Sunday, 15 May 2022

Predictions For Premier League Gameweek 37

It’s that time of the week again when I attempt to predict the outcomes of the upcoming Premier League games. I didn’t do too well last week week with eight correct outcomes and eight incorrect outcomes which left me in seventh place in my predictions league. Here’s a look at how the top five in that league stands.

RankPlayerResClsExaSlmPts
1
-
Richard Landsberg
61169.510837375.5
2
-
RobbieZ
64160.59331348.5
3
1
robbieg
63145.59031329.5
4
1
Sam
61127.511724329.5
5
-
nzbuddy
601448726317.0

My captain choice cost me badly last week as Mohamed Salah failed to impress in his two games while deciding not to opt for Kevin de Bruyne was a huge mistake. There are five teams with two games this week and I’ll be using my free hit chip to fill my team with their players. Choosing my captain won’t be easy, but I’ll probably opt for one out of Danny Ings, Wilfried Zaha, James Maddison and Jamie Vardy. There are plenty of cut price options in those five teams playing twice, but it only makes sense to opt for them if you have your final free hit chip left to use. One final word of warning is Manchester United don’t play this week, but given their performance last that’s probably not a bad thing.

Sunday May 15

Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley 

12pm BST, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London 

Spurs drew 1-1 away to Liverpool and won 3-0 at home to Arsenal last week to move within one point of the top four. They have won five of their last six home games and they scored 19 goals in those games with only the top two winning more games and scoring more goals at home. They have only won two of their last five games, but their last two games are against teams at the wrong end of the table and they should win both of them.

Heung-Min Son is the Spurs player to have for fantasy managers at the moment with Harry Kane and Dejan Kulusevski doing pretty well too.

Burnley lost 3-1 at home to Villa last week and that defeat left them above the relegation zone on goal difference only. They have taken four points from their last two away games, but only Norwich have scored less goals on their travels. They lost their last game after taking 10 points from the previous four and they probably need to win one of their last three games to stay up.

With two games this week Burnley players could be of interest to fantasy managers and Wout Weghorst is probably the one most likely to return some points.

I think Burnley will give it their all, but Spurs should win by a couple of goals.

Prediction: 3-1

Aston Villa v Crystal Palace 

2pm BST, Villa Park, Birmingham 

Villa won 3-1 away to Burnley before losing 2-1 at home to Liverpool last week and they’re still only two points off the top half of the table. They have lost three of their last four home games with only the bottom three losing more games on their own patch. They had won two games in a row before losing to Liverpool and they will see their two games this week as ones they can win.

With two games this week Danny Ings, Matty Cash and maybe Phillippe Coutinho could do well for fantasy managers.

Palace won 1-0 at home to Watford last week and they’re a point ahead of Villa going into this game. They have only lost two of their last eight away games, but they drew three of them with only Brighton and Burnley drawing more away games. They have taken seven points from their last three games and they kept clean sheets in two of them.

Wilfried Zaha and Conor Gallagher could do very well for fantasy managers with two games to play this week.

I think this will be a very close game and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it end in a draw.

Prediction: 1-1

Leeds United v Brighton And Hove Albion 

2pm BST, Elland Road, Leeds 

Leeds lost 2-1 away to Arsenal and 3-0 at home to Chelsea last week and they need something from this game to try to get out of the bottom three. They have lost their last two home games and they conceded seven goals in those two games with only Watford and Norwich conceding more goals on their own ground. They have lost their last three games and they conceded nine goals in those games after taking 11 points from the previous five games and only Norwich have conceded more goals.

I’m not sure there are any Leeds players to interest fantasy managers at the moment.

Brighton won 4-0 at home to United last week and they’re in a strong position to finish in the top half of the table. They have won three of their last four away games with only three other teams taking more points on the road and no other team drawing more away games. They have taken 13 points from their last six games including wins against three of the big six and no other team has drawn more games.

I suggested Leandro Trossard might be a good choice for fantasy managers last week and he looks like a good choice again this week.

I think Brighton should be good enough to take the three points and put Leeds perilously close to relegation.

Prediction: 0-2

Watford v Leicester City 

2pm BST, Vicarage Road, Watford 

Watford lost 1-0 away to Palace and drew 0-0 at home to Everton last week and they will be playing their football in the Championship next season. They drew their last home game after losing the previous 11 and no other team has taken less points or conceded more goals at home. The point against Everton was their first point in seven games with only Norwich and Leeds conceding more goals and only Norwich scoring less.

I can’t see any Watford players who might make a difference for fantasy managers.

Leicester lost 2-1 at home to Everton before winning 3-0 at home to Norwich last week and that win was enough to move them into the top half of the table. They haven’t won in their last five away games with only three other teams taking less points on the road and only four other teams conceding more goals. The win against Norwich was their first win in six games and no other team in the top half of the table has conceded more goals.

With two games this week James Maddison, Jamie Vardy and Harvey Barnes could all do very well for fantasy managers.

I think Leicester will strengthen their grip on a place in the top half of the table by taking the three points in this game.

Prediction: 0-2

West Ham United v Manchester City 

2pm BST, London Stadium, London 

West Ham won 4-0 away to Norwich last week to move within three points of sixth place with a game in hand and better goal difference. They lost their last home game, but that was their first home defeat in seven games and only five other teams have taken more points on their own patch. The win against Norwich was their first win in five games and they will do well to get anything from this game.

Jarrod Bowen and Said Benrahma are in good form for fantasy managers, but they might not do well in this game.

City won 5-0 at home to Newcastle and 5-1 away to Wolves last week to stretch their lead at the top of the table to three points with only two games left to play. They have won 12 of their last 14 away games and no other team has taken more points or conceding less goals away from home. They have won their last five games and they scored 22 goals in those games with no other team scoring more or conceding less goals.

Kevin de Bruyne certainly lived up to his billing last week and he looks like the ideal City player for fantasy managers again this week.

I think City will get the three points they need to make the title almost theirs yet again.

