Friday, 30 October 2020

Predictions For Premier League Gameweek Seven

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

RankPlayerResClsExaSlmPts
1
-
Sam
101812343.0
2
-
IAMC0Le
12186339.0
3
2
Orlando Pirates
15912238.0
4
1
Gooner Andy
111212237.0
5
2
JamrockRover
 
11915237.0
6
2
solo97
816.59134.5

Friday October 30

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Crystal Palace 

8pm GMT, Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton 

Wolves conceded a late goal at home to Newcastle last week to draw 1-1 and they’re only two points off the top four. They only lost four home games last season, but they have only managed three goals in their three home games so far. They have taken seven points and only conceded one goal in their last three games, but only the bottom three have scored less goals.

As usual Raul Jiminez is the Wolves player to have for fantasy managers while both Romain Saiss and Max Kilman look like good options too.

Palace won 2-1 away to Fulham last week to move up to eighth place, but they’re only ahead of Wolves on goal difference. They have won two of their three away games and they had a very good away record last season. They struggled for goals last season, but they have managed to score in five of their six games so far.

Wilfried Zaha is in great form at the moment and has to be a genuine consideration for fantasy managers.

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

Saturday October 31

Sheffield United v Manchester City

12.30pm GMT, Bramall Lane, Sheffield 

United lost 2-1 away to Liverpool last week and they’re only off the foot of the table on goal difference. Their only point so far came at home, but they have failed to score in two of their three home games with only Burnley scoring less goals at home. No other team has scored less goals and they have two very tough games in a row.

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

City drew 1-1 away to West Ham last week and they’re still in the bottom half of the table. They have taken five points from their three away games, but they haven’t kept a clean sheet away from home so far. They haven’t failed to score in any of their games so far, but they haven’t looked anything like their usual attacking threat in their first five games.

Unusually there are no City players setting the world alight for fantasy managers, but surely Raheem Sterling, Kevin de Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez and maybe Phil Foden will step up to the mark soon.

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

Prediction: 0-2

Burnley v Chelsea 

3pm GMT, Turf Moor, Burnley 

Burnley lost 1-0 at home to Spurs last week and they’re only off the foot of the table on goal difference, but they have played a game less than most of the other teams. They’re one of two teams without a home point and no other team has scored less goals on their own patch. They’ve only scored one goal in their last four games and no other team has scored less goals. 

I can’t see any Burnley players who might make a difference for fantasy managers at the moment.

Chelsea drew 0-0 away to United last week and they find themselves in 10th place despite all the money they have spent. They’re unbeaten away from home so far, but they have drawn two of their three away games. They’re unbeaten in four games and they scored 10 goals in those games with only three other teams scoring more goals.

Chelsea’s defenders are the ones making a difference for fantasy managers at the moment with Kurt Zouma and Ben Chilwell doing well while Timo Werner and Kai Havertz have done quite well too.

I think Burnley’s woes will continue with Chelsea taking the three points in this game.

Prediction: 1-3

Liverpool v West Ham United 

5.30pm GMT, Anfield, Liverpool 

Liverpool came from behind to win 2-1 at home to Sheffield United last week and they’re only behind Everton at the top of the table on goal difference. They’re the only team to have won all of their home games so far and only Everton have scored more goals at home. Only Spurs have scored more goals so far, but no other team has conceded more goals in the first six games.

With Liverpool’s defence floundering it looks like Sadio Mane and MoMohamed Salah are the Liverpool players to have for fantasy managers.

West Ham came from behind to draw 1-1 at home to City last week and they’ve done well to get eight points so far from a very tough start to their season. They have managed to get four points and score seven goals in three very hard away games. Since losing their first two games they have done very well to take eight points from four games against teams who all finished in the top seven last season.

If he’s fit to play Michail Antonio is probably the West Ham player of most interest for fantasy managers.

Despite West Ham’s recent showings I still think Liverpool will be too strong and should win this game by a couple of goals.

