teams but there is still time for a tinker if you need it.

Will a newly-promoted player tickle your fancy in Dream Team’s Fantasy Football game?

With a £50million budget and a limit of three players from any one team, you sometimes need to get creative.

But never fear – here at talkSPORT we’ve decided on one player from every Premier League club you should sign for your team.

So, have a read, make your selection, then sign up for your dose of Fantasy Football – which could earn you a nice prize too.


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Arsenal – Nicolas Pepe – £3.5m

Yes, honestly, that isn’t a typo – we swear. You can get the Ivorian flyer on the cheap following his big-money switch to the Emirates.

He got a huge haul of 22 goals and 11 assists last season. Okay, nine were penalties but even if we cut his contribution in half that’s 11 goals and, rounding down, five assists.

He may not play in the first game of the season but call David Dickinson, because we’ve got a bargain!

Arsenal signed Nicolas Pepe from Lille for £72m
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Aston Villa – Jack Grealish – £2.5m

There is plenty of value around the Villans’ squad this year but we’d recommend sticking with the tried and tested this season – or until a transfer is necessary.

Grealish had an injury hit campaign last time out but still propelled the club to promotion. He’s vital to their chances of survival, especially in a team which has had a huge overhaul.

Jack Grealish will be a key player for Villa this season
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Bournemouth – Callum Wilson – £3.5m

If you’re not pumping all your money into your strikeforce you may need a cheaper option and the England international is a fine choice.

If he can remain clear of injury he’s a shoo-in for 10+ goals this campaign.

Callum Wilson signed a four-year deal at Bournemouth in the summer
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Brighton and Hove Albion – Pascal Gross – £2m

Manager Graham Potter needs to coach the hell out of this team to keep them in the top flight this season.

If anyone can do it, he can. Any creativity will have to come from Gross, though, and after a downturn last year it will require a comeback of sorts from the German.

Is it time for Gross to step up to his 2017/18 level?
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Burnley – Dwight McNeil – £1m

The young left winger showed his potential last season and could really prove himself over an entire campaign in 2019/20.

Juventus reportedly showed interest in him and we don’t blame them either.

McNeil could really prove himself this season
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Chelsea – Willian – £3.5m

He’s not the most exciting name out there but the Blues’ new No.10 will be a regular and is good for those all-important 7/10 ratings on WhoScored.com. Sometimes you just have to be savvy rather than spectacular.

Willian is Chelsea’s new No.10 after Eden Hazard left
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Crystal Palace – Luka Milivojevic – £3.5m

You know the deal here.

We’re getting VAR and while Wilfried Zaha is still with the Eagles Milivojevic could really see a surge in the amount of penalties he gets to take – and he rarely misses.

Milivojevic is deadly from 12 yards and could score even more with the introduction of VAR in the Premier League
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Everton – Lucas Digne – £3m

A set-piece sensation from full-back at Goodison Park.

Fantasy Football players may be losing Leighton Baines but the Toffees seem to have landed his reincarnation in Digne. Expect assists.

Digne made the WhoScored.com Team of the Season which bodes well for bonus points
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Leicester City – James Maddison – £3m

It’s a toss up between the English youngster and Youri Tielemans (£2.5m) but Maddison just edges it.

Tielemans had a good haul last term but underlying stats suggest this might not continue.

We’re backing Maddison to shine again as he targets a Euro 2020 place with England.

Maddison enjoyed a fine debut season in the Premier League
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Liverpool – Trent Alexander-Arnold – £5m

The youngster stunned the Premier League and the rest of Europe with his performances last season.

He’s a incredible talent and his offensive output makes him a must-sign star for your Dream Team.

Top scoring Liverpool duo Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah benefited from Alexander-Arnold’s creativity last season where he recorded 12 Premier League assists
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Manchester City – Raheem Sterling – £6.5m

Without wishing to be Captain Obvious, the England superstar is going to get goals and assists all season long unless injury stops him.

You would be a fool not to sign him.

Raheem Sterling grabbed his first goal of the season in the Community Shield
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Manchester United – Aaron Wan-Bissaka – £3m

It’s hard to know whether Jekyll or Hyde will turn up for the Red Devils this season.

There’s a good chance Wan-Bissaka, for better or worse, will be their standout player though.

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Newcastle United – Joelinton – £2m

Already banging them in for fun in pre-season, we’re hopeful the Magpies faithful will have new a hero this season.

Prepare for all the Joelin-Toon headlines.

