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Fantasy Premier League tips for the 2016/17 season

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, right, and Raheem Sterling, left, compete for the ball with Liverpool's Nathaniel Clyne during the English League Cup final soccer match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Wembley stadium in London, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

FPL advice to help you win your Super League and beat your mates

The Fantasy Premier League website for the new season has gone live and that means that managers all over the world have started tinkering with their squad before GW1.

The FPL game for this coming campaign has the same rules and scoring system as the 2015/16 version which means two wildcards, a Bench Boost, Triple Captain and All-Out Attack.

It also has a budget of £100million and we are on hand to provide some simple advice to help you get a decent foothold when it comes to picking that all-important squad. Naturally, goal-scoring players are an essential part of doing well and we’ve predicted three that should take the Premier League by storm.

Pick players that are going to start matches
It sounds simple but many managers overlook the fact that their players might be on the bench for each GW. For GW1, it’s clear that players who featured at the business end of Euro 2016 might be given a day off or demoted to substitute status.

It’s also worth noting when teams feature in Europe, with Manchester City’s participation in the Champions League play-off round meaning that the likes of Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and Nolito are likely to be missing the Premier League action.

Be wary of players new to the Premier League
It’s perfectly possible that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will fill his boots this season. Maybe Michy Batshuayi will thrive at Chelsea, while Leicester’s Ahmed Musa arrives with a glowing reputation.

However, there is no course form with these players. They’ve never competed in the Premier League, a combative division where the quality has never been higher. Indeed, we’re expecting Liverpool to fare well principally because they have a squad of players that are accustomed to the top flight.

Even some of the best ever Premier League players like Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo and Didier Drogba didn’t start off as world-beaters and took a while to find their feet for a new side in a different country.

Go for cheap defenders and an even cheaper goalkeeper
Aside from Hector Bellerin and Toby Alderweireld last season, there wasn’t much between a clutch of defenders points-wise, with Laurent Koscielny managing just a handful more points than Charlie Daniels, Scott Dann and Craig Dawson.

Cheap defenders playing regularly have to be picked and adopting a 3-5-2 formation means that they can warm the bench for most GW’s but become available when one of your starters unexpectedly doesn’t start!

The same applies with goalkeepers and it’s rarely worth going for the expensive jobbies when there’s a better value alternative. You get points for penalty saves and saves themselves, which explains why Heurelho Gomes was better than any other keeper bar Petr Cech last term.

Be bold with your captain picks
Captaining Sergio Aguero during the early stages of last season was a frustrating business, although some switched the armband to Riyad Mahrez to excellent effect.

We’re not saying Aguero won’t deliver this season, although there’s often rewards to be had from taking a riskier captaincy option, especially if it’s a player who many others haven’t picked.

Last year’s winner cited the captaining of Harry Kane against Bournemouth as a major turning point in his overall victory, so it pays to go with your gut instinct sometimes rather than just follow the crowd.

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