Season Preview: Team Profiles 18/19 – Arsenal to Cardiff

Our Team Profiles for the 18/19 season take an in-depth look at the prospects of each Premier League team from a Draft Fantasy Football perspective ahead of the new season.  We outline all major signings, and give a projected starting eleven for each team.

Page last updated: 10/08/2018 

 

🔫 Arsenal 🔫

Last Season:  A pretty classic season for Arsenal; lots of promise, but ultimately a very disappointing season.  Flashes of brilliance, but also some shocking results – it took The Gunners until the final day of the season to pick up any points away from home in 2018.  The big name players were mainly a disappointment, with Lacazette and Ozil in particular letting down their owners.  There was plenty of change throughout the season, with the likes of Sanchez, Giroud and Walcott leaving in January, being replaced by Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan.  The season culminated with disappointment in the Europa League semi final, and Wenger leaving the club after a legendary stint at the helm.

Team Prospects:  New manager Unai Emery will bring stability to the Gunners, after a successful couple of season’s with PSG.  Fans will be hoping the Turkish manager can bring Champions League football back to the Emirates Stadium, and that could certainly happen if they can find some defensive reliability.  Aubameyang is certainly one to watch after an impressive start to life at Arsenal.  Mhhitaryan and Ozil will be looking to get back to their best.  The defence is possibly a bit uncertain in terms of personnel, but clean sheets are likely to be restored once Emery has made his mark.

New Signings:  Stability certainly seems to be key for Emery, as he’s been adding defensive experience, as well as youth and technical ability in central midfield.  Sokratis and Lichensteiner will add plenty of power and experience to the back four, with Leno looking likely to replace the aging Cech in goal. Torreira could start off as a back up central midfielder option, but has a good chance of breaking into the starting eleven after an impressive World Cup campaign for Uruguay.  Youngster Guendouzi has also joined from Lorient, and has had an impressive pre-season so far.

Predicted League Position:  4th

Projected Starting Eleven:  There are several questions marks over the starting eleven now that The Gunners have a new manager.  Club captain Koscielny will be out injured until the autumn, and new signing Sokratis is likely to be partnered by Mustafi at the start of the season. Bellerin should get the nod at right back, but he faces stiff competition from new signing Lichensteiner.  New stopper Leno will perhaps take over as the first choice goalkeeper, after a couple of disappointing seasons for Cech, but this is currently anyone’s guess.  Elsewhere, it remains to be seen if Lacazette will feature in Emery’s first choice side – potentially being fielded on the left flank.  Torreira could be positioned in central midfield if Emery switches formation – Ramsey could be pushed further forward.

Arsenal

 

🍒 Bournemouth 🍒

Last Season:  A decent season from The Cherries once again, as they were safe from relegation worries for the majority of the season.   They were inconsistent for most of the season, however.  Victory away at Chelsea in GW25 was followed up with a heavy loss away to Huddersfield in GW27, and a draw at home to Newcastle in GW28.  Bournemouth were very hard to trust last season, with minimal interest from a Draft Fantasy Football perspective, away from perhaps Wilson and King.  Midfielders Stanislas, Ibe, and Fraser produced a fair amount of attacking returns, but not consistently.

Team Prospects:  The Cherries look set for a now standard mid-table finish, as they have a decent Premier League team and a good manager, but don’t look to have the quality to mount a challenge for the Europa League spots.  Bournemouth will, as ever, have some decent mid-range options who will no doubt provide good value at certain points of the season.  King will certainly be the first Bournemouth player to be snapped up in the draft, and the likes of Ake and Wilson should be drafted and will provide decent returns.

New Signings:  Jefferson Lerma has arrived for a new club record fee, but his defensive midfield position will not be of interest to Draft Fantasy Football managers.  David Brooks, an attacking midfielder, has arrived from Championship side Sheffield United, and looks to be one for the future.  Left back Diego Rico has also arrived from Leganes, and will push Daniels for the starting berth for sure.  The Cherries have spent over £10 million on him, which is a fair amount of money for a usually low spending side.  Surely he’ll take over as first choice left back.

Predicted League Position:  15th

Projected Starting Eleven:  The central midfield position is likely to be Lewis Cook partnering new signing Lerma.  New left back Rico has an good chance at taking over from Daniels, but this uncertainty will reduce the prospects of both.  Rico is suspended for the first three games of the season, however.  Elsewhere, Francis could force his way into the back four, and Defoe has a chance of taking over as the first choice striker.  The veteran goal-poacher is perhaps now limited to an impact substitute role for this coming season.  Ibe or Fraser are likely to be ousted from the starting eleven when Stanislas returns to full fitness.

Bourne

 

🐦 Brighton and Hove Albion 🐦

Last Season:  Overall Brighton had an amazing season last time around.  They put in some great performances, and never really looked like getting relegated.  Bravo Chris Hughton.  Pascal Gross was obviously the main man, as he scored an incredible amount of points for a a lower table side.  Elsewhere, Murray had a great goal scoring run, and the little known Izquierdo had his moment’s.

