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FPL Tips: Ten Best And Most Selected Players For Gameweek 1

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FPL Tips: Ten Best And Most Selected Players For Gameweek 1

It's here and it's perfect. The first day of the new Premier League season is finally upon us and fantasy managers across the world will be piecing together their sides ahead of the opening gameweek.

As always, the opening weekend of a new season is a clean slate for managers, players and supporters - with fantasy football being no different, either.

However, it has been 82 days since a ball was last kicked in the Premier League and a lot has changed since then, which begs the question: which players should you side with in the opening week?

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Manchester City were crowned the 2020/21 Premier League champions
Manchester City were crowned the 2020/21 Premier League champions

There are some rather tasting looking fixtures to get stuck into in Gameweek 1, but choosing players who can supplement guaranteed points for your team is easier said than done.

Up first, newly-promoted Brentford kick off proceedings as they welcome Arsenal to west London, before Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City close out the opening weekend.

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That match, of course, will be of particular interest to Harry Kane, who has been heavily linked in a move from the former to the latter.

Getting down to business first, though SPORTbible takes a look at ten players who are more than worthy of consideration as Gameweek 1 approaches.

Robert Sanchez (Brighton & Hove Albion)

Robert Sanchez has the second-highest ownership behind only Aston Villa's Emiliano Martinez
Robert Sanchez has the second-highest ownership behind only Aston Villa's Emiliano Martinez
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Of the teams still in the division, Burnley scored the fewest home goals (14) last season which boosts the prospects of Brighton & Hove Albion's budget goalkeeper in Robert Sanchez.

The Spaniard comes in at a very generous £4.5m and has the second-highest ownership behind only Aston Villa's Emiliano Martinez.

Price: £4.5m

Gameweek 1 fixture: Burnley (a)

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Kostas Tsimikas (Liverpool)

Kostas Tsimikas heads into the Liverpool starting line-up with Andy Robertson out injured
Kostas Tsimikas heads into the Liverpool starting line-up with Andy Robertson out injured

Andy Robertson's ankle ligament injury has opened the door for backup left-back Kostas Tsimikas to make his mark at Anfield.

Tsimikas provided a lovely assist for Roberto Firmino in Sunday's 3-1 win against Osasuna and could provide exceptional value at just £4.0m.

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Price: £4.0m

Gameweek 1 fixture: Norwich (a)

Luke Shaw (Manchester United)

Luke Shaw is the most transferred player in the entire game
Luke Shaw is the most transferred player in the entire game

Luke Shaw is the most transferred player in the entire game ahead of the 2021-22 campaign.

Shaw's stellar performances for England during this summer's European Championships sees him owned by just under 55 per cent of managers - even putting him ahead of Mohamed Salah in the popularity stakes.

Price: £5.5m

Gameweek 1 fixture: Leeds (h)

Matt Targett (Aston Villa)

Matt Targett was the top-scoring defender of the Premier League last season
Matt Targett was the top-scoring defender of the Premier League last season

Matt Targett is the pick of the pick budget defenders, especially after his solid outings last term for Aston Villa.

For a price tag of just £5m, he was the top-scoring defender of the Premier League last season, with 138 points in his price range.

Price: £5.0m

Gameweek 1 fixture: Watford (a)

Francisco Trincao (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Francisco Trincao has been highly-rated since his teenage years
Francisco Trincao has been highly-rated since his teenage years

Francisco Trincao signed with Barcelona in January 2020, and he is a prospect that fans are very excited about.

The 21-year-old has been highly-rated since his teenage years and has been tipped to become Lionel Messi's successor at Barca in the coming years. One to watch, for sure.

Price: £6.0m

Gameweek 1 fixture: Leicester City (a)

Jack Grealish (Manchester City)

Manchester City's new £100m signing in Jack Grealish provided 12 FPL assists last season
Manchester City's new £100m signing in Jack Grealish provided 12 FPL assists last season

With both Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden unavailable for Manchester City's opening fixtures due to injury, Jack Grealish should see plenty of game time for his new club.

Despite only playing 26 games for Aston Villa last season, Grealish provided 12 FPL assists - a total only bettered in the league by Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Bruno Fernandes (all 14).

Price: £8.0m

Gameweek 1 fixture: Spurs (a)

Kai Havertz (Chelsea)

Kai Havertz could have a prominent role in the opening weekend with Romelu Lukaku poised to make his return
Kai Havertz could have a prominent role in the opening weekend with Romelu Lukaku poised to make his return

Emerging as a genuine FPL asset, Kai Havertz started to flourish in a Chelsea shirt during the second half of the season.

He could have a prominent role in the opening weekend with Romelu Lukaku poised to make his return to Stamford Bridge.

Price: £8.5m

Gameweek 1 fixture: Crystal Palace (h)

Danny Ings (Aston Villa)

Danny Ings is likely to start for Aston Villa in their opening fixture against Watford
Danny Ings is likely to start for Aston Villa in their opening fixture against Watford

Aston Villa have reinvested the £100m raised from selling Jack Grealish to Manchester City in three exciting attacking players in Emi Buendia, Leon Bailey and Danny Ings.

The acquisition of Ings, in particular, is a major coup considering only Harry Kane, Mohamed Salah and Jamie Vardy have outscored him in the Premier League since August 2019.

Price: £8.0m

Gameweek 1 fixture: Watford (a)

Ivan Toney (Brentford)

Ivan Toney is currently the most-owned forward in FPL
Ivan Toney is currently the most-owned forward in FPL

Since his Newcastle United days, Brentford's Ivan Toney hasn't kicked a ball in the Premier League for over five years.

Despite that, the 25-year-old is currently the most-owned forward in FPL, ahead of established big-hitters like Kane - whom he is almost half the price of.

Price: £6.5m

Gameweek 1 fixture: Arsenal (h)

Featured Image Credit: Getty Images

Topics: Premier League, Fantasy Premier League

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