Fixtures

Who has the best fixtures at the start of FPL 2019/20?

We are continuing our look ahead to the 2019/20 season following the release of the Premier League fixture list.

Our Season Ticker has been updated and Members can sort by difficulty and rotation as well as filter home and away fixtures as they plan for the new campaign.

Fantasy managers’ first thoughts upon the fixture release will likely have been on which clubs have the best set of opening matches.

Our first ‘frisk’ of the 2019/20 fixture list, then, starts with the teams with the most favourable runs in August and September.

A six-week lookahead is our main focus but we have also factored in appealing matches beyond this point where appropriate.

Everton

First six: cry | WAT | avl | WOL | bou | SHU

Everton’s fixtures immediately leap out, with the Toffees the only team to avoid any of the ‘big six’ in the opening half-dozen Gameweeks of the season.

The visit of Manchester City follows in Gameweek 7, with Spurs heading north to Goodison Park in Gameweek 10.

Aside from those two games, though, Everton’s ticker is a sea of blue right up until Gameweek 15, when Marco Silva’s side subsequently take on Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal.

No other Premier League has as few meetings with last season’s top six (two) in the first 14 Gameweeks of 2018/19, which takes us up to the end of November.

Even the visit of Manchester City and Spurs may not be too much of a deterrent, based on Everton’s record against the ‘big six’ at Goodison Park last season (a 6-2 home defeat to Spurs in December slightly skewing the goals against column):

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Everton are unbeaten against these elite clubs in their last five meetings home and away.

Newly promoted Aston Villa and Sheffield United are two of Everton’s opponents in the first six Gameweeks, with Norwich travelling to Merseyside in Gameweek 14.

Everton face five of last season’s bottom ten, plus Villa and Sheffield United, in the opening ten Gameweeks.

The visit of Wolves, meanwhile, will follow immediately after Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have played the second leg of their UEFA Europa League play-off game – providing they progress that far, of course.

An opening-day trip to Crystal Palace is tough to call but only relegated Huddersfield Town scored fewer goals and gained fewer points on home soil than the Eagles in 2018/19.

Lucas Digne seems sure to be well owned in Fantasy Premier League come Gameweek 1, although Seamus Coleman outscored the Frenchman in 2019.

Gylfi Sigurdsson, who enjoyed his best ever FPL campaign in the season just gone, and Richarlison may also come into Fantasy managers’ thoughts.

Manchester City

First six: whu | TOT | bou | BHA| nor | WAT

The champions for the last two seasons, Manchester City have been dealt a favourable hand by the fixture computer in 2019/20.

City assets would likely have been heavily backed by Fantasy managers regardless, given their record against the other ‘big six’ sides last season (Pep Guardiola’s side won eight of their ten league fixtures against these clubs), but a kind run of matches in the first three months of the new campaign only strengthens their appeal.

The visit of Spurs in Gameweek 2 is City’s only meeting with a ‘big six’ club until Guardiola’s troops head to Anfield in Gameweek 12.

City are the Premier League club with the fewest matches (one) against last season’s top six in the opening 11 Gameweeks of 2019/20.

Home games against Brighton, Watford, Aston Villa and Southampton during this spell will see the likes of Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero feature prominently in many FPL bosses’ thoughts regarding captaincy.

Sterling racked up 20 attacking returns (11 goals, nine assists) against nine of City’s first 11 opponents (Norwich and Villa excluded) in meetings last season.

Aguero, by contrast, only banked five goals and four assists in the same games.

Ederson kept eight clean sheets in those 18 matches.

Liverpool

First six: NOR | sou | ARS | bur| NEW| che

While Liverpool’s run is perhaps not as enticing as City’s, the Reds can’t have too many complaints about their schedule in the first quarter of the season.

Jurgen Klopp’s side sit second on our Season Ticker in the opening eight Gameweeks of the campaign, facing only two of last season’s top eight (Arsenal at home and Chelsea away) in that time.