New signing Joelinton is a club-record signing and could hit the ground running
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Norwich City – Emi Buendia – £2m

We’re big fans of the young Argentine at talkSPORT Towers and recommend you get him in your team.

A bargain midfielder capable of goals and assists, he’s a set-piece taker too.

Buendia helped secure Norwich’s spot back in the Premier League
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Sheffield United – Dean Henderson – £1.5m

The young and talented shot-stopper on loan from Manchester United has the opportunity to make a name for himself in the Premier League.

We reckon he could well do it too.

Dean Henderson will return to Manchester United at the end of his loan switch
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Southampton – Yan Valery – £1.5m

The exciting French full-back is set to be Ralph Hasenhuttl’s starter in the role this season.

If he can build on the progress he made last year then you’re on to a winner.

If you’re looking for a Saint to be your saviour and help you perform a mini-league miracle then Valery might be your man
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Tottenham Hotspur – Harry Kane – £7m

We’d love to pick someone from the shadows here but, let’s face it, there’s only one man for the job.

If Kane stays injury free he could easily bumble his way to 25 goals this term and that’s without thinking about the impact of VAR.

Kane had his 2018/19 season disrupted by injury
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Watford – Craig Dawson – £2m

Rumours are that Dawson would put his head in the way of an asteroid plummeting towards the earth.

Luckily he found his calling as a Premier League defender and will likely thud a few set-pieces into the back of the net for the Hornets.

Craig Dawson was an almost ever-present for West Brom last season, and now faces a return to the Premier League with Watford
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West Ham United – Sebastien Haller – £3m

Forget Marko Arnautovic – this is a proper striker.

If he doesn’t do well for the Hammers we’ll eat our hats – you can find out more about his style of play here.

Sebastien Haller is the new marksman at the London Stadium
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Wolverhampton Wanderers – Raul Jimenez – £3.5m

The Europa League has the potential to throw a spanner in the works for Wolves but they should still be capable of a top-half finish.

Jimenez should be good for at least 10 goals again this term – get your masks at the ready.

Jimenez has been excellent for Wolves since his arrival from Benfica
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Premier League fantasy football tips: Ten hidden gems with low ownership to sign for your Dream Team XI

6 Aug

The Premier League is almost back and with it comes the return of Dream Team and you can still sign up here!

Only three days remain to get your team sorted for the new campaign, before the deadline strikes on Friday night.

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It can be a stressful time, but fear not, because here at talkSPORT.com, we’ve done all the work for you.

Obviously, your team will contain the likes of Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah, but everyone picks those guys.

Mini-leagues are won and lost on differentials, the hidden gems with low ownership who bag a load of points.

So, without further ado, here they are…

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Josh King (Bournemouth) – Selected by 0.8 per cent

Penalty takers are your bread and butter this season, with the introduction of VAR.

And, somewhat surprisingly, Bournemouth’s man on spot-kicks is owned by just 0.8 per cent of players.

His record is pretty good, too. Last season, the Norwegian successfully converted five of his six penalties.

Plus, he remains prolific from open play, netting 12 times in total last term.

He can be yours for just £3m.

Josh King could easily reach double figures this season
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Wesley (Aston Villa) – Selected by 0.9 per cent

Take a dive into the unknown with Villa, who could be a real force this season.

Club-record signing Wesley headlines a list of 12 new arrivals at Villa Park, with more than £130m spent.

He is certain to lead the line following Tammy Abraham’s return to Chelsea, and we expect him to be prolific.

The 22-year-old grabbed 13 goals and seven assists for Club Brugge in the Belgian Pro League last season, and crucially, he’s owned by less than 1 per cent of players and costs just £2.5m.

Wesley opened his Villa account during pre-season
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Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) – Selected by 0.6 per cent

Mr Sheffield United just loves scoring goals.

He averages more than a goal every two games for the Blades and, you guessed it, he takes their penalties!

Only 0.6 per cent of players have taken a punt on the 33-year-old, which is probably a reflection on Sheffield United’s hopes for the new campaign.

But at £2m, he’s sure to bag you some points.

Billy Sharp was central to the Blades promotion-winning campaign last season
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Max Aarons (Norwich) – Selected by 0.9 per cent

The youngster is this season’s Matt Doherty. You heard it here first.

Owned by less than 1% of players and priced at just £2m, the 19-year-old right-back is sure to get plenty of assists for a free-scoring Norwich side.

