Love it or loathe it, pre-season form often dictates our FPL Gameweek 1 team selection.
The community provide their review of late season and pre-season form ahead of the 2019/20 Premier Legaue season.
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Scott from Fantasy Football Pundits has his eye on Ross Barkley after an excellent pre-season. It looks like he could be on penalties, as his new manager Frank Lampard moulds him into the role he used to play.
🔵 Ross Barkley REALLY caught my attention last night…
▪️Played 90 minutes
▪️Scored a penalty
▪️Bagged himself 2 assists
He looks like he has been killing it in pre-season, after some other good performances too.
— Scott Wilson (@FFPundits_Scott) August 1, 2019
FPL Tips summarises all the key players from pre-season in his latest YouTube video. It’s no surprise to see Ross Barkley in there once more, among a striker with 9 goals for the exploits.
🎥 NEW #FPL VIDEO 🎥
6⃣ players who have impressed in pre-season!
— FPLtips (@_FPLtips) July 31, 2019
Andy put’s the Manchester City form midfielders to a poll. They’ve both chipped in with attacking returns already, but it’s Sterling who’s been playing out of position as a forward, who wins this popularity contest.
🤔 Their opposition may have been appalling, but Sterling and KDB look red hot already this season. Who are YOU having in your team for Gameweek 1?
— #FPL Andy (@FFPundits_Andy) July 28, 2019
Fantasy Football Scout have put together an awesome guide to pre-season. This comprehensive offering includes friendly analysis as well as a helpful summary of minutes played across these games.
♻ We've updated the goal-scorers, assisters and (most importantly) the pre-season minutes from all of Saturday's friendly matches ⏱
— Fantasy Football Scout (@FFScout) July 28, 2019
Considering the 2018/19 end of season form, Trent Alexander-Arnold lit up the Premier League. He finished strong, with assists galore coming in the opening few games. Is he one for your fantasy team this season?
I was a bit surprised about the timings of TAA's assists. Over half of them came in the last 5 GWs. pic.twitter.com/oiRPIuuSPR
— Ian ::: FPL Strategic (@FantasianPL) July 9, 2019
Fantasy Football Fix summarise the highest points scorers in the final 10 weeks of last season. Jamie Vardy and Sadio Mane top the chart, with Vardy a popular option for this coming season too.
#FPL points scored GW29-38
— Fantasy Football Fix (@FantasyFootyFix) July 17, 2019
Planet FPL Podcast put this past season form to good use by compiling an affordable FPL squad for the season ahead. It’s a 3-5-2 formation, with a trio of Foxes, Toffees and Liverpool.
Best affordable starting eleven based on the last 8 GWs of last season
🍬Pickford 5.5 (57)
🔴TAA 7.0 (73)
🍬Digne 6.0 (66)
🍬Coleman 5.5 (59)
🔴Mane 11.5 (75)
🦊Perez 6.5 (65)
🔴Salah 12.5 (64)
🦅Zaha 7.0 (53)
🦊Tielemans 6.5 (53)
🦊Vardy 9.0 (74)
🐺Jota 6.5 (55)
— Planet #FPL Podcast (@PlanetFPLPod) July 16, 2019
Andy from Let’s Talk FPL summarises the hype around pre-season form. An attacking return in a pre-season game, quickly accelerates a player to essential status in our FPL squads.
Quick thread on how to identify an essential #FPL player during pre-season.
1. They get on the score sheet.
— Andy (@LetsTalk_FPL) July 16, 2019
The FPL General is not one to fall for that pre-season hype. It’s important to remember these are friendlies, generally against clubs who aren’t of Premier League quality.
My list of players who will be in my GW1 team based on their pre season form: pic.twitter.com/sRPloHcM9C
— FPL General (@FPLGeneral) July 21, 2019
The final game of pre-season is usually most telling, and in this handy Twitter thread, The Editor summarises all the key action from the final weekend. It’s well worth a read.
Final friendly round-up
Bremen v EVE
CRY v Hertha
NEW v St. Etienne
SOT v FC Koln
WAT v Real Sociedad
WHU v Atl. Bilbao
M.gladbach v CHE
NOR v Toulouse
MUN v AC Milan
Bookmark: More reviews to follow later 👀
— The Editor (@FPLEditor) August 4, 2019
Finally, I set out my 10 FPL takeaways from Sunday’s Community Shield. Raheem Sterling scored once more and there were some interesting team news and substitutions within the game.
🛡️ NEW FREE #FPL POST 🛡️
10 FPL Takeaways from the Community Shield by @FFCommunity_
RTs appreciated 👍
— Fantasy Football Hub (@FFootballHub) August 5, 2019
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