Frisking the Fixtures

Who has the best and worst fixtures over the Double and Blank Gameweeks?

It’s been a while since our last “frisk” of the fixtures.

A succession of back-to-back Gameweeks, last-minute postponements and a drip-feed of rearranged fixture announcements have made the winter a tricky period for Fantasy managers.

Reacting to the very next Gameweek has been a challenge, never mind planning further ahead.

But following last Friday’s beautifully timed press release from the Premier League, we now know when the bulk of the outstanding matches will take place.

Aston Villa v Everton and Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton are the only two remaining games without a new date, with the former a possibility to be added to the pre-March international break calendar.

And it’s this period in particular that we’ll be addressing in this article, given that it includes two Double Gameweeks (potentially three, if Villa v Everton gets added to Gameweek 28) and one Blank Gameweek.

We’ll also have a cursory look at the calendar beyond this point, at the foot of this piece.

NEXT FOUR GAMEWEEKS: THE BREAKDOWN – AS IT STANDS


2 x fixtures in Double Gameweek 26, 1 x fixture in Blank Gameweek 29Spurs, Fulham, Aston Villa (3)
2 x fixtures in Double Gameweek 26, 0 x fixture in Blank Gameweek 29Everton, Leicester, Liverpool, Crystal Palace, West Brom, Sheff Utd, Man Utd, Wolves, Burnley, Chelsea (10)
2 x fixtures in Double Gameweek 26, 2 x fixtures in Double Gameweek 27, 0 x fixture in Blank Gameweek 29Man City (1)
1 x fixture in Double Gameweek 26, 2 x fixtures in Double Gameweek 27, 0 x fixture in Blank Gameweek 29Southampton (1)
1 x fixture in Double Gameweek 26, 1 x fixture in Blank Gameweek 29Arsenal, Leeds, Brighton, Newcastle, West Ham (5)

Spurs, Fulham and Aston Villa are the obvious teams to target for those Fantasy managers wanting a player with two fixtures in Double Gameweek 26 and an unaffected game in Blank Gameweek 29.

Players we don’t already own from Arsenal, Leeds, Brighton, Newcastle and West Ham are low down the priority list this week but will become appealing again in the lead-up to Blank Gameweek 29.

Manchester City have back-to-back doubles starting from this weekend, while those holding onto Southampton assets have already begun a rollercoaster schedule that involves two Double Gameweeks, two single Gameweeks and a blank.

BEST AND WORST FIXTURES OF DOUBLE GAMEWEEK 26

Those who use our Season Ticker will have spotted that the new fixtures were added shortly after Friday’s announcement, with a rejig of the difficulty ratings following suit.

All of which leaves Everton (SOU | wba) at the top of our ticker if we look at Double Gameweek 26 in isolation, which those of us on a Free Hit will be doing.

The leakiest defences in the top flight await the Toffees over the next week, with Southampton and West Bromwich Albion the worst two clubs for goals conceded in 2021.

Even discounting the 9-0 thrashing at Old Trafford, Saints would still languish in the bottom three for that stat.

Those two teams, along with Everton themselves, it has to be said, have just one clean sheet apiece to their names this calendar year.

Tottenham Hotspur‘s (BUR | ful) brace of games perhaps looks better from a defensive perspective than it does attacking-wise.

Fulham and Burnley actually have the division’s joint-second-best defences over the last 15 Gameweeks, even if Nick Pope‘s (£5.6m) recent clean sheet record – four in 13 – is unremarkable.

The two sides may be capable of conceding, but they seldom get turned over.

Leicester City (ARS | bur) also face the shot-shy Clarets and an Arsenal side who have largely struggled for goals against the Champions League-chasing elite.

How Aston Villa fared without Grealish ahead of Double Gameweek 26

Aston Villa‘s (lee | shu) double-header is among the most appealing, not least because the Villans have excelled on the road this season.