Aarons notched three goals and six assists from defence last season, earning him the Championship’s Young Player of the Year prize.

However, don’t expect too many clean sheets – Norwich conceded 57 goals on their way to the Championship title last term.

Max Aarons will be bombing down the wing all season
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Pascal Gross (Brighton) – Selected by 0.1 per cent

For some strange reason, the Seagulls playmaker fell off the grid last season.

Nonetheless, he could well be rejuvenated this year by the arrival of Neal Maupay at Brighton.

Not only does this boost his chance of assists, with a dynamic frontman to link up with, it also means Glenn Murray will probably lose his place in the team, leaving Gross on penalty duties.

The 28-year-old is also on corners, free-kicks, you name it – and literally no-one has him.

He’s owned by 0.1 per cent of players and costs just £2m.

Pascal Gross was a fantasy football favourite during the 2017/18 campaign
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Alexis Sanchez (Manchester United) – Selected by 0.7 per cent

I know what you’re thinking, but hear me out.

Imagine, just imagine, if Sanchez returned to form and you were one of the 0.7 per cent of managers who picked him for just £2m?

The forgotten man at Manchester United scored twice at the 2019 Copa America and looked to be regaining some confidence.

Its easy to forget Sanchez is quite good at football on his day
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Danny Ings (Southampton) – Selected by 0.5 per cent

It’s rather surprising that Danny Ings is owned by just 0.5 per cent of players.

He represents another cheap penalty taker, at £2m, and given Saints paid £20m to sign him permanently this summer, you would expect him to start.

Ings is deadly from 12 yards
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Emerson Palmieri (Chelsea) – Selected by 0.7%

This is an interesting one. We’ve fallen out of love with Marcos Alonso, who was once a fantasy football manager’s dream.

And it seems that Chelsea have, too. Following a dip in form under Maurizio Sarri last season, Alonso lost his place to Emerson at left-back.

So there’s every chance Emerson will retain his spot under Frank Lampard. It’s a punt, but you could have Chelsea’s first-choice left-back, owned by 0.7 per cent of players, for £2.5m.

Early signs in pre-season suggest Emerson could be first choice at left-back for Chelsea
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Troy Deeney (Watford) – Selected by 0.8 per cent

Nobody appears too keen on Watford this season, with none of their players selected by more than 1% of Dream Team managers.

But they’ve got a decent opening four fixtures, with none of the top six until the fifth gameweek, and Deeney is deadly from 12 yards.

With Gerard Deulofeu a potential doubt for the opener against Brighton, Deeney is almost certain to start as well.

He’s available for £3m.

Deeney’s Watford start the season with some favourable fixtures
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Mark Noble (West Ham) – Selected by 0.2 per cent

Probably the most rogue option on this list, given the fantasy football golden rule of staying away from defensive midfielders.

But, we can’t stress this enough: there’s going to be loads and loads of penalties next season because of VAR.

Noble, who costs £2m, relinquished penalty duties to Marko Arnautovic for a short while last season, but with the Austrian gone, the Hammers captain should be back on spot-kicks this season.

West Ham possess plenty of pace and trickery in attack, with the likes of Pablo Fornals, Manuel Lanzini and Felipe Anderson, all of whom are likely to fool defenders in the box.

Noble could see his fantasy football points soar with the introduction of VAR
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Premier League fantasy football tips: Seven bargain wonderkids to sign for your Dream Team XI

29 Jul

The new Premier League season is finally here and you can still sign up and play Dream Team’s fantasy football game.

If you do join up take the plunge and select a team, you’ll be in with a shout of winning a portion of the £100,000 prize pot.

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It seems like Premier League squads are getting younger as manager’s opt to find and mould the next generation into world-class superstars.

And your fantasy side might benefit from some youthful exuberance too with several bargain talents available.

So who should you sign for your Dream Team? We’ve picked out top seven below.

Mason Greenwood (Manchester United) – £1m

It appears Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to give the young striker his shot in the first-team this season.

A nice strike against Inter Milan in pre-season helped his cause and he should see plenty of minutes from the bench, especially if Romelu Lukaku moves on.

He won’t bag big points but at his price he could allow you to spend loads elsewhere.

Greenwood has been a revelation on tour
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Daniel James (Manchester United) – £1m

Set to feature more than Greenwood, James’ pace had Tottenham rattled in their pre-season clash.

There will be questions about how he gets on against defences playing a low block but he should still contribute goals and assists on the cheap in 2019/20.

