Starting XIs for the 2021/22 FPL Season (All 20 PL Lineups)

Starting Lineups:

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Last Update: August 12th (6:40 PM BST)


  1. These are not GW1 lineups, but predicted XI’s for the whole season.
  2. The number on the kit are predicted starts/nailed-on-ness on a scale from 0-38.
  3. This will be updated until the GW1 deadline arrives.
  4. Any tips/help welcome. Take a look at your favorite team and tweet me @Maefteda if you find any errors.


XI Contenders (Starts): Pépé (22), Holding (19), and Martinelli (17)

Other Potential Starters: Bellerin

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 25.27 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Smith-Rowe forced his way into the team last season and will be nailed with no Ødegaard.
  • Lacazette and Pépé fighting for the final XI spot. Lacazette juuuust edges it.
  • Bellerin on his way out and Chambers is ready to step up.

Aston Villa:

XI Contenders (Starts): Traoré (23), Nakamba (18), and El Ghazi (17)

Other Potential Starters: Young

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 31.90 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Dean Smith says he’s gonna continue to use Watkins up front, so he partners Ings
  • Ashley Young returns to the side he left angry with him. Could play WB in a 3-5-2.
  • Buendía a perfect replacement for Grealish and Bailey adds some spice. Fun lineup.


XI Contenders (Starts): Janelt (22), Caños (19) and Jansson (19)

Other Potential Starters: Dasilva

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 34.54 out of 46 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Ended the season with a 3-5-2 formation after Henry got injured. Set to continue?
  • Wissa comes in to accompany Toney and Mbeumo in attack. Wissa and Mbeumo flexible.
  • Could swap between 3 at the back and the regular 4-3-3 formation with Toney lone striker.


XI Contenders (Starts): Burn (22), Moder (20) and Lallana (18)

Other Potential Starters: Mac Allister, Maupay

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 28.18 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Potter never nails down a formation/lineup, Maupay never nails down finishing chances.
  • Still got strong centre backs even without White, but might strengthen.
  • Lack a true LWB, but heavily linked with Marc Cuccurella. Would be a class signing.


XI Contenders (Starts): Pieters (20), Cork (18), and Rodriguez (16)

Other Potential Starters: Collins

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 30 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Good old Burnley, nobody beats that… Well, at least they are predictable.
  • Left wing McNeil always a wanted man, at right wing Burnley wants a man.
  • Vydra won out the striker battle next to Chris Wood.


XI Contenders (Starts): Christensen (23), Werner (21), and Ziyech (21)

Other Potential Starters: Kovacic, Pulisic, Hudson-Odoi, Alonso

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 25.27 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Mendy, Rüdiger, Kanté, Mount aaaand Lukaku… the rest is up for grabs.
  • Kai Havertz could still break out, even as a second striker behind Lukaku.
  • Such a shame to see Ziyech injured. Hope he comes back soon and becomes a regular.

Crystal Palace:

XI Contenders (Starts): Riedewald (22), Schlupp (21) and Milivojevic (18)

Other Potential Starters: Ferguson, Ward, Eze, Tomkins

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 26.27 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Eze sadly out for a while. Will be nailed once he’s fit. Ayew fills in right ahead of Schlupp.
  • With Patrick van Aanholt gone, Tyrick Mitchell will deservedly be their regular left back.
  • Patrick Vieira has a lot of players to choose from, but lack star quality other than Zaha.


XI Contenders (Starts): Gomes (20), Holgate (19), and Townsend (18).

Other Potential Starters: Iwobi, Gbamin

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 28.27 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • James Rodriguez hampered by injuries and rumoured to leave. Vital at times last season.
  • Doucouré playing in a more offensive role this season, like he did well at Watford.
  • Lost out on Dumfries and are still fairly thin behind the ever-present Coleman at RB.


XI Contenders (Starts): Klich (22), Rodrigo (20), Koch (15)

Other Potential Starters: Shackleton

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 31 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Bielsas team is NAILED, but former favorite Klich juuust drops out and Rodrigo might get in.
  • Young Strujik impressed as last season went on and is very versatile.
  • Harrison has been kept permanently. Him and Raphinha were huge for Leeds last season.


XI Contenders (Starts): Evans (24), Daka (22) and Vestergaard (20)

Other Potential Starters: Soumaré, Bertrand, Justin and Fofana when fit

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 27.72 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Unfortunate injuries to talented youngsters Justin and Fofana. Vestergaard new CB.
  • Daka, Soumaré and Bertrand in, means a lot more potential for rotation than last season.
  • Vardy still nailed, but starting to wind down his career with younger talents around him.


