Season Preview: Team Profiles 18/19 – Southampton to Wolves

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 

 

😇 Southampton 😇

Last Season:  Southampton were rather disappointing last season.  Nobody really stood out in any department, occasionally Dusan Tadic turned up and did enough for Draft Fantasy Football managers to get excited, but he has been sold this summer.  The Saints managed to escape relegation, with new boss Mark Hughes getting them over the line… but only just!

Team Prospects:  We are not massively excited by the Southampton squad, and whispering it quietly we’re backing Southampton to struggle.  If Southampton are to get going this season, Charlie Austin needs to stay fit.  Austin was the highest goal scorer last season with 7.  Defensively, Ryan Bertrand is always good value for Draft Fantasy Football managers, the left back contributed 4 assists last term.

New Signings:  Nothing major to shout about here.  Two midfield signings have been made, Stuart Armstrong and Mohamed ElyounoussiArmstrong, an attacking midfielder joins from Celtic, and the big name signing (if you can really call it big) Elyounoussi joins from Basel. The Norwegian winger had a successful 2017/18 season in the Swiss Super League scoring 11 goals and picking up 8 assists.  Given last seasons goalkeeping woe’s the addition of Angus Gunn from Manchester City is an interesting signing.  The young England keeper has great promise and showed his class in a successful campaign in the Championship with Norwich.  Jan Vestergaard has been brought in to sure up the defence which looked so shakey last year.  The Danish centre back has joined after an impressive 8 years in the German Bundesliga.  Danny Ings arrived on loan on transfer deadline day, and he’ll be pushing for a starting slot over the coming weeks.

Predicted League Position:  17th

Projected Starting Eleven:  We think Southampton are likely to play a classic 4-2-3-1 formation, effectively loading the midfield.  The real uncertainty is who will get the nod in goal; we’ve gone for last seasons no.1 McCarthy over Forster and Gunn.  Southampton could feasibly play with wing backs however, with Yoshida or Hoedt being added to the defence at the expense of  one of the attacking players in Redmond or Armstrong.

Southampton

 

⚪️ Tottenham Hotspur ⚪️

Last Season:  As expected, Spurs were one of the standout performers in 2017/18 lead by their captain and goal scoring machine Harry Kane who contributed 30 goals in 37 games.  But perhaps the surprise player was Son Heung-Min who proved himself and solidified his place in Spurs attacking shape with 12 goals and 6 assists.  At the back, it was perhaps another surprise in Ben Davies not only continues to hold off the challenge of Danny Rose but also contributed with 2 goals and 6 assists in 28 games.

Team Prospects:  This season is likely to be very much of the same for Spurs both in terms of lineup and a top four finish.  The challenge for Draft Fantasy Football managers will be in deciding who will be the first choice wing backs.  It is fair to assume that after an impressive World Cup, Kieran Trippier will be holding off the threat of Serge Aurier, and probably Davies is likely to get the nod over Rose.  But either way, Spurs are reliant on their wing backs pressing forward with high intensity; so expect rotation!  Draft Fantasy Football managers will need to keep an eye on January as Son Heung-Min will be unavailable due to international duty with the Asia Games.  Whilst this will cause a little headache, it will afford managers to take a look at either Erik Lamela or Lucas Moura.

New Signings:  None.

Predicted League Position:  3rd

Projected Starting Eleven:  Much of the same for Tottenham we would think.  Son will be off to the Asia Games very shortly, Lamela or Moura could make their way into the side.  A back three could be deployed with Alderweireld coming into the side.

Tottenham

 

🐝 Watford 🐝

Last Season:  There were moments of glorious football and moments of horrific football; Watford were a real Jekyll and Hyde team last season.  Contributions from all over the park helped steer the club from relegation, none more so that the early season form of Richarlison.  Draft Fantasy Football managers were quick to snap up the Brazilian playmaker, but probably fell into the trap of holding onto him for too long, regularly telling themselves and anyone that listened “oh Richarlison is gold mate, he’ll come good again.”  Having been signed by Everton much of the attacking threat will now surely fall on the shoulders of Gerard Deulofeu.

Team Prospects:  Two excellent signings in Ben Foster and Deulofeu have undoubtedly strengthened Watford, but the Hornets will need more from last seasons signing of Andre Gray.  Although Gray has made the headlines for the wrong reasons this summer, we are expecting him to shine with the quality of service provided by the likes of Deulofeu, although the transfer of Richarlison will leave a big creative hole in the middle of the Watford team.

New Signings:  Foster has been brought in from relegated West Brom to hopefully sure up the Watford defence.  However the big signing Deulofeu has a lot is pined on him, particularly given the exit of Richarlison.  The addition of Deulofeu who showed glimpses of magic in the 7 appearances last year before injury cut his season short must now take the reigns as the creative force and attacking outlet for a Watford side that has the makings of falling a little bit short this season.  New signing Masina looks set to take the left back berth, after Holebas and Zeegelaar shared the work last season.

Predicted League Position:  16th

Projected Starting Eleven:  With the likes of Pereyra, Deulofeu, Gray, and Doucoure at their disposal; Watford are not short of talent; just consistency.  Deeney has been linked with a move away, so we’ve selected Gray as the lone striker… he could be a decent option if he’s trusted as the main striker.  He’s been on good form during pre-season.  Elsewhere, the defence is a bit of an unknown, but we wouldn’t recommend taking on any Watford defenders at the moment!