Prediction: 3-1

Sunday November 1

Aston Villa v Southampton 

12pm GMT, Villa Park, Birmingham 

Villa lost their 100% record last week when they lost 3-0 at home to Leeds, but they’re only a point off the top of the table with a game in hand on the two teams above them. They have won two of their three home games with only Everton and Liverpool scoring more goals at home. They had won four in a row before losing to Leeds last week and no other team has conceded less goals.

Jack Grealish and Ross Barkley still look like fairly good options for fantasy managers while Emiliano Martinez seems the best of the bunch in the Villa team.

Southampton won 2-0 at home to previously unbeaten Everton last week and they’re now only three points off the top of the table. They have taken four points from their last two away games and last season’s away record suggests they could do well in their next few away games. After a poor start to the season they have taken 10 points from their last four games and they kept clean sheets in three of those games.

Danny Ings just keeps on performing for fantasy managers week after week while Che Adams has looked good in recent games and Southampton’s keeper and defenders have performed well recently too.

I think this will be another very close game and I have a feeling Southampton might just win it narrowly.

Prediction: 1-2

Newcastle United v Everton 

2pm GMT, St. James’ Park, Newcastle 

Newcastle got a late goal to draw 1-1 away to Wolves last week to keep them within a point of the top half of the table. They have lost two of their three home games and only United have conceded more goals at home. They haven’t kept a clean sheet in five games and only five other teams have conceded more goals.

Callum Wilson is probably the only Newcastle player who might make an impression with fantasy managers.

Everton lost for the first time last week when they went down 2-0 away to Southampton, but they’re still at the top of the table on goal difference. They have taken seven points from their three home games and no other team has scored more goals at home. Only Spurs and Liverpool have scored more goals, but their fixtures will get a lot tougher in a few weeks.

Despite their defeat last week Dominic Calvert-Lewin and James Rodriguez still look like very good purchases for fantasy managers.

I think Newcastle will make a game of it, but Everton will narrowly take the three points.

Prediction: 1-2

Manchester United v Arsenal 

4.30pm GMT, Old Trafford, Manchester 

United drew 0-0 at home to Chelsea last week and they go into this game in 15th place, but they have a game in hand on most of the rest of the league. They haven’t won any of their three home games and no other team has conceded more goals at home. Only three other teams have conceded more goals, but they showed in midweek that they are definitely improving.

Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford are the United players who could make a difference for fantasy managers at the moment.

Arsenal lost 1-0 at home to Leicester last week to drop into the bottom half of the table even if it is only on goal difference. They have lost their last two away games to Liverpool and City and it doesn’t get any easier for them in this game. They have lost three of their last four games and they failed to score in their last two, but only Villa have conceded less goals.

Arsenal players aren’t exactly over performing for fantasy managers at the moment, but surely it’s just a matter of time before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang shows what he can do.

This looks like it could be another very close game with Arsenal possibly just about managing a narrow victory.

Prediction: 1-2

Tottenham Hotspur v Brighton And Hove Albion 

7.15pm GMT, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London 

Spurs won 1-0 away to Burnley last week to move up to fifth in the league. They haven’t won any of their three home games so far, but they will expect to end that run in this game. They’re unbeaten in five games and no other team has scored more goals so far.

It’s difficult to look beyond the current form of both Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son for fantasy managers and one if not both of them are currently required.

Brighton drew 1-1 at home to West Brom last week and they’re only two places above the bottom three. They have taken four of their five points away from home and they have proven to be hard to beat on their travels since mid way through last season. They haven’t won in four games and they haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their six games so far.

Neal Maupay is possibly the only Brighton player to interest fantasy managers at the moment.

I think Spurs will continue their current good run of results by taking the three points in this game.

Prediction: 2-1

Monday November 2

Fulham v West Bromwich Albion 

5.30pm GMT, Craven Cottage, London 

Fulham lost 2-1 at home to Palace last week and that result was enough to keep them at the foot of the table on goal difference. They’re one of only two teams without a point at home and only United have conceded more goals on their own patch. They have only managed one point so far and no other team has conceded more goals with only two other teams conceding less.

