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FPL FORECAST 2016/17: Gameweek 3

Each and every week the three members of The Hype Team post their Premier League and FPL predictions in an attempt to enlighten players that might be stuck with their FPL choices and transfers. In addition, we’ll be taking on a guest for every Gameweek in the PL. On the weekly agenda are a general predictions category, a Gameweek Fantasy Premier League forecast, scout picks, and captaincy choices. For the opening weekend of the season, we welcome @jamieFPL from @fplbet as our third guest. All aboard.

Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 3 Deadline

For the 2016/17 Premier League season, the FPL deadline will be one hour before the commencement of the week's first game. The Premier League website lists each FPL deadline, you can always ask on social media, and you can also view a real time countdown on our Weekly Hype page.

The transfer deadline for GW2 is Saturday August 27th at 11:30am.

How does our Forecasting work?

We have taken to our Hype Team, and the FPL Community, to compete in a weekly head to head dual of wits. We are asking the questions that dominate each week in the Fantasy Premier League: who to pick, who to avoid, who to captain, and who may surprise. The 3 members of the Hype Team, and a Guest, will provide weekly insight for the Gameweek ahead. For the sake of the first edition of the Forecast, we have provided an example of what we're sending out to interest parties.

  • Premier League Fixture Prediction: As pundits, we are testing our football acumen with PL predictions (Mark Lawrenson style, only less biased, hopefully) and will be providing regular updated tables and stats in each edition of the FPL Forecast.A perfect score is worth 3 points whilst a correct result is worth 1 point.

  • FPL Gameweek Forecasting: Answering the regular questions that come up every single week in the Fantasy Premier League community that helps with identifying captaincy picks, transfers, attacking options, clean sheet potential, teams to look our for and avoid, the wildcard differential players, and general analysis and comments.

  • Scout Picks: Picking a squad of 15 for a single Gameweek, using the rules of the FPL - formations, captains and vice captains, and the player limits of 3 per club (chips will not be feature of these weekly picks)

  • Each team must pick a Captain, labelled as (c) and a Vice Captain listed as (vc).

Fixture Prediction: 2016/17 Points Table

In our predictions a perfect score is 3 points, and predicting the right outcome is worth 1 point (aka if a team wins but, you predict it, but don't get the perfect score). Below is the Gameweek and overall rundown of our Premier League predictions series for the season.

Sam Austin (@TheHypeTrainSam): 12 (1), 7 (2) = 19 total

Phil Jones (@TheHypeTrainPJ): 7 (1), 7 (2) = 14 total

Robert Austin (@TheHypeTrainRob): 10 (1), 6 (2) = 16 total

Special Guests: 2 (1), 8 (2) = 10 total

Special Guests

GW1 - @FPLAid: 2pts (zero perfect scores, two correct results, 8 wrong)

GW2 - @AUSFPL: 8pts (two perfect scores, two correct results, 6 wrong)

Individual Gameweek Predictions

GW1: Sam (12), Phil (7), Rob (10), @FPLAid (2)

GW2: Sam (7), Phil (7), Rob (6), @AUSFPL (8)

FPL Scout Picks: Gameweek 2

Picking a squad of 15 for a single Gameweek, using the rules of the FPL - formations, captains and vice captains, and the player limits of 3 per club (chips will not be feature of these weekly picks). Below is the Gameweek and overall rundown of our Premier League predictions series for the season.

Sam Austin (@TheHypeTrainSam): 60 (1), 37 (2) = 97 total

Phil Jones (@TheHypeTrainPJ): 52 (1), 47 (2) = 99 total

Robert Austin (@TheHypeTrainRob): 53 (1), 52 (2) = 105 total

Special Guests: 50 (1), 78 (2) = 128 total

Scout Picks: Special Guests

GW1 - @FPLAid: 50pts (Captain Aguero, 18pts)

GW2 - @AUSFPL: 78pts (Captain Aguero, 26pts)

Individual Gameweek Scout Picks

GW1: Sam (60), Phil (52), Rob (53), @FPLAid (50)

GW2: Sam (37), Phil (47), Rob (52), @AUSFPL (78)

Sam Austin (Face Facts)

Twitter: @TheHypeTrainSam

Favourite PL Club: Liverpool

About: Sam is the Hype Train’s Chief Writer, and Weekly Wildcards specialist, delving into the depths of FPL possibility each and every week.

