With European football kicking in after the international break, I thought it would be a useful time to consider the upcoming fixtures for September. Below I’ve focused on the top seven teams from last year’s Premier League season and sorted them in terms of teams with the best fixtures. I’ve only focused on these clubs as they will have two additional fixtures during the month over the likes of Everton and Leicester so I’ll personally be focusing my attention on players from these teams.
Man City (6 games)
Preston (A) – EFL Cup
Man City have been incredibly quick out of the blocks at the start of the new season. They’ve been scoring goals for fun with Aguero in particular making an impressive start to the new campaign. In my opinion they’ve got by far the best fixtures in September with a fantastic draw in the Champions League. The only game I’d got marked as potentially difficult was away at Everton but I’d still expect them to win this one.
Arsenal (6 games)
Forest (H) – EFL Cup
Man Utd (A)
After two tough fixtures Arsenal have a better run during September. I like the look of the games against Watford and Villa but I am questioning who will get game time in the Europa League as we’ve seen players rested in these games in the past. This was partly why I took Aubameyang out during August. The only tough fixture they’ve got on paper is travelling to Old Trafford towards the end of the month.
Man Utd (6 games)
West Ham (A)
Rochdale (H) – EFL Cup
Man Utd have started fairly poorly this season after an impressive opening win against Chelsea. On paper their fixtures for September look good however this comes with a big BUT. Despite these easier fixtures we don’t really know how they will line up in the Europa League – we’ve seen players rested for these early group games in the past and that would be a concern for me. On the other hand if they play a strong team it could result in some big point scores. They’ve also got two potentially tough games in the league as they host Leicester and Arsenal.
Liverpool (6 games)
MK Dons (A) – EFL Cup
Sheff Utd (A)
Red Bull (H)
Liverpool would be much higher on this list if it wasn’t for two games and unfortunately they don’t fall in the same game week. I’d say travelling to Napoli and then Stamford Bridge are two fairly tough fixtures. Despite this they have started the season well and I like the look of home games against Newcastle and Red Bull.
Chelsea (6 games)
TBC – EFL Cup
Chelsea haven’t made the best of starts to the season. They don’t look very safe defensively and managed to lose their opening game 4 – 0 against Man Utd. I’ve personally stayed away from their players other than Mount who looks good value as he’s such a low cost. I can’t say I like their opening 3 fixtures for September either as they travel to Wolves and then host Valencia and Liverpool.
Spurs (6 games)
Colchester (A) – EFL Cup
Spurs have the toughest fixtures of the clubs involved in the Champions League. I’m not sure I fancy them too much when travelling to Olympiacos and I certainly don’t favour their fixture when they host Bayern. They also face Leicester away from home which could be a difficult fixture. I can’t say I’ve been overly convinced by their creative form at the moment either. I’m finding myself already questioning the value of having Kane for the season.
Wolves (6 games)
Reading (H) – EFL Cup
I wouldn’t say Wolves have the worst fixtures on paper. However they do have a fairly small squad and the additional Europa League commitment might stretch them too far despite a phenomenal result against Torino. Hosting Chelsea at the start of the month may also prove a difficult fixture.
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