Friday, 24 October 2014

Predictions For Premier League Gameweek Nine

It's that time of the week again when I attempt to predictt the outcomes of the upcoming Premier League games. I did quite well last week with one perfect result, seven correct outcomes and two incorrect which means I increased my lead at the top of my predictions league. Here's a look at how the top of that predictions league stands.

PositionPlayer NamePTSTWBB
NC 1 (1)Michael Sheehy460+12510
NC 2 (2)goonerdhanesh350+7010
Up 3 (4)Daytona280+6010
Up 5 (6)sensisoccerworld210+450

Saturday October 25

West Ham United v Manchester City

12.45pm BST, Upton Park, London

West Ham are in very good form at the moment and find themselves in an unlikely fourth place. They have won three of their last four games and have won their last two home games which included a victory over Liverpool. They will make life very tough for City and don't be surprised if they manage to take a point.

Diafra Sakho and Stewart Downing would seem to be the West Ham players to have for fantasy managers with Sakho looking the better bet to me.

City beat Spurs with a bit to spare last week, but their defending left a lot to be desired. If they're going to give Chelsea a run for their money their will have to tighten up at the back. They have the attacking players to beat any team though and will surely give West Han a rough afternoon.

Sergio Aguero proved how valuable he is to fantasy managers last week and David Silva can't be ignored either.

I think this will be a very close game, but City might just edge it.

Prediction: 2-3

Liverpool v Hull City 

3pm BST, Anfield, Liverpool

Liverpool have won their last two league games, but they have been far from convincing in either. I can't see them reaching anywhere near the heights of last season and a top four finish will be a hard task for them. After Madrid taught them a lesson in midweek they need to bounce back, but will find Hull no pushovers.

Raheem Sterling continues to be the best of the bunch in the Liverpool team for fantasy managers.

Hull came very close to winning away to Arsenal last week and have shown themselves to be a hard team to beat. They are unbeaten in their three away games so far and have much more to offer in attack this season. Their confidence will be high after the performance last week and they will feel they might just get something from this game,

Mohamed Diame continues to impress for Hull and must be a serious consideration for fantasy managers.

I think Hull will make a real game of this, but Liverpool might just edge it.

Prediction: 2-1

Southampton v Stoke City

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

Southampton put eight past hapless Sunderland last week and will be looking forward to playing at home again. They have won five of their last six games to move up to third in the league and are playing very well at the moment. They have taken 10 points in their four home games and have the best defensive record in the league with only one goal conceded at home.

Graziano Pelle continues to impress and is a great fantasy choice at a reasonable price, while Dusan Tadic is in great form at the moment too as are most of the Southampton defenders.

Stoke did well to beat Swansea last week and get their first home win of the season. They have only lost one of their four away games so far, but they have only won one of them too. Their biggest problem has been their lack of goals with only three other teams scoring less than Stoke so far.

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

I think Southampton will have enough attacking flair to break down a resolute Stoke team.

Prediction: 2-0

Sunderland v Arsenal

3pm BST, Stadium Of Light, Sunderland 

Sunderland were embarrassed by their 8-0 mauling at the hands of Southampton last week. They haven't been beaten in their four home games so far, but they will have a huge job to rebuild their confidence after last week. Anything other than a defeat will be a very good result for Sunderland after last week's debacle.

It's not easy to see any Sunderland players who might impress for fantasy managers at the moment.

Arsenal were far from impressive in their draw at home to Hull last week or their midweek win away to Anderlecht either. They have only lost one of their eight league games, but their five draws have been a real hindrance to their progress. If they're going to finish in their usual top four spot they will have to start playing an awful lot better very soon.

Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck are still the Arsenal players most likely to perform for fantasy managers at the moment.

I think Arsenal will have enough to go to Sunderland and take the three points.

Prediction: 1-3

West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace 

3pm BST, The Hawthorns, Birmingham 

West Brom got a good point at home to United on Monday night and have taken seven points from their last four games. They had started the season badly, but those last four games have seen them move two points clear of the bottom three. They have a very good chance to move further away from the dreaded drop zone at home to one of the team's below them.

Saido Berahino has been the best of the West Brom players so far for fantasy managers and he's in good form at the moment with four goals in his last three games.

Palace had a good run after Neil Warnock took the reins, but they have lost their last two games. They're only one point above the relegation zone and their squad is far from the strongest one in the league. If they're going to avoid the drop they need to rediscover some of the spirit Tony Pulis installed last season and Warnock found in the early games under him.

