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Fantasy Football Fixture Analysis Gameweek 2

Fantasy Football Fixture Analysis Gameweek 2

Fantasy Football Fixture Analysis Gameweek 2

By the time that you read this, things — fixtures — will have happened! Certain players (most probably) brought in double-digit hauls for their owners; several favourites (most likely) got booked. The culprits may well seem obvious now, but it wasn’t even remotely clear on Saturday morning.

Indeed, whilst I’m writing to you from the past — well, that can be said of any given passage, but it’s often fresh off the print — we’ve now observed ~2.105% of the new [F]PL season, albeit not a full Gameweek yet. That leaves us with just under 98% of the season to chase: almost quite literally, then, all to play for! One step at a time, though, or perhaps three to four steps; Premier League fixtures (even in the crowds’ absences) will never cease to function as our guiding lights.

This might just be my first Fixtures article, but you know the drill already. As always, take the bold statements that follow this with a pinch of salt. Then flush them all down your now-briny toilet.

But first up that all important Fixture Tracker itself…



Worth Chasing

The pair of elephants lurking in the room (as per Swirly’s reference last week) both need addressing here, but first off, it’s only fair to feature the best upcoming fixtures of all…

Everton — West Brom (H), Crystal Palace (A), Brighton (H)

You never know how The Toffees will perform in a given match. Again, that can be said of any given team, granted. Given their [outfield] squad, however, this is a baffling bunch. Did any of you see that Spurs (A) result coming? Turns out they are baffling too.

Anyway, caveats aside, this revamped squad (James Rodríguez in with a jerky four-point hit?) now faces three sides that should all be primarily aiming to survive. For a team with Ancelotti’s presumably high ambitions, this lot should yield seven to nine points, ‘should’ being the major operative word. You probably don’t have space for Digne-esque punts, but Fixtures articles don’t care.

Manchester United — Crystal Palace (H), Brighton (A), Spurs (H)

Once more, here’s a team that now faces three sides that should all be primarily aiming to survive. No more digs from now on, no matter how easy the fixture schedulers have made them. I’ll try…

Manchester United are back from their summer holidays. Of course, sadly, not everybody returned on their expected flight; in contrast, The Fridge just feels thankful to be back at all, and likely never wants to leave the safety of his kitchen again. All of the rest should be charged up and raring to go. Solskjær was driving pretty smoothly in the closing stages of the prior season and I wouldn’t be remotely surprised to see him storm towards pole position after their opening set. I’ve just realised that, beyond fridges having wheels, there’s absolutely no need for this F1 analogy.

Manchester City — Wolves (A), Leicester (H), Leeds (A)

More returns from summer, even better players, slightly harder fixtures. Granted, an initial away match at Wolves doesn’t scream out for a big GW2 transfer, yet no PL fixture necessarily stops this machine from scoring half a dozen goals. Leicester folded harder than James Milner’s fresh ironing after the post-lockdown resumption and, quite frankly, Leeds United might as well be carrying the first-time participation badge.

I expect some resilience from each of their opponents here, make no mistake, but I don’t expect much. Pep failed to pull off his three-consecutive-titles trick — he’ll instil his relentless hunger amongst everybody whom he selects to start now — we just need to figure that selection out…

Worth Running Away From

Any takers? Surely not. I’d be saving those ‘calculated gambles’ for much further down the line.

West Ham — Arsenal (A), Wolves (H), Leicester (A)

Another set of overlapping fixtures here. The teams in question, however, couldn’t be much more different — except for their questionable defences. Even then…

Never mind whatever the Newcastle result was — it can only get sadder from here.

Crystal Palace — Manchester United (A), Everton (H), Chelsea (A)

Since the restart, with Norwich out of the picture, no PL team’s looked worse. Only a solitary point claimed against Spurs (which, of course, means almost nothing) in their final eight matches. Things don’t look much better for Mitchell and co. now.

I just remembered that you can use factual stats to consolidate your viewpoints…

West Brom — Everton (A), Chelsea (H), Southampton (A)

One final team with two away trips in their next three matches. Which one has the worst deal? It’s nice to remember that you don’t need to worry about your choice: stick with Pereira; ditch for an emerging option who keeps winking at you; just don’t bring in another squad member from this tragic trio.

