Fantasy Football: Our expert's starting XI for the beginning of the Premier League season

Our Fantasy writer shares his personal team ahead of the 2018-19 campaign featuring stars from Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham, Everton and more

After a month of buildup, stats and figures, it’s now time for me to share my personal XI for the Goal Fantasy game. Now, unlike past competitions, there is a bit of a weird caveat as the transfer window will close before the season starts for the first time in the Premier League era.

As such, things could change before now and Friday’s kick-off between Manchester United and Leicester but, barring any deadline day craziness, these are the 11 players I’ll be taking into battle for the 2018-19 season.


GK: Asmir Begovic - Bournemouth, £5.6m, owned in 1.33% of teams

Begovic just missed being top five in saves last season and Bournemouth should keep far more clean sheets, especially in the early stages.

DEF: Patrick van Aanholt - Crystal Palace, £5.8m, owned in 6.63% of teams

He had the second most goals at his position behind only Marcos Alonso who is £.8m more expensive.

DEF: Ben Davies - Tottenham, £6.4m, owned in 2.2% of teams

The Welshman had more assists than any other defender last season and is one of the very few elite defenders who has had a full pre-season.

DEF: Andrew Robertson - Liverpool, £6.3m, owned in 13.74% of teams

Andrew Robertson Liverpool

Robertson took the Fantasy world by storm in the second half of the season and will be a regular starter for a Liverpool defence that will have more protection both in front of it and behind it.

MID: Wilfried Zaha - Crystal Palace, £7.1m, owned in 11.71% of teams

It remains to be seen if he will start up front for Palace, but his nine goals and seven assists last year confirm that he is the focal point of this attack regardless of where he plays on paper.

MID: Bernardo Silva - Manchester City, £6.8m, owned in 1.9% of teams

How long he holds onto a starting spot remains to be seen but, according to Pep Guardiola, the job is Bernardo Silva’s to lose after a spectacular pre-season.

Bernardo Silva Manchester City

MID: Diogo Jota - Wolverhampton, £6.2m, owned in 5.3% of teams

He finished the Championship season top five in goals (17) and first in expected goals+assists (24.74), so £6.2m looks an absolute steal.

MID: Mohamed Salah - Liverpool, £8.0m, owned in 61.21% of teams 

Whether or not you really want him, the high ownership makes Salah a must own as any points he racks up would give more than half of all teams an advantage over you.

FOR: Roberto Firmino - Liverpool, £7.9m, owned in 18.25% of teams 

Roberto Firmino Liverpool

There simply is not another forward with this level of both goal scoring and chance creation, and he’ll be at the tip of one of the most lethal attacks in the Premier League.

FOR: Sergio Aguero - Manchester City, £8.0m, owned in 18.56% of teams 

When he starts he tends to score, finishing top five in goals per game last season (.68) and, considering the ease of City’s opening schedule, Aguero is simply too good to pass up.

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FOR: Richarlison - Everton, £6.9m, owned in 5.31% of teams 

He’s a huge upside/downside play, but you can’t drone on about Richarlison all pre-season to anyone who would listen and then not include him in your personal team.