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

West Brom came from behind to draw 1-1 away to Brighton last week and that point was enough to keep them one place and two points above the relegation zone. Only Sheffield United have taken less points on their travels while only Liverpool have conceded more away goals. They haven’t won a game yet, but they have drawn three of their last four, but no other team has conceded more goals.

Matheus Pereira is the only West Brom player for fantasy managers to even consider.

This is a big game for two teams struggling at the wrong end of the table and I think they might just share the spoils.

Prediction: 2-2

Leeds United v Leicester City 

8pm GMT, Elland Road, Leeds 

Leeds had a great 3-0 win away to Villa last week and that win was enough to move them into the top six. They have only scored one goal and taken one point in their last two home games and Leicester will be a tough opponent for them. They have only conceded two goals in their last four games, but they scored seven of their 12 goals in their first two games.

Patrick Bamford has been the Leeds player to have for fantasy managers while Helder Costa and Mateusz Klich have done quite well too.

Leicester won 1-0 away to Arsenal last week to put an end to a run of two defeats in a row and move themselves into the top four. They have won all of their away games with only Spurs scoring more goals away from home. They have won four of their six games with only three other teams scoring more goals and they have a good run of games coming up.

Jamie Vardy is the best of the Leicester players for fantasy managers with Timothy Castagne doing quite well too.

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

Prediction: 1-1
 
That’s it for this week.

See you next week.

Friday, 23 October 2020

Predictions For Premier League Gameweek Six

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 with seven incorrect outcomes, but I was helped by two perfect predictions and one correct outcome. I moved up another two places in my predictions league and here’s a look at how the top six in that league stands with me just behind them.

1
Sam
91512339.0
2
1
IAMC0Le
10156334.0
3
-
Gooner Andy
910.512233.5
4
3
solo97
616.56129.5
5
1
Orlando Pirates
144.59128.5
6
2
Kjor1172
1296128.0

Friday October 23

Aston Villa v Leeds United 

8pm BST, Villa Park, Birmingham 

Villa got a last minute goal to win 1-0 away to Leicester last week and that was enough to move them up to second place with a game in hand on Everton. They have won both of their games so far with only Everton scoring more goals on their own patch. They’re the only team to have won every game so far and they have kept clean sheets in three of their four games.

Ross Barkley looks like he could be the bargain buy in the Villa team for fantasy managers with Emiliano Martinez looking quite good too.

Leeds lost 1-0 at home to Wolves last week as they again struggled to score goals following their early glut of them. They have been impressive away from home so far, but they play the current top two in their next two away games. After scoring seven goals in their first two games they have only managed two in their last three games, but they have improved defensively too.

Patrick Bamford has done quite well for fantasy managers, but like Mateusz Klich and Helder Costa his points haul has dropped off in the last couple of games.

I think this will be a close game, but Villa will just about continue their perfect start to the season.

Prediction: 2-1

Saturday October 24

West Ham United v Manchester City

12.30pm BST, London Stadium, London 

West Ham came back from 3-0 down away to Spurs with less than 10 minutes to go last week to get a 3-3 draw. They play four of their next six games at home, but two of those are against the two Manchester clubs. They have taken seven points and scored 10 goals in their last three matches which is no mean feat considering the opposition in those games.

Jarrod Bowen, Pablo Fornals and Aaron Cresswell are all worth considering for fantasy managers despite their tough run of games.

City won 1-0 at home to Arsenal last week, but they were still far from their free flowing best. They were the leading scorers away from home last season and three of their next four games are on the road. They’re still in the bottom half of the table, but they have played a game less than most of the other teams and a win in this game would put them right back among the pace setters.

With Sergio Aguero back from injury he’s an obvious choice for fantasy managers while Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez are very good choices too.

I think this will be another close game and I wouldn’t be surprised to see West Ham take a point off City.

Prediction: 1-1

Fulham v Crystal Palace 

3pm BST, Craven Cottage, London 

Fulham led away to Sheffield United last week, but they had to settle for a 1-1 draw for their first point of the season. They’re one of two teams not to have scored at home so far with only United and Newcastle conceding more goals on their own ground. They’re one of four teams without a win so far with only Liverpool and West Brom conceding more goals.

