Fixtures

Who has the best and worst FPL fixtures over Christmas and New Year?

Our regular “frisk” of the Premier League fixture list from a Fantasy perspective returns ahead of Gameweek 16, a set of matches that marks something of a shift after the lull of recent weeks.

In this slightly abridged feature (due to the swift turnaround in Gameweeks), we assess the top-flight clubs with the strongest and weakest runs of league games over the coming month and offer our thoughts on the stand-out Fantasy assets from each of the sides discussed.

Although our primary focus will be on a six-Gameweek lookahead and the matches over the festive period, we will scrutinise the long-term fixtures beyond that point where relevant.

The Strong

Tottenham Hotspur

Next six: lei, BUR, eve, BOU, WOL, car

And then: MUN, ful, WAT, NEW, LEI, bur

Possible turning point: che (Gameweek 28)

There is no question who has the best medium-to-long-term fixtures in the Premier League.

Spurs face only Manchester United of the “big six” between now and the end of February, with their match against Southampton on Wednesday kicking off an enticing run of matches for the Lilywhites.

Seven of Spurs’ next 11 fixtures are at home, too.

The Gameweek 17 match against Burnley leaps off the page and there will be no shortage of Fantasy managers placing the armband on Harry Kane (£12.5m) for the visit of the division’s worst defence for shots in the box, shots on target and big chances conceded.

Matches against Leicester and Wolves might prove to be tighter affairs, with those two clubs sitting in the top four for fewest big chances conceded in 2018/19.

Having started the season uncharacteristically well from a defensive perspective, Bournemouth have reverted to type in recent weeks: in the last four Gameweeks, no Premier League club has conceded more shots in the box.

All five of Spurs’ opponents from Gameweeks 21 to 25 sit in the bottom half of the table for big chances conceded, meanwhile.

For those backing Hugo Lloris (£5.4m) – the French goalkeeper likely being the only “nailed” route into the Spurs backline over the festive period – and co, matches against Burnley, Cardiff City and Wolves in the next half-dozen Gameweeks offer realistic chances of clean sheets, with those three sides sitting in the bottom half for shots in the box and big chances.

West Ham United

Next six: CRY, ful, WAT, sou, bur, BHA

Possible turning point: ARS (Gameweek 22)

The Hammers sit top of our Season Ticker for the next half-dozen Gameweeks and along with Spurs are the only Premier League club to avoid any of the “big six” before the FA Cup third round weekend.

One player who the east London club look set to be without for this period, and who many Fantasy managers would have pinned their hopes on over Christmas and New Year, is Marko Arnautovic (£7.1m), who picked up a hamstring injury in the 3-1 win over Cardiff City on Tuesday.

That could see the likes of Javier Hernandez and Lucas Perez (both £6.2m) feature more prominently for the Irons over the festive period, particularly with Manuel Pellegrini favouring a 4-4-2 in recent weeks.

Felipe Anderson‘s (£7.2m) ownership is on the rise too, which is understandable given that his impressive form is being coupled with some enticing fixtures: from Gameweeks 17-21, all five of the Hammers’ opponents are among the 11 worst clubs for big chances conceded.

Fantasy managers need only look at the “goals against” column in the Premier League table to see that West Ham’s next three opponents on the road sit in the bottom four for goals conceded in 2018/19.

West Ham clean sheets have been few and far between this season but five of the Irons’ next six opponents sit in the bottom half for shots in the box and attempts on target.

That Lukasz Fabianski (£4.5m) sits joint-fifth among the top-scoring FPL goalkeepers this season despite only registering two shut-outs hints at what he could achieve over the coming month if the Hammers’ opposition are as shot-shy as the statistics suggest.

Arsenal

Next six: HUD, sou, BUR, bha, liv, FUL

And then: whu

Possible turning point: CHE (Gameweek 23)

Arsenal’s last run of favourable fixtures from Gameweeks 3 to 10 saw the Gunners win seven and draw one, scoring 22 goals in the process.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.2m) and Alexandre Lacazette (£9.6m) racked up a combined 11 goals and six assists in those eight matches and the two premium forwards look set to be the most sought-after FPL assets from this Arsenal squad over the Christmas period.

A trip to Anfield in late-December is the Gunners’ only real unappealing remaining fixture of 2018, with matches against the bottom four clubs for shots in the box attempted – Huddersfield, Burnley, Brighton and Fulham – offering hope of an all-too-rare clean sheet for the likes of Hector Bellerin (£5.4m) and Sead Kolasinac (£4.9m).

