Frisking the Fixtures

  1. Having analysed the sides with the most favourable opening to the new season, we now turn our attention to the teams who face a treacherous path over their initial four-to-six Gameweeks. Newcastle’s new head coach Steve McLaren has been handed an unwanted baptism of fire back in the top flight, while West Brom and Everton […]

  2. Following Wednesday’s announcement of the 2015/16 Premier League fixtures, we’re wasting no time in assessing the prospects of teams over the opening Gameweeks of the season. In this first “Frisking” of the campaign, we assess those teams handed a seemingly favourable passage through the first month. Championship winners Bournemouth and Europa League challengers Southampton immediately […]

  3. After casting on eye over the sides with strong fixtures to follow, we now turn our attentions to those who have less reason to be cheerful. Palace’s season is in danger of petering out, whilst Hull and the Baggies face a tough task to pick up the points over the final four Gameweeks of the […]

  4. With only four rounds of matches remaining, we roll out the first of our final pair of Frisking the Fixtures articles for the season. Arsenal’s chase for second spot is smiled upon kindly, whilst Leicester and Villa’s survival prospects are strengthened by three home fixtures over the final four Gameweeks.

  5. Having cast an eye over the sides with strong upcoming schedules yesterday evening, we now assess those who are poised for a tough final five Gameweeks. West Brom look hard pushed to pick up the points, whilst Palace and Spurs also have little reason for optimism over the run-in.

  6. We turn our attentions to the upcoming fixture list now and assess those sides with some favourable schedules over the next four-to-five Gameweeks. The upcoming double plays a part in our thinking, with Chelsea, Liverpool and Leicester offering reason to retain their chief assets for the run-in.

  7. Having assessed those sides with favourable fixtures to follow, we now turn our focus on those with trickier upcoming schedules. Given that we only have six Gameweeks left in the season, we afford more weight to the next four rounds of matches in particular here.

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  1. Walcott up front for Arsenal, with Giroud on the bench

  2. Arsenal XI: Cech; Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Coquelin, Cazorla; Ramsey, Ozil, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Walcott

  3. Mourinho confirms Costa is absent today due to 'discomfort in his hamstring'. https://t.co/kNyx22b2vp

  4. Chelsea XI: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Ramires, Willian, Hazard; Remy

  5. Advocaat on defence: “In terms of the team selection, you never know, we will see what happens at Leicester.” http://t.co/LNGgbObtfJ

  6. Rodgers reveals that Benteke and Firmino will feature in Liverpool's clash with Swindon tomorrow https://t.co/9ykJWGnUo2

  7. Clichy, Toure and Delph also not included in City squad due to injury http://t.co/EopXffwQVh

  8. Aguero and the rest of City's Copa America participants not included in squad for trip to Stuttgart http://t.co/Y7Yhdn4ECg

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