Friday, 4 November 2011

Predictions For Premier League Gameweek 11

It's that time of the week again when I attempt to predict the outcomes of this weekend's Premier League games. I didn't fare so well last week for the second week in a row, and i have now slipped to sixth place in my predictor league. I only managed three correct outcomes and seven incorrect outcomes with no perfect scorelines.

At least Arsenal didn't let me down, as I got 10 points for predicting their victory over Chelsea. I now find myself almost 200 points behind the league leader after 10 rounds of games, but hopefully I can turn things around before I fall too far off the pace. Here's a look at how my predictions league stands.

Pos Name Week Total
1 ahujag 40 675
2 b_red_devils 65 625
3 Smashit_Tuckit 80 535
4 gooner2194 95 500
5 GGooner 115 490
6 JamrockRover -20 485
7 lubu722 35 415
8 nitin004 95 415
9 DK1247 70 410
10 Bradley08 50 395
Newcastle v Everton Newcastle United Vs. Everton 
                                                   Saturday November 5, 12.45p.m., BST

Newcastle had a very good win away to Stoke on Monday night, and they are now up to third in the table. They are still unbeaten and their confidence is running very high. They have the best defence in the Premier League so far this season, and they will be looking to put pressure on Manchester United who are only one point ahead of them.

As long as Newcastle continue to perform so well there will be a lot of their players performing well for any fantasy football manager. Tim Krul, Steven Taylor and Ryan Taylor are their best performing defenders with Jonas Guiterrez, Yohan Cabaye and Leon Best all performing well too. Demba is by far their best performing player so far, and he doesn't cost very much either.

Everton played well against United last week, but they are still finding it hard to score goals. They may have slipped to 16th in the table, but I don't think they can be considered as potential relegation candidates. Their away results have actually been better than their home ones so far, and that should give them some hope for this game.

Royston Drenthe looks to be Everton's best bet for any fantasy manager so far this season, and he was sorely missed against United last week.

I think Everton might just have enough to halt the Newcastle bandwagon and take a point.

Prediction: 1-1
Arsenal v West Brom Arsenal Vs. West Bromwich Albion
                                                   Saturday November 5, 3p.m., BST

Arsenal have won their last three Premier League games, and they seem to have found their goalscoring form again too. They are within three points of the much coveted fourth place in the league, and they look to have put their bad start behind them. Their defence still looks like it needs a lot of work though, and they will be delighted to have Thomas Vermaelen back in the side.

Robin Van Persie is an absolute must have player for any fantasy manager at the moment.

West Brom's recent good run came to an end last week when they were easily beaten at home by Liverpool. They have more points away from home so far this season, and they will be hoping to repeat their victory away to Arsenal last season. They will have to play an awful lot better than they did last week to get anything out of this game though.

With Shane Long still injured Chris Brunt looks to be the best option of all the West Brom players.

I think Arsenal will continue their winning streak by beating West Brom.

Prediction: 2-0 _______________________________________________________________________________
Aston Villa v Norwich Aston Villa Vs. Norwich City
                                                   Saturday November 5, 3p.m., BST

Villa have only lost twice so far this season in the Premier League, but they have only won twice as well. They have become the draw specialists of the Premier League, and they need to start winning a few more games. I haven't been overly impressed with them since Alex McLeish took over, and I can't see them achieving too much this season.

Gabriel Agbonlahor has performed well so far for Villa, but I still think Darren Bent is a better long term bet.

Norwich have only lost one of their last six Premier League games, and that was away to reigning champions Manchester United. They have been very impressive so far, but they still haven't managed to keep a clean sheet in 10 games. They may struggle later in the season if they can't tighten up at the back, but they look capable of avoiding relegation.

Anthony Pilkington is Norwich's best performer so far, but their whole team are the true stars of their efforts.

I have a feeling Villa might just edge a very close game.

Prediction: 2-1 _______________________________________________________________________________
Blackburn v Chelsea Blackburn Rovers Vs. Chelsea
                                                   Saturday November 5, 3p.m., BST

Blackburn should have won away to Norwich last week, but they were denied by two late goals and a very poor refereeing decision. They are still in the bottom three with four defeats in five home games in the Premier League, but there are definite signs of improvement. They will have to ride their luck and take their chances to get anything out of this game though.

I've been saying all season that Junior Hoilett has the ability to do very well, and he looks like he might be starting to believe it himself now.

Chelsea were taken apart by Arsenal last week, and they look more likely to battle for third and fourth place than to challenge for the title. Their defence is not what it used to be, and Arsenal found it too easy to score five goals against them last week. They still look good in attack, but they need to tighten up a lot at the back.

John Terry, Frank Lampard and Ramires all continue to do well for any fantasy manager even when Chelsea are losing games with Juan Mata also looking capable of making a mark.

I think Blackburn might just do enough to get a point off Chelsea.

Prediction: 1-1 _______________________________________________________________________________
Liverpool v Swansea Liverpool Vs. Swansea City
                                                   Saturday November 5, 3p.m., BST

Liverpool are unbeaten in their last five Premier League games, and have not lost at home yet this season. They're only one point off fourth place, and they will be looking for another win to keep up the pressure on the teams above them. They will be without Steven Gerrard for the next month, but they still have enough good players to keep themselves in the hunt.

Jose Enrique, Charlie Adam and Luis Suarez all look to be good buys for any fantasy manager, and Glen Johnson may be a good buy now that he's back from injury.

Swansea have been very good since they were promoted to the Premier League, but their position in the top half of the table has been built on their home form.  They have lost four of their five games on their travels, and conceded 14 goals in the process. They will have to work very hard to have any chance of getting anything out of this game.

