Which teams have the most favourable fixtures in October?


That’s right, we’re just hours away from a fresh batch of Dream Team transfers and eager gaffers will be itching to make some changes to their XI.

But there’s no need to be hasty.

Before you make any rash transfers, consider the October schedule – favourable fixtures tend to produce more points.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at next month’s fixtures for the teams currently in the top half.


  • Manchester City (h)
  • Watford (a)
  • Atletico Madrid (a)
  • Manchester United (a)
  • Preston (a)
  • Brighton (h)

The Reds’ September fixtures were very appealing indeed but the schedule turns on them next month.

Both Manchester clubs, a trip to Diego Simeone’s exceptional sh*thouses, and the potential speed bump of Graham Potter’s high-flying Seagulls… anything but easy.

However, Mohamed Salah (£6.7m) is in such great form that it almost doesn’t matter who he’s up against.

Manchester City

  • Liverpool (a)
  • Burnley (h)
  • Club Bruges (a)
  • Brighton (a)
  • West Ham (a)
  • Crystal Palace (h)

A trip to Anfield ends a testing run of fixtures for Pep Guardiola’s side before they fulfil their annual 5-0 home win against Burnley.

Away days to Brighton and West Ham have to be considered potential banana skins but City have the firepower to make mincemeat of any team on their day.


  • Southampton (h)
  • Brentford (a)
  • Malmo (h)
  • Norwich (h)
  • Southampton (h)
  • Newcastle (a)

Any self-respecting Dream Team gaffer should be licking their lips looking at the Blues’ upcoming fixtures.

Thomas Tuchel’s side play three of the current bottom five in the league, face Saints twice thanks to the Carabao Cup draw, and will be confident of beating a Malmo side who have lost both their Champions League games so far.

Romelu Lukaku (£6.3m) is a must-have asset and it probably wouldn’t be overkill to have as many as five Chelsea players in your XI for the duration of October.

Manchester United

  • Everton (h)
  • Leicester (a)
  • Atalanta (h)
  • Liverpool (h)
  • Tottenham (a)

Quite a hard month to judge on paper.

A fully-firing United side should be able to beat Everton, Atalanta and Spurs but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s haven’t been at their best in recent games.

Clean sheets have been hard to come by for the Red Devils and that trend may continue but there should be enough points on offer for the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo (£7.8m) and Bruno Fernandes (£6.3m).


  • Man United (a)
  • West Ham (h)
  • Watford (h)

Elimination from the Carabao Cup and a lack of European commitments limits the Toffees to just three games next month.

Those tempted by in-form midfielders Andros Townsend (£3.7m), Abdoulaye Doucoure (£2.4m) and Demarai Gray (£2.4m) may think twice given the relative lack of scoring opportunities coming up.


  • Arsenal (h)
  • Norwich (a)
  • Manchester City (h)
  • Leicester (a)
  • Liverpool (a)

The Seagulls have started the new term very well but October will seriously test their resolve.

Every fixture bar the trip to Carrow Road will provide a stern test and their defenders may suffer at the hands of City and Liverpool.

West Ham

  • Brentford (h)
  • Everton (a)
  • Genk (h)
  • Tottenham (h)
  • Manchester City (h)
  • Aston Villa (a)

A nice full schedule is a welcome sight for those continuing to back Michail Antonio (£4.4m) and company.

The clashes against Brentford, Everton and Villa should all be tight on current form but they’ll surely be clear favourites against Genk and Spurs.

Aston Villa

  • Tottenham (a)
  • Wolves (h)
  • Arsenal (a)
  • West Ham (h)

Another mixed bag here.

Dean Smith’s side are capable of going to-toe-to with any Premier League side on their day but also they’re prone to surprising defeats – see their opening day loss to Watford as an example.


  • West Ham (a)
  • Chelsea (h)
  • Leicester (h)
  • Stoke (a)
  • Burnley (a)

The Bees may be a newly-promoted team but they’ve already shown they’re not to be taken lightly – they put three goals past Liverpool last weekend.

The second half of the month is considerably easier than the first half for Ivan Toney (£3.0m) and his entertaining mob.


  • Brighton (a)
  • Crystal Palace (h)
  • Aston Villa (h)
  • Leeds (h)
  • Leicester (a)

Rewind three weeks and this may have been a daunting run of fixtures for the Gunners but after four consecutive wins in all competitions they are certainly more prepared.

Three home games in a row is always helpful and Mikel Arteta’s side may be catching Leeds and Leicester at a good time to play two teams who have the potential to perform better than have so far this season.

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