Prediction: 1-3

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Norwich City 

2pm BST, Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton 

Wolves drew 2-2 away to Chelsea and lost 5-1 at home to City last week. They have lost four of their last six home games and they have taken more points on the road than they have at home. They have only taken one point from their last five games, but they will see this as a game they should win.

With a very good game this week Raul Jiminez might be of interest to fantasy managers.

Norwich lost 4-0 at home to West Ham and 3-0 away to Leicester last week week and it’s only a matter of whether they finish last or second last in the table at this point. They have only taken one point from their last seven away games and with no other team taking less points or conceding less goals on their travels. They have lost their last five games and they conceded 15 goals in those games while only scoring one with no other team conceding more or scoring less goals.

I can’t see any Norwich players to recommend to fantasy managers at the moment.

I think Wolves will bounce back from their defeat against City to take the three points in this game.

Prediction: 2-0 

Everton v Brentford 

4.30pm BST, Goodison Park, Liverpool 

Everton won 2-1 away to Leicester and drew 0-0 away to Watford last week week and those four points were enough to move them two points clear of the bottom three. They have taken 10 points from their last four home games and they only conceded one goal in those four games. They have taken 11 points from their last six games and they only need four points from their last three games to guarantee their survival, but realistically one point will probably be enough.

With two games this week Anthony Gordon and Richarlison could both do quite well for fantasy managers.

Brentford won 3-0 at home to Southampton last week and they can still finish in the top half of the table if they win their last two games and other results go their way. They have won three of their last five away games and they will fancy their chances against a team three places below them in the table. They have taken 13 points from their last six games and they stand a very good chance of winning their last two games.

Ivan Toney is the Brentford player most likely to score points for fantasy managers this week.

I think this will be a close game, but the chances are Everton will get the win they need to as good as guarantee their survival.

Prediction: 2-1

Monday May 16

Newcastle United v Arsenal 

8pm BST, St. James’s Park Newcastle 

Newcastle lost 5-0 away to City last week, but they’re still only two points off the top half of the table. They lost their last home game against Liverpool, but they won six in a row at home before that and only three other teams have conceded more goals at home. They lost their last two games without scoring, but they won the previous four and they will want to finish their home games on a high.

Bruno Guimaraes is the Newcastle player who could do well for fantasy managers while the returning Callum Wilson should be considered too.

Arsenal won 2-1 at home to Leeds and then lost 3-0 away to Spurs last week and they now only have one point to spare in the battle for a top four place. They lost their last away game after winning the previous three and no other team has drawn less games on the road. They lost their last game after winning the previous four with only the top two winning more games and no other team drawing less.

Eddie Nketiah is the Arsenal player most likely to do well for fantasy managers at the moment.

This is a game which could go either way, but I think Arsenal should just manage a narrow victory.

Prediction: 1-2

Tuesday May 17

Southampton v Liverpool 

7.45pm BST, St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton 

Southampton lost 3-0 away to Brentford last week and it looks like the end of the season can’t come quickly enough for them. They have lost four of their last five home games and their chances of reversing that trend in this game are slim. They have only once in their last 10 games and they conceded 20 goals in those games with only the bottom three conceding more goals.

James Ward-Prowse is the Southampton player to have for fantasy managers, but maybe not in this game.

Liverpool drew 1-1 at home to Spurs and won 2-1 away to Villa last week and they need City to drop a minimum of three points in their last two games if they’re going to catch them. The only points they dropped in their last seven away games were in their draw at City and no other team has scored more goals away from home. They have taken 44 points from their last 16 games with only City scoring more and conceding less goals.

With Liverpool needing to score plenty of goals Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota are all possibilities for fantasy managers while all of their defenders and keeper are worth considering too.

I think Liverpool should be too good for Southampton and should win by a few goals.

Prediction: 0-3

Thursday May 19

Everton v Crystal Palace 

7.45om BST, Goodison Park, Liverpool 

Everton play their second home game of the week and a win in either of them should be enough to keep them up. As I said already it looks like they will avoid relegation and this game should give them a chance to finish their home games on a positive note.

As I mentioned previously Everton players might not be the worst options for fantasy managers this week with two games.

Palace play their second away game of the week and they could move up to eighth place if they win them both and other results go their way. Both of their games are against teams below them in the table so they will be hopeful of setting themselves up for a good finale to their season at home to United next week.

Both Zaha and Gallagher are the Palace players of most interest to fantasy managers this week, but Marc Guehi is worth considering too if he’s fit to play.

This is a tough game to call as other results will have an influence on it, but I think a draw is the most likely outcome.

Prediction: 2-2

Aston Villa v Burnley 

8pm BST, Villa Park, Birmingham 

Villa play their second home game of the week and they have the opportunity to climb the table if they can win them both. A home game against a team that will probably just survive in the top flight for another should see then as strong favourable to take the three points.

The Villa players I mentioned previously could all have a very good week for fantasy managers as could Ollie Watkins if he’s fit to play.

Burnley play their second away game of the week and they could be as good as safe going into this game if they win away to Spurs and Leeds lose to Brighton. It’s unlikely they will beat Spurs though and anything they can get from this game could prove to be very important to them.

Despite having two games and possibly needing to get something from them I’m still not convinced Burnley players will do well for fantasy managers this week.

I think Villa will more than likely get the better of Burnley and take the three points. 

Prediction: 2-0

Chelsea v Leicester City 

8pm BST, Stamford Bridge, London 

Chelsea drew 2-2 at home to Wolves and won 3-0 away to Leeds and they will finish in third place if they win this game. They have only won once in their last four home games and it’s their home form which stopped them from keeping up their title challenge. Despite losing the Cup Final on Saturday they should still be favourites to win this game and secure their third place finish.

It’s hard to know which Chelsea players will play this game after the FA Cup Final on Saturday, but Mason Mount and Romelu Lukaku are their form players at the moment.

Leicester play their second away game of the week and a trip to Chelsea should be a lot tougher than their game against Watford. After their European adventure ended their will want to finish in the top half of the table, but they could struggle in this game.

