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Which team has the most favourable fixtures in September?

Let’s recite one of the Dream Team commandments: Players are more likely to score points against easier opposition.

This is something all gaffers know but too few take into account when crafting their XI.

In hope of rectifying that, we’ve listed the September fixtures for every club currently in the top half of the Premier League.

Targeting favourable fixtures could give you the edge once we’re back underway after the international break.

Champions League quality players in the Europa Conference League

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Champions League quality players in the Europa Conference League

Spurs

  • Crystal Palace (a)
  • Rennes (a)
  • Chelsea (h)
  • Wolves (a)
  • Arsenal (a)
  • NS Mura (h)

There’s definitely a sense the likes of Son Heung-min (£5.2m) and Harry Kane (£7.1m) could run amok during the Europa League Conference fixtures.

Chelsea aside, Spurs’ league fixtures appear relatively favourable given the form exhibited by Palace, Wolves and Arsenal so far – the Gunners are quite literally at the other end of the table.

West Ham

  • Southampton (a)
  • Dinamo Zagreb (a)
  • Man United (h)
  • Man United (a)
  • Leeds (a)
  • Rapid Vienna (h)

It’s hard to look past the double header against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s mob with the second encounter coming in the form of a Carabao Cup match-up.

Assets from the London Stadium are twice as appealing this season because they have Europa League fixtures to fulfil which could keep the Michail Antonio (£4.2m) gravy train on track.

Hammer time!

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Hammer time!

Man United

  • Newcastle (h)
  • Young Boys (a)
  • West Ham (a)
  • West Ham (h)
  • Aston Villa (h)
  • Villarreal (h)

Four home games out of six might be enough to convince Dream Team bosses that Cristiano Ronaldo (£7.5m) is worth the investment.

Villarreal frustrated the Red Devils in the Europa League final last season so they won’t fold at the end of the month but Young Boys should be a more straightforward task as a Champions League opener.

Chelsea

  • Aston Villa (h)
  • Zenit St Petersburg (h)
  • Spurs (a)
  • Aston Villa (h)
  • Man City (h)
  • Juventus (a)

The reigning European champions won’t fear anyone but September is one of the more difficult months for them to negotiate this season.

The Blues’ fixtures become VERY favourable in October so perhaps it’s best to remain patient.

Liverpool

  • Leeds (a)
  • Milan (h)
  • Crystal Palace (h)
  • Norwich (a)
  • Brentford (a)
  • Porto (a)

The potential negative of four away games is countered by a pleasant set of fixtures for Jurgen Klopp’s men.

The likes of Mohamed Salah (£6.4m) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (£5.1m) will be hopeful of a prosperous September with a couple of porous defences in their sights.

An unbeaten month looks achievable.

Anyone else still not used to Klopp without his glasses?

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Anyone else still not used to Klopp without his glasses?

Everton

  • Burnley (h)
  • Aston Villa (a)
  • Queen’s Park Rangers (a)
  • Norwich (h)

The Toffees have just four games this month so Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£5.7m) will have to play a couple of blinders if he is to keep pace with the other top forwards.

Man City

  • Leicester (a)
  • RB Leipzig (h)
  • Southampton (h)
  • Wycombe (h)
  • Chelsea (a)
  • PSG (a)

There are very few fixtures capable of intimidating Pep Guardiola’s side but those two away days at the end of the month are about as difficult as they get.

Still, it’s always wise to have your Dream Team suitable stocked with Man City assets no matter the schedule.

Brighton

  • Brentford (a)
  • Leicester (h)
  • Swansea (h)
  • Crystal Palace (a)

Nothing too scary for the Seagulls but any team without European commitments are likely to fall behind in terms of Dream Team points.

Keep an eye on Ferran Torres’ progress…

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Keep an eye on Ferran Torres’ progress…

Leicester

  • Man City (h)
  • Napoli (h)
  • Brighton (a)
  • Millwall (a)
  • Burnley (h)
  • Legia Warsaw (a)

Europa League group opponents don’t come much tougher than Napoli and their visit so soon after Man City have frequented the King Power represents a challenging double header.

The second half of the month looks much brighter for Jamie Vardy (£4.3m) and co.

Brentford

  • Brighton (h)
  • Wolves (a)
  • Oldham (h)
  • Liverpool (h)

Another team with just four fixtures in September – you probably don’t need more than just one of Thomas Frank’s lads in your ranks if you are keen on the Bees.