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Friday September 20
Southampton v Bournemouth
8pm BST, St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton
Southampton won 1-0 away to Sheffield United last week and they have taken seven points from their last three games. Only Huddersfield won less games at home last season, but they drew more home games than any other team. Only three teams have conceded less goals so far and a home game against Bournemouth gives them a real chance to move up the table.
Jannie Vestergaard is looking very good for fantasy managers at the moment while Angus Gunn isn’t doing too badly either.
Bournemouth won 3-1 at home to Everton last week to move into the top half of the table. Only two teams lost more games away from home last season and no other team conceded more away goals. They have scored in each of their five games so far, but they have conceded in each of them too.
Callum Wilson has returned in every game so far for fantasy managers and he has to be seriously worth considering.
I think this will be a close game, but Southampton might just manage a narrow victory.
Saturday September 21
Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur
12.30pm BST, King Power Stadium, Leicester
Leicester lost 1-0 away to United last week to put an end to their unbeaten start to the season. They lost as many home games as they won last season and their chances of finishing higher will depend on improving that form. They play two of last season’s top four in their next three games and we might have a better idea of how good they are after those games.
Jamie Vardy seems to be the Leicester player to have for fantasy managers.
Spurs strolled to a 4-0 win at home to Palace last week to move up to third in the table. Only the top two took more points and scored more goals away from home last season. Only the two teams ahead of them have scored more goals and they only play one of the rest of the big six teams in their next nine games.
As usual Harry Kane is the Spurs player to have for fantasy managers while Erik Lamela hasn’t done too badly either.
I think this will be a very close game and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it end in a draw.
Burnley v Norwich City
3pm BST, Turf Moor, Burnley
Burnley grabbed a late goal to draw 1-1 away to Brighton last week, but they haven’t won since their opening game. They lost 10 of their home games last season, but it’s their home form which has kept them in the Premier League for the last few seasons. A home game against a newly promoted team looks an ideal chance for them to take three points, but Norwich are no pushover.
Ashley Barnes is still the Burnley player to have for fantasy managers even if he has drawn a blank in the last two weeks.
Norwich had a fantastic 3-2 win at home to City last week to move clear of the bottom three. They have lost their two away games so far and they conceded six goals in those two games. They haven’t kept a clean sheet so far and no other team has conceded more goals.
Teemu Pukki, Todd Cantwell and Emiliano Buendia are all doing really well for fantasy managers and available at very good prices too.
I think this will be a close game with the spoils probably shared.
Everton v Sheffield United
3pm BST, Goodison Park, Liverpool
Everton lost 3-1 away to Bournemouth last week as their away form continued to harm their chances of keeping pace with the top six. Only the top six took more points at home last season and they have won their first two home games this season. With three of last season’s top six to play in their next six games they could be in for a tough run of results.
Richarlison has looked good in the last few weeks and he could be worth considering for fantasy managers.
United lost 1-0 at home to Southampton last week and they’re only one point above the bottom three. They have drawn both of their away games so far and a trip to Everton is a very tough task for them. They’re struggling to score goals with only four other teams scoring less in the first five games.
I can’t see any United players to recommend to fantasy managers at the moment.
I think Everton’s home form should be good enough to see them take the three points in this game.
Manchester City v Watford
3pm BST, Etihad Stadium, Manchester
City lost 3-2 away to Norwich last week and they’re already five points behind Liverpool after only five games. They took more points and scored more goals at home than any other team last season. They are the leading scorers already this season, but the five points they have already dropped could cost them dearly.
Sergio Aguero, Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling are the City players who will probably return the most points for fantasy managers.
Watford came from 2-0 down to get a 2-2 draw at home to Arsenal last week, but they’re still at the bottom of the table. They took 23 points away from home last season, but a trip to City will be a daunting task for them. Only Palace have scored less goals so far with only Norwich and Chelsea conceding more.
When he’s playing well Gerard Deulofeu is certainly worth considering for fantasy managers.
I can’t see anything other than a comprehensive City victory in this game.
