Friday, 27 September 2013

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 got five correct outcomes and five incorrect last week, but I didn't manage any correct results. It means I'm down to 12th in my predictions league and need to improve if I am going to have any chance of challenging. Here's a look at how my predictions league stands.

Pos.     Player.                        Week.     Total

1.        Paul Kingston              105         375

2.        goonerdhanesh           130         350

3.        Wayne Hubbard            90         340

4.        Abu K                           50         340

5.        Karl-Yngve Lund          110        335

6.        Sulabh                          80         335

7.        Kildare Gunner              90        285

8.        Gaurav Ahuja               105       215

9.        TheDognash                  25       215

10.      JustinL01                       0        215

Saturday September 28

Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea

12.45pm BST, White Hart Lane, London

Spurs have won four of their five league games and only conceded one goal in the process. They did lose to Arsenal though and Chelsea will be an equally tough challenge for them. They have only scored five goals in their five league games and that's something they have to improve upon.

Spurs defenders are all doing very well at the moment and Christian Eriksen looks like he could be a good fantasy buy too.

Chelsea lie third in the table and only Spurs have conceded less goals than them so far. They have supposedly had a poor start to their season but 10 points from five games is far from a bad start. They haven't been overly impressive in the games they have played but they certainly have the players to put in a serious challenge.

Peter Cech, John Terry and Emboaba Oscar are the Chelsea players impressing most at the moment, but their defensive record suggests all of their defenders have to be considered by fantasy managers.

Both of these teams are right up there at the top of the table and neither will want to lose which could see the game ending in a draw.

Prediction: 1-1

Aston Villa v Manchester City

3pm BST, Villa Park, Birmingham 

Villa got their second win of the season away to Norwich last week and it was badly needed after three defeats in a row. They can pose a threat against any team and will relish the chance to try to hit City on the break. Their chances won't be helped by the injury which will keep Christian Benteke out of the team for the next month.

With Benteke injured the best fantasy option in the Villa team might well be Gabriel Agbonlahor.

City look like they're starting to click after an excellent 4-1 win over United last week. They are the top scorers in the league with 12 goals in five games and have a host of attacking options to choose from. They haven't been great away from home so far and they need to improve that away form if they're going to reclaim the league title.

Yaya Toure, Pablo Zabaleta and Sergio Aguero are the outstanding players for City at the moment, but squad rotation has meant Aguero hasn't always played. 

City are starting to gel under their new manager and might just about manage to win.

Prediction: 1-2

Fulham v Cardiff City

3pm BST, Craven Cottage, London

Fulham have only taken one point in their last four games and have slipped into the relegation zone. They're normally a hard team to beat at home but they have started this season like they finished last season with some poor results. A home game against one of the newly promoted may be just what they need to kick start their season. 

It's hard to recommend any Fulham players with the form they're in at the moment.

Cardiff had a very good 3-2 win at home to City a few weeks ago, but they have only scored one goal in their other four games. They need to find the net a lot more regularly or they will find themselves in a fight at the wrong end of the table. They will feel they have a chance if getting something from a Fulham team who have struggled recently.

Like Fulham there aren't too many Cardiff players setting the fantasy world alight at the moment.

Fulham need to get some points on the board and they should just about manage it in this game.

Prediction: 1-0

Hull City v West Ham United

3pm BST, KC Stadium, Hull

Hull got a very good win away to Newcastle last week and showed they have some quality in their team. They look like they will be a tough team to beat at home and that home form will be crucial to their chances of staying up. West Ham will offer them a different type of challenge but they look capable of getting something from the game.

Robbie Brady has had a great start to the season and along with Allan McGregor is worth considering for fantasy managers.

West Ham had only conceded one goal in their first four games until Everton put three past them last week. Their first two away games ended in scoreless draws and they are finding things a little tough with some of their important attacking players injured. They can't afford to lose games like this or they will find themselves in a battle at the wrong end of the table. 

Until last week West Ham's defenders looked to be good fantasy choices and they could still prove to be so. 

This should be a very close game and I can see it ending in a draw.

Prediction: 1–1

Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion

3pm BST, Old Trafford, Manchester

United were soundly beaten by City last week and have slipped to eighth in the table after losing two of their first five games. Worryingly for them those defeats were to other teams who can be seen as challengers and they look like they will have a very tough task defending their title. 

If he's fit Robin van Persie still has to be the best fantasy choice in the United team, but Wayne Rooney is doing very well at the moment too. 

West Brom got their first win of the season last week when they won 3-0 at home to bottom club Sunderland. They had only managed one goal before that game and their lack of firepower could give them quite a few problems this season. They will have a huge task trying to get anything out of this game.