The Gameweek 1 visit of Norwich will see many Fantasy managers hand the armband to a Liverpool asset, although that match comes just three weeks after the final of the Africa Cup of Nations – so Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane‘s participation would surely be in some doubt should Egypt and/or Senegal progress to the final of that tournament.

Newly promoted Sheffield United follow in Gameweek 7.

Salah and Mane both scored six goals against Southampton, Arsenal, Burnley, Newcastle, Chelsea and Leicester (who the Reds face in Gameweeks 1 to 8) in the season just gone, though Liverpool only kept three clean sheets in 12 meetings against those sides.

Gameweeks 9 to 12 look trickier but the run of nine matches that follows sees Liverpool return to the top of the Season Ticker, as they avoid any ‘big six’ side in Gameweeks 13 to 21.

Their participation in the Club World Cup in December will very possibly lead to a Blank Gameweek and Double Gameweek for the Reds before the end of 2019.

Brighton and Hove Albion

First six: wat | WHU | SOU| mci| BUR | new

There’ll be plenty of Fantasy managers who will say “never again” after the Brighton burn of Double Gameweek 34 but there’s a new, more attack-minded manager in the Amex hot seat next season.

Given the paucity of points offered up by various Brighton assets in 2018/19, there will surely be some price drops for the likes of Pascal Gross too.

The good news for the Seagulls is that their opening run looks one of the more favourable.

A visit to Manchester City is the one black spot in the short term but only Everton have fewer meetings with ‘big six’ sides in the opening half-dozen Gameweeks.

West Ham, Southampton and Burnley – Brighton’s first three opponents on the south coast – ranked in the bottom ten for goals scored and shots in the box away from home in 2018/19.

The Saints and Sean Dyche’s side shipped 71 away goals between them last season and were among the bottom six sides for goals conceded on the road.

A double-header against Chelsea and Spurs in Gameweeks 7 and 8 sees the favourable run come to an abrupt halt, although meetings with newly promoted Aston Villa and Norwich follow in Gameweeks 9 and 11.

Bournemouth

First six: SHU | avl | MCI | lei| EVE | sou

Like Everton, Bournemouth face Sheffield United and Aston Villa early on.

The Cherries actually face these newly promoted teams in Gameweeks 1 and 2, meaning Eddie Howe’s side sit top of our Season Ticker for the opening two rounds of fixtures in 2019/20.

Gameweeks 3 to 5 are more daunting, with a visit of champions Manchester City preceding fixtures against Leicester and Everton – two of the form clubs at the back-end of 2018/19.

Bournemouth are included in this ‘frisk’ as much for their run beyond that, with Arsenal the only other ‘big six’ team they face in Gameweeks 1 to 10.

Home matches against West Ham and Norwich in Gameweeks 7 and 9 also appeal.

Also Consider

Southampton (bur | LIV | bha| MUN | shu | BOU) rank sixth on our Season Ticker for the first half-dozen fixtures but early home encounters with Liverpool and Manchester United may deter Fantasy investment.

The run of matches from Gameweeks 7 to 13 (four of the ‘big six’ plus Everton, Leicester and Wolves) also looks hideous but the Saints rank first on our Season Ticker for away matches in the opening six Gameweeks.

Trips to Burnley, Brighton and Sheffield United look promising from a defensive perspective, with the Clarets and Graham Potter’s side among the bottom eight Premier League clubs for goals scored, shots in the box and efforts on target on home soil last season.

Burnley and Brighton conceded 60 home goals between them in 2018/19, while the Blades are an unknown quantity in the top flight despite their impressive defensive record at the back-end of last season.

Sheffield United themselves have perhaps been given the best opening run of half-dozen fixtures (bou | CRY | LEI | che | SOU | eve) of the three newly promoted clubs, meeting only one ‘big six’ side in the first six Gameweeks.

Aston Villa (tot | BOU | EVE | cry | WHU | ars) will contest that although they face away matches at the two north London clubs either side of a more appealing sequence in Gameweeks 2 to 5 – the visits of Bournemouth and West Ham, in particular.

