Andy, @LetsTalk_FPL, is back with his weekly 90MAAT column; this time with five players who could set FPL alight in GW2. How many are in your FPL squad?
Riyad Mahrez (£9.0) v Huddersfield (H)
A Man City player is a must have for this week. It doesn’t get much better than Huddersfield at home, and their run of fixtures to come is simply incredible.
City’s performance against Arsenal was very good, however at times they looked like they were missing that creative player in the form of a David Silva or Kevin De Bruyne to really unlock the defence. With De Bruyne having suffered a knee injury, and David Silva likely to return with a spot on the bench, I’m opting for Mahrez as my midfielder of choice for this game.
Although his performance against Arsenal was quiet, I’d expect him to look at his home debut as the chance to put his mark on the team with a favourable fixture. With the previously mentioned players looking like non-starters, it may be left to the Algerian to be the creative spark and seize his chance, as well as being likely to dominate set pieces.
Christian Eriksen (£9.5) v Fulham (H)
While Alli took the spoils in gameweek 1, Eriksen was up to his old tricks of creating plenty of chances and having a few goal attempts to boot. The Dane has been a consistent points scorer for many seasons and a home tie against Fulham is the perfect fixture to open his account.
The Cottagers did cause Crystal Palace plenty of problems in attack in their opening match, but didn’t look completely comfortable in defence.
Spurs will definitely look to attack in this one and Eriksen and company will have too much about them not to win comfortably. If there’s going to be goals, I’d back Eriksen to score or at the very least be creating the chances.
Kenedy (£5.0m) v Cardiff (A)
After the comments from Rafa Benitez about Newcastle pre-season, it was surprising to see them cause Tottenham Hotspur so many problems in defence.
Kenedy was a key part of this, and had it not been for a poor touch, he would have likely notched up his first goal of the season already. Cardiff conceded plenty of shots in the box against Bournemouth and while you’d expect them to be tighten up at home I think Newcastle will have enough in their attack to get on the scoresheet a couple of times.
Up front we don’t know for sure whether Joselu will continue, or if Rondon will come in, but we do know Kenedy is a shoe in for a start, and will be heavily involved.
James Maddison (£6.5m) v Wolves (H)
While everyone is looking for the heavy hitters to fill out their FPL squads, it’s often the big fish in a small pond that provides the most value. This is generally a player that is the talisman of the squad and monopolizes set pieces, think Gylfi Sigurdsson at Swansea.
Maddison looks like he has that potential. After an impressive Premier League debut against Man United in gameweek 1, he was only a David De Gea save away from scoring. Looking at the way Leicester set up; everything is going to go through the young Englishman and he is dominating set pieces. Even with Jamie Vardy on penalties there should be enough opportunities for Maddison to score plenty of FPL Points.
Wolves conceded twice against Everton and I can see the pacey attack of Gray and Vardy with Maddison dictating causing them problems.
Chris Wood (£6.5m) v Watford (H)
Wood struggled with injuries last season, but when he did play he returned more often than not. In 2017/18 he returned a goal or an assist every 147 minutes, not bad for a player priced at £6.5m.
Although Burnley have had to play more games than the competition due to Europa League, it does mean that their players have been able to work on building match fitness.
One of the key discussions coming out of gameweek 1 is the death of the striker in FPL. At 0.5% ownership and a great differential, I think we might be thinking differently after watching Wood play. Even with a game on Thursday night he should be fresh enough to play on Sunday and has a great chance of getting in the points with a game against Watford at Turf Moor.