Thursday, 20 September 2018

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 did fairly well last week with two perfect predictions, four correct outcomes and four incorrect outcomes which moved me a little closer towards the top of my predictions league. Here’s a look at how the top five in that league stands.

POSITIONPLAYER NAMETHIS WEEKPOINTS
 1 (6) Rutland Gooner 685
 2 (2) David96 600
 3 (2) HeliusM 595
 4 (1) ArssenaL14 565
 5 (6) L'OM 545

Saturday September 22

Fulham v Watford 

12.30pm BST, Craven Cottage, London

Fulham lost 3-0 away to City last week, but their fixtures will get a little easier for the next few weeks. Their only win so far has come at home, but only three other teams have conceded more home goals. They haven’t managed to keep a clean sheet yet and they have conceded more goals than any other team.

Aleksandar Mitrovic, Andre Schurrle and Jean Michael Seri have all done well for fantasy managers and they’re all available at a fairly good price too.

Watford’s 100% record came to an end last week when they lost 2-1 at home to United. They have won their only away game so far, but they lost more away games than any other team last season. They have scored in every game they have played so far and only the three teams above them have conceded less goals.

Roberto Pereyra, Jose Holebas and Troy Deeney have all started very well for fantasy managers and they could prosper in this game too.

I think this will be a very close game and I wouldn’t be surprised if it ended in a draw.

Prediction: 2-2

Burnley v Bournemouth 

3pm BST, Turf Moor, Burnley

Burnley lost 1-0 away to Wolves last week and they’re now rooted to the foot of the table. They’re one of four teams without a point at home and only Newcastle have conceded more goals on their own patch. They’re one of four teams without a win at all and only Huddersfield have scored less goals.

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

Bournmouth won 4-2 at home to Everton last week to continue their impressive start to the season and move up to fifth place. They have won once and lost once away from home so far and only seven teams took more points on the road last season. They’re in a very creditable fifth place and only three teams have scored more goals.

Ryan Fraser is looking very good for fantasy managers at the moment while Callum Wilson and Josh King aren’t doing too badly either.

I think Bournemouth’s firepower might just be enough to give them the edge in this game.

Prediction: 1-2

Cardiff City v Manchester City

3 pm BST, Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff

Cardiff led at Chelsea last week, but they ended up losing 4-1 and have yet to win their first game. If they’re going to have any chance of staying up their home form will be crucial, but they won’t be expected to get anything from this game. They have kept two clean sheets so far, but they failed to score in three games and only Huddersfield have scored less goals.

Neil Etheridge has been the best of the Cardiff players for fantasy managers so far, but I still can’t see him being a long term prospect.

City won 3-0 at home to Fulham last week, but they still haven’t reached the heights of last season. They blew the league away with an incredible record on the road last season and they will be trying to at least match that this season. They are still unbeaten with four wins from five games and no other team has scored more goals while only Liverpool have conceded less.

Sergio Aguero is still the best fantasy option in the City team as long as he’s fit to play while David Silva and Benjamin Mendy (if he’s fit as well) are very good options too.

I think City should win this game with at least a couple of goals to spare.

Prediction: 0-3

Crystal Palace v Newcastle United

3pm BST, Selhurst Park, London

Palace won 1-0 away to Huddersfield last week to put an end to a run of three defeats in a row. They have lost both of their home games so far and they’re one of two teams who haven’t scored at home. They needed the win last week to get them back on track and they have kept two clean sheets so far.

Once he’s fit to play Wilfried Zaha is the best fantasy choice in the Palace team while all of their defenders have the ability to do well for fantasy managers too.

Newcastle lost 2-1 at home to Arsenal last week and they’re only off the foot of the table on goal difference. Their only point so far came away from home, but they only won four away games last season. They have already played four of last season’s top six and they will be looking forward to some relatively easier games.

I can’t see any Newcastle players to recommend to fantasy managers at the moment, but that might change as their fixtures improve.