An injury to Jack Grealish (£7.7m) looks like it may deprive Fantasy managers of the opportunity to field the Villa talisman against two suspect backlines, with Sheffield United’s defence injury-hit and out of form (one clean sheet all season) and Leeds’ own rearguard capable of self-combusting in any given game.

At the other end of our Season Ticker, Chelsea‘s (MUN | liv) defensive solidity under new boss Thomas Tuchel will be put to the test against two of the ‘big six’, while Pope may be relying heavily on save points in Burnley‘s (tot | LEI) two Double Gameweek 26 matches.

BEST AND WORST FIXTURES OF GAMEWEEKS 26-29

Those clubs with an extra fixture will naturally gravitate towards the top of our Season Ticker anyway but Aston Villa (lee + shu |WOL | new | TOT) and Spurs (BUR + ful | CRY | ars | avl) do have decent runs regardless, with ragged defences in Newcastle and Palace awaiting after Double Gameweek 26.

All of Leicester‘s next four opponents (ARS + bur | bha | SHU) are in the bottom half for goals scored in 2020/21, meanwhile.

Assets from these three clubs may well form the backbone of many Gameweek 26 sides, given that they tick multiple boxes: an appealing double-header in the coming Gameweek, attractive fixtures immediately after, and, in Spurs and Villa’s case, the bonus match in Blank Gameweek 29.

West Brom’s post-Double Gameweek schedule (BHA + EVE | new | CRY) is also positive-looking, for those considering a differential Mbaye Diagne (£6.0m) pick.

The West Ham (mci | LEE | mun | ARS) love affair might be temporarily over in FPL, as they are among the six teams without two fixtures in Double Gameweek 26 and have some iffy upcoming matches in terms of difficulty.

Their next three opponents, including runaway leaders Manchester City, are all in the top five for goals scored in 2020/21.

Tomas Soucek (£5.3m) and co will be back on the menu and dusted down off benches in Gameweek 29, however.

A clash with Palace is the only real favourable fixture for Manchester United (che + cry | mci | WHU) over the coming three Gameweeks, meanwhile.

Trips to two of the division’s most in-form defences sandwich that match against the Eagles and Bruno Fernandes (£11.6m) didn’t score in any of the reverse fixtures of his three games in Gameweeks 26 and 27.

Chelsea‘s (MUN + liv | EVE | lee) next four games are all against teams in the top half for goals scored in 2020/21: should they emerge from that period with a couple of clean sheets or more, then their in-form defenders will be high on the priority list for Gameweeks 30-34.

EUROPEAN SCHEDULES

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Just to further complicate matters, European football has recommenced over the last week.

Moderator Legomane has produced a matrix above which illustrates when the other, non-Premier League fixtures will take place over the coming month.

Manchester City are playing twice a week, every week, until the March international break, while Spurs, Leicester and Manchester United will follow suit if they continue to progress in the Europa League.

Expect a spot of rotation from these teams (among others), with Pep Guardiola indeed saying after Wednesday’s win over Borussia Monchengladbach:

GAMEWEEK 30 ONWARDS

It’s worth a brief look at the schedule beyond Blank Gameweek 29, as some Fantasy managers will be “dead-ending” their squads for that decimated, four-match Gameweek and activating their Wildcard straight after.

Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal sit towards the top of the Season Ticker from this point.

Wolves’ run from Gameweeks 31-35 (ful | SHU | BUR | wba | BHA) stands out, while Arsenal face the bottom five and Crystal Palace in the run-in.

The problems when we get to this time of the season, of course, are motivation and distractions elsewhere.

Wolves will likely be solidly mid-table and in “on the beach” territory, while Arsenal’s primary focus could well be on the Europa League, which probably now represents their best chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.

Liverpool‘s final seven fixtures (lee | NEW | mun | SOU | wba | bur |CRY) look pretty good, too. Given that they might still be scrapping for a top-four finish by that point, perhaps the Reds’ assets who have so underwhelmed in 2020/21 will have one final big say in what has been a turbulent FPL season.


