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Get ready for FPL Gameweek 1 and the start of the Premier League season

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Here's who to look at for Gameweek 1.

Latest - GW1 Team News

If you weren't sure about Ivan Toney's availability for Brentford's opener, fear not!

Manager Thomas Frank has confirmed Toney will start in Brentford's first Premier League game as they face Mikel Arteta's Arsenal.

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Elsewhere, Emiliano Buendia has overcome a knock and is available for Aston Villa in their first game.

The creative midfielder could be a serious points winner this season and is available for £6.5.

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GW1 Fixtures

Friday, 13 August

Brentford v Arsenal

Saturday, 14 August

Manchester United v Leeds United

Burnley v Brighton

Chelsea v Crystal Palace

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Everton v Southampton

Leicester City v Wolverhampton

Watford v Aston Villa

Norwich City v Liverpool

Sunday, 15 August

Newcastle United v West Ham United

Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City

Gameweek 1 Deadline: Friday, 13 August at 1:30pm ET / 6:30pm BST

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Goalkeepers

Some favourable early fixtures are dictating our goalkeeper picks as these guys ended last season in splendid form.

Star Signing – Emiliano Martinez (£5.5m)

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CHAMPION - Martinez helped his country to South American glory

You can’t go wrong with last season’s top FPL goalkeeper.

Emiliano Martinez is fresh off the back of helping Argentine win the Copa America so will be full of confidence going into Aston Villa’s opening games.

Bargain Buy – Robert Sanchez (£4.5m)

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UNDERDOG - Sanchez could go under the radar early this season

With games against Burnley, Watford, and Brentford in their opening four fixtures, Brighton’s defence could continue their miserly form from last season.

Called up to the Spanish squad for Euro 2020, Robert Sanchez is one of the most promising young keepers around and is a strong contender for our top GK pick.

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Defenders

It is not just about keeping clean sheets when it comes to defenders, you want action at both ends!

Star Signing – Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m)

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ATTACK FIRST - Trent's first thought is always to get forward

Despite the likes of Luke Shaw and Joao Cancelo being available, Trent Alexander-Arnold is still the main man for your FPL defence.

Liverpool will surely bounce back after a disappointing season in 2020/21, and Alexander-Arnold will likely be a key player once again.

Bargain Buy – Vladimir Coufal (£5.0m)

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BOX TO BOX - Coufal enjoyed a terrific first season in the Premier League

Brighton’s Tariq Lamptey is certainly one to keep an eye on once he gets back to full fitness, but our bargain buy for GW1 is Vladimir Coufal.

There is an unusual sense of calm around West Ham, something David Moyes has brought to the club in his second stint, so we are backing them to go well again.

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Midfielders

It’s goals you are looking for in midfield so the usual suspects are involved.

Star Signing – Mohamed Salah (£12.5m)

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GUARANTEED GOALS - Will Salah give Norwich the Suarez treatment

Opening games against Norwich and Burnley make Mohamed Salah a no-brainer, and he is a strong contender for the captain’s armband too.

Man Utd open up against Leeds and Southampton, so new boy Jadon Sancho could be worth a punt too.

Bargain Buy – Jack Harrison (£6.0m)

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GREAT VALUE - Harrison is a crucial member of Leeds' midfield

For just £6.0m you can add Leeds star Jack Harrison to your team!

This is an absolute bargain as he bagged 160 points last season and always seems to contribute for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

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Forwards

There are some uncertainties about where Harry Kane will be playing his football next season, but his goal output should never be in doubt.

Star Signing – Harry Kane (£12.5m)

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GOAL MACHINE - Kane is one of the world's very best

Whether he remains at Spurs or makes the switch to Man City, Harry Kane will bag goals.

Left foot, right, foot, or with his head, Kane is a machine and you would be a fool to leave him out.

Bargain Buy – Ollie Watkins (£7.5m)

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SECOND SEASON - Can Watkins replicate his form in 2021/22

After a stunning first season in the Premier League, we think Ollie Watkins will be back at it in the opening rounds of the season.

Cheaper alternatives include Brentford’s Ivan Toney (£6.5) and Watford wonderkid Joao Pedro (£5.5), although watch out for Eddie Nketiah (£5.5) who has looked sharp in pre-season.

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