With the international break upon us I thought it would be a useful time to look ahead at teams with the best fixtures during October. This should hopefully give us an insight into which players to go for when using our October transfer budget.
Man City (6 games)
Wolves (H – EFL Cup)
West Brom (A)
I found it difficult to split Man City and Chelsea when it came to fixture ease for October. Both clubs have relatively favourable runs. Man City have made an incredible start to the new Premier League season and appear to be in free flowing attacking form but also keeping a lot of clean sheets. I believe it’s essential to have some representation of their players. I’d personally be looking at:
Stones – he’s their cheapest regular defender and their current record of clean sheets is impossible to argue with. I’ve had a disaster by opting for Kompany but if you can afford Stones I’d say it’s almost essential to have some City defensive representation.
De Bruyne – started with De Bruyne in my team but after a fairly slow start I swapped him for Mkhitaryan to free up some funds. De Bruyne has since been in much better point scoring form and is currently City’s highest scoring midfielder.
Aguero – grabbed a hat trick in September and is has exceeded Jesus in terms of points scored this season so far. Had he not picked up an injury I’d have said he was almost essential. Certainly a player worth considering should he recover from injury quickly.
Chelsea (6 games)
Everton (H – EFL Cup)
Chelsea have some very favourable fixtures during October, especially starting away at Palace. They have also made a steady start to the new Premier League season. There are a couple of players I’d consider looking at for October.
Hazard – his value is probably as low as it will get, so I’m very tempted to make a move for him now. If he has a good October (with favourable fixtures) I can only see his value rising rapidly. He’s probably the only midfielder from Chelsea I’d consider including at this stage.
Rüdiger – has made a decent start at Chelsea and is probably the only defender I’d consider going for during October. He’s much better value than the rest and Luiz is suspended. My only concern would be his long term selection.
Everton (6 games)
Chelsea (A – EFL Cup)
Everton have made an awful start to the new season. They have however had a very difficult run of fixtures. As a result a lot of their players have dropped significantly in value. With additional Europa League fixtures, I think it’s worth the risk of bringing in at least one of their defenders while values are so low. I still probably still wouldn’t go near any of their more attacking players.
Baines – incredibly good value. He will almost certainly be one of the players I go for in October. Despite not picking up many points for the season so far he scored over 100 points last season.
Williams – another good option and his value has also dropped significantly. Now would be a great time to bring him in while his value is so low. He was another defender who picked up over 100 points last season.
Liverpool (5 games)
Man Utd (H)
Liverpool have got off to a fairly inconsistent start to the new season. They do however have a couple of favourable Champions League fixtures against Maribor in October, and you would imagine both are must win games. I personally wouldn’t go for any of their defenders but they have some good options going forward.
Salah – was probably the bargain of the season when he started at 4m. He has lived up to expectation and is currently the highest scoring midfielder to date. I can’t see him keeping up this level of point scoring form but he’s still a great option when playing so advanced up the pitch.
Coutinho – dropped by many managers at the start of the season with speculation around his future. He’s come back in point scoring form having picked up 42 points in just 6 games.
Mane – another player classed as a midfielder who plays almost as a striker. Got off to a great start but things went downhill quickly when he was sent off against Man City and faced a 3 match suspension. I still see him being up there as one of the highest scoring midfielders this season.
Man Utd (6 games)
Swansea (A – EFL Cup)
Man Utd had great fixtures to begin the Premier League season and have got off to a fantastic start. They face slightly tougher opposition during October as they travel to Anfield and also host Spurs. It’s still worth considering a few of their players.
Jones – the cheapest option from Man Utd’s regular back line but also the highest in terms of points on the board. If he can hold down a regular place he would be a great option considering the number of clean sheets already kept this season.
Mkhitaryan – currently the 4th highest scoring midfielder and he’s also in my team. He’s obviously made a good start to the season but I’ve got a slightly doubt with regards to consistency of point scoring. He also appears to be one of the players who gets subbed later on during the game most weeks.
Lukaku – has made a very strong start and is surely a must have player. Despite tricky fixtures I’d say Lukaku is a player who I will keep for the whole season unless he picks up a long term injury or suspension.
Spurs (6 games)
Real Madrid (A)
West Ham (H – EFL Cup)
Man Utd (A)
Real Madrid (H)
Spurs have an incredibly difficult run of fixtures during October. However they do have the highest point scoring player to date in Harry Kane. Facing Real Madrid twice and Liverpool and Man Utd is a tough run of games for any team, as a result I’d probably not be looking to bring in any of their players now but also wouldn’t rush to remove Kane either.
Kane – his form during September was outstanding. He grabbed a hat trick and a couple of goals in other games. It would be a risk to remove him at this stage despite the tough fixtures. Ultimately it would probably require two transfers as it would be essential to bring him back in at some point. I would add that if you don’t already have him it may be wise to wait a while to bring him in.
Arsenal (6 games)
Red Star Belgrade (A)
Norwich (H – EFL Cup)
Red Star Belgrade (H)
Although Arsenal have a decent set of fixtures, personally I’ll be avoiding any of their players. They don’t appear to take a full strength squad in the Europa League which almost makes these additional fixtures redundant. The only player there could be a case for is Kolasinac who is their highest scoring defender to date.
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