The Premier League fixtures come thick and fast at this time of year, with clubs facing frantic schedules over Christmas and New Year.
England’s top tier continues to resist calls to introduce a winter break, much to the delight of fans looking to avoid Christmas shopping at all costs, and so we have a mass of matches to look forward to over the festive period.
This can be a bit of a challenge for those partial to playing Fantasy Football and leads to points being dropped, opponents getting a crucial edge and rivals pulling away never to be caught again.
The days can become a bit of a blur with copious amounts of food being consumed, but you need to keep your head clear.
So fear not, we have put together this guide to help make sure you stay on top of all the action and don’t miss a single Gameweek deadline.
When is the next Fantasy Football deadline?
Deadline: Tuesday 3 December – 18:30 pm
Manchester United v Tottenham – Jose Mourinho returns to his former club looking to win his fourth straight match since taking charge.
Liverpool v Everton – The Merseyside derby stands out as a crucial game especially for the future career prospects of Marco Silva.
Deadline: Saturday 7 December – 11:30 am
Bournemouth v Liverpool – The Cherries start a tough run of fixtures so think carefully before including too many Bournemouth defenders in your squad over the next few game weeks.
Man City v Man Utd – The Manchester derby is a tantalising prospect with the two giants facing off against each other at the Etihad. Sergio Aguero won’t be fit so there are chances to be had for other Man City players.
Deadline: Saturday 14 December – 11:30am
Liverpool v Watford – It’s probably time to cram your team full of Liverpool players as they take on a Watford side embarking on a tough festive period. Mo Salah, Sadio Mane or Roberto Firmino are just calling to be added ahead of this fixture.
Arsenal v Man City – Pep Guardiola’s side travel to north London to take on the Gunners. Arsenal are in a right mess and this is likely to be an opportune moment for Raheem Sterling and co to take advantage.
Deadline: Saturday 21 December – 11:30am
Man City v Leicester – City take on the Foxes in what should be a Christmas cracker of a fixture. Brendan Rodgers’ side are surprise top-four contenders and the hosts are no longer assured of second place.
Watford v Man Utd – The Hornets continue their tough run of games against the Red Devils at Vicarage Road, a match you’d expect Man Utd to win if they have any serious hopes of securing Champions League football.
Spurs v Chelsea – Mourinho faces another of his old clubs in this mouthwatering London derby. Frank Lampard will be looking forward to testing himself against his former manager, who has previously suggested that Chelsea lack the pragmatism required to win big matches.
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Deadline: Thursday 26 December (Boxing Day) – 11:30am
Chelsea v Southampton – If you haven’t got Tammy Abraham in your squad this might be a good time to bring him in given Southampton’s poor defensive record.
Leicester v Liverpool – No one expected this to be a top of the table clash when the fixtures were released in the summer but that is exactly what it looks like being. All the signs point towards a Boxing Day classic.
Wolves v Man City – Wolves host the champions in another fun festive fixture. Nuno’s men won at the Etihad so could a double be on the cards?
Deadline: Saturday 28 December – 11:30am (1st wildcard deadline – see below)
Norwich v Spurs – This could be a great week to get Harry Kane added to your side as Norwich don’t have the best defensive record.
Arsenal v Chelsea – The Gunners might actually have a new manager in place by the time Lampard’s men roll in for this capital clash. Goals are likely to be on the menu.
Deadline: Wednesday 1 January – 11:30am
Arsenal v Man Utd – Two Premier League rivals meet at the Emirates in what could be a mid-table clash of fallen giants.
Liverpool v Sheffield United – The Blades face their biggest challenge of the season when they take on the league leaders at Anfield. Chris Wilder will be pitting his wits against one of the top managers in world football. He’s come a long way from the Conference.
When can I use my Fantasy Football Wildcard?
Now listen carefully, you only get to use your Wildcard chip twice a season – once in the first half of the season and once in the second half of the season.
The first Wildcard deadline is on Saturday 28 December (11:30am) so make sure you have used yours before then as Wildcard chips cannot be carried over into the second half of the season.
And remember, a Wildcard allows you to make unlimited free transfers throughout a Gameweek. Playing a Wildcard will also remove any point deductions incurred from transfers already made in the same Gameweek, so don’t miss out.
On the other hand, if you used your first Wildcard early doors (we’ve all been there) then your second Wildcard will become available to play immediately after the first deadline.