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1,223 Comments Post a Comment
  1. NATSTER
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Which option should return most points for DGW26 - GW28? I may use FH chip on BGW29 or navigate thru with 3 FTs.

    A) Play Bamford
    B) Play Raphinha
    C) Bamford > Vardy (-4)
    D) Raphinha + AWB > Son + Targett (-8)

    1. Poison Apple
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      If FH, C appeals to me

    2. In Bale We Trust
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      If FH then C is a very nice differential

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

      Cheers. It would largely depend on Leicester's involvement in Europa tonight.

      Should we be concern with Maddison's injury and potential absence?

      1. In Bale We Trust
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        While it will undoubtedly impact Leicester, fixtures too good to ignore and Vardy is Vardy. He can return big and generally in bursts.

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

          That's Vardy really. 🙂

  2. Poison Apple
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Martinez
    Cancelo Stone Digne
    Son Bruno Salah Gundo Barnes
    Watkins DCL

    Pope Bam Dallas white

    Anything worth a -4?
    Will be doing BB with 0.5ITB

    1. In Bale We Trust
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Personally I’d punt on a White/Dallas replacement. Have you taken a hit already?

      1. Poison Apple
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        For a hit

        1. In Bale We Trust
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          I meant a hit for another transfer already. As I said I’d be tempted on BB to punt on a DGW player. Depends how adventurous you’re feeling

          1. Poison Apple
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Yes. I took a -8 already. But whatever is taken is sunk so im not too bothered. Its for DCL and digne, taking out Ings and Coufal.

  3. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Watkins or Maja?

    1. In Bale We Trust
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Watkins if cash not needed

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

      Watkins is more proven and fixtures to hope for.

  4. In Bale We Trust
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Would appreciate help on this one guys, as I’m a bit undecided.

    McCarthy Raphinha Bamford Mitchell

    Worth BB?

    1. The Prophet
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      I have a very similar dilemma.

      I think it probably is.

    2. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      No

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

      Later, I think. There will be better fixtures for Leeds duo. I can't remember exactly. It's GW 3x.

      1. fcsaltyballs
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        30

    4. Azurri
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      No. Better fixtures in GW 30?

      1. In Bale We Trust
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Possibly, but who knows what state my squad might be in then.

        Thanks for feedback guys. Think ye may be right...

  5. The Prophet
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    This week’s bench is

    Pope x2
    Mee x2
    Bamford
    Dallas

    Definite bench boost chance or no??

    1. Mortal.Swinbat
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      100% BB

  6. Ragabolly
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Risers: Calvert-Lewin (7.7)

    Fallers: Grealish (7.6) Saka (5.2) Fabianski (5.0)

    1. waldo666
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Cheers Ragabolly.

      1. Ragabolly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Thank you for cheering me every day 🙂

        1. waldo666
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Hahaha, no worries mate! 🙂

    2. Rondon9
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Cheers mate

      1. Ragabolly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Thanks mate

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

      Thank you 🙂

    4. The White Pele
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Cheers Ragabolly.

    5. In Bale We Trust
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Thanks Ragabolly

    6. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Cheers

    7. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Cheers bud

  7. Alisson WondHaaland
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    If you had to bet on any one player to be the highest point scorer of the week, who would it be?

    For me its Kane and thats why its hard to look past him for (triple) captaincy. I agree that Spurs' form is the one thing which is slightly off putting but Id argue every other potential captain pick has even bigger flaws.

    1. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Bogle

      1. Major League Shocker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Yeah, amazingly the top scorer hasn't been a premium asset since Bruno all the way back in GW8!

    2. In Bale We Trust
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      I agree. And if I don’t BB I will TC Kane. Also think DCL could really clean up.

      1. Alisson WondHaaland
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        DCL is interesting for sure. The fact that he's still being eased back from injury is a bit of a worry but otherwise I think he's probably 2nd on my list after Kane

    3. waldo666
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Bruno.

