With the international break giving us a fortnight to think over our squads, this is a great opportunity to analyse the upcoming fixtures. Some will be looking to play their wildcards whilst the rest can use the following advice to plan transfers over the coming gameweeks. It can be difficult choosing between form and fixtures but when they both align, it can be fantasy football gold. Here is our fantasy premier league fixtures analysis to give you the best chance of getting one over your rivals..
Sandwiched right in the middle of Arsenal’s next 5 fixtures is the tricky task of visiting Old Trafford but luckily the fantasy bread surrounding it is a lot more appetising. First up they travel to struggling Norwich before hosting QPR, Fulham and Spurs at the Emirates. The clean sheets have dried up since Gameweek 3 for Arsenal’s backline but their attacking players continue to impress. Santi Cazorla is proving to be another very talented Spaniard and is almost a must have for fantasy managers, whilst Podolski has also settled in well for the North London club. For those looking for a differential, Giroud could be set for a sustained run up top to build on his first league goal in Gameweek 7.
City also have some nice fixtures coming up, where they travel to both West Brom and West Ham whilst hosting Swansea, Spurs and Villa at the Etihad. City have been far from solid at the back with their first clean sheet of the season coming in Gameweek 7 but for those looking to take the gamble, Hart is the most secure option at the moment. Kompany if fit, should be guaranteed starts but the same can not be said for any of the other City defenders, with all subject to rotation. Silva currently seems like the most secure choice in attack as the little Spaniard is slowly finding his fitness and form, following a tough start to the season. Whereas Aguero continues to show Mancini that it can be a risk to leave out the deadly Argentinian.
Everton have had their best ever start to a season and looking at their next 6 fixtures, their form could very well continue. They travel to QPR, Fulham and Reading in this run whilst taking on Liverpool, Sunderland and Norwich at home. If you can afford Everton’s left back superstar Baines, you should definitely have him in your squad. With his ability to get forward and take set pieces, Baines acts as an attacker who is capable scoring points for clean sheets. Investing in any of Everton’s other defenders can be considered a risk as they have only kept two clean sheets so far this season. This could be down to their attacking mentality with players like Pienaar, Fellaini, Mirallas and Jelavic all impressing so far.
Given Chelsea’s great start to the season and the recent thumping they gave Norwich, many will be tempted to invest in their players during this international fortnight. Although, you should be warned that their fixtures don’t look great and this is one of the times where you must weigh up form against fixtures. It’s clear that the Chelsea attack is starting to click and they have played some excellent football, with players like Torres, Mata, Hazard and Ivanovic impressing in particular. However, they will be truly tested over the next 6 gameweeks where they travel to Spurs, Swansea and West Brom, whilst taking on United, Liverpool and City at Stamford Bridge.
After a tricky start where AVB came under some criticism, Spurs have impressed winning their last 4 matches in a row. During this period, Bale has shone with 2 goals and 3 assists, whilst Vertonghen is really thriving in the left back role, showing us all his ability to attack. Despite the temptation to bring in Spurs’ strongest performers, fantasy premier league managers should consider their upcoming fixtures. In their next 5, they do have two favourable games against Southampton and Wigan but they also take on Chelsea, Man City and Arsenal.
In our next fixtures analysis article which is set to be published on Saturday, we will focus on teams that have a longer run of favourable fixtures. This will mean that you can bring these players into your squad and they should be good until the lead up to Christmas. Come back soon to avoid missing out on our fantasy football tips!
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