Frisking the Fixtures

Who has the best fixtures at the start of the 2022/23 FPL season?

With the Premier League fixtures now released for 2022/23, we are able to assess which teams we should invest in and which we should avoid.

We have already taken a look at the top-flight teams with less favourable schedules, and now turn our attention to those sides with the best runs of opening fixtures on paper.

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 Season Ticker was updated almost immediately after the fixtures were released at 9am BST on Thursday, with the opening six Gameweeks sorted by difficulty below:

Who has the worst fixtures at the start of the 2022/23 FPL season? 2

Subscribers to Fantasy Football Scout can use this helpful tool to pick out the best and worst runs of matches for each club, sort by rotation pairings, use their own customised difficulty ratings and more.

You can see a tutorial on the Season Ticker below:


BEST FIXTURES

LIVERPOOL

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Liverpool are top of our Season Ticker in the first six Gameweeks of 2022/23.

The Reds only face one of last season’s top six in that time and it’s against a far-from convincing Manchester United in Gameweek 3.

Championship winners Fulham are first up for Jurgen Klopp’s side, and given that Mohamed Salah is traditionally a strong starter – he has scored in five successive opening-weekend matches – there’ll be few of us going without the Egyptian in our Fantasy Premier League (FPL) drafts.

Notably, it will be the fourth season in a row which Liverpool have started a new campaign against a Premier League newcomer.

SeasonGW1 fixtureScore
2019/20Norwich City (h)4-1
2020/21Leeds United (h)4-3
2021/22Norwich City (a)0-3
2022/23Fulham (a)?

Crystal Palace then follow, with another newly-promoted side Bournemouth, plus Newcastle United and Merseyside rivals Everton, to come in the first half-dozen Gameweeks.

MANCHESTER CITY

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Manchester City are the only Premier League team who avoid a ‘big six’ side in the first six Gameweeks.

The home clashes against Bournemouth, Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest in Gameweeks 2, 4 and 5 are particularly appealing, while it’s also worth noting that Pep Guardiola’s side netted a combined eight goals against their first three away opponents in the corresponding fixtures last season.

That opening run suggests Erling Haaland’s ownership in FPL will be sizeable on the opening weekend.

The Norwegian hitman arrives on the back of 49 goals and 13 assists in 52 Bundesliga appearances for Borussia Dortmund over the last two seasons, and when paired with Salah, provides an appealing captaincy rotation.

Gameweeks 7-14 are less appealing, but City assets along with Liverpool tend to be fixture-proof regardless.

READ MORE: FPL new signings: Can Erling Haaland be a success at Man City?

ARSENAL

Zaha misses out as Palace face attacking Arsenal XI: FPL Gameweek 8 team news

Arsenal have arguably the most-appealing first five fixtures on paper and, indeed, sit top of our Season Ticker in that period.

The Gunners face two newly-promoted outfits – Bournemouth and Fulham – with Crystal Palace, Leicester City and Aston Villa their other opponents.

However, Mikel Arteta’s side rather stuttered over the finish line at the end of 2021/22, missing out on a Champions League qualification spot. The downside to that is that they will be in UEFA Europa League action, which means they will have to get used to a demanding Thursday-Sunday turnaround between matches.

It’s also worth noting that much tougher tasks await, with the October schedule particularly fierce as they face north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Manchester City, plus Leeds United, all in the space of 18 days.

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS

Antonio the most-sold FPL player of Gameweek 13 as budget defender Ait-Nouri impresses 3

Wolverhampton Wanderers have arguably the most appealing sequence of games among the teams that finished outside of the top five last season.

Granted, there is a tricky meeting with Tottenham Hotspur in Gameweek 3, but two matches against newly-promoted sides plus Leeds, Newcastle and Southampton in the first half-dozen games suggests Bruno Lage’s men can start strongly.

And that has the potential to throw up one or two budget gems, like Rayan Ait-Nouri and Pedro Neto.

However, Wolves’ end-of-season form is a concern – in their final 14 games, they suffered nine defeats and only picked up 11 points – while owners of their assets will need to move them on in Gameweek 7, when they face successive matches against Liverpool, Man City, West Ham United and Chelsea.