      1. Alisson WondHaaland
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        It feels like Id be banking on the Palace fixture only. Cant see Bruno getting anything from the Chelsea game

        1. waldo666
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Really? Don't think fixtures matter too much with Bruno tbh, could easily see him coming away from that match with points.

          1. Ruinenlust
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Bruno does nothing in big games

            1. waldo666
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Depends what you class as a 'big game'.

        2. ...al
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          He can do nothing much and still end up hauling

          TC Kane has almost always burned me in the past

    4. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Bruno or Mo

      Kane will score but Spurs will eke out two narrow results. Reverse fixtures were 1-0 and 1-1 when Fulham and Burnley were really struggling and Spurs weren't. They just don't concede loads typically. Palace and SHU are far more likely to capitulate imo

      1. Alisson WondHaaland
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        With that argument, Sheffield rarely concede a huge amount either. And both of them face Chelsea who have a statistically better defence than City in the past 4 games. I agree Palace are a team up for battering but Id back the player who has bigger potential to return in both fixtures because of bonus points.

        Antonio in GW19 was a prime example, only scored a goal per game but still got a massive 18 points

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Reasonable point on SHU but their defence is leakier than either Burnley and Fulham by some distance

          Doubting that an 18 pointer will be the top return this week with so many DGWs flying around though. I'd have Kane at around 13 points.

          Chelsea defence going ok but you might look at the comparative opposition City and Chelsea have faced 😉

    5. estheblessed
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      DCL for me just look at the fixtures! Spurs against tough defensive teams not so sure...

    6. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      This is my dilemma.
      Bring in Kane or DCL and TC.

      Can't help but feel DCL could be the one.

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

    Pereira (wba) and Vardy
    Or
    Son and Bamford

    On BB and I have Kane and Barnes

    1. The White Pele
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      A but B if you don't have FH

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

        No fh left

    2. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Son and Bamford imo

    3. Poison Apple
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      First. Cos its abit of differential

      1. Poison Apple
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        If no FH then B. Tats an important information

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

      Cheers all!

      1. Party time
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        B

  9. The White Pele
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Sterling to Salah worth a hit?

    1. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      I wouldnt

    2. ...al
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Nope

    3. Aster
        2 months, 20 days ago

        No

    4. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      First WC draft, planning a BB28. Debating on KDB + Bamford (343) or Son + Cancelo (442)

      Martinez
      Dias - Pereira - Digne
      Bruno - Gundo - KDB - Barnes
      DCL - Kane - Bamford

      Johnstone - Veltman - Mount - Mitchell

      Any thoughts or changes?

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        No KdB

        Goal output is minimal this season.

        1. Scholes Out Forever
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          yeah i am on the fence still. If KDB gets anything he's in the BAPs as well. He's just so good

      2. Messiah Hazard
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Is GW28 now a DGW as well for BB?

        1. Scholes Out Forever
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Depends on the Europa league draw. If any of the prem teams get a home game in the second leg, or something like that according to Ben Crellin. Will have a better idea after the draw

      3. Messiah Hazard
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        needs more Leeds I think for BGW29... And is Mitchell a regular starter now?

        1. Scholes Out Forever
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Yeah true. Mitchell just as a fodder with a good game on 28. Should be good if Palace sticks to being more sound defensively.

          Have 3FTs before 29, so planning to use them for Grealish and Leeds players before then

    5. Messiah Hazard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Any update on the FFS cup competitions? Do we know the safety score?

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Still a secret.

        1. Messiah Hazard
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          🙂

    6. De Gea is GOAT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Anyone dropping Salah on a WC?

      1. Messiah Hazard
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Never had him... But if I had I would have dropped him...

      2. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        I probably am. Liverpool is just out of sorts, no CB, no CM, no leadership on the pitch now without VVD and Henderson. Teams can just do what Everton does and they have no way to score

        1. De Gea is GOAT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Thanks guys. Salah out it is.

      3. waldo666
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Doubt it, has bitten me hard in seasons past.

