Saturday, 14 October 2017

Arsenal's Trip To Watford Previewed

The second international break is finally over and when the third one finishes next month we can actually have uninterrupted real football until next March. It wasn't without it's problems for Arsenal though as Shkodran Mustafi picked up an injury and it looks like he'll be out until December. Despite the club's apparent desire to sell him in the summer he is still an intrical part of our defence and I can only assume we attempted to offload him as we had a replacement lined up.

It's a trip to Watford for Arsenal today in the evening kick off which will of course be live on BT Sports. Live TV games are a part of life for football fans and the switching of kick off times to suit the TV stations. On that point the prospect of Arsenal's home game against Liverpool on December 23rd looks almost certain to be switched to the next day.

It's a decision that takes no account of the wishes of the fans if it goes ahead and it just shows those TV companies care not a jot about about the match going fans. Besides those possibly attending the game I would be surprised if they get a good TV audience on a day when most people in this part of the world already have too much to do. 

Back to Watford and it looks like the bad news about Mustafi will at least be countered by the return of Mesut Ozil, Danny Welbeck and Francis Coquelin. None of them play in the center of defence, but at least our options in other positions will be increased. The manager has a few decisions to make ahead of a game which is a very important one for me. We have recovered somewhat from our poor start to the season and we now need to push on to try to keep pace with the top four.

United and City have started really well and will be hard to catch, but United's season gets underway today when they start to play some of the other contenders. City are a different matter and we need to have as many points as possible on the board before we play them in a few weeks. We need to target three points from today and follow it up with a maximum haul against Everton and Swansea before that trip to City on November 5th.

Watford have started the season very well under Marco Silva and their only defeat came at home to City a few weeks ago when they were thumped 6-0. They haven't won at home yet though and they have conceded more goals at home than any other team too. That statistic is somewhat skewed by the loss to City and as I said already that's their only defeat.

On the other hand Arsenal's turnaround has been fairly impressive and we have managed four clean sheets in a row in the league. It's been a long time since I can remember four clean sheets in a row for Arsenal. That run included an impressive 0-0 draw at Chelsea, but the three wins in it were all at home to teams we would be expected to beat.

Our only away point so far came in that game at Chelsea and we are one of only two teams who have failed to score away from home with the other one propping up the table without a point to their game. Our away form in the second half of last season was just not good enough and if we can't get it right this season we will not finish in the top four again. Only the top two took more points at home than Arsenal last season and we have started this season with four wins out of four on our own patch.

It looks like Laurent Koscielny will be fit to play and if he is the only change from the 2-0 win over Brighton might be a replacement for Mustafi which would be one of Per Mertesacker or Rob Holding. Ozil might come back in too of course which would probably see Alex Iwobi miss out unless Alexis Sanchez isn't up to the task after his late return and World Cup qualification disappointment. I suspect we will see both Holding and Ozil in from the start and we should have a bench with some real quality options. It's going to be a busy few weeks with with Premier League, Europa League and League Cup games to come and the strength of that bench will be tested in those games. 

As good as Watford might have been so far we still have the quality to dominate them and take the three points. I think the first goal will be crucial and I hope we can get it because I'm not sure how we will react to going behind. Besides the defeat to Liverpool we also lost at Stoke and I thought we did well in trying to get back into the game after they scored.

For me the equalising goal was coming until the manager made some quite bizarre substitutions and he should have kept faith in the players he had out there. There's no point in making changes just for the sake of it in a case like that and I hope he remembers that if today's game follows a similar pattern. If we score first and keep up our momentum I think we will win and anything other than three points would be a real blow for the team's confidence and the morale of the fans which is slowly improving. It's never easy to lose, but losing to teams you are better than is very hard to take and I think that's something that has happened too often in this calendar year.

That's it for today.

See you tomorrow.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Predictions For Premier League Gameweek Eight

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 so well yet again last time out with only four correct outcomes and six incorrect which still leaves me firmly rooted to the foot of my predictions league. It's been a tough season for me so far, but I'm hoping I can turn it around soon. Meanwhile here's a look at how the top five of that predictions league stands.

