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

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We are just about a fortnight away from the start of the 26th season of the Premier League. The fixtures, which were announced last month, gave us the first insight into what promises to be another exhilarating season of English football and our FPL campaigns.

In the second part of our “The Good, the Not-So-Bad and the Ugly” series, we take a look at 4 teams who have a not-so-good opening fixture list and FPL managers can target players from these teams, with caution, however.

 

Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool would open their Premier League campaign with a tricky away trip to Watford, which is rated only 2 on the Fixture Difficulty Ranking (FDR), but in reality will be a bit tougher than that. Then, they face Crystal Palace, another bogey team before facing the big boys- Arsenal and Manchester City. However, Liverpool’s record against the top 6 means that they have nothing to fear about going into these two fixtures and then they welcome Burnley to Anfield.

 

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Jürgen Klopp provides an injury update: The latest on Milner, Clyne, Karius and Ward. Read it here: https://t.co/RL4Eq3csbu

 

The Reds made a thunderous start to the Premier League last season and their fans will be hoping for the same this time around too.

 

GW Opponent FDR
1 Watford (A) 2
2 Crystal Palace (H) 2
3 Arsenal (H) 4
4 Man City (A) 4
5 Burnley (H) 1

 

Newcastle United

The Magpies will be welcomed to the Premier League by Tottenham at White Hart Lane. However, the next 4 teams they face- Huddersfield, West Ham, Swansea and Stoke are rated 2 on the FDR by the Premier League. Rafa Benitez will be hoping that his team quickly settles in and makes an encouraging start to the campaign.

 

GW Opponent FDR
1 Spurs (H) 4
2 Huddesfield (A) 2
3 West Ham (H) 2
4 Swansea (A) 2
5 Stoke (H) 2

 

Manchester City

Manchester City will kick off their campaign at the Falmer Stadium against Brighton & Hove Albion before welcoming the buoyant Everton. Then also play Bournemouth and Watford in their opening 5 fixtures. However, the fixture against Liverpool will be trickiest.

Also Read: Fantasy Premier League 2017/18 – Navigating the Fixtures: The Good

 

Pep Guardiola needs to make a big impact this season having spent around £190 million (so far!) and City cannot afford a slow start to the season otherwise the pressure will be on their Catalan manager.

 

GW Opponent FDR
1 Brighton (A) 2
2 Everton (H) 3
3 Bournemouth (A) 2
4 Liverpool (H) 4
5 Watford (A) 2

 

West Ham United

Slaven Bilic has got his work done quietly this transfer window and having signed Chicharito, Marko Arnautovic, Joe Hart and Pablo Zabaleta already, and rest assured – expectations will be sky high this season.

 

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They travel to Old Trafford the opening day, but then face Southampton, newcomers Newcastle and Huddersfield and West Brom. Well, 4 of these 5 fixtures are away, but not too bad surely for Hammers.

 

GW Opponent FDR
1 Man Utd (A) 4
2 Southampton (A) 3
3 Newcastle (A) 2
4 Huddersfield (H) 1
5 West Brom (A) 2
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