Frisking the Fixtures

Who has the best FPL fixtures in the next six Gameweeks and beyond?

Our frisk of the fixtures sees us assess the Premier League clubs and players with the strongest runs of league matches over the coming weeks – in theory, at least.

The primary focus in this article will be on a six-Gameweek lookahead but we will scrutinise the longer-term prospects where appropriate.

Our colour-coded Season Ticker is the primary source for this piece; using this tool as a Premium Member, you can sort by difficulty, rank by attacking and defensive potential or find budget rotation pairings. You can also set your own difficulty ratings, should you disagree with our own.

BEST FIXTURES

LEEDS UNITED

Raphinha and Bamford both deliver returns as Saint-Maximin steals the Newcastle show 3

Next six: WHU | WAT | sou | WOL | nor | LEI

Despite a five-game winless run to start the season, Leeds United now have an opportunity to kick-on with a favourable schedule from Gameweek 6 right through until the end of October.

In fact, over the next five Gameweeks, they sit top of the Season Ticker for ease of fixture.

Marcelo Bielsa’s troops face newly promoted Watford (h) and Norwich City (a) during that time, as well as West Ham United (h), Southampton (a) and Wolverhampton Wanderers (h).

While the jury remains out on the Whites’ backline, given that they have already shipped 12 goals and have several defenders currently on the treatment table, there will understandably be interest further forward.

Providing they can recover from their respective hip and ankle knocks, Raphinha (£6.5m) and Patrick Bamford (£8.0m) are the stand-out picks. The duo combined at St. James’ Park in Gameweek 5 and have already produced five attacking returns between them in 2021/22. And while Bamford’s ownership is slightly higher at the time of writing, Raphinha’s 16 goal attempts and 10 chances created are both team-leading totals.

CHELSEA

Lukaku on target as Chelsea assets prosper at Arsenal 2

Next six: MCI | SOU | bre | NOR | new | BUR

With one of the best defences in Europe and a ruthless new striker now installed in their starting XI, Chelsea and owners of their Fantasy assets should be brimming with confidence heading into their fixtures between Gameweeks 7 and 11.

Clashes with newly-promoted Brentford (a) and Norwich City (h) are sandwiched by matches against Southampton (h), Newcastle United (a) and Burnley (a). Even this weekend’s tie against champions Manchester City (h) could provide returns, given that Thomas Tuchel has got the better of Pep Guardiola’s side on three occasions this year. 

At the back, the Blues have already kept four clean sheets and are still yet to concede a goal from open-play, so investing in one or two of their defensive assets looks like a wise move. 

Edouard Mendy (£6.0m) missed Gameweek 5 having taken a ‘huge hit’ against Zenit in the UEFA Champions League. However, he is expected back soon and has racked up an impressive 26 FPL points across his four starts. Picking out a defender isn’t quite so straightforward, just ask Reece James (£5.6m) owners, but Antonio Rudiger (£5.5m) and Cesar Azpilicueta (£6.0m) should be fairly safe starters aside from the odd benching. The situation regarding Marcos Alonso (£5.8m) is also worth monitoring. The Spaniard has started every Premier League match so far this term and sits top of the defender rankings.

Further forward, Chelsea’s run from Gameweeks 9 to 11 looks particularly appealing for their attacking options, as Norwich, Newcastle and Burnley have already shipped 36 goals between them and are yet to register a single clean sheet. Kai Havertz (£8.3m) and Mason Mount (£7.4m) are both interesting options, but Romelu Lukaku (£11.6m) remains the stand-out pick.

ARSENAL

Aubameyang can exploit Norwich defence ahead of Arsenal fixture swing 4

Next six: TOT | bha | CRY | AVL | lei | WAT

While Arsenal struggled in the opening three Gameweeks, back-to-back 1-0 wins suggest that they might just be worth another look ahead of a favourable run of fixtures.

