Teams with the Best Fixtures Until the End of the Season

With the international break upon us and only two months left of fixtures until the end of the season, I thought it would be the perfect time to evaluate teams with the best remaining games. It’s vital to plan in advance when playing The Sun Dream Team, with three transfers available every month and variable player values – looking at upcoming fixtures allows proactive managers to gain an advantage. Below I’ve examined the top seven clubs in the Premier League and sorted them in terms of teams I perceive as having the best fixtures until the end of the season.

Man Utd (13 games/16 potential games)

April
West Brom (H)
Everton (H)
Sunderland (A)
Anderlecht (A) – Europa League
Chelsea (H)
Anderlecht (H) – Europa League
Burnley (A)
Man City (A)
Swansea (H)

May
Arsenal (A)
Tottenham (A)
Palace (H)

Premier League games to be arranged
Southampton (A)

Other potential games
Europa League Semi Final (2 games)
Europa League Final

Having a good representation of Man Utd players is clearly important for the rest of the season. They have more games than any other club with their involvement in the Europa League. Should they make it all the way to the final they will have a total of 16 games, 7 more than Liverpool and Everton. Ultimately this should see their players have a bigger opportunity to pick up points. I’ll be ensuring I have coverage in defence, midfield and up front. Players I’d personally consider would be Jones, Bailly, Pogba (depending on his injury), Mkhitaryan, Mata and Ibrahimovic (will return from suspension against Everton).

Tottenham (11 games/12 potential games)

April
Burnley (A)
Swansea (A)
Watford (H)
Bournemouth (H)
Chelsea (Wembley) – FA Cup
Palace (A)
Arsenal (H)

May
West Ham (A)
Man Utd (H)
Hull (A)

Premier League games to be arranged
Leicester (A)

Other potential games
FA Cup Final

With a potential FA Cup final and a Premier League fixture still to be arranged, Spurs are a hard team to overlook considering their recent form. In the league they only face two of the top seven teams in the remainder of their games and start April with a run of favourable fixtures. They are reasonably strong defensively but I’d be focusing on Eriksen or Alli in midfield. Both are consistently picking up points. Had Kane not picked up an injury he would have been in my team for the rest of the season. He was very unfortunate to pick up the injury on the back of some great goal scoring form with hat tricks in successive weekends.

Chelsea (11 games/12 potential games)

April
Palace (H)
Man City (H)
Bournemouth (A)
Man Utd (A)
Tottenham (Wembley) – FA Cup
Southampton (H)
Everton (A)

May
Middlesbrough (H)
West Brom (A)
Sunderland (H)

Premier League games to be arranged
Watford (H)

Other potential games
FA Cup Final

I’d expect Chelsea to finish the season strongly to secure the title. They have a favourable run of fixtures during May and could potentially reach the FA Cup final. The stand out performers to date based on points are Hazard and Costa. When Hazard returns from injury I’d imagine they will both score well. They also have the strongest defence in the league – I’d personally consider some coverage at the back based on this fact.

Man City (11 games/12 potential games)

April
Arsenal (A)
Chelsea (A)
Hull (H)
Southampton (A)
Arsenal (Wembley) – FA Cup
Man Utd (H)
Middlesbrough (A)

May
Palace (H)
Leicester (H)
Watford (A)

Premier League games to be arranged
West Brom (H)

Other potential games
FA Cup Final

It was disappointing to see Man City crash out of the Champions League to Monaco. They now have less fixtures than I’d hoped they were going to have until the end of the season. They also have a relatively tough April with fixtures against Arsenal, Chelsea and Man Utd in the Premier League. They have a slightly easier run in May which could result in some good points for the end of the season. Aguero seems to have hit some form since returning to the side. Other players I’d consider are Sterling and Sane as the most advanced midfielders.

Liverpool (9 games)

April
Everton (H)
Bournemouth (H)
Stoke (A)
West Brom (A)
Palace (H)

May
Watford (A)
Southampton (H)
West Ham (A)
Middlesbrough (H)

Despite having the fewest games of the top six teams in the league, Liverpool do have a good run of fixtures for the rest of the season. As soon as they’ve faced Everton in their next game, they then won’t play another top seven team. Had their form to date against easier opposition been better they would be higher up the list, they are also out of the FA cup. The only player I’d consider transferring in at this stage is Mane, who has consistently performed well this season.