I think this will be a very close game and Palace might just get a narrow victory.

Prediction: 1-0

Leicester City v Huddersfield Town

3pm BST, King Power Stadium, Leicester

Leicester lost 4-2 away to Bournemouth last week and they have lost three of their first five games. Their defeat from their two home games so far came against Liverpool and they will be hoping for a few more home wins with some comparatively easier home games on the horizon. They have lost their last two games and only four teams have conceded more goals.

James Maddison continues to impress for fantasy managers and he’s probably the best bet in the Leicester team.

Huddersfield lost 1-0 at home to Palace last week and they’re still looking for their first win of the season. They did get a draw at Everton in their last away game, but only West Ham have conceded more goals away from home. They haven’t won a game yet and only Fulham have conceded more goals while no other team has scored less.

I can’t see any Huddersfield players to recommend to fantasy managers.

I think Leicester should get back to winning ways in this game with a couple of goals to spare.

Prediction:  2-0

Liverpool v Southampton 

3pm BST, Anfield, Liverpool

Liverpool were very impressive in winning 2-1 at Spurs last week and continuing their perfect start to the season. They were the only team unbeaten at home last season and they’re the only team who haven’t conceded a goal at home so far. They have conceded less goals than any other team and are looking more and more likely to put up a real challenge to City.

Sadio Mane still looks like the best option in the Liverpool team for fantasy managers with all of their defenders and keeper with considering as well as Mohamed Salah of course if you can afford him.

Southampton led 2-0 at home to Brighton last week, but they were pegged back and had to settle for a 2-2 draw. They drew more away games than any other team last season and they would be more than happy to get a draw from this game. They only just avoided relegation last season and they won’t be too far off it again if they continue to throw away two goal leads.

With Danny Ings ineligible maybe Pierre Emile Hojbjerg might be the Southampton player to interest fantasy managers.

I think Liverpool should take the three points quite comfortably despite having to play in midweek in the Champions League.

Prediction: 2-0

Manchester United v Wolverhampton Wanderers

3pm BST, Old Trafford, Manchester

United won 2-1 away to Watford last week as they continue to get their season back on track.They had the best defensive record at home last season, but only three teams have conceded more home goals so far this season. They have a fairly good run of games for the next few weeks and will look to climb the table before meeting some of the other top clubs. 

Romelu Lukaku has done very well for fantasy managers in recent weeks while Paul Pogba still looks like a good choice too.

Wolves won 1-0 at home to Burnley last week for their second win in a row. It's hard to judge their away performances so far from only two games, but they are not an easy team to beat. The look the promoted team most likely to make an impression and if they continue to play as they are at the moment a top half finish is not beyond them.

Ruben Neves and Raul Jiminez are both doing quite well for fantasy managers and the Wolves defenders aren’t doing too badly either.

I think Wolves will give United plenty to think about, but United will win by the odd goal.

Prediction: 2-1

Brighton And Hove Albion v Tottenham Hotspur

5.30pm BST, AMEX Stadium, Brighton

Brighton came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 away to Southampton on Monday night. Only seven teams took more home points last season and they are unbeaten in their two home games this season including a win against United. They will continue to struggle at the wrong end of the table until they sort out their away form though, but the point at Southampton was a very good one for them.

Glenn Murray has done well so far this season for fantasy managers and particularly when he plays at home.

Spurs lost 2-1 at home to Liverpool last week to slip to their second defeat in a row. Only City took more away points last season and they have won two of their three away games so far including a 3-0 win at United. They have only kept one clean sheet so far and they need to shore up their defence if they're going to do as well as they did last season.

Harry Kane is still the best fantasy option in the Spurs team, but none of their players have done much recently for fantasy managers.

I think Brighton will give Spurs a run for their money, but Spurs should take the three points.