Having easier opponents like Norwich and Burnley obviously helps, but the Gunners have also benefitted from the return of key personnel at the back, including Ben White (£4.4m), Gabriel (£5.0m) and Thomas Partey (£5.0m). The additions of Aaron Ramsdale (£4.5m) and Takehiro Tomiyasu (£4.5m) have also given them a much-needed lift, while Kieran Tierney (£4.9m) has the potential for attacking returns even if they do concede.

Next up is North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who have lacked attacking ideas so far and rank 20th for xG, while four of their five opponents to follow also feature in the bottom-half of that table.

Further forward, options remain sparse and to be fair question marks do still exist, but Martin Ødegaard (£5.5m) and Bukayo Saka (£6.0m) did provide a goal and assist at the weekend, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£9.9m) scoring and collected maximum bonus in Gameweek 4.

SOUTHAMPTON

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Next six: WOL | che | LEE | BUR | wat | AVL

Following their impressive draw at Manchester City last weekend, Southampton now have an appealing schedule with an away trip to Chelsea in Gameweek 7 the only red fixture in sight.

Favourable home matches against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Leeds United, Burnley and Aston Villa are all on the menu, with an added trip to Norwich City following that run.

At the back, Tino Livramento (£4.2m) has started every match this season and could provide real value at both ends of the pitch. The former Chelsea man has been popping up in some advanced positions, and has been a little unfortunate not to add an assist to his tally.

Leeds, Burnley and Watford all look like particularly good fixtures to target from an attacking perspective, too.

90-minute man James Ward-Prowse (£6.4m) has set-pieces and penalties in his locker, while Mohamed Elyounoussi (£5.5m) has posted some encouraging underlying numbers since his re-introduction to the starting XI in Gameweek 3. However, the pick of the bunch could well be forward Adam Armstrong (£6.0m). The 24-year-old has already provided one goal and an assist, and tops the Saints stats charts for goal attempts and shots in the box.

ALSO CONSIDER

Is £4.0m FPL goalkeeper Foster the new Watford number one?

In an attacking sense, Watford rank highly over the next six fixtures (NEW | lee | LIV | eve | SOU | ars), though it is worth noting that their next two are more appealing that the subsequent run, as Newcastle and Leeds both rank in the bottom three for xGC so far this season and are yet to record a shut-out. 

That immediately promotes Ismaila Sarr’s (£6.1m) FPL prospects. The Senegalese winger’s 13 goal attempts, 11 shots in the box and nine created chances are team-leading totals, while Emmanuel Dennis (£5.2m) is one of the better budget forwards in the game right now, having started all five Premier League matches so far, chipping in with two goals and an assist.

Who are the best FPL captain options for Gameweek 3? 8

Leicester City have had a disappointing start to the season, losing three of their opening five matches, but now have a run of fixtures (BUR | cry | MUN | bre | ARS | lee) which should give them a platform to start moving up the table.

James Maddison (£6.8m) is clearly struggling, but that hasn’t stopped Jamie Vardy (£10.4m) impressing. The no. 9 ranks second amongst all forwards for FPL points, via three goals, an assist and five bonus points.

The introduction of Ademola Lookman (£6.0m) at half-time in Gameweek 5 is also one to monitor, as he will now be pushing for a start after an encouraging display.

Learning from ‘The Great and The Good’ FPL managers – Gameweek 5 1

Finally, Wolverhampton Wanderers (sou | NEW | avl | lee | EVE | cry) still have a reasonable run, and despite a disappointing defeat to Brentford in Gameweek 5, could do well.

Amongst the stand-out options in the Wolves ranks are wing-backs Marcal (£4.6m) and Nelson Semedo (£4.9m), both of whom have impressed in the opening weeks. 

Adama Traore (£6.0m) and Raul Jimenez (£7.5m) will also hope to open their 2021/22 accounts, having posted some promising underlying numbers during the opening rounds.