      4. ...al
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Couldn’t do it myself

      5. OleBall
          2 months, 20 days ago

          I wouldn't

        • De Gea is GOAT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Its either him or Bruno?

      6. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 20 days ago

        So with Maddison out, is it best to now avoid Barnes?

        1. In Bale We Trust
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Personally think he’ll still be a very good option

        2. Scholes Out Forever
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          He's still a good goal threat, up against Bellerin who cant defend apparently. Should be still good.

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 20 days ago

            That Bellerin point has just persuaded me to bring him in

            1. Scholes Out Forever
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              He torched Elmohamady too. Lets hope Bellerin doesnt somehow remember to defend again

        3. ...al
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          He’s worth a punt

          Slightly bad news with Maddison our but he should still get chances

      7. Ragabolly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Richarlison to DCL for -4 is silly, right?

        1. The White Pele
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          yes imo. Richarlison is overlocked.

          1. Ragabolly
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Thanks Barayez

        2. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Don’t fear ownership

          1. Ragabolly
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            That's exactly what I am fearing.. Cheers

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

              fwiw i'm thinking of bringing rich in ahead of dcl (already owned him twice)

              1. Ragabolly
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 20 days ago

                Thanks, makes me feel much better 😀

        3. In Bale We Trust
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Better off sticking with Rich and hoping he can deliver big. It’s possible.

          1. Ragabolly
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            That sounds like the reasonable thing to do, thanks!

        4. Scholes Out Forever
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Yeah just stick with Richa. He seems to be entering a nice streak perhaps

          1. Ragabolly
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            I hope so, thanks!

      8. seewhyaxe
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Cancelo to Pereira looks tempting considering the former played 90

        1. Arctic monkeys
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          City has 4 games in two GWs, Cancelo could easily start 3 out of them ?

          1. seewhyaxe
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Logical but hard to predict the bald fraud

        2. De Gea is GOAT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          My exact thoughts when i saw the results this morning mate. Really tempted to go for Dias instead. But i feel Cancelo has a higher ceiling. Id be happy to hold him even IF he played 3 out of 4.

        3. ...al
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Cancelo is season keeper for me

        4. Aster
            2 months, 20 days ago

            No

        5. Rondon9
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Any Spurs fans around?

          Thoughts on Reguilon?

          1. ...al
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Clearly the best lb. should be ok once fit

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

            Not a Spurs fan but gorgeous left peg

        6. estheblessed
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Looks like Gundo could be rested then and any other city asset for that matter!

          1. Scholes Out Forever
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            only sure starter is Ederson

          2. waldo666
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            The same uncertainty we face week in week out with City assets.

          3. ...al
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Yea not happy he g out 90 as an owner. Rest possible or minutes limited to 60

        7. Taegugk Warrior
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          For BB
          A. Pickford, Rapinha, Dallas, Mitchell (-4 hit)
          B. Peacock-Farrel, Rapinha, Dallas, Reguilon (-4 hit)
          C. Pickford, Rapinha, Dallas, Targett (-8 hit)

          Already take -4 hit btw

          1. waldo666
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Maybe hold onto BB?

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

          would you rather dcl or kane (probably not captaining either)

          dcl would be -4 / kane -8 and playing pep roulette

          1. Party time
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            DcL

          2. Weasel Boy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            DCL

          3. Weasel Boy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Who you going to Captain?

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

              No set yet
              Possibly Bruno

        9. jia you jia you
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Damn Maddison out is annoying...
          Would you take him out for a hit for Barnes or just play Ings?

          Pope
          Cancelo Dias Konsa Dallas
          Sterling Son Bruno JRod *Maddison
          DCL
          (Forster Ings Coufal Brewster)

          1. Party time
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Play Ings

            1. jia you jia you
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              yeah, might as well

          2. tokara
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Barnes for me, is jus a game. Have fun

            1. jia you jia you
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              would take me to -12 though

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

          Mee to Stones, is it worth a hit?

