When starting to build in defence, the concept of "rotation pairings" can help boost the potential for points in any Gameweek.
This strategy is best-suited to two cut-price players, either goalkeepers or defenders.
By finding two teams who alternate home and away over the whole season, managers can select the player who is at home and bench the one away.
The statistics show that teams had stronger defensive records in home fixtures last season.
Only three teams produced more clean sheets in away matches than they managed in their own stadiums.
When planning a squad for Gameweek 1, managers should mainly consider a short period of fixtures, perhaps the first six to eight 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.
2020/21 rotation pairings
|Team 1||Team 2|
Two examples from these 10 pairs highlight how rotation can be effective.
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