Fantasy Premier League tips: Five players you must sign for Gameweek 5, including Burnley, Man City and Tottenham stars

12 Sep

Fantasy Premier League is back this weekend after a long fortnight of international football.

Managers from around the country are already tinkering their teams ahead of Gameweek 5 in the hope of stretching their lead or making up ground in their mini-league standings.

We tipped Vardy last week and he bagged a double as Leicester breezed past Bournemouth
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Last Gameweek, talkSPORT.com gave you some superb tips, with four of our selections delivering the goods with some fine displays.

Daniel James, Jamie Vardy, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Sebastien Haller all returned points for their owners, so let’s hope our tips have the same success this week.

So who should you think about bringing in this week? talkSPORT.com has identified five must-haves for Gameweek 5.

Have a look at our verdict below…


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Kevin de Bruyne (£9.8m)

After an injury-struck 2018/19, De Bruyne is now back to his blistering best and that was clear for all to see over the international break.

The Belgian was unplayable against Scotland, picking up a goal and three assists in a faultless display.

The dynamic playmaker remarkably has SIX assists already to his name this season, and with Norwich up next, he is certainly a must-have in your XI for the weekend.

Whether that means downgrading a premium striker to fit him in, or even replacing a Liverpool asset in Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, bringing in De Bruyne should be a top priority because at just £9.8m, the 28-year-old represents incredible value.

His price will only rise and rise should he remain injury-free for the rest of the campaign.

De Bruyne is in red-hot form
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Erik Lamela (£6.0m)

Tottenham have had a mixed bag of results so far this season, with a disappointing defeat to Newcastle coming in between of two hard-fought draws with Arsenal and Man City.

However, Spurs now have a kind run of fixtures and the perfect opportunity to get a good run of results together.

In Gameweek 5, Pochettino’s men face Crystal Palace at home, who they have defeated eight times in eight Premier League fixtures.

Lamela has been a bright spark for Spurs this season despite their dodgy early form showings.

The Argentine has already scored once and assisted twice in four games and has somewhat gone under the radar as an FPL asset, with just three per cent of managers owning the winger.

Therefore, taking a risk on the 27-year-old could be the perfect move to make some ground over your rivals.

Lamela’s early season form has gone under the radar

Erik Pieters (£4.6)

Full-back Pieters already has two assists to his name this season – the joint most of any defender so far.

Burnley have extremely favourable fixtures in the shape of Brighton, Norwich, Aston Villa, Everton and Leicester in the next five Gameweeks, and now could be the perfect time to invest in the defender who costs well under £5m.

Furthermore, the Clarets’ defence has looked reasonably rigid, conceding just six goals in their first four games despite already facing Liverpool and Arsenal.

Pieters’ transfer went under the radar over the summer
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Callum Wilson (£7.8m)

Following on from his brilliant campaign last term, Wilson is once again proving to be a big handful for opposition defences.

The Englishman has been a constant threat in every game so far, and although he has only netted once he looks like he will get many more in the coming weeks.

The Cherries face Everton, Southampton and West Ham next and you’d back Wilson to get at least one clean-cut chance in those games.

He is owned by under ten per cent of managers and would represent a great alternative pick up front in your team.

Wilson has picked up where he left off from last season
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Callum Robinson (£5.3m)

Robinson has operated in a striker role for Sheffield United in the opening 4 Gameweeks, after completing a move from Preston North End in the summer.

The Irishman was central to all of the Blades’ success against Chelsea, scoring the goal to equalise the match.

He has been on great form so far this campaign, and with a home fixture against Southampton next now might be the perfect time to put him in your XI.

Having netted 12 goals in 27 appearances in the Championship last season, Robinson could be one of the best value picks of the season, with his price currently at £5.3m.

Robinson scored at Stamford Bridge
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Fantasy Premier League tips: Five players you must sign for Gameweek 3, including Man United, Arsenal and Chelsea stars

23 Aug

The Premier League season is well and truly underway and Fantasy Premier League managers have already started tinkering their teams ahead of Gameweek 3.

In Gameweek 1, there were some massive scores flying about, with the three big hitters Harry Kane, Mohamed Salah and Raheem Sterling all delivering the goods.

However, last weekend couldn’t have been more different, with Kane and Salah failing to register a goal or an assist and Sterling delivering a solitary goal and picking up a booking along the way.

