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 shorter and 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

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

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Next six: LEE | bur | BRE | NOR | bha | lei

Despite a disappointing start to the season, Tottenham Hotspur now have an opportunity to kick-on under new boss Antonio Conte, with a favourable schedule from Gameweek 12 right through until the New Year.

The immediate set of fixtures look particularly appealing, too, as they sit top of our Season Ticker for ease of fixture over the next six Gameweeks.

Following their goalless draw at Goodison Park on Sunday, Spurs now face Leeds United (h), Burnley (a), plus newly promoted Brentford (h) and Norwich City (h) before Gameweek 16. Notably, three of those opponents rank in the bottom five for expected goals conceded (xGC) this season, which promotes their attacking assets, including Son Heung-min (10.3m) and Harry Kane (£12.2m). Neither player has returned a goal since mid-October, but fixtures often dictate form, with their Gameweek 8 matchup at Newcastle United a prime example of that theory, when both players found the back of the net and returned nine and 12 Fantasy Premier League (FPL) points respectively.

At the back, it’s highly likely that the wing-backs will emerge as the go-to defensive options, with Sergio Reguilon’s (£5.0m) recent quotes about arriving in the box to help the strikers particularly encouraging for those looking to move early.

BURNLEY

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Next six: CRY | TOT | wol | new | WHU | WAT

While Burnley struggled during the opening weeks of the season, losing four of their first five matches, they have since lost just one in six. 

That run has seen them beat Brentford and take points off Chelsea and Leicester City, which does suggest that they might be worth another look ahead of a favourable run of fixtures.

Admittedly, the in-form Crystal Palace (h), Tottenham Hotspur (h) and Wolverhampton Wanderers (a) won’t be straightforward, but appealing matches against Newcastle United (a), Watford (h) and Aston Villa (a) follow, while it’s also worth noting that five of their next seven opponents currently sit in the bottom half for non-penalty expected goals (non-pen xG).

That suggests budget defender Matthew Lowton (£4.4m) could perhaps be a useful squad player, while further forward, Maxwel Cornet (£6.0m) has already netted four goals in six appearances and notably clocked 87 minutes at Stamford Bridge last time out, having been withdrawn early in the majority of his other league outings. A lack of in-form forwards could also promote Chris Wood (£6.7m) as a differential option. The New Zealander netted just his second goal of the season against Brentford in Gameweek 10, but has hit double-figures for goals in his four previous top-flight campaigns.

CRYSTAL PALACE

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Next six: bur | AVL | lee | mun | EVE | SOU

Over the next six Gameweeks, Crystal Palace rank ninth on our Season Ticker for ease of fixture. However, if we open the schedule up right through until Gameweek 20, Patrick Vieira’s side jump to third, with an excellent run of fixtures which sees them take on Watford (a) and Norwich City (h) in addition to the above before the end of the year. In fact, the Eagles take on only one side currently nestled in the top-half of the table in their next nine matches.

Despite their tricky opening to the season, Palace sit an excellent second for expected goals conceded (xGC) in 2021/22, which suggests investing in one of their defensive assets could be a shrewd move.  Vicente Guaita (£4.5m) deserves a mention as a budget goalkeeper for those FPL managers perhaps looking to sell Robert Sanchez (£4.6m), while there is bonus points potential for Marc Guehi (£4.5m). However, Tyrick Mitchell (£4.5m) may be the best option of all, who we covered as a differential prospect prior to Saturday’s 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Further forward, Conor Gallagher (£5.8m) – who is top for transfers in ahead of Gameweek 12 – is both Palace’s leading shot-taker and chance creator, while Wilfried Zaha (£7.0m) has five attacking returns in his last six starts. Elsewhere, Odsonne Edouard (£6.5m) is another intriguing differential, though he has been played out on the left flank in the last three Gameweeks, diminishing his goal threat somewhat.

LIVERPOOL

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Next six: ARS | SOU | eve | wol | AVL | NEW

Despite seeing their 25-game unbeaten run come to an end on Sunday, Liverpool have made a solid start to the current campaign, with six wins, four draws and one defeat so far.

Now, they are about to embark on a run of fixtures which includes four Anfield encounters in their next six, against Arsenal, Southampton, Aston Villa and Newcastle United, plus away trips to Merseyside rivals Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers. 

Defensively, the Reds have conceded just 11 goals in their 11 league games to date, which has included six clean sheets, though it’s debatable whether or not further investment is required beyond Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.7m).

However, their attacking form has been nothing short of elite, as Jurgen Klopp’s side sit top for goals scored (31), attempts (215), shots in the box (146) and efforts on target (71) this season. That suggests adding Diogo Jota (£7.5m) to Mohamed Salah (£13.0m) in our midfield set-ups could be a wise move, in light of Roberto Firmino’s (£8.8m) hamstring injury that could see him miss over four weeks.

