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Fantasy Premier League Club Guides: Leicester, Liverpool, Man City & Man United

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In today’s edition, we’re looking at Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United.

  1. 1 Leicester City


    Fixtures

    Arsenal (A), Brighton (H), Man United (A), Chelsea (H), Huddersfield (A), Liverpool (A)

    2/5: Four games against the top six as well as two of the promoted sides will be a tough start for Leicester. After a disappointing season this will put them to the bottom of any watch list.

    Main Man – Jamie Vardy (8.5m)

    His party may have hit a speed bump last year, but he had a second wind after Claudio Ranieri was sacked and Craig Shakespeare took over. Watch the performances (and make sure he isn't ousted by Kelechi Iheanacho) during the tough opening weeks and if he's brought his shooting boots then he could be a bargain.

    Defensive Pick – Wes Morgan (4.5m)

    A rock during their title-winning season, he suffered from injuries last year, but is a cheap route into this defence. Hopefully they can rediscover the strength that got them over the line in 2016.

    Gamble Pick – Marc Albrighton (5.5m)

    He has been consistent with two goals in each of the last three seasons and he picks up plenty of assists to supplement that tally. Not a huge return, but that's why he's just 5.5m! He can occasionally be rotated, but he always works his way back into the squad.

    Steer Clear - Riyad Mahrez (8.5m)

    Another possibly controversial pick, but Mahrez could be toxic to Leicester in this campaign. He is still angling for a move away from the King Power Stadium so his heart is not in it. He'll only be a good buy if he realises he'll have to perform to earn that move.

  2. 2 Liverpool


    Fixtures

    Watford (A), Crystal Palace (H), Arsenal (H), Man City (A), Burnley (H), Leicester (A)

    3/5: Two kind home fixtures and some winnable away games mean Liverpool should not be neglected, even if they also have to play a couple of title rivals.

    Main Man – Sadio Mane (9.5m)

    With Philippe Coutinho's move to Barcelona seemingly picking up speed, Liverpool will be relying on Sadio Mane more heavily than ever! Like Wilfried Zaha, his absence was keenly felt during last year's AFCON, which shows just how important he is to the team.

    Defensive Pick – Simon Mignolet (5.0m)

    This was James Milner until Roberto Firmino took a penalty in their last pre-season game, while Milner was still on the pitch. Instead, Simon Mignolet gets the nod after wrestling the number one shirt back from Loris Karius last year and putting in some stellar performances. Expect save points and a steady stream of clean sheets (Liverpool did actually manage 12 last year).

    Gamble Pick – Mohamed Salah (9.0m)

    Salah did not have the best time when he was last in the Premier League. Granted, that was in Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea, which ignored players like Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne, but there is a chance he won't adapt to the Premier League… A small chance!

    Steer Clear – James Milner (6.5m)

    As mentioned above, Milner’s ownership of spot-kick duties is now questionable. That makes him far less appealing as an FPL prospect at that hefty price. If he can get it back from Firmino then he suddenly becomes worth the money again, but how many strikers give away penalty duty?

  3. 3 Manchester City


    Fixtures

    Brighton (A), Everton (H), Bournemouth (A), Liverpool (H), Watford (A), Crystal Palace (H)

    4/5: Potentially difficult home games against the Merseyside teams, but otherwise a string of fixtures they should definitely be winning!

    Main Man – Kevin De Bruyne (10.0m)

    The Premier League’s new assist king, KDB managed 19 on the way to a 199-point season! He is still pulling the strings in pre-season and seems to be the most rotation-proof player in City’s attacking roster.

    Defensive pick – John Stones (5.5m)

    No this is not a typo. John Stones should be lining up alongside Vincent Kompany in City’s back line next season and he provides a cheap route into a defence with a lot of potential. Kompany will also keep him in check so I expect the mistakes to disappear from his game.

    Gamble pick – Gabriel Jesus (10.5m)

    There's a new kid on the block and he seems to have overtaken Sergio Aguero as Pep’s first choice. However, Aguero is not going to be pushed out without a fight so expect rotation, or the goals to be shared if they do start together.

    Steer Clear – Leroy Sane (8.5m)

    One of my favourite players from last year is now one to avoid due to new signings and new formations. He previously featured on the left of a 4-3-3, but a switch to 3-5-2 has given him added defensive responsibilities as a wing back. Add in rotation with David Silva, KDB, Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling and suddenly 8.5m looks pricey!

  4. 4 Manchester United


    Fixtures

    West Ham (H), Swansea (A), Leicester (H), Stoke (A), Everton (H), Southampton (A)

    4/5: Man United don't have to face any of last year's top six in the opening fixtures and their toughest game is Everton at Old Trafford. I expect Mourinho will demand nothing short of a perfect start from his side.

    Main Man – Romelu Lukaku (11.5m)

    £75m may not buy you as much as it used to, but Lukaku is a world class striker and still only 24! He will now be the focal point of Mourinho’s attack and should improve on his goal tally from previous years. He should be worth every penny!

    Defensive Pick – David de Gea (5.5m)

    Mourinho’s defence may change more often than the English weather, but David de Gea is constant. He is one of the best goalkeepers in the world and a good way into a Mourinho defence. Are there any better options between the sticks?

    Gamble Pick – Paul Pogba (8.0m)

    One of the most expensive players in the world, but last year was almost a disappointment as he managed just five goals and four assists, although he can control a game from midfield. The arrival of Nemanja Matic should free him up, but will he be allowed to rampage forward?

    Steer Clear – Luke Shaw (5.0m)

    This could be any defender really as Mourinho likes to mix it up every week, but Luke Shaw especially is one to avoid. You get the feeling he is the butt of every one of Mourinho’s jokes and it's likely he'll move on soon.

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Jono Forwood

I'm football mad and I have been bitten by the FPL bug and can't get enough of it! I've finished inside the top 40k twice and managed to finish in the top 20k in 2014/15. I'm also a fan of draft FPL leagues, I've played in Togga leagues for 4 years and I'm looking forward to the new FPL draft leagues!

I'm a West Ham fan (obvious glutton for punishment) and so excited by the prospect of the new season with our summer signings!

Fantasy Premier League Club Guides: Leicester, Liverpool, Man City & Man United

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