We roll out our fourth article focussing on rotation pairs for the campaign ahead this afternoon. Having looked at Stoke and Swansea, Newcastle and Sunderland and Crystal Palace and West Ham, we now cast an eye over what’s on offer from Hull City and promoted Burnley:

The Fixtures

hullburnley

In a similar situation to our previous three examples, both sides alternate perfectly on a home and way basis over the entire season. Looking at the Premier League schedule, a Hull-Burnley partnership would hand you 16 favourable fixtures (STO, WHM, SUN, CPL, WHM, EVE, SOT, HUL, TOT, AVL, NEW, WBA, SOT, SWA, LEI, EVE) in the first 20 Gameweeks of the season, leading into the winter wildcard.

Although this leaves you four tricky home matches to navigate, the upside is that your away team offers a viable alternative each time. For example, Burnley face Chelsea, United and Liverpool in Gameweeks 1, 3 and 18 respectively – weeks where Hull travel to QPR, Villa and Sunderland. The Tigers’ only testing KC clash over that period is in Gameweek 6, when Man City pay visit – Burnley make their way to West Brom that weekend and offer a viable option.

Alternatively, Hull and Swansea rotate home/away in 18 of the first 20 Gameweeks. On the two occasions where your players are on the road, the schedule remains strong – in Gameweek 1, Hull travel to QPR, whilst in Gameweek 8, the Swans make their way to Stoke, ensuring this is a viable option for those determined to invest in the Tigers.

Burnley also rotate with Stoke and Villa for 30 of the 38 Gameweeks of the season. Partnering them with the Potters would have you 18 home matches in the first 20, though six visits from last term’s top four over this period somewhat dents their prospects. Villa and Burnley also rotate home/away in 18 of the opening 20 Gameweeks but with Paul Lambert’s side also entertaining three of last term’s top four during that period, many may choose to ignore this option.

The Defence

Burnley
Sean Dyche’s side arrive in the top-flight on the back of 18 clean sheets and 37 goals against in the Championship last term. The Clarets were more resilient in front of their own fans, producing 11 shut-outs in 23 matches and conceding on just 14 occasions – affording a degree of optimism that they may just provide Fantasy managers with a legitimate cut-price option upon their return to the Premier League.

With a goal and 12 assists to his name in the previous campaign, hopes are high that Kieran Trippier will hit the ground running. The former Man City youth academy graduate stands head and shoulders above any other Burnley backline option, with his dead-ball ability and delivery from the flank teeing up chances aplenty for team-mates. His attacking potential suggest that playing the fixtures and benching Trippier could be a real headache, though – some owners may opt to field him regardless of fixture, for fear of missing out on points hauls on the road or against bigger sides at Turf Moor.

There is a chance that Trippier could come in at a higher price than the rest of his defensive team-mates, though, given his exploits last time around. If such a scenario transpires, centre-half Jason Shackell (who netted twice) and keeper Tom Heaton, certainly offer a security of starts that may well appeal to those looking for a cut-price option to field for home games alone.

Hull City
Despite finishing just four points clear of the drop, Steve Bruce’s side were one of the most reliable around when it came to home matches. The Tigers kept out their opponents on eight occasions at the KC Stadium – only Arsenal, Chelsea and Man City managed more – and were relatively easy to predict, too; seven of those shut-outs arrived against the bottom 10. Hull’s exploits on the road highlight just why a rotation partner is required, though; Bruce’s troops mustered just two shut-outs away from home (both against bottom half opposition) and conceded on 32 occasions, the sixth worst away defence in the top-flight last time around.

Curtis Davies ended the previous campaign as Hull’s top scoring FPL player on 115 points – 25 more than any other backline option. With two goals, an assist and nine bonus points to his name, the centre-half missed just one league game all season and offers a security of starts greater than most at the back – whether in a 3-5-2 or four-man backline, his role in the heart of defence is unquestioned.

