We bring you the best of the FPL Gameweek 2 Saturday matches and what they mean from a Fantasy Premier League perspective as Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Anwar El Ghazi both score penalties, while Mo Salah blanks.
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FPL Gameweek 2 Saturday Match Reports
Liverpool 2-0 Burnley
Goals: Jota, Mane
Assists: Tsimikas, Alexander-Arnold
The heavily-captained Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) drew a blank in Gameweek 2. The Egyptian had one goal ruled out for offside and also saw an effort cleared off the line.
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Diogo Jota (£7.5m) scored for the second gameweek running, while Sadio Mane (£12.0m) netted too. The assists for those goals came from Kostas Tsimikas (£4.1m) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m), respectively. The full-backs scored 23 FPL points between them.
“Both full-backs had a good game. Spectacular if you like with the assists, Kostas cross, Trent’s cheeky curve ball to Sadio. They were defensively good in a difficult game. In football you have a plan, how you want to win it; against Burnley it’s all second balls.” – Jurgen Klopp
Andy Robertson (£7.0m) was back on the Liverpool bench but was not brought on. Josh Brownhill (£4.5m) started for the Clarets, with a toe injury ruling Ashley Westwood (£5.5m) out.
Liverpool XI: Alisson; Tsimikas (Gomez 92), Van Dijk, Matip, Alexander-Arnold; Keita (Thiago 81), Henderson, Elliott; Mane, Jota (Firmino 81), Salah.
Burnley XI: Pope; Taylor, Mee, Tarkowski, Lowton; McNeil, Cork, Brownhill, Gudmundsson (Pieters 79); Wood (Rodriguez 75), Barnes.
Aston Villa 2-0 Newcastle
Goals: Ings, El Ghazi (pen)
Assists: Mings x2
Danny Ings (£8.0m) scored a stupendous bicycle kick for Villa, giving pause to those considering a move for Calvert-Lewin.
However, Anwar El Ghazi (£6.0m) was confirmed as Villa’s first-choice penalty taker, converting from 12 yards with Ings on the pitch.
Ashley Young (£5.0m) displaced Matt Targett (£5.0m) at left-back, having been brought on for the defender at half time in Gameweek 1.
Newcastle were awarded a penalty for a foul on Callum Wilson (£7.5m) in the second half but a marginal offside left the striker with a blank.
Aston Villa XI: Martinez; Young, Mings, Konsa, Cash; Ramsey, Luiz (Tuanzebe 88), McGinn; El Ghazi, Ings (Wesley 91), Buendia (Philogene-Bidace 86).
Newcastle XI: Woodman; Fernandes (Joelinton 78), Lascelles, Schar; Ritchie, Willock (Fraser 90), Hayden (S Longstaff 45), Almiron, Murphy; Wilson, Saint-Maximin.
Crystal Palace 0-0 Brentford
Ivan Toney (£6.5m) recorded a second consecutive blank in a dour 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park. The striker missed a particularly good close-range headed opportunity from a corner. He took five shots against Palace, with four of those from inside the box and two on target.
On Toney, Thomas Frank said:
“One hundred per cent, Ivan will score goals. He had fantastic work ethic, a constant threat throughout the game. He’ll be tough on himself because he should have scored from a corner for a beautiful 1-0 win. He’ll give us goals in no time.
“No, I don’t think he tried too hard. I don’t think so. It’ll come. We lacked situations to play him into bigger chances.”
Crystal Palace XI: Guaita; Mitchell, Guehi, Andersen, Ward; McArthur, Kouyate, Gallagher; Zaha, Benteke, Schlupp (Ayew 68).
Brentford XI: Raya; Pinnock, Jansson, Ajer; Henry, Janelt (Bidstrup 87), Norgaard, Onyeka (Ghoddos 70), Canos; Mbuemo (Wissa 77), Toney.
