We bring you the best of the FPL Gameweek 2 Sunday and Monday matches and what they mean from a Fantasy Premier League perspective, as the heavy-hitting blanks continue with Bruno Fernandes and Heung-min Son.
You can check out our reports from all of Saturday’s action and don’t forget to check out our FPL Ultimate Guide for all the very best Fantasy Premier League tips which will be regularly updated before every deadline!
FPL Gameweek 2 Monday Match Report
West Ham 4-1 Leicester
Goals: Fornals, Benrahma, Antonio x2 // Tielemans
Assists: Benrahma, Antonio, Rice, Coufal
After a 16-point haul in Gameweek 2, Michail Antonio (£7.7m) said:
“It was a difficult decision to take the number nine shirt, I’ve always had number 30. But I feel playing the nine position and owning the number nine was key for me. I had love for the 30 shirt so it was difficut to let it go.
“Last year I was disappointied with my 10 goals, I wanted 15. Three in two now – who knows, I could even get 20!”
Said Benrahma (£6.2m), along with Antonio, rose in price overnight. Both players have recorded back-to-back double-figure hauls. On the midfielder, David Moyes said:
“I think Said needed to take stock, settle in and realise he had to be a team player as much as an individual. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
“I think that he had not realised that he is part of a team and we have to do all the right things together and because of that he’s actually getting these goals, he’s making goals, which is what we brought him for.”
Investment in both players is set to continue at pace. When sorted by attack from Gameweek 3 to Gameweek 10, West Ham sit fourth on the Hub’s Fixture Ticker. The Hammers do embark on their Europa League campaign ahead of Gameweek 5.
Leicester assets, meanwhile, are not in demand despite a Gameweek 3 fixture away to Norwich. That match may be a last-chance saloon for players such as Harvey Barnes (£7.0m) and Jamie Vardy (£10.5m).
On the absent Jannik Vestergaard (£5.0m), Brendan Rodgers said:
“Hopefully in the midweek he can get back onto the field. He was in training and he had nobody near him, he’s just overstretched and felt a soreness in his knee and couldn’t run on it.
“He’s had a couple of scans and it doesn’t show anything serious. We’re hoping that with a few days recovery, he can get back out onto the field again.”
FPL Gameweek 2 Sunday Match Reports
Southampton 1-1 Man United
Goals: Fred (OG) // Greenwood
Assists: Adams // Pogba
Bruno Fernandes (£12.1m) totalled just one point in Gameweek 2, as he followed Mo Salah’s lead with a blank. The Man Utd man racked up an ‘expected goal involvement’ (xGI) figure of 0.6.
Mason Greenwood (£7.5m) made it two goals in two gameweeks as Paul Pogba (£7.6m) recorded his fifth assist of the season in a St. Mary’s stalemate.
Luke Shaw (£5.5m) owners will be doing the lottery tonight, after the full-back came out as ball number two in the bonus points raffle.
In a reversal of roles from Gameweek 1, Che Adams (£7.0) scored with a deflected effort after Adam Armstrong‘s (£6.0m) flick – but the opener was belatedly chalked down as a Fred (£5.0m) own goal.
Theo Walcott (£6.0m) departed the action at half time for Jan Bednarek (£4.5m), as Southampton moved to a back five.
Tino Livramento (£4.0m) again kept Kyle Walker-Peters (£5.0m) out of the Saints XI. And the young full-back completed the game, as Walker-Peters replaced Romain Perraud (£5.0m) late on.
#SaintsFC's Tino Livramento:
6⃣ interceptions (the most of anyone on the pitch)
86% passing accuracy
75% duels won
— BBC 5 Live Sport (@5liveSport) August 22, 2021
Southampton XI (4-2-2-2): McCarthy; Perraud (Walker-Peters 79), Salisu, Stephens, Livramento; Ward-Prowse, Romeu; Djenepo (Diallo 70), Walcott (Bednarek 45); Armstrong, Adams.
Man United XI (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Shaw, Maguire, Lindelof, Wan-Bissaka; Fred (McTominay 76), Matic (Lingard 86); Pogba, Fernandes, Greenwood; Martial (Sancho 59).
Wolves 0-1 Spurs
Goal: Dele (pen)
Having been fouled in the box, Dele Alli (£6.5m) scored the resulting penalty himself with Harry Kane (£12.4m) on the bench.
“Dele did a very good job and he worked very hard. He scored in the beginning of the game and in the last minutes of the game he was running all over the pitch so that shows the level of fitness that he has and the belief that he has. A huge, huge help.” – Nuno on Dele Alli
Kane replaced Heung-min Son (£10.0m) after 71 minutes. The latter was seen with strapping on his upper leg, having left the pre-match warm-up early. On Son, Nuno said:
“I am sorry, I cannot answer. In the warm up he had a strange feeling and he was OK to play. Let’s assess him now.”
Budget defender Ki-Jana Hoever (£4.0m) dropped to the bench for Wolves as Nelson Semedo (£5.0m) returned at right wing-back.
Wolves racked up 25 shots (14 in the box) – having taken 17 (12 in the box) in Gameweek 1 – yet failed to score for the second consecutive gameweek as finishing let Bruno Lage’s side down again.
Wolves XI (3-4-3): Sa; Saiss (Ait-Nouri 83), Coady, Kilman; Marcal, Neves, Moutinho (Dendoncker 72), Semedo; Traore, Jimenez, Trincao (Silva 83).
Spurs XI (4-3-3): Lloris; Reguilon, Dier, Sanchez, Tanganga; Dele, Skipp, Hojbjerg; Bergwijn (Winks 91), Son (Kane 71), Lucas Moura (Lo Celso 67).
Arsenal 0-2 Chelsea
Goals: Lukaku, James
Assists: James, Mount
It took Romelu Lukaku (£11.5m) just 15 minutes to open his Chelsea account on his second debut for the club.
Having begun the move by holding up the ball, Lukaku burst into the box to tap home a Reece James (£5.5m) cross from point-blank range.
That will see plenty of investment in the Chelsea striker, despite a schedule which pits the Blues against Liverpool (a), Aston Villa (H), Spurs (a) and Man City (H) over the next four gameweeks.
James added a delightful goal to his assist, firing past Bernd Leno (£5.0m) after being found in acres inside the box by Mason Mount (£7.5m).
Ben White (£4.5m) was unavailable for Arsenal due to a positive Covid-19 diagnosis.
Arsenal XI: Leno; Tierney (Tavares 65), Mari, Holding, Cedric; Xhaka, Lokonga; Pepe, Smith Rowe, Saka (Aubameyang 60); Martinelli (Balogun 78).
Chelsea XI: Mendy; Rudiger, Christensen, Azpilicueta; Alonso, Kovacic (Kante 71), Jorginho, James; Havertz (Werner 88), Lukaku, Mount (Ziyech 81).
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