The new Premier League campaign might still be a couple of weeks away, but there’s no harm in examining how the big clubs are getting on in pre-season.
The World Cup was a welcome distraction but many sides have still managed to embark on exciting US or European tours to dust off some of the cobwebs.
And the weekend produced some extremely tasty showdowns, with Manchester United and Liverpool clashing in Michigan, Tottenham v Barcelona and Arsenal v PSG.
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But what hot takes can we gather from the games ahead of the new fantasy football campaign?
Premier League Fantasy football tips: Pre-season fixtures
Salah and Mane combination set to cause havoc again
Liverpool tore a weakened Manchester United side to shreds in Michigan and unsurprisingly Mo Salah and Sadio Mane were at the heart of the destruction.
Salah and Mane both came off the bench to score in the win over Manchester City in midweek, but wreaked havoc from the start against United.
The Egyptian King won a penalty in the first half which Mane converted from, whilst both players went close before the end of the first 45 minutes.
Their telepathic understanding makes Liverpool a constant attacking threat and it’s unsurprising to see both players have been selected by at least 20% of Dream Team managers so far.
Ozil and Aubameyang partnership looking equally potent
Brilliant players bring the best out of other brilliant players, so Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are tailor made for each other.
The duo’s developing understanding was evident in its purest form as Arsenal dismantled a young PSG side.
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – £5.5m
Forward scored ten goals in half a season.
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Unai Emery vowed to build his team around the midfielder.
Ozil and Aubameyang switched roles in the first half, with the latter turning the creator for the former to turn home.
If they can click with Alexandre Lacazette and Henrikh Mkhitaryan Arsenal could score goals for fun this season and their attackers could be Dream Team favourites.
Son continues to shine for Spurs
Premier League players don’t come much more underrated than Heung-min Son.
The South Korean has produced at least 12 goals and six assists in the last two seasons and is quietly one of the north Londoners’ best players.
His consistency was on show again as his goal sparked a Spurs comeback to draw 2-2 with Barcelona on Saturday night.
Yet he’s way down in eighth in the Spurs Dream Team standings, having been picked by just 5.2% of managers so far.
How does Premier League fantasy football work?
Seasoned Dream Teamers will be fairly accustomed with the rules and regulations by now, but if you’re a newcomer listen in.
It’s completely free to enter and will encompass every single fixture played by a Premier League club in the 18/19 season.
Yes, that means the Premier League, Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup all come into play.
How do you sign up to play fantasy football?
Whilst the new season doesn’t get underway until August 10 you can already register for the Dream Team game here.
If you’re new to Dream Team the steps are very simple:
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What are the best and funniest fantasy football team names?
Dream Team isn’t simply about racking up the points to beat your mates.
No, one of the most important first steps is choosing a witty team name that everyone will be jealous of.
Neville Wears Prada is a timeless classic and Tika Mo Salah was a the pick of the bunch from last season.
But what will you go for? Here’s an extensive list of the best team names of all time to give you a hand…