Aleksandar Mitrovic is still the only Fulham player for fantasy managers to even consider.

Palace drew 1-1 at home to Brighton last week to put a stop to their two consecutive defeats. They play three of the bottom four teams in their next four away games and they’ve already won away to United. They have a good run of games coming up starting with this one and they have the chance to move further up the table.

Wilfried Zaha seems to be the Palace player to have for fantasy managers with Andros Townsend definitely worth considering too.

I don’t think there will be too much in this game, but Palace should be good enough to take the three points.

Prediction: 1-2

Manchester United v Chelsea 

5.30pm BST, Old Trafford, Manchester 

United conceded very early on away to Newcastle last week, but a late burst saw them emerge with a 4-1 win. They have lost both of their home games so far and no other team has conceded more goals at home. They have two tough games in a row and they need to get something from them to try to keep pace with the leaders. 

Bruno Fernandes remains almost a must have for fantasy managers while Marcus Rashford is a fairly good option too.

Chelsea twice led by two goals at home to Southampton last week, but they had to settle for a 3-3 draw. Three of their next four games are away from home which could prove to be difficult for them. Only Everton have scored more goals so far and their upcoming fixtures look like they will give them plenty of opportunities to add to that total.

Timo Werner came good for fantasy managers last week while Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic and Kai Havertz are good options too.

I think this will be yet another very close game and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the spoils shared.

Prediction: 2-2

Liverpool v Sheffield United 

8pm BST, Anfield, Liverpool 

Liverpool led twice away to Everton last week, but they had to settle for a 2-2 draw which moved them up to third place. They have won both of their home games and only the top two have scored more goals at home. Three of their next four games are at home and their home record from the past two seasons suggests they should do very well in those games, but no other team has conceded more goals so far.

With Virgil van Dijk injured Liverpool’s defenders aren’t quite so attractive to fantasy managers while Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are very good options as always.

United came from behind to draw 1-1 at home to Fulham last week to collect their first point of the season. They have lost both of their away games so far and they play away to Liverpool and Chelsea in their next two on the road. They’re one of four teams without a win and they’re only off the foot of the table on goal difference with no other team scoring less goals so far.

I still can’t see any United players to recommend to fantasy managers at the moment, but Rhian Brewster could change that over the next few weeks.

I can’t see anything other than a comfortable Liverpool win in this game despite the absence of van Dijk.

Prediction: 2-0

Sunday October 25

Southampton v Everton 

2pm GMT, St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton 

Southampton came back from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 away to Chelsea last week to make it seven points from their last three games. They didn’t have a good record at home last season and their home results will have to improve if they’re going to improve this season. They play the current top two in their next two games, but they might just fancy their chances after last week’s performance.

Danny Ings is the Southampton player to have for fantasy managers.

Everton twice came from behind to draw 2-2 at home to Liverpool last week and that point was enough to keep them on top of the table. They have won both of their away games so far and their next four away games are all quite winnable too. No other team has scored more goals so far, but they haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last four games.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin is a must have for fantasy managers at the moment while James Rodriguez and Lucas Digne are very good options too.

I think there won’t be too much in this game, but the chances are Everton will take the three points.

Prediction: 1-2

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Newcastle United 

4.30pm GMT, Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton 

Wolves won 1-0 away to Leeds last week to make it two wins and two clean sheets in a row. They have lost at home to City already, but three of their next four games are at home and all against teams they would hope to beat. They have kept clean sheets in each of their three wins in their first five games, but only three teams have scored less goals.

Romain Saiss looks like a pretty good bet for fantasy managers at the moment while Raul Jiminez, Daniel Podence and Pedro Neto are worth considering too and Max Kilman is the elusive cheap defender all fantasy managers are looking for.

Newcastle looked like they might get a point at home to United last week, but three late goals saw them lose 4-1. They’re unbeaten away from home so far, but they will do well to get anything from this game. They only play one of the big six in their next nine games and that could give them a chance to do pretty well.

Callum Wilson is probably the Newcastle player most likely to make an impression for fantasy managers.