          1. waldo666
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Probably not.

          2. sulldaddy
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            You do get a 2nd DGW next round too with Stones. Save a move next week I suppose.

        11. jdp219
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Feeling like a chip is necessary this week in order to keep pace, but I don't think my BB will work well. Already taken a hit, not keen on another.

          Maybe TC one of Kane, DCL or Bruno?

          Martinez
          Cancelo, Stones, Mee
          Bruno, Salah, Gundo, Barnes, Raphinha
          DCL, Kane
          (Pope; Bamford, Kilman, Coufal)

          1. waldo666
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            I get that feeling too and my bench is far too weak to boost so I am strongly considering Bruno TC.

            1. jdp219
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Yeah, pretty sure it'll be Bruno or Kane. But I've been so bad picking captains.

              1. OleBall
                  2 months, 20 days ago

                  Kane for me. Chelsea away looks hard

            2. Weasel Boy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              DCL TC

          2. OleBall
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Planning to BB.

              Martinez
              Stones Dias Targett Shaw
              Gundo Salah Bruno Maddison*
              Watkins Kane

              Areola Bamford Raphinha Dallas

              1ft 0.2itb

              Maddison > Barnes?
              -4 Raph/Dallas > ???

              Suggestions please guys

              1. Steiger
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 20 days ago

                Maddy > Barnes for sure. Depending if you have your FH or not for GW29, but Dallas to Keane looks good as well if you have.

                1. OleBall
                    2 months, 20 days ago

                    No FH for 29

                    1. Steiger
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 20 days ago

                      It's whether you think it's worth the risk then as it looks like Everton will have another double in GW28. Other than that I'd just stick to what you have.

                      1. OleBall
                          2 months, 20 days ago

                          Wy think about Dier? .2 short of Reguillon.

                          Extremely dull pick but GW29 cover is my thinking.

                          1. Steiger
                            • 2 Years
                            2 months, 20 days ago

                            I'm in the same position as you and I've asked the same question on here. The general consensus is that it's not worth the hit. Don't think Dier is nailed on to start both games in the DGW either.

                            1. OleBall
                                2 months, 20 days ago

                                Not keen on the idea of three players from same team for BB.

                                GW19 BBers got stung with that. Leeds 0-1 Brighton

                  • tokara
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 20 days ago

                    Anyone looking at Diagne from WBA?

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

                      No room in the inn

                  • Stupendous
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 20 days ago

                    Looking ahead to GW30 and beyond (when I will use WC to load up my 11)

                    Who are must haves on a/your, WCs, looking at the schedule from 30 onwards?

                    Looks like Salah and Vardy with their fixtures, Bruno of course.....

                    Who else?

                    Dead ending into BGW29

                  • Naby K8a
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 20 days ago

                    News coming out of Brazil that Alissons father has gone missing. Awful news

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

                      Wow. Awful

                  • Ruinenlust
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 20 days ago

                    Is 9 DGWers + Raph and Dallas good enough?

                    All my SGWers have a game in GW 29 so I’m reluctant to get rid of them.

                    1. waldo666
                      • 10 Years
                      2 months, 20 days ago

                      Similar spot, 9 with Raph and Bamford. Have considered a hit or two but don't think I will.

                    2. djman102
                      • 11 Years
                      2 months, 20 days ago

                      I'm putting out 9 DGW with Raphinha and Dunk. Even benching Lowton behind these as I think they outscore him even with just 1 game.

                  • Stupendous
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 20 days ago

                    Rival has NO BB or TC. He surely captain's Vardy or Kane if he squeezes Harry in.

                    This has to be BB for me right???

                    Martinez Dallas Raph Bam

                    1. waldo666
                      • 10 Years
                      2 months, 20 days ago

                      I'd BB that.