FPL is well and truly underway but Paul Pogba will have cost you points last week due to his missed penalty

Given the unpredictability of the Premier League, who knows which players will shine in Gameweek 3 – but we’re here to lend you a helping hand.

talkSPORT.com has assessed the form and fixtures of several players and identified five must haves for the upcoming weekend and beyond.

Have a look at our verdict below…


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John Lundstram (£4.1m)

Lundstram scored the winner for Sheffield United on the weekend bagged full bonus
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Sheffield United’s Lundstram reeks of the Aaron Wan-Bissaka of the 2019/20 season and he could well be your best value acquisition of the season should you snap him up.

The Englishman bagged the Blades’ only goal to secure his side’s first victory of the campaign, picking up maximum bonus points in the process.

What’s more attractive to FPL managers is that he is listed as a defender on the game when he is actually a midfielder – meaning he will pick up more points for goals and assists.

Unfortunately for many managers last weekend, 69 per cent of his owners benched him for his 11 point haul – but at that price he is surely a no brainer..

Leandro Trossard (£6m)

Trossard is expected to have a big season at the Amex
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Brighton’s new summer signing has had a superb start to the Premier League season.

He had a goal ruled out by VAR but made sure to please his owners by netting shortly after.

Trossard looks like a real prospect and although he plays in a Brighton side many are backing to struggle this term, his 0.8 per cent ownership represents a real shout for a differential option in your XI.

Brighton have favourable fixtures, with Southampton and Burnley coming either side of a trip to Premier League champions Man City, where you could keep him on the bench.

Dani Ceballos (£5.6m)

Ceballos stole the show on his home debut
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Arsenal’s new signing Ceballos was one of the players of Gameweek 2 after starring in their 2-1 victory over Burnley.

The Spanish playmaker picked up two assists and took most of the set pieces –  which will surely see him rack up plenty more points this season.

His style of play is reminiscent of a blend of both Cesc Fabregas and Santi Cazorla – and at just £5.6m he could be a real snip in your team.

One thing to consider, however, is that Arsenal face the in-form Liverpool and Spurs next – so you may wish to hold off to see if he can deliver in the big games before making a move.

Anthony Martial (7.6m)

Martial looks to be a real steal in FPL at £7.6m
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems to have a clear idea of how he sees his line-up this season and Martial is seemingly set to occupy the No.9 spot for the season.

The Frenchman found the net once more against Wolves in Gameweek 2 and he is turning into a must-have for the coming gameweeks, especially given the fact he is listed as a midfielder.

With Crystal Palace (H), Southampton (A), and Leicester (H) up next, you’d be a fool not to consider putting the Red Devils forward in your XI.

Mason Mount (£6m)

Mount celebrates after firing Chelsea ahead on the weekend
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Mount netted his first Chelsea goal on the weekend and he looked a real threat in Chelsea’s midfield in the first-half, playing some nice passes and getting into some dangerous positions on the field.

At just £6m he could be a great differential in your XI, with 3.8 per cent of managers currently owning the Blues youngster.

Chelsea have had two tough opening fixtures but now they face Norwich (A) and Sheffield United (H) before travelling to the Midlands to face Wolves.

It may be worth taking a punt on the playmaker as Frank Lampard continues to give him a run in the first-team – as he is clearly a special talent.

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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 tips: 10 best new signings to pick ahead of Gameweek One on Dream Team

7 Aug

Fantasy Football finally returns this week after a summer absence and there’s still time to sign up and create your Dream Team here.

Managers across the globe will be frantically logging on to make last minute changes to ensure they get bragging rights over their mates.

Who will you transfer in and out of your Fantasy Premier League team?

While everyone will want to ensure they get some of the best-performing stars from last year into their team, there is an influx of new players available.

Not only do Aston Villa, Norwich City and Sheffield United possess a wealth of talent, but there have also been a host of new signings made across the division.

There are also players from last year who are expected to kick on after exceptional previous campaigns, even surpassing the score they racked up last time out.

It’s easy picking out the men likely to get you the most points as they’re usually the stars who are the most expensive.

But you may also need the odd cheap player in your ranks so you can keep to the £50m budget and, depending on your game plan, you might need a few.

So who should you be looking to sign before the start of the season? Below, talkSPORT.com has identified 10 stars you should definitely consider putting into your team before the transfer deadline.

