Who are the most productive groups to pair in rotation?

We proceed our research of the newly launched 2022/23 Premier League fixture checklist with a have a look at which groups rotate smartly from a Fantasy standpoint.

We’re the usage of our customisable Season Ticker for this text, a device that permits you to clear out golf equipment through rotation among different sortable choices.

The concept here’s to easily in finding a few low cost Fantasy Premier League (FPL) belongings whose fixtures dovetail, both to supply successive house suits or, on the very least, a protracted spell of beneficial fighters.

We’re that specialize in finances defensive choices, principally as a result of many Fantasy managers will face up to benching top class belongings.

In idea, this method can assist maximise the issues returns from two low cost choices, releasing up finances for the top class belongings like Mohamed Salah and Erling Haaland.

It must be mentioned that the rotation technique is avoided through some Fantasy managers, as expecting the place a blank sheet or attacking go back will come from is steadily no longer simply as easy as choosing the participant with a house fit or better-on-paper fixture. The transfer in opposition to ‘big at the back’ additionally manner fewer folks will believe having two £4.5m-and-under defenders in our squads.


There are 10 pairings that trade house fixtures completely subsequent season (credit score is going to Fantasy Football Scout person Portsmouth Bubblejet for the analysis):

Paired staff 1 Paired staff 2
Arsenal Tottenham Hotspur
Aston Villa Bournemouth
Brighton and Hove Albion Leeds United
Chelsea Fulham
Leicester City Nottingham Forest
Liverpool Everton
Manchester City Manchester United
Newcastle United Southampton
West Ham United Brentford
Wolverhampton Wanderers Crystal Palace

Some of the above couplings are determined through geographical proximity, created through the want to unfold police resourcing: Liverpool/Everton, Manchester United/Manchester City and Spurs/Arsenal being notable examples.

And a variety of those combos are in large part beside the point on the subject of rotation pairings as a result of the associated fee tags related to no less than one of the vital respective golf equipment’ belongings and their talent to attain issues at the highway – Fantasy managers aren’t prone to trade benchings for Kieran Tierney or Ivan Perisic just because they have got an away fixture, as an example.

So for extra real looking pairings, we need to field a bit of bit extra suave.


For those pairings, we’ll glance no additional than Gameweek 16. It’s after that time that the Premier League takes a six-week smash for the World Cup, which will likely be a great time to take inventory. Wildcards or – if we’re given them – limitless transfers may also be flying at this level.


Pairing Brentford and Newcastle via to Gameweek 15 avoids any assembly with a facet that completed within the best seven closing season.

A 3rd of the 15 suits are in opposition to newly promoted golf equipment, whilst there are two house fixtures in opposition to an Everton aspect who had a woeful away report in 2021/22 and a brace of conferences with a Wolverhampton Wanderes outfit who had been the department’s fourth-lowest scorers.

We’ve stopped earlier than Gameweek 16 as Manchester City and Chelsea give you the opposition within the ultimate spherical of suits earlier than the World Cup.

There must be numerous Brentford defensive choices within the £4.5m bracket, even though it is still observed how FPL worth up Newcastle belongings akin to Dan Burn given the cash being pumped into the membership. We can unquestionably fail to remember about full-backs Matt Targett and Kieran Trippier being any less expensive than £5.0m.

FPL managers would possibly simply need to ‘set and forget’ Bees belongings akin to David Raya anyway: Thomas Frank’s troops don’t meet considered one of closing season’s best 4 till Gameweek 12, whilst Manchester City, Spurs and Liverpool aren’t issues till November onwards.


West Ham United are just a little like Newcastle in that their first-choice full-backs, Vladimir Coufal and Aaron Cresswell, aren’t going to be anything else not up to £5.0m.

FPL may just worth up their centre-halves a tad less expensive, alternatively, for the reason that best 4 golf equipment saved fewer blank sheets than the Hammers (8) closing season.

Wolves must be capable of be offering us a few viable choices within the £4.5m bracket, with the likes of Jonny and Rayan Ait-Nouri doubtlessly indexed at that worth level.

Rotating defenders from those two facets within the first 16 Gameweeks once more provides us 5 fixtures in opposition to the 3 groups who’ve simply arise from the Championship.

Like the Brentford/Newcastle pairing, it avoids any membership who completed within the best seven of the Premier League in 2021/22.

A complete of eleven out of the 16 suits can be on house soil, too.


If FPL don’t oblige us with reasonable West Ham defenders, then Nottingham Forest’s fixtures dovetail rather smartly with the ones of Wolves – if no longer rather as favourably, with Gameweek 9 just a little problematic.