XI Contenders (Starts): Henderson (22), Keita (18) and Konaté (16)

Other Potential Starters: Jones

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 28.09 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Van Dijk, Gomez and Matip back from injury and Konaté in. No more Phillips and Kabak.
  • Klopps tends to ease in new signings, so give Konaté time before he’s nailed.
  • With Jota healthy, Liverpool have a new fab four. Jota and Firmino will rotate as strikers.

Man City:

XI Contenders (Starts): Gundogan (25), Jesus (22) and Torres (20)

Other Potential Starters: Laporte, Aké

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 26.18 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • No more room for Silvas in Man City, with Bernardo Silva on the out post Grealish.
  • Foden is finally a solid starter for Man City, but will still get rotated after he gets fit.
  • Kane still not close to signing as of season premiere. Will be a nailed striker if he comes.

Man Utd:

XI Contenders (Starts): Cavani (22), Fred (19) and Lingard (15)

Other Potential Starters: Martial

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 28.63 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Varane in and the backline is super solid. A better goalkeeper would be preferable though.
  • Solskjær needs to figure out how to use Donny van de Beek.
  • Sancho in and the striker spot is up for grabs. Martial seems out of it and Cavani starts 60%.


XI Contenders (Starts): Hayden (23), Joelinton (20) and Clark (18)

Other Potential Starters: Krafth

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 23.36 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Willock in makes this team a lot more dynamic. Plenty of flair up front.
  • Full-backs are a question mark, especially RB. Murphy in a back 5, Krafth in a back 4.
  • With Lascelles back fit, the backline should be more secure. Dubravka starts when fit.


XI Contenders (Starts): Hernandez (22), Rupp (21) and Dowell (17)

Other Potential Starters: Gibson

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 33.54 out of 46 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Sold the irreplaceable Emi Buendia, but got a couple of interesting signings.
  • Oliver Skipp was vital on loan last season, Gilmour even better this season.
  • Andrew Omobamidele played a lot in pre-season and the youngster might start regularly.


XI Contenders (Starts): Romeu (22), Walcott (20) and Redmond (19)

Other Potential Starters: Forster, Stephens

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 29 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Nate Tella is Southampton’s new favorite talent. Will get a chance this season.
  • Losing Vestergaard hurts, but Salisu was really good in La Liga. Had a season to adjust now.
  • With plenty of wingers, Stuart Armstrong gets put in midfield next to JWP.


XI Contenders (Starts): Lo Celso (22), Bergwijn (20) and Winks (19).

Other Potential Starters: Rodon

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 27.09 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Nunu Espirito Santo needs to maximize Ndombélé, Lo Celso and Bergwijn’s potential.
  • Aurier is on his way out and NES in, Doherty needs to step up and make the RB spot his.
  • If Harry Kane leaves, they need to sign a replacement. Son temporarily fills in as striker.


XI Contenders (Starts): Etebo (23), Cleverley (20), and King (19)

Other Potential Starters: Dennis, Cucho, Deeney

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 29.81 out of 46 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Forwards: Pedro > King > Deeney > Dennis > Cucho > Fletcher > Gray > Success > Perica
  • Bachmann took over as GK last season and is nailed. No chance for Foster.
  • Will Hughes got demoted as he wants to leave the club. Plenty of CM options here.

West Ham:

XI Contenders (Starts): Masuaku (23), Yarmolenko (19) and Lanzini (18)

Other Potential Starters: None

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 29.63 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Moyesiah has a pretty settled starting XI. Remains to be seen if Lingard comes back.
  • Nikola Milenkovic close to signing, but not close enough for me to put him in over Dawson.
  • Mark Noble’s last season at West Ham. Respect the legend!


XI Contenders (Starts): Moutinho (26), Traoré (24), Saïss (19)

Other Potential Starters: Marcal, Podence

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness (Nunu Espirito Santo): 27.45 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • New manager with Bruno Lage with a new system. Gives youth a chance.
  • Fingers crossed for a fully healthy Raul Jimenez season, but who accompanies him up front?
  • Jonny Otto once again out for months with an ACL injury. Aït-Nouri returning and is best LB.

Credit: Big shout out to for providing a great XI maker. Several team subreddits, ++