I still think Jason Puncheon is a pretty good fantasy choice at a reasonable price.

This looks like it will be a pretty close game, but I think West Brom are good enough to win it.

Prediction: 2-1

Swansea City v Leicester City

5.30pm BST, Liberty Stadium, Swansea 

Swansea had a very good start to their season, but they haven't won in their last five games. They have taken seven points in their four home games though and only two teams have conceded less goals at home. They will be anxious to get back to winning ways and have every chance of doing so in this game.

Gylfi Sigurdsson has been the outstanding fantasy performer so far for Swansea.

Leicester had a good start to their season too, but it hasn't gone so well for them in the last few games. They have lost three of their four away games and only scored one goal away from home. They're only a point above the relegation zone and need to rediscover the form which was so impressive in their early games.

Leonardo Ulloa started the season very well for Leicester, but he hasn't scored in the last three games.

Both of these teams need to notch up their first win in a while and I think Swansea will be the ones to do so.

Prediction: 2-0

Sunday October 26

Burnley v Everton 

1.30pm GMT, Turf Moor, Burnley

Burnley still haven't won a game this season and they're only off the bottom of the table on goal difference. They have only scored four goals in their eight games and only two in their four home games. If they are to have any chance of staying up they need to start winning games soon, but it's something I just can't see happening.

Burnley defenders had done well for fantasy managers early on, but the clean sheets have dried up and they might not be such a good idea any more.

Everton beat Villa last week for only their second win in eight games. Only the top three have scored more goals than Everton so far, but only QPR have conceded more. Their midweek Europa League exertions have stretched their squad, but this is a game they should win regardless.

Leighton Baines is the Everton player to have at the moment with Romelu Lukaku and Seamus Coleman worth considering too.

I think Everton should have more than enough to win this game by a couple of goals.

Prediction: 1-3

Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United

1.30pm GMT, White Hart Lane, London

Spurs played very well in attack away to City last week, but their defending left an awful lot to be desired. If they're going to challenge the top four that defence will have to improve an awful lot. They're pretty hit and miss at home so far with two wins and two defeats in their four games. 

Nacer Chadli has been the top fantasy performer for Spurs so far with Christian Eriksen a good bet to do well over the season too.

Newcastle finally managed their first win of the season last week, but they're still in the bottom three. They have only taken two points away from home so far and have failed to score in three of their four away games. Another defeat in this game would put more pressure on Alan Pardew and the chances are that's just what will happen.

Papiss Cisse has looked good since coming back from injury and is the best fantasy choice in the Newcastle team as long as he's passed fit to play.

Despite playing on Thursday night I think Spurs will be good enough at home to win this game. 

Prediction: 2-0

Manchester United v Chelsea

4pm GMT, Old Trafford, Manchester 

United are still far from convincing in defence despite all of their ability in attack. They have won their last three home games and scored eight goals in the process. If they go all out to attack Chelsea it could be a very dangerous move, but with the players they have it could be their only choice.

Angel di Maria is the best fantasy choice in the United team if he's fit to play while Robin van Persie looks a good bet especially with Wayne Rooney inured. 

Chelsea have taken 22 points from their first eight games and have a four point lead at the top of the league. The only points they have dropped were away to last season's champions and they're the top scorers away from home. This game looks perfectly set up for them to put another dent in United's brittle confidence.

Diego Costa (as long as he's fit to play)has been Chelsea's best fantasy performer so far with Cesc Fabregas, Eden Hazard and all of their defenders doing well too.

I think this game is perfectly set up for Chelsea to take all three points, but you can never be sure with United.

Prediction: 1-3

Monday October 27

Queens Park Rangers v Aston Villa

8pm GMT, Loftus Road, London

QPR have lost six of their eight games, but they have at least played better in their home games than they have done away from home. They lost at home to Liverpool last week thanks to two own goals after twice coming from behind to level the game very late on. Right now they look like they're going to go right back to the Championship ( if they'll have them) unless something changes drastically.

I can't see any QPR players making an impression for fantasy managers any time soon.

Villa have lost their last four games in a row without scoring a goal although those games were all against some of the best teams in the league. They might relish the chance to play away to the bottom team in the league and against the team with the worst defensive record too. Villa have their own problems though as they're the joint lowest scorers in the league with only four goals in their eight games.

If Villa can find their defensive stability of their early games their defenders might be a possibility for fantasy managers.

This could be a very close game and I have a feeling Villa might just nick it.

Prediction: 1-2

That's it for this week.

See you next week.

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