NAMETHIS WEEKPOINTS
 1 (1) Brisbane City FC
4
655
 2 (4) JediKnut
2
590
 3 (5) Wild Things
3
565
 4 (2) Dr_AFHMK
2

+65
500
 5 (3) immycader 
Imran Cader
1

+80
495





Saturday October 14

Liverpool v Manchester United

12.30pm BST, Anfield, Liverpool

Liverpool were pegged back in their last game after leading 1-0 at Newcastle and had to settle for a point which saw them drop back to seventh in the league. They are unbeaten at home so far with only United conceding less goals at home. They have only won once in their last four games though and they conceded nine goals in those games with only Palace and West Ham conceding more goals.

Phillippe Coutinho looks like the Liverpool player most likely to do it for fantasy managers at the moment with Sadio Mane injured while Mohamed Salah is well worth considering too.

United brushed Palace aside in their last game to move only one goal behind City on goal difference at the top of the table. They are unbeaten away from home with only City and Swansea conceding less goals on their travels. They're still unbeaten with only City scoring more goals and no other team conceding less.

Romelu Lukaku still looks like the most likely candidate for fantasy managers in the United team with all of their defenders and keeper doing very well too as well as Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

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

Prediction: 1-1

Burnley v West Ham United

3pm BST, Turf Moor, Burnley

Burnley won 1-0 away to Everton in their last game and that win moved them into the top six. They have only won once at home so far with only Palace scoring less goals at home and only United conceding less. They have only lost once in their opening seven games with only the top two conceding less goals and they have kept clean sheets in three of their last four games.

Stephen Ward has been the outstanding player in the Burnley team for fantasy managers while Nick Pope is a good option in goal at a good price as long as Tom Heaton remains injured.

West Ham got a very important 1-0 win at home to Swansea last time out to move themselves out of the bottom three. They have lost three of their four away games with only Liverpool and Palace conceding more goals on their travels. After losing their first three games they have taken seven points from their last four and kept clean sheets in three of them.

Chicarito has been the best of the West Ham players so far for fantasy managers, but his overall return has been a little disappointing while their defenders have done well in their last few games.

I don't think there will be too much in this game and Burnley might just win by the only goal of the game.

Prediction: 1-0

Crystal Palace v Chelsea

3pm BST, Selhurst Park, London

Palace lost their last game 4-0 away to United and they're firmly rooted to the foot of the table without a point from their seven games. They have lost all of their home games and they're the only team not to have scored at home so far. They have scored less goals and conceded more goals than any other team so far and unless their form changes quickly they will continue to break all the wrong Premier League records.

I can't see any Palace players to recommend to fantasy managers, but that could change over the next few weeks as Wilfried Zaha looks set to return from injury.

Chelsea lost at home to City in their last game and they're already six points behind the two Manchester clubs. They are one of the three teams with a 100% record on the road with only City and Spurs scoring more away goals. Despite losing two of their first seven games they are still in the top four and they will be expected to win their next three games.

If Alvaro Morata isn't fit to play the best fantasy choices in the Chelsea team are probably Eden Hazard, Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso.

I can't see anything other than more pain for Palace in this game with Chelsea winning with a few goals to spare.

Prediction: 0-3

Manchester City v Stoke City

3pm BST, Etihad Stadium, Manchester 

City won their last game away to Chelsea to stay just above United at the top of the table on goal difference. They have taken seven points from their three home games with only United scoring more and conceding less goals at home. They are the top scorers with no other team conceding less goals so far and they have scored 17 goals in their last four games without conceding any.

With Sergio Aguero injured Gabrille de Jesus looks like he could be a very good choice for fantasy managers with David Silva, Kevin de Bruyne, Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and City's defenders and keeper all very good options too.

Stoke got a late winner in their last game at home to Southampton for their first win in five games. They haven't won away from home yet and their chances of changing that in this game aren't great. They have only one clean sheet so far and their defensive injuries could make this a long game for them.

I don't see any Stoke players who might make a difference for fantasy managers at the moment.

This could be a tough game for Stoke and I think City should be far too good for them.

Prediction: 3-0

Tottenham Hotspur v Bournemouth 

3pm BST, Wembley, London

Spurs won easily away to Huddersfield in their last game to move up to third in the table. They still haven't won a league game at home and they have already dropped more points at home this season than they did in all of last season. They have taken 10 points and scored 10 goals in their last four games with only the top two scoring more and conceding less goals so far.

Harry Kane is on fire for fantasy managers at the moment with six goals in his last three games with Christian Eriksen, Ben Davies, Kieran Trippier and Dele Alli all very good choices too.

