The Scout looks at clubs who can be paired together effectively to help Fantasy Premier League managers make a strong start in 2022/23.
Aston Villa were among the best defences in Fantasy in the previous campaign.
AFC Bournemouth, meanwhile, return to the Premier League boasting the best defensive record in last season’s Championship.
The Cherries recorded 21 shutouts and conceded only 39 goals on their way to finishing second to Fulham.
Villa and AFC Bournemouth combine to provide Fantasy managers with a very favourable run of opponents from the start of the season.
Indeed, by playing the defender with the strongest fixture, managers would face a promoted opponent in five of the first 12 Gameweeks.
Goalkeepers Emiliano Martinez and Mark Travers could appeal to managers who like to rotate between the posts.
Travers made more saves than any other promoted ‘keeper in 2021/22 and can be a major source of value.
Both Villa and AFC Bournemouth also have defenders who can reward investment at both ends of the pitch.
Villa’s Matty Cash profited from new head coach Steven Gerrard’s preference for attacking full-backs last term.
The right-back combined three goals and three assists with nine clean sheets from Gameweek 12 onwards.
If Cash is too expensive to rotate, Tyrone Mings could be the best value option in the Villa backline.
A major threat from set-pieces, he has five goals and eight assists in the last three campaigns.
Left-back Jordan Zemura was AFC Bournemouth’s standout performer in defence in 2021/22.
The Zimbabwe international scored three goals and supplied an assist in 33 Championship appearances.
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