The Villans indeed sit second in our Season Ticker from Gameweeks 1 to 9.

There’ll no doubt be a “wait and see” approach adopted by many Fantasy managers with the newly promoted clubs to see how they adjust to life in the top flight and patience may also be advised with Manchester United, who had a rollercoaster half-season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Red Devils’ opening games (CHE| wol | CRY | sou | LEI | whu) are a mixed bag and meetings with Chelsea and Wolves in Gameweeks 1 and 2 may be enough to put many FPL bosses off.

Finally, Tottenham Hotspur (AVL | mci | NEW |ars | CRY | lei) have a real Jekyll-and-Hyde run at the start of 2019/20.

Spurs sit bottom of our Season Ticker for away matches during the opening six Gameweeks but fare well for home matches.

Indeed, Mauricio Pochettino’s side face just one of last season’s top ten (Chelsea) in the first ten fixtures on their own turf, which takes us to the end of 2019.

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  1. Winston.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    So..Digne, TAA, Mane, Aguero, Wilson...?

    1. The Pesci challenge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Could look that way but Vardy looks good with any fixture now with Rodgers in charge

    2. -GK22-
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Yes all of these although I reckon aguero will get injured at the Copa america

    3. Ole Trafford
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Will probably have to aim to have 3 from each of pool and city tbf. See what you can squeeze in from Everton out of Digne and Rich/Sig after that.

  2. -GK22-
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    So wildcard in Gw4 and load up on pool, Everton, Watford, and sheff Utd fodder for the first few weeks?

    Captains
    Gw1 - Mane
    Gw2 - Ribery
    Gw3 - Aguero

    1. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Would be disappointing if Ribery did join Sheffield United. Spent most of his career at one of the best clubs in the world (Bayern Munich) and then joining relegation fodder isn't really a great way to sign off your career IMO.

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Ribery is more accustomed to eating gold steaks with Salt Bae in Dubai... I really can’t picture him in Sheffield tbh

      Be awesome if it happened though - the more half decent players in the prem the better

  3. diesel001
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Looks like India vs New Zealand is going to be washed out.

    1. -GK22-
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Farce!

    2. Urchin
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Shambolic.
      Summer is a bit of a misnomer, just call it Monsoon, the way we do here. Thats what it is!

    3. MadridistaRants
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Disgraceful that they don't have reserve days for matches due to broadcasting reasons.

  4. -GK22-
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Who have Leeds got first game? *sob* (crying into my lunch)!

    1. The Pesci challenge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Feel your pain. I am waiting for the Fulham fixtures but I think it’s next week when the efl fixtures come out

  5. Dybala10
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Can anyone remember when the game went live last year?

    Seeing the fixtures has given me the bug back after a nice few weeks off.

    1. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Nearly always launches exactly 1 month before the start of the season so I would expect it to go live sometime in week starting 8th July

    2. RedLightning - Top 10k Any …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      5th July launch, 11th August GW1.

      1. Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Is this a guess or do you have info?

        1. Wild Rover
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Gw1 is 9th Aug btw so I assume you are guessing 😉

          1. Jarvish
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Read the OP again 😛

            1. Wild Rover
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              You’re going to have to explain, I’m not with it today

              1. Jarvish
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                The question was when did it start last season, not when it is going to start this season.

                1. Wild Rover
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 5 days ago

                  Doh! 😳 I bet you wish you were playing me in the quiz today

              2. Game Over
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                I think he means last year those were the dates.

  6. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Looks like everyone will be going for a triple up on Liverpool and City then. Expect most to have the following 3 from each come GW1

    TAA, Robbo, Salah/Mane
    Laporte, B.Silva/Sterling, Aguero

    1. MadridistaRants
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Yeah, looks likely. With a few Spurs/Everton players thrown in.

    2. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Maybe, but its going to eat up a lot of budget.

      If City don't sign a new LB, Zinchenko could be preferred to Laporte and be the cheapest route in, I'm also not as keen on Aguero as I usually am, I think Jesus will see a lot more game time next season.