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

                      That's my likely bench boost

                      But looking at GW30 still as alternative - Spurs Villa and Leeds have great fixtures then and I'll likely be loaded after 29. Possibly comes down to the value of one Martinez over two of them

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

                      Cheers both

                  • DGW26 Fixtures and clean sheet odds
                    G-Whizz
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 20 days ago

                    DGW26 fixture odds can be found here:
                    Part One: http://prntscr.com/10610ak
                    Part Two: http://prntscr.com/106111l
                    (Provided by Betbrain)

                    GW25 clean sheet results:
                    MNU: 48% ❌
                    BHA: 46% ❌
                    MCI: 43% ✅
                    LIV: 41% ❌
                    BUR: 40% ✅
                    CHE: 39% ❌
                    FUL: 39% ✅
                    WHU: 30% ❌
                    TOT: 29% ❌
                    WOL: 29% ✅
                    SHU: 28% ❌
                    LEE: 27% ❌ & 27% ✅
                    LEI: 27% ❌
                    WBA: 26% ✅
                    AVL: 24% ❌
                    CRY: 24% ❌
                    SOU: 20% ❌ & 20% ❌
                    ARS:16% ❌
                    EVE: 14% ✅
                    NEW: 11% ❌

                    DGW26 clean sheet odds:
                    Part One:
                    MCI: 52%
                    LIV: 45%
                    TOT: 44%
                    BHA: 39%
                    WOL: 39%
                    FUL: 38%
                    EVE: 33%
                    CHE: 32%
                    LEI: 30%
                    CRY: 29%
                    NEW: 28%
                    ARS: 27%
                    LEE: 26%
                    SOU: 25%
                    MNU: 24%
                    WBA: 24%
                    AVL: 20%
                    BUR: 17%
                    SHU: 13%
                    WHU: 11%

                    Part Two:
                    MCI: 59%
                    MNU: 44%
                    LEI: 40%
                    EVE: 38%
                    AVL: 36%
                    TOT: 36%
                    LIV: 28%
                    SHU: 28%
                    FUL: 24%
                    CHE: 23%
                    WBA: 22%
                    BUR: 21%
                    CRY: 16%
                    WOL: 11%
                    ARS: -
                    BHA: -
                    LEE: -
                    NEW: -
                    SOU: -
                    WHU: -
                    (Provided by Betbrain)

                    Combined clean sheet %s:
                    MCI: 111%
                    LIV: 73%
                    TOT: 80%
                    EVE: 71%
                    LEI: 70%
                    MNU: 68%
                    FUL: 62%
                    AVL: 56%
                    CHE: 55%
                    WOL: 50%
                    CRY: 45%
                    WBA: 46%
                    SHU: 41%
                    BHA: 39%*
                    BUR: 38%
                    NEW: 28%*
                    ARS: 27%*
                    LEE: 26%*
                    SOU: 25%*
                    WHU: 11%*
                    * denotes SGW teams

                    Clean sheet totals: Season average clean sheet % given so far
                    Manchester City: 15 (+1): 44.20%
                    Aston Villa: 12: 27.70%
                    Chelsea: 11: 37.64%
                    Burnley: 9 (+1): 24.40%
                    Leicester City: 9: 31.16%
                    West Ham: 9: 27.00%
                    Arsenal: 8: 31.04%
                    Brighton: 8: 27.12%
                    Leeds: 8 (+1): 24.20%
                    Manchester Utd: 8: 37.88%
                    Southampton: 8: 25.96%
                    Fulham: 7 (+1): 23.28%
                    Tottenham: 7: 31.42%
                    Wolves: 7 (+1): 31.00%
                    Liverpool: 6: 37.16%
                    Everton: 5 (+1): 28.54%
                    Crystal Palace: 4: 25.44%
                    Newcastle: 4: 22.92%
                    West Brom: 3 (+1): 20.54%
                    Sheffield United: 1: 24.42%

                    Up to and including GW25 there had been a total of 142 clean sheets in 237 games= 30%

                    Not going crazy with my transfers for this DGW which is unusual for me, but hope whatever you've gone with works for you!