Richarlison (Everton)

Richarlison enjoyed a terrific debut season at Goodison Park
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Everton have a very welcoming set of fixtures back into Premier League action, meaning Richarlison should definitely be in your team. No other side has managed to avoid all of last season’s big six in their opening six games.

In fact, it is not until Game week 7 when the Toffees face champions Manchester City that we will see Marco Silva’s side really tested.

At just £8.0m, the Brazil international is certainly worth a punt, considering he produced three goals in his first two matches of 2018/19, including a 14-point haul away against Wolverhampton Wanderers in Gameweek 1.

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

Sterling has already scored in one final this season
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One of the hardest decisions in the game is deciding where to spend your money. When you go big, you want it to be worth it.

Spending your transfer budget on three players will leave your bench too sparse, so pick Sterling and save yourself the trouble.

The England international racked up 234 points last season and has been deployed as a central striker by Pep Guardiola throughout pre-season – meaning the £12.0m is a sound investment.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)

The England international is a creative influence for the Reds
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Trent Alexander-Arnold enjoyed a remarkable season in 2018/19, culminating in a Champions League winner’s medal. He want’s bad in the Premier League either, scoring once and making 13 assists.

That helped him to 6.4 points per match (ppm), the third-highest average among regular starters in FPL, as well as his 16 clean sheets.

The £7.0m man also had 20 shots at Anfield last season, surpassed only by Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Jota was one of the surprise stars of the season last time out
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After a slow start to last season, Jota switched from a left-wing role and began to reap the benefits from a central position.

Alongside Raul Jimenez, the 22-year-old from Portugal scored nine goals and supplying seven assists in 20 subsequent appearances.

At £6.5m, he is cheaper than his club teammate, but equally as vital to Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa)

Villa will be relying on their talisman this season
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The Villa captain was vital for Dean Smith, helping the former European champions achieve promotion via the play-offs and even more will be expected of the midfielder.

Despite missing many games through injury, Grealish still managed six goals and seven assists last season.

At £6.0m and with a relatively easy schedule for Villa for their Premier League return, the 23-year-old is definitely worth considering for your team.

Alisson (Liverpool)

Alisson was superb for the Reds last season
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After a record-breaking move to Anfield, Alisson outlined his importance to the Reds by keeping 21 clean sheets and earning the Premier League Golden Glove.

Investing in a solid goalkeeper is crucial for success and, although Alisson is still costly at £6.0m, he justified his price with 176 points last season, finishing as the top-scoring custodian in FPL.

After finishing so close to Manchester City last season, the Brazil international will be as hungry as his teammates to ensure the trophy is finally adorned with the red ribbons of Liverpool come May.

James Maddison (Leicester City)

No player created more chances than the Leicester City star last season
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When it comes to set-piece specialists in the Premier League, few would argue Maddison’s position as no.1. At Leicester, he takes all the corners, is second to Jamie Vardy for penalty duty and also scored three direct free-kicks.

Maddison created 100 chances in his debut season in the Premier League and he was rather unfortunate to get just seven assists.

At £7.0m, expect to see the England Under-21 international carry on where he left off and continue to be a driving force for the Foxes alongside Youri Tielemans.

Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur)

Moura is even more important for Spurs after Dele Alli‘s injury
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Dele Alli is unlikely to be fit for the start of the season, meaning Lucas Moura will be given a starting berth after a terrific pre-season campaign.

Although classed as a midfielder in the game, Moura is likely to start in a more advanced role for Spurs and he scored ten goals and got two assists last time out.

At £7.5m, it is certainly a gamble to put him into your side, but the Brazilian popped up with vital goals in the Premier League and in Europe last season.

Che Adams (Southampton)

The former Birmingham City striker could be a surprise package in the Premier League
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After 22 goals and four assists in the Championship last season, critics doubted whether or not the 23-year-old could replicate the feat in the Premier League.

But Adams less than two minutes into his debut, in a 1-1 draw with Austrian outfit SCR Altach in mid-July.He then took less than 60 seconds to find the net in his next appearance and he needed only six minutes to fire in his third goal in as many starts in a 3-1 win over Feyenoord last weekend.

He can prove to be a huge difference for the start of the season at just £6.0m.

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)

Zaha will be desperate to prove he is worthy of a move to a big club
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The Ivory Coast international failed to get a move away so far this summer, despite bids from Arsenal and Everton.

Zaha has been put back into his original position of midfielder for his season and has a point to prove after declaring his desire to play in the Champions League.