Prediction: 1-2

Sunday September 23

West Ham United v Chelsea 

1.30pm BST, London Stadium, London

West Ham got their first points of the season with an impressive 3-1 win at Everton last week. They have lost both of their home games so far and their fans have being growing very impatient with them at home. The win at Everton lifted them off the foot of the table and only Fulham have conceded more goals.

Despite their win last week there aren’t too many West Ham pkayers to interest fantasy managers with Marco Arnautovic the best of them and he’s an injury doubt this week.

Chelsea came from behind to win 4-1 at home to Cardiff last week and move to the top of the table on goal difference. They’re one of two teams to have won all of their away games and no other team has conceded less goals away from home. They’re one of two teams still with a 100% record and they’re the top scorers too.

Eden Hazard is in great form for fantasy managers at the moment while Marcus Alonso and the rest of the Chelsea defenders are pretty good bets too.

I think Chelsea should keep their perfect start to the season going with a fairly comfortable win in this game.

Prediction: 1-3

Arsenal v Everton 

4pm BST, Emirates Stadium, London

Arsenal won 2-1 away to Newcastle last week to make it three wins in a row as they continue their progress. Only City took more points and scored more goals at home last season and they will need to make the Emirates a fortress this season too if they’re to have any hope of finishing in the top four. They haven’t kept a clean sheet yet and their defensive deficiencies could cost them dearly.

Both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette have done well for fantasy managers and are certainly worth considering.

Everton’s unbeaten start to the season came to an end when they lost 3-1 at home to West Ham. They are still unbeaten away from home, but they have drawn both of their games and they only won three games away from home last season. They conceded too many goals last season and the early signs this season are they could have the same problems in defence.

With Richarlison back from suspension this week he has to be a real target for fantasy managers.

I think Arsenal’s improvement will continue with another win in this game.

Prediction: 3-1

That’s it for this week.

See you next week.


Arsenal v FC Vorskla: Europa League Preview

With three Premier League wins in a row behind them Arsenal make the jaunt into Europa League football again tonight when FC Vorskla come to the Emirates Stadium. I can’t profess to knowing too much about tonight’s opponents and no team can be taken too lightly in European football as City learned to their expense last night. Whatever our opponents might be like we are again one of the favourites to win the trophy and we have a manager who knows what it takes to do it.

Arsene Wenger used the group stages to blood young players and give game time to those more senior players who weren’t getting it last season. I expect Unai Emery to do exactly the same this season with the team gradually improving as we go further into the competition. He has plenty of good players on the bench at the moment and he should add them to a few youngsters who could do with a game too.

We can expect to see Bernd Leno make his debut in goal after we spent so much money on him in the summer and I'm looking forward to seeing how he copes with how the manager wants the team to play. Petr Cech is struggling with the ball at his feet at times, but it seems we bought Leno because of his ability to use his feet among other things. If it goes well for him tonight I still don't expect him to dislodge Cech for a while yet, but the day must surely be coming.

In defence injuries mean we might have to play Nacho Monreal and one of either Shokdran Mustafi or Sokratis Papastathopoulos alongside Rob Holding and Stephan Lichsteiner who will be making his full debut tonight. Lichsteiner is a very strong defender who would get in a lot of Premier League teams, but Hector Bellerin will probably keep his place due to his youth and his attacking ability. It's good to know we have a player of Lichsteiner's quality available if Bellerin is injured or has problems with his form.

In midfield we should get to see the full debut of Lucas Torreira and he's a player who must be chomping at the bit for his first start. He has been very impressive in his substitute appearances so far and he has to make a first team place his own very soon for the good of the team. As much as I like Matteo Guendouzi I think Torreria has the ability to drive the team forward from midfield and he is exactly what we need in the team at the moment.

We should also see Mohamed Elneny get his first chance to show what he can do this season while Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan will probably play too as they didn't start at Newcastle last Saturday. It looks like a pretty strong midfield to me and certainly one which should be able to dominate the game. I wouldn't be surprised if Torreira doesn't last the 90 minutes with Sunday's game against Everton on the manager's mind.

