Premier League managers may have given an indication of their selection preferences for 2019/20 on the season’s opening weekend, but players of fantasy football should be wary of the mixed results those selections contributed to. If Sean Dyche, Graham Potter and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are likely to have been satisfied with their players’ performances, Ralph Hassenhüttl, Javi Gracia and Frank Lampard can perhaps be expected to change their teams.
Trying to predict what Pep Guardiola is thinking, and therefore Manchester City’s starting XI, increases in difficulty every week, as Bernardo Silva and Sergio Agüero being substitutes for their 5-0 victory at West Ham demonstrated. Gameweek Two could prove similarly difficult, owing to its many evenly-matched fixtures, of which City-Tottenham – following victories for both – most appeals.
Yet it is Arsenal-Burnley where the most fantasy football points may just be earned – even if newly-promoted Aston Villa, Sheffield United and Norwich City consider their respective home fixtures with Bournemouth, Crystal Palace and Newcastle fine opportunities to gain their first victories back in the Premier League. Manchester United and Liverpool will be full of confidence after victories of their own, but United next travel to Wolves, and Southampton-bound Liverpool are potentially still recovering from their journey to Istanbul, which involved extra time plus penalties in beating Chelsea in the Super Cup. Chelsea will target a first competitive win under Frank Lampard at home to Leicester.
Brighton’s victory at Watford makes it similarly difficult to predict what will happen when they host West Ham, and the tension surrounding Marco Silva’s eventual appointment by Everton gives their visit of Watford almost the feel of a derby, therefore making it equally unpredictable.