Does it feel like the start of a new Fantasy Football season to you? With the 2015/16 Premier League fixtures being announced earlier today it does for All Things FPL. Our Season Ticker has been updated and is available to our members. For those who aren’t yet a member, there are various levels of membership available to fantasy managers starting with Community Member which is free and yes, it does include the season ticker. Register via this link to utilise the season ticker today or find more information relating to the features available within the ticker via this link.
Throughout the coming days and weeks we will be publishing a complete series relating to rotations, what they are, what types are available, which methods to use and most importantly our recommended rotation pairings. But to start proceedings off here are our first thoughts when we gained access to the glorious fixture list;
The Liverpool Conundrum
The media has been awash with statements of a horrendous start for Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers with away games to resemble a who’s who of the Premier League, just when the Irishman didn’t need any further tension beset upon his club but as fantasy managers are they really that bad? Isolating their first seven fixtures sees the Merseyside club play host four times and to very favourable opposition including two promoted clubs in Bournemouth and Norwich bolstered by the appearances of West Ham and Aston Villa. Add an away trip to Stoke City who aren’t the defensive force they once were makes five out Liverpool’s first seven gameweeks look good business for managers. Of course any option at the back does look out the question with prices for nailed on Liverpool defenders likely to start at 5.5 million or higher ruling any rotation out but a fit Daniel Sturridge, a consistent now club captain Jordan Henderson, new boy James Milner or even Philippe Coutinho if priced fairly within the game, some if not all could make hay in August and September.
Leicester can continue where they left off
The Foxes under Nigel Pearson finished the season in tremendous fashion winning seven out of their last nine encounters keeping five clean sheets in what was a telling run securing safety quite comfortably when the dust settled. And with the news surrounding the club in recent days, it must have been a nice perk in what will be a gloomy management team when the fixtures arrived with a quick read through them highlighting that only two of last season’s top five can be found within their first 13 gameweeks. To top it off those encounters against both Arsenal and Tottenham will be played at the King Power Stadium. The Foxes will be “barking” – what noise does a fox make? – from the roof tops about this result and fantasy managers should strongly consider joining them.
The sun is shining on the Bournemouth beaches
Eddie Howe’s beach boys chances of survival in the Premier League like all other promoted clubs ever to make the grade will depend largely on their home form combined with a good start. Step forth a mini run at the start of the season to settle any nerves in the form of Aston Villa, Leicester City, Sunderland and Watford all arriving at Dean Court in the first eight gameweeks. Gambles on Matt Ritchie, Callum Wilson and co suddenly got a little shorter in price for fantasy managers.
Arsenal get the platform
Out of all the Champions League aspiring managers, Arsene Wenger has to be most satisfied with the start handed to them with their first five games – WHM/cpl/LIV/new/STK – all winnable before travelling to Stamford Bridge to show their title credentials. Investment in Arsenal’s defence looks shrewd business when setting up a gameweek one squad off the back of these fixtures and with Alexis Sanchez likely to be given an extended leave following the Copa America, could the hero of the last day of the season Theo Walcott potentially fill his boots in the Chilean’s absence?
Steve McClaren handed a tough start
Ouch, Steve McClaren’s start to his Newcastle United tenure fixture wise looks as smooth running as the F1 team that shares his name. Looking at the first eight gameweeks, Newcastle play host to Southampton and two of last season’s top four – Arsenal and Chelsea – supplemented by horror shows on the road namely in the form of the other two clubs to finish in the top four – Manchester City and Manchester United. Add a trip to South Wales to face Swansea and that’s six of last season’s top eight in their first eight gameweeks. Welcome back Steve!
Sticky start for the Toffees
Don’t let the bright blue blob in gameweek one against Watford shroud the overall start Roberto Martinez’ men have to navigate as they rank as having the most undesirable of all starts in the Premier League according to our Season Ticker when looking at a ten gameweek window. Watford aside Everton play host to Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United all before gameweek nine is in the books. Add tricky away days to Southampton, Tottenham, Swansea, West Brom finishing with the worse trip of all to the Emirates Stadium and there’s no let up for Everton at all after hosting the newly promoted club. No disrespect Watford fans.