MANCHESTER UNITED

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Next six: wat | che | ARS | CRY | nor | bre

Manchester United are hardly firing on all cylinders right now, with a 3-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur in Gameweek 10 papering over the cracks which were all too evident in their recent losses to Manchester City, Liverpool and Leicester City.

However, their fixtures between now and the end of the year are about as good as it gets, with matches against Watford (a), Norwich City (a), Brentford (a), Newcastle United (a) and Burnley (h) before we enter January. 

There is, of course, an argument to hold off on investing till Gameweek 15, once Chelsea (a) and an in-form Arsenal (h) are out of the way, but with a trip to Vicarage Road up next after the international break, it’s no surprise to see them rank fourth (and third defensively) on our Season Ticker over the next six matches.

In terms of personnel, it’s hard to get too excited about any of their defenders right now, but popular pre-season pick Luke Shaw has now dropped to £5.2m and been deployed as a wing-back in recent matches. Further forward, things get a little more interesting, with Marcus Rashford (£9.4m) returning to fitness, Bruno Fernandes (£11.7m) ticking over with three assists in his last five, and of course, the world class talent of Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.4m) leading the line. For those investing in Kane, a switch to the Portuguese forward in Gameweek 16 looks like a sound strategy.

NEWCASTLE UNITED

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Next six: BRE | ars | NOR | BUR | lei | liv

Eddie Howe’s appointment as Newcastle United head coach has coincided with an appealing set of forthcoming fixtures, as the Magpies sit second on our Season Ticker over the next four Gameweeks.

Newly-promoted Brentford and Norwich City are up next at St James’ Park, followed by Burnley, with a trip to Arsenal the only red blob in sight.

The Toon Army’s form has been nothing short of abysmal so far, as they are now the only Premier League team without a win, but those three home games detailed above do feel like a golden opportunity to kickstart the Howe era.

Given the new coaches “we love to attack, be front foot, play with speed” quotes from his opening press conference, Callum Wilson (£7.3m) could offer real value, especially given the dearth of in-form FPL forwards elsewhere. Aside from that, options look thin, though if deployed out-of-position, Matt Ritchie (£4.9m) has the potential to do well.

ALSO CONSIDER…

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Sitting top of our Season Ticker over the next six Gameweeks, at least from an attacking perspective, are Premier League newcomers Brentford (new | EVE | tot | lee | WAT | MUN).

During that time, The Bees take on Newcastle United (a), Leeds United (a) and Watford (h), all of whom rank near the bottom for non-pen xGC.

However, patience is understandably wearing a little thin for FPL managers, who have seen Bryan Mbeumo (£5.6m) and Ivan Toney (£6.7m) fail to bag a single attacking return between them over the last four Gameweeks. 

The question is: have the wheels completely come off, or can they get back on track in the coming weeks? Looking at their short-term numbers from Gameweeks 8 to 11, there isn’t a lot wrong in an attacking sense, as they comfortably rank in the top five for goal attempts, shots in the box and efforts on target.

Eddie Howe’s first interview, where he hinted that his Newcastle United team would play on the front-foot and attack, also suggests that Mbeumo and Toney may be worth holding onto, at least for one more week.

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Finally, we should really give Manchester City (EVE | WHU | avl | wat | WOL | LEE) a mention, too, and it goes without saying that their assets are worthy of investment, with Joao Cancelo (£6.5m) posting elite all-round numbers, and the likes of Phil Foden (£8.3m) and Gabriel Jesus (£8.7m) impressing further forward.

The latter, notably, has now made nine of Pep Guardiola’s Premier League starting XI’s in 2021/22, only missing the opening day defeat at Tottenham Hotspur and Gameweek 8 visit of Burnley, having arrived back late from international duty.

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217 Comments Post a Comment
  1. dshv
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 17 days ago

    Vardy mbeumo

    1. Son wilson
    2. Kane galagher

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 17 days ago

      1

    2. SuperG
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 17 days ago

      2 by a distance.

    3. Don Van Vliet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 17 days ago

      1

    4. jackruet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 months, 17 days ago

      Son gallagher

    5. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 17 days ago

      2

    6. Finding Timo
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 17 days ago

      1

    7. im1974
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 17 days ago

      2. Don’t get the Wilson love. Newcastle were sh*t & will still be sh*t

      1. have you seen cyan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 17 days ago

        Wilson is a canny pick for certain, he is always a thorn in my side at some point of the season. Should have scored last game if it wasnt for the Sanchez dirty cheating

  2. sirmorbach
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 17 days ago

    Friends, a little help here please:

    Ramsdale, Foster
    TAA, Cancelo, Chilwell, Dias, Livramento
    Salah, Foden, Raphinha, Mbeumo, Luiz
    Vardy, Antonio, Toney

    Plan is to use my 2 free transfers and do Vardy-Wilson/Jimi, Mbeumo-Gallagher/ESR/Jota. Three questions:

    1. Good transfers?
    2. Who to pick among them?
    2. Do it now or wait until closer to deadline?

    1. jackruet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 months, 17 days ago

      Vardy has good fixtures after chelsea
      Gallagher/esr/jota
      Wait

    2. Water_Pink
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 17 days ago

      Wait until after the IB

  3. The Royal Robin
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 17 days ago

    A) Toney/Jimenez > Kane
    B) Gray > Son

    1. SuperG
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 17 days ago

      Gray is a busted flush.