That should leave Danny Welbeck to lead the line with Emile Smith-Rowe playing somewhere between the midfield and attack unless the manager decides to pick Eddie Nketiah instead. I'm a big fan of Nketiah and I think he has a very exciting future in the game, but it's very hard for a young player to break into a team with strikers like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette ahead of him. I'm a big fan of Smith-Rowe too and from what we have seen before I don't think either player would be overawed tonight.

Hopefully we can get the campaign off to a good start in front of a fairly good crowd, but the Europa League group stages are hardly the things dreams are made of. We need to get back to the main table of the Champions League as soon as possible for the good of the club and for the money it brings in which cannot be overstated. It's much easier to attract top class players to the club with the promise of Champions League football and the longer we're out of it the harder it will become to get back in. One way to do it is to win the Europa League of course and we most certainly have a manager who knows how to do just that.

That’s it for today.

See you tomorrow.

Friday, 14 September 2018

Arsenal’s Trip To Newcastle United Previewed

The pesky international break is over at last and it’s back to real football for Arsenal with a trip to Newcastle United in the Premier League. Last season we got pretty used to Sunday games due to our Europa League commitments and this could be our last 3pm kick off on a Saturday afternoon for quite a while. The Europa League returns on Thursday night when FC Vorskla come to the Emirates Stadium to play us and the Newcastle game will be our last away game in the Premier League on a Saturday at 3pm until at least December.

We go into the game on the back of consecutive victories over West Ham and Cardiff after we had lost our opening two games against City and Chelsea. West Ham and Cardiff might not exactly be the strongest teams in the Premier League, but those two wins were very important for us. They have given Unai Emery some crucial breathing space as he attempts to turn our players into a functioning team.

So far he has gone with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang up front in every game, but Alexandre Lacazette keeps coming off the bench and making a telling contribution. We look like a better attacking outfit when they are playing together and he has to decide whether Lacazette has done enough to play from the start. Of course to play them both together would mean someone else has to miss out and he certainly has a few decisions to make.

With what’s mostly a double pivot in midfield it only leaves two other attacking places in the team and at least five players fighting for those places. For me Mesut Ozil has to play and it would leave a straight choice between Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey for the other place. With so many games to play there will be chances for everyone to make an impression and it’s important that the manager has some genuine choices when he’s picking his team.

Since his arrival Lucas Torreira hasn’t started a game either, but he’s another player who has made a genuine impact from the bench. He will become a mainstay of the team fairly soon and it’s only a matter of time before he becomes one of the first names on the teamsheet. It’s a question of who will play alongside him and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Granit Xhaka get a chance to show his ability to do so.

Matteo Guendouzi has made a huge impression since joining us in the summer and his progress has been far ahead of schedule so far. I don’t think giving Torreira and Xhaka a chance to play together would harm Guendouzi and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him as the midfield rock for our Europa League campaign. The manager is very fond of making early substitutions too which should mean Guendouzi has plenty of chances to continue his progression.

The defence more or less picks itself at the moment although I would like to see Bernd Leno get a chance to show if he can play out from the back any better than Petr Cech has being doing so far. Cech is struggling with the ball at his feet, but his shot stopping has been better so far this season. Again I think Leno will get his chance in the Europa League on Thursday night and it might take a fairly spectacular fail from Cech to give Leno a chance in the league. That disaster has been coming for a while and I just hope it doesn’t cost us too dearly when it happens.

The other question in defence I suppose is Hector Bellerin managing to keep Stephan Lichsteiner out of the team. I have no doubt Lichsteiner is a better defender, but our two fullbacks are being asked to do an awful lot of attacking at the moment and Bellerin is certainly offering a lot in the final third. Bellerin has his detractors, but I think he still has an awful lot of potential and I hope Lichsteiner can help him to fulfill that potential.