Moussa Sissoko found James too hot to handle
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Dwight McNeil (Burnley) – £1m

Already linked with moves to bigger clubs, it will be interesting to see how he copes in a first full senior season at Turf Moor.

Clearly talented, the left winger has the ammo and the targets that could help him achieve a big haul of assists.

Only selected by around 0.6 per cent of managers he could be a fantastic secret weapon.

McNeil has interested clubs like Juventus this summer
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Yan Valery (Southampton) – £1.5m

It seems the young Frenchman is set to start the season as the first choice right-back at St Mary’s.

He managed two goals and assist in his 20 appearances last term but as a wing-back he’s set to get forward this season and he should have even more confidence.

We’d be surprised if he didn’t deliver something extra in 2019/20.

If you’re looking for a Saint to be your saviour and help you perform a mini-league miracle then Valery might be your man
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Mason Mount (Chelsea) – £1.5m

A fine display against Barcelona was followed up by a two-goal showing against Reading at the weekend.

He’s proving his worth to Frank Lampard and if he keeps up these performances he should at least be on your watchlist for the season so you can bring him in at the drop of a hat.

Mason Mount has shown glimpses of promise for Chelsea fans
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Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal) – £1.5m

With Hector Bellerin still out injured, Maitland-Niles is set to be the starting right-back for the two months of the campaign.

He got used to the role after the Spaniard’s ACL injury and in just 16 appearances had a goal and an assist to his name.

For the beginning of the year he could be a smart pick.

Maitland-Niles has established himself as a valuable player under Unai Emery
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Max Aarons (Norwich City) – £2m

Linked with a transfer to a number of top club this summer, including Tottenham, the right-back dazzled for the Canaries in the Championship.

It’s going to be tougher for the 19-year-old from Hammersmith but he’s almost guaranteed to claim some assists for Daniel Farke’s side.

Whether he will get enough bonus points through clean sheets and WhoScored ratings, though, is an unknown, which might make you risk averse.

Max Aarons has bags of potential
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Premier League fantasy football tips: Newly promoted players you should sign for your Dream Team XI

24 Jul

Signing up for Dream Team’s fantasy football game is simple but your team selection might not be.

It’s fine filling up your XI with superstars but you might need to dip into the squads of the newly promoted clubs too.

Norwich City celebrate winning the Championship title
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Last season, Wolves finished seventh in the table and the likes of Raul Jimenez, Matt Doherty, and Joao Moutinho were superb acquisitions for managers.

This year it’s unlikely one of Aston Villa, Norwich City, an Sheffield United will do the same but it’s possible with some stars in their ranks.



So who are the newly promoted players who can propel you to mini-league glory and a chance of winning some of the £250,000 prize pot?

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Aston Villa

Jack Grealish – £2.5m

The English youngster can do it all in the centre of the pitch, creating and scoring goals, and he’s vital to Dean Smith’s squad.

If he stays fit, unlike last season, he could pitch up some nice Dream Team points.

Jack Grealish celebrates after helping Aston Villa win the Championship play-off Final
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Wesley – £2.5m

It’s a touch risky spending £22million on a striker from the Belgian top division but he might just do the business.

The Villans seem to reckon he’ll be Christian Benteke 2.0 but can he live up to that?

Matt Targett – £1.5m

Having never had a full season as a starting player, Targett has joined the Villans for £15m.

But, he did get three assists and a goal last term as he made 16 appearances for the Saints, which isn’t too shabby.

Targett is set to play a major role for Dean Smith and he could offer cheap points.

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Anwar El Ghazi – £1m

Once on the books at Ajax, the Dutch winger fired the Villans into the Premier League with a goal in their 2-1 play-off final win over Derby County.

He nabbed six goals and the same amount in assists last season and could trouble top flight teams with his trickery.

Tyrone Mings – £2m

The Villa backline may resemble the land of the giants this season with 6ft 4in Bjorn Engels and 6ft 5in Mings in the centre.

We reckon this means Dean Smith might be planning to win a few set-pieces to supplement their goalscoring having lost loanee Tammy Abraham back to Chelsea.

Tyrone Mings helped Villa win promotion to the Premier League during his loan spell and has now joined permanently
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Norwich City

Emi Buendia – £2.0m

A set-piece taker for the Canaries, we’re tipping the Argentine 22-year-old to make a splash in the Premier League.

Get on board this bargain early.

