Frisking the Fixtures

Which Premier League teams have the worst upcoming fixtures?

The return of the Premier League inches ever closer, with the staggered release of the fixtures for the remainder of 2019/20 marking the next big step in ‘Project Restart’.

You can read more on the revised schedule here.

We began our two-part ‘frisk’ of the fixtures on Friday, looking at those teams with a favourable run of games.

Now we turn our attention to those clubs with rather less appealing matches.

An earlier article scrutinised the remaining 92 fixtures as a block but here we will concentrate more on the next four Gameweeks and continue to study a similar lookahead as the season progresses.

In truth, there aren’t many clubs with completely awful runs over this timeframe, although a handful of sides do stand out for the wrong reasons.

We’ll reiterate our caveat from our first article and stress that only the first three Gameweeks have so far been confirmed but the order of matches has followed exactly as originally scheduled so far and there is no reason to think that won’t continue.

The upcoming matches are as follows:

Everton

Next four: LIV | nor | LEI | tot

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£6.5m) is the most popular sub-£7.0m forward in Fantasy Premier League at present and was consistently in the top five for ‘transfers in’ during the recent downtime.

Everton’s next four matches are far from ideal, however, as they encounter three of the top eight sides.

The Merseyside derby is first up and Liverpool’s generally resolute defence (fewest goals conceded, most clean sheets) will be the acid test for a Toffees attack that has been reinvigorated under Carlo Ancelotti.

Games against Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur follow after a more appealing fixture against Norwich City.

The Foxes and Spurs are, along with Liverpool, in the top five for goals scored since Gameweek 13 (the point at which Jose Mourinho took charge in north London).

Only three clean sheets have arrived under the Special One’s watch, however, so Calvert-Lewin, who did score against Arsenal and Manchester United prior to the mid-March suspension, maybe eyeing that fixture up with keen interest.

West Ham United

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Next four: WOL | tot | CHE | new

West Ham United’s final six fixtures are actually very decent, with five of them against teams currently ranked tenth or below.

They are likely to fulfil the criteria of having “something to play for”, too, given that their Premier League status is on the line.

Until that point, however, they are probably ones to avoid.

Wolverhampton Wanderers, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea are first up for the Hammers, who have kept only one clean sheet since David Moyes took charge – and that arrived in his first game in charge on New Year’s Day.

West Ham’s next three opponents are indeed in the top seven for goals scored this season, with Spurs and Chelsea set to welcome back a host of attacking talent for the restart in the shape of Harry Kane (£10.8m), Son Heung-min (£9.7m), Tammy Abraham (£7.5m) and Christian Pulisic (£6.9m).

At the other end of the pitch, Wolves have kept four clean sheets in their last five matches – although shut-outs have been harder to come by for Spurs and Chelsea, who have managed only ten between them in 2019/20.

Brighton and Hove Albion

Next four: ARS | lei | MUN | nor

The only side without a Premier League victory in 2020, Brighton and Hove Albion are very much embroiled in the relegation dogfight.

It’s not just form that has made Fantasy managers wary of Albion’s assets, with Graham Potter one of the more difficult managers to second-guess regarding team selection.

We can now add fixtures to the lists on ‘cons’, with Arsenal, Leicester City and Manchester United first up for the Seagulls.

The first two of those teams are third and joint-fourth for goals scored this calendar year, while the Red Devils have been buoyed by Bruno Fernandes‘ (£8.6m) arrival and will be further boosted by the return from injury of Marcus Rashford (£8.8m).

A double-header against Liverpool and Manchester City follows the trip to Norwich City, too, so things don’t get any easier in the medium term.

Also Consider

Get used to seeing Crystal Palace (bou | liv | BUR | lei) in these articles.

The Eagles have fewer meetings with sides in the bottom half remaining than any other Premier League club, with four of those outstanding games against ‘big six’ sides.

Palace’s fixtures are not all bad, though, and encounters with Bournemouth and Burnley in the first three Gameweeks back do provide some hope.

Those two sides are in the bottom five for goals scored this season and Roy Hodgson’s troops kept clean sheets in both of the reverse fixtures.

All nine of the Eagles’ shut-outs in 2019/20, indeed, have come against clubs ranked tenth or below.