I think Wolves will have too much for Newcastle and will win their third game in a row.

Prediction: 2-0

Arsenal v Leicester City 

7.15pm GMT, Emirates Stadium, London 

Arsenal lost 1-0 away to City last week, but they’re still in fifth place and only behind Leicester on goal difference. They have won both of their home games so far with only Burnley conceding less goals on their own patch. They’re in the middle of a tough run of games with a trip to United after this game and they need to get some points against both Leicester and United.

None of the Arsenal players are exactly setting the world alight for fantasy managers, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang must still be a very good choice.

Leicester lost 1-0 at home to Villa last week and that defeat saw them drop to fourth in the table. They have won both of their away games so far with only Spurs scoring more goals on the road. They have lost their last two games without scoring a goal after winning their first three and scoring 12 goals in those games.

Leicester players have done very little for fantasy managers in the last couple of games, but once he’s fit Jamie Vardy is a good option and Timothy Castagne isn’t the worst either.

I think this will be another very close game with Arsenal probably just about getting the better of proceedings.

Prediction: 2-1

Monday October 26

Brighton And Hove Albion v West Bromwich Albion 

5.30pm GMT, AMEX Stadium, Brighton 

Brighton got a late goal to draw 1-1 away to Palace last week, but they’re still very close to the wrong end of the table. They have lost both of their home games so far, but they were against United and Chelsea and they will hope to get their first home win in this game. They have scored in all of their games so far despite losing three of them and they look to carry a real attacking threat no matter who they are playing.

Neal Maupay has started the season very well for fantasy managers and he’s available at a good price too.

West Brom drew 0-0 at home to Burnley last week and that point was enough to keep them out of the bottom three. They have lost both of their away games and they conceded seven goals in those games with only Liverpool conceding more goals away from home. No other team has conceded more goals so far and they play two of the teams in and around them in their next two games.

Matheus Pereira is the West Brom player most likely to make a difference for fantasy managers.

I think Brighton should be able to do enough to get their first home win of the season.

Prediction: 3-1

Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur 

8pm GMT, Turf Moor , Burnley 

Burnley drew 0-0 away to West Brom last week for their first point of the season and it was enough to keep them off the foot of the table on goal difference. They have only played one home game so far and they lost that without scoring, but consecutive home games against Spurs and Chelsea won’t make things any easier for them. Only Sheffield United have scored less goals so far and they play four of the big six in their next seven games.

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

Spurs led 3-0 at home to West Ham last week with less than 10 minutes to go, but they had to settle for a point. They’re one of five teams to have won all of their away games so far and no other team has scored more goals on their travels. They have scored 15 goals in their first five games and they will hope to add to that with Burnley, Brighton and West Brom in their next three games.

Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son are in exceptional form for fantasy managers at the moment and it’s very difficult to ignore them.

I think Spurs away record so far suggests they should win this game by at least a couple of goals. 

Prediction: 1-3

That’s it for this week.

See you next week.

Thursday, 15 October 2020

Predictions For Premier League Gameweek Five

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 time out with only four correct outcomes and six incorrect outcomes, but there were some crazy results. I moved up one place in my predictions league and hopefully I can make an impression on the leaders soon. Here’s a look at how the top of that predictions league stands.

RankPlayerResClsExaSlmPts
1
IAMC0Le
1013.56332.5
2
1
Sam
8129332.0
3
1
Gooner Andy
910.59230.5
4
2
Kjor1172
117.56125.5
5
2
Mwebi2013
1293125.0
6
1
Orlando Pirates
124.56123.5

Saturday October 17

Everton v Liverpool 

12.30pm BST, Goodison Park, Liverpool 

Everton won 4-2 at home to Brighton in their last game and they’re now three points clear at the top of the table. They have won both of their home games so far with no other team scoring more goals at home. They have won all four of their games with no other team scoring more goals and only Villa and West Ham conceding less.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin and James Rodriguez are the Everton players to have for fantasy managers while Richarlison (if he’s fit) is doing pretty well too.

