, Telegraph Fantasy Football: Get ready for the Premier League 2021/22 season, Nzuchi Times

Telegraph Fantasy Football: Get ready for the Premier League 2021/22 season

, Telegraph Fantasy Football: Get ready for the Premier League 2021/22 season, Nzuchi Times

Get the lowdown on rule changes for the new season as well as the usual tips on selecting your starting XI, points scoring and creating private leagues with your friends, as we look forward to what promises to be a fascinating Premier League campaign

Following a fantastic festival of football at Euro 2020, Telegraph Fantasy Football players are now turning their attention to the Premier League season with a prize of £5,000 awaiting the overall winner. 

How do I register for Telegraph Fantasy Football?

If you are new to Telegraph Fantasy Football and do not already have a Telegraph Fantasy Football login, signing up is quick and easy. Simply visit fantasyfootball.telegraph.co.uk, enter a few personal details and you’ll be ready to select a team, create your own private leagues and join public leagues.

What’s new in season 2021/22?

There are a few new rules coming into force this season, which we think will bring an extra dimension to points-scoring and overall strategy.

Goalkeepers now get one point for every two saves made

Previously, only clean sheets earned points for goalies but they will now be rewarded for stopping shots even if they do concede, throwing the goalkeeper market wide open.

Midfielders get one point for every two tackles

Again, this a strategy-altering rule change, with more defensive-minded midfielders such as N’Golo Kante, Kalvin Phillips and Yves Bissouma emerging as potentially strong points-scorers.

Set your team up like England

This season an additional formation, 5-3-2, will be available. If you can bear to cast your mind back to Euro 2020, you’ll remember it was the formation Gareth Southgate used to successfully see off Germany at Wembley. With full-backs bombing on as wingers in the modern game, it’s well worth considering.

Appy days

After a season off, the Telegraph Fantasy Football mobile app will be making a comeback very soon, we’ll let you know as soon as it’s available, keep an eye on Twitter for updates.

Rounds reset at midnight

In a bid to avoid confusion, game rounds will reset at midnight every Tuesday, making it easier to establish which rounds your transfers will count towards.

New teams, new players

This season sees a return to the top-flight of Norwich City and Watford while Brentford finally take their place in the Premier League for the first time. 

History is littered with examples of teams coming up from the Championship taking the Premier League by storm and there could be some gems to be harvested from one or more of the promoted teams.

Ivan Toney, who scored 33 goals for an attack-minded Brentford last season, is sure to garner attention, while Norwich’s creative midfielder Todd Cantwell and Watford’s flying winger Ismaila Sarr looked a class apart for their respective teams last term.

There are also bound to be a number of big-name signings to whet the appetite over the coming weeks, with Jadon Sancho’s protracted move to Manchester United expected to kick things off.

Getting your strategy right: players to look out for

Getting the balance of your team right can be a tricky business, especially with limited funds, but there are a few tried and trusted methods that will stand you in good stead:

Pick regular starters

Okay, so this isn’t always straightforward in the world of rotation where world-class players routinely find themselves sitting on the bench. That said, there are certain players who, if fit, are almost always the first name on the team sheet. Think Jamie Vardy at Leicester City, Jack Grealish for Aston Villa and Manchester United’s Harry Maguire.

Find a couple of budget ‘gems’

Patrick Bamford, Kelechi Iheanacho and Raphinha were among a crop of players who began last term in the ‘unfancied’ category and were must-haves by the time the season was over. If you’re able to identify one or two of this type of player early in the season, you could be onto a winner. As suggested above, a good starting point could well be the promoted teams.

Be transfer savvy

We’ve all been there – you spend hours selecting your team for the big kick-off then half of them don’t start and the other half have stinkers and your star striker gets a season-ending injury. If you do get off to a slow start, don’t panic. Lurching from one strategy to another could do more harm than good, wasting precious transfers in the process. Trust your instincts, tweak where necessary and the points will come.

Get one step ahead with Assistant Manager

Telegraph Fantasy Football Assistant Manager is a subscription service that could help you get that all-important edge over your competitors. 

New this season is a league overview email in addition to all the usual benefits such as Projected Points and Fixture Calculator. 

Squad lists

The current squad lists are available to view here but there are sure to be some exciting additions while the transfer window remains open.

Key dates

The new season gets underway on Friday 13 August when Arsenal travel to the Brentford Community Stadium to face the newly-promoted Bees. A full list of fixtures can be found here.

Visit Telegraph Fantasy Football to sign up and select your team before the season kicks off on Friday, August 13.

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