The Leicester players I mentioned above could all have a very good week if they don’t make too many changes from one game to another.

I think Leicester will push Chelsea, but the chances are Chelsea will take the three points.

Prediction: 2-1

That’s it for this week.

See you next week.

Saturday, 7 May 2022

Predictions For Premier League Gameweek 36

It’s that time of the week again when I attempt to predict the outcomes of the upcoming Premier League games. I did pretty well last week with two perfect predictions, five correct outcomes and three incorrect outcomes which left me in seventh place in my predictions league. Here’s a look at how the top five in that league stands.

RankPlayerResClsExaSlmPts
1
-
Richard Landsberg
54163.510834359.5
2
-
RobbieZ
61151.59329334.5
3
-
Sam
5612311422315.0
4
-
robbieg
57139.58728311.5
5
-
nzbuddy
561388724305.

My choice of Mohamed Salah as my captain didn’t work out well last week, but I can’t see a better option this week as Liverpool play twice and they have to win both games. Kevin de Bruyne could be a good choice too with City in the same position as Liverpool while James Maddison is an outside bet as Leicester have two home games against teams in the bottom three.

Saturday May 7

Brentford v Southampton 

3pm BST, Brentford Community Stadium, London 

Brentford lost 3-0 away to United last week, buy they’re still only three points off the top half of the table. They have taken seven points from their last three home games and they didn’t concede any goals in those games, but only the bottom two have lost more games at home. They had won five out of seven games before losing to United and their last three games are all against teams below them in the table.

Ivan Toney remains the Brentford player most likely to return some points for fantasy managers.

Southampton lost 2-1 at home to Palace last week and they’re behind Brentford on goal difference going into this game. They haven’t won in their last five away games and only two other teams have conceded more goals on the road. They have only won once in their last nine games with only three other teams conceding more goals.

James Ward-Prowse is the Southampton player for fantasy managers to have.

I don’t think there will be too much between these two teams, but the chances are Brentford will take the three points.

Prediction: 2-1

Burnley v Aston Villa 

3pm BST, Turf Moor, Burnley 

Burnley won 2-1 away to Watford last week and they’re now two places and two points above the relegation zone. They have won their last three home games, but only Brighton and Norwich have scored less goals on their own patch. They have taken 13 points from their last six games to give themselves a real chance of staying up.

Josh Brownhill has done well in recent weeks for fantasy managers, but I’m not sure Burnley players are a good option for fantasy managers.

Villa won 2-0 at home to Norwich last week and they’re still only three points off the top half of the table. They have only taken one point from their last three away games and only two other teams have lost more away games. The win against Norwich was their first win in six games with only the bottom three teams losing more games.

With two games this week and next week Villa players look like good value for fantasy managers at the moment with Ollie Watkins probably the best of them.

This isn’t an easy game to call, but I have a feeling Burnley will manage a narrow victory.

Prediction: 1-0

Chelsea v Wolverhampton Wanderers 

3pm BST, Stamford Bridge, London 

Chelsea lost 1-0 away to Everton last week and it looks like the end of the season can’t come quickly enough for them.  They have lost two of their last three home games and they conceded eight goals in those two defeats. They have lost three of their last six games, but three of their last four games are at home.

With two games this week Mason Mount and Kai Havertz could do well for fantasy managers as could the Chelsea defenders and keeper.

Wolves lost 3-0 at home to Brighton last week and their hopes of European football for next season are gone. They have lost four of their last five away games and they failed to score in three of those games. They have lost their last three games without scoring and they play all of the top three in their next four games.

Even with two games this week it’s difficult to recommend Wolves players to fantasy managers as they’re two very tough games.

Despite Chelsea’s recent poor results I still think they will manage a win in this game.

Prediction: 2-1

Crystal Palace v Watford 

3pm BST, Selhurst Park, London 

Palace won 2-1 away to Southampton last week and they’re only two points off the top half of the table. They’re unbeaten in four home games and they kept clean sheets in their last three home games with no other team drawing more games at home. They have only lost two of their last nine games and they play two of the bottom three in their last four games.

Wilfried Zaha could be the Palace player to have for fantasy managers, but he could do better next week with Palace playing twice.

Watford lost 2-1 at home to Burnley this week and it will take more than a miracle for them to avoid relegation at this stage. They have lost three of their last four away games and they conceded eight goals in those games, but they have taken more than two thirds of their points on the road. They have lost their last five games and they conceded 14 goals in those games with only Leeds and Norwich conceding more goals.

Even with two games this week I’m not sure there are any Watford players who can make a contribution for fantasy managers.

I think Palace should be strong enough to win this game by a couple of goals.

Prediction: 2-0

Brighton And Hove Albion v Manchester United 

5.30pm BST, AMEX Stadium, Brighton 

Brighton won 3-0 away to Wolves last week and that win moved them back into the top half of the table. They haven’t won in eight home games and no other team has scored less goals at home with only the bottom two taking less points on the road. They have taken 10 points from their last five games and they have kept clean sheets in three of their last six games.

Leandro Trossard is the Brighton player most likely to make an impression for fantasy managers at the moment.

United won 3-0 at home to Brentford last week and their chances of finishing in the top four are not mathematically gone yet. They have lost their last four away games and they conceded 12 goals in those games with no other team in the top half of the table conceding more goals away from home. They have only won two of their last seven games and they have less games left to play than any other team.

Cristiano Ronaldo is in very good form for fantasy managers at the moment, but it’s hard to pick United players as they only have two games left to play.

I think this will be a very close game with a draw probably the most likely outcome.

Prediction: 1-1

Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur 

7.45pm BST, Anfield, Liverpool 

Liverpool won 1-0 away to Newcastle last week to remain one point behind City at the top of the table. They have won their last 12 home games and they kept clean sheets in 10 of those games with no other team team taking more points or conceding less goals at home. They have taken 40 points from the last 42 available to them and they kept 11 clean sheets in those games with no other team scoring more goals and only City conceding less.

