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Fantasy football: The Premier League season will officially kick off on a FRIDAY this year

So it’s official then – we know what the first game of the Premier League season will be.

After Sky and BT announced their live TV schedules for the first few months of the campaign, it can be revealed that Arsenal v Leicester will be the curtain raiser.


The Gunners host the former Premier League champions at the Emirates on August 11 – a Friday night.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain lifts the FA Cup as Arsenal enjoy a record 13th win in the competition

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Arsenal will host the season opener

That means fantasy football players need a little more urgency getting their teams submitted before the first ball is kicked.

But which players should you be considering in an eye-catching opening game?


The big news at Arsenal, obviously, has been the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon this week for a club-record fee and is expected to make his debut against the Foxes.

What will Lacazette offer on Dream Team?

The France hitman signed for a reported £52m on Wednesday and will seriously bolster Arsene Wenger’s attacking options.

Alexis Sanchez was the highest points scorer on Dream Team last season with a mammoth 348 points, but his future remains very much in doubt with Manchester City lurking.

Alexis Sanchez was Arsenal's top scorer last season with 24 league goals

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Sanchez was Arsenal’s top scorer last season with 24 league goals

Mesut Ozil cannot be ignored and Aaron Ramsey‘s new role appeared to be liberate him towards the end of last season too.


Former PFA Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez has been heavily linked with Arsenal so could line up for either side in the opening fixture.

Riyad Mahrez could leave Leicester City this summer after the Algerian declared he would like to depart

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Will Mahrez be playing in blue or red on the opening day?

Jamie Vardy has a good scoring record against Arsenal, while the Foxes have brought in Harry Maguire from Hull this summer who also has an eye for goal.

When can I sign up to Dream Team?

Dream Team gets back underway on July 7, when you can start picking your teams ahead of the new season.

Dream Team 2017/18

How does the game work?

  • This year’s fantasy football game will be absolutely FREE for all players to play
  • The total prize pot is an approximated £750,000
  • Game Weeks will run from Friday to Thursday
  • £50m budget on 11 eligible players


New signings like Lacazette, Bernardo Silva and Mohamed Salah will all be available to pick ahead in the biggest and best game Dream Team has ever produced.

You can pre-register for Dream Team’s 2017/18 game below…