As the next Fantasy Premier League (FPL) Gameweek draws nearer, here is an early preview of what lies ahead.
Firstly, these are the fixtures.
|Friday||8:00pm||Newcastle v Wolves|
|Saturday||12:30pm||Everton v Man United|
|Saturday||3:00pm||Arsenal v Brighton||Southampton v Chelsea||Watford v Leeds|
|Saturday||5:30pm||Aston Villa v Tottenham|
|Sunday||2:00pm||Brentford v West Ham||Leicester v Crystal Palace||Norwich v Burnley|
|Sunday||4:30pm||Man City v Liverpool|
Secondly, the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) deadline is at 18:30 (GMT) on Friday 8 April.
This is the first peaceful combination of 20 teams into 10 matches since Gameweek 15, with no blanks or doubles at all.
Not only that but many of the match-ups look fairly even, headlined by the huge Man City v Liverpool clash. However, Arsenal’s hosting of Brighton looks the most promising. The Gunners have hit form at the right time in the race for fourth place and the Seagulls have just one point and one goal from their last seven matches. Should these trends continue, FPL managers will be looking to have defensive coverage via Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White or Kieran Tierney, plus the very highly-owned midfielder Bukayo Saka.
With a lack of good forwards in the game, perhaps even Alexandre Lacazette could form a triple-up.
Across north London, Spurs are perhaps the main challengers to Mikel Arteta’s quest for Champions League football. Yet the FPL scene is already very aware of their assets, with Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, Dejan Kulusevski and Matt Doherty four of the most-selected players right now.
A trip to Aston Villa certainly isn’t easy, as Steven Gerrard’s side have impressed onlookers during several occasions. But recently, there have also been several sleepwalking displays and the last three outings have ended in defeat. Whereas Tottenham have scored 21 goals in their last six matches.