Buendia helped secure Norwich’s spot back in the Premier League
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Onel Hernandez – £2.0m

Like Buendia, Hernandez got a lot of goals and assists in the Championship.

This will, obviously, go down in top flight but his form from the left flank should be considered as you make selections as he got off 2.4 shots per 90 minutes and made 1.9 key passes per 90 last season.

Max Aarons – £2.0m

Linked with big transfers to Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace this window but the Canaries have held onto their man.

The right-back has a new contract and will be attempting to justify the hype surrounding him as Norwich return to the Premier League.

He’s more than capable of getting goals and assists.

Max Aarons has bags of potential
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Ralf Fahrmann – £1.0m

Landing a goalkeeper on loan with eight Bundesliga seasons under their belt is impressive for a newly-promoted side.

Sure, he was displaced at Schalke last season by talented youngster Alexander Nübel but he should be a fine performer at a cheap price.

Ben Godfrey – £1.0m

With four goals and two assists in just 31 Championship appearances from centre-back, Godfrey is a possible gem.

Sheffield United

Ravel Morrison – £1.5m

Signed after a trial at Bramall Lane, the ex-Manchester United and West Ham midfielder is back in the Premier League.

Undoubtedly a star on his day, he’s a risky signing due to his unpredictability but fans will remember the day he tore Tottenham Hotspur apart at White Hart Lane.

If he can get to even half the player he showed he can be on that occasion then the Blades have a star on their hands.

Ravel Morrison has returned to the Premier League after spells in Italy, Mexico, and Sweden
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Oliver Norwood – £2.0m

A promotion veteran with three in the last three seasons, he finally gets his shot at the Premier League having left Brighton and Fulham before he could play.

A set-piece specialist, he got eight assists last season and manager Chris Wilder might be hoping he can carry this on and win the Blades a point or three with his ability in these situations.

John Fleck – £2.0m

Like Norwood, Fleck was an assist machine in the Championship, he managed 10 in 2018/19.

Once a wonderkid on Football Manager, he’ll be hoping to prove his much more than slice of nostalgia to some Premier League supporters.

John Fleck had spells at Rangers and Coventry before joining Sheffield United
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Jack O’Connell – £2.0m

A fine aerial combatant, he could hand you the odd goal this season, and for peanuts!

Billy Sharp – £2.0m

With 23 goals last season, Sharp sent the Blades into the Premier League.

Now in his third spell with Sheffield United, he’s getting his first proper crack at the English top flight at 33-years-old having been prolific in every other division of the Football League.

Premier League fantasy football tips: 65 of the best and funniest team names for your Dream Team

23 Jul

Everyone’s Dream Team needs the perfect name.

Once you’ve signed up for a chance of winning some of the £100,000 prize pot you’re going to need to think hard about which hilarious moniker your XI will have for the whole year.

Sometimes Norfolk and Chance just isn’t going to cut it so the best approach these days is to work out a brilliant pun based on a footballer from the past or the present.

It’s pretty tricky because you don’t want to have one which is the same as a rival but here at talkSPORT.com we’re able to give you a bit of a hand.

With the help of Dream Team we’ve been able to compile a list of possible team names to save if you in a hot spot – or even to give you inspiration.

Either way, get cracking and sign up – the season isn’t too far away now!

Stranger Mings

Boom XhakaLaca

Brewster’s Millions

Dier Straits

Pique Blinders

Will Spanish star Gerard Pique help you decide your team name?
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Fornals Fantasy

Done like a Kepa

Enter Shaqiri

Deeney in a Bottle

The Cesc Pistols

Cesc Fabregas may have left the Premier league but his presence is still felt
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Inter Row-Z

Obi Wan – Kenobi Nil

Top of the Klopps

Pique and De Bruyne

Batshuayi Crazy

Michy Batshuayi is back at Chelsea and could feature this season under Frank Lampard
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ABCDE FC

Martial Law

Salt & Pepe

Delph & Safety

The Kouyate Kid

Is Crystal Palace ace Cheikhou Kouyate the inspiration for your team?
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Sub-Standard Liege

Farcelona

Bilbao Baggins

Expected Toulouse

Flying Without Ings

Ings’ surname is pretty handy when it comes to team names
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The Wizard of Özil

Who ate all Depays?

Ayew Ready?

