SWL’s top five… Fantasy football league purchases for the 2017/18 Premier League season

As Premier League clubs prepare for the upcoming season, fans across the country are busy selecting their fantasy football teams.

Here we help with a value-for-money look at Chelsea and Crystal Palace players.

Three of their new signings feature here, including one midfielder who has swapped Chelsea for Palace, while two of Eagles’ star performers are tipped to shine again after impressing in pre-season.

The growth of Fantasy Football has sees many fan struggle with the dilemma of supporting their team or the opposition striker they know will put them top of the league table – and it dominates Monday morning office chat too.

If come that Monday morning water cooler moment, that annoying colleague won’t shut up about the clever last-minute swap he did that earned him triple points, show him who’s really boss by taking home extra money thanks to free spins to BGO.

But to be sure of those bragging rights, think about these five quality additions to your team.

Alvaro Morata – Chelsea

With Diego Costa seemingly on his way out of Chelsea, Alvaro Morata has been brought to take on the goalscoring burden.

He has been on Antonio Conte’s radar for a long and will likely be his main man up top, so expect him to get in among the goals and the assists from the season opener against Burnley.

The 24-year-old is widely touted to be vying against the likes of Harry Kane and Alexis Sanchez for the Golden Boot this campaign.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek – Crystal Palace

Making the switch across London to Crystal Palace, Ruben Loftus-Cheek joins on a season-long loan from Chelsea. He’ll be eager to show he can mature as a player during his time at Selhurst Park and hope to nail down a first-team place when he returns to Stamford Bridge.

At 6ft 3in and with an eye for a pass, he could be the creative player the Eagles have been crying out for in the middle of park, so should be supplying the assists.

Tiemoue Bakayoko – Chelsea

Recently signed from Monaco on a five-year contract, Bakayoko joins the Blues after stints at French Ligue 1 sides Monaco and Rennes.

The 22-year-old defensive midfielder, who will wear the number 14 shirt, was an expensive pick for Chelsea and they will be hoping he can strengthen an already impressive squad and fill the hole that could be left by the potential loss of Nemanja Matic.

Christian Benteke – Crystal Palace

Benteke  made his presence felt at Palace during his first season in south London.

Leading their line he scored 17 goals to help them stay clear of the drop zone and with new manager Frank de Boer set to keep the big Belgian as the focal point of his attack, expect him to score even more than that this season.

Wilfried Zaha– Crystal Palace

It’s safe to say Zaha had his best season ever at Palace in the previous campaign. The winger was instrumental toward the end of the season as the Eagles secured their place in the top flight and won the club’s Player of the Year award for the second year running.

He will be looking to carry that form forward and could be one the season’s biggest stars.


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