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FPL 2019/20 review : Winners & Losers of GW1

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Finally, the Premier League football is back and so is the Fantasy Premier League. GW1 produced some great football as we saw Man City put five past the Hammers West Ham United. Also, there were a few shocking moments as we saw Chelsea getting thrashed by Man United. With 27 goals scored and 9 clean sheets kept in Game week 1, we bring to you our FPL GW 1 review where we discuss the Winners & Losers of GW1. So, let’s get started.

Top 5 Winners of GW1

5. Divock Origi

    Price – £5.5m   Points scored = 12

Liverpool needed someone to step up in the absence of Sadio Mane and so did Divock Origi. The Belgian International forced a deflection out of Grant Hanley early in the match which resulted in an own goal and Origi’s first assist of the 2019/20 season. His  first goal didn’t take long as he was at the end of a wonderful cross by Trent Alexander-Arnold to take his tally to 12 points. Origi certainly didn’t let the Liverpool fans miss Sadio Mane, and now, Jurgen Klopp has a tough decision on his hands on who to start against Southampton at game week 2.

4. Riyadh Mahrez

    Price – £8.5m   Points scored = 14

This has come as a surprise to many as Brenardo Silva was the favorite to start at right-wing by a long margin. Riyadh Mahrez was heavily involved in the Africa Cup of Nations and therefore missed the whole of pre-season. Looks like Pep Guardiola outplayed us all again with his rotation roulette.

The former Leicester man was mostly on the bench last season but this time he made the most out of his opportunity providing the final pass in three occasions. After the game, Pep reiterated the fact the Mahrez spent most of the time on the bench last season, but this season, Bernardo Silva should realize what type of competition he’s going to have and that he needs to step up.

3. Erik Pieters

    Price – £4.5m   Points scored = 14

Out of everyone, Erik Pieters proved to be the best differential in game week 1. The Dutchman provided two assists as well as kept a clean sheet. Burnley having realized Southampton’s problems in dealing with long balls, adopted the long ball tactic with Barnes and Woods running in behind the Saints’ backline. Pieters’ first assist was a brilliant long ball towards Barnes which the defender couldn’t deal with at all. His second assist was a beautiful inch-perfect cross which Barnes turned in once again to score his brace.

2. Raheem Sterling

    Price – £12.0m   Points scored = 20

What a way to kick-off the new season for Raheem Sterling. Sterling scored the first hattrick in the 2019/20 season and also the eighth player in Premier League history to score a hattrick in the opening weekend. Sterling could have scored more if not for VAR. With Leroy Sane out for a long-time, expect more Sterling masterclasses from the left-wing.

1. Harry Kane

    Price – £11.0m   Points scored = 13

As many of you may have expected, Harry Kane tops our chart in game week 1. Kane not only scored a brace but broke his August curse once again as the England captain continues his brilliant form in the Premier League. Harry Kane has now scored the same number of goals in August this season compared to all his previous seasons in August.

Top 5 Losers of GW1

5. Abdoulaye Doucoure

    Price – £6.0m   Points scored = 0

It might be a bit harsh to include Abdoulaye Doucoure in this list, but that’s football. Doucoure wasn’t at much fault for the own goal and it just wasn’t Watford’s day as they got outplayed by Brighton & Hove Albion. However, questions will be asked regarding Doucoure and if his head is turned by Everton’s summer bid. There’s only one way to find out, Game week 2 when Watford travel to the Merseyside to take on Everton.

4. Morgan Schneiderlin

    Price – £4.5m   Points scored = 0

The first red card of the season goes to Morgan Schneiderlin and it’s debatable if he deserved the second yellow or not. The former United man was having a decent game until he put a rash tackle to receive the second yellow card. The tackle obviously could have been avoided as Crystal Palace were near the half-way line and Everton weren’t in any danger then. Morgan’s intention was to win the ball but he was a bit late and here you are suspended till 23rd August.

3. Grant Hanley

    Price – £4.0m   Points scored = -2

Grant Hanley knew it was going to be a long 90 minutes when the ball touched his foot off Origi’s cross. Hanley could have positioned himself better to deal with Origi’s ball. As for the other goals, the Norwich defenders gave too much space to Liverpool and you can never give that much space to one of the best teams in the world.

2. West Ham defence

Nothing much to talk here, West Ham’s defensive problems were visible in pre-season but what does conceding five goals in the opening weekend do to their confidence? Nothing positive. It’s never easy to defend against the likes of Man City and Liverpool but West Ham have some good players on their hands like Issa Diop and Balbuena. Obviously no team wants to get battered 5-0 at the start of the season, so the Hammers need to sort out their defensive issues as soon as possible.

1. Kurt Zouma

    Price – £5.0m   Points scored = -1

Not his owners, not his fans and not even Kurt Zouma may have imagined him to top the list in the opening weekend of the season. Although, the whole Chelsea defense was in shambles but it all started when Zouma brought down Martial in the penalty box in the 18th minute of the game. Since then, Chelsea lost their momentum and mostly played on the backfoot. In the second half, the whole defense was at fault for letting Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial break on the counter. Although, he didn’t start well, Zouma’s a slow-learner and I believe he’ll get better as the season goes on.

Honorable mentions

• Mo Salah

Price – £12.5m   Points scored = 12

• David de Gea

Price – £5.5m   Points scored = 10

• Ainsley Maitland-Niles

Price – £5.0m   Points scored = 12

• Marcus Rashford

Price – £8.5m   Points scored = 13

• Ashley Barnes

Price – £6.5m   Points scored = 13

• Lewis Dunk

Price – £4.5m   Points scored = 11

• Chris Mepham

Price – £4.5m   Points scored = 10

• Matt Ryan

Price – £4.5m   Points scored = 9

This concludes our article for “FPL 2019/20 review : Winners & Losers of GW1″. If we missed out on anyone, do let us know in the comments below.

Also read – FPL 2019/20 GW1 preview by FPLoons

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