June
18

The Premier League fixture list for 2014/15 was published earlier today at 9am, affording Fantasy managers an early window into the season ahead. Behind the scenes, we’ll be working on our fixture tickers throughout the day and aim to get these to you as soon as possible to offer a means of analysis of the opening six Gameweeks and, if you’re a member, the entire season:

Looking at the first few fixtures, Louis Van Gaal could hardly ask for a kinder start to life at Old Trafford. The new United boss entertains Swansea in his first league match in charge and with trips to Sunderland and Burnley preceding the visit of promoted Burnley and a trip to Leicester, early investment in the Red Devils assets looks on the cards, with Robin Van Persie’s appeal certainly heightened by such a schedule.

Defending champions Man City have a tougher task. Manuel Pellegrini’s men face three of last term’s top four in the first five Gameweeks – an opener at Newcastle is then followed with Etihad showdowns against Liverpool and Stoke, with a trip to Arsenal then preceding the visit of Chelsea.

Jose Mourinho’s side have reason for optimism in the first few matches. The Blues have three very kind fixtures in the first four Gameweeks – an opening day trip to Burnley is followed by a home clash with Leicester and with Swansea also visiting the Bridge in Gameweek 4, they could be amongst the Fantasy points at both ends of the pitch.

Liverpool open their season with an Anfield encounter against Southampton before hitting the road in three of the next four Gameweeks – trips to City, Spurs and West Ham present Brendan Rodgers’ troops with a far from straightforward schedule.

Everton don’t have it easy either. The Toffees welcome Arsenal and Chelsea to Goodison in the first three Gameweeks, though Roberto Martinez’ team will be optimistic, given they were victorious in the corresponding fixtures in 2013/14. A Merseyside derby at Anfield in Gameweek 6 is also testing.

Paul Lambert’s Villa face a tough task to get their season off to a prosperous start. An opening day to the Britannia is followed by games against Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and City in the opening seven Gameweek, while promoted Leicester hardly have it easy, either. The Foxes face Everton, Chelsea, Arsenal and United in the first five and with a trip to Stoke also included in that run, points look hard to come by.

We plan to focus on the schedule in further detail over the next few days, with a first “Frisking the Fixtures” article of the 2014/15 season rolled out in the next day or two.

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  1. Best defender to pick for last 2 group games? (i.e, nailed on and decent fixtures)

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Yepes, Rojo

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. Lahm?
      Srna?
      Kolasinac?
      Garay?

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Thanks, will go with the Bosnian.

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
  2. Quick check.

    Is there any way of seeing other peoples scores on mcd's? And ideally the correct league tables?

    Not been on here much but assume everybody HATES it? what a crock o shiv.

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. HVT

      No,
      And were lovin' it !

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  3. Best option for Mirror game?

    a) Robben, RVP & Cuardado/KDB (which mid?)
    b) RVP, Messi & Lulic/Feghouli (which mid?)

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. B w/ Lulic

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. B with Lulic

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  4. HVT

    Neymar > Jordi Alba (c) for me
    😎

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Cillessen first. 😉

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  5. EpicFail, you there?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
  6. Yesssss Newmancini scores for Mexico.

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
  7. Getting pretty cheesed off at Fox's inability to add autosubs. We're a day into round 2 ffs.

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. they will do it today im sure

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  8. Hey FACUPARSE - You can change back to TopArse again as you're top based on alphabetical order again.

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. 😆

      Where've you been mate? All good with the new kid?

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Working and not feeling the addiction of FPL, it's refreshing. Baby chops is fine, he's in boots and bar after 4 weeks of plaster on his foot (mild club foot) but he's a champ and doesn't complain :)

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. That's great news and nice to see you back here.

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. Arsenal were top for most of the season actually, nice try to reestablish yourself though...

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Thanks now.

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
  9. Best pick of the German defenders.
    * In a game with no baps or recovered balls awarded*

    Lahm, Boateng, Hummels(fit?), Mertesacker?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. HVT

      Lamb - always good for few returns.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. Lahm as he does play in midfield more often

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    3. Lahm. Hummels carries the most goal threat but will most likely miss the Ghana game.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  10. Mirror game:

    Choose 2:

    a) Messi
    b) RVP
    c)Robben
    d) Dzeko
    e) Mandzukic

    I have di maria already

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
  11. City look like being Yayaless for

    ARS, che, HUL

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Not the best time not to have him...ACN?