At the other end of the pitch, Messrs Aubameyang and Lacazette can look forward to meetings against all three clubs who sit in the “relegation zone” for shots in the box conceded between now and New Year’s Day.

Five of their next six opponents are ranked tenth or below for shots on target and big chances conceded.

Manchester United

Next six: FUL, liv, car, HUD, BOU, new

Possible turning point: tot (Gameweek 22)

While we have marked the match against Spurs as a possible turning point for Jose Mourinho’s side, in reality, the Red Devils’ kind fixtures go well beyond that clash at Wembley and into the spring.

Whether any Fantasy managers would be willing to touch the United squad given the rollercoaster season they are embarking on is another matter, of course.

Mourinho’s innate ability to disharmonise a dressing room remains a concern, with Anthony Martial (£7.6m) – quite possibly the only United asset who currently warrants Fantasy managers’ interest – having been one of the players that the United boss allegedly described as being “without character” a few weeks ago.

Martial has seven goals in his last eight appearances and, if his hamstring injury proves to be not serious, he can look forward to meetings with five sides who sit in the bottom ten for shots in the box conceded over the next half-dozen Gameweeks.

A trip to Liverpool in Gameweek 17 is a little off-putting, but in Fulham, Cardiff and Newcastle the Red Devils face three of the four clubs who have conceded the most big chances this season.

Also consider:

Eden Hazard (£11.0m) has suffered a drop in FPL ownership and price over the last few weeks as he is jettisoned en masse for other premium options, but after the visit of Manchester City this weekend, Chelsea then have six fixtures (bha, LEI, wat, cry, SOU, NEW) that perhaps have been overlooked in the clamour for Spurs and Arsenal assets.

Brighton, Newcastle and Southampton all sit in the bottom six for shots in the box conceded.

Fulham‘s run of matches from Gameweeks 17 to 20 (WHU, new, WOL, HUD) is among the best in the division and even a Gameweek 21 trip to Arsenal – who have shipped 19 big chances at home this season – offers hope for those Fantasy managers planning to invest in Aleksandar Mitrovic (£6.6m) over the festive period.

Huddersfield Town remain unfashionable in the Fantasy community but with five of their next seven fixtures (ars, NEW, SOU, mun, ful, BUR, car) against sides in the bottom eight for big chances conceded, they too warrant a mention in this section.

From a defensive perspective, four of the Terriers’ opponents sit in the bottom six for shots in the box attempted.

The Weak

Liverpool

Next six: bou, MUN, wol, NEW, ARS, mci

Possible turning point: bha (Gameweek 22)

With heavy hitters such as Kane and Aubameyang enjoying a fixture swing in Gameweeks 15 and 16, money will have to be generated from somewhere in order to finance any moves for one or both of the in-form premium pair.

The likes of Mohamed Salah (£13.0m) and Sadio Mane (£9.8m), then, might be deemed surplus to requirements over the Christmas period by a fair few FPL bosses with the Reds not appearing to have such a favourable run of matches ahead over the next six Gameweeks.

It should be said, though, that three of their next five opponents sit in the bottom ten for shots on target conceded, with Arsenal and Wolves two of just four sides who have not kept a clean sheet in the last six Gameweeks.

Newcastle, meanwhile, have allowed more big chances than any other Premier League club during this period.

The negative nature of Liverpool’s fixtures is perhaps more from a defensive perspective, with Bournemouth, Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City all in the top seven for goals scored this season.

The two Manchester clubs are the front-runners in the shots on target stakes, too.

Leicester City

Next six: TOT, cry, che, MCI, CAR, eve

Possible turning point: CAR (Gameweek 20)

Leicester’s favourable run of fixtures from Gameweeks 10-15 (in which they avoided any of the “big six”) is now well and truly over and the Foxes now have one of the worst medium-to-long-term schedules in the division.

While the game against Cardiff marks the start of a four-match respite in which they also face Wolves and Southampton, another trio of Champions League-chasing clubs lurk just around the corner in Gameweeks 24-26.

Three of their next four opponents (Crystal Palace, unsurprisingly, are the exception) sit in the top four for shots in the box attempted and top five for big chances and shots on target.

Attacking returns for the likes of Jamie Vardy (£8.9m) and James Maddison (£6.8m) might be thin on the ground, too – all of the Foxes’ next four opponents are among the nine meanest sides for big chances conceded.

