Fantasy football tips: cashing in chips in GW1

As I was doing a lot bit of some chop and change of players in my fantasy football team, I realised that there’s less than 3 weeks to go before the start of the new fantasy football season. The FPL fever is now rising by the day among the Managers. Whilst I was reading some articles on Fantasy Football Scout, I bumped into a very interesting article. It was covering on why one would opt to use chips in Game week 1. What really got my attention was when it explained on using the triple captain chips in Game week 1. Here is the analysis on Fantasy Football Scout:

There is a reasonable argument for using the Triple Captain chip on a known FPL star in Gameweek 1 if they have an attractive matchup. It could be as good as any single-game option for triple captaincy later in the year. And some of the top teams have great fixtures in the first gameweek – especially Liverpool, Spurs, and Manchester City. Let’s look at each:

Liverpool – Mohamed Salah scored in the first gameweek last year and is up against an injury-depleted, newly-promoted side in Norwich City. It might be the Reds’ best home fixture all season! With Sadio Mane needing some rest after a full summer of playing in the Africa Cup of Nations, Salah could be clear choice to put two or three goals past the Canaries. A Liverpool defender (Andrew Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, or Virgil Van Dijk) could also be in line for a massive haul from clean sheet and attacking points. The question there is which defender will deliver the most.

Man City – Man City attackers could likewise run rampant over West Ham even though they play away (they scored four at the London Stadium in each of the last two seasons and four against the Hammers in their pre-season friendly in China last week). Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero are the best potential triple captain options here and even though I’m a die-hard West Ham fan, I fear that Sterling in particular could shine as he has a better away scoring record than Aguero.

Spurs – And what about Harry Kane against a promoted Aston Villa side? If you don’t buy into the mythology about Kane’s inability to score in August (he finally broke the curse last year with his first ever Premier League goal in August), then surely he looks like another triple captain option. His last Premier League game against Villa was in 2016 when he scored a brace and was man of the match whilst wearing that Phantom of the Opera protective face mask. And perhaps Spurs have something to prove after coming up just short in the Champions League final.

Leicester – Crazy like a fox to use your Triple Captain on Leicester? The Foxes have boosted their attacking threat in the off-season and have a good game at home against Wolves. It might just be too risky to use this chip on Jamie Vardy but who knows… Wolves only kept two clean sheets away from home last year and they’ll be tired from a flurry of games this summer in Asia and for Europa League qualifying.

Sounds interesting right? Let me know what you think in the comments section below. You can read the rest of the article here

Source: Fantasy Football Scout

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