Leeds 2-2 Everton
Goals: Klich, Raphinha // Calvert-Lewin (pen), Gray
Assists: Bamford, Cooper // Doucoure
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£8.1m) looks to have added another string to his Fantasy bow, having converted a penalty that he won himself.
A second Michael Keane (£5.0m) error in as many weeks allowed Leeds back into the game, with Mateusz Klich (£5.5m) finishing after being slipped in by Patrick Bamford (£8.0m).
Demarai Gray (£5.5m) put Everton back in front, finishing from a difficult angle after an Abdoulaye Doucoure (£5.5m) pass. That was a second return of the season for the latter.
Moments later, a whipped ball from Gray saw a Calvert-Lewin effort from point-blank range just about saved by Meslier. The keeper then kept the striker out in a one-on-one situation.
Raphinha (£6.5m) levelled the game for a second time with a sublime strike from inside the box.
After full time, Rafael Benitez said of Calvert-Lewin:
“He’s had a problem with his toe. He has not been doing full training sessions in the last 10 days. You can see the quality he has but he is missing a little bit of the stamina to finish the games in the way he wants to finish them.”
Leeds XI: Meslier; Cooper, Struijk, Ayling; Firpo (Shackleton 60), Phillips, Klich (Roberts 60), Dallas; Harrison, Bamford, Raphinha.
Everton XI: Pickford; Digne, Mina, Keane, Coleman; Gray (Delph 83), Allan, Doucoure, Iwobi (Townsend 74); Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin (Kean 90).
Man City 5-0 Norwich
Goals: Krul (own goal), Grealish, Laporte, Sterling, Mahrez
Assists: Jesus x2, Dias
Jack Grealish‘s (£8.0m) first Man City goal was a fortuitous effort, as a Gabriel Jesus (£8.5m) cross cannoned in off the midfielder from close range.
Ilkay Gundogan (£7.4m) was fit to start for the Citizens, though neither Kevin De Bruyne (£12.0m) nor John Stones (£5.5m) made the squad due to fitness reasons.
Both Raheem Sterling (£11.0m) and Riyad Mahrez (£9.0m) scored after being introduced from the bench as Man City hammered Norwich.
With a relatively difficult fixture run coming up and Pep roulette constantly spinning, it will remain difficult to pin down the best asset to own from the Etihad outfit.
Norwich, meanwhile, face Leicester and Arsenal in the next two gameweeks as the schedule continues to be rocky for Daniel Farke’s team. In his post-match briefing, the German said:
“We are disappointed with the result and especially with the way that we conceded four times the same goal – their players getting in behind my left-back for an easy tap-in.”
Man City XI: Ederson; Cancelo, Laporte, Dias, Walker; Grealish (Mahrez 75), Rodri, Gundogan (Palmer 69); Silva, Torres (Sterling 61), Jesus.
Norwich XI: Krul; Giannoulis (Mumba 45), Gibson, Hanley, Aarons; Lees-Melou, Gilmour, Rupp (McLean 45); Cantwell, Pukki (Sargent 77), Rashica.
Brighton 2-0 Watford
Goals: Duffy, Maupay
Assists: Gross, Bissouma
Shane Duffy (£4.0m) put his hand up as the budget defender to own with an early bullet header against the Hornets.
Brighton then pounced on Watford’s attempt to play it out from the back, as Neal Maupay (£6.5m) netted his second goal of the season.
A shoulder problem forced the striker off at half time, however. Graham Potter said:
“He’s not too bad. We’ll see how it goes over the next day or so. We’re hopeful it’s just a few days/weeks. That’s what we’re hoping for.”
Brighton XI: Sanchez; Webster, Dunk, Duffy; March, Lallana (Moder 80), Bissouma, Gross; Trossard (Mwepu 72), Maupay (Connolly 45), Mac Allister.
Watford XI: Bachmann; Masina, Kabasele, Troost-Ekong, Cathcart (King 65); Louza (Hernandez 45), Etebo, Cleverley; Sema (Deeney 78), Dennis, Sarr.
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