GAMEWEEK 1, FIXTURES ANALYSIS ; PREMIER LEAGUE FANTASY FOOTBALL 2019/20

H17 2019-07-12 Fixture Analysis

In This Article , We Present To You Top 3 Teams With Best Fxtures & 3 Teams With Worst Fixtures , with tips on who you should get and who to avoid!

Teams with most difficult :

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Norwich City : liv , NEW , CHE , whu , MCI

Firstly we start with one of the the promoted teams, The Canaries, the Sky Bet Championship winners of the 2018/19 season. They definitely had an incredible season in the championship, especially in the attacking phase, as they scored 93 goals (51 home goals & 42 away goals). An attack spearheaded by Teemu Pukki, who scored 29 goals. The same praises can't be given for their defence though, as they conceded 57 goals (34 goals at home & 23 away goals) and only keeping a mere 13 cleansheets. Their main weakness was defending set pieces, something they should really improve on as they make the step up to the PL. Well, their start to the PL season is quite difficult as they face 3 of the Top 6 teams in the first 5 gameweeks, namely Liverpool (A), Chelsea (H) & Man City (H). So for now, avoiding Norwich City's players is sensible.

Newcastle United : ARS, now , tot , WAT, liv

Next, we move to The Magpies, like Norwich, they face 3 of the Top Six in the first 5 games, starting with a games against Arsenal at home in GW1. Then they will travel to Spurs and Liverpool in gameweeks 3 & 5 respectively. Newcastle had quite a poor season after missing out on a top half spot, which saw them only finishing 13th with a -6 goal difference. They conceded 48 goals (25 goals at home & 23 away goals), which was bettered by only 6 other teams in PL. So it makes it pretty clear that their biggest problem was scoring goals, as they only scored 42 goals (24 goals at home & 18 goals away) in 38 games, that's 1.11 goals per game. Rondon and Ayoze Perez shared 23 goals between them, with the latter being the club's top goal scorer with 12 goals. This means these two scored just over 50% of Newcastle's goals last season, and more worrying is they are both not Newcastle players anymore. To make matters even worse, Rafa Benitez is no Newcastle United's manager anymore. Seems like it's going to be a pretty long season for The Magpies, unless some smart moves are made in the transfer market...

Arsenal : new, BUR, liv,TOT UR (H)

And finally, we finish off with a top 6 side, The Gunners. The only reason they are added to this list is because they have 3 away games in the first 5 gameweeks and a home game against Spurs in GW4 won't be easy as well. Playing away from home has now really become a very big problem for Arsenal, as it has been that way for more than a couple of seasons. They had a goal difference of -4 last season when playing away from home, scoring 31 goals but conceded 35 goals thus only keeping 1 cleansheet. Arsenal's woeful away stats definitely overshadow their incredible home form. The Gunners scored 42 goals at home and conceding 16 goals (keeping only 7 cleansheets). Overall, Arsenal scored 73 goals last season (3rd best), but conceding a whopping 51 goals, mainly because of their terrible away form. New good defenders are definitely needed at the Emirates, but only time will tell if they do get them.

Teams with least difficult fixtures:

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Aston Villa : tot , BOU , EVE , cry , WHU

Let's kick off with the side who won the 2019 Championship Play-Off, The Claret & Blue Army. Yes, they are a promoted side, which a lot of FPL managers avoid in the first few games but Villa have some really tasty fixtures after their trip to Spurs in GW1. They play 3 home games in the first 5 gameweeks, welcoming Bournemouth, Everton and West Ham, you can't ignore that because home ground advantage is definitely a huge deal in FPL. Well, in the championship, Aston Villa scored 54 goals at home (tied 1st with West Brom) which leaves us with a lot of optimism when they play at Villa Park. However, they did concede quite a lot of goals at home, 38 goals to be more specific. Which means the attackers like Grealish & Hourihane are the ones to watch, unless Villa really improve in defence. They further conceded 26 goals away from home and scoring 32 goals. Another important thing to mention, their 25 goals from free-kicks and corners were joint-top in the Championship and more than any side in the Premier League, so with VAR being introduced this season, they might even do better. Villa have good fixtures for attackers.

Everton : cry , WAT , avl , WOV , bou

Next, we go to Goodison Park. Everton really underperformed last season, as pundits thought they might break into the top 6. That didn't happen though, they only finished 8th. However, their form a latter stages of last season was brilliant. Beating the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea & Man United, all at Goodison Park. FPL managers definitely hope they pick up from were they left off and hit the ground running. They only face 1 top 6 team in the first 10 gw's which makes them more appealing. Everton’s opening 10 fixtures mostly come against teams who either finished in the bottom half last season or were promoted, so they are more of a long term option. They scored 54 goals last season (30 home goals and 24 goals away) and conceded 46 goals (21 at home and 25 away). With the easy run of fixtures, The Toffees should/will be in a lot of FPL teams come deadline day.

Bournemouth : SHU, avl , MCI , lei , EVE

Let's end off on a sweet note with The Cherries. They definitely had to be mentioned, as they are actually facing all 3 promoted sides in the first 10 gameweeks. So like Everton, Bournemouth's players are long term options. Well, Eddie Howe's focus will firmly be on defensive matters following his side's 14th-place finish last term. The Cherries conceded 70 goals in 2018/19, their worst-ever Premier League tally. Only relegated pair Fulham and Huddersfield shipped more goals, with 81 and 76 respectively. Although their defensive frailties undermined their efforts in 2018/19, Howe's side scored 56 goals, the seventh-highest total in the Premier League. With an opening game against Sheffield, followed by a trip to Villa (another promoted side), the attackers might rack up some huge fpl points.

<By Admin Keletso Makume>

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