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FPL 2023-24 – Free Hit XI For Gameweek 2

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Some FPL managers opt to use their chips in the opening gameweeks in order to gain an early lead in their mini-leagues. We offer those managers a helping hand with a suggested Free Hit team for Gameweek 2.

The following team is within the £100m budget at the time of writing, with the cheapest possible substitutes used:

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GOALKEEPER: Matt Turner – £4.0m – Nottingham Forest
Fixture: vs Sheffield Utd (H)

Looks an excellent option this week for those not wanting to spend on goalkeepers. Nottingham Forest open Gameweek 2 at home to promoted side Sheffield Utd, who were kept scoreless at home last weekend.

DEFENDER: Trent Alexander-Arnold – £8.0m – Liverpool
Fixture: vs Bournemouth (H)

Will be a contender in Free Hit squads most weeks given his attacking qualities, and is an obvious pick given his plum home fixture against Bournemouth.

DEFENDER: William Saliba – £5.0m – Arsenal
Fixture: vs Crystal Palace (a)

Appears to be Mikel Arteta’s first-choice centre-back and is capable of attacking returns, as shown by his assist against Nottingham Forest.

DEFENDER: Ben Chilwell – £5.6m – Chelsea
Fixture: vs West Ham (a)

Recorded an assist in Gameweek 1 and had a goal overruled by VAR. Those who don’t own him, fear him.

DEFENDER: Pervis Estupinan – £5.1m – Brighton
Fixture: vs Wolves (a)

Justified his huge ownership with an excellent display that included an assist against Luton last weekend, and now faces a Wolves side adapting to their new manager.

MIDFIELDER: Mo Salah – £12.5m – Liverpool
Fixture: vs Bournemouth (H)

Famously blanked in the 9-0 win over Bournemouth last season, but that was something of a freak outcome. Has previously scored a hat-trick against the Cherries, and will be highly captained in Gameweek 2.

MIDFIELDER: Luis Diaz – £7.5m – Liverpool
Fixture: vs Bournemouth (H)

Tripling up on Liverpool assets makes sense given the fixture. Scored against Chelsea last weekend and seems likely to keep his place.

MIDFIELDER: Bukayo Saka – £8.6m – Arsenal
Fixture: vs Crystal Palace (a)

Scored a wonder goal against Nottingham Forest last weekend and takes on a Palace side who look decidedly weaker than last season.

MIDFIELDER: Moussa Diaby – £6.5m – Aston Villa
Fixture: vs Everton (H)

Essentially playing as a forward alongside Ollie Watkins. Scored on his debut in Gameweek 1 and could be one of the bargains of the season in FPL.

FORWARD: Erling Haaland – £14.0m – Man City
Fixture: vs Newcastle (H)

One of Man City’s tougher fixtures, but he only needs a half a chance to find the net. Go without him at your peril.

FORWARD: Joao Pedro – £5.5m – Brighton
Fixture: vs Wolves (a)

Scored from the spot in Gameweek 1 to confirm his status as Brighton’s designated penalty taker. Looks to have slotted into the Seagulls attack well.

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

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