The FPL News you Might've Missed (12/06 - 19/06)

Prior to this week, we already knew that the 20 Premier League teams were all going to play each other next season. A few footballing gurus had even surmised that they'd play each other twice.

But for FPL managers with very little else to suckle upon, the teat of Thursday's Premier League fixture release has become a bountiful source of analysis, scrutiny and, of course, fear.Who has the best fixtures? And who has the worst? Here's all the analysis you'll ever need...

...in about 2 minutes.

At a Glance 🔎

Here's the best early-season fixture ticker we found, courtesy of @HollyShand.

You know, Holly once contributed to this very newsletter. She assures us that this was the crowning moment in an illustrious career of FPL punditry.

Arsenal, Liverpool and Man City have an excellent start. Expect the Gameweek 1 template to be full of players from these teams. Bukayo Saka, Mohamed Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold and the little-known Erling Haaland are already picking up suitors amongst the sorts of FPL managers that think about this kind of stuff in June.

Fulham, Crystal Palace and Bournemouth should be avoided. But you were probably going to avoid them anyway.The Smart Play 🧠

Our friends at @AllAboutFPL are smarter than us. Look at what they spotted: a goalkeeper rotation that keeps you sweet until Gameweek 15.

In this week's secret email (you probably didn't get it, but we'll tell you how you can get it at the end of this email) we revealed that Nottingham Forest were in talks with Man United's Dean Henderson. If that goes through, we could have a great set of budget goalkeeper options on our hands.The Fixture Calendar 📆

If there's one guy who knows his fixtures, it's @BenCrellin. Unbelievably, he's already put together a rough schedule of when we might expect Blank and Double Gameweeks. Hey - it's never too soon.

This Week's Done Deals 🤝

Despite all of that fixture excitement, deals are still being done. Here are the ones that might interest you the most:-

Yves Bissouma has completed his move to Spurs, for a reported £35m. Does this increase the value of the Spurs defence?

- Midfielder Marc Roca will become Leeds' third summer signing, joining from Bayern Munich for £10m. Here's a picture of him looking thoughtfully over Elland Road. #NewProfilePic.

- Darwin Nunez has joined Liverpool for £85m (including add-ons). He's considered the "natural selection" to replace Sadio Mane, who departs for Munich.

- Eddie Nketiah has signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal. He'll wear the #14 shirt.

- Forget about Darwin, because Liverpool have just signed £4.2m Calvin Ramsay, a Scottish right-back from Aberdeen. Move aside, Trent.

A Couple of Rumours 🤫

Last week we shared a speculative rumour that Raheem Sterling could move to Chelsea. To be honest, we weren't particularly convinced

.Well, according to Gianluca Di Marzio (who knows about this stuff), Chelsea are now "confident" the deal will go through.

£35m, apparently. Sterling = Bissouma.

Elsewhere, Leeds want £55m for Raphinha, with Barcelona and Arsenal interested (Fabrizio Romano). The Gunners are also still pursuing Gabriel Jesus, according to the Daily Mail.

Planning Ahead 🔮

Firstly, there won't be any fixtures in the no-man's-land between Boxing Day and New Years, in what the Premier League has called a "winter shake-up".

The only real implication this has on FPL managers is that drunken transfers are likely to be reduced.

Also, an eagle-eyed Redditor has spotted a possible leak from FPL HQ: it looks like Son Heung-min, Salah, Jarrod Bowen and Kevin De Bruyne will definitely be midfielders next season, quelling any speculation that Son and Salah could be listed as forwards.

Right, that's all for this week. We really like reading your replies, so if you have any thoughts, compliments or raging insults, just hit "reply" and type away.

We read 'em all. Even the mean ones.

The FPLTips Team.