Friday, 7 November 2014

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 two perfect predictions last week with four correct outcomes and four incorrect. Those results meant I increased the lead at the top of my predictions league and you can see how the top of the table stands below.

PositionPlayer NamePTSTWBB
NC 1 (1)Michael Sheehy685+14020
NC 2 (2)goonerdhanesh510+9520
NC 3 (3)Wayne Hubbard400+14020
Up 4 (7)sodobo320+1500
Up 5 (10)Rutland Gooner255+1800

Saturday November 8Liverpool v Chelsea

12.45pm GMT, Anfield, Liverpool

Liverpool rested their "best" players on Tuesday night as they lost 1-0 away to Real Madrid. They have had a very difficult start to the season and cannot afford to lose more ground on the pacesetters. Their home form has not been great though with only eight points and five goals in their five games.

Raheem Sterling has been the best fantasy performer in the Liverpool team so far but he has slipped recently.

Chelsea are still unbeaten 10 games into the league season and they have already played some of their most difficult away games. They only just won at home to struggling QPR last week, but they have the best away record in the league and have scored more away goals than any other team. I wouldn't be surprised to see Chelsea keep it tight in this game and hope to sneak a win while being happy enough with a point.

Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa are more or less fantasy must haves with Eden Hazard right up there too along with most of Chelsea's defenders.

I think this will be a very close affair and it might just end in a draw.

Prediction: 1-1

Burnley v Hull City

3pm GMT, Turf Moor Burnley 

Burnley are rooted to the foot of the table with no wins and only four points from their first 10 games. They're brave and spirited and they play some nice football, but they just don't seem to be good enough at this level. They have only taken two points at home and are the lowest scorers at home too while only Everton have conceded more goals at home.

I can't see any Burnley players that might take the interest of fantasy managers at the moment. 

Hull have looked quite good so far this season, but they have failed to score in their last two games. They have drawn five of their 10 games and will continue to linger near the wrong end of the table if they can't turn a few of those draws into wins. They have only lost one of their away games though and have proved to be a good team on the road so far.

Mohamed Diame has done well since joining Hull and is available at a good price for fantasy managers.

I think Hull should be good enough to take all three points from a Burnley team who are really struggling.

Prediction: 1-2

Manchester United v Crystal Palace

3pm GMT, Old Trafford, Manchester 

United still haven't won away from home, but they have taken 10 points in their five home games which is only bettered by the top two. Their injury woes continue in defence but they will surely concentrate on attack in this game. Three of their next four games are at home and they're all winnable too which could be a real boost for them if they can do just that.

Angel di Maria looks a good bet for the next few weeks while Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie should get plenty of chances too.

Palace have only taken one point in their last four games and are only outside the bottom three because they have scored more goals than Leicester. They have taken more points and scored more goals away from home, but it will be tough for them to get anything from this game. The initial boost they got when Neil Warnock took over seems to be fading and their season could be a long hard struggle to stay up.

Mile Jedinak has been the best fantasy performer in the Palace team, but he's suspended this week.

I think United have enough attacking power to win win this game by a couple of goals.

Prediction: 3-1

Southampton v Leicester City

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

Southampton are in great form at the moment and deservedly in second place in the league with only Chelsea taking more points at home than them. They have taken 22 points from their last nine games and only conceded three goals in the process. The big question is how long they can continue to challenge for a top four place especially if they get some injuries.

Gonzalo Pelle is in great form at the moment as is Dusan Tadic while all of Southampton's defenders are well worth considering for fantasy managers too.

Leicester are on a very poor run at the moment and have dropped into the bottom three along with the two other promoted teams from last season. Since scoring five against and beating United they have only taken one point from five games and failed to score in four of those games. They are the lowest scorers away from home with only one goal and four defeats in their five away games.

I don't think choosing Leicester players is the smartest move for fantasy managers right now.

I think Southampton should have more than enough at home to win this game by a few goals.

Prediction: 2-0

West Ham United v Aston Villa

3pm GMT, Upton Park, London

West Ham did very well to come back from 2-0 down to get a draw at Stoke last week and keep their current good run going. They have taken 10 points in their last four games and won their last three home games in a row too. They should be relishing a game at home to a struggling Villa team and a chance to possibly move into the top four too.

Diafra Sakho should be back from injury this week and he's in great form along with Stewart Downing.

Villa have lost their last six games in a row to spiral down the table towards the relegation zone. They just can't score enough goals and are the lowest scorers in the league with only five goals in their 10 games. Their next two games aren't easy but they have four games in a row after that where they have a good chance of turning things around.

