Essential last-minute tips for Dream Team gaffers ahead of Game Week 1

Strap in for a whistle stop tour of last-minute Dream Team tips.

When Brentford v Arsenal kicks off at 8pm tonight any mistakes you have made will be costly to rectify as you’ll be eating into your August transfer allocation so you need to get your XI in order this afternoon.

If you’re one of those people who waits until the last minute to pick your team – THIS IS THE LAST MINUTE!


Firstly, Alexandre Lacazette (£5.0m) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£5.0m) are both set to miss tonight’s opening game through illness.

So if you were backing the Gunners to get your Dream Team off to a flyer then you might want to reconsider.

If you still think Mikel Arteta’s side will get the job done against the Bees – who will play their first ever Premier League game this evening – then Nicolas Pepe (£4.0m) and Bukayo Saka (£3.5m) are probably the men to back.

However, it’s probably best to play it safe and target other fixtures.

28.8% of Dream Team bosses have Kevin De Bruyne (£6.0m) in their team but those in the know think it’s increasingly unlikely he will feature against Spurs on Sunday.

The Belgian is a points-scoring phenomenon when fit but he’s evidently still feeling the effects of the ankle injury he sustained during Euro 2020.

7.8% of Dream Team managers have still got Phil Foden (£5.5m) in their midfield!

In case you haven’t heard, Man City’s wonderkid is expected to miss the first month of the season as he recovers from damage to ligaments in his foot.

De Bruyne and Foden’s absences mean Riyad Mahrez (£5.0m) looks like the best City asset to back in August, closely followed by new boy Jack Grealish (£4.5m).

On a similar theme, Andy Robertson (£4.0m) still features in 6.8% of teams but is not expected back until September after suffering an ankle injury against Athletic Bilbao in pre-season.

Kostas Tsimikas (£2.5m) has an ownership of just 1.8% but is likely to start at left-back for Liverpool – the Reds play Norwich and Burnley in their first two games.


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Romelu Lukaku has been added to the game at £6.5m, making him the joint second-most expensive player alongside Bruno Fernandes (£6.5m).

The hulking Belgian will be a popular recruit although Chelsea have relatively tough fixtures to kick things off – they play Arsenal, Liverpool, Spurs and Man City before the end of September.

Lukaku WON’T play against Crystal Place this weekend.

If it’s favourable fixtures you’re after then Aston Villa are team to get behind.

Dean Smith’s side have an excellent opportunity to prove life does exist after Grealish with Watford, Newcastle and Brentford to play this month.

You generally don’t want to overextend on a mid-table team with seemingly easy fixtures but a respectable XI could certainly feature Emi Martinez (£3.5m), Emi Buendia (£3.0m) and Danny Ings (£3.5m), for example.

To finish off, we’ve identified five defenders, five midfielders and five forwards who deserve to be more popular at this late stage…


  • Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£3.5m) – 8.7% ownership
  • Reece James (£4.5m) – 7.2%
  • Ricardo Pereira £3.0m) – 3.9%
  • Sergio Reguilon (£3.0m) – 1.5%
  • Lewis Dunk (£2.5m) – 0.9%


  • Nicolas Pepe (£4.0m) – 4.5% ownership
  • Wilfred Zaha (£3.0m) – 2.5%
  • Said Benrahma (£2.5m) – 1.5%
  • Lucas Moura (£2.5m) – 1.4%
  • Jack Harrison (£3.0m) – 0.8%


  • Timo Werner (£3.5m) – 4.3% ownership
  • Michail Antonio (£3.5m) – 3.6%
  • Raul Jimenez (£4.0m) – 1.6%
  • Callum Wilson (£3.5m) – 1.2%
  • Che Adams (£2.5m) – 0.2%

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