Kieran Trippier and Nick Pope are off to a flyer in Dream Team but are their backers about to get a reality check?

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Kieran Trippier and Nick Pope are off to a flyer in Dream Team but are their backers about to get a reality check?

A QUICK glance at the Dream Team rankings makes for sweet viewing if you’re a Newcastle fan. Ahead of Game Week 3, Fabian Schar (£2.3m) an

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A QUICK glance at the Dream Team rankings makes for sweet viewing if you’re a Newcastle fan.

Ahead of Game Week 3, Fabian Schar (£2.3m) and Kieran Trippier (£3.3m) are the two highest points scorers among defenders while Nick Pope (£2.7m) is the outright top goalkeeper.

The Swiss centre-back scored a long-range belter against Nottingham Forest on the opening weekend to earn him the Star Man award on top of his clean sheet.

Eddie Howe’s side then fought to a 0-0 draw at Brighton to take Schar’s overall tally to 25 points – he’s the joint-best performer overall alongside Gabriel Jesus (£5m).

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As for the Magpies’ new keeper, he thoroughly deserved his Star man accolade for his efforts against the Seagulls, banking 13 points to add to the five he earned in Game Week 1.

Trippier registered 7+ ratings in both outings and so the former Atletico Madrid full-back is sitting pretty on 16 points at this early stage.

The England international was the second-most selected asset in his position prior to Game Week 1 and he’s justified his popularity so far.

However, it’s possible the Toon’s fancied performers and their backers are due a reality check.

This Sunday they welcome Manchester City to St James’ Park, always an unenviable match-up.

Pope, Schar and Trippier will have to combine for a special rearguard to resist Kevin De Bruyne (£7m) and company – those with the former and the latter in their XI will fear a stiff dose of minus points.

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Newcastle are in a much better condition to compete against Pep Guardiola’s side under Howe than they were during Steve Bruce’s reign but even the most partisan Geordie would admit there’s still a gulf between the two side.

A trip to Tranmere Rovers in the Carabao Cup will be something of a palate cleanser for the Magpies but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a much-changed XI tasked with midweek duties.

A visit to Wolves the following weekend is nothing to fear on current form but a trip to Anfield follows three days later and while Liverpool have stuttered out of the blocks, the prospect of facing Mohamed Salah (£7.6m) and Luis Diaz (£4.9m) remains a daunting one.

One of Dream Team’s most-popular defenders

The signs still look promising in regards to Trippier and Pope as long-term Dream Team assets but their owners should brace themselves for leaner returns in the coming weeks.

If the pair come through City and Liverpool unscathed, or possibly even with enhanced points totals, then they may earn set-and-forget status in Dream Team this season.




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