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Fantasy Premier League: Sterling lights up the opening gameweek

The first gameweek was on point with Manchester United leaving Chelsea in tatters and Raheem Sterling dominating proceedings for Manchester City.

In the first Gameweek of the 2019/20 season, Manchester City and neighbours Manchester United ran riot. While the Citizens completed a resounding 5-0 victory against West Ham United, the Red Devils gave the Old Trafford loyalists a big reason to smile by leaving their arch rivals Chelsea in tatters.

Although the spotlight rested on the stars of City and United, there were a couple of more who emerged as unexpected saviours for their teams. Here, we look at the players who took their sides through in Gameweek one.

Raheem Sterling (20 points)

The Citizens picked up from where they left off last season with a thumping win over the Hammers courtesy of Raheem Sterling’s phenomenal hat-trick. The Englishman has been in sublime form and his performance on Saturday was a testament to his ability to run riot whenever he finds ample of space on the wings.

The FPL managers were aware of Sterling’s reputation and would have enjoyed the sight of him running past defenders. For those who captained Sterling, could easily declare themselves as the winners of this gameweek.

Erik Pieters (14 points)

Making his debut for Burnley, left back Erik Pieters wreaked havoc with his two assists and played a significant role in keeping a clean sheet against Southampton. He paired up with Ashley Barnes and was able to turn the game on its head within a span of seven minutes.

Although he wasn’t a favourable choice for most of the FPL managers, but a 14-point run in the first gameweek itself, could turn things around for the Burnley defender in the books of FPL. Let’s hope his selection rate in the FPL squads improves in the upcoming gameweeks.

Riyad Mahrez (14 points)

Another example of a player who had a low selection rate in the opening gameweek was City’s forward Riyad Mahrez. But his performance was completely contrary to his selection rate. With two assists to his name and his involvement in building up the game was instrumental to City’s triumph.

It almost came as a surprise to see Mahrez garnering more points than Kevin De Bruyne who was touted to be a big bet in the opening gameweek. The FPL managers will surely take notice of his astounding performance against the Hammers.

Ashley Barnes (13 points)

Despite a poor pre-season record, Burnley forward Ashley Barnes never looked out of touch against Southampton on Saturday. The 29-year-old finishing was on point and he scored with the two chances provided by Pieters. Leaving a trail of defenders in his wake, Barnes pushed forward with an intent to score every time he was in possession.

His clinical performance paved the way for Burnley to take three points in the opening gameweek.

Marcus Rashford (13 points)

The English forward was on song for the Red Devils on Sunday against Chelsea. After scoring a brilliant penalty in the first half, he doubled his goal tally with a clinical finish in the 67th minute. His two strikes came as a sign of ecstasy for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who has been craving for his team to score goals consistently.

The youngster has been an exciting prospect for United lately and his goal scoring ability is only destined to improve as the season progresses.

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