It’s time to look busy fantasy football fans, the new Premier League season is almost here.
After being inspired by the managerial genius of Pep Guardiola last season, a new crop of football enthusiasts now fancy themselves as top managers.
What better way to test yourself against your mates by signing up to Dream Team- the UK’s biggest fantasy football game which is back and better than ever before.
Management requires some cut throat decisions to be made and therefore you’ll have to make some sacrifices for the sake of a balanced squad in Dream Team.
Having tossed a coin to decide between either Harry Kane or Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane or Leroy Sane and Nicolas Otamendi and Jan Vertonghen, this next selection decision could be arguably the toughest of the lot.
*DING DING* it’s a fierce goalkeeper battle between Man United’s David de Gea and Man City’s Ederson.
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Should I pick David de Gea or Jan Vertonghen?
Without doubt the two stoppers were the standout performers in their position last season, winning points on their own for their sides on several occasions.
De Gea and Ederson play for rival clubs, which makes the battle between the top two in the league even more competitive.
The decision could be one of the most important you make in Dream Team this season, with the goalkeeper a crucially important area of any successful squad.
With just £.5m separating their prices in this year’s game, who will you pick?
David de Gea – £4.5m
The now imposing figure who can be found between the sticks at Old Trafford is a far cry from the timid and uncertain de Gea who we first saw in English football.
The Spaniard arrived from Atletico Madrid back in 2011 and was the subject of heavy criticism after a poor start, however, since then, de Gea has emerged as arguably the best goalkeeper in Europe.
The 27-year-old picked a mammoth 163 points in fantasy football last season after he was pivotal in a Jose Mourinho side that conceded just 28 goals in the league, the second fewest behind their rivals City (27).
De Gea was the highest points scoring keeper, with his consistency helping him to pick up an impressive 16 7+ratings and three star man awards throughout the season.
The United man has been priced up as the most expensive stopper in this year’s game.
The Spaniard will set Dream Team managers back a hefty £4.5m, a heavy investment but one that de Gea is likely to repay with clean sheets and 7+ratings.
Ederson – £4m
In the midst of goalkeeping crisis at the club, Man City finally solved the problem area of their side by picking up Ederson from Benfica last summer.
The Brazilian’s quality was clear right from the start of his career at the Etihad and he immediately became a fan’s favourite.
The 24-year-old was the second highest points scoring goalkeeper in fantasy football last season with an impressive 145 points.
Ederson picked up a hefty 13 7+ratings and one star man award during his title winning first season in English football.
City had the best defensive record in the Premier League last season, conceding just 27 goals on their way to their first title under Pep Guardiola.
Ederson’s total was an impressive tally for a debut season, especially in such a heavily scrutinised position, however it still saw him finish behind his Manchester rival de Gea.
As he ranked behind de Gea in terms of points last season, it seems only right that his price is cheaper than the Spaniard in this year’s game.
Ederson is priced up at £4m in this year’s game, making him level with Liverpool’s new stopper Alisson and Spurs’ Hugo Lloris.
It’s like having to decide between your two incredibly talented sons…
We’ll go with De Gea for this battle. You simply can’t ignore his antics from last season.
It’s not as though Ederson did anything wrong for City, we just can’t help but think De Gea is going to be the talisman for United once again and win points on his own.
What are the Dream Team rules?
Every single season the Premier League gets more intriguing – and playing Dream Team really is the perfect way to enhance your experience of it.
You’ll be assigned a total budget of £50m for each side you pick and you’ll be able pick a maximum of 10 free teams.
The Game Weeks run from Friday to Thursday, effectively meaning the new Game Week starts after the last Europa League games are completed.
You get three transfers a month on the first Friday of every month so using them wisely is essential.
Every player on the game will be assigned a price at the start of the season which will then vary and fluctuate on a weekly basis dependent on their performances.
For example, last season we valued Mo Salah at £4m at the start of the season but the Egyptian King rocketed to over £11m by the end after his stunning goalscoring form.
Make sure to check out our website or app to see how our simplistic points system works.