30 Jul 2021 10:46 AM +00:00

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

The fixtures have been announced for the new Premier League season, and you have just two weeks to get your Fantasy Premier League side togther.

These are the ties to watch out for in the early season.

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Deadline Alert

Here's the warning - you have until Friday, 13 August at 6:30pm BST to create and tinker with your side.

The honour of opening the campaign goes to Premier League new boys Brentford, who host Arsenal - with many tipping an early season upset for the Bees.

GW1 Fixtures

Brentford vs Arsenal

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Burnley vs Brighton

Chelsea vs Crystal Palace

Everton vs Southampton

Leicester City vs Wolverhampton

Manchester United vs Leeds United

Newcastle United vs West Ham United

Norwich City vs Liverpool

Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City

Watford vs Aston Villa

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tough return

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.