Bournemouth got a good point at home to Leicester in their last game, but only Palace are below them in the table. They have lost all of their away games so far with only Palace and Arsenal scoring less goals on their travels. They have lost five of their seven games with only Swansea and Palace scoring less goals.

Charlie Daniels hasn't done too badly for fantasy managers, but it's a risk to pick a Bournemouth defender.

Spurs might not have won a home game yet, but I think that will change in this game.

Prediction: 3-0

Swansea City v Huddersfield Town

3pm BST, Liberty Stadium, Swansea

Swansea lost 1-0 away to West Ham last time out and they're in the bottom three even if it is only on goal difference. They have lost all of their home games with only Palace scoring less goals at home and only Watford conceding more. They have only won once so far with only Palace scoring less goals and they have failed to score in five of their seven games.

Lukasz Fabianski has done quite well for fantasy managers considering where Swansea are in the table while their defenders haven't done too badly and Tammy Abraham has done reasonably well at a good price.

Huddersfield lost 4-0 at home to Spurs in their last game and their good start to the season seems like a long time ago now. They have only lost one of their away games so far with only City and Swansea conceding less goals away from home. They haven't won in their last five games and they only scored one goal in those games.

None of the Huddersfield players have done much for fantasy managers in recent weeks and they have some tough fixtures coming up.

I think this will be a close game and it could well end in a scoreless draw.

Prediction: 0-0

Watford v Arsenal 

5.30pm BST, Vicarage Road, Watford

Watford got a very late point away to West Brom in their last game and they are in eighth place level on points with Liverpool. They haven't won at home yet and have conceded more goals at home than any other team. They have only lost one game so far even if that was by six goals against City with only Palace and West Ham conceding more goals.

Richarlison de Andrade and Abdoulaye Doucoure have both done very well so far for fantasy managers with Kiko Femenia worth a shout too.

Arsenal won 2-0 at home to Brighton in their last game to move up to fifth and they're only outside the top four on goal difference. They haven't won away from home yet and they're one of only two teams who haven't scored away from home. They have taken 10 points from their last four games though and they didn't concede any goals in those games.

Alexander Lacazette, Sead Kolasinac and Nacho Monreal are the best fantasy performers in the Arsenal team so far with the rest of their defenders and Aaron Ramsey worth considering too.

I think this will be a very close game and Arsenal might just sneak it by the odd goal.

Prediction: 1-2

Sunday October 15

Brighton And Hove Albion v Everton

1.30pm BST, AMEX Stadium, Brighton

Brighton lost 2-0 away to Arsenal in their last game, but they're still two points clear of the relegation zone. They have won two of their three home games and the points they take at home could be the difference between staying up and going down. They have lost four of their first seven games and failed to score in four of them too, but they will still be happy with their start to life in the top flight.

Pascal Gross has been the best fantasy performer in the Brighton team, but most of his points came in just two games.

Everton lost 1-0 at home to  Burnley in their last game and they find themselves level on points with Brighton after seven games. They have only one point and one goal from their three away games so far and only three other teams have conceded more goals on the road. They have lost four of their last five games and failed to score in those four games with only Palace and West Ham conceding more goals.

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

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

Prediction: 1-1

Southampton v Newcastle United

4pm BST, ST. Mary's Stadium, Southampton 

Southampton lost away to Stoke in their last game thanks to a late goal from Peter Crouch. They have only won once in their four home games and they failed to score in three of those games. They have only won once in their last five games and they failed to score in three of those games with only four teams scoring less goals.

Both Fraser Forster and Maya Yoshida have been by far the best fantasy performers in the Southampton team so far.

Newcastle came from behind to get a good point at home to Liverpool in their last game and they're sitting safely in the middle of the table. They have lost two of their three away games with only Palace and Arsenal scoring less away goals, but only City and Swansea have conceded less away goals. They have taken 10 points from their last five games and only conceded three goals in those games.

If he's fit to play Matt Richie is worth considering for fantasy managers while Jamaal Lascelles has done quite well too.

I can't see too many goals in this game and I think Southampton might just manage a narrow victory.

Prediction: 1-0

Monday October 16

Leicester City v West Bromwich Albion

8pm BST, King Power Stadium, Leicester

Leicester drew 0-0 away to Leicester last time out and they're only outside the bottom three on goal difference. They have lost two of their three home games and only four teams have conceded more goals at home. They haven't won in their last five games and they conceded eight goals in those games.

