Premier League Fantasy football tips: What we learned from Spurs and Liverpool’s recent pre-season games?

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As we wait for the Prem’s curtain opener on August 9, we’re having to make do with the thrills and spills of pre-season football.

A number of English clubs have embarked on tours in faraway lands, and today we’re looking at how Spurs and Liverpool got on over the weekend, and what their respective performances could mean for your fantasy football team…

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Premier League fantasy football tips: 5 things we learned from Spurs and Liverpool’s pre-season games

1 Kane’s got his mojo back

In many ways, 2018/19 was a frustrating season for Harry Kane (7.0m).

In the end, he finished way behind the Premier League’s top goalscorers in his bid to win his third Golden Boot, two rather lengthy mid-season injuries somewhat dislodged his campaign, and he had to make do with a runners-up medal in the Champions League final.

But after a long break and no summer tournament to take part in, Kane’s back to his best, fully fit, and hungry for goals.

Up against Juventus at the weekend, the England skipper struck an outrageous goal from the halfway line to steal a 3-2 win, later saying: “It’s probably one of the best goals in my career.”

Goalies and defenders beware; he’s back.

2 Ndombele could become a Dream Team favourite

We’re still not too sure how good Tanguy Ndombele (£2.5m) will be for Dream Team this season.

After all, defensive-midfielders have never been a rich source of fantasy football points – that’s why we rarely recommend picking the likes of N’Golo Kante or Fernandinho.

But maybe we can all make an exception for Spurs’ newest fan favourite, following his delightful display against Juve.

The Frenchman came off the bench for his Spurs debut on the 64th minute against the Italian giants, and made an instant impression by laying on the assist for Spurs’ equaliser

At the time, Mauricio Pochettino’s side were trailing 2-1 before the new signing intercepted a cross-field pass and drove forward, then playing a wonderful through-ball to Lucas Moura to slip the ball into the net for 2-2.

Let there be more assists, we say.

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3 Full-back fancy

It recent years, Spurs’ full-backs have been massive fantasy football favourites.

Back in the day, they had the likes of Danny Rose and Kyle Walker, and after that it was Kieran Tripper, Sergue Aurier and Ben Davies.

But with Trippier now plying his trade in Madrid, and Rose and Aurier’s futures uncertain, who on earth will be the next big name at full-back to fill the void at Spurs?

Kyle Walker-Peters (£2.0m) filled in at right-back for the clash against Juve, and had the fairly daunting task of keeping Cristiano Ronaldo at bay.

While his defensive work was adequate enough, it was his forward runs that really impressed and he could pick up a few assists this season if Pochettino sticks with the academy graduate.

Is he worth a gamble?

4 Origi-nal Pirate Material

Sadio Mane needs a rest.

The Liverpool winger played a big role in Senegal’s run to the final of the African Cup of Nations over the summer, which means there’s a good chance he’ll miss the start of the season.

So we strongly advise you to avoid picking him for the first few Game Weeks of 2019/20, and instead opt for one of his Liverpool teammates instead.

Young forward Rhian Brewster might be worth a gamble, although we’re inclined to go for Divock Origi (£2.5m).

The Belgian boasts an impressive scoring record for the Reds, having netted a series of important goals for them last season – including Champions League winners against Barcelona and Spurs.

He’s already netted twice during pre-season – including a first-half strike against Sevilla on Sunday – and is down at just £2.5m on our game.

5 Go-mez

Last year was another injury-ravaged season for young defender Joe Gomez (£3.5m), and allowed Joel Matip to establish himself in central-defence alongside the immovable Virgil van Dijk.

Matip was absent in the friendly against Sevilla on Sunday but after his Champions League performances last term, you imagine he’d still be the favourite to partner VVD at the back.

But Jurgen Klopp clearly likes Gomez and it will be tough for him to keep him on the bench next season if he’s fully-fit – which means he might be a cheap, top-six option for your Dream Team’s defence.

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