Fantasy Premier League tips: Man City’s Phil Foden among the best mid-price midfielders

With several premium midfielders to choose from in Fantasy Premier League this season, you’ll need a couple of value picks to maintain a balanced team.

In addition to regulars like Raheem Sterling (11.5m). Kevin De Bruyne (11.5m), Sadio Mane (12.0m) and Mohamed Salah (12.0m), the likes of Bruno Fernandes (10.5m) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (12.0m) are now in the mix as well.

You’ll want two or three of those players in your squad but there aren’t many great budget options available so it’s worth considering a couple of strong mid-price assets in the 6.0-8.0m range instead.

Here’s three affordable alternatives to those big-hitters.

PHIL FODEN | MANCHESTER CITY | 6.5M

Having proved his pedigree last term, particularly after the restart, Phil Foden is set for a breakout season as he steps into David Silva’s boots.

A price of just 6.5m for a regular Manchester City attacker is a bargain and it helps that the Englishman can play in midfield or even out wide. De Bruyne and Sterling are obvious favourites but Foden would save you 4-5m while being largely capable of a similar output.

He also finished last season strongly, managing a goal or assist every 76.7 minutes post-lockdown. The 20-year-old has the potential to be the bargain of the season.

MATHEUS PEREIRA | WEST BROM | 6.0M

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Arguably the standout midfield asset to be promoted from the Championship this season, Matheus Pereira’s upside is well worth a spot in your squad.

He averaged a goal involvement every 140 minutes last term and led the league for key passes with 116. He’s the chief playmaker for the Baggies and is on free-kicks.

Act quickly, and you won’t be among the flock clamouring to sign him after he’s already delivered a couple of good hauls.

DELE ALI | TOTTENHAM | 8.0M

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Fantasy Premier League: Aubameyang leads captain picks for GW1 as Chelsea’s Timo Werner is one to get

Each week, Sport360 will bring you tips for the English Premier League’s official fantasy football game. Fancy pitting your wits against us? You can join “Sport360 Fans League” using the code: tc90vz

After an unusually short break, Fantasy Premier League returns and with it a new set of challenges.

Oddly, as many as four teams – Manchester United, Manchester City, Burnley and Aston Villa – will not be active in Gameweek 1 owing to the extended European campaigns of the two Manchester clubs.

As a result, that impacts the composition of initial squads as well as influencing when the first Wildcard chip might be used.

That’s just one of the many new factors to take into consideration over the course of this season. Fortunately, we’ll aim to point you in the right direction every GW.

Here are a few tips to help guide you through GW1.

CAPTAIN – PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG | ARSENAL | 12.0M

Arsenal top-scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (12.0m) has naturally gone up in price by 1m but given he’s now listed as a midfielder, he still offers reasonable value to rival the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane at the same price.

The Arsenal skipper seems likely to maintain his form from the business end of last season with a superb goal in the Community Shield against Liverpool before scoring the winner in the shootout.

The Gabon international is reportedly set to commit his future to the Gunners with a new and improved deal as Mikel Arteta seeks to maintain his captain as their focal point in attack.

Arsenal begin with a trip to newly-promoted Fulham and given Aubameyang’s record against teams in the bottom half of the table, he may be off to a flyer in the opening weekend.

ALTERNATIVE

MOHAMED SALAH (12.0m) starts the

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Mikey Garcia wants to fight Manny Pacquiao—promoter

FILE – Mikey Garcia celebrates after defeating Jessie Vargas in a unanimous decision in a WBC Welterweight Diamond Championship bout at The Ford Center at The Star on February 29, 2020 in Frisco, Texas. Tom Pennington/Getty Images/AFP

MANILA, Philippines—Promoter Eddie Hearn is looking at a future where four-division World champion Mikey Garcia faces off against boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, but he knows that staging a fight that big in the current times will be a difficult process.

In an interview with DAZN, h/t BoxingScene.com, Hearn said that Garcia (40-1) want nothing more than a fight against Pacquiao, boxing’s only eight-division World champion, but a compromise has to be made to progress a fight with this magnitude amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Mikey Garcia is one of the fortunate ones that has boxed this year, so he’s not busting my phone up too much at the moment. But he wants to fight Manny Pacquiao,” said Hearn.

Hearn said that they need to get a significant site fee from to stage the bout since public gatherings are still prohibited in the time of the pandemic.

There’s also the issue of Pacquiao not wanting to fight this year as longtime trainer Freddie Roach said before.

“It’s very difficult to make those sort of fights at the moment, unless we get a big site fee from another country. Mikey is basically that guy who wants the monstrous fights, and he’ll be looking to make that happen,” said Hearn.

Garcia is coming off a unanimous decision win over Jessie Vargas in February to take the vacant WBC Diamond welterweight title while Pacquiao (62-7-2) hasn’t fought since July 2019 when he scored a split decision win over Keith Thurman for the WBA Super World welterweight championship.

“For all of these top names, it’s just a case

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