We have made plenty of chances in our last three games and we scored eight goals in those games. The problem has been at the other end where the manager must realise he has a huge job to do to make us defend better. It doesn’t seem to matter who plays or what formation we use the players just seem incapable of doing the basics far too often. As bad as we were defensively under Arsene Wenger for the last few seasons we seem to be almost worse at the moment if that’s possible. I don’t know if we’re capable of shutting up shop and playing a defensive game and I think attack is most definitely the best form of defence for us.

Newcastle have only taken one point so far and that was in a scoreless draw at Cardiff. We put three goals past Cardiff in our last game and probably should have scored more, but Cardiff hadn’t got a goal to their name in their opening three games before that game. If we’re going to beat Newcastle we will have to open up what has been a pretty good defence so far while making sure we aren’t too vulnerable at the back.

Newcastle have lost three of their four games, but the fixture list has been very unkind to them so far. They have lost 2-1 at home to both Spurs and Chelsea as well as losing 2-1 at City and they can’t be looking forward to playing another one of the top six teams. We are the most beatable of the top six though and Newcastle might just decide to have a go at us unlike what they did against Chelsea and City in particular.

I’m not so sure how it would go if they decided to have a go at us, but I think our superior firepower would give us the edge. When supposedly lesser teams did it to us away from home last season we couldn’t cope and our away record was abysmal. Our two away games this season have had 10 goals in them and it looks like a shootout could be the best way for us to improve on last season’s away record.

I hope to see Aubameyang and Lacazette start together and I think they could be the players to give us an edge. With the pkayers we have behind them the chances should come and hopefully they can put enough of them away to take the three points. The manager has a huge job to do and he has to keep trying to win games as he slowly gets the players used to the way he wants them to play. No team in the Premier League is easy to beat, but I think we can definitely take the three points home to London.

That’s it for today.

See you tomorrow.

Thursday, 13 September 2018

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 did reasonably well last week with one perfect prediction, six correct outcomes and three incorrect outcomes. That meant I moved up a little in my predictions league, but I’m still not in the top five which isn’t too bad considering my league is currently ranked second out of over 2,600 leagues. Here’s a look at how that top five in my league stands.

NAMETHIS WEEKPOINTS
 1 (2) ArssenaL14

+70
480
 2 (6) David96 475
 2 (4) HeliusM 475
 4 (7) BrewersArmy

+90
455
 5 (15) Kshatriya 445






Saturday September 15

Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool 

12.30pm BST, Wembley Stadium, London

Spurs led 1-0 away to Watford in their last game and looked to be heading for four wins out of four, but they ended up losing 2-1. They have only played one home game so far due to the ongoing delays in building their new stadium, but they only lost two home games at Wembley last season. Only the two Manchester clubs conceded less goals last season, but they have only kept one clean sheet in their first four games.

Harry Kane, Lucas Moura and Kieran Trippier look like the best options in the Spurs team at the moment for fantasy managers.

Liverpool held on to win 2-1 at Leicester in their last game and kept their 100% record intact after four games. They took less points and conceded more goals than the rest of the top five away from home last season. Only City and Chelsea have scored more goals so far this season and no other team has conceded less.

Sadio Mane and Andrew Robertson are the stand out players for fantasy managers in the Liverpool team at the moment with Mohamed Salah and all of their defenders and keeper doing very well too.

I think this will be a very close game and the chances are it will end in a draw.

Prediction: 2-2

Bournemouth v Leicester City

3pm BST, Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth 

Bournemouth lost 2-0 away to Chelsea in their last game to put an end to their unbeaten start to the season. Only one team conceded more goals at home last season, but they have taken four points from their first two home games this season. They only finished outside the top half of the table on goal difference last season and they have started this season strongly enough to suggest they will fare just as well this time around.

Both Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson have started the season very well for fantasy managers and they’re available at a good price too.

