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FPL fixtures: Pair up Kane and Aubameyang

The Scout 15 Jun 2019
Harry Kane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

The Scout on why north London strike duo could deliver big points as rotating captains in first half of 2019/20

Managers who like to spend big on FPL forwards should consider partnering Harry Kane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in their opening squad.

The Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal forwards both cost £11.0m and offer an extended run of favourable home matches from the start of 2019/20.

At home, Kane faces just one of last season’s top 10 sides in Spurs’ first 10 fixtures.

And Arsenal’s Aubameyang plays just two of last term’s top seven in his first eight at Emirates Stadium.

Crucially, Aubameyang and Kane’s fixtures also rotate home and away.

Kane and Aubameyang home rotation
GW Home match GW Home match
1 TOT v AVL 9 TOT v WAT
2 ARS v BUR 10 ARS v CRY
3 TOT v NEW 11 ARS v WOL
4 ARS v TOT 12 TOT v SHU
5 TOT v CRY 13 ARS v SOU
6 ARS v AVL 14 TOT v BOU
7 TOT v SOU 15 ARS v BHA
8 ARS v BOU 16 TOT v BUR

By selecting one of the pair as their FPL captain for home matches, managers can use the fixture list to their advantage.

On only two of the first 16 Gameweeks would their captain come up against an opponent who finished in the top 10 last term.

The run includes two visits from AFC Bournemouth and Burnley, who ranked among the worst four away defences in 2018/19.

Reliable performer

Aubameyang was one of the most reliable scorers at home last season.

The Arsenal man netted 13 goals at his home ground, placing third overall in FPL.

Although Kane scored just six goals at home, the underlying statistics show he was very unlucky.

The pair were identical for shots on target in home matches, with 20 apiece.

Kane’s prospects are also be boosted by Spurs’ move to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, which ended their spell at Wembley Stadium.

In his last full season at the club's old White Hart Lane stadium, he scored 17 of his 29 goals in home matches.

If he can rediscover his eye for goal in Spurs' heartland, he could make a devastating captaincy pairing with Aubameyang in the opening months of 2019/20. 

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Part 1: Early matches favour Man City
Part 2: Sterling can make immediate impact
Part 4: Salah can make flying start
Part 5: Richarlison can repeat early heroics
Part 6: Cherries eye another strong opening

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