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FPL fixtures: Opening matches add value to Mitrovic and Pereira

The Scout 22 Aug 2020
Aleksandar Mitrovic, Fulham

The Scout says Fulham forward and West Brom playmaker could be excellent cut-price picks at the start of 2020/21

Favourable early fixtures for Fulham and West Bromwich Albion immediately lift the appeal of Aleksandar Mitrovic (£6.0m) and Matheus Pereira (£6.0m) in 2020/21 Fantasy Premier League.

Championship playoff winners Fulham avoid all of last season’s top six sides until their Gameweek 10 meeting with Leicester City.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), six of the Cottagers’ first 10 matches score only two.

They host Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, West Brom and Everton, and also visit Leeds United and West Ham United.

Fulham's opening 10 Gameweeks
GW Opp FDR GW Opp FDR
1 ARS (H) 3 6 CRY (H) 2
2 LEE (A) 2 7 WBA (H) 2
3 AVL (H) 2 8 WHU (A) 2
4 WOL (A) 3 9 EVE (H) 2
5 SHU (A) 4  10 LEI (A) 4

Mitrovic scored 26 goals and supplied a further three assists last term.

His 151 shots ranked second in the Championship and were at least 70 more than any team-mate.

Managers have wasted no time bringing the Serbia international into their squads. He is owned by 30 per cent, making him the second most-popular forward in FPL.

West Brom's opening 10 Gameweeks
GW Opp FDR GW Opp FDR
1 LEI (H) 3 6 BHA (A) 2
2 EVE (A) 3 7 FUL (A) 2
3 CHE (H) 3 8 TOT (H) 3
4 SOU (A) 2 9 MUN (A) 4
5 BUR (H) 3  10 SHU (H) 3

West Brom are also favoured by the FDR, with just one of their opening 12 matches, at Manchester United, scoring more than three.

Albion's talisman Pereira scored eight goals and provided a further 16 assists while on loan from Sporting Lisbon in 2019/20.

He created 116 chances, more than any other player in the Championship.

Pereira is currently in just 5.9 per cent of squads after joining the Baggies in a permanent deal earlier this week.

The Brazilian could prove a fine differential if his side can take advantage of their fixture list.

Also in this series

Part 1: Manchester blanks raise Reds' appeal
Part 2: Kane and Son can make fast start
Part 3: Back Werner and Ziyech for instant impact
Part 4: Bank on Jimenez for early returns

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