    3. Stimps
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      3 pool, 2 city for me

    4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Salah, Sterling, TAA, Robbo, and one or both of Laporte/Mendy I reckon

      13.0 + 12.0 + 7.0 + 8.0 + 6.5/6.5

      It’s an eye watering bill but should be money well spent I think

  7. Urchin
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Southampton tend to feature almost each year in this article, but nothing much comes out of it.
    Proper trap

    1. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Going into a season with Hasenhüttl in charge, rather than Hughes or Pellegrino makes a big difference tho.

  8. MadridistaRants
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Looks like a Spurs attacker, Bernardo Silva, Sterling, Richarlison/Siggy, Mane, TAA & Digne are going to be near certainties for my intital squad.

  9. K_UN_DE_BRU_YNE
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Welcome back fantasy fixtures!!!

    TAA Digne laporte
    Salah sterling richa/siggy
    Vardy wilson

    these player seems nailed on for me!!!

    1. Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Not sure about Wilson, looks like tricky start for Bournemouth to me

    2. Flaming Flamingo
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Going to be difficult to afford all of them I imagine.

  10. backstreets
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Everton need good start .... their fixtures from 1 Dec to early March are mostly terrible

  11. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    The TV schedule for August and September set to be announced July 5th

  12. Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    If Wolves repeat their results from last season in the first 6 fixtures this season, they will win 5 and lose 1.

    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Expecting big things from them in the transfer window - they’ll need to pull a few rabbits out of the hat to help with fixture congestion

    2. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      GK: Patricio, Ruddy
      CB: Bennett, Coady, Boly, ?????, ?????
      LWB: Jonny, Vinagre
      RWB: Doherty, Traore
      CM: Dendonker, Saiss
      CM: Neves, Moutinho,
      AM: Gibbs-White, ?????
      FW: Jota, Jimenez, ?????

      Wolves probably need a couple of CBs, a dynamic AM and a FW to get to where they need for the EL and PL.

    3. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      It’ll be interesting to see how Wolves cope next season with European football. It feels like they’re in a good position, they don’t need drastic changes, just more depth. Back-up for Doherty and Jimenez is needed, personally think Bennett needs upgrading too and possibly an alternative to Dendoncker?

    4. Ole Trafford
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Hope the extra work from Europe doesn’t do to them what it has to the likes of Burnley etc.

  13. gooberman
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Nothing to see here. I find it strange the amount of analysis and discussion here when the season is 8 weeks away and pre-season hasn't even started.

    1. Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Early planning, That's why collectively we are one of the top performing FPL leagues in the world.

      1. DavidMunday815
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Completely agree. Already knowing who has the best/worst fixtures, when to change up and how we can rotate gives us pointers for which specific things to look out for in pre-season. As Wolves Ay We says, it's one of the reasons why the FFScout league is one of the best in the world every year!

      2. gooberman
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        All this analysis seems pointless to me so far away from the start of the season when there are a load of factors still to be decided that will impact on decision making, pre-season, transfers, injuries etc. I don't tend to even enter a team until 1-2 weeks before GW1 as it's only at this point I will have all the information I need to select my squad. Notable transfers will have been completed, likely line ups will be known and we will know who is fit and who is injured. 2 weeks is more than long enough to prepare particularly when all the key information will be known.

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          You’re probably just at a different stage of the FPL “spectrum”

          Remember, to some (lots of?) people, FPL itself is utterly pointless and they can’t understand how anyone could even bother with it for one GW, let alone a season

          1. gooberman
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            How do you mean a different stage? I consider myself a serious player.

            1. Game Over
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Different strokes for different folks.

            2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              At one end of the scale you have people who consider FPL in its entirety pointless.... at another end of the scale you have people posting analysis and discussion 8 weeks before the season starts - you are clearly in neither of these groups so therefore must be at a different stage of the FPL “spectrum”?

