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FPL rotation: Villa and Burnley offer twin threat

The Scout 20 Jun 2019
James Chester and James Tarkowski composite wide

The Scout on why picking defenders from both clubs can secure attractive fixtures and goals from free-kicks and corners

The Scout looks at clubs who can be paired together effectively to help Fantasy Premier League managers make a strong start in 2019/20.

Aston Villa and Burnley

Selecting an aerially dominant defender from both Aston Villa and Burnley and rotating them throughout the season will guarantee a home fixture in each Gameweek and can provide attacking returns.

The two sides combine to offer a favourable early run of opponents.

How to rotate in opening GWs
GW Home team Opponent
1 BUR SOU
2 AVL BOU
3 AVL EVE
4 BUR LIV
5 AVL WHU
6 BUR NOR
7 AVL BUR
8 BUR EVE
9 AVL BHA

Rotating the two players as in the table above means they will only face one of last season's top seven teams in the first nine Gameweeks.

This match would happen in Gameweek 4, when Burnley are at home against Liverpool.

But managers could avoid that fixture by picking their Villa player away against Crystal Palace instead.

Looking at the positives

Both sides lacked defensive steel last term.

Burnley only produced five clean sheets at home, while Villa managed six in their 23 matches in the Championship.

But this suggests their goalkeepers, Tom Heaton (£4.5m) and Jed Steer, will be kept busy and offer plenty of save points in FPL.

And, crucially, Burnley and Villa have defenders who are major attacking threats at dead-ball situations.

Heading for success

The Clarets were the only team to supply two of the top 10 defenders for headed shots from set-pieces last term.

Centre-backs James Tarkowski (£5.0m) and Ben Mee (£5.0m) produced 18 and 15 respectively, with the former scoring three goals.

And James Chester (£4.5m) was a big threat for Villa in the Championship.

He scored five goals from set-pieces in 2018/19, a total matched only by Brighton & Hove Albion's Shane Duffy (£5.0m) among defenders in FPL.

Budget options

Tarkowski and Chester are likely to cost no more than a combined £9.5m this season.

They can help FPL managers find value in defence, and pair up in Fantasy squads to produce some big early scores.

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

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