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Fantasy Premier League tips: Lukaku headlines Gameweek 2 selection, Tsimikas and Pinnock budget-friendly picks

The latest season of Fantasy Premier League began on a riveting note, with 34 goals being scored and over 5000 FPL managers registering a three-digit score from Gameweek 1.

The Gameweek 2 schedule is headlined by the London derby between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, August 22. The other important fixtures to watch out for this weekend are Wolves versus Tottenham Hotspur as new Spurs coach Nuno Espirito Santo makes an emotional return to the Molineux Stadium as an opposition manager.

Manchester United travel to Southampton hoping to equal the record of longest unbeaten away runs in English football, currently held by Arsenal (27 in 2003-04).

Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 2 tips to make your team

Best attacker: Romelu Lukaku

After rejoining the club, Romelu Lukaku is set to make his first appearance in his second stint for Chelsea against Arsenal on Sunday. The second-most transferred-in striker this week, the 28-year-old Belgian - with an FPL price of £11.5m - will look to improve his record of three goals and five assists against the Gunners.

Best defender: Konstantinos Tsimikas

Konstantinos Tsimikas will continue to play at left-back for Liverpool since first-choice pick Andy Robertson is nursing an ankle injury. The Greek international picked up a clean sheet on his first Premier League start and comes at a price of £4.1m.

Budget player: Ethan Pinnock

Ethan Pinnock was one of the top three performers in Brentford’s first victory in the English top-flight since May 1947. The Jamaican central defender returned with 11 points following an assist, a clean sheet and bonus points. Priced at £4.2m, Pinnock is the fourth-most bought defender in the FPL Gameweek 2.

Fantasy Premier League stats for Gameweek 2 fixtures

Liverpool vs Burnley

The last meeting between Liverpool and Burnley ended the Reds’ 68-game unbeaten streak at Anfield

Man City vs Norwich

Manchester City have failed to score in their last three matches: the Champions league final, Community Shield and in Gameweek 1 against Tottenham

Norwich have defeated City once at the Etihad in the Premier League in nine meetings, while the Citizens have managed to score five or more goals thrice in these encounters

Southampton vs Manchester United

Southampton hold the record for the highest home and away defeats in the Premier league. They were beaten at home 0-9 by Leicester City on 25 October 2019 and lost away 9-0 to Manchester United on 2 February 2021

The 9-goal margin of defeat is also the biggest in Premier League history

Manchester United are on a 11-match unbeaten streak against Southampton in all competitions

Wolves vs Tottenham

Nuno Espírito Santo will be facing former club Wolves for the first time since taking over the reins at Tottenham

Wolves are winless in their last 5 home games against Tottenham in all competitions (3 losses and 2 draws)

Arsenal vs Chelsea

Arsenal did the Premier League double over Chelsea last season

Chelsea have won just three of their last 14 games against Arsenal in all competitions

 Arsenal haven’t beaten Chelsea on a Sunday in their last 10 Premier League meetings

Since Thomas Tuchel’s first game as Chelsea manager, Edouard Mendy has kept more Premier League clean sheets than any other goalkeeper in the competition (10).

Featured photo: AFP / Justin Tallis

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