Thursday, 30 October 2014

Predictions For Premier League Gameweek 10

It's that time of the week again when I attempt to predict the outcomes of the upcoming Premier League games. I managed two perfect scorelines last week along with two correct outcomes and six incorrect. Those perfect scorelines helped me to increase my lead at the top of my predictions league as you can see from the table below.

Player NamePTSTWBB
NC 1 (1)Michael Sheehy545+8515
NC 2 (2)goonerdhanesh415+6515
Up 3 (8)Wayne Hubbard260+9515
Down 4 (3)Daytona230-500

Saturday November 1

Newcastle United v Liverpool

12.45pm GMT, St. James' Park, Newcastle 

Newcastle have got their season up and running at last with back to back league wins followed by their Capital One Cup victory away to City. They have moved out of the bottom three and look like they might finally have put a terrible calendar year behind them. Those three wins might just give them the confidence to give Liveeoool a very tough game.

Papiss Cisse looks like he might not be the worst buy for fantasy managers at the moment if he has recovered from injury.

Liverpool just can't get a decent run of results going at the moment and they're struggling to score goals too. Liverpool have lost two of their four away games so far and conceded eight goals in those four games. Their minds could well be elsewhere in this game with a trip to Real Madrid coming up in midweek. 

Raheem Sterling still looks like the best of the Liverpool players for fantasy managers.

I think this could be a very close affair and might well end in a draw.

Prediction: 1-1

Arsenal v Burnley

3pm GMT, Emirates Stadium, London

Arsenal are still nowhere near their best, but they have climbed up to fifth in the league. They are unbeaten at home since the opening day of last season, but they have drawn three of their four home games so far this season. If they're going to finish in their usual top four place they have to improve their home form starting with this game.

Alexis Sanchez is proving to be the difference for Arsenal more often than not at the moment and is well worth considering for fantasy managers.

Burnley haven't won in their opening nine games and they're now bottom of the table. They have failed to score in three of their four away games, but they have managed to draw two of those games. It looks like they are destined to return to the Championship and they could be in for a tough afternoon against Arsenal.

I can't see any Burnley players who might make a difference for fantasy managers at the moment.

I can't see anything other than an Arsenal win in this game.

Prediction: 3-0

Chelsea v Queens Park Rangers

3pm GMT, Stamford Bridge, London

Chelsea are still unbeaten in the league with 23 points from their first nine games. They have won all four of their home games so far and scored 11 goals in the process which has only been bettered by Southampton. Their title odds are shortening by the week as those behind them continually falter.

If he's fit Diego Costa is a must for fantasy managers as is Cesc Fabregas with Eden Hazard and all of Chelsea's defenders to be considered too.

QPR have lost all four of their away games so far and only scored one goal in those games. They have conceded more away goals than any other team and will find it very hard to avoid relegation. Their win over Villa on Monday night lifted them off the foot of the table, but they could be in for a torrid afternoon at Chelsea.

I still can't see any QPR players to recommend to fantasy managers with the possible exception of Charlie Austin.

I can't see anything other than a resounding Chelsea win in this game.

Prediction: 4-0

Everton v Swansea City

3pm GMT, Goodison Park, Liverpool

Everton have won their last two games to move up into the top half of the table. They have only won once in their four home games though and only QPR have conceded more goals than them. Everton have no problems scoring goals with only the top two scoring more so far and their defence has improved in recent weeks.

Leighton Baines continues to excel for fantasy managers while both Seamus Coleman and Romelu Lukaku have to be considered too.

Swansea got their first win in six games at home to Leicester last week and it moved them back to sixth in the table. They haven't won away from home since the opening day victory at United and this won't be an easy game for them. On their day they are capable of competing with any team and it's not beyond them to get something from this game.

Gylfi Siggurdsen is still the outstanding fantasy choice in the Swansea team while Wilfried Bony has impressed in recent weeks as predicted by the guys at Fantasy Yirma last week.

I think this will be a very close game between two good teams and Everton might just shade it.

Prediction: 2-1

Hull City v Southampton 

3pm GMT, KC Stadium, Hull

Hull got two very good draws away to Liverpool and Arsenal in their last two games. They have proved to be a hard team to beat and have a real goal threat in every game they play. They have only won once in four home games though and will won't find it easy against an in form Southampton team.

Mohamed Diame has done very well since joining Hull and is a good option for fantasy managers.

Soutthampton have won nine of their last 10 games in all competitions and are second in the league. They have the best defensive record in the league so far and only Chelsea have scored more goals than them. They haven't been quite so potent away from home though with two defeats and only five goals in their four games.

