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Fixtures boost managers' FPL bargain hunt

The Scout 14 Jun 2017
Chris Lowe, Huddersfield Town

The Scout says Huddersfield, Newcastle and Brighton have promising starts as we prepare for new season of Fantasy

Fantasy Premier League bargain hunters have been handed a boost after all three promoted sides got promising fixtures over the opening Gameweeks.

New Premier League teams have traditionally been a source of value as FPL managers look to free up funds for big-price signings elsewhere, with Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur the most likely targets for their early investment. 

Huddersfield Town appear to be handed a smooth introduction to the Premier League.

They are one of only two sides, along with Man Utd, to avoid last season’s top six over their opening six Gameweeks.

But the summer transfer market is still in its early days, so FPL managers will likely avoid targeting certain players before FPL returns in the week commencing 10 July.

Newcastle United
Promising early away fixtures could result in FPL managers lining up for players of Newcastle United

Wing-backs Chris Lowe, pictured top, and Tommy Smith will be among the Huddersfield players worthy of monitoring in pre-season.

Newcastle United and Brighton & Hove Albion also have promising early runs.

Brighton start with a daunting home fixture against Manchester City, but their next five visitors to the Amex Stadium - West Bromwich Albion, Newcastle, Everton, Southampton and Stoke City - offer an opportunity for FPL points.

Newcastle's strong away form proved vital in the Championship last season, and manager Rafael Benitez can look forward to early trips to Huddersfield, Swansea City, Brighton, Southampton and Burnley over the opening 10 Gameweeks.

Opening six Gameweeks of promoted sides
GW Newcastle Brighton Huddersfield
1 Spurs (H) Man City (H) Crystal Palace (A)
2 Huddersfield (A) Leicester (A) Newcastle (H)
3 West Ham (H) Watford (A) Southampton (H)
4 Swansea (A) West Brom (H) West Ham (A)
5 Stoke (H) AFC Bournemouth (A) Leicester (H)
6 Brighton (A) Newcastle (H) Burnley (A)

Cut-price goalkeepers and defenders, such as Brighton's Lewis Dunk, could offer strong points-per-million value among the three promoted squads. 

But summer dealings could also prompt FPL managers to consider attacking options for their fifth midfield and third forward slots.

See: Fixtures make Man Utd an early FPL draw

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