Top flight competitive football is now so close we can almost smell it.
The Premier League season kicks off on Friday night and with comes the return of Dream Team fantasy football.
Avoid the last-minute scramble by getting your team in now if you haven’t already.
However, don’t make the same mistake that tens of thousands of managers have already made…
As it stands, Jordan Pickford is the second most popular goalkeeper in the game after David De Gea.
And his new team-mate Michael Keane is the third most popular defender in the game after Kyle Walker and Cesar Azpilicueta.
We can see your logic here – Everton have spent big and have emerged as the most likely team to break into the established top six.
New signings Pickford and Keane will both be regular starters in a team Ronald Koeman hopes will be vastly improved defensively.
However, have you seen their fixtures for the opening weeks?
The Premier League have dealt the Toffees a mean hand in August and September.
After the opening day home game against Stoke, Everton travel to Man City and Chelsea, play at home to Spurs, before taking a trip to Old Trafford to play Man United.
Factor in two Europa League legs against Hajduk Split and Wayne Rooney and co face a testing opening month.
What we’re basically saying is it’s probably wise to wait until September before getting the likes of Pickford and Keane in your Dream Team.
Otherwise you’re in danger of shedding points left, right and centre.
Come October/November, when Everton play the likes of Burnley, Brighton, Leicester, Watford and Crystal Palace, the Pickford and Keane double has the potential to rack up clean sheets points.
Remember gaffers, patience is a virtue.
Dream Team 2017/18
- Absolutely free to play for all players
- £750,000 prize pot
- Pick 11 players with a budget of £50m
- Dream Team Weekender and Dream Team Europe also available to play
Have you signed up to play fantasy football yet?
If the answer is no you need to take a long, hard look at yourself.
Because the Dream Team game – the UK’s biggest fantasy football game – is back and better than ever this season.
You’ve got a £50m budget to pick 11 players, with all the biggest new signings ready and raring to go ahead of a mouthwatering new Premier League campaign.
So what are you waiting for? Sign up to play now!