• Ojas Sharma

Fantasy Premier League: Game Week 3 Preview

Welcome back to another Fantasy Football - Premier League Game week preview. Here you will get all the latest tips and tricks for your Fantasy Premier League (FPL) team. As compared to Game week 1, Game week 2 was low scoring with an average score of just 41 points as compared to 65.

Now, let us review how my team has done in Game week 2.

My FPL team scored 49 points, so only marginally better than the average score. This has pushed me down to an overall rank of 89,218 from last week’s 75,347. My rank in India has also dropped from 2,611 to 3,014.

The score could have been a lot better if it was not for Adrian’s blunder of the season. Every season you will see such crazy and comical blunders but I never thought Liverpool will be the team suffering those. Adrian and Trent Alexander Arnold were heading towards clean sheet and I couldn't believe how comically it turned around. Adrian tried to pass through Danny Ings and it just ricocheted off the player and back into the post. I am hoping Adrian fixes these issues as Liverpool is yet to keep a clean sheet this season. Although, with Arsenal visiting Liverpool next week, a clean sheet looks highly unlikely.

City conceded 2 goals but it was always going to be a tough ask against Spurs, who to be honest, performed way better than I expected. If Spurs settle soon and start winning games then Son Heung-Min becomes a promising prospect, now that his suspension is over.

Manchester United conceded to another out of the box master class goal from Ruben Neves. Such goals can only be looked at in awe. This led to a disappointing 1 point from Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Lucas Digne did turn out to be the savior of the weekend with a clean sheet and an assist to get 11 points. Everton now have 2 back-to-back clean sheets and future fixtures look good as well.

In the midfield, only Raheem Sterling’s 1 goal was the highlight of my Fantasy Premier League team. Thankfully, my decision to go for Raheem Sterling as the captain paid off with Mohamed Salah just scoring 3 points. Klopp is pushing his luck with overplaying the Egyptian. Even though Mohamed Salah started, his creativity and usual goal threat was not there at all. FPL Managers who had Mane rejoiced with the player scoring 13 points with 1 goal and 1 assist. Mane costs 1 million less and many Football Managers have already decided to ship out Mohamed Salah. I feel the player just needs rest and can come back and haunt those who sold him next weekend against Arsenal.

Marcus Rashford and Joshua King finished the week with 6 points each. If only Paul Pogba had not stepped in, Marcus Rashford might have scored from the Penalty and also made Manchester United the league leaders. Hopefully, this should force Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to step in and highlight to Paul Pogba that he has now missed 4 penalties and Rashford has a 100 percent scoring record in penalties so far. Rashford being on penalties will give him a slight edge over Martial who is cheaper and playing out of position.

FPL can be cruel many times. My bench had John Lundstram scoring 14 points. However, considering my starting 11, I don’t think he will ever start for me unless someone is injured. It does help to know that your 4 million defender is not only starting in midfield but is also scoring goals.

Now heading to Game week 3, there was 1 transfer that had to be made, to get Teemu Pukki. The weirdly named player scored a stunning hat-trick against Newcastle this week after scoring 1 goal against Liverpool in Game week 1. Norwich team is playing an attractive attacking style of football, which makes their players top assets in Fantasy Premier League. So, I went ahead and swapped forward Mason Greenwood for Teemu Pukki.

The idea behind getting Luka Milivojevic was that Crystal Palace would be getting a lot of penalties due to VAR and Luka Milivojevic will be the one to convert. I must admit that I overplayed the importance of penalty takers in my FPL line-up with VAR ruling out a lot of goals rather than it being the other way around. Gylfi Sigurdsson might be the next on my list of transfer outs if he still does not perform this Game week.

Luka Milivojevic had to go after a second disappointing week and instead I have selected Norwich’s Todd Cantwell. Todd Cantwell gave 2 assists out of the 3 hat-trick goals of Teemu Pukki and can be a great value add at 4.5 million pounds. To make this switch for Teemu Pukki possible, I had to take a -4 points hit. It had to be done soon as Teemu Pukki’s price had already risen to 6.7. Rest of the team remains the same.

Liverpool faces Arsenal at home while City travels to Bournemouth. Bournemouth is not so good at keeping clean sheets and I expect Raheem Sterling to get a couple of goals. So, this week’s Fantasy Premier League captain of my squad will be Raheem Sterling again.

I hope all these Fantasy Football tips are helping you in some way. This is how my FPL team looks for Game week 3.