Watford

 

⚒ West Ham United ⚒

Last Season:  What was 2017/18 all about?  Let skip over it and just talk about the impact some of their players had on Draft Fantasy Football; by some we mean Marko Arnautovic and Manuel LanziniArnautovic started slowly but really came into his own, with Draft Fantasy Football managers owning the Austrian really taking advantage of his advanced role, often playing as a forward although all Draft Fantasy Football platforms considered the Austrian a midfielder. Injury held back the creative talent of Lanzini, who as only able to play in 27 games; although his contributions were not bad with 5 goals and 6 assists in 27 games.  2017/18 will perhaps be remembered by the ‘what if’ players; the likes of Carroll, Antonio, Cresswell, Andre Ayew, Chicharito, Hart, and Joao Mario all had a bigger impact on Draft Fantasy Football.  Impact in the terms of they did very little.

Team Prospects:  Considering the investment made over the summer on players, it is apparent that West Ham are looking for serious improvements on last season.  We would be confident in predicting a higher placed finish and also better individual performances.  Premier League winning manager Manuel Pellegrini has suggested that he hopes to get the best out of Chicharito who contributed 8 goals last season; all Draft Fantasy Football managers are desperately hoping Manuel is successful.  One negative, the man that makes this side tick, Lanzini, will miss the first half of the season injured, with reports that he could miss the whole of the season.

New Signings:  Lukas Fabianski, completely underrated in Draft Fantasy Football last year as a top 4 goalkeeper, joins from relegated Swansea.  Winger Andriy Yarmolenko has joined from Borussia Dortmund having struggled in a one year stay in Germany after a successful period for Dynamo Kyiv.  Felipe Anderson we are tipping for great success in a West Ham shirt; the attacking midfielder showed glimpses of class last season contributing 4 goals and 7 assists in only 21 appearances (12 from the bench).  Of course we all know what Jack Wilshere is capable of, whether Wilshere is able to stay fit is a different matter.  In defence, Issa Diop is a French U21 central defender who looks likely to start in the heart of the West Ham defence with another new boy Fabian Balbuena, the Paraguayan international is considered one of the bargains of the transfer window.  Finally, Ryan Fredericks the right back has joined having helped Fulham to promotion with 7 assists last season completes a strong pre-season transfer window.  Veteran central midfielder Carlos Sanchez has arrived on a two year deal, and young striker Xande Silva has also arrived.

Predicted League Position:  9th

Projected Starting Eleven:  We think Pellegrini will favour the formation he deployed as manager of Manchester City.  Tough choices will have to be made in the midfield given the bundles of talent available, and if what we’ve read is true and Chicharito does stay, he could be a contender for leading the line.  But we think for now, Arnautovic will start the season as a forward… don’t be surprised to see him move back to a wide role an open the door to Chicharito.  New signings Anderson and Yarmalenko take up the wide berths for now.

West Ham

 

🐺 Wolves 🐺

Last Season:  Runaway winners of last seasons Championship, Wolves will be keen to cement their place in the Premier League.  Last seasons champions were renowned for their attacking style of football, scoring 82 goals through 18 different players, with striker Leo Bonatini and midfielder Diogo Jota the two standout performers with 12 and 17 goals.

Team Prospects: Much of the side that secured promotion will be given the opportunity to lead the 2018/19 season.  In attack, the impressive Jota and Bonatini will be ably supported by the likes of Helder Costa, Ruben Neves, and Joao Moutinho.  In defence, Matt Doherty looks to be a strong contender for Draft Fantasy Football managers looking for a cheap 5th defensive option that can also offer an attacking threat.  Doherty chipped in with 4 goals and 4 assists last season.

New Signings:  A great transfer window for the West Midlands team, with a few of 2017/18’s loan players making permanent moves (Boly, Jota, and Bonatini).  Jonny, a ‘highly rated’ (they always say that when picking up a free agent nobody has heard of) wing back from Athletico Madrid, yet it is apparent that Wolves are still on the lookout for a left sided wing back.  The big talking point of the summer is Rui Patricio joining on a contentious free transfer, the Portuguese no.1 joins having left his contract at Sporting will probably take the starting place in goal off John Ruddy.  The acquisition of Joao Moutinho is an excellent piece of business, although he will not offer Draft Fantasy Football managers much in an attacking threat; his ability to break down play may well improve the chances of the Wolves defence for Draft Fantasy Football.  Adama Traore has arrived for a club record fee from Middlesbrough, and looks set to take the right-wing berth.  Belgian international Dendoncker arrived on transfer deadline day to add another option in the centre of the park.

Predicted League Position:  12th

Projected Starting Eleven:  Wolves look like a team that will really look to attack and take opposition sides on.  We think this approach could be entertaining and probably their downfall; but we’d rather see attacking football and have more Draft Fantasy Football options as a result.

Wolves

 

📢 More Team Profiles 📢

Check out our other Team Profiles here:

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

Season Preview: Team Profiles 18/19 – Chelsea to Huddersfield

Season Preview: Team Profiles 18/19 – Leicester to Newcastle

 

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Our Hot or Cold Player Rankings are here to outline the current prospects of key Draft Fantasy Football Players.  Our ‘Hot‘ or ‘Cold‘ status will help take away your emotional attachment to certain Premier League players, and bring in the players that you need to help you dominate your Draft League.  Use these hints and tips to increase your chances of success!

 

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