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5 Dream Team lessons learned from the season so far

The good news is it’s just a couple of days before top flight action returns.

The even better news is we don’t have to face another international break until March. Now is when the fun really begins.

We’ve had some time to take stock over the last couple of weeks, looking back on a rollercoaster season so far.

So with a hectic Dream Team schedule on our doorsteps, here’s five things we’ve learned…


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1 Raheem Sterling is priceless

Sterling has two matchballs already this season

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Sterling has two matchballs already this season

Sterling is averaging a phenomenal 8.4 points per game this season and while his Premier League form has faded a little in recent weeks, his Champions League heroics continue.

He has a 25-point lead over his nearest challenger at the top and has recorded four 15-point hauls or higher already, including two hat-tricks.

Sterling (£7.7m) has rightly overtaken Mo Salah (£7.3m) and Sergio Aguero (£7.5m) as the most expensive player on the game.

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2 Defenders are overrated

Virgil van Dijk has scored only 40 points this season

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Virgil van Dijk has scored only 40 points this season

There are no defenders in the top 13 points scorers and only one in the top 23; Leicester’s Ricardo Pereira.

Clean sheets have been a real commodity this season, with even runaway leaders Liverpool only keeping three in all competitions so far.

Virgil van Dijk has struggled to live up to his starting price of £6m, while injuries to Aymeric Laporte and Antonio Rudiger haven’t helped either.

3 3-4-3 is the only formation you need

Packing the likes of Mane into midfield is crucial

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Packing the likes of Mane into midfield is crucial

Point three is very much a result of point two, but the lack of high scoring defenders means you need to think more top heavy.

With that in mind, 3-4-3 really is the only formation that will lead you to glory right now.

Nine of the top 10 teams in the overall leaderboard have setup that way, hypothetically allowing you to pack the likes of Sterling, Sadio Mane, Kevin De Bruyne and Christian Pulisic all into one midfield.

4 Other strikers are available

Abraham has been a revelation and remains a bargain

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Abraham has been a revelation and remains a bargain

Eight of the top 10 points scorers are strikers, with only Sterling and Mane bucking the trend from the highest performers so far.

But that means the points are being shared around quite a bit up top, with the likes of Tammy Abraham (£2.8m), Jamie Vardy (£5.1m), Marcus Rashford (£4m) and Raul Jimenez (£3.9m) all scoring big.

Aguero, Salah and Harry Kane might be the obvious choices, but other strikers have if anything proved more valuable.

Alex Neary, our leader at the top, is the only gaffer to break 900 points and he has an attack featuring Rashford and Anthony Martial.

5 Don’t write players off

Pulisic has turned his season around

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Pulisic has turned his season around

Patience is a virtue on Dream Team and it’s hardly groundbreaking news that new signings take a while to settle.

Pulisic is the prime example, scoring just 12 points in the opening eight Game Weeks and then 64 in four Game Weeks since.

He has either scored or assisted in five of his last six appearances, picking up three Star Man awards.

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