The £7.0m forward produced 10 goals and 11 assists in the previous campaign, the first time he has recorded double figures for both statistics.

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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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Every Premier League club’s squad value, according to Fantasy Premier League

7 Jul

Managers across the globe are tinkering and tweaking their Fantasy Premier League squads as the new season approaches.

It’s all about getting the balance right with expensive stars and quality bargains make up your 15-man team.

But which Premier League clubs have the most valuable groups, according to FPL?

talkSPORT.com have done the maths and worked out the figures, while providing the average value a player from each team too.

*All values correct at 12pm on July 5.

20. Sheffield United – 16 Players

Squad Value – £77m

Average Value – £4.8m

19. Aston Villa – 18 Players

Squad Value – £89m

Average Value – £4.9m

18. Crystal Palace – 18 Players

Squad Value – £94.5m

Average Value – £5.25m

Eagles ace Wilfried Zaha is their joint-most expensive player at £7million
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17. Wolverhampton Wanderers – 20 Players

Squad Value – £102.5m

Average Value – £5.1m

16. Norwich City – 21 Players

Squad Value – £104.5m

Average Value – £5.0m

15. Everton – 19 Players

Squad Value – £108m

Average Value – £5.7m

Andre Gomes has signed permanently with Everton and is worth £5.5million on FPL
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14. Brighton and Hove Albion – 22 Players

Squad Value – £110.5m

Average Value – £5.02m

13. Burnley – 21 Players

Squad Value – £112m

Average Value – £5.3m

12. Newcastle United – 21 Players

Squad Value – £114m

Average Value – £5.4m

Matt Ritchie is now listed as a defender and worth £5.5million
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11. Watford – 24 Players

Squad Value – £120m

Average Value – £5.0m

10. Chelsea – 21 Players

Squad Value – £121.5m

Average Value – £5.8m

Olivier Giroud is currently the only striker in Chelsea’s Fantasy Premier League squad
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9. Leicester City – 23 Players

Squad Value – £122.5m

Average Value – £5.3m

8. Arsenal – 22 Players

Squad Value – £124m

Average Value – £5.65m

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored 31 goals in all competitions for Arsenal last season and is worth £11million bringing up Arsenal’s average player value
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7. Bournemouth– 25 Players

Squad Value – £128.5m

Average Value – £5.14m

6. West Ham United – 25 Players

Squad Value – £129.5m

Average Value – £5.2m

5. Southampton – 26 Players

Squad Value – £131m

Average Value – £5.0m

4. Liverpool – 21 Players

Squad Value – £138m

Average Value – £6.6m

At £12.5million Mohamed Salah is the most expensive player in the Fantasy Premier League
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3. Tottenham Hotspur – 25 Players

Squad Value – £149.5m

Average Value – £6.0m

Dele Alli was less productive in front of goal and is now worth just £8.5million
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2. Manchester City – 22 Players

Squad Value – £154.5m

Average Value – £7.0m

1. Manchester United – 29 Players

Squad Value – £159.5m

Average Value – £5.6m

The Red Devils have a bloated FPL squad which means they have the most valuable squad
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Fantasy Premier League prices: Most expensive players revealed, including Liverpool, Arsenal, and Tottenham stars

27 Jun

Fantasy Premier League is back!

It’s the game that grips not only the nation but the whole globe and millions of fans can now pick their teams ahead of the 2019/20 season.

How much will point-scoring machine Mohamed Salah set you back this year?
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Having treated supporters to some tantalising price teases, the FPL has now been fully launched.

Players around the world can not set up their squads with their £100million budget and pick a suitably hilarious name for their selection of superstars.

If you want a great club, you’re going to have to sign one or two big money men – but who are the most expensive players up for grabs in every position?

You can find out below.

