FPL Fixture Difficulty

Fantasy Premier League (FPL) fixture difficulty lets fantasy managers determine which premier league teams have the best schedules. Traditionally, fantasy football fixture difficulty is measured for the team as a whole – we break it down by offensive and defensive positions. Drag, drop, sort, and remove rows to better compare and plan your rotation.

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FPL Fixture Difficulty FAQs

What do the rankings mean?

Within each gameweek, every team is ranked from 1 to 20. A ranking of 1 indicates an easy fixture. The fixtures are also color-coded with shades of green being the easiest, red being the hardest, and yellow being neutral. H/A indicates whether the fixture is played at home or away.

What factors are considered in the difficulty rankings?

Fixture difficulty rankings takes into account the following factors:

  • Premier League Fixture Difficulty Rating (FDR)
  • Home and away performance per team
  • In addition, for defensive positions:
    • Overall team defensive performance (including goals against, probability of clean sheet)
    • Opponent affinity for scoring (goals for, form)
  • In addition, for offensive positions:
    • Overall team offensive performance (including goals for, probability of scoring a goal)
    • Opponent affinity for stopping goals (goals against, form)

How can I use it to plan rotation for my FPL team?

You can drag/drop and remove rows to better compare and plan rotation. You can group the teams your are interested in together and compare rotation strategies.

When are fixture difficulty rankings updated?

Fixture difficulty charts and rankings are updated each gameweek. They will factor in premier league data from the most recent gameweeks.

FPL Fixture Difficulty Explained

Fixture Difficulty Ranking (FDR) is a must-have tool that enables FPL managers to easily compare all premier league teams’ schedules in one location. It allows for making informed transfer decisions and planning team rotation weeks in advance. The FDR ratings are reviewed and updated after each gameweek. Fixtures are an important consideration when planning out a wilcard team, making transfers, or deciding who to bench. Consider consulting this fixture difficulty ranking chart weekly before finalizing your team.

This tool was created to enhance the official Fantasy Premier League FDR. It builds on the official FPL FDR by providing more up-to-date rankings, having more granular rankings, and considering more factors (see FAQ above for details). The most important differentiation, however, is having rankings by position. This gives FPL managers much more insight into how to organize their teams, which formations to consider, and more.

Feedback on how to improve the fixture tracker or rankings is welcome. Please leave any comments or suggestions below!

63 Comments
  1. nur aldin usama

    the data in downloaded csv file not like data in table shown in website, I think problem in the columns names

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  2. I’m not sure I’m reading this correctly. ‘Offence’ should show the fixture difficulty for that team’s attacking players, right? For example, for GW3, Newcastle’s offence is dark red against Tottenham (20, A), but their defence is light yellow (9, A)… is this supposed to indicate that Newcastle’s attackers have a very difficult fixture but their defenders have a relatively easy fixture? How is this in line with Spurs offence having a green fixture? (ELI5 – thanks!!)

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    • Mark De Carvalho

      Yes you are reading it correctly. One thing to note is that it is based on relative rankings, not absolute score, for instance you cant have 2 teams with a rank of 20, one has to be easier/harder than the other.

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      • Got it, thanks. So just trying to confirm here, Leeds’ offence has a green fixture against Man City? In fact, in this table it is considered the sixth easiest fixture for offence players across all the teams?

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        • Mark De Carvalho

          Correct, in hindsight it looks like it wasnt far off 😉

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          • Haha yes, in hindsight seems that City will ship in a bunch of goals. But there does seem to be something wrong with Villa. Each and everyone one of their fixtures is green for their defence (including against Liverpool next week). Is this purely because they haven’t conceded yet against SHU and FUL? In that case you might need to amend the way your model weights different factors…

  3. In your “alphabetical” order of teams, Leicester comes before Leeds. They should be the other way round.

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    • Mark De Carvalho

      Fixed, it was because of how official site setup the team IDs.

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      • Brandon Urtel

        Is there a key for the Team IDs? I imported the data into SQL Manager to do queries.

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  4. Are we going to be able to get the numbers in time for gameweek 3?

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  5. Pavinder Barracks-Sahota

    Please bring back the numbers, they were useful for excel and those with colour blindness!

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  6. Tony Rother

    The (#,H/A) was very useful, please consider bringing it back. Thank you!

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    • Mark De Carvalho

      Thank you for the feedback, we will review and look at making any changes this week or for next week.

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      • Tony Rother

        The simple/detailed toggle works great. Thanks!!

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  7. Saurav Mandal

    Why stop giving numbers, now I cannot use it in excel.

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    • Mark De Carvalho

      We will look at adding an export option.

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    • nur aldin usama

      please do this, we really need numbers to export to excel

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    • Same here! Please revert back to what it was or create an option aligned to what it was before.

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  8. Sorry but what does the number mean in the fixture box?

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    • Mark De Carvalho

      Its described in the FAQs below, here is the relevant snippet: Within each gameweek, every team is ranked from 1 to 20. A ranking of 1 indicates an easy fixture. The fixtures are also color-coded with shades of green being the easiest, red being the hardest, and yellow being neutral. H/A indicates whether the fixture is played at home or away.