Between the posts, Allan McGregor has recovered from the kidney injury that curtailed his game time towards the end of 2013/14. Picking up save points in 13 of his 26 matches, the Scot also earned five bonus points, helping him to an average of 3.2 point per game – eclipsing Davies’ 3.1 ppg and underlining his potential. Having boosted his options out wide already, it remains to be seen whether Bruce will do away with a 3-5-2 formation altogether this season and opt for the security of a four-man backline – pre-season may tell us more but for now, looking beyond Davies and McGregor may be an unnecessary risk. James Chester may be an option if he can shrug off persistent hamstring problems but last term’s average of 2.3 ppg won’t convince many suitors.

The Attack

Burnley
The Lancashire outfit were relatively consistent in the final third of the pitch in last season’s promotion-winning campaign, notching 37 times at home and 35 on their travels. Championship Player of the Year for 2013/14, Danny Ings is the main contender for consideration up front. The striker racked up 21 goals and seven assists in just 40 appearances for Dyche’s side and with strike partner Sam Vokes (20 goals and five assists) expected to miss the first few months of the campaign with a knee injury sustained in March, Ings’ appeal has magnified as a potential cut-price option for our three-man frontlines.

Michael Kightly’s arrival on a permanent deal may afford us an option in midfield. The former Stoke man spent last season on loan with the Lancashire outfit and served up five goals and six assists from the flank – a security of starts looks on the cards as Dyche turns to his top-flight experience in the starting XI. Scott Arfield could be an under the radar option in the centre of the park. The Scot started 42 of the final 43 league matches last time around and served up eight goals and a trio of assists – only Ings and Vokes found the net on more occasions.

Hull
Bruce has moved quickly to strengthen his midfield options after seeing his side score just 38 times last term – the fourth worst offensive record in the Premier League. With 20 goals at home and 18 on their travels, it’s fair to say the Tigers desperately need improving as they prepare for action on the European and domestic fronts.

New boys Robert Snodgrass and Tom Ince immediately arrive on our radars after being snapped up from Norwich and Blackpool respectively. The Scot is likely to be handed the majority of set-pieces and corners and, having netted six times in each of his two seasons in the top-flight with the Canaries, has proven himself as a viable prospect in the past. Ince has yet to deliver in the top-flight and managed just a goal and assist over limited game time on loan at Palace in the latter part of 2013/14 – potentially, he could come in at a cheaper price than Snodgrass and may appeal to those shopping on a budget.

Up top, Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long both netted four times after joining up over the winter transfer window. Granted, that’s anything but prolific form but with the likes of playmaker Snodgrass serving up a better quality of goalscoring opportunity, the pair may yet come into contention if favourably priced. If, as expected, he’s handed penalties, Jelavic could well be the one to watch as Bruce attempts to improve upon last year’s 16th place finish.

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  1. Albeit a bit late but....

    ....massive congratulations to Nigeria and The Missing Yobo & co.

    Not so much fail about this after all 😉

    • 1 year, 6 months ago
    1. EEEEENNNNNRRRRRRR IS BACK!!! 😀

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
      1. FFFFFPPPPPLLLLLLL IS BACK!!! 😀

        • 1 year, 6 months ago
          • 1 year, 6 months ago
          1. Seriously?! 😯

            I'll go to office in about 2hours and the game will open after that surely!!! :(

            • 1 year, 6 months ago
            1. Hope not! Let's hope it happens for you! Just tell Klinsmann to excuse you from your office!

              • 1 year, 6 months ago
    2. ElNinooooo

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
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    3. Thanks ENR for the comp, reallly enjoyed it!! Look forward to winning the next one! 😉

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
      1. Got to thank Billy largely. Shame I couldn't be around for most of the comp but glad you enjoyed it. Well played mate, certainly look forward to the next challenge. It won't be far :)

        Well played bud!

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  2. Dynamo Moscow have agreed a £5.5m deal with Marseille to sign France international playmaker Mathieu Valbuena, 29, which would be a blow to interested Premier League clubs Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham.(Talksport)

    £5.5m for Valbuena 😯 why hasn't any Premier League team snapped him up?! Would be so good in the Premier League and FPL.

    • 1 year, 6 months ago
    1. Why would he want to go to Ukraine don't understand

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
      1. Er...Moscow is in Russia. 😉

        • 1 year, 6 months ago
        1. Jonty I don't know 😆

          • 1 year, 6 months ago
      2. Isnt Rome in France?

