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FPL Draft: Royal has fixtures to thrive under Conte

The Scout 4 Nov 2021

The Scout says managers should snap up Spurs players ahead of their kind schedule from GW12

Antonio Conte’s appointment as Tottenham Hotspur head coach offers encouragement for managers in Fantasy Premier League Draft.

The Italian likes to use wing-backs, and those tactics helped Chelsea keep 16 clean sheets in each of his two seasons in charge. 

If he continues with the same approach at Spurs, Emerson Royal could prove a handy option.

The Brazilian produced four goals and 10 assists in his last two seasons as a regular in LaLiga with Real Betis.

Along with wingers such as Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn, Royal is among a number of Spurs players who have been overlooked by Draft managers ahead of a very kind schedule.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), each of Spurs' four matches over Gameweeks 12-15 score only two.

Elsewhere, there are number of other options still available in defence and attack at clubs who also have favourable schedules.


Mikel Arteta’s side have home matches against Watford and Newcastle United in the next three Gameweeks.

Gabriel’s goal and clean sheet against Leicester City last weekend earned the Brazilian a 15-point haul. Left-back Nuno Tavares has impressed while deputising for Kieran Tierney, and Alexandre Lacazette has started each of the last two Gameweeks up front.

Brighton & Hove Albion

Four of the Seagulls’ next seven matches score only two in the FDR.

Leandro Trossard struck his second goal of the season at Liverpool last weekend and has been his side’s main attacking threat. His 26 shots, 15 shots in the box and nine shots on target are all more than any team-mate.

Investment in the Brighton backline also looks a wise move, with only three other sides bettering their total of four clean sheets. The versatile Joel Veltman offers the best option for Draft managers.


Interest in the Clarets will be minimal this week as they travel to leaders Chelsea.

It’s the ideal time, then, to get ahead of your rivals by bringing in the likes of Matthew Lowton, Maxwel Cornet or Chris Wood and benching them with one eye on their schedule from Gameweek 12.

After the international break, four of Burnley’s six matches score only two.


While the Blues defenders are all heavily owned in Draft, midfielders Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi have been ignored for their home encounter with Burnley.

The pair combined for Ziyech’s decisive goal against Malmo in the UEFA Champions League in midweek. 

Hudson-Odoi also produced 11 points at home to Norwich City in Gameweek 9, thanks to a goal and an assist.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Matches against Crystal Palace, Norwich and Burnley over the next four Gameweeks all score just two in the FDR.

Romain Saiss offers a strong goal threat from the back and has already scored twice in all competitions this term. 

In attack, Trincao returned to the starting XI in Wolves’ 2-1 win over Everton on Monday.

Remember, the Gameweek 11 deadline is at 18:30 GMT on Friday 5 November.

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