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW FROM GAMEWEEK 5

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1,291 Comments Post a Comment
  1. totaalvoetbal
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Help please - last 2 decisions on wildcard:

    a) Ramsdale or
    b) Guaita

    And

    1) Christensen or
    2) Tierney

    1. totaalvoetbal
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      and top of the page

    2. Kaptenen
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      A1

    3. Bertonian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 13 days ago

      A 1

    4. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      A1

      1. totaalvoetbal
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Thanks all - conclusive - not worried about Leno returning?

    5. Dexters Laboratory
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 13 days ago

      A1

    6. Yank Revolution
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      1 and 1

  2. jackruet
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Akinfenwa the bull

  3. Major League Shocker
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Sheff Utd actually scoring goals these days, weird!

  4. jackruet
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Many went for triple/double wolves. It backfired so far. Tripling up Chelsea might do the same. There might be rotation risk, things may not go as expected. Ronaldo might continue to bang, chelsea may leak goals, werner, chilwell, chalobah, hudson odoi may get some minutes as the matches are easy. I would personally wait and see

    1. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Chelsea >>>>>>>>>> Wolves.

    2. Bertonian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 13 days ago

      I have a triple up with Rudi, Alonso & Lukaku but have one decent bench option to cover if Rudi or Alonso get rotated

    3. Gunneryank
        2 months, 13 days ago

        The Wolves thing is my fault. I doubled my Wolves defenders and screwed it up for everyone. Also i don't think Chelsea is going to leak many goals in the league. Double Chels D is sound. Rudiger and...some other person lol. But you're right honestly. After this last GW, how can we count on anything?

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

          Can you do me a favour and get rid of one of the wolves defenders then 🙂

          1. Gunneryank
              2 months, 13 days ago

              I got you. I'm gonna bring in Alonso so avoid him!

              1. nxh84
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Please get Chabolah or Chilwell, I have Alonso…

        2. Zim0
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Doubling up on Chelsea is a minimum requirement with that schedule imo.

      • Kaptenen
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Barnes to Sarr or Gallagher?

        1. Toby Lerone
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Sarr I reckon as next two are good fixtures

        2. CMIUK (Catch Me If U Kane)
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Sarr if gw8 wc, Gallagher if not

        3. CMIUK (Catch Me If U Kane)
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Wait keep barnes for burnley

      • svgcr
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Who would you bench for the next GW:
        A. Coufal- lee
        B. Marçal- sou
        C. Benrahma - WHU

        1. Optimus.
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          B probably

        2. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          A

        3. FOO FIGHTER
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          B

        4. Dexters Laboratory
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 13 days ago

          A

        5. Yank Revolution
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          C has wrong opponent listed

      • Old Gregg
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        GW8 WC draft.
        Any changes/Improvements?

        Sanchez
        Taa-Alonso-Rudiger-Dias
        Grealish-Salah-Raphina
        Antonio-A.Armstrong-Lukaku

        4m-Livermento-Gallagher-4.5

        1. Bertonian
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Not bad squire

          Similar to my defence but I have Cancelo over Dias

          1. Old Gregg
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Tempted by cancelo but with Alonso.
            I thought Dias was the safer pick.

        2. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          You’d stick with Sanchez on a WC?

          1. Old Gregg
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Tbh I’ve not really thought about which keeper.

            It’s probably one out of 4/5 - Ramsdale, Sanchez, Raya, guita. Anyone else?

      • 11SPECIALONE11
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Which duo is best?

        A) Sarr and Reece James
        B) Gallagher and Alonso

        1. Toby Lerone
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          I'd go A probably

        2. CMIUK (Catch Me If U Kane)
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Gallagher and reece

        3. Bertonian
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Sarr & Alonso

        4. Dexters Laboratory
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 13 days ago

          B .. don't trust RJ anymore

        5. Yank Revolution
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          A

      • Toby Lerone
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Would you wildcard this?