                    G

                    1. Party time
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 20 days ago

                      Cheers.

                      Good luck G whizz

                      1. G-Whizz
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 20 days ago

                        Thanks Party, must admit feels weird not going all out on what is most likely to be the biggest DGW in history but wanna save my WC for later.

                        Think I might twist my own arm and go one more to a -8 and do Antonio ➡️ Kane...

                        How you looking for the GW? All set???

                        1. Party time
                          • 2 Years
                          2 months, 20 days ago

                          Yes, all set. My team is very strong this gw. Bench boost active, it is the perfect gw for me to use it. I played the 2nd wc in the previous dgw 19 & got a great score too.I think you should really consider using the bb/ wc this gw

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

                      Seems screwy that WBA have a combined 46% cs chance. An overall 23% chance seems more believable!

                      1. G-Whizz
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 20 days ago

                        Makes sense as they play 2 games so that would work out to be right in my book 🙂

                      2. Sharkytect
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 20 days ago

                        It’s actually 40.72% chance of one cleansheet. See my post below

                    3. Sharkytect
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 20 days ago

                      There must be a different way of working out the “total” cleansheet odds. By which I mean what are the odds of getting one clean sheet from those two matches? It’s not 111% for Man City, is it? It can’t be 100% or more as it’s entirely feasible that they could concede in both games.

                      I don’t know how you do the maths for what I’m effectively asking for, but I think the odds for 1xclean sheet and odds of 2x clean sheet would be more informative than the “combined total”

                      But thank you! Love these posts!

                      1. Sharkytect
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 20 days ago

                        I googled it. According to omnicalculator.com it’s 80% chance that city get one cleansheet.

                        I’d love to know the actual maths behind it, but I’m meant to be getting the kids fed and ready for nursery!

                        1. draftcup
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 20 days ago

                          Here's the full list. Multiply the percent chance of conceding in one game by the percent chance of conceding in the other game.

                          MCI: 80%
                          TOT: 64%
                          LIV: 60%
                          EVE: 58%
                          LEI: 58%
                          MNU: 57%
                          FUL: 53%
                          AVL: 49%
                          CHE: 48%
                          WOL: 46%
                          WBA: 41%
                          CRY: 40%
                          BUR: 34%
                          SHU: 37%

                          1. Sharkytect
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            2 months, 20 days ago

                            There we go, I think this is more realistic and informative

                            1. A-L
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              2 months, 20 days ago

                              Thanks Draftcup - that is useful but the post is showing expected clean sheets (City are expect to get 1.1 clean sheets) so original numbers are useful too!

                      2. Big Hands Barry
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 20 days ago

                        Over 100% just means odds on. If city play the first match twice, odds are they keep 1 clean sheet. The same with the second match. Add them together and you're likely to see over 1 clean sheet for every 2 games

                        1. Sharkytect
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          2 months, 20 days ago

                          Likely to, but not definite.

                          Thinking about it more, perhaps my issue is actually with using percentage (which I associate with likelihood) as opposed to fractions (which I associate with betting odds).

                          To me, over 50% is "odds on". Man City are 80% likely to have at least one cleansheet over the two matches. That is DEFINITELY odds on.

                          111% to means that they are 111% likely to get a cleansheet. Meaning that it is confirmed they WILL be getting at least one. That is misleading in my mind.

                    4. A-L
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 20 days ago

                      Thanks G-Whizz, that looks good 🙂 looks like Man U have been underperforming against the expectation and Burnley are still beating their expected numbers this season. That'll inform my planning, so I appreciate the averages!

                    5. wulfrunian
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 20 days ago

                      Thank you.

                  • Weeb Kakashi
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 20 days ago

                    Stones could probably start both in 26?

                    1. Party time
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 20 days ago

                      Yes

                    2. Aster
                        2 months, 20 days ago

                        Who knows