Gameweek 1 is now done and dusted and what a week it has been. A whopping total of 35 goals netted this weekend and it seems many of you had an encouraging opening to the season.
Bruno Fernandes settled the BruNO/YES debate with a tidy hat-trick. Salah then supplied us all peace of mind with a goal and two assists. These were two stories in a fierce opening weekend that featured a return of fans to the stadium stands and a buzzing atmosphere that clearly boosted the collective energy.
Here are the results for Gameweek 1:
Brentford 2 vs 0 Arsenal
First of all, the Brentford 2-0 win was a big surprise, with Lacazette and Aubameyang out with an illness, it was always going to be difficult for the Gunners. Arsenal faces Chelsea and Man City in their next two fixtures, so it’s not looking to be a great start for them. For those of you that own Ivan Toney, don’t let the blank put you down and think that you should get rid of him. Toney had a few chances and he definitely looks like he will do some damage this season, just remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint and he will pay off in the long run.
Man Utd 5 vs 1 Leeds
Moving on to the Red Devils, what a class performance they made and I’d definitely say this is the start of a very good season for Man United. The introduction to Raphaël Varane was class and I know he’ll make a great impact at the club. For me, Varane will be like the Virgil van Dijk for Man Utd, he’ll control the back and we can expect more clean sheets this season. Pogba getting 4 assists was a very big surprise and as a result, he’s the most transferred-in player as it stands. Should we be getting him into our squad? I don’t think so… For me, Greenwood and Fernandes will always be the top 2 picks!
Burnley 1 vs 2 Brighton
Tarkowski shattered the hopes of a Sánchez (24.8% owned) clean sheet after bagging a goal just 2 minutes into the game. Brighton did come back and Maupay got on the scoresheet. I can’t see Burnley having a great season again, they finished 17th place last season and I think it will be another struggle for them this year.
Chelsea 3 vs 0 Crystal Palace
Chelsea started off the season with a straightforward 3-0 victory over the Eagles. With Lukaku set to play in Gameweek 2 against Arsenal, this does sound very tempting. For me, I’d wait and see when it comes with this guy but who knows. Chelsea has an excellent run of fixtures come GW7, so it could be worth waiting until then. I’m always a person to wait for new transfers, yes he’s been in the Premier League before but he will still have to re-adapt.
Everton 3 vs 1 Southampton
A standout player in this game was Richarlison who provided a goal and assist. You may be thinking that he could be a good addition to your squad, especially since he’s 0.5m cheaper than Dominic Calvert-Lewin who bagged just a single goal. Honestly, I wouldn’t bank on that though, history still proves DCL is a better asset, I mean, he netted 16 goals and provided 6 assists last season compared to Richarlison’s 7 goals and 6 assists. We all remember how great of a start DCL had last season (he was very consistent) and with their great run of fixtures, I’d still put my money on DCL over Richarlison.
Watford 3 vs 2 Aston Villa
This result was quite a surprise and if you owned Danny Ings, you definitely would have been hiding behind the sofa until that 97th-minute penalty like I was. A class performer and bargain player was Ismaila Sarr who scored a goal and got 9 points in this fixture. For me, I can definitely see Ings doing some damage in GW 2 and 3 since they play Newcastle and Brentford at home (it’s definitely appealing). After that, I probably will look to transfer him out as their fixtures get pretty difficult afterwards.
Norwich 0 vs 3 Liverpool
Liverpool was just carrying on as you would expect. Salah was the most captained player in Gameweek 1 and delivered the goods with 1 goal and 2 assists. Yes, Fernandes would have been the better captain with 20 points but Salah wasn’t far behind with 17. Konstantinos Tsimikas got the clean sheet everyone was hoping for, with now 24.6%, what a player he is for just 4.0m. I’m pretty sure Liverpool will have another cracking game in Gameweek 2, especially since they face Burnley on their home turf.
Newcastle 2 vs 4 West Ham
A cracking game this was to watch and what a goal-fest. Michail Antonio delivered the goods with 1 goal and 2 assists, he missed a penalty but at least the assist made up for that (+1). A key player in this game though was Saïd Benrahma (6.0m), he provided a goal and an assist and looked to be a class attacking player. With only 6.8% ownership for Benrahma, are you looking to get him into your squad? He does seem a tasty pick for GW3 against Crystal Palace at home and Southampton away on GW4.
Spurs 1 vs 0 Man City
We had Jack Grealish start in this game and still no signs of Harry Kane (due to lack of match fitness, or looking to move?). Anyway, Son looked to be the star of the show. He could have buried a few chances, he looked very sharp and got the goal for their squad against the current titleholders. Spurs come up against Wolves, Watford and Crystal Palace in their next 3 fixtures, to me he seems essential, what’re your thoughts?
So how did The FPL Way Picks do in Gameweek 1?
To be honest, it was a very great start with only 3 players in the starting XI blanking (Sánchez, Shaw and Barnes), but these guys will come back and do damage further down the line. The FPL Way picks accumulated a total score of 110 points which is an Overall Rank (OR) of 55,461. A pretty great start to the season we’d have to say. Here are the results of the picks:
But don’t forget, we also ran a competition in Gameweek 1 where one lucky winner could win a FREE Fantasy Football Fix Premium Plus account for the 2021-22 season.
Competition Results – Gameweek 1
In this competition, we simply asked you all to guess how many points The FPL Way Picks would score in Gameweek 1 (no captaincy or vice-captain points included). When we take away the captaincy points, the team total was 93 points. We didn’t get a correct score but we promised one winner who got the closest to the resulting score would win the prize.
The person who was the closest (and the winner of the competition) with 85 points is:
A huge congratulations to you buddy, we will drop you an email and organise your prize for you! Well done!
Gameweek 1 lived up to the hype, Salah delivered the goods and if you owned Fernandes as well, you’ll sleep well tonight. The average points for this Gameweek were just 69 points but most peoples teams I’ve seen have ended up at least 85+. We wish you all the best for the rest of the season, and don’t forget to stay tuned on our website for our weekly Captaincy, Differential, Scout Picks and various other threads!
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