Thursday, 20 November 2014

Predictions For Premier League Gameweek 12

It's that time of the week again when I attempt to predict the outcomes of the upcoming Premier League games. I didn't do so well last time with one perfect result, one correct outcome and eight incorrect. I probably couldn't have got eight games wrong if I had tried, but that's how difficult it is to predict games in the Premier League. My lead at the top of my predictions league has been cut, but I'm happy enough to be sitting on top of that league and you can see the leaders below, 

PositionPlayer NamePTSTWBB
NC 1 (1)Michael Sheehy705+2020
NC 2 (2)goonerdhanesh580+7020
NC 3 (3)Wayne Hubbard395-520
NC 4 (4)sodobo370+500
NC 5 (5)Rutland Gooner305+505
Up 6 (7)Daytona265+300

Saturday November 22

Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion3pm GMT, Stamford Bridge, London

Chelsea sit astride the Premier League with their main competitors falling further drift by the week and the league already looks like theirs to lose. They have won all of their home games so far with only Southampton scoring more at home and only Southampton conceding less at home too. The strength of their squad gives them a real advantage, but it will be interesting to see how they cope if they get injuries to key players.

Cesc Fabrgas and Diego Costa are the must have Chelsea players for fantasy managers and they are ably supported by Eden Hazard and all of Chelsea's defenders.

West Brom had being going well until they were beaten 2-0 at home by Newcastle in their last game. They have done well to get seven points from their five away games considering they have only scored three goals in those games. They will have their work cut out to get anything out of this game although only Southampton have conceded less goals away from home.

Saido Berahino looks like the only West Brom player to consider for fantasy managers.

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

Prediction: 3-0

Everton v West Ham United

3pm GMT, Goodison Park, Liverpool

Everton have just about climbed into the top half of the table after recovering from their poor start to the season. They have only won once in their five home games though and they have the worst defensive record at home too. They have kept clean sheets in their last two home games and their defence has certainly been better in recent weeks.

Leighton Baines continues to impress for fantasy managers while Seamus Coleman is worth considering too now that he's back from injury.

West Ham are unbeaten in their last five league games and they're in the top four too. They have only lost one of their five away games with only Chelsea and City scoring more goals away from home. They are playing better football this season and look like they will be a handful for any team.

Diafra Sakho had been the best fantasy choice in the West Ham team so far with Stewart Downing doing very well too and Andy Carroll might be worth considering too now that he has returned.

I think this will be a very close game and Everton will probably just edge it.

Prediction: 2-1

Leicester City v Sunderland3pm GMT, King Power Stadium, Leicester

Leicester are on a terrible run of results and have dropped into the relegation zone after taking only one point in their last six games. They have lost their last four games in a row and failed to score in all of them too. Their only home victory was the 5-3 win against United and only West Brom and Everton have conceded more goals at home.

I can't see any Leicester players to excite fantasy managers at the moment.

Sunderland have turned things around after their awful 8-0 defeat at Southampton and have taken four points from their last two games. They have only lost two of their five away games and haven't conceded the most goals away from home despite that result at Southampton. They're three points clear of the bottom three and have every chance of increasing that gap in this game.

Despite their recent upturn it's still difficult to see any Sunderland players who might perform consistently for fantasy managers.

I have a feeling Sunderland will continue their revival by taking the three points in this game.

Prediction: 1-2

Manchester City v Swansea City

3pm GMT, Etihad Stadium, Manchester

City have only won once in their last three league games and find themselves eight points behind Chelsea after only 11 games. Their home form is improving though and they have now won three of their five home games with only Chelsea and Southampton conceding less goals at home. They have struggled to find their form of last season, but the fixture list is smiling on them for the next couple of months more or less.

With David Silva injured Sergio Aguero is the outstanding City player for fantasy managers and has made himself a must have player in recent weeks.

Swansea did really well to come from behind and win at home to Arsenal in their last game. They have only won once in five away games though, but only Southampton and West Brom have conceded less goals away from home. Their season has gone well so far and seven points in their last three games has seen them move up to fifth in the table.

Gylfi Sigurdsson remains by far the best fantasy choice in the Swansea team with Wilfried Bony looking good in recent weeks too.

Despite their recent problems I still think City will have more than enough at home to win this game.

Prediction: 3-1

Newcastle United v Queens Park Rangers

3pm GMT, St James Park, Newcastle 

Newcastle have bounced back in recent weeks and have won their last four league games in a row. They have kept clean sheets in three of those games and climbed to eighth place in the table to ease the pressure on Alan Pardew. They have only lost one of their five home games and will relish the chance to keep their great run going at home to one of the bottom three.

Ayoze Perez has scored three in his last three games for Newcastle and is a possibility for fantasy managers while Paul Dummett has done well defensively and is available at a good price too.