ALSO CONSIDER

Salah benched + Robertson 'rested' as Liverpool edge past Villa 3

Aston Villa (bou | EVE | cry | WHU | ars | MCI) assets will be in demand in the first three Gameweeks, with their run of Bournemouth, Everton and Crystal Palace arguably the best in the division.

Beyond that, though, things stiffen up considerably, as they did in 2021/22.

The Villans meet four of last season’s top eight between Gameweeks 4-7, which includes clashes against West Ham, Arsenal, Man City and Leicester.

Steven Gerrard will be hoping new defensive acquisitions Diego Carlos and Boubacar Kamara can help tighten them up, but Gameweek 4 seems like a good time to hop off their assets regardless.

Brentford (lei | MUN | ful | EVE | cry | LEE), meanwhile, have the opposite problem: their opening schedule isn’t great but a fixture swing in Gameweek 3 will see them rise up the ticker.

And that might be enough for some FPL managers to pick Ivan Toney, given the fact that many appealing budget/mid-price forwards have been handed tricky opening schedules.

Chelsea (eve | TOT | lee | LEI | sou | WHU) warrant a mention, particularly for their away matches, given that a trip to Fulham follows in Gameweek 7, while Brighton and Hove Albion (mun | NEW | whu | LEE | ful | LEI) sit top of our Season Ticker between Gameweeks 2-8, raising interest in the likes of Robert Sanchez and Leandro Trossard.

Also, a final word on Everton (CHE | avl | NFO | bre | lee | LIV) who have a nice run between Gameweeks 3-5, but do have some tricky fixtures either side against Chelsea and Liverpool, hence not featuring more prominently.


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276 Comments Post a Comment
  1. KeanosMagic
      11 days, 22 hours ago

      The higher the frequency of players names in forums like this, the higher the starting price....

      1. POTATO
        • 2 Years
        11 days, 22 hours ago

        Firpo Firpo Firpo Firpo Firpo Firpo Firpo Firpo
        Firpo Firpo Firpo Firpo Firpo Firpo Firpo Firpo

        1. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          11 days, 21 hours ago

          +1 to price.

      2. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        11 days, 22 hours ago

        Haaland will be 14.0m then 😆

        If he's is above 12.0m i think I'll just stick to the tried and tested FPL titans Salah and Son. Probably the sensible thing to do anyway... lots of unkowns with Haaland.

        1. Zim0
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          11 days, 17 hours ago

          True true. I'll just buy Son as well if he's cheaper than Haaland

    • Inazuma X1
      • 4 Years
      11 days, 22 hours ago

      With Chelsea losing half their defence and Spurs 2nd season with Conte, can they both keep 15-20 clean sheets??

      1. Holmes
        • 8 Years
        11 days, 22 hours ago

        both combined? yes.

        1. Inazuma X1
          • 4 Years
          11 days, 22 hours ago

          Not.combined lol

      2. The Mentaculus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        11 days, 22 hours ago

        Spurs yeah I think so - I'd guess 16-17. Chelsea I imagine dipping down to 12-13

      3. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        11 days, 22 hours ago

        Depends on signings. I'm sure Chelsea will spend.

        What's Perisic like defensively? Is Spence the finished article, or one to develop?

        1. TheBiffas
          • 1 Year
          11 days, 21 hours ago

          Jedd is star quality

          1. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            11 days, 20 hours ago

            He's on the other side. Sess challenges for Perisic's spot.

      4. Camino Aleatorio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 days ago

        I wonder how Chelsea adjusts and adapts.

        They have dozens of players out on Loan and good players they don't use like Sarr and Chalobah.

        They could sign much better players than Christiansen. Rudi is not easy to replace, too good. But a more disciplined player can replace him. Rudi was out of position frequently. That's why Chelsea would dominate and still lose the clean sheet. Not because of Rudi entirely, but as an overall undisciplined defensive team.

        Still want Chilwell and James in my FPL team.

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          7 days, 23 hours ago

          They're shaking up their first team front (Sterling, striker) and back. I'm happy to wait and see how they settle, even though their opening fixtures are decent. In my draft, I've just got Kovacic as a 5th midfielder.