Gameweek 2 Fixture Prediction

Spurs 1-3 Liverpool

Chelsea 2-0 Burnley

Crystal Palace 2-1 Bournemouth

Everton 2-2 Stoke

Leicester 3-0 Swansea

Southampton 2-0 Sunderland

Watford 0-1 Arsenal

Hull 1-2 Man United

West Brom 1-1 Middlesbrough

Man City 3-1 West Ham

FPL Forecasting: Gameweek 3

Best GW Attacking Options:

Chelsea (H) vs Burnley

Leicester (H) vs Swansea

Man Utd (a) vs Hull

Man City (H) vs West Ham

Liverpool (a) vs Spurs

Everton (H) vs Stoke

Best GW Defensive / Clean Sheet Potential:

Leicester (H) vs Swansea

West Brom (H) vs Middlesbrough

Chelsea (H) vs Burnley

Southampton (H) vs Sunderland

Who would you Transfer In and Out for the Gameweek and beyond?:

IN: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Alvaro Negredo, Ross Barkley, Luke Shaw, Sadio Mane.

OUT: Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Andy Carroll, Mannone, H. Gomes.

Who is the team to look out for?:

Man City – In form, scoring goals, all the obvious really.

West Brom – Defensively solid, looking stern as Pulis wants them.

Leicester – The Swans are struggling, and the Foxes have a good record against their opponents this Gameweek.

Everton – Lukaku is back in business for Everton and there were goals in this exact fixture last season. Expect another corker.

Who is the team to avoid?:

Sunderland – Moyes has already made it abundantly clear that Sunderland look set to be scrapping it out at the bottom of the table this season, nobody can blame him with two straight losses on the bounce. Sunderland visit St Marys against a usually stern defence and nobody is expecting any surprises in this encounter.

Arsenal – Still uncertain on what the hell is going on at Arsenal, their two performances so far this season have been so inconsistent that you’re better off flipping a coin as to whether or not they will be defensively solid or potent in attack. Until their heavy hitters return from injury they are still to be avoided.

Spurs – The Lilywhites have a torrid record against Liverpool, they haven’t beaten the Reds in what feels like forever. With Pochettino still figuring out his ideal attack there is worse news, Sadio Mane is back fit and firing for Klopp, it could be another of them days and a match of the season contenders. Liverpool enjoys playing against better teams, so Spurs should be wary of the intensity brought with this encounter.

West Ham – After crashing out of the Europa League and with the injury to target-man Andy Carroll this is an uncertain time for the Hammers. Worst yet is that they travel to a rampant Manchester City, not many believe they can repeat what they did at the Etihad last season.

GW Differential Picks:

1. Romelu Lukaku – The Belgian looks to return to action against Stoke in the main team and this beast could get his season under way. Lukaku has been largely overlooked due to the impact of Ibra and Aguero, which is expected.

2. Christian Benteke – The record signing looks to start immediately and could be the missing piece of the Crystal Palace puzzle against struggling Bournemouth.

3. Robert Huth – The meant in the Foxes defence has returned to the main team and after three consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League against Swansea there is every reason to be optimistic about adding a fourth.

4. Jose Fonte – With Manchester United scouting the Euro 2016 centre back the arrival of Sunderland has FPL managers hoping that Southampton can finally claim their first clean sheet of the season. The last two encounters between the two clubs in the Premier League have been low scoring so it could be a good day for owners of Southampton defenders.

I write the Weekly Wildcards, so I have ten to ponder if you wanted to take a look at the other six weekly wildcards we have an article that has you covered.

FPL Captaincy Pick:

(C) – Sergio Aguero – Having learnt the hard way about not having the Kun in your team anyone would be an idiot not to captain the Argentine in your scout picks.

(VC) – Riyad Mahrez – The winger has an exceptional record against Swansea and with their defensive might back in check expect the Foxes attacking force to get better too.