Liverpool were absolutely thrashed 7-2 away to Villa in their last game and they’re three points behind Everton going into this game. They won their first away game against Chelsea, but the defeat against Villa means no other team has conceded more goals away from home. They may have had the best defensive record in the league last season, but so far this season only West Brom have conceded more goals though only Everton, Leicester and Spurs have scored more.

Mohamed Salah is the best of the Liverpool players for fantasy managers at the moment while Sadio Mane is hard to ignore too if he’s passed fit to play, but their defenders haven’t lived up to their usual standard so far.

I think this will be a close game and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it end with the spoils shared.

Prediction: 2-2

Chelsea v Southampton 

3pm BST, Stamford Bridge, London 

Chelsea won 4-0 at home to Palace in their last game and three points in this game would put them right back in the mix again. Only Liverpool conceded less goals at home last season and their home form this season could be crucial if they’re going to make an impression. They have scored 10 goals in the three games besides the one against Liverpool and their attacking options look very promising.

It’s not easy to know which Chelsea players to recommend to fantasy managers with so many players settling in, but Mason Mount and Kai Havertz could be the ones to watch.

Southampton won 2-0 at home to West Brom in their last game to make it two wins in a row after losing their first two games. Only the top two took more points away from home last season and they will do very well to match that record this season. They have conceded six goals in their first four games, but five of them were in one game against Spurs and they have looked solid defensively otherwise.

Danny Ings is the Southampton player to have for fantasy managers.

I think Southampton will make a game of it, but Chelsea will take the three points.

Prediction: 2-1

Manchester City v Arsenal 

5.30pm BST, Etihad Stadium, Manchester 

City could only draw 1-1 away to Leeds in their last game and they find themselves in an unlikely fourteenth place early on, but they have played a game less than most of the other teams. They only lost two games and conceded 13 goals at home last season, but they have already lost their first home game this season and they conceded five goals in that game. They need to improve quickly if they’re going to have any chance of winning the league with three tough games in their next five including this one.

Raheem Sterling and Kevin de Bruyne are the City players most likely to make a difference for fantasy managers while Phil Foden is one to keep an eye on too.

Arsenal won 2-1 at home to Sheffield United in their last game to move into the top four with three wins in their first four games. They only won four away games last season and they’re in the middle of a very tough run of away games. Their results over their next few games will give us a good idea if they’re going to improve on last season.

Alexandre Lacazette was the best of the Arsenal players for fantasy managers early on, but he didn’t play in their last game while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is always a player who does very well.

I think this is going to be a very close game with Arsenal possibly getting the better of things and winning narrowly.

Prediction: 1-2

Newcastle United v Manchester United 

8pm BST, St. James’ Park, Newcastle 

Newcastle won 3-1 at home to Burnley in their last game to make it a healthy seven points from their first four games. No other team drew more home games last season and they will do a lot better if they can turn a few of those draws into wins. Only Villa and West Ham have conceded less goals so far, but goalscoring has been an issue for them for a few seasons and they still need to score more goals.

Callum Wilson seems to be the Newcastle player to have for fantasy managers while Allan Saint-Maximin showed against Burnley that he might just offer some value too.

United were embarrassed 6-1 at home to Spurs in their last game and they went into the international break in sixteenth place, but they have played a game less than most of the other teams. Their only win so far was away to Brighton and only Liverpool conceded less goals away from home last season. Only West Brom have conceded more goals so far and they need to sort out their defence if they are to improve on last season.

So far Bruno Fernandes is the only United player living up to expectations for fantasy managers while Marcus Rashford can be expected to do well too.

This is a game United really need to win, but I think Newcastle will manage to take a point from them.

Prediction: 1-1

Sunday October 18

Sheffield United v Fulham 

12pm BST, Bramall Lane, Sheffield 

United lost 2-1 away to Arsenal in their last game and they’re only off the foot of the table on goal difference. Only City conceded less goals at home last season, but they have lost their first two home games this season without scoring a goal. They got their first goal of the season in that defeat at Arsenal and no other team has scored less goals so far.

Maybe Rhian Brewster can be the cut price striker fantasy managers and United are looking for.

