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Fantasy Premier League 2017/18 – Navigating the Fixtures: The Ugly

Shaqiri in action

With the 2017/18 season commencing soon, Fantasy Premier League managers are busy making selections for their squad. It’s no easy task, as a lot of research is needed when picking the most suitable of players, and even then destiny has a way to surprise us. No one knows the perfect player who’ll fetch you all the points, but we can definitely tell you the teams to avoid while choosing your set of footballers, because of their ugly opening set of fixtures.

Also Read: Fantasy Premier League 2017/18 – Navigating the Fixtures: The Not-So-Bad

 

Everton

 

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Everton seem to be making a statement this season, as they have gone on a spending spree and signed up a host of new players, some of them being big names. However, this amazing transfer window is complemented with a difficult set of opening fixtures, much to the Merseyside club’s despair.

 

They start off easy as they face Stoke City on the opening day, and if they need to keep their confidence intact for the following set of fixtures, they need to go all in against the Potters and get the 3 points. It becomes scary after that, as they face Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham and then Manchester United. This means they’ll be facing potential top 4 teams in 4 of their first 5 fixtures. Harsh for Everton and the FPL managers looking to get players from them. We wish you all the luck.

 

Stoke City

 

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Everton’s opening day opponents Stoke City aren’t in for much of a treat either. A refurbished Everton squad to welcome them in the 2017/18 EPL season, followed by Arsenal and Manchester United in their 2nd and 4th fixture respectively. They also face a defensive minded West Bromwich Albion in their third game and the best of the promoted sides Newcastle United in the 5th game of the season. Stoke City started last season poorly, and are expected to do the same this time too. Not that there are a lot of players to choose from this team, but just for the sake of warning you all, avoid!

 

Burnley

 

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Another team, like Stoke City, with not a lot of FPL options to choose from. Moreover, their initial fixture list diminishes the chances of selecting anyone from their squad. Starting the season against champions Chelsea, they face Spurs and Liverpool in alternate games after that. Squeezed in between are defensively strong West Brom and De Boer’s Crystal Palace, which could act like breathers in between if they play to their strengths. Avoid players for your own good though. There are plenty of other fish in the sea.

 

Tom Heaton in action

 

Leicester City 

 

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Don’t judge them as the team that won the title, as they still have a lot to do to improve and make a mark against the big boys in the Premier League. The former ‘unexpected’ champions face Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea in their first 4 games, which are going to give the boys in blue a real test to begin with. They are still more fortunate than the teams above, as they face a pair of promoted teams, Brighton and Huddersfield in the 2nd and 5th game of the season.

 

Vardy and Mahrez celebrate

 

Finishing last season on a strong note, we can only hope they can replicate those performances as the season starts, but don’t vouch for it. Their Huddersfield game is followed by Liverpool, which gives all the more reason to avoid players from Leicester City’s squad. Consider the duo Vardy and Mahrez if you really want one from Shakespeare’s team, else avoid until the first 6 fixtures go by.

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