        Sanchez/steele
        TAA Shaw Semedo Ayling Tsimi
        Salah Torres benrahma raph Brownhill
        Ron Ings Antonio

        Got 1ft 0.2itb

        Cheers all

        1. Dexters Laboratory
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 13 days ago

          I'd personally wait until GW8 .. not too dissimilar to my team and that's what I'm looking at doing

          1. Toby Lerone
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Yeah I'm thinking that myself tbh, just a tricky one this week, ings and Torres stand out as a transfer out this week

      • tricpic
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Any news on Rapinha or Trent fitness yet?

      • FOO FIGHTER
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        City concede

      • Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Wycombe goal!!!

      • jackruet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 13 days ago

        City clean sheet gone

      • Dexters Laboratory
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Sanchez Steele
        TAA Shaw White Ayling Tsmikas
        Salah Greenwood Torres Benrahma Brownhill
        Ronaldo Toney Antonio

        2ft 1m ITB

        A) Torres to Sarr, Save 2nd ft
        B) Anyone got any better idea? Help appreciated

      • Optimus.
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Wycombe one

        1. Optimus.
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Faithless classic

      • SADIO SANÉ
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Pep out

      • Redhawk
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Is Thiago Silva nailed?

        1. GreennRed
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          No. Rotates with Christensen.

        2. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Not at all

        3. CMIUK (Catch Me If U Kane)
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          No

        4. Fulchester's New Centr…
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Not the Chelsea def you are looking for

        5. Bertonian
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 13 days ago

          He’s 37 so will be rotated

        6. Thinkering like a Boss
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Just go with Rudiger

      • el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Only 2 guys on scoutcast ?
        I guess; Mark, Andy & Az they all got their own little things going on...
        Don't even know who the other guy is (not Joe).

        1. Fulchester's New Centr…
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Gave up when Jonty became Joe myself

      • Maverick 11
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Is it crazy I’m thinking about transferring Lucas Digne this week for Ruben Dias? Since he has Norwich at home!

        1. Fulchester's New Centr…
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          This is probably not the week

        2. Hits from the Bong
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Not crazy, he’s always been a troll

        3. totaalvoetbal
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Keep this week

        4. Whatever100
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Yes on paper that’s a crazy move taking into account the opposite end of the spectrum fixtures. EVE couldn’t be easier and Man City couldn’t be harder.

      • Hits from the Bong
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        A. Shaw to Rudiger
        B. Shaw+Gray to James+Gallagher
        C. Something else

        Sanchez
        TAA Shaw Livramento
        Salah Raphina Benrahma Gray
        Ronaldo Lukaku Antonio

        Steele Duffy McArthur Williams

        1. Fulchester's New Centr…
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          A

          1. Hits from the Bong
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Cheers, leaning thy way. Over James?

            1. Fulchester's New Centr…
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              If he was all or nothing, might be worth it, but James get lots of cameos

        2. Bobby Digital
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          A if you must
          C. Roll a transfer

          1. Hits from the Bong
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Thanks, I do want to wait, but price rises…Would you do Shaw to Rudiger and Gray to Gallagher next week?

          2. totaalvoetbal
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Agree with this

        3. artvandelay316
            2 months, 13 days ago

            A

        4. artvandelay316
            2 months, 13 days ago

            My WC is active. So far I've got to:

            Sanchez
            TAA, VVD, Alonso, Rudiger
            Salah, Benrahma, Sarr
            Lukaku, Antonio, Bamford

            (Steele, Fornals, Livra, Allan)

            I know three Ham may be overkill, but with Raph and Bamford potentially injured I didn't want to risk 2 Leeds. Any changes needed or GTG?

            Cheers.

            1. Fulchester's New Centr…
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              MF looks a bit underpowered

              1. artvandelay316
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  I have TAA in midfield too. I did look at a more expensive midfielder but even downgrading VVD to a 4.5m def I couldn't find anyone who seemed worth the money. Any suggestions?