Leicester lost 2-1 at home to Liverpool in their last game and they have won two and lost two of their first four games. Only six teams took more points away from home last season, but only one team conceded more goals on the road. It’s only been two seasons since they won the league and they will want to try to at least put some pressure on the top six this season.

James Maddison and Ricardo Pereira are worth considering for fantasy managers and they have a good run of fixtures coming up too.

This looks like it will be another very close game and a draw is probably the most likely outcome too.

Prediction: 1-1

Chelsea v Cardiff City

3pm BST, Stamford Bridge, London

Chelsea won 2-0 at home to Bournemouth in their last game and they’re one of three teams with four wins from four games. They lost four home games last season and they need to improve on that if they’re going to regain a top four place. Only City have scored more goals and only Liverpool have conceded less in the first four games this season.

Marcos Alonso and Eden Hazard are the Chelsea players to have for fantasy managers at the moment while Pedro isn’t a bad choice either if he can get a game.

Cardiff twice came from behind in their last game at home to Arsenal, but they ended up losing 3-2. They’re one of only two teams without an away goal, but they did draw one of their two away games. No other team has scored less goals, but they have kept two clean sheets in their four games.

I can’t see any Cardiff players to recommend to fantasy managers although Neil Etheridge has had a very good start to the season despite Cardiff’s inability to win a game so far.

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

Prediction: 3-0

Huddersfield Town v Crystal Palace 

3pm BST, John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield 

Huddersfield got a very good 1-1 draw at Everton in their last game to move them out of the bottom three. No other team scored less goals at home last season and they have failed to score in their two home games so far this season. They were the lowest scorers last season and they’re the lowest scorers so far this season as well as conceding the most goals so far.

I still can’t see any Huddersfield players to interest fantasy managers.

Palace lost 2-0 at home to Southampton last time out to make it three defeats in a row for them. They did quite well away from home in the second half of last season and they need that away form to hold up considering they have lost both of their home games this season. They have conceded six goals and scored only one in losing their last three games.

If he’s passed fit Wilfried Zaha is the Palace player to have for fantasy managers and their defenders can do well too, but only when Zaha plays.

I think Palace should be strong enough to bounce back and take thr three points in this game, but only if Zaha plays.

Prediction: 0-2

Manchester City v Fulham

3pm BST, Etihad Stadium, Manchester 

City didn’t exactly set the world alight in their last game, but they managed a 2-1 win at home to Newcastle to stay two points behind the early pacesetters. They had the best home record last season and have won their first two home games and scored more home goals than any other team already this season. At one stage last season they looked like they might go the whole season unbeaten and that might not be beyond them this season.

It looks like Benjamin Mendy is a must have for fantasy managers while Sergio Aguero isn’t far off it, but it’s hard to know when the rest of their players will play due to their rotation policy with the possible exception of David Silva.

Fulham led 2-0 at Brighton in their last game, but they had to settle for a point after a strong comeback from Brighton. Only Huddersfield and West Ham have conceded more away goals, but at least they have taken one point from their two road trips. Only the same two teams have conceded more overall goals too, but they don’t seem to be having too many problems scoring goals.

Aleksandar Mitrovic is looking to be a very good buy for fantasy managers at the moment while Jean Michael Seri and Andre Schurrle are pretty good too, but maybe not for this match.

I think City should be too strong for what looks like a somewhat dodgy Fulham defence.

Prediction: 4-1

Newcastle United v Arsenal 

3pm BST, St. James’s Park, Newcastle 

Newcastle lost 2-1 at City in their last game and they have had some really tough games to start their season. They have lost both of their home games, but they were against Spurs and Chelsea and they only lost each game by one goal. They have had a very hard start to the season and this will be their fourth game against one of the “top six” in their opening five games.

