Friday, 8 November 2013

Predictions For Premier League Gameweek 11

It's that time of the week again when I attempt to predict the outcomes of the upcoming Premier League games. I got four correct scorelines last week, three correct outcomes and three incorrect which wasn't too bad at all. It means I've moved up to eighth in my predictions league and hopefully I can continue with my recent improvement. Here's a look at how the top 10 in my predictions league stands.

Pos.    Player.                        Week.    Total

1.          Paul Kingston                     145        915

2.          KildareGunner                      95        805

3.          Wayne Hubbard                  100       795

4.          Abu K                                   85       765

5.          Sulabh                                  30       750

6.          Karl-Yngve Lund                   90       695

7.          Guarav Ahuja                       130      615

8.          Michael Sheehy                   165      595

9.          TheDognash                        180      590

10.        MickTheGooner                     90      585

Saturday November 9

Aston Villa v Cardiff City

3pm GMT, Villa Park, Birmingham 

Villa have lost four of their five home games and only Stoke have scored less goals at home. They have had some tough home games though and well relish the chance to play a team they are well capable of beating. They need to start winning a few games at home if they are going to move clear of the relegation zone.

Christian Benteke is still the best fantasy choice in the Villa team despite not scoring since he came back from injury.

Cardiff were delighted to win the Welsh derby at home to Swansea last week and it moved them three points clear of the relegation zone. They have only won once in five away games so far but have proved a hard team to break down. Their goal for the season is Premier League survival and they seem well equipped to achieve it.

David Marshall and Steven Caulker have been performing well for those brave enough to include a Cardiff defender in their team.

I think Villa might just have enough to get a much needed win,

Prediction: 2-1

Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion

3pm GMT, Stamford Bridge, London

Chelsea have won all five of their home games so far and only City have scored more goals at home. Their problems have come away from home where they have only won once in five games and have struggled to score goals. They will be strong favourites to get back to winning ways at home to West Brom after losing at Newcastle last week.

John Terry, Eden Hazard and Oscar are the Chelsea players most likely to succeed and especially at home. 

Albion have only lost once in five away games but that was a 4-1 defeat at Liverpool in their last away game. Their defensive record had been impressive before that game, but they will do well to get anything out of this game. They will take some encouragement from their recent victory away to United and hope to put on a similar show.

Gareth McAuley and Liam Ridgewell would seem to be the best fantasy options in the West Brom team, but maybe not in this game.

I think Chelsea will be too strong at home and will win by a couple of goals.

Prediction: 2-0

Crystal Palace v Everton

3pm GMT, Selhurst Park, London

Palace are rock bottom of the table and have lost their last seven games. They have lost four of their five home games and no other team has conceded more goals at home with only Stoke scoring less at home. It's hard to see where their next point is coming from and it would seem like they're in a countdown to relegation already. 

I can't see any Palace players worth considering for fantasy managers.

Everton have only lost once in their 10 league games and are within a point of second place. Since getting Romelu Lukaku on loan on deadline day they have taken 16 points from seven games and look like they might challenge for a top four spot. They will fancy their chances of winning by at least a couple of goals away to the bottom club.

Tim Howard, Leighton Baines, Seamus Coleman, Ross Barkley, Kevin Mirallas and Romelu Lukaku are all doing well and worth considering for fantasy managers.

I think Everton will have too much for Palace and should win by a couple of goals.

Prediction: 0-2

Liverpool v Fulham

3pm GMT, Anfield, Liverpool

Liverpool were second best away to Arsenal last week and their defeat left them five points off the top of the table. They have won four of their five home games though and will fancy their chances against a Fulham team who usually don't travel too well. With Arsenal travelling to United on Sunday Liverpool will feel they have a chance of closing the gap at the top to two points.

Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge are the outstanding fantasy choices in the Liverpool team with Steven Gerrard and Phillippe Coutinho to be considered too.

Fulham have lost their last two games but the two games they won in a row before that gave them some breathing space. They have managed to win two of their away games so far which is usually how many they win in a season. They look vulnerable in defence though and could have a tough time against Liverpool's in form front two.

I can't see any Fulham players excelling at the moment for fantasy managers.

Liverpool will be firm favourites to win this game and should do so by a few goals.

Prediction: 3-0

Southampton v Hull City

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

Southampton are unbeaten at home and have only conceded one goal in their five home games. They're only one point off second place and have the best defensive record in the league. They have some tough away games coming up and will want to win this game before travelling to Arsenal and Chelsea.

Artur Boruc, Dejan Lovren and Jose Fonte remain the best fantasy choices in the Southampton team. 

