Fantasy Premier League – Week 2: Playing catchup already

Week 2 Selection
Will the full back and midfield switches this week pay dividends?

57 points from week one. It could have been better, it could have been worse. Erling Haaland produced the goods while Darwin Nunez provided plenty on his EPL debut to suggest more goals and assists this term. Hawkeye Sidekick had decisions to make ahead of week two.

I am persisting with Danny Ward for one more week. Leicester City who blew a two goal lead against Brentford face a tough trip to the Emirates. Given how Brentford got back into the contest last week, Ward will be a busy keeper.

Gavin Bazunu is super but he needs defensive and midfield cover. Leeds United at home could be another tricky afternoon for the young keeper. I am hoping Southampton steady up so that I can put Bazunu in my team in the coming weeks but that midfield display last week was horrendous; they were killed in transition.

Full backs will be my savior. Ben Chilwell comes into the starting lineup. He was very impressive last week along with Reece James in that win over Everton.

Kieran Trippier also impressed in the home win over Nottingham Forest and I think may flourish again against Brighton and Hove Albion who could be basking a bit in that first Old Trafford win.

Do remember that chances were created by Manchester United last weekend so Newcastle United’s flanks could play a key role this week to supply Callum Wilson. Ruben Dias was rock solid against West Ham United, a clean sheet and an aerial threat on set piece.

My hope here is that Manchester City impress against AFC Bournemouth who will be compact but I am hoping Jack Grealish can start to deliver here and provide some assists to Erling Haaland who was excellent last night.

Haaland’s movement and physicality will cause EPL defenses nightmares this season. I expect more goals unless Pep Guardiola decides to bench him which he is known to do on FPL give me weeks of certain players. Remember Sergio Aguero?

Darwin Nunez for me is a starter for Liverpool this season. His power and movement are excellent. A goal and an assist on his EPL debut at Craven Cottage and I suspect he will be getting more chances at Anfield against Crystal Palace.

Will Jurgen Klopp play Nunez from the start? I am hoping so anyway. Gabriel Jesus’ home debut against Leicester City, surely he is scoring a goal isn’t he? The Brazilian looks a good fit for Arsenal but another subdued performance could raise question marks here early.

The midfield three is one where Phillipe Coutinho needs to start delivering. Aston Villa were nowhere near it against AFC Bournemouth but the hope is that the sight of the Everton jersey will inspire Coutinho to new performance levels.

Odegaard for me is a prospect that will deliver as the season progresses, loves to attack from deep and surely some goals and assists will follow. I am going to persist with the player this season.

Sancho is dropped based off the Manchester United performance last weekend but it would be the weekend that Sancho has a field day. Brentford do like to pass out from the back and sometimes leave themselves open for the counter.

Jadon Sancho has to step up and be the main attacking threat for Manchester United this term. Will he though? Manchester United’s performance last weekend was a massive concern. I still have my doubts so for this week, he is out of the starting lineup.

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