FPL Hype Picks: Gameweek 3

Formation: 3-4-3

Starting 11

GK: Petr Cech

DEF: Christian Fuchs

DEF: Jose Fonte

DEF: Cesar Azpilicueta

MID: Kevin De Bruyne

MID: Riyad Mahrez

MID: Eden Hazard

MID: Nathan Redmond

FOR: Ibrahimovic (C)

FOR: Aguero (VC)

FOR: Jamie Vardy

Substitutes

GK: Fraser Forster

MID: Sadio Mane

DEF: John Stones

DEF: Scott Dann

Phil Jones (SweatyMongoose FC)

Twitter: @TheHypeTrainPJ

Favourite PL Club: Chelsea

About: Phil is our Transfer and general FPL expert, and is mini-league Champion between the Hype Team.

Gameweek 3 Fixture Prediction

Spurs 0-0 Liverpool

Chelsea 3-2 Burnley

Crystal Palace 1-0 Bournemouth

Everton 2-1 Stoke

Leicester 2-0 Swansea

Southampton 1-1 Sunderland

Watford 1-0 Arsenal

Hull 1-2 Man United

West Brom 1-0 Middlesbrough

Man City 3-0 West Ham

FPL Forecasting: Gameweek 3

Best GW Attacking Options:

Chelsea (H) vs Burnley

Leicester (H) vs Swansea

Man Utd (a) vs Hull

Man City (H) vs West Ham

Best GW Defensive / Clean Sheet Potential:

Spurs (H) vs Liverpool

Leicester (H) vs Swansea

West Brom (H) vs Middlesbrough

Who would you Transfer In and Out for the Gameweek and beyond?:

IN: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Raheem Sterling, Ross Barkley

OUT: Harry Kane, Shane Long, Alexis Sanchez

Who is the team to look out for?:

Man City – Firing on all cylinders going into a tie against injury ravaged West Ham. Expect last week’s goal rush to continue.

West Brom – Should have enough structure to hold out a clean sheet.

Who is the team to avoid?:

Sunderland – Buying an abundance of United rejects isn’t enough. Southampton have a chance to kick start their season here.

Arsenal – Matchday one for a number of regular starters. Poor match fitness and a weak defence.

GW Differential Picks:

1. Raheem Sterling – Bagging a couple decent returns so far and looks to be a Pep favourite.

2. Michy Batshuayi – A goal and an assist from two sub appearances might be enough for a start and a chance to prove his FPL worth. Bagged a brace in the Cup in midweek.

3. Curtis Davies – Providing the best defensive stats in all the Premier League. A combination of Interceptions, Clearances and Blocks that are unrivalled so far.

FPL Captaincy Pick:

(C) – Sergio Aguero – Aguero looks like he’s challenging himself to beat Zlatan to the Golden Boot this year.

(VC) – Riyad Mahrez – Time to shine against a makeshift defence. Might drag Vardy into the points with him.

FPL Hype Picks: Gameweek 3

Formation: 3-4-3

Starting 11

GK: Vorm

DEF: Terry

DEF: McAuley

DEF: Stones

MID: Sterling

MID: Mirallas

MID: Mahrez

MID: Hazard

FOR: Ibrahimovic

FOR: Aguero

FOR: Costa

Substitutes

GK: Gomes

MID: Redmond

DEF: Baines

DEF: Dann

Robert Austin (Pownage FC)

Twitter: @TheHypeTrainRob

Favourite PL Club: Arsenal

About: Robbo is the Hype Train owner that provides a wealth of Graphical Aid for all THT social platforms.

Gameweek 3 Fixture Prediction

Spurs 1-2 Liverpool

Chelsea 1-0 Burnley

Crystal Palace 1-2 Bournemouth

Everton 1-1 Stoke

Leicester 2-0 Swansea

Southampton 2-0 Sunderland

Watford 1-2 Arsenal

Hull 0-2 Man United

West Brom 1-1 Middlesbrough

Man City 3-1 West Ham

FPL Forecasting: Gameweek 3

Best GW Attacking Options:

Leicester vs. Swansea (H)

Man City vs. West Ham (H)

Southampton vs. Sunderland (H)

Middlesbrough vs. West Brom (a)

Best GW Defensive / Clean Sheet Potential:

Leicester vs. Swansea (H)

Chelsea vs. Burnley (H)

Man United vs. Hull (A)

Who would you Transfer In and Out for the Gameweek and beyond?:

IN: Barkley, Negredo, Azpilicueta OUT: Carroll, Firmino, Kane

Who is the team to look out for?:

Everton and Crystal Palace both have some great fixtures on the horizon which could see them score well at both ends of the park.

