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FPL rotation: Pair up to book home matches

The Scout 18 Jun 2019
Kasper Schmeichel and Mat Ryan

The Scout shows managers how to combine players to ensure strong fixtures for their Fantasy squad

Players in Fantasy Premier League often star in home matches so wouldn't it be handy if FPL managers could guarantee as many home fixtures for their squad as possible?

Well, the release of the 2019/20 fixture list has revealed a way that you can do so.

There are some team pairings that alternate home and away over the whole season, meaning each Gameweek managers can select the player who is at home and bench the one away.

Home comforts

Often this strategy can involve two cut-price players, either goalkeepers or defenders.

And Fantasy managers should seek out pairings that offer the best potential for clean sheets.

Statistics show that teams had stronger defensive records in home fixtures last season.

Only four teams produced more clean sheets in away matches than they managed in their own stadiums.

Plan short but think long

When planning a squad for Gameweek 1, managers should mainly consider a short period of fixtures, perhaps 10 Gameweeks.

But this season's fixtures have presented the following teams who alternate their home and away matches over the entire 38 Gameweeks, allowing FPL managers the chance to plan further ahead.

2019/20 rotation pairings
Team 1 Team 2
ARS TOT
AVL BUR
CHE WAT
LEI BHA
LIV EVE
MCI MUN
NEW SHU
NOR CRY
SOU BOU
WOL WHU

Two examples from these 10 pairs highlight how rotation can be effective.

Last season, West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers combined for 11 clean sheets at home but managed only five away.

And Leicester City and Brighton & Hove Albion combined for 11 clean sheets at home compared with only six away.

This suggests pairing Leicester's Kasper Schmeichel (£5.0m) with Brighton's Mat Ryan (£4.5m) can offer big potential from the outset.

By starting the goalkeeper who has the home fixture across the first nine Gameweeks, managers can guarantee only one match against a side who finished in the top seven places in 2018/19.

See: The Scout's 2019/20 FPL rotation pairings

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