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Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 2: Three Players You Should Buy

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Josh Barker
Middlesbrough FC correspondent for The 4th Official.

The Premier League returned last weekend with a huge bang. Burnley dealt a huge blow to last season’s Champions Chelsea. They beat Conte’s men 3-2 at Stamford Bridge with Garry Cahill and Cesc Fabregas both getting sent off in that game.

Elsewhere, new boys Huddersfield pulled off a surprise 3-0 win away to Crystal Palace and Manchester United began their title challenge in style with a 4-0 win over West Ham.

There was also plenty of goals elsewhere with Arsenal beating Leicester 4-3 and Liverpool and Watford drawing 3-3.

After such an exciting opening weekend, big things are expected going into Gameweek 2. Here are three players you should buy for your FPL team this week.

Sadio Mane (9.5)

Sadio Mane was Liverpool’s standout player last season scoring 13 and getting seven assists. That form also looks to be continuing into this season as well. Mane had a solid game against Watford and scored a superb goal to equalise for Liverpool in the 29th minute.

It is clear that Liverpool’s defensive woes have not improved since last season after conceding three really poor goals against Watford. However, their attack looks as powerful as ever. They also now have Mohammad Salah to add to their fire power. Salah and Mane both got on the score sheet against Watford and their partnership could be key to whatever success Liverpool have this season.

Mane is also available for 9.5 which considering how good he is, means he’s well worth the points.

Furthermore, another reason you should buy Mane this week is because of Liverpool’s game week 2 opponents. Liverpool are at home to Crystal Palace this weekend. Palace have a new manager in Frank De Bor and are also adapting to a new three at the back system.

Palace are clearly struggling with this new system as they lost 3-0 to newly promoted Huddersfield Town. So, as Palace are having some serious defensive problems and Mane and Salah have already proved how deadly they are, it is safe to assume Mane will be amongst the goals and assists against Palace.

Romelu Lukaku (11.5)

Lukaku is one of the more expensive FPL players this year. But he already looks to be worth his price tag. Lukaku made the switch to Manchester United over the summer in hopes of winning silverware and that is looking very likely this season.

United look a brand new side. They have brought in several key players. Lukaku of course and Matic who had an excellent game at West Ham. Jose Mourinho is also the manager of United and he has a habit of winning league titles in his second season. At all of his clubs including Chelsea and Real Madrid, he has never failed to win the league in his second season.

Moreover, Lukaku put in an excellent performance on Sunday against West Ham, scoring two and very nearly bagging a hattrick. Therefore, as United look like serious title contenders this season and Lukaku has already scored two in his first game, you’d be mad not to have him in your FPL team.

United also travel to Swansea in game week 2 and despite holding Southampton to a 0-0 draw last week, you would expect Manchester United to score at least two past the Welsh side.

Steve Mounie (6.0)

Huddersfield Town won the 2017 Championship playoffs and not surprisingly were everyone’s favourites to be relegated this year. This was largely because they scored just 56 goals in the league last season, the lowest in the top six. They also managed to win the playoffs without one of their players scoring a single goal.

However, Huddersfield clearly knew the lack of goals was a problem. So, they signed Steve Mounie from Montpellier for a club record £11.7 million. But even Huddersfield fans probably didn’t expect Mounie to have such a good debut. He scored two goals against Crystal Palace and was a nightmare to deal with all game.

This shows he has goals in him. He is also available for just 6.0 which is extremely cheap for a goal scoring striker.

Huddersfield also have what looks like a very winnable game this week. They’re at home to Newcastle United. Newcastle finished higher than Huddersfield in the Championship last season. However, they’ve had a horrible start to life back in the Premier League.

In their first game against Spurs, they had two defenders taken off with injuries in the first half. Newcastle also had captain Jonjo Shelvey sent off. This leaves an already thin Newcastle squad in serious trouble in game week 2.

This will surely mean Huddersfield can pick up another win and also Mounie can bag a few more goals against a troubled Newcastle defence.

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