    • el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 days, 22 hours ago

      How old is Perisic ?
      Without checking it feels like he's been around for ages and is quite old now.
      People talking about him a lot round here, dissapointment incoming.

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        11 days, 21 hours ago

        33

        1. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          11 days, 21 hours ago

          Why the hype then ?
          New to PL at 33, might struggle.

      2. No Professionals
        • 4 Years
        11 days, 21 hours ago

        33. I got the answer by typing 2 words rather than 29 😉

        but yes, it's pretty old to be a wing back in the prem, can't see him playing week in week out.

        1. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          11 days, 21 hours ago

          Wanted to highlight my concern rather than give people answer on the plate 🙂

          Personally I don't see his appeal.

          1. No Professionals
            • 4 Years
            11 days, 21 hours ago

            he's clearly a class player (more from what I've seen from international football), but the pace in italy is slower, can see him struggling at wingback. Although Doherty did ok in Conte's system, so maybe it will work.

          2. Giggs Boson
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            11 days, 21 hours ago

            He was a winger for most of his career, and a very good one! So if he's classified as a defender he might be a very strong FPL asset whilst Spurs only play 1 game a week. Should get attacking returns whilst feeding Son and Kane.

            As soon the schedule gets congested, that's when you offload. But he should he able to manage one game a week, surely?

      3. Exxtreme
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        11 days, 16 hours ago

        He's Croatian. Stubborn and annoying, he might do well.

    • Inazuma X1
      • 4 Years
      11 days, 21 hours ago

      Biggest dilemma is Son or Haaland

      1. Bavarian
        • 4 Years
        11 days, 21 hours ago

        Both

      2. Ooh Ah Cantona
        • 1 Year
        11 days, 21 hours ago

        Haaland isnt nailed.
        Son is nailed.

      3. CAVEAT KING
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        11 days, 20 hours ago

        Son is my 1st name. The others not sure about yet.

      4. Stimps
        • 8 Years
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        I'll be going Haaland and Kulu

    • Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      11 days, 21 hours ago

      After my first tinkers on Live FPL, it’s obvious how tight our budget will be this season.

      Even a No Salah draft becomes tricky to squeeze in enough City/Pool.

      I like it.

    • Babit1967
      • 6 Years
      11 days, 21 hours ago

      Non premium Man City attacker, who do you think might have a great season?

      For those of you going with Salah & Son/Kane as your premiums, do you think Foden, Mahrez or Silva could be the one to have?

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        11 days, 20 hours ago

        All the non-premium minds and forwards will be heavily rotated.

        1. Babit1967
          • 6 Years
          11 days, 17 hours ago

          Yeah I know just doesn’t feel right not having a City attacker tho

    • CAVEAT KING
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      11 days, 21 hours ago

      Considering the transfer news we are getting and fixtures being released, who are your first choice:
      Goalkeepers
      Defenders
      Mids
      Forwards.
      I am leaning towards:
      Raya
      Robbo
      Son
      Jesus.

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        11 days, 20 hours ago

        Alisson
        3 premiums from Liverpool and City, 2 rotations
        5 starters, no one nailed yet
        Haaland, 2 cheapies

        1. CAVEAT KING
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          11 days, 20 hours ago

          I like the Alisson pick. Assured points at 6 mil.

          1. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            11 days, 20 hours ago

            It's also because I expect the nailed defenders to be too expensive to own more than one.

            1. No Professionals
              • 4 Years
              11 days, 20 hours ago

              but does a 4.5 keeper (say Sanchez) and a 6.0 defender (say Chilwell) score more points than Alison and a 4.5?

              tricky.

              1. Andy_Social
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                11 days, 20 hours ago

                A very valid point. My wider thinking is this - in defence, including goalkeeper, I want 4 from City and Liverpool. I'm going with TAA and Cancelo, so after that I need to be a little cost-conscious, so I'm looking at the cheapest from Robbo, VVD, Alisson, Ederson, Dias and Laporte. I feel I have a potential 4.5/5m rotation for the other 2 defender spots that would bring more points than a 4.5 keeper.
                Basically, I try to look at my whole squad structure, rather than just think 'A or B'.