Matches against Liverpool and Leicester City are less attractive and the shape of things to come for the south London outfit.

→ Which of these 2019/20 matches saw only five shots registered, the fewest recorded in a Premier League game since detailed shot collection began?

Bournemouth (CRY | wol | NEW| mun) are another team with a poor long-term outlook but, like Palace, have two decent fixtures in their first three Gameweeks back.

Home matches against Crystal Palace and Newcastle United look good from a defensive perspective, with those two teams in the bottom three for goals scored in 2019/20, but then the competency of the Cherries’ backline is another matter altogether.

Callum Wilson (£7.4m) started this campaign and 2018/19 very strongly, so will hope to emulate his early-season achievements in what is essentially the beginning of a mini-season – although is only one booking away from a two-game ban.

All four of the sides who enjoy an early Double Gameweek featured in our first Frisking the Fixtures piece, not least because many Fantasy managers will be stocking up on assets from these clubs ahead of the resumption.

It’s still worth mentioning Sheffield United (avl + new | mun | TOT | bur), Aston Villa (SHU + CHE | new | WOL | liv) and Manchester City (ARS + BUR | che | LIV | sou) in this article, however.

Many of us are likely to invest in these teams for that opening double-header but we might want to have an exit strategy in mind for some (if not all) of the assets concerned, given the games to follow.

The Blades and City have a double-header against ‘big six’ opposition immediately after the Double Gameweek, with Aston Villa running into Wolves, Liverpool and Manchester United following a less-daunting trip to Newcastle United.

As a side-note, Dean Henderson (£5.3m) will be ineligible to face parent club Manchester United on June 24 – so anyone plumping for the on-loan goalkeeper ought to have a contingency plan for that round of matches.


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200 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Ginkapo FPL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    Not sure why all the planning, FPL wont be open in time

    1. gunner79
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Lol

    2. JBG
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Hwhat?

    3. Pumpy Pro
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      R rate rising. I'm not gunna waste time on it till FPL update it and it looks more likely

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        Prudent way to deal with it.
        No point in thinking over it till everything is official.

      2. Ginkapo FPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        2 weeks for fpl to recode, we know they arent capable of such feats.

      3. POLSKA GOLA
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        "Both the north-west and south-west are just above one, but all regions are straddling one," according to BBC.
        Local lockdowns could have serious repercussions for FPL

    4. Amey
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Bobb, is that you ?
      😀

      1. Pumpy Pro
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        Where is Bobb?

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          10 months, 20 days ago

          I don't know.
          Berbs must be way ahead in the line to greet him 😀

    5. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      The maths are in their favour

      in the U.K. for example there are ~283,000 diagnosed cases - out of 67,000,000 people... so that's about 66,717,000 people who either haven't tested positive for it, or haven't been tested

      Very crudely (i.e. not accounting for untested and/or undiagnosed cases) there is a ~283,000/67,000,000 chance of being diagnosed with it - i.e. less than 0.5% chance

      And even if they happened to be in the unfortunate 0.5% to test positive - there is then an ~80% chance of having no, or only mild symptoms - so somewhere in the region (conditionally) of a 0.1% chance of getting anything other than the mildest of symptoms at worst - or alternatively a 99.9% chance of being fine

      1. Ginkapo FPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        FPL not PL

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          10 months, 20 days ago

          My inkling is the only thing that’ll stop FPL will be a stop to the PL

          Hence odds in their favour

    6. POLSKA GOLA
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      New unwritten FPL rule for 2020: Make sure your C and VC don’t play in the same region in England in case of a regional lockdown lol

    7. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      So what are you doing here?

  2. FALSE PROFIT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    My first post in 3 months and it is a repost sorry!!!!
    Current flavors in opening up are Auba and Kun.
    Auba probably moving on and Kun notoriously poor at training with Covid-19 getting to him more than most.
    What about leaving them both out (especially if you have no chips) and you competitors could suffer?
    Also, attackers can train individually easier than defenders who require group organisation. With the Budesliga showing clean sheets are rare, is it wise to invest less in defenders?

    1. JBG
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      I see people talking about clean sheets being rare in the Bundesliga after the restart, but hasn't clean sheet always been a rarity in the Bundesliga? I feel like every time I checked the scores there would be lots of goals in those matches.