Mohamed Salah is the Liverpool player to have for fantasy managers with Sadio Mane, Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota and all of the Liverpool defenders and keeper very good choices too.

Spurs won 3-1 at home to Leicester last week and they’re only two points behind Arsenal in the race for a top four finish. They have taken 13 points from their last seven away games, but they will do very well to get anything from this game. They have taken 16 points from their last seven games, but defeat in this game would put a huge dent in their top four hopes.

Heung-Min Son is the Spurs player who can make a very good impression for fantasy managers with Harry Kane and Dejan Kulusevski worth considering too.

I think Liverpool will be too strong for Spurs and should take all three points in this game.

Prediction: 3-1

Sunday May 8

Arsenal v Leeds United 

2pm BST, Emirates Stadium, London 

Arsenal won 2-1 away to West Ham last week to hold on to their place in the top four. They won their last home game after losing the previous two, but only two other teams have taken more points on their own patch. They have won their last three games and they scored nine goals in those games.

Bukayo Saka is the Arsenal player most likely to make a difference for fantasy managers.

Leeds lost 4-0 at home to City last week and they’re now only two points above the bottom three. They have taken seven points from their last three away games, but no other team has conceded more goals away from home. They have taken 11 points from their last six games, but they have to play two of the top four this week.

Raphinha is the Leeds player who can return points for fantasy managers and they need him to do so if they’re going to keep their place in the top flight.

I think Leeds will make a game of it, but Arsenal should be able to take the three points.

Prediction: 3-1

Leicester City v Everton 

2pm BST, King Power Stadium, Leicester 

Leicester lost 3-1 away to Spurs last week, buy they’re still only one point off the top half of the table. They have taken 10 points from their last four home games and they play two of the bottom three in their next two home games. They have only taken two points from their last four games, but they will hope to move back into the top half of the table as they play each of the bottom three teams in their next three games.

If Leicester can get over their midweek European disappointment then James Maddison could do very well for fantasy managers.

Everton won 1-0 at home to Chelsea last week to stay two points behind Leeds and Burnley, but they’re still in the bottom three. They have lost their last seven away games with no other team taking less points on the road and only Norwich scoring less goals. They have taken 10 points from their last seven games and they play twice this week and next week too.

With two games in each of the next two weeks both Anthony Gordon and Richarlison could do well for fantasy managers.

I think this will be a close game with Leicester probably winning narrowly.

Prediction: 2-1

Norwich City v West Ham United 

2pm BST, Carrow Road, Norwich 

Norwich lost 2-0 away to Villa last week and that defeat meant they were relegated. They have lost four of their last five home games and they conceded 13 goals in those games with no other team scoring less goals at home. They have only won once in their last 12 games with no other team scoring less goals and only Leeds conceding more.

With two games this week Teemu Pukki is the only Norwich player who might interest fantasy managers.

West Ham lost 2-1 at home to Arsenal last week and their chances of qualifying for European football this season are very slim now. The have lost their last four away games and they failed to score in three of them, but they will hope to reverse that trend against the team at the foot of the table. They have only taken one point from their last four games as their midweek exploits took precedence and they might find it hard to get their Premier League form back before the season ends.

If West Ham can recover from their midweek disappointment then Jarrod Bowen can do well for fantasy managers.

I think Norwich can take advantage of a tired West Ham team to win this game by one goal.

Prediction: 1-0

Manchester City v Newcastle United 

4.30pm BST, Etihad Stadium, Manchester 

City won 4-0 away to Wolves last week to maintain their one point lead at the top of the table. They have taken 10 points from their last four home games with no other team scoring more goals at home. They have won their last three games and they scored 12 goals in those games with only Liverpool scoring more goals and no other team conceding less.

Kevin de Bruyne is the City player to have for fantasy managers with two games to play this week while all of City’s defenders and keeper are good choices too and Gabriel Jesus is in very good form at the moment.

Newcastle lost 1-0 at home to Liverpool last week, but they’re still in the top half of the table. They won their last away game after losing the previous three and a trip to the reigning champions will be a tough day out for them. They lost their last game after winning the previous four and they kept three clean sheets in those games.

I can’t see any Newcastle players to recommend to fantasy managers in this game although Bruno Guimaraes is in good form at the moment.

I can’t see anything other than a comfortable City victory in this game as long as they can recover from their midweek drama and disappointment.

Prediction: 3-0

Tuesday May 10

Aston Villa v Liverpool 

8pm BST, Villa Park, Birmingham 

Villa play their second game of the week and a home game against title chasing Liverpool is not going to be easy for them. They have only won two of their last eight home games and they will have their work cut out in this game.

As good as it is for fantasy managers to pick Villa players this week the chances are they won’t do well in this game.

Liverpool play their second game of the week too and nothing less than six points will do them in these two games. They have taken 17 points from their last seven away games with no other team scoring more goals on the road.

Liverpool might be tempted to rest players ahead of the FA Cup Final, but I think they will resist the temptation and the players I mentioned above are all very good choices.

I can’t see anything other than a Liverpool win in this game.

Prediction: 0-2

Wednesday May 11

Leeds United v Chelsea 

7.30pm BST, Elland Road, Leeds 

Leeds play their second game of the week and both of them are against teams in the top four. They have lost five of their last seven home games with only Watford conceding more goals at home.

As I mentioned already Raphinha could do well for fantasy managers this week if Leeds can continue their recent good form.

Chelsea play their second game of the week, but their minds might be elsewhere with the FA Cup final coming up. They have won four of their last six away games with only City taking more points and only Liverpool scoring more goals away from home.

If Chelsea do rest some players it’s difficult to know which ones to recommend to fantasy managers.

I think Chelsea will keep the pressure on Leeds by narrowly taking the three points in this game.

Prediction: 1-2

Leicester City v Norwich City 

7.45pm BST, King Power Stadium, Leicester 

Leicester play their second game of the week and they’re both at home to teams in the bottom three. If they’re going to climb back into the top half of the table they will need to win both of these home games.