                1. No Professionals
                  • 4 Years
                  11 days, 20 hours ago

                  yeah. Also the fact that the people that do well so often (in terms of FPL managers) don't seem to go premium goalkeeper suggests it's not an optimal use of funds.

                  1. RedLightning
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    • 11 Years
                    11 days, 20 hours ago

                    It is true that FPL Managers who regularly do well don't normally go for premium goalkeepers at the start of the season, but I have in the past sometimes seen early leaders who even rotate two premium goalkeepers, such as those from City and United (when United used to have a strong defence).

                    But there are very few premium goalkeepers that provide good value, and they are often from top teams that we may want to include three outfield players from.

                    1. Jambot
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      11 days, 19 hours ago

                      There are some very rare exceptions to starting with one premium keeper. You really shouldn’t ever start with two you’d be benching 1.5M of usuable funds on a goalkeeper you aren’t even getting points from every week and using multiple transfers to fix it and redistribute funds. It’s just not sensible

                    2. Andy_Social
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      11 days, 19 hours ago

                      Last season I'd have TAA and another defender, or one defender, Salah and Jota. This season I think we'll be priced out of those structures, hence my assumption that one defender and one further up the pitch is as much as I'll be able to afford.

        2. adstomko
          • 6 Years
          11 days, 20 hours ago

          Tempted to go with 3 LIV defenders (Trent, Van Dijk, Robertson) for the whole season. Think City & Spurs will rotate a lot, Chelsea need to gel

          1. CAVEAT KING
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            11 days, 20 hours ago

            Matip instead of VVD?

            1. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              11 days, 19 hours ago

              He was brilliant for me last season, but I think Kounate will be challenging him this time.

              1. CAVEAT KING
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                11 days, 19 hours ago

                Maybe. In my view, Matip was Pool's best defender if the noise is ignored.

                1. Andy_Social
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  11 days, 19 hours ago

                  If I was confident he's nailed, I'd be all over him instead of Alisson. I need security though. Pre-season might illuminate some.

          2. Nomar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            11 days, 20 hours ago

            I think reality will hit when the prices come up for the players and 3 premium defenders plus 2 prem attackers pretty much leaves you with no money to buy anyone else decent for the other 10 spaces you need to fill.

            1. CAVEAT KING
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              11 days, 19 hours ago

              Overdoing premiums never seems to work. A premium should be a captain pick. Outside of this its points per million as a simple look at.
              So many times last season the likes of Matip, Tireney, Bowen etc saved my. The likes of not having Ramsdale hurt me.
              2 premiums at the start is the limit I think. The structure almost forces people to have 1 keeper + bench, 4 defenders + bench. 5 mids with fodder and 2 attackers as if only one there is no sub to take his place.
              Maybe 1 premium will work out when we move forward. Value is in the backs; even at 8 mil.

              1. Andy_Social
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                11 days, 19 hours ago

                I'm going with one 10m+ premium (Haaland), No Salah, no Son. Next most expensive is likely to be Diaz. Another reason not to go overboard on premiums is that in this congested WC season, there will be a lot of rotation and if your star man is rested, you don't want to put out a load of wallies. In my current draft, my cheapest midfielder will be 6m. It's about spreading your load.

                1. Nomar
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 12 Years
                  11 days, 19 hours ago

                  Which is all well and good, but my guess is that 6m will get you nothing in terms of decent mids.

                  When I say premium defenders I mean Liv, Che and Man City defs. I think it is going to be hard to have 1 of each because of the way the pricing structure is likely to be now.

                  I could be wrong, but at the moment I'm anticipating that most of the players I had last year aren't going to be possible this year once I've decided which one of Salah or Haaland I'm going to have.

                  1. Andy_Social
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    11 days, 19 hours ago

                    In my draft, I have 4 players I finished with last season, and one of those is Gelhardt for the bench. It stands to reason the successful ones from last season will be more expensive.

