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FANTASY FORECAST 2018/19: FPL Gameweek 3

Ahead of each Gameweek in the Fantasy Premier League, The Hype Train invites a special guest onto its Fantasy Forecast, where the three members of the Hype Team and its Special Guests will duel for FPL supremacy in predicting Premier League scores, as well as going head to head in picking a Scout Picks squad for the relevant Gameweek. In addition, we give our insight into who are the players to watch and those to drop, both for traditional FPL leagues and the Draft mode, as well as providing insight into captaincy picks, differentials for the week, and more. Welcome to the Forecast. 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.

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 ask 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 three members of the Hype Team, and a Guest, will provide weekly insight for the Gameweek ahead.

For the sake of respecting the rules of the Forecast, we have provided an example of what we're sending out to interested parties that will feature throughout the season.

  • Premier League Fixture Prediction: As pundits, we are testing our football acumen with PL predictions 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, players to consider for the Draft game, the wildcard differential players, as well as general analysis and comments.

  • Scout Picks: Picking a squad of 15 for a single Gameweek, without any budget, 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: Gameweek 3

Wolves 0-4 Man City

Arsenal 2-1 West Ham

Bournemouth 2-2 Everton

Huddersfield 1-0 Cardiff

Southampton 0-0 Leicester

Liverpool 4-0 Brighton

Watford 2-1 Crystal Palace

Fulham 1-1 Burnley

Newcastle 2-1 Chelsea

Man United 1-1 Spurs

FPL Forecasting: Gameweek 3

Best GW Attacking Options:

Liverpool (H) vs. Brighton

Man City (A) vs. Wolves

Arsenal (H) vs. West Ham

Best GW Defensive / Clean Sheet Potential:

Liverpool (H) vs. Brighton

Man City (A) vs. Wolves

Southampton (H) vs. Leicester

Who are the players that might make the difference this Gameweek in the Draft?:

Watford, Leicester, Liverpool, and Southampton defenders.

Watford, Newcastle, Spurs, and Arsenal midfielders.

Man City, West Ham, Bournemouth, and Liverpool forwards.

Who are the teams to look out for?:

Liverpool: No explanation needed.

Man City: No explanation needed.

Arsenal: The Gunners have a decent fixture this week, they could be good, or bad, or #EmeryOut

Who are the teams to avoid?:

Chelsea: The Blues have a torrid record at St James Park and that could very well continue. Newcastle are yet to pick up their first win of the season, and it could happen again against Chelsea.

Arsenal: As I said, they could be good, but they could also be Arsenal.

Man United: They were a train wreck against Brighton, and this time round they have to cope with Harry Kane. God have mercy on their souls.

GW Differential Picks:

I do the weekly wildcard picks for The Hype Train and the big name on the list is Raheem Sterling who shocked everyone by his inclusion in the GW1 squad. I have also gone for an ‘audacious’ pick for Kepa in goal for Chelsea. Arsenal don’t look close to scoring a goal, and I don’t expect it to start soon.

FPL Captaincy Picks:

(C): Mohamad Salah – دائما قبطان مو صلاح.

(VC): Sadio Mane – If Salah isn’t at it, Mane is.

FPL Hype Picks: Gameweek 3

Formation: 3-4-3

Starting 11

GK: Alex McCarthy

DEF: Benjamin Mendy

DEF: Marcos Alonso

DEF: John Stones

MID: محمد صلاح (C)

MID: Henrikh Mkhitaryan

MID: Richarlison

MID: Sadio Mane (VC)

FOR: Pierre Emerick Aubameyang

FOR: Roberto Firmino

FOR: Sergio Aguero

Substitutes

GK: Ben Foster

MID: Ryan Fraser

DEF: Ricardo Pereira

DEF: Cesar Azpilicueta

Fixture Prediction: Gameweek 3

Wolves 0-3 Man City Arsenal 2-1 West Ham Bournemouth 1-2 Everton Huddersfield 0-1 Cardiff Southampton 2-1 Leicester Liverpool 3-0 Brighton Watford 2-0 Crystal Palace Fulham 1-0 Burnley Newcastle 0-6 Chelsea Man United 0-3 Spurs

FPL Forecasting: Gameweek 3

Best GW Attacking Options: Liverpool (H) vs. Brighton Man City (A) vs. Wolves Chelsea (A) vs. Newcastle

Best GW Defensive / Clean Sheet Potential: Liverpool (H) vs. Brighton Man City (A) vs. Wolves Cardiff (A) vs. Huddersfield

GW Differential Picks:

Alvaro Morata: Opened his account with a nice run and confident finish against Arsenal. Newcastle have struggled against the aerial threats in recent times and Morata is the very definition of that threat.

