Premier League fantasy football tips: Ten hidden gems with low ownership to sign for your Dream Team XI

6 Aug

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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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Liverpool: How Jurgen Klopp’s men could line up next season with Raphael Varane and Paulo Dybala but without Sadio Mane

21 Mar

Under the guidance of Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool are slowly but surely becoming one of the biggest clubs in Europe once again.

After blowing Roma and Manchester City away in the Champions League knockout stages last season, the Reds went and dumped Bayern Munich out of this season’s competition in their own back yard.

Although Klopp has spent big to create a team he feels capable of dominating both domestically and Europe, silverware has so far eluded the genial German.

Jurgen Klopp will be keen to avoid yet more final heartache with Liverpool

Defeat in the League Cup and Europa League finals in his first season at Anfield were followed by an implosion during the Champions League final last season against Real Madrid.

In order to rectify this, Klopp spent big in the summer on Fabinho and Alisson Becker, with Naby Keita also finally completing his move to Merseyside.

And, if rumours are to be believed, the former Borussia Dortmund boss will be doing it all over again.

Liverpool are locked in a two-horse race for the Premier League title and face Ajax in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Dybala and Varane clash in the Champions League last season

But the fear of failure once again clearly is motivating Klopp as Italian sources are reporting Paulo Dybala is a serious target.

There are also rumours linking Sadio Mane with a move to Real Madrid to become one of the first if the new breed of ‘Galacticos’ under Zinedine Zidane.

And in order to make the deal happen, Los Blancos are reportedly willing to let Raphael Varane move the other way.

And, according to Goal, Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Pascal Gross has been linked with a £15million move to Anfield in the summer.

But how on earth would Klopp manage to fit all these new names into an already star-studded line up?

Here talkSPORT.com have taken a look at several potential Liverpool teams for next season.

FALSE 9 – INVERTED 4-3-3

At times this season, Liverpool have seemed a touch one-dimensional. After tearing apart so many teams on the break last season, opposition defences soon became savvy to what they had to stop.

By restricting space in behind their backline, opposition teams have frustrated the Reds at times this season.

Mohamed Salah spurned two glorious opportunities against Everton this month

As a result, Mohamed Salah has cut a frustrated figure at times this season. Opposition full-backs have tucked in and played more conservatively against the ‘Egyptian King’.

Klopp has loved playing with three up top since succeeding Brendan Rodgers in 2015 and, despite the fear of losing key man Mane, could still do that.

Pep Guardiola changed the way modern football was played during his time in charge at Barcelona, with no tactical ploy more daring or ingenious than playing without a recognised striker.

The ‘false 9’ as it became known caused havoc as Barcelona won the Champions League with Lionel Messi being given freedom to roam, so much so that Spain used the same formation at Euroe 2012.

With Dybala used in this role, Salah and strike partner Roberto Firmino could well be given more space to operate and centre-backs would become disorientated and confused – a recipe for disaster against Liverpool’s ‘heavy-metal’ football.

Pascal Gross would fit seamlessly into the position currently occupied by veteran James Milner

LOOKING GROSS – 4-2-3-1

While the rumours linking Pascal Gross with a move to Anfield may surprise a few fans, there is certainly logical thinking behind it.

During his debut season in the Premier League last season, Gross scored seven goals and registered eight assists from midfield in a Brighton side not renowned for attacking flair.

While his stats from this season are not as impressive, the former Ingolstadt midfielder is efficient in his work and diligent off the ball.

Having not picked up a booking this season, Gross knows when to put his foot in and when to drift off to cut passing lanes instead.

Gross is a midfielder who does not need stats to justify his value

Reds supporters need to only look at the success of Xherdan Shaqiri and Georginio Wijnaldum to know Klopp has the ability to pluck players from struggling Premier League team and turn them into superstars.

When 4-3-3 has not worked this season, the German has implemented a 4-2-3-1 system which has allowed the Reds to play through the lines more regularly.

With Salah playing the role of front man, defenders will have to limit the space in behind given the 26-year-old’s ability to break offside traps.

With space in front of the defence, Dybala, Gross and Firmino can wreak havoc, and the the German midfielder will be able to swap with Naby Keita should the Guinean make a lung-bursting run beyond the forwards.

Liverpool could find it easier to break teams down with this formation