Friday, 10 February 2012

Predictions For Premier League Gameweek 25

It's that time of the week again when I attempt to predict the outcomes of the upcoming Premier League games. I managed to get two correct scorelines last week along with two correct outcomes and six incorrect. It may not sound too impressive, but it still helped me to improve my position in my predictions league.

This season has thrown up an awful lot of strange results, and it's not easy to predict the outcome of any game. However, I'll try my best to keep predicting every the outcome of every single Premier League game this season.

Here's a look at how my predictions league stands.

 Pos  Player Week  Total
 1   ahujag   35   1245
 2   b_red_devils   10   1190
 3   Gooner2194   110   985
 4   GGooner   50   940
 5   nitin004   50   900
 6   JamrockRover   45   860
 7   DK1247   0   855
 8   nitin004   40   825
 9   Rutland Gooner   60   775
 10   Smashit_Tuckit   145   750

Manchester United Vs. Liverpool

Saturday February 11, 12.45p.m., BST

United did really well to come back from three goals down to get a  draw at Chelsea last week. They were helped by getting two penalties for the second game in a row though, and they have now got more penalties than any other Premier League team this season. They're two points behind City in the league, and they need a win to keep the pressure on City before they play.

Wayne Rooney looks like he might be back in form, and Antonio Valencia is doing pretty well for fantasy managers at the moment too.

Liverpool have only won two of their last eight league games, but they have won more games away from home than at home. They're still in the battle for fourth place, and a win in this game would see them move ahead of both Arsenal and Newcastle before they play. Their inability to score goals is their biggest problem with only one of the bottom three scoring less than them so far.

Liverpool defenders are still the most likely of their players to perform well for fantasy managers.

I think this is a game United really need to win, but Liverpool might just take a point off them.

Prediction 1-1

Blackburn Rovers Vs. Queens Park Rangers

 Saturday February 11, 3p.m., BST

Blackburn have lost more home games than any other team in the Premier League so far this season. They were beaten 7-1 by Arsenal last week, and they now have the worst defence in the league. They have only been outscored by the top six though, and that must give them some hope.

Steer clear of Blackburn's defenders, but Yakubu might be a good bet now that he's back from his suspension.

QPR have only won once in their last 12 Premier League games, but Mark Hughes will be hoping his new signings will help to change that. He will have to manage without Djibril Csse for the next month because of suspension, and the pressure will be on Bobby Zamora to perform. The real test for QPR could be how good their defence is though.

Zamora could be the man to get a few fantasy points in the QPR team while Djibril Cisse is suspended.

Blackburn usually need to score a few goals to win and QPR's defence might just help them to do that.

Prediction 3-2

Bolton Wanerers Vs. Wigan Athletic

Saturday February 11, 3p.m., BST

Bolton have taken 11 points in their last eight league games, and that's good enough form to help them avoid relegation. They are still in that relegation zone though, but a win in this game would probably see them move outside of it. They have to be favourites to beat one of the two teams below them.

There's still no Bolton players setting the fantasy world alight.

Wigan are in desperate need of some points, and a few goals too. They have only taken four points in their last nine league games, and they haven't won any of them. This could be the season when they eventually lose their annual fight against relegation.

Ali Al-Habsi is still the best of the Wigan players for any fantasy manager.

This is a real relegation six-pointer, and I think Bolton will have too much for Wigan.

Prediction 2-1

Everton Vs. Chelsea

Saturday February 11, 3p.m., BST

Everton are never an easy team to beat at home, as they showed against Manchester City a few weeks ago. Their problem is their lack of goals with only Wigan and Stoke scoring less than them so far. If Nikica Jelavic can find the net on a regular basis they could finish the season very well.

Tim Howard and Leighton Baines are doing pretty well at the moment, and Jelavic might be the man to finally score a few goals for Everton.

Chelsea have only won twice in their last nine Premier League games, and they threw away a three goal lead against United last week. Unusually for Chelsea they have dropped a fair few points at home this season, but they have only lost twice on their travels.

Daniel Sturridge and Juan Mata are probably the Chelsea players most likely to do well for fantasy managers.

Everton are never easy to beat at home, and I think Chelsea will struggle to do so but they will take a point.

Prediction 1-1

Fulham Vs. Stoke City

Saturday February 11, 3p.m., BST

Fulham usually do very well at home in the Premier League, and in recent weeks that home form has returned. They have only lost one of their last seven home games, and they will be looking to get another win under their belts.

Clint Dempsey is by far the best of the Fulham players for any fantasy manager.

Stoke  have slipped back to 12th in the Premier League with only six points in their last eight games. They have to face Spanish side Valencia in the Europa League next Thursday, and it won't be easy for them to cope with so many games. They have found it tough to score goals this season with only bottom club Wigan scoring less than them.

