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FPL GW 2 Review: Estupinan Cooking, Haaland Struggles and Vicario Bonus Points

FPL GW 2 Review: Estupinan Cooking, Haaland Struggles and Vicario Bonus Points

Alright, Gameweek 2 is underway. You might be scratching your head looking at your Haaland captaincy not paying off, or perhaps rejoicing at having more Brighton players in your squad. Whichever side of the Gameweek you’re on currently, our review has something for you. Right, let’s get straight into it:


Pervis Estupinan – Brighton and Hove Albion continues its crusade of beating teams mercilessly with no less than 3 goals apart with another 4-1 victory over Wolves and our man is at the center of all of it. The Ecuadorian defender delivered a goal, an assist and even scored a bonus point in a dominant Brighton showing at the Molineux Stadium.

With an expected goal involvement of 1.27, the dynamic left back is all but guaranteed to get involved in one of Brighton’s abundant goal fests that show no sign of stopping (for now). Brighton will face West Ham United, Newcastle and Manchester United in the coming Gameweeks.

While the first two home fixtures do look promising for the league leaders, the game at Old Trafford could be a true test of their resolve in Gameweek 5. However, we don’t expect this Brighton attack to go gently into the night, so including Pervis Estupinan could prove beneficial.

Kaoru Mitoma – Wait, another Brighton player? Yes. Another one. We couldn’t help ourselves. Brighton this season is like the Ikea of Fantasy Football this season, the deals are just too good. The Japanese international scored a goal and provided an assist against wolves on Saturday, receiving two bonus points in the bargain.

With an expected goal involvement of 1.20 and expected assists at 0.67, this is some of the best value you can get at only £6.5m. It’s no wonder that 40% of FPL managers have added him to their squads. Mitoma is a great talent for the price, regardless of Brighton’s trajectory. 

Bryan Mbeumo – Brentford look like they can hold their own against even the biggest teams. Considering Tottenham’s performance against Manchester United this weekend, the fact that Brentford drew with a team like that is a testament to their improvement.

And that brings us to one of their squad regulars, Bryan Mbeumo. Mbeumo scored a whopping 16 points in Gameweek 2, making him one of the highest scorers thus far.

Two goals, an assist and a clean sheet to top it off, it’s been a good few weeks for the Cameroonian. Gameweek 1 saw him score 7 points, considering his current form and Brentford facing Crystal Palace and Bournemouth next, seriously consider the Brentford #19.

Solly March – We’re sure you’ve heard the name before, but now it’s got a little more weight to it. Solly March scored a brace against Wolves and received 3 bonus points to bring his Gameweek 2 tally to a total of 15 points, second only to a certain Brentford striker.

3 goals in two matches for the Englishman and a fixture against West Ham United at home awaits, with an expected goal involvement of 1.58 and expected goals at 1.42. We’d be expecting points.


Marcus Rashford – Ok so, yeah this happens. Rashford threw down his towel in frustration upon being subbed off against Tottenham in their 2-0 loss at London Stadium, which was pretty much the same reaction as every person who owned him in Gameweek 2.

Just 2 points for playing 84 minutes this week and 3 last week for game time and an assist, it doesn’t look good (for now). However, the Red Devils take on Nottingham Forest at home next week, this might be time for some redemption. We’d stay put with Rashford and hope for a better Gameweek 3. No rush.

Erling Haaland – Not a name you expected to see here huh? We’re just as surprised. But the reason that the Norwegian all time premier league top scorer is here this Sunday, is because we all captained him. I mean, Haaland is always gonna score right? Wrong, apparently.

Although he did have 4 shots on goal against Newcastle, nothing materialised. 90% of FPL managers own the Man City #9, and with their next three fixtures being Sheffield United, Fulham and West Ham United, please stay in the 90 percent. It might be choppy waters aboard the Haaland cruiser right now, but calm seas are on the horizon. Chin up sailor.

Alexander Isak – Two goals within 67 minutes in Gameweek 1 had most of us excited about the Swedish youngster. Expecting him to score against the treble winners would be a big ask though, with 26% of FPL managers owning him, I think something was expected for sure.

Newcastle United will be in top 4 contention this season, but with fixtures against Liverpool, Brighton and Brentford coming next, things could get tricky for managers playing Isak. 

Ones to Watch 

Phil Foden – The England International had an absolutely sensational game against Newcastle and has really been proving his mettle as part of this Guardiola city side.

With a high scoring run of fixtures against Sheffield United, Fulham and West Ham, Foden looks extremely promising for the coming weeks.

Luis Diaz – The Colombian midfielder has been putting in consistent performances, scoring goals in Gameweek 1 and 2.

Liverpool will play Newcastle, Aston Villa and Wolves in the coming weeks and whether it’s a tough fixture or an easy one, we will be expecting Diaz to put on a show.

Guglielmo Vicario – One of the highlight performances of the weekend, Guglielmo Vicario in goal for Tottenham Hotspur was a sight to see.

The Italian goalkeeper had 6 Saves, and arguably saved the game for Spurs. The former Empoli player recorded the highest number of saves last season in the Serie A league and we’re excited for what he can bring to this reformed Tottenham side.