Also Consider

Trips to Wolves, Spurs and Manchester United plus a home match against Liverpool, all of which happen before the turn of 2019, means that Bournemouth rank bottom on our Season Ticker for the remaining matches of the calendar year.

Three of those sides sit in the top six for fewest big chances conceded, but then again the Cherries’ have breached the defences of Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City in recent weeks.

While there are Fantasy assets available elsewhere with better fixtures, it will take a lot of persuading for Fantasy managers to part with Ryan Fraser (£6.2m) and/or Callum Wilson (£7.0m) – the two best-value players in their respective positions in FPL this season.

It remains to be seen if Ralph Hasenhuttl can shake Southampton from their slumber, but the incoming Saints manager could certainly have hoped for an easier Christmas schedule to start his reign: the south coast side facing the three highest-scoring teams in the Premier League in Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal in the next half-dozen Gameweeks.

Not one of the Saints’ FPL assets is owned by more than 5% of Fantasy managers and it would take a considerable “new manager bounce” for us to venture anywhere near their squad over Christmas and New Year.

*All prices correct at the time of writing (Thursday 6 December)

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  1. tucaoneo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    8 months, 14 days ago

    Is there any more news conference before kickoff? Want to know what Emery will do in light of this story.
    https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/7919695/arsenal-footie-aces-including-filmed-passing-out-in-hippy-crack-club-binge/

    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 14 days ago

      “Poodle-haired midfielder “ lol

    2. Deulofale
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      He will do nothing, because there is no scoop here. Just a pathetic journalist/editor being pathetic.

      1. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Which of the mentioned players do you own ? 😉

        1. Deulofale
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          Bellerin and just bought Aubameyang. Will probably buy Lacazette today too 🙂

          But also, I despise everything about this article. I would be so embarrassed to have my name attached to it as an author.

    3. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      get out of my team lacazette 😮

      1. tucaoneo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Exactly what I'm worried about.

    4. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Wow - going to be some fun over this

    5. Irbox ⚽
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Hopefully Emery takes drastic action. Danny Welbeck is the one people should be buying!

  2. EMERGING STAR
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 14 days ago

    Richarlison's points came against teams outside top 6.
    Never scored against top teams.

    It is just coincidental or the proof to bench him in such games?

    1. sunzip14
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 14 days ago

      The 'Lukaku syndrome' at Everton 😀

      1. EMERGING STAR
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        ha ha same.

    2. Demigod Mendy
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      He got an assist against United though. Oh wait, we're talking about top 6 sides? You're right.

      1. EMERGING STAR
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Even that it not an assist for a field goal. Earned a penalty

    3. tucaoneo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Let's pretend Man United belong in the big six. In that game he won a penalty, and created two very good chances wasted by Bernard and Coleman.
      He was pretty quiet against Chelsea and Liverpool. Sigurdsson was more threatening.
      Against Arsenal he was pretty descent and unlucky to blank (so I read). But again it's Arsenal who can't defend.
      So maybe you are right. I wouldn't expec him to do much against Man City.

  3. Ahmed Adam
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 14 days ago

    Aguero and Morrata to Kane and Chicharito for -4?

    Yes or No

    1. EMERGING STAR
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 14 days ago

      Could pay of really well.
      My personal choice would be Laca + Auba though

      1. Jayv807
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        I've gone for the double with Auba/Laca in hope they can ease the pain of no Kane.

        1. EMERGING STAR
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          I did as well.

    2. Werkself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 14 days ago

      who is your 3rd striker?

    3. Demigod Mendy
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Morata :/

      I'd try Auba and Laca double up instead of Kane and Chicha.

    4. TerryVenables
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      You had Aguero and Morata? Lol. You been away for a month? What’s your rank?

  4. b91jh
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 14 days ago

    What should I do with this squad? Downgrade Alonso, get Auba with -4, or stick with the budget striker formation?

    Dubravka (Hamer)
    Robbo Alonso TAA (Doherty Bennett)
    Hazard Alli Sterling Sane Rich
    Wilson Arnie* (Kamara)

    1ft, 0.5 itb

    Thanks

    1. Amey
        8 months, 14 days ago

        Get auba/laca !

    2. PastaFasul
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 14 days ago

      Just an FPL anecdote about Free Hit last GW.

