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FPL rotation: Double up with Egan and Walker-Peters

The Scout 24 Aug 2020
John Egan and Kyle Walker-Peters

The Scout suggests rotating the Sheff Utd and Southampton defenders, who both offer potential for attacking returns

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

Sheff Utd and Southampton

Sheffield United had one of the Premier League's sturdiest defences on their return to the top flight last season.

The Blades' 13 clean sheets ranked joint-fourth alongside Manchester United, Leicester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Chris Wilder's rearguard were particularly reliable at Bramall Lane.

They claimed eight shutouts at home, a total bettered only by the 10 of Manchester City.

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

Southampton will alternate home fixtures with Sheff Utd throughout 2020/21.

How to rotate in GWs 1-12
GW Home team Opponent
1 SHU WOL 
2 SOU TOT 
3 SHU LEE 
4 SOU WBA 
5 SHU FUL
6 SOU EVE 
7 SHU MCI
8 SOU NEW 
9 SHU WHU 
10 SOU MUN 
11 SHU  LEI 
12 SOU SHU 

By rotating Sheff Utd and Saints defenders over Gameweeks 1-12, managers would have a home match against just four of last season’s top six sides.

And on each of those occasions, the team playing away offer a more favourable fixture.

In Gameweeks 2 and 10 respectively, Southampton host Tottenham Hotspur and Man Utd, while Sheff Utd visit Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion.

The Blades host Man City in Gameweek 7 and Leicester in Gameweek 11. Across those respective Gameweeks, Southampton travel to Villa and Brighton & Hove Albion.

Viable pairings

Sheff Utd wing-backs Enda Stevens and George Baldock (both £5.5m) are too expensive to be rotated with a Southampton player, but there are options elsewhere for the Blades.

Summer signing Aaron Ramsdale (£5.0m) could be partnered with Saints' Alex McCarthy (£4.5m) in goal. Both should be guaranteed save points as well as clean sheets.

But it is John Egan (£5.0m) and Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.5m) who appear to offer the strongest double-up option.

Attacking potential

Egan was one of the standout defenders for goal threat last term. He scored twice and his total of 27 shots inside the penalty area was the fourth-highest at the back.

Walker-Peters impressed during his loan spell at Southampton after the season resumed in June, and he has since secured a permanent transfer to the club.

He started in six of the final seven Gameweeks, producing at least six points on three of those occasions.

Walker-Peters' best moments for Saints

Prior to last season, the right-back supplied five FPL assists in just nine appearances for Spurs over 2017/18 and 2018/19.

By partnering Egan with Walker-Peters, managers can earn points in attack and defence from the outset for a combined cost of just £9.5m.

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 2: Justin and Taylor offer outstanding value
Part 4: Dier and Vinagre can bring in early points
Part 5: How to alternate three defenders

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