      1. FALSE PROFIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        There is a definite increase according to journalists. to be fair, not checked myself though.

    2. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Thats not your first post

      1. FALSE PROFIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        It is apart from replies. Tell me where I posted before?

        1. Ginkapo FPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          10 months, 20 days ago

          Click on your profile... quite a few times

          1. FALSE PROFIT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            10 months, 20 days ago

            I have. All are replies apart from the one before this and it is the one I reposted.

    3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      The Bundesliga is showing Clean sheets are rare in the same way that the 2018 World Cup showed VAR would dramatically increase the amount of penalties in the league

      1. FALSE PROFIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        Just an observation. I would imagine weaker clubs will miss their fans too.

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          10 months, 20 days ago

          Yep, all guesswork for sure

    4. Amey
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Welcome back.
      Kopkloppers ... 🙂

      1. FALSE PROFIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        HI buddy

    5. BNMC
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Most of us rarely invest that much in defenders anyway, besides TAA who is basically a winger. And maybe Doherty.

      1. FALSE PROFIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        Who is us? since wing backs are more common there have been high scoring defenders.

    6. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Bit of a stretch saying Covid getting to Kun more than most, it was one quote.

      I also suspect plenty of goals to start with so money maybe best invested in attackers, or defenders with goal threat at least.

      1. FALSE PROFIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        A quote all the same and he is poor in training too.

        1. St Pauli Walnuts
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          10 months, 20 days ago

          Being poor in training hasn't done him much harm over the years, deadliest striker in premier league history.

          1. FALSE PROFIT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            10 months, 20 days ago

            This time trusted at home. Not a given I agree but something to consider.

            1. St Pauli Walnuts
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              10 months, 20 days ago

              Look out for Kun gut shots in the training photos between now and then I guess! KDB seemed to have a bit of extra timber on him.

              1. FALSE PROFIT
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                10 months, 20 days ago

                Yep. Seen a few tubby boys returning.

  3. Bielsa's Bucket
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    I don't know how many transfers I'll have. But think I need to get rid of Ryan asap.

    Ryan*
    TAA, Baldock, Lundstram
    Salah, Fernandes, KDB, Traore
    Jimenez, Auba(c), Ayew

    Button, VVD, Soy, Cantwell

    1. gunner79
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Pope?

  4. El Presidente
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 20 days ago

    Here we go!

    Hendo
    Targett Lunds Baldock
    Grealish Pepe KDB Sterling
    Auba Kun Laca

    Button Lascelles McCarthy Simpson

    1. FALSE PROFIT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      See post above about Kun and Auba. You must be using FH?

    2. Wild Rover
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      I don't think Laca will start. I doubt you can afford that team anyway

      1. Herman Toothrot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        I had a draft very similar with Reina over Henderson

        1. Wild Rover
          • 10 Years
          10 months, 20 days ago

          Team value over points I see 😛

          1. Amey
            • 2 Years
            10 months, 20 days ago

            Every 0.1 matters !
            😀

      2. El Presidente
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 20 days ago

        Of course I can afford it, actually 0.1 left, maybe should consider replacing McCarthy for Douglas Luiz...

        Yes there are doubts arround Lacazette, but then again about everyone right? And even if he comes from the bench he is the type of player for instant impact! If I use the FH I will do it in style!!

    3. YuvalFPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      I have a feeling McBurnie might be a better option than Laca.

    4. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      I posted that exact same team last night!! Haha uncanny!!!

      1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        Actually I had Stevens instead of Baldock

  5. YuvalFPL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    What is the best non double gameweek defender to own for a FH team?

    3 Sheffield defenders seems too much, doubt villa & arsenal will keep clean sheets, although bellerin could be an option I suppose.

    Last time I took out TAA it was for the Leicester game so I'm genuinely scared to do it again...

    It's good to be back.

    1. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Not much doing besides maybe TAA and Doherty and then it depends how much that affects your FH plans. I might sacrifice TAA to keep Salah or Mane in team.

      I will likely go 3 Sheff, over two games (reasonable fixtures at that) I can't think of any better point scoring options.

      1. FALSE PROFIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        Alonso gold or fools gold. Laporte could be promising. I think Newcastle are good for a punt. Target playing on the wing. We can only go by when they last played but i think we are in for some surprises.

