With the last month of the season approaching, it’s a good time to look at upcoming fixtures for May and plan any transfers in advance. Below I’ve looked at the top 7 teams in the Premier League and sorted them in terms of teams with the best fixtures:
Man Utd (6/7 games)
Celta Vigo (A) – Europa League
Celta Vigo (H) – Europa League
Crystal Palace (H)
Potential Europa League Final
Despite losing Ibrahimovic to injury, I would still expect Man Utd to finish the season strongly. They are desperate for Champions League football next season and as a result will be pushing to secure a top four finish and/or win the Europa League. They also have additional fixtures over some teams due to their Europa League commitments. With a potential 7th game if they should reach the final.
Pogba/Mkhitaryan – Pogba is Man Utd’s highest scoring midfielder and is sure to feature heavily during May. Mkhitaryan has been slightly less consistent, however he appears to be among the goals more often at the moment. I’m personally not looking to replace Ibrahimovic with another Man Utd striker. It’s almost impossible to guess who will get the most games and the most goals between Martial, Rashford and Rooney.
Bailly – with the additional fixtures and lack of fit defenders, Bailly seems like a great option for May. I think it’s important to have defensive coverage for Man Utd based on the number of clean sheets they’ve kept recently and Bailly looks sure to start if he remains fit.
Chelsea (5 games)
West Brom (A)
Arsenal (Wembley) – FA Cup final
Chelsea have less games than both Man Utd and Arsenal, however their fixtures look much more favourable. They will be hoping to secure the league title in May and it’s hard to imagine anyone stopping them. They will also be looking to do the double with the FA Cup final at the end of the month.
Hazard – from a point scoring point of view Hazard has been by far Chelsea’s best and most consistent performer. He would be a valuable asset for any team during May and I’ll be looking to accommodate him if possible.
Azpilicueta – is currently a bargain price for one of the highest scoring defenders over the course of the season. Chelsea could keep a few clean sheets against relatively easier opposition.
Arsenal (6 games)
Man Utd (H)
Chelsea (Wembley) – FA Cup Final
Arsenal haven’t had the best of seasons and currently sit outside of the top four. A top four finish looks unlikely but they do have some favourable fixtures. They also have an additional Premier League fixture over other teams and will be looking to save their season in the FA Cup final.
Sanchez – despite Arsenal’s poor form during parts of the season, Sanchez has remained a constant goal scoring threat. He picks up regular points and as a result is still the second highest point scoring player in the game.
Man City (4 games)
Crystal Palace (H)
West Brom (H)
Man City have fairly favourable fixtures for May and will be looking to secure a top four finish. They do however only have four games for the month as a result of missing out on reaching the FA Cup final.
Aguero – after being bought back into the side, as a result of Jesus picking up an unfortunate injury, Aguero has been in great goalscoring form. I’d expect this to continue throughout May unless his place in the starting 11 comes into question.
Tottenham (4 games)
West Ham (A)
Man Utd (H)
Spurs only have four games during May as a result of missing out in the FA Cup. With a small gap between them and Chelsea they will certainly be hoping to push them all the way for the title. However with 3 away fixtures and a home tie against Man Utd their fixtures are less favourable than others around them.
Eriksen/Alli – both have been in sublime form this season. Alli picks up a lot of the credit but Eriksen in my opinion has been equally as good. If you fancied Spurs to finish the season strongly either player would be a good addition.
Kane – seems to be picking up where he left off prior to his injury. If Spurs had more fixtures he would be one of my top transfer targets.
Liverpool (4 games)
West Ham (A)
Due to Liverpool’s inconsistent form and lack of fixtures compared to the likes of Man Utd and Arsenal, I won’t be looking to transfer in any of their players in May. They also have a growing list of injuries.
Everton (3 games)
Due to their lack of fixtures in May, I’ll be avoiding transferring in any Everton players. They also have a tricky game away at Arsenal to finish the season.
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