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)

    • 6 months, 7 days ago
    1. Yepes, Rojo

      • 6 months, 7 days ago
    2. Lahm?
      Srna?
      Kolasinac?
      Garay?

      • 6 months, 7 days ago
      1. Thanks, will go with the Bosnian.

        • 6 months, 7 days 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.

    • 6 months, 7 days ago
    1. HVT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

      No,
      And were lovin' it !

      • 6 months, 7 days ago
  3. Best option for Mirror game?

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

    • 6 months, 7 days ago
    1. B w/ Lulic

      • 6 months, 7 days ago
    2. B with Lulic

      • 6 months, 7 days ago
  4. HVT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member

    Neymar > Jordi Alba (c) for me
    :cool:

    • 6 months, 7 days ago
    1. Cillessen first. ;)

      • 6 months, 7 days ago
  5. EpicFail, you there?

    • 6 months, 7 days ago
  6. Yesssss Newmancini scores for Mexico.

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

    • 6 months, 7 days ago
    1. they will do it today im sure

      • 6 months, 7 days ago
  8. Hey FACUPARSE - You can change back to TopArse again as you're top based on alphabetical order again.

    • 6 months, 7 days ago
    1. :lol:

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

      • 6 months, 7 days 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 :)

        • 6 months, 7 days ago
        1. That's great news and nice to see you back here.

          • 6 months, 7 days ago
    2. Arsenal were top for most of the season actually, nice try to reestablish yourself though...

      • 6 months, 7 days ago
      1. Thanks now.

        • 6 months, 7 days ago
  9. Best pick of the German defenders.
    * In a game with no baps or recovered balls awarded*

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

    • 6 months, 7 days ago
    1. HVT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

      Lamb - always good for few returns.

      • 6 months, 7 days ago
    2. Lahm as he does play in midfield more often

      • 6 months, 7 days ago
    3. Lahm. Hummels carries the most goal threat but will most likely miss the Ghana game.

      • 6 months, 7 days ago
  10. Mirror game:

    Choose 2:

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

    I have di maria already

    • 6 months, 7 days ago
  11. City look like being Yayaless for

    ARS, che, HUL

    • 6 months, 7 days ago
    1. Not the best time not to have him...ACN?

      • 6 months, 7 days ago
        • 6 months, 7 days 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.

          • 6 months, 7 days ago
  12. Come on Australia.

    • 6 months, 7 days 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.

        • 6 months, 7 days ago
        1. Cheers.

          • 6 months, 7 days ago
        2. 106 or 116?

          • 6 months, 7 days 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. :|

            • 6 months, 7 days ago
        3. HVT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member

          If your stuck stick in my 115 ;-)

          • 6 months, 7 days ago
          1. Manager points don't count. ;)

            • 6 months, 7 days ago
            1. HVT
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member

              :-(

              • 6 months, 7 days ago
  13. Srna or Lahm for the last two games?

    • 6 months, 7 days 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.

    • 6 months, 7 days ago
    1. Last point

      Disengenous much :wink:

      • 6 months, 7 days ago
      1. I hope everyone sees the colour on my grav, and realises what exactly I'm trying to mean. ;)

        • 6 months, 7 days ago
    2. Stone the crows.

      • 6 months, 7 days ago
    3. should be easy ;)

      • 6 months, 7 days ago
    4. HVT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

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

      • 6 months, 7 days ago
  15. Can anybody see Spain coming back to win the WC?

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

    • 6 months, 7 days 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.

      • 6 months, 7 days 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.

        • 6 months, 7 days 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.

          • 6 months, 7 days ago
          1. they dont have quite the pace to expose them in the same way - but it would be close

            • 6 months, 7 days ago
            1. We might get to see it, if Spain manage to get today's match right.

              • 6 months, 7 days 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.

      • 6 months, 7 days ago
  16. Breadbin have you missed me? is that your real face in your grav?

    • 6 months, 7 days ago
      • 6 months, 7 days ago
    1. I bet you've been lurking big time

      • 6 months, 7 days ago
      1. No you are.