        1. St Pauli Walnuts
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          10 months, 20 days ago

          I'd much rather have a DGW Sheff defender than a Newcastle and they are all more nailed for minutes (as much as anyone can be at the moment) than Alonso and Laporte, they are both risky options for the premium dosh needed.

          1. FALSE PROFIT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            10 months, 20 days ago

            agree all the way but Alonso Laporte could be good if chasing. Shef utd safe and with a free hit I agree. I think Newcastle might surprise.

  6. mranonymous
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    Aguero+Cantwell v Auba+McGinn?

    1. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      A probably.

  7. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    When on earth will fpl let us make transfers

    1. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      See top post

  8. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    Any suggestions for this team folks? No clue what to do. All chips available except tc. Good time to FH?

    McCarthy
    Taa Stevens Doherty
    Salah kdb Fernandez grealish
    Auba jiminez ings

    Button soy Taylor dendo

    1. GREEN IS GOOD
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      FH is the play atm

  9. St Pauli Walnuts
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    How likely is Saka to claim a starting spot?

    1. inactive
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Wouldn't be surprised if he starts both

      LW vs City, LB vs Brighton

      1. St Pauli Walnuts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        Interesting ta. I have him first sub in FH at the moment but may bump him up.

        1. inactive
          • 10 Years
          10 months, 20 days ago

          Looking at him too. Cracking little player

          Arsenal have Tierney and Kola too but Saka has taken his chance

    2. BNMC
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Arteta's used him quite a lot compared to the other youngsters, whether at LB or LW you'd imagine he would start.

    3. Amey
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      I won't be so sure.
      Maybe look at othe LB's fitness news ahead of deadline

    4. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      He's playing well in vFPL, maybe that form will be taken into Real FPL. 😀

      1. fc_skrald
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        I am sure I will mix up the two games when picking my players!

  10. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 20 days ago

    Whats the point of resuming fol if theyre not going to open the game until the last few moments

    1. inactive
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      There's still 11 days.

      The site is open, you can still tinker and plan. What difference does it make if you only have a few days to submit?

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 20 days ago

        Need to know if ill get unlimited transfers or not

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      I’d guess Monday lunchtime grand reopening

    3. GREEN IS GOOD
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      There is no point. Delete your FPL account and take up a new hobby.

      1. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        You're being too harsh, he shouldn't delete his account but just stop playing this year's game as protest.

        1. GREEN IS GOOD
          • 4 Years
          10 months, 20 days ago

          True. Hit them where it hurts.

      2. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 20 days ago

        Not just a hobby when u have big money on the line

        1. Original - Wolves Ay We
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          10 months, 20 days ago

          Wouldn't know how it feels to play for money, always played for fun.

          1. Nightcrawler
            • 1 Year
            10 months, 20 days ago

            Thats right. Ive realized its much more fun without money. Will go back to that nxt season but need to win as much as possible in this last month

    4. Feanor
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      What's the point of you still posting here?

    5. Amey
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Successful bait ehhh
      😉

  11. fusen
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    Gameweek 1 will have a deadline of 5pm on Wednesday 17th and is going to finish on Monday 22nd with the 8pm game, so the game should update by 11pm

    Gameweek 2 deadline is then going to be 1 hour before kick-off from the first game.
    That means it'll be 5pm on Tuesday 23rd o.o

    How many casuals are going to be caught out by these sorts of deadlines? Considering how many already get caught out by Friday deadlines during a normal season

    1. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Loads hopefully!

    2. Jimmers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      How many casuals will return?

      1. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        The real question is "Do we really care?" 😀

  12. The Gambler.
    • 11 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    The game wont open until all the fixtures are known. Take a chill pill.

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Don't be so wise.
      Post something like, what Happened with unlimited free transfers someone mentioned way ago 😀

      1. The Gambler.
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        Is it Andy thats to blame for brainwashing people into thinking FPL would do something so crazy?

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          10 months, 20 days ago

          Don't know where it started tbh.
          😀

        2. Pumpy Pro
          • 11 Years
          10 months, 20 days ago

          Probably..has no foundations or anything .