Fulham lost 1-0 away to Wolves in their last game and they’re the only team below United in the league. They lost their first two away games, but all of the goals they have scored so far came away from home. They have lost all four of their games with only West Brom conceding more goals and only United scoring less.

I’m not sure there are any Fulham players to recommend to fantasy managers, but Aleksandar Mitrovic is still capable of doing well I suppose.

I think United will take the three points, but there won’t be too much in it.

Prediction: 1-0

Crystal Palace v Brighton And Hove Albion 

2pm BST, Selhurst Park, London 

Palace lost 4-0 away to Chelsea in their last game to make it two defeats in a row after winning their first two games. No other team scored less goals at home last season, but they have a good run of home games coming up starting with this one. They have the potential in their next seven games to amass a good haul of points if they can increase the amount of goals they score.

Both Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend have started the season well for fantasy managers and are certainly worth considering.

Brighton lost 4-2 away to Everton in their last game and they have lost three of their first four games. They have lost both of their home games so far and only United have conceded more goals at home, but both of those defeats were against “big six” teams. Only four other teams have conceded more goals, but they have scored in each of their games and they have a pretty good run of games coming up.

Neal Maupay is the Brighton player to have for fantasy managers at the moment while Leandro Trossard and Solomon March are worth watching too.

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

Prediction: 1-1

Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United 

4.30pm BST, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London 

Spurs won 6-1 away to United in their last game and that win was enough to move them up to sixth place. They have only one point and one goal from their first two home games, but they will want to get their first home win in this game. No other team has scored more goals so far with only Villa and West Ham conceding less and their next four games all look like very good fixtures.

Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane have been in exceptional form for fantasy managers in their two away games and they will hope they can replicate that form at home.

West Ham won 3-0 away to Leicester in their last game to make it two wins and two clean sheets in a row against two very good teams. They conceded less goals on their travels than they did at home last season, but they are in the middle of a tough run of away games. They have scored seven goals without reply in their last two games and only Villa have conceded less goals.

Michail Antonio is probably still the best of the West Ham players for fantasy managers, but Jarrod Bowen and Pablo Fornals have impressed in recent weeks too.

I think West Ham will make a game of it and might just take a point to continue Spurs’ woes on their own patch.

Prediction: 1-1

Leicester City v Aston Villa 

7.15pm BST, King Power Stadium, Leicester 

Leicester lost 3-0 at home to West Ham last time out, but they’re still third in the table. That defeat against West Ham was their only defeat so far and they have a reasonable run of home games coming up. No other team has scored more goals so far and three points in this game should put them up to second place at the worst.

Despite their result against West Ham Jamie Vardy and Timothy Castagne are still good options for fantasy managers while James Justin is hard to ignore at such a good price too.

Villa won 7-2 at home to Liverpool in their last game to move up to second in the table. Only Everton have scored more goals at home and they have a very good run of home games until the end of the year. They have won their first three games with no other team conceding less goals and only three teams scoring more and those three teams have all played an extra game.

Jack Grealish was on fire against Liverpool and he must be of interest to fantasy managers now along with Emiliano Martinez and maybe even John McGinn and Ollie Watkins.

I think this will be a close game, but Leicester will get back to winning ways and put an end to Villa’s perfect start to the season.

Prediction: 2-1

Monday October 19

West Bromwich Albion v Burnley 

5.30pm BST, The Hawthorns, Birmingham 

West Brom lost 2-0 away to Southampton in their last game, but they’re still one point above the bottom three. Their only point so far came at home and only United have conceded more goals on their own turf. Their next three games give them a chance to show they have a chance of staying up, but no other team has conceded more goals.

Matheus Pereira is the West Brom player most likely to perform for fantasy managers.

Burnley lost 3-1 away to Newcastle in their last game and they’re only off the foot of the table on goal difference. They took almost as many points away from home as they did at home last season, but they have lost their first two away games and they conceded seven goals in those games. They will want to get something from this game as they play Spurs and Chelsea in their next two games.

I still think Chris Wood can do a good job for fantasy managers, but Burnley will have to improve for him to do so.

