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That means fantasy football will become a staple of our lives again, with Dream Team LIVE and ready for you to get your side in before Manchester United take on Leicester in the season opener on August 10.
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We’ve already thrown plenty of tips your way, but today we have something a little different for you.
You might’ve noticed there’s three different formations available to you on Dream Team this season; 3-4-3, 4-3-3 and the classic 4-4-2.
But which one should you go for?
Premier League Fantasy football tips: Which formation should you use?
Hungry for goals?
Then this legendary, ultra offensive formation first used by the Ajax team of the 1970s is the one for you.
Allowing you to pick three strikers and four midfielders, you could potentially pick goal-scorers in every position.
So what’s the catch?
Well, we all know how much strikers and midfielders cost on Dream Team this season.
Just signing Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah – the two equally most-expensive players on the game – is enough to risk unbalancing your team.
But if you play it right and learn how to hack the system (such as picking Sadio Mane as a midfielder) then this could be the formation that leads you to glory.
Perhaps a little more reserved than it’s gung-ho cousin, the 4-3-3 is perhaps the most popular formation in the real world at the moment.
For example, both Real Madrid and Liverpool used the 4-3-3 for their Champions League final showdown back in May.
But what good is it for fantasy football?
While you’re sacrificing a place of one midfielder, you do get to focus more on your four-man back-line, while still keeping the three options in attack.
If you have the knack for picking goal-scoring defenders, or the players that are good at keeping a clean-sheet, then this is certainly the formation for you.
Boring old 4-4-2, you say?
Before you scoff at us like we’re the next Fabio Capello, this classic formation really could be the key to your fantasy football success this season.
If you manage to pack your midfield with top quality players (at least three worldies, we reckon) and couple that with a back-line that’s capable of keeping out the goals, then the points will soon be coming your way.
Every season, more midfielders score 200+ points on fantasy football than any other position.
Last season, for example, saw Sadio Mane, Christian Eriksen, Raheem Sterling, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne all go beyond the 200-mark.
Couple that with four defenders who are capable of notching goals and assists – such as Marcos Alonso and Nicolas Otamendi – and suddenly you’re top of your mini league.