First Team 22/08/2018

FPL Review: Gameweek 2

By Sachin Dholakia's resident FPL expert Sachin Dholakia reviews the latest weekend of Fantasy Premier League action.

Gameweek 2 saw Watford’s fine start to the FPL season continue as they beat Burnley 3-1 at Turf Moor.

Troy Deeney (12 points) was the star man, making the FPL Dream Team of the week after contributing with both a goal and assist. 

The Hornets captain assisted fellow striker Andre Gray (6) for the opener inside three minutes and got on the scoresheet himself after an excellent pass from Abdoulaye Doucouré (6). Will Hughes (8) added a third shortly after as the Hornets won their opening two games for the first time in Premier League history.

In Andre Gray's previous highest-scoring FPL season he finished with 108 points

A home tie against Crystal Palace in Gameweek 3 offers the chance for the Golden Boys to build on their start, with Will Hughes (£5.0) offering an excellent price having been deployed on the right hand side.

Will Hughes can play both centrally and out wide for Watford - his versatility could prove valuable for FPL managers too

Roberto Pereyra (£6.1) will look to add to his brace in the opening week and strikers Troy Deeney (£6.0) and Andre Gray (£6.0) have formed a fruitful partnership at the top. With home games against Tottenham and Manchester United to come however, it could be worth holding off in the short term.

Manchester City striker Sergio Agüero is cheaper than Harry Kane, but more prone to rotation

Elsewhere, Sergio Agüero (20) scored another Premier League hat-trick to be the highest points scorer of the week as Manchester City thrashed Huddersfield 6-1 at the Etihad Stadium. David Silva (9) returned to the City starting lineup with a goal, while Gabriel Jesus (7) and Benjamin Mendy (8) also contributed with a goal and two assists respectively. Favourites again for the title, City players will be popular once more this season, but managers should be wary about rotation with all three FPL favourites Leroy Sané, Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling starting on the bench this week.

Cardiff could be a dark horse in FPL stay up if Neil Etheridge can repeat his heroics from the weekend

It was also a week for low ownership players to shine with Cardiff keeper Neil Etheridge (16) saving his second penalty in two weeks as Cardiff held for a 0-0 draw against Newcastle. 

Steve Cook (14) scored and assisted as Bournemouth beat West Ham, while Theo Walcott (13) was on target as Everton edged past Southampton.

The week also so a significant increase in the number of price changes, with 78 price falls and eight price rises in the last three days alone. This can highlight the importance of getting transfers done earlier on in the week, especially to try and take out players who have not been starting and will almost certainly see a price drop.

'I choose Hughes!' wins the unofficial award for best Watford fantasy team name this Gameweek

Andy Greenman and Connor Buckley secured back-to-back 100 point weeks as they jointly-lead the top of the Watford global league with 216 points each. Connor was also the high scorer in the Top 10 with 117 points courtesy of captain Sergio Agüero. Congratulations if you made the top 10 this week!

Tip of the week

It may sound obvious, but plan your budget for the next few Gameweeks rather than taking it week by week and finding the need to force two transfers to get a player you need.

By checking team’s fixtures and understanding that you may transfer in a particular player in the future, you could set aside some budget so that a straight swap can be made and allowing you to save transfer points. 

This is especially useful for more expensive players such as Harry Kane (£12.5) and Sergio Agüero (£11.1).

Players To Watch

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will hope to put recent misses behind him in the next few Gameweeks

1) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal, £11.0) looks to be preferred to Alexandre Lacazette in the Arsenal front line. After a tough two opening games, the Gunners have a favourable set of fixtures in the next few weeks and the January signing has a chance to be among the goals.

Trent Alexander-Arnold has become a mainstay of the Liverpool side - could they challenge for the title this year?

2) Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool, £5.0) has picked up five points in each of the last two Gameweeks having started both games. He remains excellent value for a full back in a team chasing a top-six position and could contribute with assists in addition to the potential clean sheets.

Richarlison has made a flying start to life at Everton - as he did at Watford this time last year

3) Richarlison (Everton, £6.7) will look to continue his fine start to the season for the Toffees and has home fixtures against Huddersfield, West Ham and Fulham to look forward to in the next five Gameweeks. Despite the recent price rises, still provides value for a budget midfielder and will increase in value further over the season.

Likely Price Rises

Sergio Agüero (Manchester City, £11.1), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Arsenal, £7.0), Ederson (Manchester City, £5.5), Paul Pogba (Manchester United, £8.1)

Likely Price Falls 

Cédric Soares (Southampton, £4.5), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United, £7.0), Christian Eriksen (Tottenham, £9.5)

Best of luck for Gameweek 3, FPL managers!

Under-18's 21/08/2018

U18 Report: Watford 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday

By Jonathan Nagioff

Watford Under 18s registered their first point of the new campaign, sharing the spoils with Sheffield Wednesday in a 1-1 stalemate at London Colney on Saturday.

The Hornets opened the scoring midway through the first half, with Dom Hutchinson (pictured) peeling off his marker to nod home George Langston’s pinpoint cross.

However, the Owls levelled the proceedings in the second half, latching onto a loose pass in the midfield, with Charles Hagan finishing off a finely-worked move.

Speaking after full-time, Under-18 Coach Carl Martin said: “With what we’re trying to do this season in terms of trying to push players up and really take them out of their comfort zones, I thought the boys gave a really good account of themselves.

“Sheffield Wednesday are always difficult opposition. They’re always a physical team and they always try to play to win, but especially in the first half I thought the boys started the game excellently. 

“They just ran out of legs in the end and conceded the goal, but I thought overall we were all pretty impressed with the players and their application.”

Next up for the Under-18s is a trip to Nottingham Forest this Saturday.

HORNETS | Hoskins (GK); Langston (Maclean, 75), Tricker (c), Trialist (Essa, 55), Matthews; Trialist, Birchall, Trialist, Hutchinson; Sesay, Bennetts.

Subs not used | Forde, Baptiste.