Team Prospects:  This season will undoubtedly be a relegation battle for The Seagulls, as they look to retain their Premier League status once again.  Gross will be hoping to perform wonders yet again, and Izquierdo and Jahanbakhsh may provide value at certain points of the season.  Murray, Locadia, or new signing Andone, could be decent third strikers, but it remains to be seen who will be leading the line.  Overall we’d expect little interest in Brighton other than Gross, and maybe Jahanbakhsh.

New Signings:  Brighton have smashed their transfer record to bring in Iranian winger Jahanbakhsh, the top scorer in the Dutch league last season.  He should be positioned on the right wing at the expense of Knockaert.  Fellow big money signing Bissouma should partner Propper in central midfield, but probably won’t offer much from a Draft Fantasy Football perspective.  Left back Bernardo has arrived from RB Leipzig, and right back Montoya has come in from Valencia.  Brighton have also snapped up Romanian striker Andone, Nigerian central defender Balogun, and English centre  back Dan Burn from Wigan.  They all look set to start off the season as back up players.

Predicted League Position:  18th

Projected Starting Eleven:  New signings Jahanbakhsh, Bissouma, Bernardo and Montoya should cement themselves in the starting eleven, considering the substantial outlay on these players.  The lone striker role will be one to watch, with that currently looking hard to judge.  Murray will perhaps start off the season in that spot, but he is nearly 35 years old.  Knockaert looks like the one to miss out due to the capture of Jahanbakhsh.

Brighton

 

🍷 Burnley 🍷

Last Season:  An absolutely heroic season for Burnley last season, as they finished seventh in the league, and provided an incredible amount of clean sheets.  After selling Andre Gray and Michael Keane in the summer, and losing Tom Heaton to a serious injury after only a few games, no one was expecting The Clarets to perform so well.  Sean Dyche was the mastermind behind it all, as he gained amazing results from the off, and provided us Draft Fantasy Football managers with some little-known defenders who were gaining consistent points returns.  Things tailed off a little around the turn of the year, but Burnley still finished an amazing seventh place, and qualified for the Europe for the first time in their history.

Team Prospects:  It’s a tough one to call this season. Burnley will have a congested fixture list, due to the Europa League, as well as a pretty small squad.  It remains to be seen how they cope with this, as last season’s success was built around fielding the same starting eleven week-in week-out.  A lower mid-table finish, and a respectable Europa League campaign would be a successful season for Burnley.  We would still back them to gain a fair few clean sheets, so all of their defenders will be boys you should be looking to draft.  Elsewhere, Gudmundsson had a terrific season last time around, so will be one to look out for.  Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes should still perform well.

New Signings:  Ben Gibson has arrived from Middlesborough for a club record fee, and seems like a typical Burnley signing.  It remains to be seen who will make way out of Mee and Tarkowski though… perhaps a shift to wing backs is on the cards?  Elsewhere, Vydra has arrived from Derby, and Joe Hart has arrived due to the injuries to Heaton and Pope!

Predicted League Position:  14th

Projected Starting Eleven:  Sean Dyche is a man that shows loyalty and consistency in his starting line up, so we would expect Burnley to continue as they did at the end of last season.  Hart will take over in goal, as Heaton and Pope are both currently injured.  Elsewhere, we would expect Wood and Barnes to start off as the preferred strikers, with Lennon and Gudmundsson on the flanks.  A returning Robbie Brady will be looking to get his spot back on the left hand side of midfield, however.

Burnley

 

🔵 Cardiff City 🔵

Last Season:  Cardiff finished second in the Championship last season, and thoroughly deserved their promotion.  Hoilett and Paterson were their most productive players, as they both reached double figure goal returns.  Inspirational defender Morrison chipped in with 7 league goals, and performed extremely well throughout the season.

Team Prospects:  Surely a season battling against relegation, as Cardiff are odds on to return to the Championship.  Therefore, the prospects do not look great from a Fantasy Football perspective, but there could be pockets of interest from a draft format point of view.  We expect new signing Bobby Reid to lead the line, and a striker guaranteed to start is always worth a look.  Elsewhere, Junior Hoilett looks to be Cardiff’s best midfield option, and Sean Morrison is their best defender.  When Cardiff gain a clean sheet, he’ll be sure to be in with a shout of bonus points.  Certainly a team to keep an eye on, as most of their squad is likely to go undrafted.

New Signings:  Cardiff have acted quickly in the transfer market, bringing in four new players early doors.  Smithies will provide competition for Etheridge in goal, after his arrival from QPR.  Reid is perhaps the most interesting signing from a Fantasy Football perspective, as he is looking likely to lead the line for The Blues.  Elsewhere, Josh Murphy has arrived from Norwich, and will be pushing for an attacking midfield slot. Left back Cunningham has also arrived from Preston.  Central midfielders Arter and Camarasa have also arrived on loan, and will be pushing for starting slots.

Predicted League Position:  20th

Projected Starting Eleven:  Bit of an unknown this one, but to be honest are you really going to be interested in drafting many Cardiff players?!  Reid could be stationed on the flank instead of as the lone striker, and young Josh Murphy could also earn a spot in any of the attacking midfield slots.  Cunningham could easily get the nod ahead of Bennett at left back.  Morrison is the defender you should target, however.  New keeper Smithies should get the nod in goal ahead of Etheridge.

Cardiff

 

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