      Too many rotation risks and injuries leading up to GW 15 so against all advice on this forum I used my Free Hit chip and changed out 7 of my squad.

      76 pts. cut my OR in half (just over 10k now) and put me over 100 pts ahead of my closest ML rival. Sounds like a success story!

      But today I was curious to see what my score would have been if I had just stuck to my original 1 FT, 1 hit (-4) squad. Did the math:

      80 pts. - 4 = 76pts. Ugh.

      1. EMERGING STAR
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        Nice story !

        The problem with FH team is that it will not guarantee more points than the original team unlike TC and BB.

        So it is better to use when many of our players are not available or many of them are playing 2 games.

        1. PastaFasul
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          I just didn't trust a few players I had getting on the pitch and thought I might be down to 7 men...hilarious result for the FH.

    3. bigbudgie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 14 days ago

      A) Robbo Fraser Auba (have TAA)
      B) Doherty Son Lacazette

      1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        b looks exciting, A will probably get you more points

    4. RIDZ
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 14 days ago

      Mane+Arnie for Auba+Snodgrass for -4, yes or no?

      Or just Arnie to Wilson?

      1. Slitherene
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 13 days ago

        -4

    5. Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Bellerin or Mustafi?

      1. mgilbert86
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Bellerin

      2. Demigod Mendy
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Bell

      3. BremerHB
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Bellerin

    6. Afghanistanislas
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Who would you start:

      A) AWB (whu)
      B) Brooks (LIV)

      1. BremerHB
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Brooks I reckon.

      2. Demigod Mendy
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Lord Bissaka

    7. blauriecon
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Mane Murray > FAnderson Lacazette -4 ? Yes/No

      1. Demigod Mendy
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Tasty

      2. Jayv807
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        I would do it

      3. WE GO FOR IT
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Yes

    8. Aubamazette
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Thought on getting in Lloris?

      1. Demigod Mendy
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Best way to cover their defence imo

        1. Aubamazette
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          Tempted to get him, but spurs defence hasn’t been that great of late, have the fixtures though

    9. BremerHB
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Morning all!

      Can anyone find 0.2 in this WC team in order to do Eriksen, Chicarito & Laporte > Snodgrass, Doherty, Kane?

      Or rather keep Laporte and take Alonso out in his place?

      Fab - Hamer
      Alonso - Laporte - TAA - AWB - Bennett
      Sane - Sterling - Eriksen - Anderson - Gunnarsson
      Auba - Wilson - Chicarito

      1. Pukki Party
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Chicha-Jimenez

    10. Jafalad
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      It is noticeable that the Cool Kids are playing their wild monkeys this shortened gameweek. I think I have cracked it with this lot:

      Fabs/4.0 nobody
      TAA, AWB, Digne, Doherty, Kolasinic
      Sane, Sterling, Fanderson, Fraser, Gunnarson
      Wilson, Kane, Auba.

      The Thinking:

      Gks: just play Fabs every week. Save points, baps and great fixtures.

      The D: 5 good options to cover the inevitable rot. Kola at 4.9 is worth the gamble even though Monreal is due back and may cover Holding.

      Worth dropping Alonso given his poor form and the CHS forwards failing to convert his “assists.” Had to drop Robbo as well which I don’t like but as TAA is matching him and is a million cheaper, it is a move that makes sense.

      Milfs: S and S speak for themselves. Fanderson has form and fixtures although it was close between him and Richarlison. Fraser is great value and a season keeper. 4.4 Gunnarson may chip in with the odd goal.

      I have dropped Salah and Hazard. Salah just isn’t replicating the form from last season and at 13 mill, it is hard to justify his place. For Hazard, see Alonso.

      The Fwds: Wilson – see Fraser. Kane now has a great run of fixtures and is in form. Seems to prefer the regular games. Auba – like Kane has great fixtures and is just too hard to ignore. Great rotation with Kane.

      I have dropped Kun to free up funds for Kane and Auba. Sterling and Sane cover him anyway.

      What can possibly go wrong?

      1. Demigod Mendy
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Milfs? :heart eyes:

        1. Jafalad
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          Milfs: secret DZ codeword. 😉

      2. EMERGING STAR
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        All looks good.
        May be a Richarlison haul vs Anderson blank is the only thing to go wrong given the ownership. Its unlikely though.

        1. Jafalad
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          Yes - that's my worry. Fanderson has had 2 or 3 DD returns though and with his fixtures must get similar returns.

