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Which team has the most favourable fixtures in November?

TRANSFERS are refreshed tomorrow, Friday 5th November, and Dream Team gaffers are undoubtedly itching to revamp their teams.

As always, the schedule should be a huge factor in determining which players you ditch and who replaces them.

With that in mind, here’s a whistle-stop tour of this month’s fixtures for every team currently in the top half…

CHELSEA

  • Burnley (h)
  • Leicester (a)
  • Juventus (h)
  • Manchester United (h)

The Blues’ post-international break looks tricky on paper but it might not be as taxing in reality.

Leicester’s form has been up and down, the Foxes are currently 11th, while Juventus are also struggling compared to their usual standards – they are 9th in Serie A.

And there’s no doubt Thomas Tuchel’s side are in better shape than Manchester United right now so there’s no reason to turn away from Chelsea assets this month.

LIVERPOOL

  • West Ham (a)
  • Arsenal (h)
  • Porto (h)
  • Southampton (h)

The Reds face two London teams on the up but the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold (£4.9m), Sadio Mane (£5.2m) and Mohamed Salah (£7.9m) will fear nobody in their current form.

Jurgen Klopp’s always seem to score five against Porto so that could be the fixture that produces the most points for the Anfield mob this month.

Three consecutive home games is always handy.

MANCHESTER CITY

  • Manchester United (a)
  • Everton (h)
  • PSG (h)
  • West Ham (h)

Pep Guardiola’s side also have the luxury of three consecutive home games after the international break but it’s far from the most favourable month fixture-wise.

City should win the Manchester derby this weekend but then again they should have beaten Crystal Palace at the Etihad in Game Week 10.

WEST HAM

  • Liverpool (h)
  • Wolves (a)
  • Rapid Vienna (a)
  • Manchester City (a)

The Hammers have been one of the most impressive teams in the league for a nearly a year now but this month will test them to their limits.

Those with West Ham defenders in their XI would be wise to consider a change of strategy for the foreseeable future.

David Moyes’ side have arguably been the best team on display in the Europa League so a trip to the Austrian capital may provide some relief in an otherwise lean spell.

MANCHESTER UNITED

  • Manchester City (h)
  • Watford (a)
  • Villarreal (a)
  • Chelsea (a)

With Manchester United their fixtures are generally not as important as which stage of their never-ending cycle they are in at any given time.

When everything clicks, the Red Devils are a match for anyone and tend to produce a lot of points but when their structural gaps are at their widest, as they were against Liverpool a couple of weeks back, they tend to disappoint.

November is bookended by two of the most difficult fixtures possible but Cristiano Ronaldo (£7.4m) and Bruno Fernandes (£6.3m) may be able to make hay while the sun shines against Watford and a Villarreal side who are currently 13th in La Liga.

ARSENAL

  • Watford (h)
  • Liverpool (a)
  • Newcastle (h)

No European commitments limits the Gunners to just three fixtures in November but home games against Watford and Newcastle should be enough to keep Dream Team bosses interested.

Those who have taken a punt on the likes of Pierre-Emile Aubameyang (£5.7m), Emile Smith Rowe (£2.7m) and Bukayo Saka (£3.3m) should probably retain them until at least December barring availability issues.

WOLVES

  • Crystal Palace (a)
  • West Ham (h)
  • Norwich (a)

A tough month to call for Bruno Lage’s troops.

With all due respect to the Canaries, a trip to Carrow Road is virtually a gimme these days but the other two match-ups should produce close contests.

If you’re considering a Wolves player, it’s likely there’s an viable alternative with a more appealing schedule.

BRIGHTON

  • Newcastle (h)
  • Aston Villa (a)
  • Leeds (h)

After a fantastic start, the Seagulls are now without a win in six games in all competitions although they did battle back from 2-0 down to earn a point at Anfield and remind their league of their capabilities.

Brighton may only have three games this month but they can’t have asked for a much more favourable trio – Newcastle still haven’t won this season while both Villa and Leeds are half as good as they were last season.

This smells of clean sheets for Robert Sanchez (£2.2m) and his defenders.

TOTTENHAM

  • Everton (a)
  • Leeds (h)
  • NS Mura (a)
  • Burnley (a)

Everything looks set for a classic New Manager Bounce™ as none of these fixtures will intimidate Antonio Conte as he goes about moulding Spurs into his prefered image.

Harry Kane (£7.6m) and company have been poor in recent weeks but Dream Team managers should definitely be on the eye out for a sudden upturn.

EVERTON

  • Tottenham (h)
  • Manchester City (a)
  • Brentford (a)

The Toffees have suffered three defeats in a row and it’s certainly not inconceivable they’ll reach December without adding another point to their tally.

The gravy train has come to a halt.

LEICESTER

  • Leeds (a)
  • Chelsea (h)
  • Legia Warsaw (h)
  • Watford (h)

The Foxes are just outside the top half but we’ve decided to include them as a bonus because these fixtures could be on ones to potentially target.

Jamie Vardy (£4.4m) will fancy his chances against Leeds and Watford, two of the league’s more porous defences, while the Europa League bolsters Leicester’s schedule nicely.

Youri Tielemans (£3.6m) is the fourth-best midfielder in Dream Team at the time of writing and appears in just 9.3% of teams – the Belgian could be a shrewd pick for November.

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