fantasy premier league preseason and potential lineups – Arsenal, Aston Villa, Brighton and Burnley


Here’s the first of 5 articles where we look at each teams preseason.  Were looking for value and form players plus trying to establish a potential GW1 lineup.The first 4 are Arsenal, Aston Villa, Brighton and Burnley

fantasy premier league preseason and potential lineups – Arsenal, Aston Villa, Brighton and Burnley

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A short preseason as well as the ridiculous interruption by the Nations League makes this season’s GW1 harder than ever.  Lineups will be more difficult to predict as a result and this will be exacerbated by the absence of 4 teams in GW1 in Manchester United, Manchester City, Aston Villa and Burnley.

Here we will focus on the players of interest in the 4 teams and a potential GW1 lineup



fantasy premier league preseason

So Arsenal weren’t a great defensive or attacking side last season and your view of them overall depends on how much you think Arteta can improve them.

Most of last season ended with a 3-4-3 formation and that’s what I think Arteta will start with

Who are we potentially interested in?

£12.0m Mid Aubameyang

Has had a good preseason and takes pens.  I’m sure he’ll be in my team for GW1 with the 2 fixtures but overall I don’t think he represents value for money.  His underlying stats are pretty ordinary and last season he relied on unbelievable finishing.  Something he doesn’t have history to back it up.  Long term you have to believe Arsenal can create more for him or he can keep being the deadly finisher he was last season

£4.5m GK Martinez

I’d love to think he could be the number 1 and it seems he played in the last friendly v Villa where there has been no team sheet but it would be a risk with Leno there.

£4.5m Def Saliba

I personally only think that the defence is worth £4.5m so that only has Saliba as a possible representative.  The fact he didn’t start in the Community Shield isn’t helpful.  However I can see them playing a 3-4-3 which surely gives him a good chance of starting and it seems he took part in the Villa loss on Sept 5. With Gabriel still in quarantine, Holding apparently looking to be loaned, Mustafi, Chambers and Mari injured and Sokratis on the bench for 13 of the last 14 games last season surely Saliba starts.

£5.0m Mid Ceballos

Should be in the midfield 2 with Xhaka over the season and at £5.0m could be the answer if West Ham’s £5.0m Soucek’s quarantine prevents him from starting.  The question is his late arrival.  Didn’t have to quarantine and played in the friendly v Villa apparently so has to have a good chance

£5.5m Mid Saka

Too many attacking mids and forwards unfortunately to see him being involved.

£6.0m Fwd Nketiah

Would be great value but had very mixed minutes at the end of last season and with Lacazette not being transferred out he remains a decent risk for me.


My Fixture Ease rank of  14  for defence and 13 for the attack

fantasy premier league preseason

Potential lineup

fantasy premier league preseason

Aston Villa


fantasy premier league preseason

The defence was atrocious for most of the season although it did improve markedly after the restart.  Unfortunately at the expense of the attack.

Attack was very ordinary with no striker of note.  Hence the failed move for Wilson and now Ollie Watkins in their sights

Unfortunately no fixture GW1 and why would you clog your bench with a Villa player.  There’s also very little preseason info

Who are we potentially interested in?

£7.0m mid Grealish

faded badly towards the end of the season but highly involved and plays in an attacking LW position.  Not for me and certainly not worth having to bench GW1

£4.0m GK Nyland

Nyland and WBA’s Button are the best options for me for a £4.0m GK.  Unless the rumours of Utd’s Sergio Romero get a head of steam which seem unlikely given Heaton’s the number 1 when back from injury then you should get a few games out of Nyland

£4.5m Targett

As I said above you have to believe the improved defence was the new normal.  If you do then Targett is the best option for me


My Fixture Ease rank of  18  for defence and 20 for the attack.  No game in GW1 distorts it

 fantasy premier league preseason

Potential lineup

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fantasy premier league preseason

A pretty ordinary defence and attack.

Hard to predict lineup and formation

Who are we potentially interested in?

£4.5m GK Ryan

One of the few £4.5m GKs.  A pretty ordinary GK with a PPM of 3.6 last season

£6.0m Mid Trossard

With a year in the PL under his belt and more average minutes it could be a reasonable season for the Belgian.  Probably only for good fixture runs though

£6.5m Fwd Maupay

As for Trossard.


My Fixture Ease rank of  4  for defence and 10 for the attack

fantasy premier league preseason

Potential lineup



ntasy premier league preseason

An attack which relies strongly on the 2 forwards and a defence that keeps clean sheets despite the overall stats

Predictable selection

Unfortunately no GW1 fixture which means clogging your bench with them at maybe the expense of Man Utd or Man City players.

Who are we potentially interested in?

£4.5m def Taylor

The defence for me should focus on £4.5m and Taylor looks to be the best option

£6.5m Fwd Wood

Great underlying stats and should have pens too


My Fixture Ease rank of  19  for defence and  17 for the attack largely due to no fixture in GW1

fantasy premier league preseason

Potential lineup

Generally a stable 4-4-2.  Looks like Mee and Barnes won’t be fit

fantasy premier league preseason

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