                  1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    Raph a steal at the price, Fornals to dear for 1st bench for me

                    1. artvandelay316
                        2 months, 13 days ago

                        I did think of Raph but I am worried about him and Bamford both as injury risks. If I got Raph in, I'd have to downgrade VVD to Cancelo or Dias. Do-able unless their prices rise, but I may have to wait for news on injuries before pulling the trigger.

                      • artvandelay316
                          2 months, 13 days ago

                          Thanks for the feedback, much-appreciated. Definitely some food for thought.

                  2. totaalvoetbal
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    Fornals a bit pricey for the bench

                    1. artvandelay316
                        2 months, 13 days ago

                        If Bam and/or TAA don't play he will come on. If I downgrade him to cheaper, who would you recommend and what should I spend the extra money on?

                        1. totaalvoetbal
                          • 2 Years
                          2 months, 13 days ago

                          I like 343, so downgrade 1 defender and upgrade 1 of the 6m mid spots to a mid price like mount or grealish

                          1. artvandelay316
                              2 months, 13 days ago

                              Ok will give this some thought and take a look at the midfield options again. Cheers for the suggestions.

                      • Whatever100
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 13 days ago

                        SOU have pretty decent defence now and Livra could be starter now which means VVD overkill and spend money elsewhere.

                        Don’t like Bamford either.

                        Also, the city defenders are not downgrades to VVD. If anything they are an upgrade (but cheaper (win, win))

                      • Yank Revolution
                        • 10 Years
                        2 months, 13 days ago

                        No need for VVD Alonso and Rudi. Pick one and upgrade MF/GK.

                    2. Nomar
                      • 12 Years
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      Now you score, Digne!

                      As a QPR fan I knew he'd do that tonight.

                      1. Whatever100
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 13 days ago

                        Yes I thought that after he got me that minus 1 at the weekend. Bound to troll me at the weekend too lol

                    3. Scholes Out For Summer
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      Digne scores to vindicate owners!

                      Wait…

                    4. Sun Jihai
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      Digne goal! Essential for FantasyEFLCup!

                    5. Thinkering like a Boss
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      Digne...captain gw6 for sure!!!.

                    6. jackruet
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      Foden playing amazing, so does de bruyne. Bye bye torres

                      1. Threat Level Midnight
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 13 days ago

                        Tough comp

                    7. SADIO SANÉ
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      Digne you mega troll haha

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

                      Thoughts on MUST. HAVES for GW6:

                      Antonio & Benrahma.

                      Why: It’s Leeds ....who have allowed a massive 62 shots in the box.

                      1. Firmino
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 13 days ago

                        Would you captain Antonio over Salah?

                        1. GreennRed
                          • 10 Years
                          2 months, 13 days ago

                          No.

                          1. FOO FIGHTER
                            • 2 Years
                            2 months, 13 days ago

                            Do you own Antonio?

                            1. GreennRed
                              • 10 Years
                              2 months, 13 days ago

                              I do.

                            2. StingRay
                              • 6 Years
                              2 months, 13 days ago

                              No l don’t own Antonio

                              Played my WC and took him out #regrets

                        2. StingRay
                          • 6 Years
                          2 months, 13 days ago

                          Yes ...

                      2. FOO FIGHTER
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 13 days ago

                        (A)ntonio

                      3. CMIUK (Catch Me If U Kane)
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 13 days ago

                        Digne scored a goal tonight and it's Norwich lol

                    9. Firmino
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      Digne need this on saturday!

                      1. Thinkering like a Boss
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 13 days ago

                        or another -1 pts 😀

                        1. Firmino
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          2 months, 13 days ago

                          Not funny

                          1. Thinkering like a Boss
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 13 days ago

                            Only Digne owners said "not funny" 🙂

                      2. Zim0
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 13 days ago

                        Soon to be 8 points from 6 matches 😛

                    10. Nomar
                      • 12 Years
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      Charlie Austin on fire!

                      QPR 2-1 Everton

                      1. Yank Revolution
                        • 10 Years
                        2 months, 13 days ago

                        Hell yeah, let's go R's!