Goalkeepers

Allison (Liverpool) – £6m

Ederson (Manchester City) – £6m

Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea) – £5.5m

Kepa had a promising season for Chelsea between the sticks, despite his disagreement with Maurizio Sarri during the Carabao Cup final
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Jordan Pickford (Everton) – £5.5m

David de Gea (Manchester United) – £5.5m

Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) – £5.5m

Defenders

Andrew Robertson (Liverpool) – £7m

Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) – £7m

Trent Alexander-Arnold won his first piece of silverware as a Liverpool player when they triumphed in the Champions League
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Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) – £6.5m

Virgil van Dijk  (Liverpool) – £6.5m

Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City) – £6.5m

Midfielders

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – £12.5m

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – £12m

Raheem Sterling was sensational again for Man City as they sneaked to a Premier League title win ahead of Liverpool
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Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – £11.5m

Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – £9.5m

Leroy Sane (Manchester City) – £9.5m

Heung-Min Son (Tottenham Hotspur) – £9.5m

At points last season Son was one of the best players in the Premier League
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Forwards

Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – £12.5m

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) – £11m

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored 31 goals in all competitions for Arsenal last season
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Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) – £11m

Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) – £9.5m

Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – £9.5m

Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) – £9.5m

Fantasy Premier League prices: Liverpool star has shock drop as aces have fees revealed

27 Jun

Fantasy Premier League is back! Well, almost.

Just days ahead of the full launch of the 2019/20 season we’re seeing FPL price reveals happening on Twitter.

FPL bosses with Fraser were happy with his production last season as one of the best buys around
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These teasers have got fans salivating at the thought of the new squads and just how they might spend the £100million given to each manager.

Last year we saw Ryan Fraser emerge as one of the season’s biggest bargains.

The Bournemouth ace initially cost £5.5million but his seven goals and 14 assists saw him used by most players at least once across the campaign, so excellent was his form.

And Scottish winger Fraser, linked with a summer switch to Arsenal, was one of the first men to have his price revealed for the new campaign.

He, along with four others, had theirs announced on June 26, while even more are having them announced.

You can see the first price reveals below, including a Liverpool player with a surprising drop in value.

Lukasz Fabianski (West Ham United)

2019/20: £5m

2018/19: £4.5m

Fabianski has been a revelation at the London Stadium
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Andrew Robertson (Liverpool)

2019/20: £7m

2018/19: £6m

Robertson is one of the world’s best full-backs
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Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) – Now a defender

2019/20: £5.5m

2018/19: £6m

Matt Ritchie was played at left-back for Newcastle last season
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Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth)

2019/20: £7.5m

2018/19: £5.5m

Fraser has been linked to Arsenal after a stellar campaign in 2018/19
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Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City)

2019/20: £6m

2018/19: £5m

Ricardo Pereira performances have repaid his £25million fee
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Jack Grealish (Aston Villa)

2019/20: £6m

2018/19: N/A

Jack Grealish was rewarded for remaining with Villa by promotion to the Premier League
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Callum Wilson (Bournemouth)

2019/20: £8m

2018/19: £6m

Now an England international Callum Wilson has put his injury woes behind him
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Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

2019/20: £12.5m

2018/19: £13m

Salah helped Liverpool lift their sixth major European trophy in Madrid but has seen his FPL price drop
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Teemu Pukki (Norwich City)

2019/20: £6.5m

2018/19: N/A

Pukki was the Championship’s top scorer
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Fantasy Premier League tips: Transfer advice for Gameweek 38, including Tottenham, Manchester City, and Newcastle stars

10 May

The end is here. The Premier League season will see its last matches of the campaign played on Sunday – and the title is still up for grabs.

Manchester City and Liverpool aren’t the only ones playing for one though, with fans across the world seeking to win their mini-leagues in the Fantasy Premier league.

Jurgen Klopp was overcome with joy following his side’s incredible victory over Barcelona – can you do a similar job this weekend in the Fantasy Premier League

There will be plenty of points up for grabs, not just three, so you can see chase down your rivals for silverware.

It will be tough but there are some handy fixtures coming up and you’ll need to make the right moves in the market if you’re going to have any success .

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Managers are only allowed a maximum three players from one Premier League team, so this week we’ll be giving our top tips rather than our ins and outs.

So here at talkSPORT.com we’ve picked out the players you should be looking at, featuring some fresh faces as well as trusty old favourites.

In: Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) – £7.8m

Arguably one of the most in-form players in the Premier League, the Portuguese right winger has been making fools of defenders and he could do it again on the final weekend.

He will have a tough opponent in Brighton youngster Bernardo, who has plenty of potential to improve with the Seagulls but Silva should have the upper hand, especially with the Premier League title on the line.

Bernardo Silva celebrates scoring the opener against Manchester United at Old Trafford

In: Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) – £6.3m

The Scottish attacking midfielder could well be playing in his last game for the Cherries this weekend.

Fraser will take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park knowing he has just one year left on his current contract and could well be sold off with his value high after an excellent season.