        • 6 months, 7 days 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.

    • 6 months, 7 days 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..

      • 6 months, 7 days 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.

        • 6 months, 7 days ago
      2. aye...im surprised they gave kdb man of the match instead of hazard! good decision though

        • 6 months, 7 days ago
  18. HVT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member

    iPhone doesn't work for McDs ?

    • 6 months, 7 days ago
    • 6 months, 6 days ago

Scout Picks

For Gameweek 17

  • Lloris
  • Zabaleta
  • Ivanovic
  • Cresswell
  • Sánchez
  • Eriksen
  • Y Touré
  • Downing
  • Bony
  • van Persie
  • Austin
  • Evans
  • Nasri
  • Carroll

Fixture Ticker

The Watchlist

Goalkeepers

Last updated: 19 Dec, 2014 1:25pm
Player Club Factors
Up Hart MCI A, Vs
Up McGregor HUL B, Vs
Up Guzan AVL B, Vs
Up Green QPR B, Vs
Down Pantilimon SUN A
Up De Gea MUN A
No Change Fabianski SWA B
Up Adrián WHM B

Defenders

Last updated: 19 Dec, 2014 12:51am
Player Club Factors
Up Zabaleta MCI B, Vs, Rest
Down Ivanovic CHE B
Down Baines EVE C
Up Yun QPR C, Vs, £
Up Davies TOT C, Vs, Rest, £
Up Janmaat NEW B, VsX, Inj
No Change Cresswell WHM B
Down Hutton AVL B, Vs, £, Sus
No Change Taylor SWA B
Up Chester HUL C, Vs, VsX
Up Evans MUN B, Vs

Midfielders

Last updated: 17 Dec, 2014 1:40pm
Player Club Factors
Up Hazard CHE A, VsX
Down Sánchez ARS A, VsX, OoP
Up Y Touré MCI B, Vs, Sus
Up Downing WHM A
Up Eriksen TOT A, Vs
Up Nasri MCI A, Vs, Inj
Down Sigurdsson SWA B, Vs
Up Sterling LIV C, Vs
No Change Bolasie CPL A, VsX
Down Oscar CHE B, VsX
Up Fer QPR B, Vs
Up Sissoko NEW B, Vs, VsX

Forwards

Last updated: 20 Dec, 2014 10:12am
Player Club Factors
No Change Diego Costa CHE B
No Change Bony SWA A, Vs
Up Austin QPR A, Vs
Up van Persie MUN A
Up Kane TOT B, Vs, Rest, £
No Change Sakho WHM B, Rest, £
Up Giroud ARS B, VsX
Up Benteke AVL B, Vs
Down Rooney MUN B, Inj, OoP
Up Carroll WHM B
Up Cissé NEW A, Vs
No Change Pellè SOT C

Selection Factors

A, B, C Current Form
Vs Favourable Fixtures
VsX Unfavourable Fixtures
Rest Rotation Risk
Inj Injured/Returning from Injury
OoP Out of Position
£ Potential Bargain
Sus Suspended/Near Suspension

The Suspension Tightrope

Player Team YC
Cazorla ARS 4
Oxlade-Chamberlain ARS 4
Agbonlahor AVL 4
Boyd BRN 4
Marney BRN 4
Chamakh CPL 4
Besic EVE 4
Naismith EVE 4
Chester HUL 4
Robertson HUL 4
Moore LEI 4
Vardy LEI 4
Balotelli LIV 4
Gerrard LIV 4
Skrtel LIV 4
Kompany MCI 4
Mangala MCI 4
Y Touré MCI 4
Fer QPR 4
Clyne SOT 4
Mane SOT 4
Mame Biram Diouf STO 4
Shawcross STO 4
Wilson STO 4
Gómez SUN 4
O'Shea SUN 4
Ki SWA 4
Williams SWA 4
Mason TOT 4
Dorrans WBA 4
Tomkins WHM 4

“Last year was quite open for me, I was in good positions, but I was quite lucky because I was getting free kicks and some penalties as well.”

Yaya Toure Manchester City midfielder