If he’s back in the team Jamie Vardy  could have a very good week along James Maddison and Harvey Barnes.

Norwich play their second game of the week and they’re both against teams who suffered European semi final disappointment in midweek. They have only taken one point from their last six away games and no other team has scored less goals on the road while only Leeds have conceded more.

As I said already Teemu Pukki has looked good recently and could have a good week for fantasy managers.

I think Leicester will take advantage of playing on their own ground to win this game.

Prediction: 3-1

Watford v Everton 

7.45pm BST, Vicarage Road, Watford 

Watford play their second game of the week and the chances of their relegation not being confirmed before this game are almost nonexistent. They have lost their last 11 home games and no other team has conceded more goals at home.

At a push I suppose Emmanuel Dennis could be the Watford player for fantasy managers to consider this week.

Everton play their second away game of the week and they need to win at least one of them to improve their chances of avoiding relegation. With Watford’s home record this is the game Everton will feel is there for the taking.

As I said already Richarlison (if he’s fit) and Anthony Gordon could do well over the next two weeks for fantasy managers.

This is a huge game for Everton and I have a feeling they will get a badly needed victory in it.

Prediction: 1-2

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester City 

8.15pm BST, Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton 

Wolves play their second game of the week and they’re both against teams in the top three. They have lost four of their last seven home games with only the bottom two losing more games on their own ground.

With two very tough games this week the chances are the Wolves players won’t do too much for fantasy managers.

City play their second game of the week and they have to win them both or they could finish the season with no trophies to their name. They have taken 35 of their last 39 points available to them away from home with no other team taking more points or conceding less goals away from home.

With only the league left to play for City players could do very well over the next few weeks for fantasy managers.

I think City will win this game by at least two goals to keep  their place at the top of the table.

Prediction: 0-2

Thursday May 12

Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal 

7.45pm BST, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London 

Spurs play their second game of the week and it’s an absolute must win game for them if they’re going to overtake Arsenal in the race for a top four finish. They have won four of their last five home games and they scored 16 goals in those games with only the top two scoring more goals at home.

The Spurs players I mentioned already are all very good choices for fantasy managers this week.

Arsenal play their second game of the week too and they could possibly guarantee a top four finish if they win them both. They have won seven of their last nine away games and victory in this game would almost guarantee a top four place.

Arsenal players haven’t really done too much for fantasy managers recently, but its difficult to ignore Bukayo Saka 

I think this will be another very close game and a draw might just be on the cards.

Prediction: 1-1

That’s it for this week.

See you next week.

Friday, 29 April 2022

Predictions For Premier League Gameweek 35

It’s that time of the week again when I attempt to predict the outcomes of the upcoming Premier League games. I didn’t do too badly last week with six correct outcomes and five incorrect outcomes which left me still in seventh place in my predictions league. Here’s a look at how the top five in that league stands.

RankPlayerResClsExaSlmPts
1
-
Richard Landsberg
52160.510233347.5
2
-
RobbieZ
60148.58728323.5
3
-
Sam
54118.510821301.5
4
-
robbieg
551328426297.0
5
-
nzbuddy
551357823291.

My choice of Mohamed Salah as my fantasy captain last week worked out reasonably well and the chances are I’ll pick him again this week with Kevin de Bruyne as a very good option too. Despite not doing much recently I still think Phillippe Coutinho might perform well at home to Norwich with Villa surely bound to score a few goals at some stage. Fantasy managers also need to be aware of players playing extra games between now and the end of the season and they need to plan wisely for any chips they might have left.

Saturday April 30

Newcastle United v Liverpool 

12.30pm BST, St. James’s Park, Newcastle 

Newcastle won 3-0 away to Norwich last week and that win moved them up to ninth place in the table. They are unbeaten in eight home games and they have won the last six games on their own patch, but only three other teams have conceded more goals at home. They have won their last four games and they kept clean sheets in three of them, but they have three very tough games in a row starting with this one.

Bruno Guimaraes is the Newcastle player to have at the moment for fantasy managers.

Liverpool won 2-0 at home to Everton last week to stay one point behind City at the top of the table. They drew their last away game against City after winning the previous four with no other team scoring more goals on the road. They have taken 37 of the last 39 points available to them and they will probably have to win their last five games if they are going to have any chance of finishing ahead of City.

Mohamed Salah looks to be back to his best for fantasy managers while all of the Liverpool defenders and keeper are great choices too along with Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz.

I think Newcastle’s very good home run will come to an end with a narrow victory for Liverpool.

Prediction: 1-2

Aston Villa v Norwich City

3pm BST, Villa Park, Birmingham 

Villa drew 0-0 away to Leicester last week and they’re now only eight points above the bottom three, but they’re not in any danger of relegation. They have only won once in their last seven home games with only four other teams taking less points at home. They have only taken one point from their last five games and they failed to score in three of them.

I can’t see any Villa players to interest fantasy managers at the moment, but then again Phillippe Coutinho might just prosper against the bottom team.

Norwich lost 3-0 at home to Newcastle last week and they’re now 10 points from safety with five games left to play and they could even have their relegation confirmed this week. They have only taken one point from their last five away games with no other team scoring less goals and only Everton taking less points on their travels. They have only taken five points from their last 11 games with no other team scoring less or conceding more goals.

Despite their lowly position Teemu Pukki has done well recently for fantasy managers.

I think Villa will get a much needed win with a couple of goals to spare in this game.

Prediction: 2-0

Southampton v Crystal Palace 

3pm BST, St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton 

Southampton came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 away to Brighton last week and they’re still only two points off the top half of the table. They won their last home game after losing the previous three with only Palace drawing more games at home. They have taken four points from their last three games after only taking one in the previous five with only Brighton and Palace drawing more games.

I suggested James Ward-Prowse might do well for fantasy managers last week and he certainly lived up to expectations so he’s definitely the Southampton player to have.

Palace drew 0-0 at home to Leeds last week and they’re only two points behind Southampton going into this game. They have lost their last two away games with only three other teams winning less games away from home. They have only taken one point from their last three games and they failed to score in three of their last five, but no other team in the bottom half of the table has scored more goals.

