Here is RealSport’s definitive guide to all 20 teams, looking for the big guns, the hidden gems and the players who you should avoid like the plague!
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In this final edition, we’re looking at Tottenham Hotspur, Watford, West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United.
Newcastle (A), Chelsea (H), Burnley (H), Everton (A), Swansea (H), West Ham (A)
3/5: A mixture of potentially difficult away matches with some winnable home games, but it all depends on how well they settle into their new home at Wembley.
Main Man – Harry Kane (12.5m)
Back-to-back golden boots mean he is now the most expensive man in the game! But he will surely be worth every penny when he starts banging in the goals for a fourth year running.
Defensive Pick – Kieran Trippier (5.5m)
He looked sharp when given a chance at the tail end of last season, and now he is the main man. Trippier is an assist machine with incredible crossing ability and the willingness to bomb forward and help out in attack.
Gamble Pick – Son Heung-min (8.0m)
When he plays, he can take on defences, score from anywhere on the pitch and make a huge difference to your FPL squad. But, does he fit in a 3-4-3 formation? Will the return of Erik Lamela shift him to the bench? Both important questions to answer before bringing him into your FPL squad!
Steer Clear – Moussa Sissoko (5.5m)
A failed transfer as the Sissoko that showed up was the one that got relegated with Newcastle, not the one that went to the Euros final with France. Surely on his way this summer if he stays he won't be a starter.
Liverpool (H), Bournemouth (A), Brighton (H), Southampton (A), Man City (H), Swansea (A)
3/5: The trickier fixtures are at Vicarage Road, and Marco Silva has an excellent record on home turf!
Main Man – Troy Deeney (6.5m)
Watford’s captain fantastic and the first name on their team sheet. He has penalties all sewn up and has two consecutive seasons with 10 or more goals! A steal at just 6.5m.
Defensive Pick – Daryl Janmaat/Jose Holebas (both 5.0m)
Both have a decent history of providing attacking points (four assists for Holebas last year, eight for Janmaat in his first season at Newcastle) and both should push forward to provide width for Watford’s attack.
Gamble Pick – Roberto Pereyra (6.0m)
He looked so good when he joined Watford last year! But after scoring twice and providing three assists he sustained a season-ending injury, and that was that. He's now back and could be the breakout star of the season!
Steer Clear – Etienne Capoue (5.5m)
So many people had Capoue at the start of last season! He was scoring for fun and dirt cheap, so it was understandable. However, he is not that sort of player and it was simply a hot streak that ended all too soon. He's not worth it and there are better options for 5.5m.
3 West Brom
Bournemouth (H), Burnley (A), Stoke (H), Brighton (A), West Ham (H), Arsenal (A)
4/5: Three very winnable home games and a couple of nice away games make West Brom a good side for investment in the early stages of the season.
Main Man – Matt Phillips (6.0m)
Managers last year will remember the frustration of Pulis promising that Phillips was nearly back from injury for about two months… Well he is now back! He was a leading light in West Brom’s purple patch of last season and hopefully will pick up where he left off.
Defensive Pick – Gareth McAuley/Craig Dawson (both 5.0m)
With no price differential, these two are almost interchangeable. Both will be a threat from set pieces and neither will be given much licence to roam forward at any other time. Dawson had more shots in the box last year but McAuley scored more goals… Take your pick!
Gamble Pick – Jay Rodriguez (6.0m)
Southampton’s forgotten man is hoping for a new lease of life at the Hawthorns. He was hailed as a future star before his injury in 2014 put him out for several years. If he can rediscover that form then he is the best 6.0m striker in the game.
Steer Clear – Chris Brunt (5.5m)
He was appealing as an OOP player last year when he was listed as a defender, but now he's back in midfield. He hasn't appeared in pre-season due to injury and it's questionable where he'll start when he returns if Phillips and Chadli are playing well.
4 West Ham
Man United (A), Southampton (A), Newcastle (A), Huddersfield (H), West Brom (A), Spurs (H)
2/5: Three away games to start the season due to the athletics at the London Stadium, and a home game against Spurs make it difficult to recommend buying into the Hammers early on
Main Man – Manuel Lanzini (7.0m)
Lanzini should look to pick up the creative baton that Payet dropped so unceremoniously last season. The nimble argentine can chip in with goals and assists, and he'll be one to watch this year.
Defensive Pick – Arthur Masuaku (4.5m)
This is a gamble as West Ham also have Cresswell, but it seems Masuaku is the preferred option. He only provided one assist last season but his playing time was broken by injury and rotation, and it could be a lot more this year with Chicharito in the box.
Gamble Pick – Marko Arnautovic (7.0m)
West Ham’s newest record signing may have already been hit by the curse (see also Dean Ashton, Andy Carroll and Andre Ayew) and hobbled off in pre-season, but when he returns, he could be the man to lead West Ham up the table. He has the raw talent but he just needs to harness it into consistent performances and he will be FPL gold.
Steer Clear – Andy Carroll (6.5m)
When he is fit Carroll can scare the life out of most defences. He is an absolute handful and will score goals. But, he is never ever, EVER fit for more than four games. You're better off investing in someone else who will play more regularly.
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