2 Girls 1 Schlupp

Fun Lovren Criminals

Can Dejan Lovren play his way back into the first XI at Liverpool and into your Dream Team name?
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Lord of the Ings

Show me da Mané

For Fuchs Ake

Tea & Busquets

The Big Lewandowski

Lewandowski bagged a brace against his old side
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Chamakh My Pitch Up

Moves like Agger

2 Goals 1 Cup

The Men Who Stare at Gotze

Mertesacker Emptiness

Now part of the backroom team at Arsenal, his influence of fantasy football is still felt
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HuttonDressedAsLahm

Men Behaving Chadli

Cesc and the City

Absolutely Fabregas

The Neville Wears Prada

Phil Neville is looking pretty dapper these days
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Le Saux Solid Crew

Krul to be Kind

Don’tCallMeSchürrle

Murderonzidanesfloor

50 Shades O’Shea

Is the Irishman the perfect fit for your team name?
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One Flew Over Lukaku’s Nest

Willian Dollar Baby

No Weimann No Cry

Xhaka Khan

Pjanic at the Disco

Thanks to the Bosnian’s name, you have no need to panic about a team name
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Gylfi Pleasures

3 Men and a Bebé

Krul Intentions

Game of Throw-Ins

Dirty Sanchez

Davinson Sanchez could make a name for himself this season – and you could too by creating your Dream Team
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Bayer Neverlusen

Krul and the Gang

Chiellini Con Carne

Dzeko & the Bunnymen

Kroos Control

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Premier League fantasy football tips: 10 bargain strikers you should sign for your Dream Team

22 Jul

The Premier League has returned and managers across the globe are signing up for Dream Team’s free fantasy football game.

Get your XIs in now and you could win you some of the £100,000 prize pot.

If you’re going to get near the money though, you’re going to have to be savvy in the transfer market and even more so when it comes to forwards.

It’s fine picking up expensive star men like Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane – but you might need the odd cheap player so you don’t go over your limit.

Some coaches can find it tricky discovering the best bargains, but never fear, we’re here to help you and have done the research on some of the perfect players for you to pick up.

So which strikers should you be looking at if you need to save some pennies? Find out our top Dream Team tips below and sign up here for a chance to win.



Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) – £3.5m

He’s not going to usurp Sergio Aguero any time soon but he will still get plenty of goals.

He got 17 in all competitions last season, not bad going at all.

Gabriel Jesus enjoyed a prolific season for Manchester City
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Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) – £3.5m

The Red Devils could have another tough campaign in the Premier League, or they could bounce back.

If they do the latter then Rashford, their current main striker, is likely to get the goals for them

Marcus Rashford tries to beat Stefan de Vrij in Man United’s pre-season clash with Inter Milan
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Richarlison (Everton) – £3.0m

He got a fine 13-goal haul last season but was never truly consistent, netting in fits and starts.

Now he could be in for an even better campaign, particularly if the Toffees finally get themselves a centre forward who can score goals, whether it’s a new player of Dominic Calvert-Lewin steps up.

Richarlison celebrates with his medal for winning the Copa America
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Sebastien Haller (West Ham) – £3.0m

Already looking one of the best signings of the summer, Haller could be an exceptional signing.

His haul of 15 goals and nine assists in the Bundesliga showed his all-round talent alongside Luka Jovic, and with help from Ante Rebic at Eintracht Frankfurt.

If he has a similar relationship with Felipe Anderson and Pablo Fornals, the Hammers fans may be laughing all the way into Europe.

Sebastien Haller has become West Ham’s record signing after his move from Eintracht Frankfurt
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Wesley (Aston Villa) – £2.5m

It’s a touch risky spending £22million on a striker from the Belgian top division but he might just do the business.

The Villans seem to reckon he’ll be Christian Benteke 2.0 but can he live up to that?

Wesley celebrates scoring a goal for Club Brugge
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Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) – £2.5m

The English star is now 22-years-old so it’s time he steps up to the plate and starts scoring more goals.

He’s already a handful for defenders but he just needs to add more to his game in terms of hitting the back of the net.

If he does, he’s a steal at £2.5m.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin needs to up his performance in front of goal
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Michy Batshuayi/Tammy Abraham (Chelsea) – £2.0m

It’s best to analyse this as pre-season moves further down the line but whoever looks like getting the staring role is an almost must-have for your XI.

Yes, they have lost Eden Hazard but they still have quality elsewhere to provide them with ammo.

Batshuayi is getting game time in pre-season
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Che Adams (Southampton) – £1.5m

The 23-year-old hit 22 goals and got four assists in the Championship last season.

He really troubled defences in the second tier and you wouldn’t put it past him doing the same in the Premier League too.

