With the online football tactics game Fantasy Premier League back in full flow, everyone is hoping to secure those niche signings to show their mates that they have the best footballing brains. So, as the second round of Premier League fixtures creep upon us, who should you be adding to your squad to rise up the league rankings?
Defender: Ryan Bertrand
Game – Southampton vs West Ham
Last weekend saw Mauricio Pellegrino make his bow in the Premier League, managing the Saints and his side dominated their encounter with Swansea. The Welsh side only had 4 chances, with none going on target. West Ham likewise had it tough last week, with new signings Hernandez and Arnautovic failing to impress away to Manchester United. When you look at last week’s matches, you can expect Southampton to keep West Ham’s attacking players at bay this weekend, so a clean sheet is likely.
Ryan Bertrand is a bargain at £5.5 million, with the English fullback often on set pieces he could chip in with an assist or a goal this weekend to secure a number of points.
Attacker: Roberto Firmino
Game- Liverpool vs Crystal Palace
With Liverpool’s attack being their main strength, anyone out of their attacking trio of Mane, Salah, and Firmino is a must for this match. Last week, Palace were blown away by the Premier League new boys Huddersfield, so Frank De Boer’s team certainly have some work to do. After their 3-0 home loss, De Boer said it will take time for the squad to adjust to his way of playing, so the South Londoners defensive fragility will be exposed by Klopp’s men.
At £8.5 million, Roberto Firmino playing as the main striker is the cheapest of the three. Against Watford, the 25 year old striker bagged himself a goal and an assist, so his season has definitely started brightly. With Palace looking likely to get thumped this weekend, Firmino will be in the thick of the action so expect points galore.