Last Wednesday marked the official unveiling of the fixture schedule for season 2015-16 of the Premier League. This is a milestone event each year for Fantasy Premier League managers, who can now start analyzing the fixture list and start formulating idea’s for the makeup of their squad. We’ve done an analysis of the first five rounds of the season so you can hit the ground running and get off to the perfect start.
First 5 Gameweeks Analysis
Which Teams Have the Easiest Start?
Southampton, Leicester City and Sunderland look like they have the easiest opening five games of the 2015/16 season. All three avoid the ‘big four’ champions league clubs and face newly promoted teams or teams that struggled in the lower half of the table last season. Given that Southampton finished the highest out of those three teams last season, they’re a good bet to invest in players for the first few rounds. Southampton open their season at Newcastle United, who struggled last season and were a risk of relegation right to the final game of last season. Southampton also face two promoted teams in Norwich & Watford, in gameweeks 3 and 4. Their other two matches see them face Everton & West Bromwich Albion, who both have a good return on clean sheets – so a Southampton defense to start the season looks a fine option. Last year Southampton started the season very strong, mainly built on the back of their solid defense. So we could have a repeat on our hands this season.
Leicester City are another team that has a favorable start to the season. They’ll start things off at home to Sunderland, who pulled off a great escape act once again to keep them in the Premier League for another year. They also face AFC Bournemouth and Aston Villa in gameweeks 4 & five which might be a good time to look at their top players and see how they fit into your squad. One of their standout players last season was Jamie Vardy, who earned a call up to the England squad. So keep an eye out for Leicester City bargains early on in the season.
Also worth an note are newly promoted Norwich City, who avoid all the big clubs in their opening five games. That run might allow them to get up to speed and bridge the gulf in qualift between the Championship & the Premier league early on.
Which of the Big Teams Have the Easiest Start?
Non of the top 6 teams from last season have a stand out easy run, like Manchester United had last season. I I were to pick one, I’d say Manchester United have the easiest start to the season out of the top clubs. While opening the season at home to Spurs may cause than some trouble, they then face Aston Villa and Newcastle United who struggled for last parts of last season. So those two matches may give them the opportunity to find some form and gel as a team before their first big test against Liverpool at home in Gameweek 5.
What teams should I avoid? Who has the hardest start to the Premier League Season?
Alan Pardew is going to have a hard test to get Crystal Palace off to an acceptable start to the season. Crystal Palace have the hardest run of all clubs, facing Arsenal, champions Chelsea and Manchester City all in the first 5 weeks of the season. So look to hold off on Palace defenders early on. Everton & West Bromwich Albion are the two other clubs with a harder looking fixture list to start their season. Everton face 4 clubs that were in the top 7 places of the Premier League last season, which is going to be a big test for them. Their oping match against Watford is going to be very important for them to get three points from, otherwise them could find themselves struggling early. It’s a similar story for Tony Pulis’ West Bromwich Albion too, who face four tough games in Manchester City, Chelsea, Southampton and Stoke City away. I can’t see them with any more than 1 win from their first 5 matches.