FPL Fixtures To Target (Part 2)

A cursory glance at each team’s best or most interesting block of fixtures during the season.

Part 1 can be found here https://fplconnect.blog/2020/08/21/fpl-fixtures-to-target-part-1/

Liverpool GW 9-18

Fixtures aren’t as important when it comes to Liverpool players and will only really decide whether you have 2 or 3 of their players at any given time.

In this 10 game run we will surely want 3 and there is serious points potential in all areas.

We know all the usual suspects here but keep an eye on Rhian Brewster’s movements. He’s started pre season in goal scoring form and a playing 4.5 forward will do wonders for our squad budgets and structure.

Man City GW 10-20

Another team where we are willing to absorb any tricky runs of fixtures to enjoy the spoils on either side of them. The blank in GW 1 is a headache and something we will all have to have a plan to deal with.

Kun Aguero is interesting at a career low FPL price. Mahrez remains at 8.5 despite 25 attacking returns and Foden could enjoy a breakthrough season which makes a mockery of his 6.5 starting price.

A chance of points galore or to be bed ridden by a heavy dose of Pep roulette?

Note that Liverpool & Citys best runs overlap a lot. A GW 9-10 wildcard any one?

Man Utd GW 23-37

There is an argument that this could be GWs 2-11 but I slightly prefer their end of season run.

This block gives us 6/11 home games which are Burnley, Fulham, WBA, Newcastle, Brighton & Palace.

Utd’s top performers have received price hikes and several of them, positional changes. Selecting the right couple of their assets for this run and in general over the season will prove pivotal.

Newcastle GW 10-14

This is the fixture run that dreams are made of. All 3 promoted teams as well as relegation candidates Palace and Villa. It’s a pity Newcastle don’t have too many prospects that set the pulse racing.

Allan Saint-Maximin is already proving to be the budget midfielder of choice (18%TSB) and I couldn’t put anyone off the jet heeled Magpies winger. He was involved in 21% of their goals despite playing just over 50% of their league minutes last season.

Sheffield Utd GW 9-18

It is all about defenders when it comes to The Blades and in this run they play 6/10 of the lowest scoring teams from last season (discounting themselves).

Southampton GW 1-8

The Saints finished the season strongly losing just 1/9 league games. Their opening run gives them a great chance to pick up where they left off.

Soton only conceded 8 goals in 9 games since restart and Alex McCarthy and Kyle Walker Peters could prove great value at 4.5.

Che Adams only scored 4 goals last season but they were all since the restart and the 6.0 forward showed that he was finding his feet in the Premier League.

If Danny Ings can have another injury free season then 8.5 could prove to be value despite the serious price hike. His 7 goals since restart were only matched by Harry Kane among his fellow forwards. Think of it this way, Ings scored more last year than Firmino has in 2 seasons and is 1 million cheaper.

Spurs GW 1-8

While Spurs style of football will make many wary their results since the restart were solid. 5 wins, 3 draws and a single loss in 9 helped them to 6th place and European football.

Their opening 4 home games look ripe for some FPL points as Everton, Newcastle, West Ham and Brighton visit The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Be wary though as a busy Europa league campaign has to also be taken into account.

Ben Davies 5.0 started every game since restart helping Spurs to 4 clean sheets. His attacking threat has diminished over the last couple of seasons but it may be worth taking a look for defensive returns alone in this run.

Son had his most prolific season for Spurs in terms of attacking returns yet comes in at 0.5 cheaper than last year. Kane is also the cheapest he has been in 4 seasons and finished the season with 5 goals in his final 3 games.

They may well be under priced but they are also conveniently priced. Both can be effective place holders for Utd and City players any time after GW 1.

West Brom GW 25-29

I don’t think there is a such thing as a nice run of fixtures for newly promoted WBA. This is the best I can offer you with 3/5 home games and all against teams that finished 10th or below.

They are very much a wait and see for me with Sam Johnstone and Matheus Pereira the only ones on my watch list for now.

West Ham Utd GW 8-23

A rough start has tempered all enthusiasm for West Ham assets early doors.

However, from GW 8 they go on a run of 16 games that sees them play Fulham x 2, Villa x 2, Palace x 2. They do play 3 of last season’s top 4 but the favourable fixtures far outweigh the bad.

All eyes will be on Ben Johnson in pre season to see if a precious 4.0 playing defender emerges.

Soucek, Bowen and Antonio will all be popular and I expect more from record signing Haller who never got going last season. All priced 6.5 or below there is plenty of potential value in the Hammer’s ranks.

Wolves GW 3-7

Wolves are one of those teams that we will own all through out the season as there is value everywhere. No Europa league this season makes them even more enticing.

Here they play 5 games vs either newly promoted sides or teams that struggled last year. 3/5 are at home.

Doherty remains at 6.0 despite being the 4th highest scoring defender last season. 8 goals and 15 assists in his 2 premier league seasons as well as Wolves solid back line make him a lock in my team.

Vinagre at 4.5 on the other side could prove to be an excellent enabler.

Midfield is a mine field with plenty of low priced and interesting options but best to see who gets the nod first. While Raul Jimenez is the definition of consistency.

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