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Fantasy Premier League Club Guides: Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Everton & Huddersfield

Next in our guide to Fantasy Premier League are the champions, Palace, Everton and new boys Huddersfield.


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In today’s edition, we’re looking at Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Everton and Huddersfield Town.

  1. 1 Chelsea


    Fixtures

    Burnley (H), Spurs (A), Everton (H), Leicester (A), Arsenal (H),  Stoke (A)

    2/5: Some tough fixtures against potential title rivals and potentially difficult away games against Leicester and Stoke. However, Chelsea could prove to be fixture-proof so you need to be very brave not to have any of them in GW1!

    Main Man – Eden Hazard (10.5m)

    Unfortunately, he will be injured for the opening matches of the season, but Hazard should be on your radar the minute he returns. His fantasy pedigree is unquestionable and on his day he will tear apart any defence.

    Defensive Pick – Marcos Alonso (7.0m)

    The most expensive defender in the game and for good reason. If Chelsea continue with their 3-4-3 formation then he is essentially a winger! You'll have to compromise elsewhere, but it should be worth it.

    Gamble Pick – Willian (7.0m)

    There are plenty of gambles available at Chelsea (Michy Batshuayi – will he start the season ahead of Alvaro Morata; Pedro – can he replicate last season’s output for just 8.0m?) but Willian is cheap, likely to start in Hazard’s absence and on fire in pre-season!

    Steer Clear – Diego Costa (10.0m)

    This may be cheating considering he's obviously not one to pick! But, in case you've been living in an isolated bubble since May, he's leaving Chelsea. They have bought a replacement and he did not even join up with the squad for pre-season.

  2. 2 Crystal Palace


    Fixtures

    Huddersfield (H), Liverpool (A), Swansea (H), Burnley (A), Southampton (H), Man City (A)

    3/5: Palace will be happy with their run of home matches, but the away games give cause for concern! Maybe one to look at in a rotation.

    Main Man – Wilfried Zaha (7.0m)

    Since moving to Palace, Zaha has enhanced his reputation dramatically. Last season he managed seven goals and 11 assists and was sorely missed when playing at AFCON.

    Defensive Pick – Patrick van Aanholt (5.5m)

    New manager Frank de Boer puts a lot of emphasis on a strong defence, which should boost van Aanholt's FPL potential. He's also scored five goals in each of the last two seasons.

    Gamble Pick – Yohan Cabaye (5.5m)

    I rode Cabaye to an excellent mid-season lead when he was doing the business at Newcastle. His confidence has been knocked by his spell at PSG and he was deployed deeper last season, but I'll always hope he can return to the level that earned him the major transfer!

    Steer Clear – James Tomkins (4.5m)

    He has slipped down the pecking order since the arrival of Riedewald and looks destined to be the third centre back this season. He may be cheap but he's not worth it.

  3. 3 Everton


    Fixtures

    Stoke (H), Man City (A), Chelsea (A), Spurs (H), Man United (A), Bournemouth (H)

    1/5: Two winnable home fixtures book end a horrendous run against four of last year's top six, with three of those matches away from home! Unfortunately, you should avoid the Toffees until end of September.

    Main Man – Leighton Baines (6.5m)

    Well-known to veteran FPL managers, Baines can deliver huge returns with free kick and penalty duties. As a defender he may be one to watch during the difficult run of fixtures, but when Everton have a nice run he should be a superb option.

    Defensive Pick – Jordan Pickford (5.0m)

    Last season’s break out star from Sunderland, Pickford earned his big-money move and should be a fantastic acquisition for Everton. Again, don't pick him from the start, but in September he should be on your wildcard watch list.

    Gamble Pick – Davy Klaassen (7.5m)

    20 goals in 49 appearances in the Eredivisie… But that league has thrown up some contrasting players (Robin van Persie and Jozy Altidore demonstrate the unpredictable nature of players making the switch). Could go either way!

    Steer Clear – Wayne Rooney (7.5m)

    Controversial, but I cannot see Rooney having a major impact at Everton. He has not shown much at Man United in the past couple of seasons and will be more isolated at Everton, so will drop deeper for the ball. I may be proven wrong but I'm not willing to take that chance.

  4. 4 Huddersfield Town


    Fixtures

    Crystal Palace (A), Newcastle (H), Southampton (H), West Ham (A), Leicester (H), Burnley (A)

    5/5: Their biggest test is travelling to Burnley... Huddersfield have the best possible start to life in the Premier League.

    Main Man – Tom Ince (6.0m)

    Since moving down to the Championship, Ince has gone from strength to strength. He has scored over 10 goals in each of the last three seasons and will be looking to make his name in the Premier League next year.

    Defensive Pick – Chris Lowe (4.5m)

    Lowe is kindly priced at 4.5m and most likely to start at left back for the Terriers. If he can get forward and put crosses in for their new striker (see below) then he could pick up a few assists as well.

    Gamble Pick – Steve Mounie (6.0m)

    Think of Andy Carroll at Newcastle, back when he was valued at £35m by Liverpool and causing havoc with defences. That's how Mounie could turn out this year. He is 6’3” and powerful in the air. He is also settling in well with several goals in pre-season.

    Steer Clear – Aaron Mooy (5.5m)

    Mooy arrived at Huddersfield as a no. 10, which would be perfect at that price for FPL. But Wagner has pushed him deeper in midfield and turned him into a combative holding midfielder who's comfortable on the ball. I'm sure he'll have a great season, but playing that deep will prevent him from becoming an FPL star.

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Jono Forwood

I'm football mad and I have been bitten by the FPL bug and can't get enough of it! I've finished inside the top 40k twice and managed to finish in the top 20k in 2014/15. I'm also a fan of draft FPL leagues, I've played in Togga leagues for 4 years and I'm looking forward to the new FPL draft leagues!

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Fantasy Premier League Club Guides: Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Everton & Huddersfield

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