Palace players haven’t exactly set the world alight recently for fantasy managers, but Wilfried Zaha and Conor Gallagher could do well over the next few weeks.

This looks like it could be a very close game and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it end in a draw.

Prediction: 1-1

Watford v Burnley 

3pm BST, Vicarage Road, Watford 

Watford lost 5-1 away to City last week to leave them nine points from safety with five games left to play and defeat in this game would as good as relegate them. They have lost their last 10 home games with no other team taking less points or conceding more goals on their own ground. They have lost their last four games and they conceded 12 goals in those games with only Norwich and Leeds conceding more goals.

I can’t see any Watford players to recommend to fantasy managers at the moment.

Burnley won 1-0 at home to Wolves last week and that win was enough to move them out of the relegation zone. They have only taken two points from their last four away games with only Norwich scoring less goals on their travels. They have taken 10 points from their last five games and they could give themselves some breathing space with a win in this game.

Wout Weghorst is the Burnley player who looks most likely to make an impression for fantasy managers at the moment.

This is a huge game for two teams fighting for Premier League survival and I think Burnley will take the three points.

Prediction: 0-1

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Brighton And Hove Albion 

3pm BST, Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton 

Wolves lost 1-0 away to Burnley last week and the best they can hope for now is sixth place if they can finish their season strongly. They have only won four of their last 10 home games with only four other teams scoring less goals on their own patch. They have lost three of their last four games and they failed to score in the last two with no other team in the top half of the table scoring less goals.

I’m not sure there are any Wolves players doing enough to interest fantasy managers at the moment.

Brighton drew 2-2 at home to Southampton last week and they’re now only one point off the top half of the table. They have won two of their last three away games and no other team has drawn more games on their travels. They have taken eight points from their last five games after losing the previous six and no other team has drawn more games.

Leandro Trossard is probably the best of the Brighton players for fantasy managers.

I can’t see too many goals being scored in this game and I think a scoreless draw might be the most likely outcome.

Prediction: 0-0

Leeds United v Manchester City 

5.30pm BST, Elland Road, Manchester 

Leeds drew 0-0 away to Palace last week and they’re still not far enough above the bottom three to forget about any relegation worries. They have taken four points from their last two home games after losing the previous four and only two other teams have conceded more goals at home. They have taken 11 points from their last five games, but their next three games are all very tough starting with this one.

Raphinha is the Leeds player most likely to make an impression for fantasy managers, but maybe not in this game.

City won 5-1 at home to Newcastle last week and that win was enough to keep them one point above Liverpool at the top of the table. They have taken 32 points from their last 12 away games with no other team taking more points or conceding less goals away from home. They have taken 17 points from their last seven games and no other team has conceded less goals, but they will probably have to win their last five games to retain their title. 

Kevin de Bruyne is the City player to have for fantasy managers with all of their defenders and keeper good choices too.

I can’t see anything other than a comfortable City win in this game.

Prediction: 1-3

Sunday May 1

Everton v Chelsea 

2pm BST, Goodison Park, Liverpool 

Everton lost 2-0 away to Liverpool last week and that defeat saw them drop into the relegation zone. They have taken seven points from their last three home games and they only conceded one goal in those games, but they will do well to get anything from this game. They have lost seven of their last 10 games and they have a huge job on their hands to avoid relegation.

I can’t see any Everton players to recommend to fantasy managers at the moment.

Chelsea won 1-0 at home to West Ham and drew 1-1 away to United last week and they will be as good as guaranteed third place if they win three of their last five games. They have taken 14 points from their last six away games with only City taking more points and only Liverpool scoring more goals goals on the road. They have only taken seven points from their last five games, but they have a very favourable run of games to end their season.

Mason Mount and Kai Havertz are the Chelsea players who can do the most for fantasy managers with all of their defenders and keeper worth considering too.

I think Chelsea will pile more pressure on Everton by taking the three points in this game.

Prediction: 1-2

Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City 

2pm BST, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London 

Spurs drew 0-0 away to Brentford last week and failing to win meant they dropped out of the top four. They lost their last home game after winning the previous three and they scored 13 goals in those three wins with only the top two scoring more goals at home. They have only taken one point from their last two games with no goals scored in those games and their two games after this one will probably decide where they finish this season.

Heung-Min Son, Harry Kane and Dejan Kulusevski are the Spurs players most likely to return points for fantasy managers.

Leicester drew 0-0 at home to Villa last week and that was enough to keep them in the top half of the table. They have only won once in their last 11 away games with only three other teams taking less points on their travels. They have only won once in their last five games, but they play the bottom three teams in their next three games after this one.

James Maddison is the pick of the Leicester players for fantasy managers while Jamie Vardy could be worth considering now that he’s back from injury.

I think this will be a close game with Spurs more than likely taking all three points.

Prediction: 2-1

West Ham United v Arsenal 

4.30pm BST, London Stadium, London 

West Ham lost 1-0 away to Chelsea last week and their Champions League hopes probably rest on their progress in the Europa League. They have taken 14 points from their last six home games with only four other teams taking more points on their own ground. They have only taken one point and scored one goal in their last three games as their European exertions have taken their toll.

I’m not sure there are any West Ham players to recommend to fantasy managers in this game as they could be resting them ahead of the second leg of their semi final.

Arsenal won 3-1 at home to United last week and that win was enough to move them into the top four. They won their last away game against Chelsea after losing the previous two and three of their last five games are on the road. They have won their last two games after losing the previous three and their crunch game comes away to Spurs next week.

If he’s fit to play Bukayo Saka is the Arsenal player who can make a difference for fantasy managers.

I think Arsenal should just about get the better of a West Ham team who might have their minds elsewhere.