Newcastle United v Brighton And Hove Albion
5.30pm BST, St. James’s Park, Newcastle
Newcastle lost 3-1 away to Liverpool last week and that defeat saw them drop back into the relegation zone. Only two teams lost more home games last season, but they only drew one of their home games. Only Palace have scored less goals so far and only four teams scored less goals last season.
If he’s fit to play Fabian Schar is the Newcastle player most likely to make an impression for fantasy managers.
Brighton drew 1-1 at home to Burnley last week, but they haven’t won in their last four games. Only two teams took less points away from home last season, but their only win so far this season came away from home. They have only scored twice in their last four games and they face two of last season’s top four in their next three games.
I can’t see any Brighton players to recommend to fantasy managers at the moment, but Neal Maupay could possibly change that opinion.
I think this will be a close game with Newcastle probably just about taking the three points.
Sunday September 22
Crystal Palace v Wolverhampton Wanderers
2pm BST, Selhurst Park, London
Palace lost 4-0 away to Spurs last week and they have failed to score in three of their first five games. Only Huddersfield took less points and scored less goals at home last season, but they have taken four points from their first two home games this season. They’re the lowest scorers so far, but only three teams have conceded less goals too.
Patrick van Aanholt was the Palace player to have for fantasy managers before his own goal last week and there’s no reason to believe he won’t come good again.
Wolves lost 5-2 at home to Chelsea last week and they’re still waiting for their first win of the season. No other team has conceded more goals at home so far. It looks like their Europa League exploits could be affecting their Premier League form and they lost at home in that competition on Thursday night too.
Raul Jiminez is still the Wolves player most likely to perform for fantasy managers.
This is a tough game to predict, but I have a feeling it might end in a draw.
West Ham United v Manchester United
2pm BST, London Stadium, London
West Ham drew 0-0 away to Villa last week as they continued to climb the table. They did quite well at home last season, but they’re still a fair bit away from making their relatively new stadium a fortress. They have only conceded two goals in their last four games and they have s good run of games after this one.
Sebastien Haller is the best of the bunch in the West Ham team for fantasy managers with Lukasz Fabianski doing well too as always.
United won 1-0 at home to Leicester last week to move into the top four. Only three teams took more away points last season, but they have drawn their first two away games this season. No other team has conceded less goals so far, but they face both Arsenal and Liverpool in their next four games.
Marcus Rashford and Daniel James (if he’s fit to play) are the United players looking the best for fantasy managers at the moment.
This is another game that’s not easy to call, but I think United might just win narrowly.
Arsenal v Aston Villa
4.30pm BST, Emirates Stadium, London
Arsenal let a two goal lead slip away to Watford last week and they were lucky to take a point from the game. Only the top two took more points and scored more goals at home last season. They have scored in every game so far, but they haven’t kept a clean sheet since their first game.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the Arsenal player to have for fantasy managers.
Villa drew 0-0 at home to West Ham last week and that point was enough to move them out of the bottom three on goal difference. They have lost both of their away games and a trip to Arsenal won’t be an easy task for them. Only Palace have scored less goals, but only three other teams have conceded less.
John McGinn has done quite well for fantasy managers so far while Tyrone Mings has done well in three of the five weeks so far.
Arsenal’s strength at home should be enough to see them win this game with a couple of goals to spare.
Chelsea v Liverpool
4.30pm BST, Stamford Bridge, London
Chelsea won 5-2 away to Wolves last week, but they lost at home to Valencia in the Champions League in midweek. They only lost one home game last season, but they have drawn both of their home games so far this season. Only the top two have scored more goals so far, but only Norwich have conceded more.
Tammy Abraham is on fire for fantasy managers at the moment while Mason Mount (if he’s fit) has done very well too.
Liverpool won 3-1 at home to Newcastle last week to maintain their 100% record and move five points clear at the top of the table. No other team took more points away from home last season and only City scored more goals. They might have lost in Europe in midweek, but three points in this game will definitely help to ease that pain.
It’s impossible for fantasy managers to ignore both Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane while all of the Liverpool defenders are worth considering too.
I think Liverpool’s attack will be too good for Chelsea and they should take the three points.
That’s it for this week.
See you next week.