By Holly Shand
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A match schedule is an imaginative manager’s best friend, with a prospect of six weeks of play considered a good time frame to consider for an upcoming period of games. The Fantasy Football Hub device ticker can be fully customized for any range of game weeks, providing personalized ratings for both offense and defense, keeping in mind opponent difficulty or expected outcomes.
Basically, we have six teams with a double week of play scheduled in the new year; Chelsea and Fulham in gameweek 19, and Manchester City and Spurs in gameweek 20. So which teams and players will be the key ones for our FPL squads to target?
Which teams have the best games for the first six weeks of play?
Chelsea top the league table for the next six weeks of play, but picking starters from Graham Potter’s defense always poses a challenge. Chelsea have four matches in their opening four return games, plus a clash with current Premier League champions Manchester City.
Reece James (£5.8m) would normally be the right choice but he is returning to fitness after a serious injury. The goalkeeping situation at Stamford Bridge is particularly interesting, with Kepa Arrizabalaga (£4.5m) an economical route into a normally solid Chelsea defence, which have four clean sheets this season.
Mason Mount (£7.5m) is the forwards choice, but two goals and three assists in the opening period are a little off his best.
Manchester City and Fulham are in second and third place, with their respective double weeks of play. Doubling up is tricky for City, but the matches surrounding them are favourable, so tripling your assets is a great strategy.
Erling Haaland (£12.2m) should continue to build on his 82.8% ownership, with an impressive 18 goals from 15 games this season. A double through Joao Cancelo (£7.4m) will be popular: he has started 15 games this season, with four attacking replies and six clean sheets. Kevin De Bruyne (£12.6m) and Phil Foden (£8.3m) are likely to battle it out for the final place in our squads, with squad value the deciding factor in this case.
Turning our attention to Fulham, Aleksandar Mitrovic (£6.8m) is fit and on the radar with nine goals in 12 games to start the season, building on an excellent league winning campaign. With the games favourable, budget midfielder Andreas Pereira (£4.6m) could be considered a regular at the moment given his involvement in set pieces. He has provided seven offensive returns this season, with two goals and five assists.
When looking at the attacking fixture ticker, Aston Villa and Brentford work their way into the top five. Budget midfielder Leon Bailey (£4.5m) is Villa’s highest scoring fantasy asset in the position, with two goals and one assist in his last four. Striker Danny Ings (£6.6m) scored four goals in the same period, with the squad much improved under new manager Unai Emery.
Ivan Toney (£7.4m) could be a key pick if his availability isn’t impacted by FA spending. He has 12 offensive returns so far this season and looks set to improve on the 12 goals and five assists he racked up last season. He could be one to bring to Gameweek 20 to avoid home games against Spurs and Liverpool. However, he impressed with a brace against Manchester City before the break.
When it comes to defensive prospects, Manchester United and Southampton have the games on their side. The Saints have just one clean sheet this season and shouldn’t be a key team to target.
Looking at Old Trafford defensive goals, Diogo Dalot (£4.8m) tops the list as the cheapest route to defence. He has one assist this season and above all he has scored 12 bonus points: only Kieran Trippier has more among defenders. Luke Shaw (£4.8m) is now first choice on the opposite wing, with two assists in his last four games.
This article was originally posted on 90min.com as FPL Gameweek 17: The best matches to target.