Wolves: R.Patricio, Bennett, Coady, Boly, Doherty, Otto, Neves, Moutinho, Dendoncker, Jiminez, Jota
Subs: Ruddy, Neto, Cutrone, Gibbs-White, Saiss, Vinagre, Adama
Manchester United: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, McTominay, Pogba, James, Rashford, Martial
Subs: Romero, Young, Andreas, Mata, Matic, Greenwood, Tuanzebe
Fantasy Football – FPL Gameweek 2 Preview – Written by @NiallHawthorne
The dictionary definition of a ‘Series’ is a number of events of a similar or related kind coming one after another.
Coronation Street has had murders, Ken Barlow affairs and hotpots for decades.
EastEnders has had menacing gangsters, unplanned pregnancies and Ian Beale crying for years.
Emmerdale has had sheep, plane crashes and Marilyn from Home & Away inexplicably roaming around the dales for yonks.
The point is that you know what you’re going to get from a ‘Series’, because you can see the pattern.
Now if you happened to watch the first episode of a new series last weekend called ‘FPL Season 2019/20’ and you think you know what’s coming next, you’re an idiot.
So, put down that Wildcard chip, stop f*cking panicking, and at least wait for GW2 to happen before drawing any conclusions. Remember Steve Mounie? He didn’t turn out to be the next Alan Shearer, did he? Yet he scored two goals in GW1 in August 2017 and promptly stank the place out for the next nine months.
In short, nobody knows what’s coming next. So, with that, here’s my predictions for GW2!
Defender: John Egan, Sheffield United
The Blades had the best defensive record in the Championship last season, which Egan was at the heart of, and they looked very much at home in the cut and thrust of the Premier League when they visited Dean’s Court last weekend.
This weekend the Premier League returns to Bramall Lane, the scene of the very first Premier League goal in history, scored by Brian Deane past a hopeless Danish keeper called Schmeichel. Clearly that was a sign of things to come in the future, eh?
Crystal Palace are the visitors this time featuring Christian ‘I used to score goals’ Benteke, Wilfried ‘I’m a good player get me out of here’ Zaha, and ‘Mad’ Max Meyer. While their away from was their saviour last season, something tells me that The Hodge has a tougher job on his hands this season, and a bouncing Bramall Lane will be a tough place to perform.
Midfielder: John McGinn, Aston Villa
This season’s version of Ryan Fraser.
You can thank me next May.
Forward: Teemu Pukki, Norwich City
Norwich look like they’re going to have a real go this season. They attacked Liverpool with gusto on Friday night, deservedly grabbing a consolation goal which was finished with aplomb by their Finnish finisher Pukki.
This weekend the Geordie Circus rolls into town with Steve Bruce in a top hat and Mike Ashley as usual playing the clown. Carrow Road will be hopping, Delia will have been on the sherry since lunchtime, and by 5pm you’ll be crowing about how this Canary helped you nail GW2.
Captain: Mo Salah, Liverpool
Aubameyang faces Burnley at 12:30 on Saturday. I never Captain a player at that time slot, and neither should you.
Sterling/Aguero and friends have a tricky enough looking home game against Spurs. While they may well run riot once more, Spurs are no mugs and may stifle the home side for a while at least.
That leaves Salah at Southampton. He notched there last season when he ran for 50 yards before slotting from outside the box. The Saints were battered by Burnley last weekend and showed defensive vulnerability, and whatever shortcomings you may see in Liverpool so far this season, they look to be as razor sharp offensively as ever.
So, it’s Mo once more.
Outsider: Adrian, Liverpool
£4.5m to get a guaranteed starter in the best defence last season?
This climate change lark is getting out of hand. It’s Christmas in August FFS!
Draft: Moise Kean, Everton
Everton have signed a young Irish lad from Juventus who should be leading the line very soon and banging in goals for fun.
At least, I’m assuming he’s Irish with a name like Mossie Keane. Wait, what? Moise Kean? Not qualified for Ireland?
Meh, it didn’t stop Tony Cascarino.
Fantasy Football – Gameweek 2 Preview – Written by @NiallHawthorne