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Fixtures to spark early planning for FPL managers

The Scout 12 Jun 2019
Jurgen Klopp and Andrew Robertson, Liverpool

The 2019/20 kick-off is weeks away but The Scout says work for Fantasy bosses begins when fixtures come out

The new Premier League campaign may still be two months away but the season is about to begin for millions of Fantasy Premier League managers across the world.

Planning can begin from 09:00 BST on Thursday 13 June, when the 380 fixtures for 2019/20 are released on premierleague.com.

Gameweek 1 is often the most significant weekend of a campaign for FPL managers. 

Why? Because the opening weekend can set the tone for the season.

The first round of fixtures can provide an early hint of the key players you should pinpoint for your squad.

What we learned last time

Andrew Robertson (£7.0m) was a perfect example last season.

In the very first Gameweek of 2018/19, the Liverpool left-back hinted at the form that would lead to him smashing the FPL points record for a defender in a single season.

Robertson claimed 11 points at home to West Ham United, thanks to an assist and a clean sheet in the 4-0 win.

Only 720,000+ managers picked the Scot to face the Hammers.

But by Gameweek 6, Robertson’s ownership had more than doubled after he produced two assists and three clean sheets in his first five matches.

Finding such form players and getting ahead of the curve can make all the difference to a manager's Fantasy season.

Finding value

Gameweek 1 can also help FPL managers identify the top-value players. 

AFC Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser (£7.5m) began the campaign costing £5.5m and had just 57,000 owners for his season opener with Cardiff City.

Fraser claimed a goal, maximum bonus and 11 FPL points in the 2-0 home victory. 

By the end of 2018/19, he was the sixth highest-scoring midfielder with 181 points and had risen in price to £6.4m. 

Fraser earned a massive 3.9m+ transfers in and was the eighth most-bought player last term. 

Immediate impact

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.5m) was another big cut-price success in his breakthrough campaign for Crystal Palace.

The right-back began at £4.0m but made an immediate impact, producing 12 points at Fulham in Gameweek 1.

Wan-Bissaka went on to total 120 points and was the fourth most-bought defender in FPL, with over 2.4m transfers in.

Along with Robertson, Wan-Bissaka was one of seven full-backs to record a double-digit haul in Gameweek 1.

Fantasy managers must be prepared to react quickly should this season follow suit.

It may be a long way off, but making plans now can make all the difference to a successful 2019/20 FPL campaign.

Never miss another deadline

Fans can get all 380 fixtures sent directly to their mobile devices by using the Premier League's digital calendar.

This can be set up right now and allows FPL managers to sync the Gameweek deadlines to their devices.

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