Fantasy Premier League 2013: Players to Avoid on Opening Weekend
There are just three days remaining to get your fantasy football team in top condition for the opening weekend of Premier League fixtures.
Whether you've spent most of your budget on goal-hungry strikers or spread it evenly across your entire squad, the last thing you need in Week 1 is for players to be costing you points.
Conceding goals will be the main cause of this, but goal-shy forwards, ill-discipline and a lack of creativity are among many factors that will affect your scoring this weekend and over the next 10 months.
If you want to be near the top of your league's leaderboard come Tuesday, make sure you avoid the following four players when assembling your fantasy football team.
All values courtesy of fantasy.premierleague.com
Goalkeeper, Allan McGregor (Hull City) £4.5m
A recent signing from Turkish club Besiktas, McGregor is in for a tough start in goal for newly promoted Hull City.
The Tigers face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this weekend, with the home side buoyed by the return of fan-favourite Jose Mourinho as manager.
Steve Bruce has strengthened his squad with eight new signings, but their defence still looks vulnerable going into the new campaign.
Defender, Curtis Davies (Hull City) £4.5m
Chelsea v Hull is arguably the biggest mismatch on the opening weekend of fixtures, so it's no surprise that another Tigers player makes this list.
Signed from Birmingham City this summer, Davies will be in for a tough test as he looks to reassert himself in the Premier League.
It's not yet clear who will start up front for Chelsea on Saturday, but Davies and his teammates will be in for a battle be it Lukaku, Fernando Torres or Demba Ba.
And, with the pace and trickery of Hazard and Mata to contend with, it looks like a tough afternoon back in the top flight for the former Aston Villa man.
Midfielder, Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) £4.5m
Crystal Palace begin life back in the Premier League with a London derby at home to Tottenham Hotspur.
Manager Ian Holloway has strengthened his squad with six new signings over the summer, but the Eagles will need some time to adjust to a division they haven't experienced since 2004/05.
Captain Jedinak will retain his starting spot in the middle of midfield, but he'll be in for a difficult top-flight debut against talented Spurs duo Mousa Dembele and Paulinho.
Jedinak is a solid player, but he doesn't stand much chance against a midfield which could also contain Gareth Bale, Scott Parker and Nacer Chadli, among others.
Striker, Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City) £5.5m
With big-money summer signing Andreas Cornelius an injury doubt for Cardiff's season opener away at West Ham, Campbell looks set to start up front in a 4-5-1 formation.
Although he'll have support from former Hammer Craig Bellamy, the former Sunderland striker will be up against the imposing figures of James Collins and Winston Reid.
The Upton Park faithful will expect nothing less than three points at home to the newly promoted side and manager Sam Allardyce is likely to focus on attacking the inexperienced Bluebirds.
Campbell will struggle for good service and won't have much impact for the visitors.
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