Jamie Vardy is the best fantasy choice in the Leicester team while Harry Maguire isn't the worst choice either.

West Brom looked to have taken all three points in their last game, but Watford grabbed a point with a late equaliser. They have lost two of their three away games and have conceded five goals in their last two games on the road. They haven't won in five games either, but they have kept clean sheets in three of their seven games.

I'm not too sure that West Brom players are the best fantasy choices at the moment with some tough games coming up.

I think Leicester should be good enough at home to take all three points.

Prediction: 2-1

That's it for this week.

See you next week.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Three Wins In As Arsenal Gain Some Momentum

A few weeks ago I tried not to go overboard when Arsenal had lost two of their first three games and that's the case again now. At rhe time we were on the back of consecutive defeats to Stoke and Liverpool in which we had failed to score and conceded five goals. Since then we have turned things around with 10 points from four games, not a goal conceded and three wins in the League Cup and the Europa League too.

The latest win was 2-0 at home to Brighton on Sunday when Nacho Monreal and Alex Iwobi got the goals to see them off. Like the previous wins we didn't really hit top gear and didn't go on to really punish Brighton when we were well on top. I think we're still a little short of confidence and we're holding back a little when it comes to finding the ruthless streak some of the other top teams are showing at times. We're in the middle of a pretty good run of fixtures which we are expected to win, but we've seen Arsenal slip at times like this all too often in the past.

After conceding eight goals in our first three games I didn't think we were going to go on a run of four consecutive clean sheets, but it's been a very welcome bonus. I had hoped we would get something from the game at Chelsea and we were good value for our point, but the other games in our run were all games we should have won. Our home form is holding up and five wins from five in all competitions is all that you can ask for at home.

Our away performances hadn't been so good until that Chelsea game, but the point we got seemed to give the players s little more confidence and they went on to score four away to BATE in the Europa League. It might have been more or less a second string team against BATE, but the performance and the four goals were still very welcome. Some might say we were a little lax at the back, but you can't expect a home team not to have a go against a second string Arsenal in a European game.

We could do with a performance like that when we come back after the international break with three away games in a row. First up it's a Watford team who have started the season very well with exception of a 6-0 defeat at home to City and that's quickly followed by a soujourn to Red Star Belgrade and a trip to an Everton team who have started the season badly. If we can keep our momentum going we can not only continue to climb the table, but we can virtually secure our spot in the knock out stages of the Europa League too.

As good as things might be going and could be if we continue on our winning ways it still has to be remembered that our fate will rest on how we do against the rest of the top six and that's where we fall down time after time. It's too early to even consider title talk and I still think a top four finish is the best we can hope for. When you consider the strength in reserve of City and United in particular we're going to have to be incredibly lucky with injuries to get anywhere near them and we all know what our injury record is like.

On a worrying note it has been widely reported that Stan Kroenke is planning to buy out the shares of Alister Usmanov and that it would be a leveraged buy out too. When you consider how all of his American sports franchises have faded under his stewardship it's worrying to think he might have complete control of the club. I can't see any way it could be a good thing for us fans and our future will be very uncertain under him.

Who knows what he will decide to do with the club or what money he might decide to take out of it if it suits him. We made a profit on our transfer dealings in the summer when we really needed to spend big and that could be the way of the future. When the previous owners decided to sell to Kroneke they thought it was in the best interests of the club, but the majority of them should be turning in their graves right now.

That's it for today.

See you tomorrow.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

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 fared a little better than I have done for a while last week with one perfect outcome, five correct and four incorrect. I'm still rock bottom of my Predictions League and here's a look at how the top five in that league currently stands.

POSITIONPLAYER NAMETHIS WEEKPOINTS
 1 (1) Brisbane City FC
4
545
 2 (7) Dr_AFHMK
2
435
 3 (2) immycader
Imran Cader
1
415
 4 (5) JediKnut
1
410
 5 (3) Wild Things
2
400

Saturday September 30

Huddersfield Town v Tottenham Hotspur

12.30pm BST, John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield 

Huddersfield started the season very well, but they have found points a little harder to come by recently with only three points from their last four games. They're still unbeaten at home and only United have conceded less goals on their own patch, but only three teams have scored less. They have kept four clean sheets in their six games so far with only the top two conceding less goals.

Huddersfield's defenders and goalkeeper have done very well for fantasy managers, but they might not be the best choices for this game while Aaron Mooy hasn't done too badly either.