Graziano Pelle has been a revelation since joining Southampton and has made himself a must have player for fantasy managers while Southampton's defenders have all done very well too.

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

Prediction: 1-1

Leicester City v West Bromwich Albion

3pm GMT, King Power Stadium, Leicester 

Leicester have been in a downward spiral ever since they beat United and they're only one place outside the relegation zone. They have only taken one point in their last four games, but they are still unbeaten at home. A few weeks ago they looked like the most likely of the promoted teams to stay up, but I'm not so sure now.

It's not easy to see any Leicester players impressing for fantasy managers at the moment.

West Brom have climbed the table after losing only once in their last five games. They did well to get a point last week after trailing Palace 2-0 and they will feel they have a good chance of getting something from this game too. They have only scored two goals away from home so far though and only QPR and Leicester have scored less on the road.

Saido Berahino is the West Brom player most likely to succeed for fantasy managers at the moment as he's in great form.

This has the makings of a very close game and I think a draw is the most likely outcome.

Prediction: 1-1

Stoke City v West Ham United

3pm GMT, Brittania Stadium, Stoke

Stoke started off by losing their first two home games, but they have won their last two. Their biggest problem is their lack of goals and only Villa have scored less goals at home. They have been good defensively though and only the top two have conceded less goals at home so far.

Stoke players haven't exactly excelled for fantasy managers so far, but Ryan Shawcross is usually a fairly good bet.

West Ham are in great form at the moment and have won four of their last five games. They have only lost once away from home and only Chelsea and City have scored more goals away from home so far. They're playing well with Diafra Sakho making a real impression, but he's doubtful for this game with an injury.

If Sakho is fit he's a great option for fantasy managers while Stewart Downing has had a pretty good season so far too.

This could be a very close game and a low scoring one too with a draw as the most likely outcome.

Prediction: 1-1

Sunday November 2

Manchester City v Manchester United

1.30 GMT, Etihad Stadium, Manchester

City aren't exactly firing on all cylinders at the moment and were beaten twice in the last week. They have a lot of work to do to get out of their Champions League group and they're five points behind Chelsea in the league. City's home form hasn't been what it was in the last few seasons and they will have to improve at home to win this game and to try to keep pace with Chelsea.

Sergio Aguero still looks like the best fantasy choice in the City team with David Silva (if he's fit)performing well as ever also.

United got a very late but very important point at home to Chelsea last week and will be looking to build on that result. They haven't won away from home yet though and their defence has been far from impressive too. The return of Wayne Rooney from suspension could be the boost they need to get something from this local derby.

Angel di Maria is the best of the United players for fantasy managers with Rooney worth considering too as well as Robin van Persie of course.I think City will bounce back from their recent disappointments to win this game by a couple of goals.

Prediction: 3-1

Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur 

4pm GMT, Villa Park, Birmingham 

Villa have lost their last five games in a row and failed to score in all five of them. They have only won once in their four home games and they're the lowest scorers at home too. They have only managed four goals in their nine league games and that lack of goals has to be a real worry.

There are no Villa players making any sort of impression for fantasy managers at the moment.

Spurs can't seem to find any consistency at the moment and they have a lot of games to play with Europa League and Capital One Cup commitments. They have only lost once in four away games and that was against the reigning champions. Their real problems have come at home where they have lost three games already which is only matched by Burnley.

Christian Eriksen looks like the Spurs player most likely to succeed while Nacer Chadli has had a good start to his season and Hugo Lloris has done well in goal.

I think this game could be quite close but Spurs might just have the edge.

Prediction: 1-2

Monday November 3

Crystal Palace v Sunderland 

8pm GMT, Selhurst Park, London

Palace are only a point above the bottom three after taking only one point in their last three games. They should have won at West Brom last week, but weren't helped by some poor refereeing and this is a game they cannot afford to lose. Palace have only taken four points and scored four goals in their four home games and they will have to improve on that if they're to stay up.

Mile Jedinak is probably the Palace player most likely to score points for fantasy managers as he takes their penalties.

Sunderland have lost their last two games and dropped back into the relegation zone as a result. They haven't won away from home yet, but they don't have the worst defensive record away from home despite shipping eight goals against Southampton. They need a result to try to regain some confidence, but it won't be easy for them in this game.

I don't see any Sunderland players worth writing home about for fantasy managers at the moment.

Despite all of Sunderland's current woes I think they will make a game of this, but will probably lose narrowly.

Prediction: 2-1

That's it for this week.

See you next week.


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