Over recent weeks we’ve seen the importance of looking ahead to upcoming fixtures. This helps us make informed decisions on transfers based on the number of upcoming games and fixture ease for any given player. Both can help gain a significant advantage over other managers, as we saw last month with Man Utd players both performing particularly well with additional Europa League fixtures. Below I’ve examined the top 7 clubs in the Premier League and sorted them in terms of teams with the best fixtures:
Man Utd (5 games)
FC Rostov (A) – Europa League
Chelsea (A) – FA Cup
FC Rostov (H) – Europa League
Ibrahimovic – a hat trick in the first leg of the Europa League in February proved why looking ahead at fixtures is vital for picking up additional points. Ibrahimovic will once again have two Europa League fixtures in March. From team selection in the previous round it looks as though Man Utd are taking the competition seriously. These extra games could give Ibrahimovic a real advantage over other strikers for the month.
Pogba – with additional Europa League fixtures it’s hard to overlook any Man Utd player. Pogba has been their highest point scoring midfielder to date. With these additional fixtures he could pick up a good amount of points during March.
Man City (5 games)
Huddersfield (H) – FA Cup Replay
Middlesbrough) – FA Cup (If they get past Huddersfield)
Monaco (A) – Champions League
Aguero – it looked as though Aguero would be the second choice striker at Man City for the rest of the season. However with Jesus picking up a potentially season ending injury, Aguero is now likely to start most games. He had already scored well this season and looks set to continue this form with two goals against Monaco. City have this return leg during March, along with two Premier League fixtures, an FA cup replay and potentially another FA cup tie. It would be a risky move for any manager to exclude Aguero from their team.
Arsenal (4 games)
Bayern Munich (H) – Champions League
Lincoln (H) – FA Cup
West Brom (A)
Sanchez – with well over 200 points for the season to date Sanchez is a difficult player to ignore. However Arsenal start the month with a tricky game at Liverpool and then follow it up with the return leg of the Champions League against Bayern. They then face Lincoln in the FA cup, a game in which Sanchez could be rested and then travel to West Brom. It could be a slow month for points for Sanchez.
Tottenham (3 games)
Millwall (H) – FA Cup
Kane – it was very disappointing to see Tottenham crash out of the Europa League during February. They now have two less fixtures during March. However they do seem to now be taking the FA cup seriously. I’d imagine Kane will play against Millwall and will obviously feature against Everton and Southampton. He is looking like a slightly less appealing option without the additional Europa League fixtures. Having said that, with two hat tricks in the space of a week he would be a very dangerous player to exclude.
Chelsea (3 games)
West Ham (A)
Man Utd (H) – FA Cup
Costa – despite only having 3 fixtures during the month it’s hard to ignore Chelsea’s Premier League form. They will continue to push towards winning the title during March and Costa seems to pick up a goal in most games. It’s no surprise to see him as one of the top point scoring strikers this season. However I’d question if he will score more points across three games than the likes of Aguero, Ibrahimovic or Sanchez with their additional fixtures.
Everton (3 games)
West Brom (H)
With only 3 games during March, starting with a difficult away fixture at Tottenham, I’d personally avoid Everton players. I’d be looking towards players from Man Utd and Man City who all have additional fixtures and a bigger opportunity to pick up points.
Liverpool (3 games)
Man City (A)
Personally I’ll be staying away from Liverpool players during March with only 3 games including two tricky fixtures at home to Arsenal and away at Man City. However if I were to pick a Liverpool player I’d have to go for Mane. Liverpool really struggled without him and he made an instant impact with a couple of goals against Spurs.
I’m hoping to go for a front 6 of something like this for the majority of the month:
De Bruyne, Eriksen, Pogba
Aguero, Kane or Sanchez, Ibrahimovic
This will ensure good coverage from teams with the most fixtures during the month.
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