          Some people are just easily convinced. I think Andy even convinced himself tbf 😆

  13. CONNERS
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    How nailed is Laporte likely to be for the DGW?

    Just trying to decide between him and Ederson for 3rd City spot in FH team.

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Back from injury, game against hard hitting Burney team looks perfect game for him to sit out i guess.

      Can't be sure with the bald fraud though. I'd get Ederson though if i was on FH.

    2. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Thanks. Yeah Ederson definitely the safer bet, but more upside with Laporte.

  14. Hernandez Lynam
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    I think a lot of people might be wasting their FH in 39. Hear me out... I know it's likely the only DGW now but we have no idea of player fitness, form etc and the time between games and new 5 subs rule mean I can see a lot of players getting just 2/3 points even if they start both matches. Obviously it depends on your team, but for me, I have 4DGW players already (Henderson, Baldock, KDB & Auba) so with 2FTs and maybe a -4 I can have 6 or 7 which is plenty from the teams involved. I can also play my BB in 39 instead? Will probably then save FH for final week when we should get plenty of team news before deadline and know who has what to play for. WC GW40/41 once we know who is fit and playing well?Welcome your thoughts on this. Glad FPL is finally back!

    1. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      I wasn't going to hear you out, but then you said here my out, and now you've got me thinking.

      1. Hernandez Lynam
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        Sincere apologies

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      We're now very much entering YOLO territory in FPL though

      Live each GW to the max, dude

    3. Pumpy Pro
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Yes but why share this? Keep it as an advantage for yourself 😉

      1. Hernandez Lynam
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        Haha DGWs always disappoint yet we NEVER learn!

    4. ritzyd
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Assuming we restart as we stopped (ie same team, FT's, etc) I'm planning BB in 39 with 5 (maybe 6) DGW'ers have the main bunch (auba, o'connell, grealish, kdb). Will then WC 40 to focus on a strong 11 and FH whenever (allows for a big hitter to be quarantined or something silly). Worst case will play it last GW.

      1. POLSKA GOLA
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        That is exactly my plan too

        1. Hernandez Lynam
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          10 months, 20 days ago

          Ah so I'm not the only one. Felt like it when I logged in and read the first few pages of comments

    5. zeslinguer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      That’s true of any player but if you free hit you are effectively starting up to 22 players that game week so you are going to score better

      1. Hernandez Lynam
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        This is often not the case. There's no way I'd be selecting a full XI from those 4 teams even with a FH in a DGW tbh

    6. POLSKA GOLA
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      FH is probably best strategy for most and it doesn’t mean it’s a waste even with all that uncertainty over player fitness and 5 subs.
      Myself I could have 7 DGW players without FH and fairly good bench, so considering BB in DGW 39 and WC in 40 for super cheap bench. Play strategy that you think works best for your team, this is going to be very chaotic end to the season and there isn’t a one perfect way to manage it

  15. Original - Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    If you're using the Free Hit in the first game week back, how many SGW players are you keeping and which ones?

    For me it's 3 - Salah, TAA and Jimenez.

    1. Wild Rover
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Just TAA

      1. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        Not worried about a Salah master class?

        1. Wild Rover
          • 10 Years
          10 months, 20 days ago

          Nah, I'll take my chances with dgw players

          #teamozil

          1. Original - Wolves Ay We
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            10 months, 20 days ago

            What are you front 7 going to be?

            1. El Presidente
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              10 months, 20 days ago

              Grealish Pepe KDB Sterling
              Auba Kun Lacazette

              1. El Presidente
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                10 months, 20 days ago

                ... and may the LORD be with me

              2. Wild Rover
                • 10 Years
                10 months, 20 days ago

                He wasn't asking you, bugger off with your stupid team value. Oh, and Lacazette won't start 😛

                1. El Presidente
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  10 months, 20 days ago

                  You right, he´ll come off the bench and score a double

            2. Wild Rover
              • 10 Years
              10 months, 20 days ago

              Not decided yet, currently Sterling, KDB, Pepe, Grealish, Auba, Samatta. Hoping for a bit of a clue regarding Aguero and Jesus then decding on 3-5-2 or 3-4-3 with either Jesus or Ozil probably

              1. Wild Rover
                • 10 Years
                10 months, 20 days ago

                I'd have to lose TAA to afford Aguero, may do that

        2. james 101
          • 9 Years
          10 months, 20 days ago

          Mane also maybe...