        2. Wild Rover
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Doesn’t change the fixture difficulty though does it?

          1. gooberman
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Ok so Everton have good opening fixtures. I'm guessing we would mainly be looking at Digne, Richarlison and Siggy? What if by the start of the season, they have either left the club, are injured or other major signings have been made in their positions? Just an example of the point I'm making really.

            1. Eytexi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 5 days ago

              It's a fair point but an unlikely possiblilty.

              That being said, I think most of the planning done this early is for enjoyment rather than trying to nail down a squad. And having a rough template is never a bad thing - makes it easier to prepare for the transfers/injuries which do happen.

              1. gooberman
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                I get that it's important to plan but 8 weeks early with a whole multitude of factors still unknown? Find it odd personally.

                1. Game Over
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 5 days ago

                  Duly noted. Thank you for your input.

                2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 5 days ago

                  In the same way that many people find anyone having an interest in FPL at all to be extremely odd

                  As pointed out above - you’re probably just at a different end of the FPL scale, wouldn’t get too hung up on it

            2. Markus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Then you've thought ahead that their replacements will be even better bargains! The way I see it is, intense team level analysis now Inc past performance, projections, fixtures etc (as that won't majorly change), individual player stuff closer to the start of season, although the fact Liverpool and man City have great fixtures and are relatively settled means some of the debates of which assets are the best to pick can start now.

            3. Game Over
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Then, like many things in life, you cross that bridge when you come to it.

            4. Indpush
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 5 days ago

              In ones plans then take the player(s) not looking like they will be starting and replace with your B or C planned player?

              People do it because they enjoy it. If they didn't enjoy it, they wouldn't do it?

        3. baps sniffer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Building team and changing it is fun!!!

  14. Netters2018
      1 month, 5 days ago

      How Is everyone approaching GW26 "Winter/Player Break" whatever they are calling it, be interesting to gain peoples thoughts on the 5 games one week and then another 5 the week after.

      1. Jarvish
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Won't matter if it is all classed as one gameweek will it?

        1. Wild Rover
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          This

        2. avfc82
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          I'd definitely prefer my players to be involved in the first batch of matches. Not ideal finalising your GW squad, then having to wait a week or so for some of them to play. Unlikely but there could be one or two knocks in training.

          1. Jarvish
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Fair point sir.

    • Ole Trafford
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      If rumours are true about Sane possibly joining Bayern, then Mahrez could be a decent cheap option to the city mid.

      1. Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        That’s not how it works. If they sell top player they buy another

        1. Ole Trafford
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Yeah true. But the player they buy does not necessarily go straight ahead of Mahrez surely? As mentioned below Bernardo and Sterling are obviously ahead of him but Bernardo may play more mins central if Dilva sees his minutes reduced.

          1. Ole Trafford
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Just a thought really. Pity that he plays so little after winning player of the league not long ago.

      2. avfc82
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        I think Mahrez will become an option at some stage next season, but even if Sane leaves, he's still behind Bernardo and Sterling.

        1. The 5% Team
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 5 days ago

          agreed...especially if David Silva might see reduced minutes this season as well

      3. Nomar
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Just get Raz or KdB, innit.

        1. Ole Trafford
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Possible cheaper option alongside one of these boys maybe.

    • bitm2007
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Are some of Liverpool's December fixtures likely to be postponed due to the World Club Cup ?

      1. The 5% Team
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 5 days ago

        probably yes, their GW18 fixture against West Ham

    • VanDijksToWatchOutFor
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      NZ India abandoned. A win for those who dropped their players.

    • Bullet Eder
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      A very handy graphic for early season fixture difficulty: https://twitter.com/experimental361/status/1139085300825776129

    • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      McIlroy tee’ing off soon - will this finally be his 5th major?

      I’m skeptical

    • diesel001
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Looking at fixtures then there is a good case to go with Fabianski set and forget for the first 12 GWs.

