23 Jul 2021 2:37 PM +00:00

The fixtures are out so it is time to get planning for the new FPL season

Gear up for the new Premier League season, with the fixtures announced, and the countdown is on in Fantasy Premier League!

FPL 2021/22 is now LIVE and we're here to plot which fixtures to target bringing in players for.

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FPL experts pick their must-haves

The official FPL Twitter has rung up its trusted experts to select the players you HAVE to sign at the start of the campaign...

Get ready

The new season is fast approaching, with the summer of international football making the wait bearable.

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It will be a quick turnaround after Euro 2020 with the Premier League season kicking off roughly a month later.

Last year Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes topped the points chart with 244 points, closely followed by Harry Kane with 242.

These two are likely to be right up there again, so make sure you can fit them in your team.

GW1 Fixtures

Brentford vs Arsenal

Burnley vs Brighton

Chelsea vs Crystal Palace

Everton vs Southampton

Leicester City vs Wolverhampton

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Manchester United vs Leeds United

Newcastle United vs West Ham United

Norwich City vs Liverpool

Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City

Watford vs Aston Villa

Liverpool perhaps have the easiest run to begin with for the new campaign.

The Reds commence the season with Norwich (A), Burnley (H), Chelsea (H), Leeds (A), Crystal Palace (H) and Brentford (A) - where would you expect them to pick up four or five wins in opening six fixtures.

Therefore you should line up stars such as Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m) to give your team some real firepower.

Bankers

We know the usual suspects when it comes to FPL, but they are never cheap.

The top three players from the 2020/21 season will be up there once again with Bruno Fernandes (£12.0m), Harry Kane (£12.5m), and Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) all players we will look to include from the start.

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NUMBER ONE - Fernandes was the highest scoring player last season

Heung-Min Son (£10.0m) and Jamie Vardy (£10.5m) are two other big hitters that will guarantee you points throughout the season too.

Defensively Manchester City were brilliant last season, so the likes of Ederson (£6.0m), Ruben Dias (£6.0m), and Joao Cancelo (£6.0m) should all be in your thoughts.

Budget brilliance

Every year there are some surprise stars that offer fantastic value for money.

Leeds stars Stuart Dallas (£5.5m) and Patrick Bamford (£8.0m) were our two favourites last season, with Sheffield United’s John Lundstram the main man in 2019/20.

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ALWAYS ONE - Dallas was the bargain player of the year

Leeds’ double act are unlikely to be as cheap next season, and Dallas will likely be shifted into a midfield role too!

With the prices yet to be confirmed it is difficult to predict the bargain buys but be on the lookout for defenders who will play regularly in a more advanced role.

Flying start

Bruno Fernandes (£12.0m) looks like an early contender for the armband in the early season fixtures.

Manchester United play Leeds, Southampton, and Wolves in their opening three games of the season, so maximum points certainly look possible.

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CAPTAIN FANTASTIC - Salah could provide the goods early in 2021/22

The Portuguese magician is almost guaranteed to play in each of those games too, so make a note of him when you are selecting your teams.

Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) is another option too as Liverpool has a favourable opening two matches against Norwich and Burnley.

Tough return

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After selling Emiliano Buendia (£6.5m), Norwich’s transfer window has become increasingly important to their chances of survival.

The Canaries face Liverpool, Manchester City, and Leicester in their opening three matches and follow it up with a trip to Arsenal.

With such a tough start, we would avoid selecting any Norwich players in the early stages of the season.

It will be a baptism of fire back in the Premier League, but any points picked up will be priceless.

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