Spurs held on after having Serge Aurier sent off to win 3-2 at West Ham last week which kept them in the top four and five points behind the pacesetters. They have won their three away games so far and kept clean sheets in two of those games. It's their home form which has been below par three of their next four games after this game are at home.

Harry Kane is a must have for fantasy managers at the moment despite his price tag while Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and the Spurs defenders are all very good purchases too.

I think Spurs will have too much in attack for Huddersfield and should win with a few goals to spare.

Prediction: 0-3

Bournemouth v Leicester City

3pm GMT, Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth

Bournemouth looked like they might even take the three points at Everton last week, but two late goals saw them leave empty handed. They won their last home game after losing their first two at home, but only four teams have conceded more goals at home. They have lost five of their first six games and have failed to score in three of those games.

I still can't see any Bournemouth players who might make a difference for fantasy managers.

Leicester looked dead and buried at home to Liverpool last week, but they could have snatched a draw if Jamie Vardy hadn't missed his penalty. They haven't won away from home yet with only Liverpool and West Ham conceding more goals on their travels. They have had some tough games to start their season, but the next few games should give them a chance to climb the table.

Despite missing that penalty last week Vardy is still looking like a very good reasonably priced option for fantasy managers with five goals in his first six games while Harry Maguire is looking pretty good too.

I think Leicester will be happy to get a game against one of the league's lesser lights and they should be able to take all three points.

Prediction: 1-3

Manchester United v Crystal Palace

3pm GMT, Old Trafford, Manchester

United just about held on to win 1-0 at Southampton last week and they're only behind City at the top of the table on goal difference. They have won their first three home games without conceding a goal with only City scoring more goals at home so far. They have sixteen points from six games to date with no other team conceding less goals, but their fixtures will get harder after this game.

Romelu Lukaku is another must have for fantasy managers while all of United's defenders and goalkeeper are great options with Henrikh Mkhitaryan worth a shout too.

Palace lost 5-0 at City last week and by the end they were lucky it was only five goals they conceded. They have lost all of their away games so far with only Liverpool and West Ham conceding more goals away from home. They have lost their first six games without scoring a goal and they are in the middle of a very tough run of games.

I can't see any Palace players to recommend to fantasy managers at the moment.

I can't see anything other than a comprehensive United win in this game.

Prediction: 3-0

Stoke City v Southampton 

3pm GMT, Bet365 Stadium, Stoke

Stoke were well beaten at home to Chelsea last week and they have slipped too close to the bottom three for comfort. Their defeat at home to Chelsea last week was their first defeat at home, but only two other teams have conceded more goals at home. They have only taken two points from their last four games and they conceded nine goals in those games.

Despite Eric Choupo-Moting having a fairly impressive score so far for fantasy managers most of his points were scored in one game and he needs to show some consistency.

Southampton made a game of it at home to United last week, but their inability to find the net meant they ended up losing 1-0. They have already lost two home games and just like last season they are struggling for goals at home. They have failed to score in four of their six games so far, but they have won each game they have scored in.

Southampton's defenders still look like a fairly attractive option for fantasy managers and their next few fixtures aren't too bad either.

I wouldn't be surprised if this game ended scoreless.

Prediction: 0-0

West Bromwich Albion v Watford 

3pm GMT, The Hawthorns, Birmingham

West Brom lost 2-0 at Arsenal on Monday night despite playing very well in the first half in particular. They're unbeaten at home, but only three teams have scored less goals at home and only United have conceded less. They have only taken two points from their last four games and have failed to score in their last two with only Swansea and Palace scoring less goals.

West Brom's defenders have done quite well for fantasy managers and are certainly worth considering when they play at home in particular.

Watford bounced back from their drubbing by City the previous week to win 2-1 away to Swansea last week. They are one of four teams with a 100% record on the road and only Swansea and Southampton have conceded less goals on their travels. That defeat by City is their only defeat so far and only the five teams above them have scored more goals.

Richarlison, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Kiko Femenia have all done very well for fantasy managers so far and are all available at a good price too.

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

Prediction: 1-1

West Ham United v Swansea City

3pm GMT, London Stadium, London

West Ham almost came from 3-0 down to get a point at home to Spurs last week, but they couldn't get that final goal. Their only win so far came at home and they will fancy their chances of another three points on their own turf in this game. No other team has conceded more goals than West Ham so far and that's something they need to address if they're going to climb the table.

