Fantasy Premier League: Five African tips for GW2

Wilfried Zaha, Crystal Palace 2020-21
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How did the continent’s top stars fare on the popular FPL Fantasy Premier League game during the opening top flight weekend?

  1. Must have: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
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    Must have: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

    Every year, the Fantasy Premier League register players in positions that may not entirely correspond with their on-field role, but which can represent magnificent value for money and an opportunity to rake in major points as the season wears on.

    In this vein, a few eyebrows were raised when Aubameyang was listed as a midfielder in this year’s FPL.

    While he’s among the most expensive midfielders on the game, he’s still likely to be worth the signing having committed to remain at Arsenal beyond this season.

    Auba will remain the Gunners key man, and 20+ goals from ‘midfield’ could ensure he ends the season among FPL’s highest points scorers.

    A goal against Fulham in Arsenal’s opening match has set him on his way to a big year.

  2. The star of the opening weekend: Mohamed Salah
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    The star of the opening weekend: Mohamed Salah

    Salah always thrives on the opening day of the season, having netted in the first match of the campaign every year since returning to the top flight from AS Roma.

    This season was no different, as he netted a hat-trick in Liverpool’s thriller against Leeds United, which ended in a 4-3 victory for the champions.

    Another ‘midfielder’ according to FPL, Salah began the season with 20 points—40 for the many gamers who selected him as captain—and he appears primed for another massive campaign.

  3. Destined for bigger things?: Wilfried Zaha
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    Destined for bigger things?: Wilfried Zaha

    Zaha’s 2019-20 season got off to a slow start at Crystal Palace, with the forward later admitting that his head was not in the game after being disappointed with a failed move to Arsenal.

    He remains at Selhurst Park, but there’s been no slow start for the Ivory Coast wideman this time around, as he netted in the Eagles’ league opener—a 1-0 victory over Southampton—to get his season off to a superb start.

    At a cost of 7.0, Zaha is eminently affordable, and after taking eight points from the opening weekend, he’s already among the top six midfielders on the game so far.

    There are still rumours that Zaha could be destined for a move beyond the window closes, and if one of the Premier League’s bigger clubs take a punt on a player who knows the division well, his price could be set to sky-rocket.

  4. An impact from defence: Romain Saiss
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    An impact from defence: Romain Saiss

    Saiss ends the opening weekend of the season as the joint top scoring defender on the game.

    He, like the rest of the Wolverhampton Wanderers team, enjoyed a very impressive start to the campaign against Sheffield United when they won 2-0 away from home.

    It was a real statement of intent from a Wolves side keen to build on their immense progress of recent years, and expect great things from the Old Gold this term…if they can juggle domestic and continental demands.

    Saiss began the season with a clean sheet and a goal—after netting Wolves’ second during an early flurry—to end the weekend with 15 points.

    Not bad for a player who’d only cost you 5.0.

  5. Jumping ship: Bukayo Saka
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    Jumping ship: Bukayo Saka

    At the time of writing, over 90,000 gamers have already transferred Saka out of their squad following Arsenal’s opening victory over The Albion.

    It wasn’t that Saka played poorly, but rather that he didn’t play at all.

    With a back three and Ainsley Maitland-Niles playing on the left, he wasn’t required on this flank, while Willian’s signing, and his starting berth on the right of a front three, also means that Saka wasn’t required to fulfil this brief.

    Arsenal’s bench—with the likes of Eddie Nketiah, Nicolas Pepe and Dani Ceballos all out of the starting XI—was also stocked, and while he enjoyed a magnificent campaign last term, Saka has a fight on his hands to get playing time at the Emirates Stadium this term.

    At a price of 5.5 he could still be a bargain addition, but gamers are losing faith.