Friday 5 August 2022

Fantasy Premier League tips and a quick Crystal Palace preview

Leading up to the opening game of the season, the excitement is almost palpable. Palace away on paper looks harder than Brentford last season, but the Eagles are missing Gallagher, whose now returned to his parent club, Chelsea.

However, they still have Zaha, and though I'm loath to admit it, he's been a tricky customer in the past. It looks like miracles have happened in sick bay and Tomiyasu may be fit to face him, but I think Arteta will stick with White and tell new skipper, Odegaard, to double-up on the Ivorian.

Zaha's been scoring for fun in the pre-season, so he'll be full of confidence, while Edouard's finishing is as good as virtually anybody in this league, so expect him to get on the end of crosses. He's so lethal, I've put him in my fantasy team, but more on that later.

As well as that, it could be a physical battle if Benteke plays, so Arsenal will definitely have a fight on their hands.

Nevertheless, if the Arsenal team come out fully focussed, they should be able to achieve a favourable result: a win preferably, but a draw would be acceptable.

Although Tierney is supposedly fit too, I'm guessing Arteta will stick with the starting eleven that annihilated Sevilla 6-0. I know some pundits will say Tomiyasu and Tierney should be in the first eleven, but they've missed most of the pre-season, so I think they should be eased back gently. In a strange way, the scenario is reminiscent of Tavares versus Tierney last season, which was covered on 'All or Nothing'. Results were poor that time around, but I'm not expecting the same again.

Jesus has been on fire this pre-season, which is why I'm back Arsenal to triumph, whereas this time last year, the first-choice strikers were out with Covid.

No prizes for guessing most people's favourite fantasy football pick: Jesus has got an insane amount of people picking him and with good reason too.

However, my tip for fantasy football managers is to buy the two Leicester keepers: Iversen and Ward. They're only £4m each, so are a good value.

Ward's not offering much of a differential, though, as 22 percent of managers have picked him. Iversen's on the two percent mark and started the last Leicester games.

Other bargains include Chukwuemeka for £4.5m, the same price as Tarkowski, while Neco Williams is just £4m.

Buying players like the aforementioned frees up funds to bring in 'premium players', so it's well worth doing, in my opinion.

Saliba and White are also undervalued at £4.5m apiece, so as long as Arsenal blow Palace away, I'll be 'points in'!

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