Javier Hernandez still looks like a good third choice striker for fantasy managers with three goals in his first six games.

Swansea lost 2-1 at home to Newcastle last week and their home results must be a real concern for them. They have taken all their points so far away from home and they have yet to concede a goal on their travels. They are struggling to score goals with only goalless Palace scoring less goals in their first six games.

Swansea's defenders and goalkeeper have done reasonably well so far if you're prepared to take a risk on them while Tammy Abraham is a very reasonably priced striker who can add some points too.

This is another game which I think could go other way which is why I think it will end in a draw too.

Prediction: 1-1

Chelsea v Manchester City

 5.30pm BST, Stamford Bridge, London

Chelsea won 4-0 away to Stoke last week to keep within three points of the two Manchester teams at the top of the table. All the points they have dropped so far have been at home with only one win so far on their own patch. They have only conceded two goals in their last five games with only the two teams above them scoring more goals. 

Alvaro Morata is making himself a must have for fantasy managers while Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso are in great form too with the returning Eden Hazard hard to ignore.

City cruised to a 5-0 win at home to Palace last week and they have scored 16 goals in their last three league games. They have won all of their away games so far and they're the top scorers away from home too. They have four clean sheets in their first six games and they're the top scorers with the best defensive record too.

Sergio Aguero and David Silva are the outstanding fantasy choices in the City team for me with their keeper, defenders, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling all performing very well too.

This is a huge game for both teams and it could go either way, but I think the most likely outcome is a draw.

Prediction: 2-2

Sunday October 1

Arsenal v Brighton & Hove Albion

12pm BST, Emirates Stadium, London

Arsenal won 2-0 at home to West Brom on Monday night to move up to seventh in the table. They are one of only two teams who have won all of their home games so far and only the two Manchester teams have scored more goals at home. After a slow start to the season they have seven points and three clean sheets in their last three games.

New boys Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac are the two outstanding fantasy choices in the Arsenal team with Aaron Ramsey possibly worth considering too while Alexis Sanchez continues to find his feet.

Brighton won 1-0 at home to fellow promoted side Newcastle last week to move three points clear of the bottom three. They have only one point from their three away games so far and they have only scored one goal on their travels too, but they have put up a good fight in each of those games. They have kept clean sheets in two of their last four games, but this will be their first trip to one of the big six teams.

With Tomer Hemed suspended for three games it looks like the only real fantasy option in the Brighton team could be Pascal Gross.

I think Arsenal should be too strong for Brighton and should win with a few goals to spare.

Prediction: 3-0

Everton v Burnley

2.30pm BST, Goodison Park, Liverpool

Everton left it late last week, but two goals from Oumar Niasse gave them the three points at home to Bournemouth. They have won two of their three home games, but they have only managed three goals in those games. The win last week was very welcome after losing their previous three games and conceding nine goals in the process, but they were against three of the best teams in the league. 

None of the Everton players have set the fantasy world alight so far and it's not easy to pick any of them at the moment.

Burnley drew 0-0 at home to Huddersfield last week and that point kept them safely in the top half of the table. They are unbeaten away from home which is some feat when you consider the teams they had to travel to. They have kept clean sheets in two of their last three games, but both of those games were at home.

Stephen Ward, Robbie Brady and Chris Wood are all reasonably priced Burnley players who can return points for fantasy managers.

Despite Burnley's impressive results away from home so far I think Everton will get the better of them in this game.

Prediction: 2-0

Newcastle United v Liverpool

4.30pm BST, St. James' Park, Newcastle 

Newcastle lost 1-0 away to Brighton last week to bring an end to a run of three wins in a row. They have won two of their three home games and have won their last two at home scoring five goals in the process. They have failed to score in three of their six games though and they could struggle to get anything from an attack minded Liverpool team.

Matt Richie has done well for fantasy managers and at a good price while the Newcastle defenders and keeper are worth considering too, but maybe not in this game.

Liverpool just about held on to win 3-2 at Leicester last week and they need to sort out the amount of goals they are conceding. That was their first away win and no other team has conceded more goals away from home so far. Only the top two have scored more goals though even if only three teams have conceded more.

Phillippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane are the Liverpool players to have for fantasy managers with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino coming in closely behind them.

I think this will be a close affair, but Liverpool will just about get back to back away wins.

Prediction: 1-2

That's it for today

See you tomorrow