Che Adams was in fine form for Birmingham City last campaign
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Lys Mousset (Sheffield United) – £1.0m

At the time of writing, the Frenchman is a club-record signing from Bournemouth.

Three years in the shadows at the Vitality Stadium make you question the deal but was picked up by the Cherries following a nice Ligue 2 campaign with Le Havre.

He’s one for an emergency, or your watchlist.

Mousset has ended his three-year spell with Bournemouth
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Mason Greenwood (Manchester United) – £1.0m

After his goal against Inter Milan, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reiterated he will not loan out the 17-year-old striker.

He won’t be a regular starter but could poach from the bench, especially if Romelu Lukaku leaves.

At the weekend, Solskjaer said: “You can’t send him on loan. He’s ready to be in this squad.

“He’s a natural finisher. He just knows where the ball’s going to end up and land. He’s only 17, but then again why not enjoy it. He’ll get a few to be fair.

“He’s practicing of course but he just knows where the goal is. Sometimes you get players like this and he’s a natural scorer.”

Mason Greenwood scored for Man United against Inter Milan
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Premier League fantasy football tips: 15 bargain midfielders to sign for your Dream Team

20 Jul

Signing up for Dream Team’s free fantasy football game is easy but you need to do it now ahead of tonight’s Premier League opener between Liverpool and Norwich City.

The hard part will be picking a winning team to get one over on your mates in the mini-leagues and thinking of a funny name.

Ryan Fredericks and Ainsley Maitland-Niles are two defensive bargains you could sign in Dream Team fantasy football

Luckily, talkSPORT are here to help with more handy tips for your team.

Depending on your strategy, you’ll need a bargain somewhere in your squad so you can field a selection of Premier League superstars.



The midfield needs to have the right balance of creativity, goals, and reliable performers if you’re going to have a shot at some of the £100,000 prize pot.

So who are the cheap as chips stars who could help you on your way to glory in Dream Team fantasy football? Find out below.

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) – £2.5m

The English youngster can do it all in the centre of the pitch, creating and scoring goals, and he’s vital to Dean Smith’s squad.

If he stays fit, unlike last season, he could pitch up some nice Dream Team points.

A boyhood Villa fan, Grealish will need to continue his fantastic form in the Premier League
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Alireza Jahanbakhsh (Brighton) – £1.0m

He may have been a dud last season after his huge move from AZ Alkmaar – but under Graham Potter he may flourish.

Jahanbakhsh got two assists in the Seagulls’ friendly win over FC Liefering and played in the no.10 role too. He’s a wildcard pick.

Brighton’s Iranian midfielder Alireza Jahanbakhsh
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Pascal Gross (Brighton) – £2.0m

Last season saw a downturn in the German’s effectiveness for the Seagulls.

Now, though, with a new man at the helm we could see him get back to his creative best in the Albion midfield.

His haul of seven goals and eight assists in 2017/18 was superb.

Can Gross get back to his best?
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Dwight McNeil (Burnley) – £1.0m

The 19-year-old Englishman has gone from fringe star to wanted by Juventus in around half a year.

In just 21 appearances last season he managed three goals and five assists for Sean Dyche’s side.

McNeil has interested several clubs this summer after breaking into the Burnley team
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Ross Barkley (Chelsea) – £2.0m

A decent 2018/19 could get better depending on how frequently he’s used by new manager Frank Lampard.

We’ll call this a risky pick for now but he’s worth putting on your watchlist.

Ross Barkley in action for Chelsea
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N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) – £2.5m

In other fantasy football games, the defensive midfielder isn’t worth signing – but with Dream Team he really is.

Getting points for his ratings of 7/10 or above on WhoScored saw him land 65 bonus points and he may do the same again.

Lampard has a truly world class player at his disposal in Kante
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Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) – £3.0m

Another wildcard, many may steer clear of the new signing but we reckon he’s worth a go.

He grabbed two goals and an assist in his last three games at Borussia Dortmund and hit another three at the Gold Cup.

Christian Pulisic is the US national’s team golden boy
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Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) – £2.5m

He starred in the second half of the Foxes’ 2018/19 campaign and could well pick up where he left off after joining permanently.

There is a risk he could drop off but even so he’s a decent bet for points.

Youri Tielemans has been hugely impressive in the Premier League
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Naby Keita (Liverpool) – £2.5m

Keita is another player who, points-wise, was a bit of a dud, but we reckon he could really improve this season.