Prediction: 1-2

Monday May 2

Manchester United v Brentford 

8pm BST, Old Trafford, Manchester 

United lost 3-1 away to Arsenal and drew 1-1 at home to Chelsea last week to leave their chances of a top four finish hanging by a thread. They are unbeaten in their last eight home games, but they drew four of them with only three other teams taking more points on their own patch. They have only won once in their last six games and Newcastle are the only team in the top half of the table to have conceded more goals.

Cristiano Ronaldo is the only United player who looks capable of returning points for fantasy managers at the moment.

Brentford drew 0-0 at home to Spurs last week and they’re only two points off the top half of the table. They have won three of their last four away games, but they will do well to get anything from this game. They have taken 16 points from their last seven games as they have achieved their goal for the season of avoiding relegation.

Ivan Toney remains the Brentford player most likely to make a difference for fantasy managers.

I think Brentford will give United a very tough game, but United will probably win narrowly.

Prediction: 2-1

That’s it for this week.

See you next week.

Friday, 22 April 2022

Predictions For Premier League Gameweek 34

It’s that time of the week again when I attempt to predict the outcomes of the upcoming Premier League games. I had a very bad week last week with four correct outcomes and eight incorrect outcomes which meant I dropped to seventh place in my predictions league. Here’s a look at how the top five in that league stands.

RankPlayerResClsExaSlmPts
1
-
Richard Landsberg
501569932337.0
2
-
RobbieZ
59139.58727312.5
3
-
Sam
51115.510821295.5
4
-
robbieg
531298125288.0
5
2
nzbuddy
531297522279.0

My choice of James Maddison for my captain didn’t go too well last week despite him playing two games and I’ll be going back to my old reliable choice of Mohamed Salah this week. Both Chelsea and United play twice this week and it’s probably the Chelsea players who could make a real difference for fantasy managers. There are plenty of teams with extra games to play over the last five weeks of the season and their players could be the ones to make a difference over such a short space of time with the season ending in 30 days.

Saturday April 23

Arsenal v Manchester United 

12.30pm BST, Emirates Stadium, London 

Arsenal lost 1-0 away to Southampton before winning 4-2 away to Chelsea last week and they’re only outside the top four on goal difference. They have lost their last two home games, but only the top two have taken more points and conceded less goals at home. They have lost four of their last six games and they failed to score in three of those games.

Bukayo Saka is still the Arsenal player most likely to make a difference for fantasy managers.

United won 3-2 at home to Norwich before losing 4-0 away to Liverpool last week and they’re now three points off the top four having played a game more. They have lost their last three away games and they conceded nine goals in those games while Leicester are the only team in the top half of the table to have conceded more goals on the road. They have only won two of their last seven games and they play two of the teams above them this week.

If he’s ready to return Cristiano Ronaldo could be the United player to have for fantasy managers with two games this week while Bruno Fernandes should be considered too.

I think this will be a close game with Arsenal probably taking the three points.

Prediction: 2-1

Leicester City v Aston Villa 

3pm BST, King Power Stadium, Leicester 

Leicester lost 2-1 away to Newcastle and drew 1-1 away to Everton last week, but they managed to hold on to their place in the top half of the table. They have won their last three home games by one goal and their remaining four home games are all against teams below them in the table. They have only won once in their last four games and their minds might just be on their midweek European semi final.

Both James Maddison and Harvey Barnes look like they can impress for fantasy managers as long as they play.

Villa didn’t play last week, but they lost 4-0 away to Spurs in their last game and they’re now four points off the top half of the table. They have lost their last two away games with only Everton and Norwich losing more games on their travels. They have lost their last four games and it was five defeats in a row which got Dean Smith sacked earlier in the season, but I don’t think Steven Gerrard will suffer the same fate even if they lose this game.

With plenty of extra games to play Phillippe Coutinho and Ollie Watkins could be the Villa players to own for fantasy managers.

I’m not sure which way this game will go, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Leicester take the three points.

Prediction: 2-1

Manchester City v Watford 

3pm BST, Etihad Stadium, Manchester 

City won 3-0 at home to Brighton last week to maintain their one point lead at the top of the table. They have only taken seven points from their last four games which would be fairly good if they weren’t in a battle to win the league and no other team has scored more goals on their own ground. None of the teams they are playing in their last six games are higher than seventh in the league and they will probably have to win them all if they’re going to win it.

Kevin de Bruyne is still the most likely attacking player in the City team to return points for fantasy managers while all of their defenders and keeper are good choices too.

Watford lost 2-1 at home to Brentford last week and they’re now seven points from safety with only six games left to play. They have only lost two of their last seven away games and their last nine points have all come away from home. They have lost five of their last six games and they conceded 15 goals in those games with only Leeds and Norwich conceding more goals.

I can’t see any Watford players to recommend to fantasy managers at the moment.

I can’t see anything other than a comfortable City victory in this game.

Prediction: 4-0

Norwich City v Newcastle United 

3pm BST, Carrow Road, Norwich 

Norwich lost 3-2 away to United last week and they’re now eight points from safety with only six games left to play. They won their last home game after losing the previous three and they conceded 10 goals in those defeats with only Watford taking less points and conceding more goals on their own ground. They have lost seven of their last nine games with no other team scoring less goals and only Leeds conceding more.

Despite Norwich being at the foot of the table Teemu Pukki has done well recently for fantasy managers.

Newcastle won 2-1 at home to Leicester and 1-0 at home to Palace last week and they’re now only outside the top half of the table on goal difference. They have lost their last three away games with only three other teams taking less points away from home and only Norwich scoring less goals. They have only lost three of their last 15 games and a win in this game could move them into the top half of the table.

Bruno Guimaraes has done very well recently for fantasy managers and he’s certainly worth considering.

I think this will be a close game with Newcastle probably winning by a single goal.

Prediction: 1-2

Brentford v Tottenham Hotspur 

5.30pm BST, Brentford Community Stadium, London 

Brentford won 2-1 away to Watford last week and they’re now only one point off the top half of the table. They have won their last two home games without conceding a goal after failing to win the previous four and only four other teams have scored less goals at home. They have won five of their last six games and they scored 14 goals in those games with the magical 40 point mark only one point away.

