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In today’s edition, we’re looking at Newcastle United, Southampton, Stoke City and Swansea City.
Spurs (H), Huddersfield (A), West Ham (H), Swansea (A), Stoke (H), Brighton (A)
4/5: After a difficult opening fixture against Spurs it gets a lot better for Newcastle with matches against both of the other promoted sides and no more games against sides from last year's top ten.
Main Man – Matt Ritchie (6.0m)
12 goals and seven assists last season meant Ritchie was just as vital to the promotion push as 23-goal man Gayle. The difference is that he has done that in the Premier League as well, notching four goals and eight assists for Bournemouth in 2015/16. Excellent fourth midfielder potential.
Defensive Pick – Rob Elliot (4.0m)
Due to an injury, Elliot spent most of last season out of the first team, therefore he has been priced at a budget friendly 4.0m. However, he should be Newcastle’s first choice, so he is every FPL manager’s dream!
Gamble Pick – Dwight Gayle (6.5m)
Last season Gayle enjoyed life in the Championship, smashing in 23 goals in 32 matches! The big question is whether or not he can transfer this to the Premier League as he has had little success in previous seasons (15 goals in three seasons at Crystal Palace).
Steer Clear – Aleksandar Mitrovic (5.0m)
Despite dropping down a division, Mitrovic only managed six goals in 29 appearances. He is behind Gayle in the pecking order so will spend a lot of time on the bench, and when he does come on, there is the strong possibility of a red card (he received two in Newcastle's relegation season).
Swansea (H), West Ham (H), Huddersfield (A), Watford (H), Crystal Palace (A), Man United (H)
5/5: Four home fixtures in the first six weeks and Man United are the only side from last season's top half. If you look further ahead they don't play any more of the big six until GW12!
Main Man – Manolo Gabbiadini (7.0m)
Everybody's least favourite FPL troll from last year after his dismal performances in Southampton’s back-to-back double game weeks. But forgive and forget is a good motto for FPL, as if Gabbiadini is the Saints' first choice striker this season then he could start with a bang!
Defensive Pick – Maya Yoshida (5.0m)
If he was definitely in line to start next Saturday, it would be Cedric Soares, but Yoshida gets the nod due to the Portuguese's efforts at the Confederations Cup. A strong centre-back with a knack for picking up bonus points, Yoshida should be in your starting line up for GW1.
Gamble Pick – Dusan Tadic (6.5m)
Tadic’s stats from the last few seasons suggest a man who scores and assists for fun. Instead he is occasionally rotated and only scored over 150 points once (which was skewed by that 8-0 win over Sunderland). One day he should come good, and if that's this season he will be a steal at 6.5m.
Steer Clear – Shane Long (6.0m)
Southampton’s Merry-Go-Round of strikers is a pain for FPL managers as any of them could start and score. However, Shane Long appears to have fallen behind Charlie Austin and Gabbiadini, so it's better to spend a little more on either of those players if you want a Southampton striker.
Everton (A), Arsenal (H), West Brom (A), Man United (H), Newcastle (A), Chelsea (H)
1/5: The Potters traditionally start slowly and this fixture list is not going to help change that. They're playing three of last season’s top six, plus Everton, and a game away to West Brom does not imply heavy FPL investment.
Main Man – Xherdan Shaqiri (6.0m)
I've lost count of how many times I've talked about Stoke’s inconsistency, and Xherdan Shaqiri is a one man Yo-Yo. When he is on his game, he can be unplayable and he has scored some incredible goals. For 6.0m that's acceptable, especially now he's the centre of attention after Marko Arnautovic left.
Defensive Pick – Jack Butland (5.0m)
Always on the fringes of becoming one of the best goalkeepers in the league, Jack Butland has been held back by injury issues. However, when he was fit he would regularly pick up save points and bonus points as he single-handedly kept Stoke in matches.
Gamble Pick – Saido Berahino (6.0m)
Always seen as ‘the next big thing’ that never quite took that step. His progress was hindered by his own stupidity and Tony Pulis’ stubbornness at West Brom and Stoke could give him a new lease of life. Or he could struggle to score goals and make an impact, thus drifting into further obscurity.
Steer Clear – Kurt Zouma (5.5m)
I was shocked when Kurt Zouma was sent out on loan. He looked like a future star at Chelsea before his injury, but seems to have been squeezed out during his long absence. I sincerely hope he will thrive at Stoke, but 5.5m is too much for a defender from the Potters.
Southampton (A), Man United (H), Crystal Palace (A), Newcastle (H), Spurs (A), Watford (H)
3/5: Fixtures against two of last year's top six are balanced out by some very winnable home games, and two away games where anything could happen!
Main Man – Gylfi Sigurdsson (8.5m)
Everybody’s favourite mid-priced, midfield maestro got a price boost over the summer. It's hardly surprising considering his faultless consistency; three consecutive 150+ points seasons with 27 goals and 27 assists. Possibly now too much, but he will be up there with the best of them in May.
Defensive Pick – Kyle Naughton (4.5m)
Swansea are not strong enough at the back to justify Alfie Mawson at 5.0m, but Kyle Naughton has the right balance of price, likelihood of starting and potential attacking contributions.
Gamble Pick – Tom Carroll (4.5m)
So far in pre-season Tom Carroll has shone, and he's as cheap as a midfielder can possibly be! He's still young and is being introduced slowly, so there's a chance he will be rotated in and out over the season, but you really can't say no to that price!
Steer Clear – Wayne Routledge (5.5m)
The ultimate pre-season troll, Wayne Routledge often scores a hatful before the season begins and then forgets where the goal is when the Premier League kicks off. Don't be lured in by his form now. It's better to wait until he has actually scored in the league.
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