EPL Season Preview - Part 2

With the return of the EPL just around the corner, I think it’s best to gain some insight on the 20 teams in the league this year. There’s nothing better than the summer transfer market so we will look at who the new signings are and how it will affect the dynamic of a team. We won’t necessarily know what impact a new player can have from a DFS perspective, but their style of play and the purpose of their signing can give us a good feel of what to expect. Are they a hit or miss for the squad? But most importantly, are they an intriguing piece from a DFS point of view or not?

Everton

The status-quo pretty much remains here. A strong side looking to break into the Top 7. The loss of Gueye may hurt if a suitable replacement isn’t found but the permanent addition of Gomes is beneficial. From a DFS view, none of those matter.

The ones who do matter are the likes of Sigurdsson, Digne, and Richarlison.

More recently, they signed the striker for the present and the future, Moise Keane. It might take him some time to adapt but my belief is that he will be better than Lukaku when he was dressed in Everton colors. I’m really interested on seeing him play as the Toffees did lack a true #9 last season. I’ll take my chances with him in DFS early on.

UPDATE: Iwobi is on his way, this is interesting as Bernard will for sure be benched and if Walcott isn’t benched, this may mean Richarlison up top. Or just a whole new formation and style of play, watch out for Everton!

Leicester City

The Cinderella story is behind them. Time to continue on as the mid-level table team that they are. Maddison will still be the upper tier of DFS goodness. Tielemans finalized his permanent transfer and had some decent outings last year but it’s always his price that strikes me as being way too high for what he is. If he is above $6.5K, it’s tough for me to go that route. We will get a better sense as to what he is this year to this team, let the first few games dictate that.

Even if Maguire does leave, they can easily find a suitable replacement. Their team is largely unchanged so it will operate just like it did last season. Only significant addition would be Ayoze Perez who should play as the second striker to Vardy – not too relevant in DFS unless his price is extremely low.

UPDATE: Praet was signed but this will be a wait and see on how he fits in with the club.

Liverpool

What a remarkable season it was last year! They missed the title by a point but secured their Champions League crown! It will be very difficult replicating that season, albeit with the same squad. No big additions, but also no big losses.

The players are obvious, the question will be whether they are still hung over from partying or not? Their pre-season hasn’t been the greatest so buyer beware for the first few match-days until they get their feet back under them.

UPDATE: They actually had an impressive showing against City and could have won at the end. Salah will need to be at his best from the start.

Manchester City

The Champions!

And most likely the 2019-20 Champions as well. There’s not one team that has both the talent and depth that this team has. Money talks!

Another strong defensive mid in the mix through Rodri and another wing-back to complement the departure of Delph through Angelino. Those are upgrades whichever way you spell it. Cancelo is rumoured to join as well, watch out! UPDATE: He’s confirmed!

And you already know the DFS motto for these guys – every single player is in play, you just have to pick the right ones at the right time! Gosh, I hope there isn’t many large slates with City.

Manchester United

What will be of this team this season – hard to tell. The new signings of James, Maguire and Wan-Bissaka don’t do much for a fantasy perspective, nor do they do much in reality in my opinion. Perhaps, for the near future, they will be excellent additions but for a top class team (who is suppose to be top class), these signings aren’t something to be amazed about.

Now, there may be more signings to come before the deadline and bigger names are at play. For example, Maguire just came through and broke the record fee for a defender. Was he worth that kind of money? I wouldn’t say so. But he is still probably better than most of the defenders currently on the team. His pairing with Lindelof is a significant upgrade. Dybala talks seem to have broken down so the impact will remain with Rashford and Pogba to carry this team. This also seems like a year where Martial needs to breakout and improve his consistency game in and game out.

Newcastle

The departure of Rafa Benitez will dearly hurt this team in my eyes. He was the only reason this team avoided relegation in the past few years considering the lack of talent his squad contained. With Bruce at the helm now, they’ll need their prayers.

The signing of Joelinton for 40-million pounds is interesting but at a first glance, he looks just like another Rondon, just much younger. Newcastle already struggles to create so this may hurt a signing like this but for some reason he remains intriguing to me unless his DFS price is way over-valued like his market value in real life.

The additional signings of Willems and Saint-Maximin are interesting to say the least. Not too sure where they fit in on a team that lacks attacking prowess but that remains to be seen.

Ritchie will continue to be a great DFS target, serving these two big men only helps him. Almiron will continue his rise and will be popular in the early going as everyone now knows him from last year.

Norwich

They come up, they go down – that’s usually how it goes for this side. And I believe it will replicate here again.

No signings to help them stay afloat – the Championship is nothing like the EPL. Now if you look at each individual player’s stats from last season, you would think “Oh my, I want a piece of that.” Again, they played in a lesser league versus weaker opponents. Not to say that some may still thrive, but it won’t be the same. Pukki for sure will be overpriced to start the season. Buendia might be as well but you may be alright with targeting him. Leitner and Vrancic were also big plays in the Championship slates.

This team is truly a wait-and-see approach for the first few match-days.

Part 3 – to be continued…

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