EVE: STO, sun, MID, bou, CRY

CRY: BOU, mid, STO, sun, eve

Who is the team to avoid?:

Sunderland have already conceded that they'll be part of a relegation battle. That's not promising just 3 Gameweek's in and might have an affect on team morale.

GW Differential Picks:

Sam has picked some very good Wildcards this week, in particular I think Stuani and Rondon have some great potential. Here's the full article.

FPL Captaincy Pick:

I really want Jamie Vardy to do well this weekend. He's been his same old self this season, just can't find the net yet. Swansea is a perfect opportunity for Vardy to open his account, and it's a fixture that he didn't play in last season due to suspension.... But because of the monopoly of Zlatan, I'd be an idiot to pick a wildcard captaincy choice for a third straight week with no returns.

Other Gameweek Comments:

Just don't buy Capoue. Pereyra's coming in and will play in that forward midfield role after the international break.

FPL Hype Picks: Gameweek 3

Formation: 3-4-3

Starting 11

GK: Foster

DEF: Fuchs

DEF: Valencia

DEF: Azpilicueta

MID: Hazard

MID: Barkley

MID: Redmond

MID: Mahrez

FOR: Vardy

FOR: Aguero (vc)

FOR: Ibrahimovic (c)

Substitutes

GK: Vorm

MID: Nolito

DEF: Stones

DEF: Bellerin

Special Guest (@fplbet)

Name: @jamieFPL on behalf of fplbet.com

Twitter: @fplbet

Favourite PL Club: Portsmouth

About: Jamie has been largely involved within the U.K. Daily Fantasy Football scene as both a player and industry consultant. He’s the founder of fplbet.com and has been playing fantasy football since it was newspaper based.

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Gameweek 3 Fixture Prediction

Spurs 2-2 Liverpool

Chelsea 2-0 Burnley

Crystal Palace 2-1 Bournemouth

Everton 2-1 Stoke

Leicester 2-0 Swansea

Southampton 2-1 Sunderland

Watford 0-2 Arsenal

Hull 1-3 Man United

West Brom 1-1 Middlesbrough

Man City 2-1 West Ham

FPL Forecasting: Gameweek 3

Best GW Attacking Options:

Everton vs. Stoke (H)

Man City vs. West Ham (H)

Arsenal vs. Watford (A)

Best GW Defensive / Clean Sheet Potential:

Leicester vs. Swansea (H)

Chelsea vs. Burnley (H)

Man United vs. Hull (A)

Who would you Transfer In and Out for the Gameweek and beyond?:

IN: Townsend, Lukaku, Antonio OUT: Carroll, Silva, Alli

Who is the team to look out for?:

Everton and Crystal Palace both have some great fixtures on the horizon which could see them score well at both ends of the park.

EVE: STO, sun, MID, bou, CRY

CRY: BOU, mid, STO, sun, eve

Who is the team to avoid?:

Swansea’s next five fixtures make even Amat/Kingsley look overpriced. It’s hard to see them registering a single clean sheet in their next five.

SWA: lei, CHE, sou, MCI, LIV

GW Differential Picks:

Lukaku, Nolito, Giroud

FPL Captaincy Pick:

Aguero or Ibrahimovic… Obviously.

Other Gameweek Comments:

Euro 2016 is long gone now so a lot of players will be emerging from their extended summer rest. Romelu Lukaku, Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud and Dimitri Payet could all start this weekend and make a hash of any template team that is starting to emerge.

FPL Hype Picks: Gameweek 3

Formation: 3-4-3

Starting 11

GK: Courtois

DEF: Fuchs

DEF: Valencia

DEF: Baines

MID: Hazard

MID: Sanchez

MID: Redmond

MID: Mahrez

FOR: Lukaku

FOR: Aguero (c)

FOR: Ibrahimovic (vc)

Substitutes

GK: Schmeichel

MID: Payet

DEF: Shaw

DEF: Stones

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