Resident Hub Footstock Roulette expert and statistician @FF_Thinker reveals his team entry for the FPL Gameweek 1 Amateur contests on Footstock.

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Put your money where your mouth is, by entering your FPL side into the Footstock Gameweek 1 contests.

Contests

Contests are available for all of the fixtures in Footstock Gameweek 1. There's also separate contests for the four fixtures occurring across Sunday and Monday. There are four different tiers - Free, Beginner, Amateur and Pro. In this article, the focus is on the Amateur contests, where there is a 21 star limit allowed.

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Footstock Gameweek 1 Amateur Contests

There's £5,000 in the pot for the GW1 Monster and £500 for the GW1 Weekend Tail Amateur. We have seen in the past that as the number of entrants in the contests have grown, the prize pools have exceeded those minimum guaranteed values stated above.

It's possible to enter a maximum of five sides into each contest, apart from the freerolls. Below I outline my strategy for these along with team reveals for the fixtures on offer.

Strategy

It’s important to understand the Footstock Scoring Matrix when creating those lineups, as it does differ from FPL and is far more rigorous. Goals (20) are worth double the points of an assist (10), a win (6) is worth more than a clean sheet (5) for defenders.

Goalkeepers score 10 points for a clean sheet, which is double the amount a defender gains. This is important to note, with some prolific goalkeepers having a high base return.

Wingers like Adama Traore, Wilfred Zaha and Allan Saint-Maximin are particularly suited to the scoring matrix for their actions such as successful dribbles.

When picking a side, the win bonus is an important factor to bear in mind, so it doesn’t make sense to select players form opposing sides within the same lineup. The only exception to this would be if you feel both sides look like scoring, so picking Sebastian Haller and Andy Carroll could work as a strategy. As with FPL, the points ceiling is far higher for offensive players, so I tend to select more attacking lineups.

With no substitutes allowed, it's important to try and pinpoint players who still start, although we will have early team news for the opening fixture of the respective contests: Fulham vs Arsenal on Saturday and West Brom vs Leicester City on Sunday. Players can gain the six point win bonus from appearances as a substitute though.

For Amateur contests, there's a minimum requirement across the seven players to have at least one defender and two midfielders. You are only permitted to enter a maximum of six cards from one team and you are not able to use Legendary Cards (5 stars)

Fixtures

We have all eight fixtures available here. Setting your lineup is similar to playing a Free Hit in Fantasy Premier League, although you aren't limited to three players per club, there's no set budget and very offensive formations are viable. When selecting lineups, it's important to first consider the likely winners, then identify potential goalscorers and assisters, clean sheet potential and those players with a high base points potential.

The big favourites for the weekend according to the bookies are Liverpool and Arsenal. When it comes to the games on Sunday and Monday, it's Wolves, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City who are expected to have the advantage.

The major balancing act you have with Amateur tournaments is how to spread your 21 stars: do you go steady and have all three star players or find a couple of differentials for one/two stars to give you scope for some four stars, who traditionally seem to be the big hitters in most teams?

Fixture Thoughts

Fulham v Arsenal - Bookies odds suggest Fulham are very unlikely to keep a clean sheet, so immediately Arsenal attackers seem of interest. The main option for Arsenal looks to be Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who tops the anytime goalscorer odds. However, he is a legendary five star and we are unable to use him. This leave us with other options being Willian, Alexander Lacazette or Eddie Nketiah. Luckily we will be able to see the early team news for this game, which gives us the opportunity to pick whoever starts.

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