He may miss a game or two early on but could then really shine in midfield as he did before he got injured at the end of the 2018/19 season.

Keita delivered a man of the match performance against Porto in the Champions League – can he do more of the same?
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Daniel James (Manchester United) – £1.0m

How involved the speedster will be under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is unknown right now.

If we’re honest, though, the price is extremely tempting, even if he’s just a rapid super sub!

New Man United star Daniel James
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Miguel Almiron (Newcastle United) – £2.0m

After impressing with Paraguay at the Copa America, Almiron’s stock is steadily rising.

Magpies fans will be hoping he finally breaks his duck when it comes to goal contributions, and if he does you’ll be laughing to the top of your mini-leagues.

Almiron is a star in the making at St James’ Park
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Emi Buendia (Norwich City) – £2.0m

A set-piece taker for the Canaries, we’re tipping the Argentine 22-year-old to make a splash in the Premier League.

Get on board this bargain early.

Buendia helped secure Norwich’s promotion to the Premier League
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Onel Hernandez (Norwich City) – £2.0m

Like Buendia, Hernandez got a lot of goals and assists in the Championship.

This will, obviously, go down in top flight but his form from the left flank should be considered as you make selections as he got off 2.4 shots per 90 minutes and made 1.9 key passes per 90 last season.

Onel Hernandez in pre-season action for the Canaries
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Moussa Djenepo (Southampton) – £1.0m

In total, the Senegalese youngster got 12 goals and seven assists last season, earning him his Premier League switch from Standard Liege.

The dribbler could be a smart signing for your XI.

Moussa Djenepo signed a four-year contract with Southampton
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Pablo Fornals (West Ham) – £2.5m

Possibly one of the signings of the summer from Villarreal, his goal contributions weren’t huge last year.

But don’t worry about that as in 2017/18 he managed a fine three goals and 12 assists.

If he combines well with Sebastien Haller, the Hammers are going to have a great season – and so will your Dream Team XI.

New boy Pablo Fornals starred for Spain’s Under-21s in the European Championship this summer
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Premier League fantasy football tips: Five bargain goalkeepers you should sign for your Dream Team

18 Jul

Premier League football is back and so is Dream Team fantasy football.

Sign up here if you want to beat your mates, or win some of the £100,000 prize pot.

If you’re going to play you need to have a top defence, as well as a talented attack and no position is more important than that of the goalkeeper.

You only get one, so you don’t want to waste any of your three transfers per month on your shot-stopper.

If you’re going to win big, you need a reliable performer capable of earning the odd Star Man award and regular 7/10 displays on WhoScored to gain vital points.

But managers will also not want to spend too much money so they can spend their £50million budget elsewhere.

So, who are the best bargain goalkeeper in Dream Team? talkSPORT.com have taken a look.

Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea) – £3.5m

If you’re spending bigger bucks on a goalkeeper, the Blues ace is your man.

The only reason £4.0m option Hugo Lloris scored more points than him last year was the Frenchman’s run of penalty saves, meanwhile Frank Lampard’s backline should be stronger with N’Golo Kante likely to play towards his more natural position this term.

Kepa is likely to remain as Chelsea’s no.1 for years to come
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Bernd Leno (Arsenal) – £2.5m

No, we’re not having a moment.

The ex-Bayer Leverkusen shot-stopper isn’t a bad player at all and with more work and possible upgrades this summer we should see an improved defensive output from the Gunners.

Leno will certainly get more points than last season.

Leno has become Arsenal’s no.1 following his arrival last summer
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Lukasz Fabianski (West Ham United) – £2.5m

Only one shot-stopper averaged over 7/10 on WhoScored.com, and that was Polish ace Fabianski.

He might not get heaps of clean sheets, although this could improve with additions to the Hammers, squad but he’s a steady point-scorer.

Fabianski has been a revelation at the London Stadium
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Ralf Fahrmann (Norwich City) – £1.0m

Landing a goalkeeper on loan with eight Bundesliga seasons under their belt is impressive for a newly-promoted side.

Sure, he was displaced at Schalke last season by talented youngster Alexander Nübel but he should be a fine performer at a cheap price.

Fahrmann looks set to be no.1 for Norwich
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Dean Henderson (Sheffield United) – £1.5m

After signing a new contract, Henderson returned to Bramall Lane and we expect him to start.

He’s a fine young talent and one Manchester United really don’t want to lose.

Dean Henderson was in excellent form for Sheffield United last season
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