The opening round of 2016/17 English Premier League fixtures should provide a few clues as to what we can expect throughout the course of the season and as usual, Fantasy Football Portal will be here to provide you with those invaluable goal projections, a vital commodity for all FPL and daily fantasy football managers. The managerial merry-go-round has already been in full flow and the 4 sides who have the highest goal expectations in Gameweek 1 all have a new man at the helm.
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City stand out on paper so working out which players are likely to thrive under his tutelage will be key for fantasy football managers. The plethora of pre-season fixtures should provide a few further clues to his likely formation and set-up so expect to see a few managers stacking their Gameweek 1 line-ups with Citizens, based on any conclusions they draw.
Chelsea, Manchester United and Southampton also have appealing fixtures on paper. The Chelsea full-backs will come under close scrutiny if Antonio Conte opts to go with a 3-man defence, while more new faces are expected to find their way to Stamford Bridge.
José Mourinho hasn’t wasted any time getting his transfer business done but it remains to be seen as to which player will earn the honour of anchoring his midfield. Morgan Schneiderlin’s 2015/16 English Premier League WhoScored rating was only 6.92, compared to 7.51 in his final season at Southampton but he looks the most likely candidate.
Claude Puel is the new man in charge at St Marys following Ronald Koeman’s switch to Everton and as usual for the Saints, a number of star players have left the club. If he does as well as his two predecessors he will be in for a successful spell so keep an eye out for the latest players to emerge from Southampton’s ‘fabled’ Youth Academy!
Elsewhere champions Leicester City will be looking to carry on from where they left off when they visit Hull City. The promoted Tigers already have a number of early season injuries to contend with, which suggest that Steve Bruce’s troops could be in for a long, hard campaign.