        • 1 year, 6 months ago
      3. SW6

        He's not going to Ukraine...

        • 1 year, 6 months ago
      4. I don't understandings either, probably because he's chosen to go to Russia.

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    2. must be due to his age. Maybe last year of his contract? Does seem a trifle cheap though .

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
      1. Even if he's 29, £5.5m is excellent value, could easily get two seasons out of him.

        • 1 year, 6 months ago
    3. thought Atleti would go for him. cheaper version of santi

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
    4. wow

      and imagine teams pay 5m for players like graham that cant even pass or run!

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
      1. or shoot or tackle

        • 1 year, 6 months ago
    5. This is old news. At least a day or two old. The unmentioned part is that Valbuena hasn't agreed on going there yet.

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
      1. According to last information he is still waiting for the Italian (Fiorentina) and Spanish (Valencia) teams to come up with bids, which tells that he's not excited about going to Moscow.

        • 1 year, 6 months ago
    6. 5.5 in FPL is such a great rate forget the real world!! PL club missed it! NewCastle could have got him..

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  3. New community article published - Saint Steve-O's look at Burnley's new recruits and prospects next season.

    http://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2014/07/15/burnleys-season-ahead/

    • 1 year, 6 months ago
    1. Sean Dyche (who comes from my home town of Kettering) has been hailed as the ginger Jose Mourinho. Trippier will be in my side!

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
  4. I just want it to open, I do.

    • 1 year, 6 months ago
  5. Daniel what are your predictions? Enlighten us, Special One.

    • 1 year, 6 months ago
    1. Prediction about what?

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
      1. "FPL is close"

        • 1 year, 6 months ago
        1. FPL is closed

          • 1 year, 6 months ago
      2. When FPL will open

        • 1 year, 6 months ago
      3. When McD's gonna open for next WC!!! :roll:

        • 1 year, 6 months ago
          • 1 year, 6 months ago
          1. Just Kidding with my Captain mate 😉

            • 1 year, 6 months ago
            1. We need to get in touch more!

              • 1 year, 6 months ago
              1. Sure mate...

                • 1 year, 6 months ago
  6. Comeeeeee ooooooooooooooooooooooonmnnnnn

    • 1 year, 6 months ago
  7. Newcastle united complete the signing of Janmaat

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BslrLZKCMAAK6YJ.jpg

    Debuchy gone by week's end I suppose

    • 1 year, 6 months ago
    1. They have got the better of this Full backs exchange imo

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
    2. Nice signing

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
  8. Did anyone e-mail FPL towers already?

    • 1 year, 6 months ago
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        • 1 year, 6 months ago
        1. Not replied yet!

          • 1 year, 6 months ago
    1. Hurry them up Dan.

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
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  9. Was hanging around since week or so and joined before 2days,must admit people over here helping alot.This is going to be my first season in FPL (played Espn last year) and don't no what to expect someone around here told me to aim for 100k finish.
    I don't have enough group member to play in mini league so what can i expect for overall season rank.

    • 1 year, 6 months ago
    1. Top 10k no problem if you hang about here enough

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
      1. not necessarily, didnt mark finish outside the top 10k & it's his site?

        • 1 year, 6 months ago
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    2. For your first season in FPL anything inside 100k is quite good. But that shouldn't stop you from aiming higher 😉

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
      1. Isn't it too optimistic

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  10. Daniel meltdown coming up in....

    10

    • 1 year, 6 months ago
  11. 10 seconds to blast off!

    • 1 year, 6 months ago
  12. It has been full 2 days without fantasy football !!! Aaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh!!!! I need my fix !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 1 year, 6 months ago
  13. Right this is a question for you all. The question is what's the best kit you've liked for each team. First team is Arsenal.
    I liked 2011/12 seasons away kit the blue one. Really likes that one

    • 1 year, 6 months ago
    1. 2010/11 home kit

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
      1. Let's do all these teams...
        Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham

        • 1 year, 6 months ago
  14. Lets send 100 e-mails in 10 minutes. That means volunteers to send 10 mails. I am first one. Anyone else?