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. Imagine if he retired from Int'l football after the WC, although I guess it might be the really last chance for them to win the ACN.

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
  12. Come on Australia.

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. I am on my phone, and can't really access the Maccy D site here. 😐

        And yeah, my score is 106, and I faced Juan Carlos who has a 130+ score, so you can already give him the point there. (If Team Spain turns up, of course. 😉 )

        I have talked to Pompeyfan, and he can't update the stuff either, 'coz he is on road.

        I'll do it asap.

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. Cheers.

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
        2. 106 or 116?

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
          1. It is indeed 106.
            I don't know why they are showing 116 at the top yet, but the total of my 11 players is 106.

            Gutted to sub out Evra while using my phone. But no other option, either. I'm on a tour. 😐

            • 1 year, 1 month ago
        3. HVT

          If your stuck stick in my 115 😉

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
          1. Manager points don't count. 😉

            • 1 year, 1 month ago
            1. HVT

              :-(

              • 1 year, 1 month ago
  13. Srna or Lahm for the last two games?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
  14. Australia have the home hemisphere advantage over the Netherlands for this upcoming match.

    Australia's land abounds in natures gifts of beauty rich and rare. Netherlands DO NOT.

    Australia IS girt by sea. The Netherlands IS NOT girt by anything.

    Australia have scored in every World Cup game under manager Ange Postecoglou.

    Australia have NEVER lost a World Cup Final. Netherlands have lost it THREE times.

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Last point

      Disengenous much 😉

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. I hope everyone sees the colour on my grav, and realises what exactly I'm trying to mean. 😉

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. Stone the crows.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    3. should be easy 😉

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    4. HVT

      And did you know that Orange fans have been nominated several times for the Fair Play Award !

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  15. Can anybody see Spain coming back to win the WC?

    After all, they did lose to Switzerland then won much tougher games...

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. I guess the manner of defeat is the main difference.

      Anyway , it seems most teams are fully prepared to counter the style Spain plays, so they would need to change their tactics , which isn't likely. They can turn around the group, but as soon as they meet a top team again, they'll be out.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. ‘most teams are fully prepared to counter the style Spain plays’

        this is not true – very few teams could do what Holland did. even the germans would struggle.

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. I think it's like Breadbin wrote below, that style of play has been figured out, you still need a strong side to do so, but I don't think Germans would have a problem with that.

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
          1. they dont have quite the pace to expose them in the same way - but it would be close

            • 1 year, 1 month ago
            1. We might get to see it, if Spain manage to get today's match right.

              • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. No.

      The loss to Switzerland was a cup upset. The loss to Netherlands was an embarrassing annihilation which exposed flaws in their system.

      That way of playing has been exposed by top teams (Madrid v Bayern, Bayern pre Pep v Barca, Athletico v Barca). It was due for Spain also.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  16. Breadbin have you missed me? is that your real face in your grav?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. I bet you've been lurking big time

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. No you are.

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
  17. MOTM Bets.

    For those like me who can't see value in backing RVP/Robben due to such low odds a punt on Lens @ 10.5/1 is where my money will be going.

    I think against Aus Holland will play 3 up top in Robben / RVP / Lens.

    Lens is likely to play the full 90 more than Robben/RVP due to their importance.

    he was 2nd top goalscorer behind RVP in qualifying and got the joint top assists. He also played joint most games in qualifiers too.

    It's likely he will be able to get in amongst the goals against a poor Aus team and with 90 mins likely he could have 20-30 mins more playing time than Robben and Robin.

    Lens @ 10.5/1 with Betsson is my punt.

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. If it's still voted for on Twitter, then Lens could score 2 and 2 assists while RVP scores 1 and RVP would still get MOTM as he's better known..

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. You could have said the same for Hazard last night.

        Hazard played fairly well in general and also assisted the winning goal. Hazard has over 2million followers on twitter compared to KDB's 300-400k followers showing how much better known he is.

        Yet KDB won the MOTM.

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
      2. aye...im surprised they gave kdb man of the match instead of hazard! good decision though

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
  18. HVT

    iPhone doesn't work for McDs ?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    • 1 year, 1 month ago

Scout Picks

2014/15 Team of the Season

  • Forster
  • Clyne
  • Ivanovic
  • Terry
  • Bertrand
  • Sánchez
  • Silva
  • Hazard
  • Aguero
  • Austin
  • Kane
  • Cresswell
  • Sigurdsson
  • Giroud

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