Why Fantasy Football fans must pick Everton, Aston Villa and Liverpool stars from the off

Why Fantasy Football fans must pick Everton, Aston Villa and Liverpool stars from the off


 The early season fixtures can be key to any player jumping to the top of the table to put some pressure on friends and family  Availability of certain stars means you must still be selective when it comes to certain clubs  But those with an easy beginning to the campaign on paper is the most sure-fire way of getting points swiftly on the board  Starsport has looked at the games at the start of the Premier League and has key tips for you from three sides in particular Everton Marco Silva’s men have the most appealing start to the season with none of the top six taking on the Toffees in the opening six matches  A trip to Crystal Palace kicks off Everton’s season, with the Eagles facing a potentially difficult season without new £50m Manchester United signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Arsenal target Wilfried Zaha  A visit from Watford, an away game at Aston Villa and clash with Wolves at Goodison Park follow    Everton then go to Bournemouth before welcoming another newly promoted side in Sheffield United to Merseyside  As a result, Lucas Digne at £6.0m is great value as some clean sheets are likely while the ex-Barcelona wing-back also showed last season he chips in a lot going forward, even from set-pieces  Club-record signing Gylfi Sigurdsson was Everton’s top points scorer last term and he will inevitably play a big role in the team this term as a guaranteed starter  Similarly, Richarlison is another destined for the starting XI, and if the Toffees fail to bring in a big-name striker, the Brazilian could be used in a No 9 role. The fact the forward is listed as a midfielder on the FPL website makes him all the more appealing too for bonus goalscoring points Aston Villa While Dean Smith’s Villa have only just returned to the top-flight, they have been given a breezy beginning as they bed themselves back in life in the Premier League  A trip to Tottenham on the first weekend in the Saturday evening TV kick-off means you may be better off benching any Villa players straight off the bat  However, their run of games afterwards gives fans hope for points on the Premier League table and the FPL one  A visit from Bournemouth and then Everton gives them opportunities, while a game at Crystal Palace and a home clash with West Ham means they avoid any top-six sides immediately after Tottenham  Even with Arsenal up sixth, Villa then play Burnley, Norwich and Brighton in a nice spell  In terms of players to pick, it is hard to predict Smith’s starting XI yet with all the new faces  Aston Villa are set to make their ninth and 10th signings official soon, but there are some guaranteed faces in the first XI that would be worth a cheap pick for FPL players  Tyrone Mings at centre-half was crucial to shutting out oppositions at Villa Park in the second half of last season  The permanent summer signing from Bournemouth can also offer a real threat from corners and set-pieces as a giant figure in the air  Elsewhere in attacking midfield, John McGinn and Jack Grealish offer great creativity and passing that can help tick over points as Villa look appealing going forward  The pair were looked at by Manchester United and Tottenham respectively, showing other clubs value them in high regard Liverpool Jurgen Klopp’s Champions League winners also have a fairly comfortable start to the new Premier League season  While picks from the Reds may be an obvious shout anyway, there is even greater reason to invest in Liverpool players, With Liverpool kicking off the campaign on Friday, August 9 at home to newly promoted Norwich, FPL players can quickly jump up the leaderboard potentially with some wise moves  Additionally, Liverpool then go to Southampton in another inviting fixture. A visit from Arsenal could pose tricky, but an away game at Burnley and home match against turbulent Newcastle rounds off an easy start amid Liverpool’s hectic schedule  They also need to play in the Community Shield against Manchester City at the start of August and then against Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup in between the Norwich and Southampton games  As a result, fans must be careful when picking Liverpool players early on due to availability of international stars who had a late summer break plus the prospect of Klopp rotating his team  Due to the continued lack of left-back competition for Andy Robertson, though, he is an obvious pick at £7 0, with the left-back potentially bringing in defensive and attacking points. Similarly, Trent Alexander-Arnold – also £7 0m – guaranteed points last season and should be a regular feature in Klopp’s team, even if Joe Gomez can play in his position  In attack, things get tricky as Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah have all had delayed pre-seasons  As a result, sticking with defensive options at Anfield is probably safer at the start of the campaign

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