With so few goals and six losses in a row it's better to steer clear of Villa players right now.

I think West Ham will continue their hot streak with another victory.

Prediction: 2-1

Queens Park Rangers v Manchester City

5.30pm GMT, Loftus Road, London

QPR have lost all of their away games, but they haven't done so badly at home. They have taken seven points from their five home games and they played quite well in their 2-1 loss away to Chelsea last week. If they can put some pressure on a City team who have under performed recently they might have a chance of getting something from this game. 

The only possibility in the QPR team for fantasy managers is Charlie Austin.

City are in crisis at the moment despite being third in the league and beating United last week. Their Champions League hopes are in ruins with two games still to play in their group and questions are being asked about Manuel Pellagrini. They have won four of their last five league games though with only Chelsea taking more points and scoring more goals away from home.

With David Silva injured Sergio Aguero is the go to player in the City team for fantasy managers.

QPR will hope to add to City's woes, but I don't think they are good enough to turn them over and City might just nick this one.

Prediction: 2-3

Sunday November 9

Tottenham Hotspur v Stoke City

1.30 pm GMT, White Hart Lane, London

Spurs have lost three of their five home games so far and no other team has lost more games at home. Their form has been up and down and not all of those defeats were against the top teams in the league with both West Brom and Newcastle beating them. If they're going to challenge for a top four place they will need to find some consistency at home in particular.

Nacer Chadli continues to impress for Spurs and is a pretty good option for fantasy managers.

Stoke blew a two goal lead at home to West Ham last week and had to settle for a draw in the end. Their only away win came against last season's champions and haven't won many away games over the last few seasons. They haven't been easy to beat this season, but their lack of goals is a real hindrance with only three other teams scoring less goals than Stoke.

I'm still not sure which players to recommend to fantasy managers.

Despite their poor home form and playing on Thursday night I still think Spurs should win this one.

Prediction: 2-1

Sunderland v Everton

1.30pm GMT, Stadium of Light, Sunderland 

Sunderland showed great character to win at Palace on Monday night considering their recent results and displays. Those three points gave them a little bit of breathing space at the wrong end of the table which they badly needed. They have won once at home in their five games though and only three other teams have scored less goals at home.

Despite winning on Monday night I'm still not sure Sunderland players are the way to go for fantasy managers.

Everton have taken seven points and only conceded one goal in their last three games to climb the table. They had been conceding a lot of goals early in the season, but they seem to be sorting that problem out at the moment. They will go into this game with a lot of confidence and that coy,d be enough to win this game.

Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman would seem to bet he best fantasy bets in the Everton team yet again while Romelu Lukaku and Samuel Eto'o have done well when chosen to play.

I think Sunderland will be glad they got three points off Palace because they could end up getting none in this game.

Prediction: 1-2

West Bromwich Albion v Newcastle 

1.30pm GMT, The Hawthorns, Birmingham 

West Brom had a poor start to their season, but they have taken 11 points from their last six games. They have only lost one of their five home games so far, with only two other teams scoring more goals at home. Those results have seen them move four points clear of the bottom three and they look like they might just be good enough to avoid the relegation dog fight this season.

Saido Berahino has had a great start to the season for West Brom and is a real possibility for fantasy managers.

Newcastle have turned things around in the last few weeks with four wins in a row in all competitions. They beat Spurs, Liverpool and City in three of those games and they look like they might just make something of their season after all. If they can stay in a safe position in the league they could possibly have a chance of doing something in the Capital One Cup.

Papiss Cisse has done well since his return to the team and is also worth considering for fantasy managers.

I think this will be a very close game and a draw is probably the most likely outcome.

Prediction: 2-2

Swansea City v Arsenal

4pm GMT, Liberty Stadium, Swansea

Swansea have won three of their five home games and only Southampton have conceded less goals at home. The  have kept clean sheets in five of their 10 league games and they're a handful for any team. They have every chance of getting something from this game and won't be afraid to take the game to Arsenal.

Gylfi Sigurdsson and Wilfried Bony are looking like pretty good choices for fantasy managers.

Arsenal have won their last two league games, but their midweek result at home to Anderlecht showed they haven't overcome their defensive problems. They're still suffering badly with injuries and they need to get their injured players back into the team as soon as possible. They have only lost one of their five away games and that was against the league leaders Chelsea. 

Alexis Sanchez is in magnificent form at the moment and is a must have player for fantasy managers while Calum Chambers isn't doing too badly either. 

This promises to be a very close game, but I think Arsenal might just be good enough to win narrowly.

Prediction: 1-2

That's it for this week.

See you next week.

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