    2. james 101
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Salah and TAA are a given for me.

      Salad justifies keeping in my opinion. But I guess it depends on people’s squad value though.

      Some can carry him without losing out on too many others...

    3. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Probably 2 - Salah and TAA

    4. TwiggsJameson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      None 🙂

    5. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 20 days ago

      None, full 11 DGW squad for me!! 🙂

    6. Get up ya bum
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Mane and jota

  16. grooveymatt65
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    Does everyone else's fixture ticker on the home screen go white when you click on it or is that just me? (non member)

  17. mad_beer ✅
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    How funny would it be if FPL opened 20 minutes before deadline. lol

    1. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Carnage

    2. Pumpy Pro
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      I would love this 🙂

  18. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    It is inevitable there will be rotation. So shouldn't the strategy be to go 3 at the back and choose midfielders and attackers who have the potential to explode and stick with them? There will be a lot of luck and timing will be very important.

    So who has the potential to be explosive?

    1. Dr. Agabuse
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Pepe
      Aguero
      Sterling
      Mahrez
      Auba
      Laca
      Grealish

    2. SkiLo72
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 20 days ago

      I’m using FH but including SGW players like Vardy and Sarr - both are talismanic in teams with plenty to play for and so hopefully will play get plenty of minutes. Spreads the risk a bit too

  19. Stupendous
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    Is this on the right track?

    Reina
    Baldock Stevens Targett
    Pepe KDB Ozil Grealish
    Aguero Jesus Auba

    1. Wild Rover
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Is that FPL or VFPL? 😛

      Not keen on both Jesus and Aguero, very risky relative to cost. Villa def? No thanks

      1. Noah’s Ark
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        Why is that WR? In my post below I was thinking it could be good? Relative to cost a lot of people are getting Laca in the spot which is almost the same price.

        1. Wild Rover
          • 10 Years
          10 months, 20 days ago

          It's unlikely they will both start so you are potentially wasting two dgw spots. I know they can get points in few minutes but I think you are better picking one and hoping for the starts

      2. Stupendous
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        Covers probably 180 mins and any attacker points for City mate

    2. liverpool01
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      No Mane or Salah?

      Not too sure about Ozil and Pepe

      1. Stupendous
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        It's clearly or perhaps not clearly a DGW team and a FH one

  20. liverpool01
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    My current team:

    Pope
    Maguire, Taa, Holgate
    Fernandes, Salah, Kdb, Son
    Jimenez, Jota, Dcl

    McCarthy, Lundstram, Lascelles, Dendoncker

    1.5 ITB

    Should I use FH to bring in Auba and Aguero?

    1. Wild Rover
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Not sure about Aguero but you should definitely be playing FH with only two dgw players. Why is Holgate starting over Lundy?

      1. liverpool01
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        Thanks I forgot Holgate was starting against Liverpool lol

  21. HashAttack
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    So lucky to have Amazon Prime !

    Monday 29 June - 20:00 Crystal Palace v Burnley (Amazon Prime Video)

    1. Wild Rover
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Amazon games are going to be free for everyone

      1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        Maybe he was talking about the quick delivery and the tax-dodging funded cheap prices?

  22. Noah’s Ark
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    Looking at the Man City attack and Pep now having 5 substitutes at his disposal, the minutes are going to spread out a bit more right? Should we be looking more closely at the players with the best points per minute ratio?

    I don’t have the stats but from memory Mahrez and Jesus always do well when given minutes.

    Just looking at some drafts and I see a lot of attacks with Auba, Kun and Laca when I think I’d much prefer Jesus to Laca in that.

    1. Wild Rover
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      I've only seen one with Laca, I don't think he will start. He was out of favour before and he's in the doghouse now too

      1. Noah’s Ark
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        Yeah I agree. Nkietah seemed to have been ahead of Martinelli in the last few games also. One of those could be a shrewd pick if we knew who would get the nod.

        1. Dr. Agabuse
          • 8 Years
          10 months, 20 days ago

          Nketiah would be a wild dgw Pick..gotta wait for frindlies

    2. Lev Yashin
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Saka not Laca

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 20 days ago

        I’m thinking of getting someone like son in for kdb after the first week, especially if kdb is fat he’s going to be getting 50 minutes

  23. Original - Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    Reina
    Laporte, Lundstram, TAA
    KDB, Pepe, Grealish,Saka, Salah
    Auba, Aguero

    How about this for a FH team? The rest are fodder.

