PREMIER LEAGUE FANTASY PICKS – MATCHWEEK 1
The Premier League is awash with renewed hope as the start of the 2019-20 season approaches, while across the country people are sharing that optimism as they scour the squad lists for fantasy league selections.
With plenty of new names having arrived in English football during the close season and some of the leading lights having departed, relying on the same players who brought you points last season might not be possible this time around.
With the help of Opta data, we have picked out seven players who look likely to deliver the goods this season – both on the pitches of the Premier League and in the all-important realm of fantasy football.
Liverpool‘s front three grabbed the attention of the world in 2018-19 but the true stars of a wonderful season at Anfield were at the other end of the pitch.
Alisson kept 21 clean sheets – more than any other Premier League goalkeeper with 10 games or more to their name – and had an enviable save percentage of 77.08.
With Everton busy in the transfer market ahead of the new season, Marco Silva’s men could be a valuable source of points for fantasy league players this season.
Lucas Digne is the kind of player who delivers at both ends of the pitch, and he was the leading chance creator among Premier League defenders last season but also kept seven clean sheets in his last 11 games.
It’s tempting to look towards Liverpool‘s stars when picking full-backs this season, but Leicester City‘s Ricardo Pereira is a great option if you want to save some money and still bring in plenty of points.
The pacey right-back completed more dribbles than any other Premier League defender last season, scored twice and contributed six assists
Another player who quietly racks up the points without necessarily dominating the back pages is Nathan Redmond, who has been performing well since Ralph Hasenhuttl became Saints coach.
Redmond – who signed a new four-year deal on Thursday – was involved in 10 Premier League goals last season, scoring six and providing four assists.
Raheem Sterling has been shaping up nicely in pre-season and much is expected of him as he sets out to top his outstanding season in 2018-19.
The England winger provided 10 assists and scored 17 goals as Manchester City successfully defended their Premier League title, and over the last two seasons he has been directly involved in 56 league goals.
The Spurs striker has faced Villa five times in the Premier League, scoring four goals against them, including one in a 2-0 win at Villa Park when he last faced them in March 2016.
Some strikers take a while to play themselves into form at the start of a new season, but not so Jamie Vardy.
Sourced from Goal.com