I think this will be another very close game and the chances are Burnley will emerge with the three points.

Prediction: 1-2

Leeds United v Wolverhampton Wanderers 

8pm BST, Elland Road, Leeds

Leeds drew 1-1 at home to City last time out and they look to be by far the best of the three promoted teams.

Patrick Bamford is the Leeds player doing the most for fantasy managers at the moment while Mateusz Klich and Helder Costa haven’t done too badly either. They took more points at home than any other team in the Championship last season and they have taken four points from their first two home games. Their only defeat so far came away to the champions and their next four games offer them every chance to get plenty of points.

Wolves won 1-0 at home to Fulham in their last game to bounce back from the 4-0 defeat away to West Ham in their previous game. 

Raul Jiminez is still the best option for fantasy managers in the Wolves team while Romain Saiss, Pedro Neto and Daniel Podence aren’t the worst choices either. They only lost five away games last season with only two other teams conceding less goals on the road. Their away games get pretty awkward after this one, but they fared well against a lot of the top sides last season.

I don’t think there will be too much between these two teams and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the game end all square.

Prediction: 1-1

That’s it for this week.

See you next week.

Tuesday, 6 October 2020

It’s Partey Time For Arsenal

The transfer window closed last night and with it the ability for clubs to improve their squads from without. There is still the option of moves within the English leagues, but moves to and from all other leagues are finished. It looked like Arsenal would miss out on their targets as deadline day approached, but they pulled a rabbit out of the hat just in time.

We had spent most of that window chasing Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid, but it seemed we were unwilling to pay the release clause of €50 million. If reports are to be believed Lucas Torreira had been told by Atletico that he had been signed on loan from Arsenal to play alongside Partey in their midfield, but he would have had to stay at Arsenal to do so now. I wish Torreira no ill will and I wasn’t particularly pleased that we loaned him out, but Partey is definitely an upgrade on him.

Our midfield needed a player of his calibre and I have no doubt his addition will help Mikel Arteta to mould the team in the way he wants. Again there are reports of Diego Simone being particularly unhappy with Partey’s last minute departure and I can imagine how we would feel if one of our best players did one at the very last minute. I’m not too bothered about how if affects Atletico though as long as it helps to make us a better team.

All in all it’s been a pretty good transfer window for Arsenal with Partey added to the arrivals of Willian on a free transfer and Gabriel Magalhaes. Both of those players added strength in positions where we really needed it and Partey should be the next piece of the Arteta jigsaw. There’s still a good bit more to go, but it’s difficult to deny that all the signs point to us moving in the right direction.

Perhaps the biggest deal of the transfer window for us was the manager convincing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to sign a new contract. If he had decided to leave I can’t see where we could have got a replacement of his quality or how we could have afforded one if he was available. Retaining his services must certainly have a positive affect on potential purchases when they see a player of his calibre at the club and it seems the manager is becoming a bit of a draw himself too.

We probably could have done with moving on a few of the players who are surplus to requirements, but it seems Sead Kolasinac, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and even Mesut Ozil will be with us for a while yet. Both Kolasinac and Sokratis looked like they might be on their way, but Ozil has absolutely no intention of going anywhere despite obviously not being in the manager’s plans. It’s an awful shame to have a player earning £350,000 a week not participating at all, but there doesn’t seem to be a way out of it any more.

This season has started pretty well with three wins from four games even if two of those wins were against teams who still haven’t got a point between them after four games. The other win against West Ham didn’t seem like much at the time, but their subsequent results might just put our win against them in a better light. So far out only defeat came away to the reigning champions who are favourites to retain their title despite their absolute hammering by Aston Villa on Sunday.

Unfortunately we have to undergo another annoying international break before we get to play again. When we come back Arsenal have a very tough run of games with trips to both Manchester clubs either side of a home game against Leicester. As bad as both Manchester teams have been it’s still been six years since we won away to any of the rest of the “big six”and beating either of them will not be easy. If we can come through those three games with more than three points I think it has to been seen as something positive and it should keep us in contention at the right end of the table.

That’s it for today.

See you tomorrow.