Probably Not Worth Losing Sleep Over

Southampton and Liverpool offer plenty of FPL options — you know their names — but it’s a pretty mixed bag for both at present. Leicester are now blessed with a very enticing pair of home fixtures that straddle their dreaded Etihad visit. Spurs cou——

I’m afraid that all that we’ve got enough space for! Good luck with your GW2 plans. I’ll catch you soon.

Thanks for reading Fantasy Football Fixture Analysis Gameweek 2. This article was written by Jamesimmo.


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  1. 13
    Smash says:

    Standard week one really. Reassessing I want rid of about 4 or 5 players. Only one week so no need to panic. Who looks bad/good might not look the same next. Certainly would not advise a wildcard while the transfer window is still open

  2. 14
    saber.abdollapoor says:

    I finished GW1 with 77 points.
    For GW2, I still play with the same lineup, I just replaced Harsion with Maximin.
    I have postponed the arrival of KDB for week 3.

  3. 15
    Kushan Samararatne says:

    Missed the Newcastle game. Can any one explain whether Hendricks is playing a more advanced position that he managed a goal and an assist or was it just luck that he was there at the correct place at the correct time? But lightning won’t strike twice..

  4. 16
    Silvers says:

    8 point hit incoming who is the best 5m or below def looks like Vintage going down tonight & KDB going up

  5. 17
    igy4 says:

    I’m intrigued to hear your thoughts. I read a lot that you shouldn’t take too many hits and not -8 in a week etc. And it’s too early for a WC but what do you do if the targets you planned over the next 3 weeks are all going up in price? Ultimately budgets are tight at this stage that a 0.1 increase by say Fernandes and KDB in the next couple of days means I am unable to afford those moves without, obviously changing more of my squad around, thus making more transfers. Do you just give up on those targets?

    • 17.1
      Silvers says:

      igy4 it depends on the situation most top players don’t like taking hits for good reason but the start of the season is always volatile in the early GW & I would suggest this is a bit different with City & Utd not playing the first GW , punish I reckon there will be a lot of hits this GW but I wouldn’t be wanting to take hits ever GW

      Also factor in your teams performance or if some of your players didn’t start.

      Personally I always try & make cash early doors but everyone is different hit the button

      • hammers says:

        I’m kind of with Silvers on this.

        For a game where the object is to get the most points its strange that I don’t have any problem with throwing away 4 of them to get the team i want early on as long as you are sensible about it.

        I just figure that if its someone like KDB in theory he can pay back those 4 pts easily over the rest of the season. If you taking a -4 to do something like swap stephens for bissouma then its a different story

    • 17.2
      Special Agent Dale Cooper says:

      I personally think that a hit or two is worth it to stick to a well thought out plan. If you get KDB for a hit this week for example yes it will cost you 4pts but thats not too much of a cost, esp early in the season. FPL can have a slight group mentality when it comes to certain aspects of the game but i feel if you free yourself from it, whilst still making sensible decisions, it might actually help. Plus making your own choices and playing your own game is way more fun.

    • 17.3
      Chipster says:

      Hi Igy. Hope you’re feeling ok and that FPL is a nice diversion for you at the moment.

      FWIW, I’m an advocate of early transfers (and taking hits) if it would otherwise price you out of the team you want. Worst case scenario is you transfer in a player who gets injured before the next GW. Well, you can always transfer them out again for another -4. Not ideal, but you have that option. However, if you delay a transfer to avoid taking a -4 this week, or to make sure your player is healthy for the next GW, but they then go up in price and you can’t afford them, then you’re screwed. You can’t get an FPL bank loan for £0.1m.

      And, as others have said, you’ll likely make up the -4 if your new player performs as you hoped. If not, well that’s bad luck, but at least you took the risk and you got the player you wanted, rather than settling for someone you didn’t.

      If things go wrong in FPL, I often find it’s easier to regret making the move than to regret not making the move.

      Good luck with whatever you decide.

  6. 18
    Jamie Mc says:

    After weeks and weeks research over the close season and some tinkering after the City and United postponement I ended up with 41 points…..a measly 41 fecking points.

    Goodness if you captained Salah that got you 40 points.

    My worse ever start to a season.

    I knew the risks of not having big hitters in my team and paid the price big time.

    So I either spit the dummy or knuckle down and use my experience, knowledge and great articles and comments from the ff247 community.

    Rant over.


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