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    1. You realise making them read all those emails will delay its opening? 😉

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
    2. won't that slow down the FPL servers? nice one

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
    3. Great idea man, keep at it.

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
    4. Please let me know your Id then... I´m sure your players aren´t getting any bonuses.

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
  15. This is the President of Besiktas regarding Demba Ba

    "The initial price for him was €13million (£10.3million) but we've managed to reduce it. We'll tell the media once the final deal is done."

    • 1 year, 6 months ago
  16. Hi everyone I am new here, I see all of you know a lot about fantasy football? When it is supposed this FPL game to open? 😉

    • 1 year, 6 months ago
    1. 4am Macedonian time.

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
    2. When I go to office...!!! :(

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
  17. Vintage Daniel 😛

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    1. We have uncovered numerous other 'Daniels' today...

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
  18. So, Sky's new sports channel - Sky Sports 5, will have coverage of Dutch football, Spanish football, Champions League + Europa League.

    Why don't they include the rest of European football, like French, German, Portuguese and Italian football?

    • 1 year, 6 months ago
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      1. Suppose I'm gonna have to pay for it again!

        • 1 year, 6 months ago
    1. BT have the Bundesliga and serie A. not sure about the others

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
    2. BT Sport have all them

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
    3. Dutch football is really nothing to get excited about...living here even the Dutch hate it.

      Ajax-Feyenoord definitely a sight to see though

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
      1. What?!?1 Goals galore in the Eredivisie!!! 😀 😀

        • 1 year, 6 months ago
  19. FPL are big fat liars !!! They said early this week. Well Wednesday isn't god damn EARLY !!!

    • 1 year, 6 months ago
    1. Boycott FPL in protest?

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    2. Time to sign a petition!

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
    3. Wednesday afternoon at 12pm would be mid week...anytime before that becomes earlier..

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
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      1. thursday afternoon at 12pm is technically midweek.

        • 1 year, 6 months ago
        1. yeah!

          • 1 year, 6 months ago
      2. Huh?? Surely Thursday...

        • 1 year, 6 months ago
        1. Yes I was considering only weekdays

          • 1 year, 6 months ago
  20. There is no transfers and other stuffs at FPL anymore? o.O Is it coming?

    • 1 year, 6 months ago
    1. Been like that for days.

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
      1. I had it today

        • 1 year, 6 months ago
    2. Stuffs.

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
  21. Grav Test

    • 1 year, 6 months ago
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        • 1 year, 6 months ago
        1. No its a ghost!!!

          • 1 year, 6 months ago
    1. Wrong colour.

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
      1. It changes color 😉

        • 1 year, 6 months ago
    2. So where's the grav?

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
  22. I've got some things to do in 'the real world' now. Would someone be so kind as to give me a ring on my phone if FPL opens please?

    My number is 999.

    Thanks guys!

    • 1 year, 6 months ago
    1. Jesus. Pre school 'banter'. :roll:

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
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    2. Ok i'll give you a call and also block the 999 id for you. Don't worry!!!

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
  23. Imagine, just imagine that FPL didnt open this year. How badly would you take it?

    • 1 year, 6 months ago
    1. Not at all, there are plenty of other good games out there for all but the oddly blinkered.

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
      1. Aye, very true mate.

        • 1 year, 6 months ago
    2. There is no single reason to not open

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
      1. Dule kralju promenio si nadimak :-)

        • 1 year, 6 months ago
        1. Malo za promenu 😀 Nova sezona,novo ime 😀

          • 1 year, 6 months ago
          1. Ako ako... 😀 Samo da krene ta sezona vise... Neka imam i poslednji ID 😀 Samo da pocne...

            • 1 year, 6 months ago
            1. Ne kontam cemu sve to oko IDa,meni je svejedno 😀 Oces da me dodas na fejsu,da imam sa kim da pricam o FPLu? 😀 Dušan Mrdjinac

              • 1 year, 6 months ago
    3. I don't need to imagine for now :-(

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
    4. Meh.....sky

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
    5. Beachy Head beckons

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
    1. What about Mancini?

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
      1. No idea.

