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Which ‘top six’ club has the hardest fixture schedule in January?

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We’re not going to lie, January has hit us like a freight train.

But three new transfers drop on Friday, meaning you’ve got decisions to make with some Premier League clubs competing in as many as THREE competitions across January.

Here we give you a hand, detailing and rating how tough the top six clubs’ fixtures are over the month ahead.


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LIVERPOOL (Premier League match unless stated):

  • Wolves away (FA Cup)
  • Brighton away
  • Crystal Palace home
  • Leicester home

Liverpool won all eight of their games in an incredible December and January, after the mouthwatering clash with Man City of course, looks much kinder to them.

They’re only playing four times though (FA Cup reply dependent) which limits their players’ points somewhat.

Brighton, Crystal Palace and Leicester shouldn’t cause too many problems for the Premier League leaders.

Player tips: Mo Salah (£7.2m), Andy Robertson (£4.6m), Xherdan Shaqiri (£3.5m)

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MAN CITY:

  • Rotherham home (FA Cup)
  • Burton home (Carabao Cup)
  • Wolves home
  • Huddersfield away
  • Burton away (Carabao Cup)
  • Newcastle away

A month ago City fans would barely take a second look at these fixtures, but after defeats to Crystal Palace and Leicester doubts have started to creep in.

You’d still fancy them to cause some serious damage though, particularly given they play TWO more games than Liverpool in January thanks to their Carabao Cup run.

Player tips: David Silva (£5.8m), Leroy Sane (£5.2m), Danilo (£3.5m)

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Sane had three goals and three assists in December

SPURS:

  • Tranmere away (FA Cup)
  • Chelsea home (Carabao Cup)
  • Man United home
  • Fulham away
  • Chelsea away (Carabao Cup)
  • Watford home

Spurs, like City, have six games in January but, unlike City, face much tougher opposition.

They play Chelsea home and away in the Carabao Cup plus host a resurgent Man United side at Wembley.

Player tips: Harry Kane (£8.2m), Christian Eriksen (£5.2m), Lucas Moura (£3.6m)

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CHELSEA:

  • Nottingham Forest home (FA Cup)
  • Spurs away (Carabao Cup)
  • Newcastle home
  • Arsenal away
  • Spurs home
  • Bournemouth away

Chelsea’s form has hit the skids of late and January doesn’t look too pretty for them either.

Apart from a home fixture against Newcastle none of their games look particularly straightforward, including three London derbies.

Player tips: David Luiz (£4.2m), Eden Hazard (£7.5m), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£3.6m)

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ARSENAL:

  • Blackpool away
  • West Ham away
  • Chelsea home
  • Cardiff home

The Gunners have the rudimentary four fixtures left to play in January and it’s a bit of a mixed bag.

West Ham away is historically unpredictable while that other London derby with Chelsea could go a long way in deciding their top four destiny.

Player tips: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£6.1m), Alexandre Lacazette (£5.1m), Sead Kolasinac (£3m)

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MAN UNITED:

  • Reading home (FA Cup)
  • Spurs away
  • Brighton home
  • Burnley home

A month ago these games might daunt United fans, but under Ole Gunner Solskjaer their players look shackle-free and ready to cause problems.

The second string should enjoy themselves against Reading in the FA Cup but Spurs will be Solskjaer’s first real test since replacing Jose Mourinho.

Player tips: Paul Pogba (£5.1m) Marcus Rashford (£2.7m), Luke Shaw (£2.3m)

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