The first month of the season got off to a fairly unpredictable start with many of the top players yet to hit any high point scoring form. With the international break now upon us it’s worth taking a look at which teams have the best fixtures for September. This will be useful for making transfers and ensuring we’ve got good representation of players from teams with more favourable games.
Spurs (7 games)
Derby (H – EFL cup)
West Ham (A)
Spurs and Man Utd are the only top 6 teams who don’t face another top 6 team during September. Their toughest oppositions look likely to be the first two games at Everton and hosting Dortmund. After that they have a relatively easy run, as a result a couple of players worth considering may be:
Kane – has not got off to the best of starts without grabbing a goal in August. However surely this has got to change at some point. September could be the month Kane’s luck in front of goal changes. Could be a big month for the striker based on fixtures.
Alli – got off to a good start in August having found the back of the net twice already. Looks set to have another fantastic season with Spurs, could certainly be one to watch during the latter half of September.
Liverpool (7 games)
Man City (A)
Leicester (A – EFL cup)
Spartak Moscow (A)
Liverpool also have good fixtures for September, but like Spurs have a tricky start. They travel to Man City in the Premier League then host Sevilla in the Champions League. Both fixtures will present a difficult challenge. They do then have favourable fixtures for the rest of the month. It’s also worth considering their form in August where they’ve been in fine form going forward.
Mane – has certainly hit the ground running with some brilliant performances in August. The main advantage for Mane is that he plays so far advanced for Liverpool that he’s almost a striker. I could see him being one of the highest point scorers this season.
Salah – fantastic start to life in the Premier League and picked up the star man award against Arsenal. He plays a similar role to Mane and as a result is a brilliant option as a midfielder who is almost a striker.
Firmino – currently the highest scoring player for the season. He certainly had a great August, personally I’d favour Mane or Salah for Liverpool representation up front as I feel there are more essential strikers playing for other clubs.
Man Utd (7 games)
Burton (H – EFL cup)
Man Utd look almost certain to continue their good form going into September. They have some favourable fixtures scattered across the month and avoid any other top 6 team from the Premier League. I’ll personally be ensuring some good Man Utd representation during the month.
Lukaku – with three goals next to his name and a 6m price tag he’s a must have player. He will continue to score goals and get plenty of chances at Old Trafford.
Pogba – the player rating system suits Pogba’s game and he’s almost certain for a 7+ rating in every game. He’s also playing in a more free role with Matic coming into hold in midfield. Certain to get plenty of game time.
Mkhitaryan – has made a good start to the season racking up 28 points already. He’s a bargain at 4.5m and his value is almost certain to rise quickly. He’s personally a player I’m likely to make a move for.
Valencia – Man Utd have kept three clean sheets in three games during August. I’d recommend having a Man Utd defender for the course of the season for this reason alone. Valencia is currently the cheapest option who is certain to start.
Arsenal (7 games)
Doncaster (H – EFL cup)
West Brom (H)
Arsenal are going to be a difficult team to predict during September. They’ve obviously got favourable fixtures in the Europa League, but it’s impossible at this stage to tell what kind of team will be played during these group fixtures. Should they field a strong team they could score big points against some weaker European opposition. However there’s a big risk that they will rest some of their top players.
Lacazette – he’s currently in my team as he was an attractive option at 5m at the start of the season. However he was dropped to the bench against Liverpool. I’m personally considering taking him out of my side in case he won’t feature in the Europa League. Having said that if he plays every game in September he could well come out as one of the highest point scorers for the month.
Man City (7 games)
West Brom (A – EFL cup)
Man City have a couple of tricky fixtures in September, unfortunately these fall awkwardly at the start and end of the month with games against Liverpool and Chelsea. They do however have fairly favourable Champions League fixtures and Premier League games towards the middle of the month.
Jesus – seems to be first choice as an attacking threat for City with Aguero being dropped to the bench against Bournemouth. He hasn’t got off to a fantastic start with only one goal in August. However with more fixtures in September, if he remains a regular starter he’s sure to rack up a good amount of points.
Chelsea (7 games)
Forest (H – EFL cup)
Man City (H)
Chelsea have a good start to September as they travel to Leicester then host Qarabag in the Champions League. However things get much more difficult after this with a home game against Arsenal, an away fixture with Atletico and a home game against Man City to look forward to. There are a couple of players who may be worth considering for at least the start of the month:
Morata – looks like he’s going to be a regular starter and has already grabbed a couple of goals in the Premier League. He’s almost certain to get a lot of chances and could well be up there with the top goal scorers this season. I’m drawn to Morata in particular for the home game against Qarabag at the start of the month.
Hazard – should he return from injury at the start of the month he could be a fantastic option in midfield. He was the second highest scoring midfielder last season and many other managers may not have left room in their budget to bring him in as quickly.
Everton (7 games)
Man Utd (A)
Apollon Limassol (H)
Everton begin the month with a very tricky start in the Premier League. As a result I won’t be going for any of their players. They do have a couple of Europa League ties during the month and it’s worth keeping a close eye on team selection for these games. If they look like they are playing a strong team it could be worth considering some of their players later in the year.
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