Haaland. Mitrovic and Darwin

The Premier League got off to a cracking start in GW 1 and there were plenty of moments that threw up discussions among FPL managers. 12th Khiladi gets you five lessons from Gameweek 1.

With the new FPL seasons starting all eyes were on Gameweek 1 as everyone was like Jon Snow “You know nothing” until the Gameweek started. However, an exciting weekend of action full of goals has resulted in a lot of FPL discussions, here are five lessons we learnt from GW 1.

Lesson 1: Get in Haaland & Nunez before it’s too late

Two forwards, both coming in with a big reputation and bucket load of goals in their respective leagues, yet there was doubt if they should be in the FPL teams of some managers. 

 A gameweek later Haaland is the most transferred player for GW2 after his 2 goal haul against Westham. The former Dortmund player had 5 shots, 4 big chances and 10 penalty box touches with a xG of 1.5. A game against newly promoted Bournemouth awaits the tall forward next and he is primed to be the most captained player for Gameweek 2. Get him in before he raises more with him already raising .1m at the time of writing. 

Nunez had eyes dangling after his community shield performance but Klopp’s comment prematch kept the FPL managers away and Liverpool likewise started with Fimino, but looked flat till the arrival of Darwin Nunez. In 44 mins scored and assisted a goal, he had 4 shots in the box, missed 2 big chances, created 2.

He is the second most transferred in forward and likely for a price rise soon. As observed during the community shield and confirmed in this game, he is an xG monster and would keep getting into the right places. It’s not long before both Haaland and Nunez are going to feature in almost all the teams and set the new template for FPL

Transfer tip: Bring in Haaland as soon as possible if you still don’t have him, plan for Nunez before the price rises.

Lesson 2: Steer clear of Man United players, for now

For all the hype, positivity and energy of the pre-season and the new era of Erik ten Hag to fizzle out was 30 mins when Pascal Grob scored to put Brighton in the lead and then doubled it 9 mins later. They were anything but fluid like how they were in pre-season and only created 2 big chances in the whole game.

Their most popular asset in FPL, Rashford, only had 3 shots, none on target and created no big chances. Playing with no forward the Brighton defence were rarely troubled until Ronaldo came on to apply some pressure. 

The only player worth noting would be Dalot who had 5 penalty touches, created a couple of chances and had 2 shots in the box as well. Staying clear of Man Utd players until they can play Ten Hag Ball would be the best way.

Transfer Tip: Rashford to Martinelli could be the move forward

Lesson 3: Arsenal a good bet for the next few GWs

While one team flattered to deceive their pre-season form, the Gunners started with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace. Even though the game’s most owned player (Jesus) blanked, he was lively throughout and can be a good option in the future fixtures.

Martinelli had 2 big chances and missed one earlier. Saka mostly stayed wide and managed 3 shots from inside the box but none on target. Both Saka and Martinelli shared the set piece duties.

Arsenal were lucky with the CS as Crystal Palace had a xG of 1.23 and missed 2 big chances in the game. Zinchenko was more advanced than White and ended up with an assist and 2 key passes. Saliba looked solid as a CB.

Transfer Tip: With Jesus and one of Martinelli and Saka a common theme a cheaper way in the Arsenal defence can be Saliba at 4.5

Lesson 4: The battle of 8.0m midfielders

Rarely have we had so many options and decisions to be made in FPL, unlike this year and one of the main decisions to be made was the spot of 8.0m mid. The space was crowded with Diaz, Kulusevski, Maddison, Saka, Mount, Forden and Mahrez. Kulusevski  came out with the maximum points, scoring 13, scoring one and assisting another.

Here we take a look at some important stats from GW 1:

  FPL pointsShots Shots on targetKey Passes
Diaz3200
Kulusevski13213
Maddison5615
Saka6301
Mount3210
Foden3002
Midfielders’ stats from GW 1

Apart from Kulusevski, whose minutes might be in danger once Richalison comes into the team, Maddison is the player to watch. He had 6 shots and 5 key passes in the game, the upcoming fixtures look a bit tough but the Foxes’ creative man has always been a form player and when in form can go on terrific point scoring runs. 

Mount and Foden were pretty disappointing, with the former seldom involved in the game and the latter not managing a single shot in the whole game.

Transfer tip: If you are holding Foden, it’s worth holding him for another week to see how he performs vs Bournemouth. Mount and Diaz need to be monitored as their price might drop soon with the number of managers jumping ship. 

Lesson 5: Mitrovic could become fixture proof

Fulham under Marco Silva were one of the most exciting teams to watch in the whole of Europe last season. They amassed a total of 106 goals from an xG of 93.83, scoring in 40 out of the 46 matches played.

Seems like they would continue playing that way in the EPL and that bodes well for us. They managed 7 shots from the box and hit the woodwork once and made Liverpool sweat for the 2-2 draw. Clearly they are more prepared than the last time they were with the big boys. 

Mitrovic has 2 goals which is already just one less than the last time he was in the premier league. The Serbian dominated Virgil Van Djik in a way very few forwards have done. 

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