        • 1 year, 6 months ago
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      2. Gonna manage Italy i assume

        • 1 year, 6 months ago
    2. What about an ex player who played for Brazil

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
    3. Those are all BS. Mourinho, Pellegrini and Pekerman have never been offered the job. Brazilians need a brazilian coach, someone who doesn't just understand them but "feel" them. Scolari made some terrible tactical decisions but had a wonderful relationship with the entire team, which is why Tite has been in pole position for the job since Brazil defeated itself with 7 goals.

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
  24. Hurry up or I will start crying FPL. Save us

    • 1 year, 6 months ago
    1. great. it has been put back indefinitely

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
  25. So frustrating, Every now and then when I refresh the FPL screen it takes a few seconds longer to load and I think it is going to be game on. And then it say 2013/2014. So disappointing.

    • 1 year, 6 months ago
  26. new post
  27. Provence: Valbuena unsure of whether to sign for Dinamo Moscow, but OM have accepted €7m (£5.5m) offer anyway. No further interest.
    Valbuena weighing up offers, with Valencia yet to make further moves. No other team has registered interest. 😯 zil

    • 1 year, 6 months ago

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Gameweek 25

  • Forster
  • Janmaat
  • Williams
  • Alderweireld
  • Wijnaldum
  • André Ayew
  • Dele Alli
  • Roberto Firmino
  • Sánchez
  • Aguero
  • Kane
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  • Giroud

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Goalkeepers

Last updated: 26 Jan, 2016 10:34pm
Player Club Factors
Up Hennessey CPL C, Vs, £
Down Butland STO C, Vs
Up Schmeichel LEI A
Up Forster SOT A
Up Courtois CHE B, Vs
Up Fabianski SWA A
No Change Boruc BOU B
No Change De Gea MUN B
No Change Cech ARS B, VsX
Up Foster WBA C, VsX

Defenders

Last updated: 3 Feb, 2016 9:04am
Player Club Factors
Up Ivanovic CHE A, Vs
Up van Dijk SOT A
Down Baines EVE B, Vs
Up Dann CPL C, Vs
Up Cresswell WHM B, Vs
Up Williams SWA A
No Change Dawson WBA C
Down Alderweireld TOT B
No Change Daniels BOU A, £
No Change Fuchs LEI A
No Change Van Aanholt SUN A, VsX
Down Bellerín ARS C, VsX
Down Smalling MUN C
Down Moreno LIV C, Vs
Down Johnson STO B
Down Kolarov MCI B, Rest, Inj

Midfielders

Last updated: 3 Feb, 2016 11:14pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Payet WHM B, Vs
Up Roberto Firmino LIV A, Vs, OoP
Up Dele Alli TOT A, Inj
Up Barkley EVE C, Vs
Up André Ayew SWA A, OoP
Up Eriksen TOT A
Down Ozil ARS C, VsX
No Change Mahrez LEI C, VsX
Up Sánchez ARS C, VsX, Inj
Up Antonio WHM A, Vs, Rest, £
No Change Willian CHE B, Vs, Inj
No Change Wijnaldum NEW B
Down Arnautovic STO C, Vs, Inj
Up Silva MCI C
No Change Johnson SUN B, VsX

Forwards

Last updated: 3 Feb, 2016 11:14pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Aguero MCI A
No Change Kane TOT B
Up Vardy LEI C
Up Diego Costa CHE A, Vs, Inj
No Change Ighalo WAT C, VsX
Up Rooney MUN A
Down Lukaku EVE C, Vs
No Change Giroud ARS B, VsX, Rest
Up Afobe BOU A, £
Down Austin SOT B, Inj

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Vs Favourable Fixtures
VsX Unfavourable Fixtures
Rest Rotation Risk
Inj Injured/Returning from Injury
OoP Out of Position
£ Potential Bargain
Sus Suspended/Near Suspension
Player Team YC
Colback NEW 9
Byram WHM 9
Lucas LIV 8
Jones SUN 8
Yacob WBA 8
Westwood AVL 7
Diego Costa CHE 7
Huth LEI 7
Can LIV 7
Mangala MCI 7
Shelvey NEW 7
Pieters STO 7
Dele Alli TOT 7
Dier TOT 7
Noble WHM 7

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