      Could you do A above abs then swap Gray to Gall or ESR?

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 17 days ago

      B

  4. have you seen cyan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 17 days ago

    I have to come clean, last GW I seemed to lose my sanity for a brief moment and on the Saturday night before Spurs played, I took a -16 and did these moves...

    Mount, Saka, Auba, Hwang, Williams & Doucoure > Jota, Reg, Kane, Broja, Normann & Brownhill

    So my current team is now:

    Ramsdale
    TAA - Chilwell - Reg - Livra - Cancelo
    Jota - Salah - Raph
    Kane - Vardy

    Foster, Broja, Normann, Brownhill

    I had to change those bench players, I had so much cash tied up in my bench (I was benching one of Cancello, Mount or Saka each week) and had an injured Doucoure.

    After seeing Spurs play on the Sunday I realsied this was possibly a big mistake, but still I accept the Leeds game to be a thriller.
    Thoughts? I have free hit so could use that, or accept what I did and move on

    1. Gandalf
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 17 days ago

      If taking that many hits, surprised you ended up with no Son and Vardy

      1. have you seen cyan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 17 days ago

        Prefer Kane over Son at this time, much more risky though.
        Vardy well, Hwang and Auba really havent inspired me recently. Vardy hasnt done much last 3, but I think he still has some points left in him.

  5. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 17 days ago

    Evening all!!! Which two would you start out of these four??!!

    A- Toney
    B- Mbeumo
    C- ESR
    D- Livramento

    Many thanks!!!

    1. Don Van Vliet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 17 days ago

      B & D

    2. FITZ-G
        7 months, 17 days ago

        B and D probably but tough one. C comes close because Liverpool haven’t exactly been keeping a lot of clean sheets recently.

        1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 17 days ago

          Yeah very close mate!! I’ve back and forth, currently starting Toney and Mbeumo but I’m sure Livramento will make it into the starting line up

      • premierleaguesgreatestevert…
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 17 days ago

        A D Newcastle will be wide open under Howe

    3. FITZ-G
        7 months, 17 days ago

        HELP PLEASE!!
        2 FT
        Rudiger ——> James or TAA (Already have Chillwell)
        &
        Townsend ——> Gallagher or Jota

        Thanks In advance : )

        1. jackruet
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          7 months, 17 days ago

          Trent
          Gallagher

          1. FITZ-G
              7 months, 17 days ago

              Thanks for the advice. Appreciate it.

          2. Don Van Vliet
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            7 months, 17 days ago

            TAA
            &
            Depends on the rest of your squad and future plans -- Gallagher would leave a nice nugget in the bank.

            1. FITZ-G
                7 months, 17 days ago

                Thanks a lot. TAA —-> Gallagher would leave me with no money ITB. Rudiger to James and Townsend to Gallagher would leave with more than a nugget ITB so not sure. By the looks of it yourself and one other suggesting Rudiger to TAA so leaning toward than now.

                1. Don Van Vliet
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  7 months, 17 days ago

                  James will most likely succumb to rotation over the Christmas period, and having missed his recent hauls it feels like you might be chasing points with him (plus you have Chilwell). Trent appeals more, given his nailed-on status and proven consistent returns over a number of seasons now.

                  Not sold on Jota. Could capitalise on Firmino's absence or -- similarly -- could fluff his lines much like his last understudy call-up. Gallagher appearing central to Vieira's plans, and also has tasty long-term fixtures.

                  1. FITZ-G
                      7 months, 17 days ago

                      Sold it to me. Really appreciate your help as needed to make my moves tonight due to predicted price rises. Thanks a lot.

              • premierleaguesgreatestevert…
                • 2 Years
                7 months, 17 days ago

                TAA Gallagher

                1. FITZ-G
                    7 months, 17 days ago

                    Thanks a lot. That seem to be the consensus here. Appreciate the response : )

              • premierleaguesgreatestevert…
                • 2 Years
                7 months, 17 days ago

                Chilwell or James?

                1. FITZ-G
                    7 months, 17 days ago

                    James seen to be in the best current attacking form however Chillwell is due something and potentially more secure over the Christmas period, with Alonso his only really competitor. James has Azpi and Hudson who can take up his position. Saying that i believe both will get at least one rest over that period so James might be worth the risk if you got decent bench cover.

                    1. premierleaguesgreatestevert…
                      • 2 Years
                      7 months, 17 days ago

                      Thanks! It's a tough call

                      1. FITZ-G
                          7 months, 17 days ago

                          Put it this way.. If I didn’t have Chillwell and I was transferring one in, I would probably go for James due to his current form and attacking positions he's taking up and also he’s 0.1 cheaper which may come in handy for future transfers.