Ivan Toney and Bryan Mbeumo are the Brentford players who can do well for fantasy managers for the rest of the season.

Spurs lost 1-0 at home to Brighton last week, but they managed to keep their hold on fourth place on goal difference. They have won four of their last six away games and they scored 15 goals in those games with only the top three taking more points and scoring more goals on the road. They have won six of their last eight games and they scored 25 goals in those games with only the three teams above them scoring more goals.

I think Brentford will make a real game of it and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the spoils shared.

Prediction: 1-1

Sunday April 24

Brighton And Hove Albion v Southampton 

2pm BST, AMEX Stadium, Brighton 

Brighton won 1-0 away to Spurs and lost 3-0 away to City last week and they just about managed to stay in the top half of the table on goal difference. They have only taken one point from their last five home games and they failed to score in each of those games with only Watford and Norwich taking less points on their own patch. They have won two of their last three games after only taking one point from their previous seven games with only Norwich and Burnley scoring less goals.

I can’t see any Brighton players to make a difference for fantasy managers for the rest of the season.

Southampton won 1-0 at home to Arsenal and then lost 2-0 away to Burnley last week and they’re only one point behind Brighton going into this game. They have only taken two points from their last four away games with only four other teams taking less points away from home. They have lost five of their last seven games and they conceded 17 goals in those games.

James Ward-Prowse is the Southampton player who can make the best impression for fantasy managers.

I don’t think we’ll see too many goals in this game, but the chances are Brighton will win narrowly.

Prediction: 1-0

Burnley v Wolverhampton Wanderers 

2pm BST, Turf Moor, Burnley 

Burnley drew 1-1 away to West Ham last week before winning 2-0 at home to Southampton and they’re now only one point below seventeenth placed Everton. They have won their last two home games after losing the previous three with only Brighton and Norwich scoring less goals on their own ground. They have taken seven points from their last four games after taking no points and failing to score in the previous four with only Norwich scoring less goals.

I can’t see any Burnley players to recommend to fantasy managers at the moment.

Wolves didn’t play last week, but they lost 1-0 away to Newcastle the previous week and their hopes of a top four finish are almost gone. They have lost three of their last four away games, but only the top two have conceded less goals away from home. They have lost five of their last eight games and they still have to play the top three teams in their last six games.

I’m not sure there are any Wolves players doing enough at the moment to interest fantasy managers.

This is a tough game to call, but I think a draw is probably the most likely outcome.

Prediction: 1-1

Chelsea v West Ham United 

2pm BST, Stamford Bridge, London 

Chelsea lost 4-2 at home to Arsenal last week, but they still looked nailed on to finish in third place. They have lost their last two home games and they conceded eight goals in those two games, but only the top two have scored more goals at home. They have won six of their last eight games and they kept clean sheets in five of those games with only the top two scoring more and conceding less goals.

With two games this week Mason Mount, Kai Havertz and the Chelsea defenders and keeper are all good options for fantasy managers.

West Ham drew 1-1 at home to Burnley last week and their hopes of a top four finish are pretty much over. They have only taken one point from their last five away games and they will do well to get anything from this game. Their home form has held up as they have progressed in Europe, but they have suffered away from home.

Jarrod Bowen is again the West Ham player to have for fantasy managers.

I think Chelsea will bounce back with a narrow victory in this game.

Prediction: 2-1

Liverpool v Everton 

4.30pm BST, Anfield, Liverpool 

Liverpool won 4-0 at home to United last week to stay one point behind City at the top of the table. They have won their last 11 home games and they only conceded two goals in those games with no other team taking more points or conceding less goals on their own ground. They have won 11 of their last 12 games with their draw at City their only slip and no other team has scored more goals.

Mohamed Salah is the Liverpool player to have for fantasy managers while Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz and all of the Liverpool defenders and keeper are all very good choices too.

Everton drew 1-1 at home to Leicester last week and that point was just enough to keep them out of the bottom three. They have only taken one point from their last 11 away games with no other team taking less points on the road. They have taken seven points from their last five games, but all of those points were at home and they have to play Chelsea in their next game.

Richarlison is the Everton player who can make an impression for fantasy managers if they are going to avoid the drop.

I can’t see anything other than a comprehensive Liverpool victory in this game.

Prediction: 3-0

Monday April 25

Crystal Palace v Leeds United 

8pm BST, Selhurst Park, London 

Palace lost 1-0 away to Newcastle last week and they’re now three points off the top half of the table. They have only won once in their last six home games, but no other team has drawn more games on their own patch. They have lost their last two games after going unbeaten in the previous five, but they have a good run of games to finish the season starting with this one.

Wilfried Zaha, Conor Gallagher and Jean-Philippe Mateta could all do well for fantasy managers in this game.

Leeds didn’t play last week, buy they won 3-0 away to Watford the previous week to give themselves a five point cushion above the relegation zone. They have won their last two away games and they scored six goals in those two games, but no other team has conceded more goals away from home. They have taken 10 points from their last four games and they scored nine goals in those games, but no other team has conceded more goals.

Raphinha is the Leeds player most likely to make a difference for fantasy managers.

I think Palace should just about get the better of Leeds in a close game.

Prediction: 2-1

Thursday April 28

Manchester United v Chelsea 

7.45pm BST, Old Trafford, Manchester 

United play their second game of the week and they’re both against teams above them in the table. They are unbeaten in seven home games, but they will do well to continue that run considering their form and their opponents in this game. If they lose to both Arsenal and Chelsea this week they will be out of the race for a top four finish.

The United players I mentioned above are all worth considering for fantasy managers if they can find some form.

Chelsea play their second game of the week too and they’re both against teams only a few places below them in the table. They have won their last four away games and they scored 14 goals in those games while only conceding one with only City taking more points on their travels. 

The Chelsea players I mentioned above are good choices too and they’re probably more likely to do well for fantasy managers than United players this week.

I think Chelsea will get their second win of the week in what looks like being a very close game.

Prediction: 1-2

That’s it for this week.

See you next week.