Michel Vorm, Scott Sinclair, Joe Allen and Danny Graham are all performing very well for Swansea and available at a good price too.

I think Liverpool will have too much for Swansea, and should run out comfortable winners.

Prediction: 3-0
Man Utd v Sunderland Manchester United Vs. Sunderland
                                                   Saturday November 5, 3p.m., BST

United only just beat Everton last week, but they have now kept three consecutive clean sheets in all competitions since Manchester City put six goals past them. They may not have as much to offer in attack, but they have won all three games. They will be looking to start another great run of home victories by putting Sunderland to the sword.

With Vidic back in defence United might have a few more clean sheets which could make him a good fantasy buy. Both Nani and Wayne Rooney are scoring plenty of points too, but they haven't done so well in recent weeks.

Sunderland don't look too good in defence to me, but only Newcastle have conceded less goals on the road than them. A loss in this game could see them slip dangerously close to the relegation zone, and they will have to be lucky to get any other result. I'm still not convinced by them so far this season, and I think Steve Bruce could be under pressure very soon if things don't improve.

Seb Larsson has been by far Sunderland's best performer this season, but Stephane Sessegnon might not be a bad buy either. He's listed as a fantasy midfielder, but often plays as a striker which can lead to extra points.
I think United will run out easy enough winners, but it will be interesting to see how well they play.
Prediction 3-1 _______________________________________________________________________________

QPR v Man City Queens Park Rangers Vs. Manchester City
                                                   Saturday November 5, 5.30p.m., BST

QPR have struggled to score goals so far this season, and they will need to score a few to get anything out of this game. They did well to beat Chelsea a couple of weeks ago, but they still struggled against nine men at times in that game. That was their only home win so far this season, and they will have to wait a little longer for another one in my opinion.
Both Paddy Kenny and Anton Ferdinand are doing well in the fantasy stakes so far this season, but it might not be a good week to buy QPR defenders.
City have taken 28 out of a possible 30 points in the Premier League so far this season, and they have won all but one of their away games. They have scored 20 goals in their five away games and they look almost unstoppable at the moment. They will be without the suspended Vincent Kompany this week, but they have a big enough squad to cope without him.
David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Eden Dzeko all have loads of fantasy points so far, but then again so do most of the City team.
I can't see anything other than a City win in this game, but it would be good for the league if QPR got something out of it.
Prediction: 1-3
Wolves v Wigan Wolverhampton Wanderers Vs. Wigan Athletic
                                                   Sunday November 6, 1.30p.m., BST

Wolves have only taken one point in their last seven Premier League games, and they need to get their season back on course very soon. They are really struggling to score goals, and letting in far too many at the other end too. They have a great chance to get things going again with a game against the bottom club in this game.
On current form it's hard to pick any Wolves players, but Kevin Doyle, Matt Jarvis and Stephen Hunt could all do well in this game.
Wigan have lost their last seven Premier League games, and they are the only team in worse form than Wolves. They have only scored one goal away from home in five games so far, and things don't look good for them. They are playing pretty good football, but without an end product it's of little use to them.
Ali Al-Habsi is still performing well in goal for Wigan and is available at a good price for fantasy managers.
I think Wolves will be the ones to get their season back on track by winning this game.
Prediction: 2-0
Bolton v Stoke Bolton Wanderers Vs. Stoke City
                                                   Sunday November 6, 3p.m., BST

Bolton have lost all five of their home Premier League games so far this season, and conceded 17 goals in the process. They're second last in the table, and it's the kind of form which should make Owen Coyle a little uncomfortable. They have to start taking some points at soon, or they will have a very tough  struggle ahead of them.

Both Chris Eagles and Martin Petrov are doing pretty well for Bolton, but I don't think Bolton players are a particularly good buy at the moment.

Stoke have lost all three of the games they have played after Europa League games so far this season. They have had a very tough week with a Premier League game last Monday night, a Europa League game in Israel on Thursday night and an away Premier League game on Sunday. They were poor against Newcastle on Monday night, and it looks like their busy schedule is starting to take it's toll.

Asmir Begovic and Jonathan Walters both continue to do well for Stoke, and they are both well worth having in any fantasy team.

I have a feeling Bolton will eventually get some points at home, and it might just be all three.

Prediction: 2-1
Fulham v Tottenham Fulham Vs. Tottenham Hotspur
                                                   Sunday November 6, 4p.m., BST

Fulham's win away to Wigan last week gave them some breathing space at the bottom of the table, and they will be looking to build on it against Spurs. Their home form is usually very good in the Premier League, but they have drawn too many home games so far this season. Both teams had Europa League games on Thursday night, and that could have an affect on how well Fulham play.

Mark Schwarzer, Clint Dempsey and Danny Murphy are Fulham's best fantasy bets, with BobBy Zamora and Andy Johnson as outside chances.

Spurs are on a fine run of Premier League form at the moment with 19 points out of the last 21 available. They look like they have a real chance of finishing in the top four if they can continue to play like they are at the moment. Their trip to Russia on Thursday night shouldn't have a bad effect on the team, as they rested most of their first choice players.

Rafael van Der Vaart is an absolute must for any fantasy manager at the moment, and Emmanuel Adebayor and Gareth Bale are doing pretty well too.

I have a feeling Fulham will manage to hold up Spurs progress Just a little by taking a point off them.

Prediction: 1-1

That's it for today, but feel free to tell me where I have gone wrong or right as the case may be.

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