Hull have been very good at home but they have lost four of their five away games so far. Besides the 3-2 win at Newcastle they have only scored one goal away from home and they will have their work cut out to get anything from Southampton. They have shown they have the fight required to stay up and might just do so if their home form continues. 

If he's fully over his injury Robbie Brady is the best Hull player for fantasy managers with Allan McGregor to be considered when he returns too. 

I think Southampton will continue their fine start to the season with a narrow victory.

Prediction: 1-0

Norwich City v West Ham

5.30pm GMT, Carrow Road, Norwich,

Norwich have only won one of their five home games and only scored four goals at home. They were beaten 7-0 at City last week and they're in the relegation zone. They need to start picking up more points at home or they are going to have a very tough relegation battle.

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

West Ham have only lost one of their five away games and only conceded one goal away from home. They have struggled to score goals though and have failed to score in four of their five away games. Their lack of fit strikers is a real hindrance for them at the moment, but their defensive record is making it a little easier.

Jussi Jaaskelainen and Winston Reid look like very good fantasy choices at the moment.

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

Prediction: 0-0

Sunday Novembember 10

Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United

12.00pm GMT, White Hart Lane, London

Spurs have won three of their five home games but they have only managed to score five goals in those games. They have kept seven clean sheets in their first 10 games but only six teams have scored less goals than Spurs. If they're going to seriously challenge for a top four place they will have to score more goals.

Jan Vertonghen, Michael Dawson, Kyle Walker and Hugo Lloris are all doing very well at the moment and Vlad Chiriches is available at a good price after recently getting into the team. At the other end Roberto Soldado is the Spurs player most likely to score a few fantasy points.

Newcastle had a great result at home to Chelsea last week as they showed their good side. They're still very unpredictable though and only Sunderland and Norwich have conceded more goals away from home. They have won two of their five away games so far though and could give Spurs a few problems if they're at their best.

Loric Remy is the Newcastle player most likely to succeed for fantasy managers.

I think this could be a very close game but Spurs might just win.

Prediction: 1-0

Sunderland v Manchester City

2.05pm GMT, Stadium of Light, Sunderland 

Sunderland got back to their losing ways when they had two players sent off in the first half of a 1-0 loss to Hull last week. They have lost four of their five home games and no other team has conceded more goals at home. Gus Poyet has a very tough job to try to keep them in the Premier League and a home game against City will be a real test for them.

I still can't see any Sunderland players to recommend to fantasy managers this week,

City have only won one of their five away games so far and won't challenge for the title unless they can do a lot better on their travels. They put seven goals past Norwich at home last week and will hope to get a win against another struggling team this week. They are by far the highest scorers at home and only Arsenal and United have scored more away goals than them.

David Silva and Yaya Toure continue to do very well for fantasy managers and Sergio Aguero could possibly be the ideal choice of captain again this week.

I think City will have far too much firepower for Sunderland and should win by a couple of goals.

Prediction: 1-3

Manchester United v Arsenal

4.10pm GMT, Old Trafford, Manchester 

United usually pride themselves on their home record but they have only won twice in five home games and only scored seven goals in the process. They're eight points behind Arsenal after 10 games and cannot afford to lose this game and go 11 points behind them. They may not be the team they were last season so far but they have looked better in recent games.

Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie are the United players performing at the moment.

Arsenal haven't lost an away game in any competition in over eight months and have taken 13 points in their four away games so far. They are the top scorers away from home and five points clear at the top of the league. No matter what the outcome of this game is they will go into the international break on top of the table.

Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud are probably the best three fantasy choices in the Arsenal team.

I think Arsenal have a great chance of getting a result in this game and might just edge a close game.

Prediction: 1-2

Swansea City v Stoke City

4.10pm GMT, Liberty Stadium, Swansea

Swansea have only won once in their five home games but they have had some very tough opponents in those games. It's not easy to play European football in midweek and then play in the league at the weekend and it looks like it could be having an adverse effect on Swansea. They will feel they have a good chance of getting their second home win against a team who haven't done too well away from home so far. 

Despite plenty of good players in the Swansea team none of them are performing particularly well for fantasy managers at the moment.

Stoke are only a point above the relegation zone and have lost four of their five away games. They are having a few troubles adapting to the style Mark Hughes wants them to play, but there are some encouraging signs. If they're going to move away from the relegation zone they will have to find a way to score a few more goals. 

Asmir Begovic, Ryan Shawcross and Erik Pieters are the Stoke players most likely to do well at the moment.

I can't see there being too many goals in this game and it could well end in a draw.

Prediction: 1-1

That's it for this week.

See you next week.

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