      3. Demigod Mendy
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        I like that team. My thinking is the same as I've dropped Alonso and Robbo and beefed up my front 7.

        What's your thinking on Kane? Perma captain till January? If not, I think a downgrade to Laca looks good. You can upgrade Fraser to Alli or Son with the spare quids.

        1. bigbudgie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          I'm looking at the same. The extra funds from Auba>Laca goes such a long way

        2. Jafalad
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          Yep, I notice quite a few on WC dropping Alonso this week.

          Kane will play nearly every game. Yes - obvious cap'n. I do not trust Laca. What's the attraction with him when he is getting rotted every other week anyway?

      4. bigbudgie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Is there an argument for Laca over Auba and upgrading somewhere in defence? You have no City/Spurs defence?

        1. Jafalad
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          Laca makes no appeal to me given the lack of gametime he is getting at present.

          CTY d - they seem to be conceding the odd goal and represent poor value at present.

          Spuds d: the only one that appeals is Trippier but he seems to be crocked at present.

          Thank you for your thoughts 🙂

      5. sunzip14
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Agree on almost everything except " I have dropped Kun to free up funds for Kane and Auba" 😀

        1. Jafalad
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          You are pardoned young Zippy 😉

      6. Bolivian Seaman
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        kolasinac is the only one i wouldn't get. apparently bellerin is training again

        1. Deulofale
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          Monreal 🙂

          1. Bolivian Seaman
            • 8 Years
            8 months, 13 days ago

            oh yeah 🙁 I'm tired it 5am

        2. Jafalad
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          You mean Monreal/Kol?

        3. Bolivian Seaman
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          oh and going without van dijk is silly. vvd will be brilliant, watch. He's getting pushed up for corners now, I can't believe it too klopp so long to do this. vvd has been scoring for holland, he should've got a hattrick against arsenal. vvd is the next big thing

          1. Jafalad
            • 9 Years
            8 months, 13 days ago

            But he doesn't have TAA's points and is a million more expensive. TAA has an attacking threat too remember. Did look at VVD though but not enough cash.

          2. Bolivian Seaman
            • 8 Years
            8 months, 13 days ago

            xg last 5 games - 0.15, 0.39, 0. 0.11, 0.18. That gives him a 1 in 5 chance of scoring. When alonso got 7 last year that is 1 in 5 games too. Most scoring defenders get about 3 in 38 games, vvd should get about 5 in the next 24 games

            1. Jafalad
              • 9 Years
              8 months, 13 days ago

              Nice stats. Very interesting scenario.

              1. Bolivian Seaman
                • 8 Years
                8 months, 13 days ago

                yeah, just putting it out there 🙂 you'd 1.2m from somewhere to get him over kolanisac, gn

            2. Deulofale
              • 3 Years
              8 months, 13 days ago

              Still, though, ~3.38 xG in two years, and only one goal. Perhaps divide your expectations by 3?

        4. Jafalad
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          Hoping Monreal will cover Holding.

    11. Bavarian
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Would you do the move Arnie > Mitro/Wilson for -4 or wait for next GW and do it for free?

    12. Tabbara
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Which option is better:
      A:Lacazette and Fraser for Arnautovic and Martial (-4)
      already have auba,double up arsenal attack

      B:Son/Eriksen and Wilson for Arnautovic and Martial (-4)
      Thx

      1. Bavarian
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 13 days ago

        A

      2. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        8 months, 13 days ago

        I did Son + Wilson, as I already have Laca but nowhere near enough funds for Kane with my midfield having Mane, Sterling, Richarlison and Hazard

    13. Halmari Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Any united / city fan seen Martial or De bryune in training yesterday on social media?

      1. Demigod Mendy
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Martial was only taken off as a precaution as per Mou. Should start vs Fulham and probably rested in the pointless UCL fixture midweek.

        KDB won't be back this week.

        1. Halmari Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          8 months, 13 days ago

          i Dont know why but i took a punt on KDB and brought him in 😐 Hopefully he is ready and Pep isnt revealing it to surprise chelsea

    14. Bonita
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Are some guys opting to double on Laca and Auba? If so, why?

        1. Demigod Mendy
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          Done. Capitalising on form + fixtures.

          1. GoonSquad
            • 8 Years
            8 months, 13 days ago

            No miss worth investing in from ARS, unless Ramsey begins to get starts.

