Fantasy premier league promoted teams – a stats focus


Here’s our fantasy premier league promoted teams article where we provide some stats on the teams and key players for the 3 teams promoted to the PL in Norwich, Sheffield United and Aston Villa

Fantasy premier league promoted teams – a stats focus

Note:  This article was written before the fixtures were released.  It is my intention to update it


Firstly I’ll give an overview of the teams compared to previous seasons promoted teams.  Then I’ll give some stats with a few notes attached.  Lastly there will be a summary.


Here’s a schedule which compares the points, goals scored and goals conceded of promoted teams over previous years:

fantasy premier league promoted teams

What strikes you is that Norwich and Villa conceded alot of goals compared to previous teams with only Huddersfield comparing which is a scary prospect.  Now Villa improved the defence mid season but still.

Now the reverse of that is that Villa and Norwich really did score some goals which bodes well although we’ll talk about that in more detail later.


Here’s some stats on what I see as the attacking and defensive players to monitor:

fantasy premier league promoted teams

Roberts is a new loan signing from Man City who’s stats are from Girona last season.  If the game was played tomorrow I would expect the above players to be a starter apart from Roberts who is a monitor.

They generally play 4-2-3-1.  They are a short passing possession football team.  They had the 2nd most shots per game and were 4th  for possession and pass completion in the Championship.  Their main weakness was defending set pieces.  They had a poor total of 13 clean sheets

The penalty taker is not settled.  Set pieces are principally Buendia

Sheffield United

Here’s some stats on what I see as the attacking and defensive players to monitor:

fantasy premier league promoted teams

Henderson is on loan from Man Utd.  No decision has been made about next season.  Dowell is on loan from Everton and it appears Sheffield are trying to sign him permanently

They generally play 3-4-1-2.  I would expect all of the above to start if they played tomorrow although the CAM position is between Duffy and Dowell.  With Sharp, McGoldrick and Duffy’s age you would expect signings at the attacking end. They conceded less goals than the other 2 teams by a reasonable margin and the defence was highly rated by whoscored.  They were top of the Championship’s clean sheets with 21.  Stevens in particular looks a good attacking defender.

In terms of style of play they like to use the width of the pitch and attack down the wings and dominate possession in the opponents half.

Penalty taker is McGoldrick.  Set pieces are dominated by Norwood.

Aston Villa

Here’s some stats on what I see as the attacking and defensive players to monitor:

Loan players are Abraham from Chelsea, Tuanzebe from Man Utd and Mings from Bournemouth.  Given Chelsea’s transfer ban, Higuain’s under performance and Giroud’s desire to leave then I’d be surprised if Abraham is at Villa next season.  Tuanzebe and Mings we will have to see.  It should be noted that you can only have 2 loan players from other PL clubs so all 3 won’t be able to come back on loan.

Jota is a new signing and his stats are from Birmingham City.   I imagine he would start as an RW in a 4-3-3 although they also play 4-1-4-1.  Out of the above players I would expect them all to start if the game was tomorrow apart from maybe Jota in a 4-1-4-1.

Villa were 4th in shots per game, 6th in possession stats and 3rd in pass completion.  They had a poor 12 clean sheets.  In terms of style they are a short passing possession based team who like to play out wide and cross for principally Abraham.

Penalties are Abraham.  Set pieces are predominantly Hourihane although Jota did have some responsibility at Birmingham.

Initial thoughts

In general I look at the newly promoted teams for cheap defenders and goalkeepers as they have often provided the best chance of a playing £4.0m GK or Def who helps to minimise funds on your FPL teams bench but also provides a playing option for unexpected injuries or rotation.  Also there is also a chance they could have a £4.5m midfielder for your bench who isn’t just a CDM yellow card magnet.  Outside that an attacking player in a GW1 squad if the price is good and the fixtures are also.  Set piece or penalty duties is a bonus as well.  Lastly a £4.5m defender with some attacking prospects as a benchwarmer or as part of a 2 team home and away rotation which spits out good fixtures is the other focus.


Firstly Pukki is the obvious target but I would like a reasonable price and good fixtures to think of him for GW1.  If he gets confirmed as the penalty taker that would be a big help.  Otherwise set piece man Buendia looks the best option in midfield subject again to price and fixtures. Vranic’s stats are incredible but need a bit more monitoring as they seem a bit too good to be a true reflection of his prospects.

The defence doesn’t look an option for me.  13 clean sheets and the goals against are just not good enough.   Aarons seems to have attacking potential but that’s of no use if there is little in the way of clean sheet potential.

Sheffield United 

I can’t see any attacking options here.  They look like they need an overhaul in the striking department.

Defensively their record with 21 clean sheets, the most in the Championship, was excellent.   Stevens as a wing back looks like an option either as a bench player or part of a rotation.  However he would have to be £4.5m as I can’t believe he would be value at £5.0m when there should be more established players at that price.   It would be helpful if GK Henderson is confirmed again on loan to their defensive prospects.

Aston Villa

Aston Villa’s prospects are so reliant on their loan players that it’s hard to have a serious discussion about their prospects.

Despite goals against and the paltry clean sheet total, the defence on paper if Tuanzebe and Mings are secured could be a possibility although it would be helpful to have an upgrade in the GK department. Elmohamady seems the best attacking prospect but I imagine, given his WS rating, that Mings might perform well for bonus points.  Again though, £4.5m would be my maximum and a decent rotation or a bench position being the other criteria.

Attacking wise Abraham, subject to price and fixtures, could be a possibility but I would personally be surprised if he returns.  El Ghazi looked lively in the play off final if he was a good price but I’m not wowed by his stats.  I’m just not sure that Grealish can produce the output to be considered myself despite that fact that he will probably be on the ball a decent amount of time

That’s it.  Hope you found it useful.

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2 thoughts on “Fantasy premier league promoted teams – a stats focus”

  1. As a villa fan, I’d definitely say watch out for our new record signing Wes as a striker, and Grealish because he’s like our Eden Hazard. There’s only more to come from him. Also watch out for Mcginn’s price – if it’s low enough then he’ll be a gem as that super cheap 5th mid.

  2. Great info, for someone who doesn’t watch Championship this is very helpful to pick up cheap FPL prospects without trolling through stats. My choice will be Pukki/Buendia – whoever is on Pens and probably a Villa Defender to rotate with a Burnley Defender.

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