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Goalscoring midfielders are giving the 4-4-2 formation a new lease of life in fantasy football

The Premier League has been awash with goalscoring midfielders this season and has forced fantasy football managers to consider switching formations.

At the start of the season our eyes lit up at the fact that 3-4-3 was an option in Dream Team.

We all dreamt of stacking our team with the best strikers in the league. Some even built a formidable front three of Harry Kane, Mo Salah and Sergio Aguero.


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Well, this backfired

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Well, this backfired

The worrying form of Salah, along with other top-six strikers including Alvaro Morata and Roberto Firmino, has left Dream Team managers with a difficult decision to make.

Do you stick, or do you twist?

Let’s be honest, 99.9% of you went for 3-4-3 at the start of the season, right?

You then proceeded to ridicule those who opted for a traditional 4-4-2. Go on, admit it.

How you looked at those people who picked 4-4-2

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How you looked at those people who picked 4-4-2

The .1% of you who were brave enough to risk being labelled a “dinosaur” by your mates are now reaping the rewards. Fair play.

4-4-2 is officially back and it’s more useful than ever.

Midfielders bringing their shooting boots to the party is the catalyst behind the formation’s revival.

It’s time to trade in your under-performing Salah or Firmino and use those funds to splash out on one of these midfielders…

Eden Hazard is on a one-man-mission to breath life back into Mike Bassett’s favourite system.

Goals, goals, goals

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Goals, goals, goals

The Belgian is currently the highest point-scoring player in Dream Team with 103 to his name already.

He’s actually on course to break all sorts of Dream Team records.

Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser (58) then comes in as the midfielder with the second highest-points tally after his excellent start to the season.

Paul Pogba and Raheem Sterling (55) place in joint-third and continue the trend of midfielders dominating Dream Team’s top ten highest point-scorers so far.

He’s been better than many are giving him credit for

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He’s been better than many are giving him credit for

Marko Arnautovic is one of Dream Team’s biggest hack players this season.

The West Ham man is listed as a midfielder when he actually plays as the main striker for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

Managers were quick to realise this and snapped up the Austrian in Dream Team.

He’s failed to disappoint and has a respectable 38 points to boast of.

A bright spark in an otherwise underwhelming campaign for the Hammers

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A bright spark in an otherwise underwhelming campaign for the Hammers

Richarlison has picked up where he left off after his three-match suspension and scored in Everton’s victory over Leicester in Game Week 8.

The Brazilian increased his point-tally to 33 after the weekend and will hope to repay the faith of those managers who stuck by him during his absence.

Dream Team managers also have the impending return of Kevin De Bruyne to contest with.

Guess who’s back

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Guess who’s back

There are selection headaches all over the place.

Man City’s talisman was the third-highest point scoring midfielder in last year’s game and is a must-have in your team when he’s back fully fit.

So, how does one go about fitting the likes of Hazard, De Bruyne, Pogba and Arnautovic all in the same team?

The solution is simple, 4-4-2.

Someone asked Pep if 4-4-2 is a good formation. This was his answer

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Someone asked Pep if 4-4-2 is a good formation. This was his answer

Admittedly, to fit the very best midfielders into your side, you will have to sacrifice one of your expensive forwards.

Don’t be afraid to ditch a striker in favour of a midfield player who is scoring just as much. It’s all in your head.

If you’re finding yourself stuck in a rut, struggling for points with strikers all firing blanks, the answer is clear.

Get rid of that pricey dead-weight striker and replace him with an in-form midfielder.


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