FPL Gameweek 2 Review

Red cards, an own goal and another stellar performance from Man United, here’s a summary of what happened in GW2.:

Swansea 0-4 Man United:

Swansea were looking close to scoring on multiple occasions but it all changed in 5 stunning minutes late in the match to seal a 0-4 win for United. The 37.9% who captained Lukaku were left glad after he scored.

  • Bonus:

Bailly (3), Pogba (2), Mkhi (1)

  • Our picks:

Our picks: Lukaku, as always. We’d also consider Mkhi.

 

Bournemouth 0-2 Watford:

Another poor performance from Bournemouth where Aké stood out. Lord Capoue rose to bless his owners, like much of last year. Watford’s system often encourages center mids to make forward runs and look for the looming ball. Richarlison had a great game.

  • Bonus:

Bonus: Richarlison (3), Kiko (2), Gomes (1)

  • Our picks:

We liked how often Richarlison got into the box, posing a real threat.

 




Burnley 0-1 West Brom:

Pulis’ 4-1-4-1 with his ever prominent emphasis on defence seems to be working for West Brom. Sample this, Burnley had 20 shots, 0 on target.

  • Bonus:

Nyom (3), Hegazi (2), Dawson and Robson-Kanu (1 each)

  • Our picks:

Hegazi. He has risen to £4.7m as we write this but we see him as a real defensive + attacking threat. Towering at 6 feet and 5 inches, he’s a great prospect for goals from corners which West Brom look to score most often.

 

Leicester 2-0 Brighton:

Brighton’s early woes in the EPL continued as they fell to Leicester. Okazaki‘s pace was too much to handle once again, giving Iheanacho tough competition for a spot in the starting XI. Maguire, owned by just 2.2%, came good, scoring one and running away with a clean sheet.

  • Bonus:

Maguire (3), Mahrez (2), Okazaki (1)

 

 

Liverpool 1-0 Crystal Palace:

Klopp pulled the biggest surprise of the Gameweek, benching Salah at home against Crystal Palace. Owned by 26.3% and brought in by 193,660 managers, Salah came on at 60′, leaving managers fuming because they’d be better off with someone from their teams’ bench.

  • Bonus:

Robertson (3), Hennessey (3), Klavan (1)

  • Our picks:

Stick with Salah.

 

Southampton 3-2 West Ham:

Two penalties, and dramatic one in stoppage time converted by Austin gave Saints the lead. Chicharito was the best player on the pitch, leaping at every chance he got. Antonio returned and look dangerous, we’d wait for him to be fully fit.

  • Bonus:

Chicarito (3), Austin (2), Yoshida and Gabbiadini (1 each)

  • Our picks:

Chica, Yoshida and Gabbiadini for the fixtures.



Stoke 1-0 Arsenal:

The ”Wenger out” brigade is getting bigger and more vociferous by the day. Dany Welbeck‘s poor finishing was too costly for Arsenal. Xhaka, the player most transferred in for GW2, was once again at fault for new signing Jesé‘s goal.

  • Bonus:

Butland (3), Jesé (2), Zouma (1)

  • Our picks:

Lacazatte‘s disallowed goal is the talking point as Wenger openly questioned the decision. We trust him in Arsenal’s attack.

 

Huddersfield 1-0 Newcastle:

Huddersfield continued its dream run at the expense of another promoted team which looks lost at the moment. Mounie, transferred in by 160,000 managers blanked.

  • Bonus:

Schindler (3), Mooy (2), Lössl (1)

 

Spurs 1-2 Chelsea:

For the second week in a row, Chelsea gets the ‘best entertainer’ award. A screamer from Alonso, a beautiful finish at the wrong end from Batshuayi and lovely positioning from Alonso again. Spurs, though, were quite disappointing, barring Eriksen, not testing the Chelsea defence enough. 526,000+ managers captained Kane and he let them down, yet again.

  • Bonus:

Alonso (3), Courtois (2), Eriksen (2)

  • Our picks:

Alonso, we think, is easily the best £7.0m priced option in the game.




Man City 1-1 Everton:

Barring Rooney‘s goal, he looked bad overall, suggesting his form might be on the decline. He’s currently owned by 743,286 managers and benched by 12.9% of those. 22.3% managers own Walker who is now suspended for GW3. Danilo looks the straightforward replacement.

  • Bonus:

Rooney (3), Williams (2), Pickford (1)

  • Our picks:

Danilo. We weren’t impressed with Rooney despite his 200th PL goal.

Pradyoth Kalavagunta

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