                  2. CAVEAT KING
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    11 days, 19 hours ago

                    There will always be a mid coming out of the woodwork. Getting 2 premiums may hurt but money spent on defenders was the way to go last season. Is, if not captaining a 12.5 and a 5.5 mil better than two 8 mil players?

                    1. Andy_Social
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      11 days, 19 hours ago

                      Is Haaland not enough? With Diaz as vc and occasional captain.

                      1. The Mentaculus
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        11 days, 19 hours ago

                        You can also cap your premium defenders. They get ignored by some but Trent/Robbo/Cancelo are perfectly valid captaincy candidates

                        1. Andy_Social
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          11 days, 18 hours ago

                          In theory. I noted in the recent article about the top players last season, every time they captained a defender, it didn't work out. Never has for me either.

                      2. CAVEAT KING
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        11 days, 18 hours ago

                        Could be but if he fails? (injury/rotation etc) i would choose the tried and tested in GW1 IMO

                2. CAVEAT KING
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  11 days, 19 hours ago

                  My take on it too. We don't even know what the cold weather brings in terms of Covid too.

            2. RedLightning
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              11 days, 19 hours ago

              In 2018-19 I started with four premium defenders (Robertson 6.0, Alonso 6.5, Walker 6.5, Mendy 6.0) and also had Salah 13.0, Aguero 11.0 and Mane 9.5 in a 3-4-3 formation, and was in the top thousand from GW2 to GW4 (the only weeks I have ever spent in the top thousand).
              So it was possible at the start of that season to include three or more premium defenders and two premium attackers in a strong squad.
              With TAA, Robertson and Cancelo now all costing 7.0 or more though, this is now far more difficult and may not still be realistically possible.

              1. CAVEAT KING
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                11 days, 19 hours ago

                The truth comes out after the game has started, but outside captaincy, points per mil is fairly important.

    • Baines on Toast...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      11 days, 20 hours ago

      Finding early drafts tough. City and Spurs GW1 fixtures being reversed would make it a lot easier!

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 5 Years
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        How are guys doing drafts without prices?

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          11 days, 19 hours ago

          Camzy and fpllive have very plauible guesstimates.

        2. Holmes
          • 8 Years
          11 days, 19 hours ago

          predicting players price and then predicting their FPL drafts 😀

          1. Nomar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            11 days, 19 hours ago

            Like mentally spending your annual bonus before you get it and then when you do get it you realise most of the things on your wishlist are now unaffordable.

            1. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              11 days, 19 hours ago

              We'll see. I'm enjoying tinkering anyway.

        3. Brimble82
          • 3 Years
          11 days, 18 hours ago

          Ragabolly has pulled yet another blinder on LiveFPL too:
          https://www.livefpl.net/myteam/1

          Though his pricing is a bit more conservative than Camzy's - which I think is closer to the money.

          I'm looking forward to finding out that the team I have 'perfected' is actually £1.5m short.
          And the bench of pure unadulterated fodder has zero fat to give!

          1. FPL Insanity
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            11 days, 18 hours ago

            Where can I see Camzy's pricings?

            1. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              11 days, 17 hours ago

              Hot Topics

    • DavidBW
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      11 days, 20 hours ago

      Looking like Arsenal will be signing Vieira and Jesus in the coming week, Tielemans to follow.

      Looking like a good window so far if these all come in.

      1. Holmes
        • 8 Years
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        oh, finally you are looking happy...

        1. DavidBW
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          11 days, 19 hours ago

          Yes I am

    • Sloths
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Hey guys!

      How long will it take until we can tinker with our new teams? 🙂

      1. Holmes
        • 8 Years
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        maybe in july

      2. CAVEAT KING
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        11 days, 18 hours ago

        Before Aug 5th (smile)

    • Waddlinho
      • 2 Years
      11 days, 17 hours ago

      I think memories from the last season fool us a bit right now. Because no premium forward performed well for a long time, it was suddenly easy to go both big at the back AND have two premiums at the midfield. By the time Kane started to find the goal, team values had already gone so up that you were able to have TAA, Cancelo, Salah, Son and Kane without sacrificing the team balance.

      It will be a different ball game this season. It will become clear as soon as the prices are revealed.