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Fantasy football tips: 5 vital hints ahead of Game Week 2

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Boy does it feel good to have the Premier League and fantasy football back in our lives.

Because, let’s be honest, we missed it dearly in a barren summer of little to no football whatsoever.


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Rashford and Lukaku put West Ham to the sword last Sunday

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Rashford and Lukaku put West Ham to the sword last Sunday

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The first weekend of action produced some eye-catching results, with both Manchester clubs impressing but champions Chelsea faltering at the first hurdle.

But what are the state of affairs as we head into Game Week 2?

Fantasy football tips: Game Week 2

1 Benteke to shine at Anfield again?

Benteke loves scoring against Liverpool at Anfield

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Benteke loves scoring against Liverpool at Anfield

Christian Benteke (£4.5m) loves playing at Anfield – just not for Liverpool.

The Belgian striker proved to be one of the most ineffective Reds signings in recent years after his £32m from Aston Villa in 2015.

In fact, Benteke has scored more goals at Anfield as an opponent (5) than he did for the Merseysiders (4) in his solitary season there.

The Crystal Palace hitman scored a match-winning brace when the two sides met there last season, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him prove the scourge again on Saturday.

2 You won’t have to spend much Mounie on this bargain

Mounie is the new name on the lips of Premier League fans

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Mounie is the new name on the lips of Premier League fans

This time last week 99% of English football fans didn’t know who Mounie (£2m) was. Fast forward seven days and the Huddersfield man is currently tied at the top in the race for the Premier League golden boot.

The Benin striker’s impressive double in the Terriers’ 3-0 rout of Crystal Palace was the perfect way to announce himself to England and if he keeps it up he could be a real Dream Team bargain this season.

Mounie and Huddersfield play Newcastle on Sunday lunchtime which could see him add to his goal tally.


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3 The kids are alright

Alexander-Arnold celebrates netting a free-kick against Hoffenheim

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Alexander-Arnold celebrates netting a free-kick against Hoffenheim

What a week for Trent Alexander-Arnold (£2.5m).

The full-back started Liverpool’s 3-3 draw with Watford and then scored a wonderful free-kick on his European debut against Hoffenheim in mid-week.

He’s bagged 12 points already this season and, with Nathaniel Clyne injured and Alexander-Arnold seemingly on set-piece duty, that’s only going to increase.

4 Jesus x Aguero are a match made in heaven

Aguero and Jesus celebrate at Brighton last Saturday

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Aguero and Jesus celebrate at Brighton last Saturday

Manchester City’s embarrassment of riches in attacking positions means ultimately some pretty high-profile players aren’t going to start for them this season.

And after the win over Brighton last weekend, it appears Pep Guardiola favours playing both Gabriel Jesus (£5m) and Sergio Aguero (£7m) up front.

Aguero scored on the south coast while Jesus terrorised the Seagulls defence, so both have to be Dream Team possibilities with Everton visiting the Etihad on Monday night.

5 Kane’s August blues

Kane's August drought will be a worry for fantasy football players

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Kane’s August drought will be a worry for fantasy football players

As we mentioned in our tips before the season started, it might be worthwhile holding fire on selecting Harry Kane (£8m) in the opening month.

That’s because somehow the prolific Tottenham man has still failed to score a Premier League goal in August in his career.

Couple that with the fact Spurs taking on Chelsea at the supposedlu cursed Wembley on Sunday and it looks seriously unlikely that he’ll break his August duck this weekend.


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