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

Arsenal just about held on to win 3-2 at Cardiff in their last game to make it two wins in a row after losing their first two games. Their away form cost them dearly last season, but they did manage an away win in their last game and only Spurs have scored more away goals. They conceded an awful lot of goals last season and they have already conceded eight goals in their first four games this season and haven’t kept a clean sheet.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be the Arsenal player to have for fantasy managers, but Alexandre Lacazette has looked very good despite not starting a game yet.

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

Prediction: 1-2

Watford v Manchester United 

5.30pm BST, Vicarage Road, Watford 

Watford came from behind to win 2-1 at home to Spurs and maintain their 100% start to the season in their last game. They conceded more home goals than any other team last season, but only City have scored more goals at home so far this season. Only two teams conceded more goals last season, but only Liverpool have conceded less goals so far this season.

Jose Holebas, Roberto Pereyra and Troy Deeney have all started the season very well for fantasy managers and certainly all of them are worth considering.

United won 2-0 away to Burnley in their last game to ease the pressure on Jose Mourinho just a little. Only City took more points and conceded less goals away from home last season. The win against Burnley was their first clean sheet this season, but it was their defensive abilities which saw them finish second last season.

Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku are the United players who might make a difference for fantasy managers at the moment.

Despite their perfect start to the season I think Watford will struggle in this game and United will take the three points.

Prediction: 1-2

Sunday September 16

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Burnley

1.30pm BST, Molineux, Wolverhampton 

Wolves won 1-0 away to West Ham in their last game to get their first win of the season. They have drawn their two home games so far and one of them was against City, but they will be anxious to get that all important first home win. They have only lost one game so far and they were unlucky to lose that game and they look like they will be a handful for any team.

Ruben Neves has been the best Wolves player so far for fantasy managers while their keeper and defenders could be worth considering too as they’re all available at a good price.

Burnley lost 2-0 at home to United last time out and they’re only one point off the foot of the table. Only five teams took more points away from home last season and their only point so far this season has come on the road too. They had a good defensive record last season, but only two teams have conceded more goals so far this season.

I can’t see any Burnley players to recommend to fantasy managers at the moment even though Joe Hart and James Tarkowski have done well despite all the goals they have conceded.

I think Wolves will get that all important first home win in this game, but by a narrow margin.

Prediction: 2-1

Everton v West Ham United 

4pm BST, Goodison Park, Liverpool 

Everton could only draw 1-1 at home to Huddersfield in their last game and they have drawn three of their four games so far. Only the top six took more points at home than Everton last season and that home form could help them to a higher finish this season. They have scored in each of their games so far, but they haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of those games either.

With Richarlison suspended and Theo Walcott possibly injured it’s hard to see which Everton players will impress for fantasy managers.

West Ham lost 1-0 at home to Wolves in their last game to stay rooted to the foot of the table without a point to their names. They conceded more away goals than any other team last season and they hold the same record already this season. No other team has scored less or conceded more goals so far and they need to get some points on the board quickly.

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

I think Everton will still be unbeaten after this game and West Ham will still be looking for their first point of the season.

Prediction: 2-1

Monday September 17

Southampton v Brighton And Hove Albion

8pm BST, St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton 

Southampton won 2-0 away to Palace in their last game to get their first win of the season. Only West Brom took less points at home last season and they haven’t won at home yet this season. They only finished one place and three points above the bottom three last season and they need to score more goals if they’re going to steer clear of trouble this season.

Danny Ings might just be the cut price striker fantasy managers are looking for while both Cedric Soares and Alex McCarthy could be worth considering too.

Brighton came from 2-0 down to get a draw at home to Fulham last time out and keep themselves well clear of the bottom three. They took less points away from home than any other team last season and they have lost their first two away games already this season.  If they can improve away from home they can beat the drop again, but it could be a long hard struggle for them.

Glenn Murray is the in form Brighton player for fantasy managers, but he does his best work at home like the rest of the Brighton team.

I think Southampton might just get the better of a close affair mainly due to Brighton’s abysmal away form.

Prediction: 1-0

That’s it for this week.

See you next week.