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    • GW 4 AVL have got LIV and the FDR is showing pale green for defence… why?

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      • Mark De Carvalho

        Remember this tool is dynamic and data-based, not biased and static like the official FDR. Given the limited data, this is a reasonable ranking (LIV performance vs. Leeds, AVL clean sheet)

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  9. Jon Warren

    Team Planner tool does not show money in bank correctly. Difficuilty ratings in planner do not correspond with fixture difficuilty ratings. Why is this?

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    • Mark De Carvalho

      In the bank values will be those from the last deadline as no one but yourself has access to the latest value or the ability to see your current squad (for security reasons). The difficulty ratings may not match exactly but should be relatively close. The planner ratings are more dynamic and will reflect the latest data sooner than those on the FDR tool.

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      • Jon Warren

        My bank values are just showing as negative team value?
        For example Difficuilty rating for Mid field man u player at home to crystal palace as 10 in team planner but as 1 in fixture difficuilty tool?? It appears corrupt data to me

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        • Mark De Carvalho

          Will email you to get more info and screenshots.

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          • Jon Warren

            Thank you for your responses I look forward to seeing the same data used in both tables.

        • Timothy Dombrowski

          I think this is because city and united haven’t played yet

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      • Felim Opurum

        how do i fix my team after game week 1? no features on team building or suggestion based on metrics why?

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        • Mark De Carvalho

          Hi Felim, try the planner tool or the transfer tool, those will help with ideas for GW2 and onward. I would also suggest reviewing our all-time manager list and seeing what their teams look like.

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  10. Angus Macdonald

    Hi there, do you have a downloadable version?

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    • Mark De Carvalho

      You could try screenshotting, cropping, and printing?

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  11. Ahmad Sabhan

    How can i add it to my team?

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    • Mark De Carvalho

      You can use our planner tool to see the fixture difficulty for your squad

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  12. James Thompson

    Hey, I don’t know whether you have this feature already but what I’d really like to be able to do is have my squad listed down the left and then their next 8 fixtures so that I can see any hotspots for my team members (e.g. GW18 is looking v difficult for my squad). Fantasy Football iFix has something similar to what I’m talking about but think it only goes to 5 GWs ahead.

    You could then add some features for planning transfers so that if you can add players to the left and indicate when you’re transferring them in then you could build up your rotation etc… email me if you want any clarification and think it’s a good idea!

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    • Mark De Carvalho

      Thanks for the idea, we will add it to our backlog. Keep the feedback coming!

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    • João Nianga

      Hey, I am new to FPL and just started on this season 2019/20 and I am new to this website as well. Let me say you have here a great project by building this website. But for now, my concern is about the message left by @James Thompson. How long will it take to see our squad listed and the next 5 to 8 GWs fixtures to allow us to plann our transfers?

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      • Mark De Carvalho

        Fixture tools and data is updated at the end of each gameweek.

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    • Mark De Carvalho

      Please check out our transfer planning tool.

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  13. David CADDEN

    For the Team Planner feature would it be possible to add multiple templates?
    Transfer planning requires so much chopping and changing it is such a pain to play about with alternate transfer strategies on just the one template.

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  14. Muhammad Eltantawy

    How much time it takes to update after each gameweek?

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    • Mark De Carvalho

      It gets updated within a day or two after the end of gameweek.

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    • Saurav Mandal

      Please update for GW14

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      • Mark De Carvalho

        Will be updated shortly, usually within 24-48 hours of the end of gameweek.

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  15. Can you please implement sorting by difficulty

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  16. felix sulaiman

    Until now.. it was the best FDR i’ve ever used. Hope it will be get faster update every a gameweek is finished. ?

    Because sometime we need tranfer some players before the day after a GW start come. ?
    So a good plan will help a good result.

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  17. David CADDEN

    Any way you can make it so we can look further ahead in the season? Thinking about future transfers and how it will affect my team now and this is a really useful tool.
    I’m thinking of taking out Michael Keane from my defense after week 14 as Evertons good run of matches seems to end and I’d like to see ahead of time what possible replacements would be best to put in and if I’d need any bank saved etc.
    Thanks

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    • Mark De Carvalho

      We will look at adding more gameweeks to the tool, thank you for the feedback!

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  18. will be this FDR update Gameweek by gameweek according to the real situation ? thx

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  19. Leon LIAO

    Hi, regarding the fixture difficulty, is it possible to add information about the time of the update? it would make it easier for users to know whether the tables have been updated since the last time they checked. Thank you very much!

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  20. This tool is absolutely fantastic. I am busy trying to build a FPL spreadsheet that takes multiple factors into account when deciding who to pick for my team. I was just starting to look into building something exactly like you have here in order to Improve the FDR of FPL. Is it possible to import this data into an excel spreadsheet so that I can implement this into my model.

    Thanks for an awesome sight. I subscribed to your newsletter and I look forward to hearing more from you regarding awesome tools such as this one that you have built.

    Regards,
    Johny

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    • Mark De Carvalho

      We dont have an export, but you should be able to copy and paste the table into a google sheet?

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