FPL Captaincy Picks: (C): Mohamad Salah: As-Salaam Alaikum (VC): Sergio Aguero: Wolves are Wolves. Aguero is Aguero. That is if he makes it onto the pitch.

FPL Hype Picks: Gameweek 3 Formation: 3-4-3

Starting 11

GK: Ederson

DEF: Benjamin Mendy DEF: Marcos Alonso DEF: Andrew Robertson

MID: Mo Salah (C) MID: Henrikh Mkhitaryan MID: Richarlison MID: Christian Eriksen

FOR: Alvaro Morata FOR: Harry Kane FOR: Sergio Aguero (VC)

Substitutes

GK: Ben Foster MID: Eden Hazard DEF: Ben Davies DEF: Cesar Azpilicueta

Fixture Prediction: Gameweek 3

Wolves 0-3 Man City

Arsenal 3-1 West Ham

Bournemouth 2-1 Everton

Huddersfield 0-0 Cardiff

Southampton 1-1 Leicester

Liverpool 4-0 Brighton

Watford 2-1 Crystal Palace

Fulham 2-1 Burnley

Newcastle 2-0 Chelsea

Man United 1-0 Spurs

FPL Forecasting: Gameweek 3

Best GW Attacking Options:

Liverpool (H) vs. Brighton

Man City (A) vs. Wolves

Arsenal (H) vs. West Ham

Fulham (H) vs. Burnley

Best GW Defensive / Clean Sheet Potential:

Liverpool (H) vs. Brighton

Man City (A) vs. Wolves

Man United (H) vs. Spurs

Huddersfield (H) vs. Cardiff

Cardiff (A) vs. Huddersfield

Who are the players that might make the difference this Gameweek in the Draft?:

Ryan Fraser - overlooked?

Troy Deeney - massively overlooked?

Who are the teams to look out for?:

Newcastle: Hoodoo exists in football, and its ugly head will wear itself when Newcastle trounce Chelsea this weekend. We love a win against the cash hungry Blues.

Fulham: Looked decent last week at Wembley against Spurs. Should have too much for a Burnley side with one eye on Europe.

Who are the teams to avoid?:

Chelsea: Cue the ominous music. First loss of the season is incoming.

Spurs: The London side have struggled at Old Trafford in recent years. Just got a feeling that they might struggle.

FPL Captaincy Picks:

(C): Mohamad Salah – Salah. Aguero. Salah (this week). Aguero. Salah. Aguero

(VC): Sergio Aguero – If not Salah, Aguero.

FPL Hype Picks: Gameweek 3

Formation: 3-4-3

Starting 11

GK: Ederson

DEF: Benjamin Mendy

DEF: Andrew Robertson

DEF: Luke Shaw

MID:Mohamed Salah (C)

MID: Henrikh Mkhitaryan

MID: Richarlison

MID: Sadio Mane (VC)

FOR: Pierre Emerick Aubameyang

FOR: Alexsander Mitrovic

FOR: Sergio Aguero

Substitutes

GK: Ben Foster

MID: Ryan Fraser

DEF: Marcos Alonso

DEF: Jose Holebas

Fixture Prediction: Gameweek 3

Wolves 0-3 Man City

Arsenal 2-1 West Ham

Bournemouth 2-1 Everton

Huddersfield 1-1 Cardiff

Southampton 1-1 Leicester

Liverpool 0-2 Brighton

Watford 1-1 Crystal Palace

Fulham 1-0 Burnley

Newcastle 1-2 Chelsea

Man United 1-0 Spurs

FPL Forecasting: Gameweek 3

Best GW Attacking Options:

Man City

Best GW Defensive / Clean Sheet Potential:

Man City

Who are your Gameweek 1 essential player picks?:

Aguero and Mendy

Who are the players that might make the difference this Gameweek in the Draft?:

Aubameyang

Who are the teams to look out for?:

City and Arsenal

Who are the teams to avoid?:

Liverpool ;) OK, Wolves then

GW Differential Picks:

Gross

FPL Captaincy Picks:

(C): Aguero

(VC): Mendy

Other Gameweek Comments:

Liverpool are in trouble...

FPL Hype Picks: Gameweek 3

Formation: 3-4-3

Starting 11

GK: David de Gea

DEF: Marcos Alonso

DEF: Benjamin Mendy (VC)

DEF: John Stones

MID: Henrikh Mhkitarian

MID: Pascal Gross

MID: Eden Hazard

MID: Mesut Ozil

FOR: Sergio Aguero (C)

FOR: Alexsander Mitrovic

FOR: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Substitutes

GK: Matt Ryan

MID: Richarlison

DEF: Luke Shaw

DEF: Patrick van Aanholt

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