Arsenal, reportedly, are keen and the 25-year-old could well put on a show.

Ryan Fraser is attracting interest from Arsenal

In: Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur) – £6.8m

How do you follow his Champions League heroics in midweek? Well, by making sure Spurs are in the competition next year with goals and assists against Everton.

There is a chance he could get a rest, so we do urge caution, but given the club’s injury worries we doubt Lucas will get one. Unless Mauricio Pochettino decides it’s time for Vincent Janssen to shine at their new stadium.

Lucas Moura celebrates completing his hat-trick in Amsterdam

In: Salomon Rondon (Newcastle United) – £5.9m

In the final game of his loan spell at St James’ Park, Rondon is still playing for his future despite winning the club’s Player of the Year award.

If Benitez stays, he could well sign up the Venezuelan star but until then he has just one more match.

Luckily for him it’s against Fulham who, despite some recent wins, have a poor defence and may not be able to handle his physical presence.

Salomon Rondon celebrates scoring for Newcastle against Liverpool

In: Nathan Redmond (Southampton) – £5.5m

The Saint is wildly erratic when it comes to form but Ralph Hasenhuttl’s improved side could well be up for it against relegated Huddersfield.

The Terriers had their swan song against Manchester United so we don’t expect them to put up much of a fight and the English attacker could take advantage.

Nathan Redmond skips past a challenge

In: Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton) – £7.4m

You might think the Toffees have nothing to play for but the Icelandic international is looking to do himself proud against former club Tottenham on Sunday.

The midfield was sold off by Spurs and he may have looked at their Champions League heroics with a pang of regret given he played alongside some of their current stars.

Travelling to their new stadium with the chance of giving Arsenal a shock fourth place finish might get him going too. He’s wildcard but one you might need on the final weekend.

Everton players celebrate with Gylfi Sigurdsson.

 

Fantasy Premier League tips: Transfer advice for Gameweek 37, including Paul Pogba and Alexandre Lacazette

3 May

With just two games to go, there is so much to play for in Fantasy Premier League in mini-leagues across the globe.

You’re unlikely to have any chips left, while it may be worth taking a four point hit on one to make sure you can bring in the best players for your squad.

Like Mauricio Pochettino, you’ve probably got some selection headaches right now

It’s tough but there are some handy fixtures coming up and you’ll need to make the right moves in the market if you’re going to have any success this weekend.

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Managers are only allowed a maximum three players from one Premier League team, so this week we’ll be giving our top tips rather than our ins and outs.

So here at talkSPORT.com we’ve picked out the players you should be looking at, featuring some fresh faces as well as trusty old favourites.

In: Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) – £6.9m

The Ivorian has been inconsistent this season when it comes to FPL points but matches with Cardiff City and Bournemouth coming up he’s got the potential to grab a few through goals or assists.

Wilfried Zaha was at his best against Arsenal

In: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – £11.9m

A Premier League title is on the line so expect the Argentine to be going all-out for goals.

He’s also got a chance of winning the Golden Boot so we can only imagine everything will be guided into his feet against Leicester City and Brighton and Hove Albion.

Pep Guardiola heaped huge praise on Sergio Aguero after his winner against Burnley

In: Paul Pogba (Manchester United) – £8.5m

If the Frenchman cannot raise his game for matches against Huddersfield Town and Cardiff City then his time at Old Trafford is surely up.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs two wins or many will be questioning the decision to appoint him, even more than they currently are.

Paul Pogba’s form has dipped in recent months

In: Shane Long (Southampton) – £4.7m

Four goals in five games show how the Irish speedster has been brought back to life by Ralph Hasenhuttl.

Matches with West Ham United and Huddersfield could also prove productive as he aims to book himself a spot in the Saints squad next season.

Shane Long helped the Saints retain their Premier League status for next season

In: Heung-Min Son (Tottenham Hotspur) – £8.8m

The only player who will be a certainty to face Bournemouth on Saturday, he’s previously netted three goals against the Cherries.

He will be vital for Spurs as they look to seal a top four spot with victory over Saturday’s opponents.

Tottenham star Son Heung-min has been superb this season

In: Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) – £9.4m

A little off-form when it comes to the Premier League but the French ace looks set to fire the Gunners to a Europa League final.

Victory over Valencia is likely to have given them a confidence boost and could result in goals a plenty against Brighton and Burnley.

Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette celebrates scoring this season