      1. yakirh
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        I was just going to post that, could be great up to the first wildcard

      2. Ole Trafford
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Yeah certainly a good option.

      3. Nomar
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        What about Matt Ryan too?

    • Nomar
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Just seen opening day fixtures and first 5 games.

      Um, welcome to the Premier League, Norwich!

      May need to rethink the Teemu Pukki as a 3rd striker option for the start of the campaign now.

    • Nomar
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Digne has to be in your GW1 team, surely.

      1. Ole Trafford
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Funds permitting I’d be aiming for it yeah. If he is 6/6.5 it could prove difficult along with 3 pool and city.

      2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Yep... him TAA, Ritchie (if reclassed rumours are true), Robbo, and one or both of Laporte/Mendy

        1. Nomar
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Ritchie at Newcastle?

          1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Yeah, this dude did a good analysis on it -apparently big chance he gets reclassed

            https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/comment/20382707

      3. marko_v_111
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Note to future self... Everton defense is a trap and they never keep clean sheets at start of season..avoid

    • LJ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      any idea on who palace's #1 keeper will be?

      1. AuFeld
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Guaita.

    • Nomar
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Ok, if he's £5.5m anyone interested in talking a punt on Dan James?

      1. AuFeld
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Too much competition right now on the flanks between: Martial, Sanchez, Rashford (probably play as a CF/Striker), Mata, Lingard, and now James. IF MAN starts trimming the fat, he could be an option.

      2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Wouldn’t be touching Utd players with a barge pole personally - need to see a few games to make sure they haven’t jumped the shark totally now that Ole is solely at the wheel

        1. Nomar
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          I agree. Just curious what others think.

    • NorwichCityLad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      I think the fixture ticker gone down already Norwich first match should be blue?

      1. Nomar
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        That's a brutal opening set of games.

        Best of luck mate.

        1. NorwichCityLad
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Get them out the way that should indicate how well we should do

          1. Nomar
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            The key is to resist the natural urge to panic if, after those 5 games, you only have 1 point.

      2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        I’m still getting Pukki I think - he should get a chance or two most games, right?

    • Nomar
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Kane, Kun, Raz, Salah or Mane for GW1 armband, then?

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Toss up between Salah & Sterling I think - Salah on a Friday night.... he has some serious previous vs. Norwich IIRC also

        1. Nomar
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Wasn't that Suarez?

          1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Lol it was I was thinking Watford -carry on

            1. Nomar
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Can see Liv delivering an absolute beating on opening night.

    • Differential (c)
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Moussa Djenepo has officially signed with the Saints from Belgian outfit Standard Liege!
      The fee is reportedly around £14m. He is a wide player, possessing quick speed yet not lacking in strength.
      Tell you what, having our business done early is soooo not us haha. Whatever Ralph had the higher-ups sniffing, he better continue. Start of a big summer of rebuild.

      1. Differential (c)
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        And please, if one of you goes "Welcome to Liverpool", I will flag you xD.

    • I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Going to be really difficult to fit in triple City, triple Pool and double Everton.

    • Eytexi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 5 days ago

      As much as I intended to stay away from rotating defenders, Enda Stevens & Matt Ritchie could tempt me with those home fixtures.

    • Lukakula
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      I generally start with a set and forget keeper and 4.0 GK fodder as well as a non playing def/mid/fwd. This allows me to have maximum utilisation of funds elsewhere and I can field a strong two autosubs from bench as well.

      When it comes to a non - playing player, how do you select that player to ensure that their price don't fall over time? Sometimes I am left with 0.1m short of a transfer I want to make which haunts me later in terms of team value as well.

      Do you select those on the basis of ownership? Like own a least selected player as a non playing player?

      This has happened to me so many times last season and I am on the road to correct it this season.

      1. BaggyTrousered
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        28 days, 5 hours ago

        I think that price changes occur more relative to the percentage change in ownership rather than the absolute number of sales/purchases (not 100% sure on this). If this is true then I think it is more likely to be down to luck whether you get a non-player who falls in price or not, based on the randomness of their owners deciding to upgrade that position or not.