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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
That’s it for this week.
See you next week.