QPR have lost all five of their away games so far and have conceded more goals away from home than any other team. They have looked better in recent games though, but only Leicester have scored less goals on the road. If QPR are to have any chance of staying up they will have to start taking points away from home, but it won't be easy against an in form Newcastle team.

Charlie Austin is the only QPR player who looks capable of delivering points for fantasy managers.

I think Newcastle will continue their winning ways by a couple of goals in this game.

Prediction: 2-0

Stoke City v Burnley 

3pm GMT, Britannia Stadium, Stoke

Stoke are usually very strong at home, but they lost their first two home games this season. They bounced back to take seven points in their last three home games, but only Villla and Burnley have scored less goals at home. Stoke got a great boost by winning away to Sours in their last game and will be strong favourites to build on that at home to the bottom team.

There are no Stoke players who have really impressed for fantasy managers so far and it's not easy to see any who will.

Burnley got their first win of the season at home to Hull in their last match, but they're still at the foot of the table. They have only taken two points in their five away games and only Leicester have scored less goals away from home. Their first win was a huge plus for them, but it will still be an enormous task for them to stay up.

There are no Burnley players setting the world of fantasy football alight at the moment.

I think Stoke should be more than good enough to win this game by a couple of goals.

Prediction: 2-0

Arsenal v Manchester United

5.30pm GMT, Emirates Stadium, London

Arsenal are unbeaten at home but they have only won two of their five home games. They lost away to Swansea in their last game to drop to 12 points behind the leaders after only 11 games. They struggled against the better teams in the league last season and really need to win this game to prove they can mix it with the best. 

Alexis Sanchez is the outstanding player for fantasy managers at the moment while Danny Welbeck isn't doing too badly either.

United have only taken three points from their five away games and only the bottom two have less points on the road. Despite their problematic start to the season they are only two points outside the top four and have every chance of doing so. If they're going to push to finish in the top four a win away to Arsenal could be the ideal way to start.

Angel di Maria looks like the best fantasy choice in the United team to me while both Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie are worth considering too. 

This is a game both teams need to win and neither can afford to lose, but I think Arsenal might just edge it.

Prediction: 2-1

Sunday November 23

Crystal Palace v Liverpool

1.30pm GMT, Selhurst Park, London

Palace put up a good performance in their last game, but they lost narrowly away to United. They have only taken one point in their last five games and are only outside the relegation zone on goal difference. They have only won once in their five home games and only Villa and Burnley have scored less goals at home. 

Mile Jedinak is probably the best fantasy option in the Palace team although it's not a great idea to have Palace players in your team at the moment.

Liverpool will have bad memories of this game last season and will want to get some revenge for that night which ended their title hopes. They have lost three of their five away games and their prospects of a top four finish got another blow when Daniel Sturridge picked up another injury this week. This season looks like it could be full of disappointments for Liverpool unless they can change things quickly.

Raheem Stérling has been the best fantasy performer for Liverpool so far and is well worth considering for fantasy managers.

I think Palace will give Liveroool a rough ride and might just get a point out of this game.

Prediction: 1-1

Hull City v Tottenham Hotspur 

4pm GMT, KC Stadium, London 

Hull had a fairly bright start to their season, but they haven't scored in their last three games and have slid down the table. They have only won once in their five home games and need a good result and performance to steady the ship. After losing their last game to bottom club Burnley it won't be easy to beat a Spurs team with a good away record.

At the moment it's not too easy to see any Hull players who might make an impression for fantasy managers.

Spurs will be glad to be playing away from home where they have only lost once compared to four defeats at home. They have lost three of their last four games though and find themselves in the bottom half of the table. Like a lot of other teams they need a good result this weekend or questions will start to be asked about Mauricio Pochettino.

Nacer Chadli has been in fine form for Spurs and is still available at a very good price for fantasy managers.

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

Prediction: 1-1

Monday November 24

Aston Villa v Southampton 

8pm GMT, Villa Park, Birmingham

Villa had a great start to their season but they lost six games in a row before drawing their last game. They have only scored once in their last seven games and they're the lowest scorers in the league with just five goals in their 11 games. They have only won once at home and are the lowest scorers at home too.

I can't see any Villa players to recommend to fantasy managers.

Southampton have won eight of their last nine league games and are currently second in the table. They have won three of their five away games and have the best defensive record away from home too. They have only scored six goals away from home, but their defensive record this season has meant they don't to score too many to win.

Graziano Pelle has been in great form for Southampton while all of their defenders are worth considering for fantasy managers too.

I think Southampton will continue their winning ways in this game.

Prediction: 0-2

That's it for this week.

See you next week.


  1. I will be checking in on some more, this really helped, Great Work :)