  24. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    Any1else considering Samatta???(with Aubameyang and Aguero)Two home games!! Villa need big performances!!!

    1. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Nope.

    2. Wild Rover
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Yep (see above) but you can forget about home advantage.

      1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        Yeah that could be true mate, Guna be a massive loss for struggling teams, I remember when my team was in the premier league, our home games were massive for us just to keep in touch!!

  25. HashAttack
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    Only 2 Liverpool goals at Everton since the start of 2014 - Mane (12/2016) and Ings (10/2015)
    Seems to safe to drop Salah and Mane on a free hit

    1. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Interesting

      1. HashAttack
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        4 clean sheets for Liverpool ... but still leaning to double SHU defense (avl and new)

  26. Original - Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    Is Lundstram a risk for the DGW, would other Sheff U defenders be better picks?

  27. Get up ya bum
    • 11 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    Free (s)hit
    Leno
    Stevens baldock Egan laporte
    Kdb mane pepe grealish
    Aubameyang aguero

    Button Simpson guendozi connoly

    1. Wild Rover
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Don't play 4 defs, cleanies will be at a premium I reckon, get Samatta up front instead, or lose Laporte fot Ozil. Thank me later

      1. Get up ya bum
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        Sorted
        Henderson
        PVA stevens baldock
        Mane Kdb mahrez grealish
        Aguero aubameyang samatta

        Tanganga Williams guendouzi

        1. Get up ya bum
          • 11 Years
          10 months, 20 days ago

          Even better doherty and O'Connell instead of PVA and baldock

          1. Gloria Kanchelskis
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            10 months, 20 days ago

            Just need to do Mahrez & Doherty to Bruno & Laporte now

            1. Wild Rover
              • 10 Years
              10 months, 20 days ago

              4 Man City? Like it! Mahrez to Pepe if gettin Laporte, got to embrace that dgw feeling

              1. Gloria Kanchelskis
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                10 months, 20 days ago

                Why 4?
                Kun, KDB Laporte and ?

                1. Wild Rover
                  • 10 Years
                  10 months, 20 days ago

                  Ignore me, brain fart

                  1. Gloria Kanchelskis
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    10 months, 20 days ago

                    I ignore mine so I can certainly ignore yours

    2. HashAttack
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      This is my first draft, using 11 dgw players .... not much to get inspired about

      Hedno
      Laporte, Stevens, Lundstram
      KDB, Sterling, Pepe, Grealish, McGinn
      Auba, Lacazette

      Dubravka, Mings, Ake, Abraham

      Hoping for good results in BHA v ARS, NEW v SHU and AVL v CHE matches

  28. Grumbledook
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    I couldn't find this info anywhere.

    The FPL website doesn't tell me how many free transfers I have left, I thought I had a free one rolled over but I can't see anywhere to check this.

    I also can't set my lineup for the next week, I assume everyone is in the same boat here, do we know when the site will go back live properly?

    It would also be nice if FFS could add the games to the tracker as they get set, the season ticker is one of the main reasons I pay for a subscription and there are no games listed there at all currently.

    1. Wild Rover
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      It's not showing anything because it's effectively in end of season closed mode.

  29. Manani
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    so from what I read in FPL update, they still ahve no idea which fixture will be in the same GW as of right now?

  30. Original - Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    What do you think are the best 3 players from each DGW team?

    My choice would be:-

    Arsenal - Auba, Pepe, Saka
    Aston V - Grealish, McGInn, Targett
    Man City - KDB, Laporte, Aguero
    Sheff U - Henderson, Baldock, Lundstram

    1. gunner79
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Fleck and Steven's for me.

    2. Wild Rover
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Samatta instead of Targett, Ozil instead of Saka, jury out on Aguero after his whinging, probably Sterling for me

    3. HashAttack
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Just looking at Arsenal's reverse fixtures (gw 15 and 17) ... those were the home games

      Can't see Arsenal getting enough points to include e.g. Auba, Pepe and Ozil in the same team