Arsenal (12 games/13 potential games)

April
Man City (H)
West Ham (H)
Palace (A)
Middlesbrough (A)
Man City (Wembley) – FA Cup
Leicester (H)
Tottenham (A)

May
Man Utd (H)
Stoke (A)
Everton (H)

Premier League games to be arranged
Sunderland (H)
Southampton (A)

Other potential games
FA Cup Final

Arsenal have the second most fixtures for the rest of the season behind Man Utd. However their current form puts a question mark against all of their players. They face four of the top seven clubs in the Premier League but will have the opportunity to make the FA Cup final if they can beat Man City. The only Arsenal player I’d consider having is Sanchez, who could be facing a spell on the sideline through injury.

Everton (9 games)

April
Liverpool (A)
Man Utd (A)
Leicester (H)
Burnley (H)
West Ham (A)
Chelsea (H)

May
Swansea (A)
Watford (H)
Arsenal (A)

With no additional fixtures over the teams listed above I’ll generally be avoiding any Everton players. I’ve currently got Coleman in defence, who I will keep, but other than that I can’t see any real advantage for transferring in anyone else. Out of the nine games left they will still have to face four teams above them in the league. Lukaku is in fine goal scoring form however it’s difficult to overlook players who have a larger number of games and easier fixtures.




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6 thoughts on “Teams with the Best Fixtures Until the End of the Season

  1. Thanks for your info on the fixtures,the first one out of my team will be the last one I transferred in..Costa..He had been playing well until I put him in, I’ve never liked him,he’s too much of a liability..
    I will probably also get rid of Sterling for Mikitharan or Eriksen and best of all I’m gonna finally get rid of John Terry .

    1. I did exactly the same with Costa and I’m also thinking along the same lines. I’ll probably give him the first 3 games of the month then transfer him out. Mkhitaryan or Eriksen both look like solid choices based on Eriksen’s current form and Man Utd’s fixture load for April.

  2. Thanks for the article. I am currently left with O’Shea (Sunderland) and Monreal in my defence. I have been holding onto O’Shea because he was a cheap option (0.5 at the time) and allowed me to go large elsewhere.

    The problem one is Monreal. He has scored minus points in most games in the past month, but as you list, Arsenal have some tempting fixtures mixed with the horrendous ones…… I’m still no doubt living with the memory of Arsenals defence over the past few DT years 😉 Im really unsure as to what to do with him now though……… As per the article, Im thinking of maybe getting in a (not now injured!) Man Utd defender because of the extra games..

    1. If you’ve not got any Man Utd representation at the back it would probably be worthwhile. With their list of injuries, I’m guessing their fit defenders will get a lot of game time. It would really depend on the rest of your team as well, if you’re relatively happy with it then it makes sense to use a transfer on a defender.

      1. Thanks, good point. I just have De Gea at present, but he doesn’t play in Europe. The one thing I’ve noticed this year is that the GK’s prices have all crashed down in relation to their lack of points. De Gea, is currently the 4th highest scoring GK on just 73 points.

        The rest of the team is OK(ish), except for Lallana who is now out of action and only worth £2.9m (paid £5.5m, oops). Got to love the variable pricing, lol !! I think Mahrez (£4.3m) is going to be the replacement on 1st April – again based on fixtures. I already have Pogba, Mata is a selection risk and Herrera (who I had for 3 months) is just a 3 point only magnet. Mkhitaryan at £6.5m is too expensive if I want to get Kane or another premium striker transferred in when the time comes – to join Aguero and Ibra in my team. Choices, choices 🙂

        1. I went for Bailly at the back for Man Utd, this could be a good move considering the amount of injuries they have. He was also fairly cheap at the time. It sounds like you’ve got good coverage of Man Utd players for the rest of the season, which is important should they stay in the Europa League. Mahrez could be a good shout in midfield, Leicester have a good number of upcoming fixtures.

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