Jonathan Walters had been doing very well for Stoke, but he has stopped scoring well recently.

Fulham are not easy to beat at home, and they should be able to see off Stoke.

Prediction 2-0

Sunderland Vs. Arsenal

Saturday February 11, 3p.m., BST

Sunderland are in great form at the moment, and it all started when Martin O'Neill became their manager. They have taken more points since he became their manager than any other Premier League team. It has seen them rise to eighth in the table, and only Manchester City and Liverpool have conceded fewer goals than them.

Simon Mignolet, James McLean and Stephane Sessegnon are all in great form for any fantasy manager at the moment.

Arsenal ended their run of three league defeats in a  row with an emphatic 7-1 win over Blackburn last week. On their day they can beat any team, but they need to find more consistency. If they are to have a chance of finishing fourth they will need points here before they travel to play AC Milan in the Champions League.

It's tough to look beyond Robin van Persie as captain for any fantasy team at the moment, and Thomas Vermaelen, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are doing too badly either.

This is a big game for both teams before they meet again in the FA Cup next week, and I think Arsenal might just have the upper hand.

Prediction 1-2

Swansea City Vs. Norwich City

Saturday February 11, 3p.m., BST

Swansea have only lost once at home, and only Manchester City have conceded less goals at home than them. Three wins in their last five games have seen them rise to the top half of the table, and a win in this game will move them closer to the magical 40 point mark.

When it comes to Swansea players for fantasy managers it's hard to look beyond Scott Sinclair and Michel Vorm, but they are ably supported by Ashley Williams and Danny Graham.

Norwich are in the top half of the table too, and they look likely to avoid relegation as well. They have kept two clean sheets in their last three games after keeping none in their first 21 games. They are more familiar with Swansea than most teams, as they played together in the Championship last season.

Norwich are certain of playing their top fantasy players in every game, but when they do both Anthony Pilkington and Steve Morison perform quite well.

Swansea have a great home record this season, and I think they will take another three points against Norwich.

Prediction 2-1

Tottenham Hotspur Vs. Newcastle United

Saturday February 11, 5.30p.m., BST

Spurs have the second best home record in the Premier League so far this season with nine wins so far. They are looking increasingly likely to finish in the top three and qualify for next season's Champions League. They might have to do it with a new manager though, if Harry Redknapp takes up the vacant England post which he is favourite to land.

Gareth Bale, Brad Friedel and Benoit Assou-Ekotto are really scoring loads of fantasy points, but Emmanuel Adebayor hasn't scored in Spurs last eight games.

Newcastle have done really well to climb back into fifth place, and they have won four of their last five league games. The return of Demba Ba was a huge boost for them, and his goals have been a major factor in their league standing. The big question is whether they can continue to compete with the big boys.

Tim Krul and Ryan Taylor are scoring plenty of fantasy points this season, but now that he's back from international duty Demba Ba is their star performer.

I think Spurs attack will have too much for Newcastle, and they will take all three points.

Prediction 3-1

Wolverhampton Wanderers Vs. West Bromwich Albion

Sunday February 12, 1.30p.m., BST

Wolves eventually managed to win a game last week, and it moved them out of the bottom three. It was their first win in 10 games, and they will need a few more to avoid relegation. They have lost seven of their 12 home games so far, and they need to take points at home to survive.

Wayne Hennessey and Steven Fletcher are probably the best fantasy bets out of the Wolves players.

West Brom have taken 18 points away from home, and only eight at home so far. Only the top four and Liverpool can beat their away record, and it's the reason they are six points clear of the drop zone. They have only won once in their last seven games, and only Wigan and Stoke have scored less goals than them.

There are no West Brom players setting the fantasy world alight at the moment.

Local derbies are never easy to predict, but I think West Brom's away form might be the key factor in this game.

Prediction 1-2

Aston Villa Vs. Manchester City

Sunday February 12, 4.p.m., BST

Villa have only won three home league games so far this season, and the last of them was three months ago. They have being playing well recently, but they have being giving away goals too easily. It won't be easy for them against the league leaders, but every team seems to raise their game at home to City.

Villa players aren't exactly doing really well at the moment, but Robbie Keane is bucking that trend during his brief stay.

City have only won once in their last six away league games, and that was at bottom club Wigan. Their away form has become a real worry recently, and now they have to play midweek Europa League games too. They have the opportunity to stretch their lead with United having tougher fixtures for the next few weeks, but can they take it?

It's hard to look beyond David Silva and Sergio Aguero for any fantasy manager, and Joe Hart is a pretty good buy too.

Villa are playing well at the moment but not getting the results, and I think they might just have enough to take a point off City.

Prediction 1-1
That's it for this week but as usual feel free to tell me where I might have gone right or wrong as the case may be.

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