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FPL rotation: Justin and Taylor offer outstanding value

The Scout 23 Aug 2020
James Justin and Charlie Taylor

The Scout on why Leicester and Burnley full-backs can combine for home clean sheets in 2020/21

The Scout looks at clubs that can be paired together effectively to help Fantasy Premier League managers make a strong start in 2020/21.

Burnley and Leicester City

Both Burnley and Leicester City were among the most dependable sides for home clean sheets last season.

They each produced eight shutouts in their own stadium, totals bettered only by the 10 of Manchester City.

By selecting a player from each side in their initial squad, and benching the one for the away match throughout the campaign, a Fantasy manager is guaranteed a home fixture in every Gameweek.

The exception in Burnley and Leicester’s case is Gameweek 1, as the Clarets face a blank after their home meeting with Manchester United was postponed.

But the Foxes do have a favourable away trip on the opening weekend, travelling to promoted West Bromwich Albion.

How to rotate in GWs 2-12
GW Home team  Opponent
2 LEI BUR
3 BUR SOU
4 LEI WHU
5 LEI AVL
6 BUR TOT
7 BUR CHE
8 LEI WOL
9 BUR CRY
10 LEI FUL 
11 BUR EVE 
12 LEI BHA 

Over Gameweeks 2-12, managers would have a home match against just two of last season’s top six sides.

These occur in Gameweeks 6 and 7, when Burnley welcome Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea respectively to Turf Moor.

But Leicester can again provide a strong option for that latter match as they visit Leeds United in Gameweek 7.

Although goalkeepers Nick Pope (£5.5m) and Kasper Schmeichel (£5.5m) are too pricey to be part of a rotation pairing, there are more budget-friendly options in both defences that can appeal to managers.

Look to full-backs

For Burnley, Charlie Taylor (£4.5m) looks a secure pick at left-back. He started every match from Gameweeks 18-36 after recovering from injury last season.

Despite making just 24 appearances, his total of 20 successful crosses ranked third for the Clarets.

Matthew Lowton (£4.5m) is another cut-price alternative in the right-back role.

Meanwhile, James Justin (£4.5m) looks set to start the first few months for Leicester due to an injury to first-choice right-back Ricardo Pereira (£6.0m).

Justin made an impression at both ends of the pitch when selected at King Power Stadium in 2019/20.

He produced one assist and four clean sheets in his five home starts.

Left-back Luke Thomas (£4.5m) could also start the season if Ben Chilwell (£5.5m) fails to recover from injury.

Gameweek 1 is only two weeks away! Register your team now at fantasy.premierleague.com.

Also in this series

Part 1: Pair up for home points
Part 3: Double up with Egan and Walker-Peters
Part 4: Dier and Vinagre can bring in early points
Part 5: How to alternate three defenders

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