      • Grounderz
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Folks, help me out here.

        (A) Arnautovic ➡ Jimenez
        (B) Arnautovic & Stephens ➡ Kamara & Richarlison (-4) (effectively moved from 3-4-3 to 3-5-2 formation)

        1. Albrightondknight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          A - Jimenez is good value and you avoid a hit for Rich with 2 bad fixtures in 17 and 18

      • GoonSquad
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Schurrle + FAnderson or Fraser + Rich?

        1. Rude Reviewer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          fraser + richarlison

      • Rude Reviewer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Help guys.

        McCarthy / Begovic
        Alonso / Robertson* / Digne / Doherty / Wan bissaka
        Hazard / Sane / F. Anderson / Richarlison / Hojberg
        Kane / Wilson / Arnautovic*

        Should I do
        Arnautovic + Robertson >> Lacazzette + Bellerin/Kolasinac??? (for -4 Hit)

        1. Albrightondknight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          Maybe Laca and TAA would not want to go without Pool defence.

          If you want to go Ars defender Bellerin way more nailed but I just bought Kola 🙂 while keeping Robbo and TAA

          1. Rude Reviewer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            8 months, 13 days ago

            yes... true TAA great option

          2. Rude Reviewer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            8 months, 13 days ago

            Arsenal fixtures are better than pool at the moment.

            1. Albrightondknight
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              8 months, 13 days ago

              Short term call especially this week would be Ars defender but TAA is the medium to long term pick.

      • Albrightondknight
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        We know we are going to need a strong bench but how strong? Starting GW17 fill in the blanks below with A or B

        A. Lloris and Stephens
        Stephens (BRI) permanent 3rd on bench
        B. Lossl and Snodgrass
        Snodgrass could make the starting 11 occasionally - lossl has good fixtures but no Lloris

        Hamer xxxxxx

        Laporte Robertson TAA Alonso Kola

        Sterling Sane Eriksen Fraser *******

        Auba Wilson Jimenez

        1. Mr Q
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          On wc?

          Why not fab+paterson?

          1. Albrightondknight
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 13 days ago

            No WC just going to take a hit next week to go 2 City attackers rather than 2 defenders

            What I wanted was Fab and Snodgrass but was .1 short 🙁
            Thanks for the suggestion

      • Pompey and Circumstance
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        q--what are the likely Arsenal and Man City defensive lineups in the next few weeks?

        1. Albrightondknight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          Don't know would not be surprised if Wderson and Leno got rotated at this stage and some Ars defenders due to return from injury soon.

          1. Pompey and Circumstance
            • 8 Years
            8 months, 13 days ago

            probably bringing Kolasinac into team

            will Kompany possibly be playing for City? he started the game a few days ago

        2. Bolivian Seaman
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          i think man city will be laporte plus stones most of the time, but who knows. Walker may get a day off with danilo playing and delph will be ahead of zincenko but will miss a game or two

        3. Deulofale
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          A mixture of
          Bellerin Mustafi Sokratis Kolasinac
          Bellerin Mustafi Sokratis Monreal Kolasinac
          Bellerin Mustafi Sokratis Monreal

          And when Koscielny's back, who knows who'll miss out exactly?

      • Phil's Stamps
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Bottomed.

        I'm getting the impression that with the combination of:

        good budget keepers around,
        City's stellar midfield,
        the popularity of the Robbo TAA double-up,
        people not wanting to lose the money made in Alonso
        and Laporte's benching

        that City defensive cover is no longer deemed 'essential.'

        Would that be a fair analysis?

        1. Rude Reviewer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          pool defence double not necessary with their current fictures

        2. Albrightondknight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          Well I will lose either Ederson or Laporte next week to get Sane and go to city attack rather than defence. Giving up 1 goal every week when I got a double up is annoying.

        3. Slitherene
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 13 days ago

          2 budget keepers for 4.5 in the rotation was always the option.
          Even if you have a City double up in midfield, with Aguero out, you still have 1 spot for a defender.
          Robbo TAA double up won't fare too well with the upcoming fixtures.
          If Alonso keeps on playing like this, it is just a matter of time knee jerkers will start selling.
          Laporte's benching was the odd benching, seems nailed to start the next few.

          It's just that Laporte offers no/little attacking threat, less chances of getting BAPS, and they off late have conceded the odd goal taking away his clean sheet. He just doesn't offer good value for money in this congestion period, and with many people either playing their WC or looking for other budget options to get in the likes of Kane/Auba in, he sadly seems like the only viable & least attacking option to give way.

      • jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Drop...
        1) Hazard
        2) Alonso
        3) Neither
        4) Both

        1. Mr Q
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          To bench or from team?

        2. Rude Reviewer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          I am Keeping both.... their fixtures are good after city game.
          Best players of their team.

        3. Pukki Party
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          Keep, you want nailed players over christmas

      • Mr Q
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Fab

        Taa-vvd-Doherty

        Salah-richa-Felipe-fraser

        Jimenez-kane-auba(c)

        Bench: pat, awb, Alonso, Gunnarsson

        Gtg? Bench in right order?

        Thanks all!

        1. Albrightondknight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          Maybe Alonso at least higher on the bench and possibly starting

      • rmt this, rmt that so i sai…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 13 days ago

        who’d you C and VC out of this lot:
        a. Aub
        b. Sterling
        c. Martial
        d. Fanderson
        e. Sane

        1. Mr Q
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          A-c
          B-vc

        2. Lignja
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          A, b

        3. Moosie the Staggie
          • 7 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          A(c)
          B(vc)

          1. rmt this, rmt that so i sai…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            8 months, 13 days ago

            thx lads

      • Lignja
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Who to start Bennet, Wb, Hojberg, Kamara?

        1. Bolivian Seaman
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          bennett easily, saiss playing dm will make them more solid

          1. Lignja
            • 2 Years
            8 months, 13 days ago

            Thanks, that will be double up with Doherty

        2. Moosie the Staggie
          • 7 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          Kamara for me

          1. Lignja
            • 2 Years
            8 months, 13 days ago

            Kinda felt him last week and put as first sub, sadly Taa step in after he scored

      • Pukki Party
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Have Lossl as set and forget, thinking of either upgrade Hamer or swich Lossl to Hennessey. Lossl/McCarthy gives a nice rotation below:

        car, NEW, SOU, WHU, ful, BUR, car, EVE, CRY, bur, CAR

        A) Lossl to Hennessey set&forget
        B) Lossl/McCarthy rotation

        1. Albrightondknight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          Now that Fab is at 4.6 he looks better to me that the 4.5 options left and he 4.4
          After this week nice fixture for about 5 weeks, but after that I don't know about set and forget. Definitely co sidering him as my Ederson replacement for next week for sure but might go Lloris.

          1. Albrightondknight
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 13 days ago

            Sorry totally misread that. McCarthy was the only other one I considering and with a rotation like that why not.

            1. Pukki Party
              • 2 Years
              8 months, 13 days ago

              Cheers

      • WE GO FOR IT
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Foster | Patricio
        Robertson | Pereira | Digne | AWB | Kelly
        Hazard | Sterling| Richarlison | Felipe | Billing
        Kane | *Arnie* | Wilson

        1FT and nothing itb.

        Pick one:
        A. Arnie -> Chicharito/Mitrovic
        B. Arnie + Hazard -> Auba + Mkhi / Snodgrass (-4)
        C. Arnie + Hazard -> Lacazette + Son / Bilva (-4)

        1. WE GO FOR IT
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          Can get Martial with Lacazette as well.

        2. Bolivian Seaman
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          difficult - I would keep hazard but arsenals fixtures are fantastic

          1. WE GO FOR IT
            • 3 Years
            8 months, 13 days ago

            I could downgrade RIcharlison to 4.5 with Lacazette as well. But that would leave me with two 4.5 mids.

        3. Mr Q
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          B with fraser?

          1. WE GO FOR IT
            • 3 Years
            8 months, 13 days ago

            Fixtures are putting me off. But yeah, I can consider him as well, given the form him and Bournemouth are in,=.

        4. Holmes (specialist in failu…
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          I'm planning to do something like B with Lacazette as it gives cash for Richarlison to Sane

          1. WE GO FOR IT
            • 3 Years
            8 months, 13 days ago

            Sterling _ Sane double up does sound tasty. I'll consider this now as well.

      • bigbudgie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        On WC, switch Robbo to VVD? Have TAA and still like the double up

        1. Mr Q
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          Si

        2. Bolivian Seaman
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          robbo is bps magnet, I'd keep probably

        3. Moosie the Staggie
          • 7 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          I would probably just get Lovren then, saves even more cash.
          Kills it on BPS too.