West Brom will have to improve a lot before any of their players make a fantasy impact.

Despite being well beaten by City last week United are more than good enough to win at home to West Brom.

Prediction: 3-0

Southampton v Crystal Palace

3pm BST, St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton 

Southampton have a very good defensive record so far with only two goals conceded in five games. They had a very good win away to Liverpool last week but their problem has been their lack of goals. They have only scored three goals in those five games, but they have the players to score more. 

Dejan Lovern and Jose Fonte are doing very well in defence for Southampton with Artur Boruc racking up the points in goal too.

Palace have lost four of their first five games and their only win was against bottom club Sunderland. They just don't look good enough at this level to me and with the exception of the Sunderland they have only scored one goal. They will have to improve an awful lot if they aren't going to go straight back to the Championship.

I can't see any Palace players who look remotely like impressing for fantasy managers at the moment.

Southampton should have more than enough to see off a Palace team that look short of quality.

Prediction: 2-0

Swansea City v Arsenal

5.30pm BST, Liberty Stadium, Swansea

Swansea have had a pretty good start to their season with seven points from their first five games, but they haven't won either of their home games yet. They have done well in the Europa League so far but they lost their hold on the Capital One Cup when Birmingham beat them in midweek. They have the worst defensive record at home so far and will have to improve on that if they are going to do as well as last season.

Miguel Michu and Ben Davies are again proving to be among the better buys for fantasy managers.

Arsenal have won their last four league games to go top of the table and only City have scored more goals than them. Their away form in particular has been very good and they are the top scorers away from home. Their squad size and injury problems could hamper their chances this season, but they're looking quite good at the moment.

Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud are all in great form at the moment and worth having in any fantasy team.

This should be a very good game and I think Arsenal will just about edge it.

Prediction: 1-2

Sunday September 29

Stoke City v Norwich City

1.30pm BST, Britannia Stadium, Stoke

Stoke are changing their style under Mark Hughes and played quite well in their 3-1 defeat at Arsenal last week. They are noted for their defending but they conceded three goals from set pieces in that game. They are never an easy team to beat at home and will be clear favourites to win this game.

Stoke's defensive players such as Asmir Begovic, Ryan Shawcross, Geoff Cameron and Marc Wilson are pretty good fantasy buys at the moment with Wilson available at a very good price.

Norwich haven't started the season too well and they have lost both of their away games so far without scoring a goal. They will need to be very good at home if they're going to stay up and their home form hasn't been great either. It could be time for Gary Hooper to get a chance to score the goals that Norwich need.

If Hooper gets a chance to play he could be the Norwich player to have and I still think Nathan Redmond is a good fantasy bet too.

I think Stoke should be good enough at home to beat a Norwich that don't travel well.

Prediction: 2-0

Sunderland v Liverpool

4pm BST, Stadium of Light, Sunderland 

Sunderland are rock bottom of the table with only one point from five games and parted company with their manager after last week's defeat to West Brom. They have conceded more goals than any other team and lost both of their home games so far. They signed a lot of players in the summer and there's a lot of work to do for whoever gets the job if they're going to stay up.

There are no Sunderland players that I can recommend to fantasy managers at the moment.

Liverpool won their first three games but they have only taken one point in two games since then. They haven't scored in the second half of any match so far this season, but the return of Luis Suarez could well remedy that problem. A trip to the bottom club with the league's leakiest defence could be just what they need to get back on track.

Suarez had to be considered for fantasy managers along with Daniel Sturridge, Jose Enrique and Simon Mignolet.

Liverpool need to get back on track and should do so away to the bottom club.

Prediction: 1-2

Monday September 30

Everton v Newcastle United

8pm BST, Goodison Park, Liverpool

Everton are the only unbeaten team in the league and they won their last two games after drawing their first three. The loan move for Romelu Lukaku on deadline day could well prove to be a very good piece of business for them. They are always a hard team to beat at home and have to be favourites to win this game.

Lukaku looks like he could do very well at Everton and Leighton Baines, Seamus Coleman and Ross Barkley are all performing very well at the moment.

Newcastle looked like they were getting into a good vein of form until they lost at home to Hull last week. They conceded a lot of goals away from home last season and need to improve on that this season. They have some good players but it looks like they might not have the consistency needed to do as well as they did two seasons ago. 

Hatem Ben Arfa and Loric Remy are probably the best fantasy choices in the Newcastle team.

I think Everton should have enough to take all three points.

Prediction: 2-1

That's it for this week.

See you next week.

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