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FPL planning: Pair Everton and Fulham for clean sheets

The Scout 16 Jun 2018
Michael Keane-Tom Cairney

Combining the two clubs' defences at home early in the season can bring more Fantasy points, says The Scout

With the fixtures for the new season revealed The Scout explains how Fantasy Premier League managers can devise early plans for 2018/19.

Rotating players

In part 1 we explained how squad rotation can maximise a run of home fixtures for an FPL manager's players.

This involves alternating players in and out of a starting XI based on who has the home match each Gameweek.

Everton and Fulham are one such pairing for the opening matches of 2018/19.

Over the first 10 Gameweeks, the two teams alternate perfectly between home and away.

In only two of those 10 matches, do either face at home a side who finished in the top half of the 2017/18 Premier League.

And on only one occasion do they face a top-six team, when Fulham welcome Arsenal to Craven Cottage in Gameweek 8.

In the same Gameweek, Everton travel to Leicester City to provide an alternative solution.

How to rotate Everton and Fulham 
GW Home team Opponent
1 Fulham Crystal Palace
2 Everton Southampton
3 Fulham Burnley
4 Everton Huddersfield
5 Everton West Ham
6 Fulham Watford
7 Everton Fulham
8 Fulham Arsenal
9 Everton Crystal Palace
10 Fulham AFC Bournemouth 

By partnering the Everton and Fulham defences in their opening squads, FPL managers can use the fixture list to their advantage.

Statistics show both Everton and Fulham were more resilient at home last season.

Seven of Everton's 10 clean sheets came at Goodison Park, while nine of Fulham's 15 clean sheets in the Championship were at home.

Which players to pick

Jordan Pickford and Marcus Bettinelli could provide FPL managers with a strong goalkeeper combination.

Pickford earned 28 points from saves for Everton last season, the equivalent of seven clean sheets. His 145 FPL points ranked him sixth among goalkeepers.

The best alternative defensive options from the two teams appear to be Everton's Michael Keane and Fulham's Tim Ream, pictured top.

Alternating the two centre-backs can provide a solid start to the new season for FPL managers.

Also in this series 

Part 1: FPL planning: Fixtures point to early player pairings
Part 3: FPL planning: Make most of home advantage
Part 4: FPL planning: Get goals from Daniels and Tomkins
Part 5: FPL planning: Morrison and Cedric can inspire fast start
Part 6: FPL planning: Home in on Pereira and Douglas

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