The first 8 Gameweeks are lovely excellent, alternatively, for the ones FPL managers having a look to Wildcard over the September global smash.

There are 4 fixtures in opposition to Fulham and Bournemouth, in conjunction with a couple of suits in opposition to Leeds.

Forest conceded simply 28 objectives in Steve Cooper’s 38 league suits in rate closing season, whilst it’s simple to fail to remember that Wolves boasted one of the vital Premier League’s perfect defensive data – despite the fact that they had been ‘overachieving’ in accordance with the anticipated objectives knowledge.

FPL 2022/23: Who are the best teams to pair in rotation? 1

Fulham and Leeds defenders received’t be best of many Fantasy managers’ buying groceries lists however Rasmus Kristensen may well be one of the vital extra attacking choices at £4.5m, must FPL Towers be feeling beneficiant with their pricing.

The Whites have advanced on the again since Jesse Marsch used to be appointed, whilst they’ve added a much-needed defensive midfielder within the type of Marc Roca from Bayern Munich over the summer season.

We’ve were given 10 rather beneficial house fixtures through pairing the 2 golf equipment in combination in Gameweeks 1-15, once more preventing at that time because of two unappealing suits in Gameweek 16.

There are not any conferences with any of closing season’s best 8 Premier League facets within the above collection however 5 video games in opposition to the newly promoted trio.

The Cottagers admittedly got here up from the English 2d tier with a name for extra attacking soccer, so there needs to be some extent of scepticism about their blank sheet doable.


If we’re being real looking, the present development for proudly owning top class defenders will go away many FPL managers feeling chilly in regards to the above method.

So what if we have a look at this otherwise and ask if there are any finances defenders who can step in at the uncommon events after we may well be desirous about benching our 3 or 4 heavy hitters on the again?

Team Benchable fixtures? Top of the ticker (finances groups best)
Liverpool Gameweek 11: Man City (h) Gameweek 11: Wolves v Nottm Forest (h)
Man City Gameweek 11: Liverpool (a) Gameweek 11: Wolves v Nottm Forest (h)
Spurs Gameweek 2: Chelsea (a)
Gameweek 7: Man City (a)
Gameweek 15: Liverpool (h)
Gameweek 2: Wolves v Fulham (h)
Gameweek 7: Leeds v Nottm Forest (h)
Gameweek 15: Leeds v Bournemouth (h)
Chelsea Gameweek 8: Liverpool (h) Gameweek 8: Nottm Forest v Fulham (h)

Wolves supply excellent duvet in Gameweeks 2 and 11 however have a rotten pair of suits in opposition to Liverpool and Manchester City in Gameweeks 7 and eight, to mood their attraction.

Any potential house owners of Ivan Perisic (presuming he’s a defender) may just as an alternative glance to hide from the Leeds backline for conferences with City and Liverpool in Gameweeks 7 and 15. The Whites additionally face Southampton away in Gameweek 2.

Focusing best at the 5 Gameweeks above, Forest almost about pop out on best for fixture issue in our bespoke Season Ticker.


2021/22 Premier League
% of overall blank sheets saved through house facets 56.1
% of overall objectives conceded through house facets 46.3
% of video games wherein the house aspect saved a blank sheet 31.3
% of video games wherein the away aspect saved a blank sheet 24.5
% of video games wherein a ‘big six’ aspect saved a blank sheet 41.7
% of video games wherein a ‘non-big six side kept a clean sheet 22.0
% of games in which a ‘big six’ house aspect saved a blank sheet 43.0
% of video games wherein a ‘non-big six home side kept a clean sheet 26.3
% of games in which a ‘big six’ away aspect saved a blank sheet 40.4
% of video games wherein a ‘non-big six’ away aspect saved a blank sheet 17.7
% of video games wherein a ‘big six’ aspect saved a blank sheet in opposition to a ‘non-big six’ aspect 48.2
% of video games wherein a ‘big six’ aspect saved a blank sheet in opposition to any other ‘big six’ aspect 23.3
% of video games wherein a ‘non-big six’ aspect saved a blank sheet in opposition to any other ‘non-big six’ aspect 25.3
% of video games wherein a ‘non-big six’ aspect saved a blank sheet in opposition to a ‘big six’ aspect 14.9

A snappy have a look at the blank sheet breakdown illustrates that whilst house benefit and opposition issue isn’t the be-all and end-all, it unsurprisingly does make a distinction.

Non-‘big six’ facets saved a blank sheet in 26.3% in their house suits as opposed to 17.7% away.

They additionally registered shut-outs in 25.3% in their fixtures in opposition to fellow non-‘big six’ facets, in comparison to 14.9% in their conferences with the highest half-dozen groups.

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