Friday, 28 November 2014

Predictions For Premier League Gameweek 13

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 too badly last week with one perfect outcome, three correct outcomes and six incorrect which means I stay on top of my predictions league. Here's a look at how the top of that predictions league stands.

PositionPlayer NamePTSTWBB
NC 1 (1)Michael Sheehy745+4020
NC 2 (2)goonerdhanesh635+5520
NC 3 (3)Wayne Hubbard470+750
NC 4 (4)sodobo450+800
NC 5 (5)Rutland Gooner415+11010

Saturday November 29

West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal

12.45pm GMT, The Hawthorns, Birmingham 

West Brom lost their last two games without scoring and their only win in their last six games was against struggling Leicester. They have only won once in their six home games and only Everton have conceded more goals at home. Three of their next four games are at home and they will need some points from those games to keep on the right side of the relegation battle.

Saido Berahino is the only West Brom player worth considering for fantasy managers if he can get over his recent troubles.

Arsenal have lost their last two league games and slipped back to eighth in the table in the process. They have only won two of their six away games, but only Southampton have conceded less goals away from home. Their injuries are piling up yet again, but they are still a much better team than their league position suggests. 

Alexis Sanchez is the outstanding fantasy choice in the Arsenal team and a must for fantasy managers.

I think Arsenal will use their midweek victory over Dortmund as a springboard and follow it up with a win in this game.

Prediction: 1-3

Burnley v Aston Villa

3pm GMT, Turf Moor, Burnley

Burnley started the season without a win in their first 10 league games, but wins in their last two have given them some real hope. They're only two points behind Villa and a win would probably move them out of the bottom three. They have only taken five points in six home games, but momentum is with them and that counts for a lot at the wrong end of the table.

Danny Ings scored twice last week, but it's still a brave move to include Burnley players for any fantasy manager.

Villa have only taken two points from their last eight games and find themselves perilously close to the regation zone. They are the lowest scorers in the league with six goals in 12 games and relegation has to be a real possibility at this stage. They will have got some hope from getting a point off high flying Southampton on Monday night and they need to build on that result.

I can't see any Villa players setting the fantasy football world alight at the moment.

It's a bit early but this already has the makings of a relegation six pointer and I think it will end all square.

Prediction: 1-1

Liverpool v Stoke City

3pm GMT, Anfield, Liverpool

Liverpool are on a terrible run at the moment and have lost their last three league games in a row. They have only won two of their six home games with only Villa and Burnley scoring less goals at home. They have struggled in all competitions since the sale of Luis Suarez and injury to Daniel Sturridge and questions are being asked of Brendan Rogers.

Raheem Sterling and Steven Gerrard are the Liverpool players most likely to perform for fantasy managers if any of them do perform.

Stoke were beaten at home by Burnley last week and they have been very inconsistent this season. Their best results have come against the better teams while they have dropped plenty of points against teams they would expect to beat. They have taken more points away from home than at home so far and will give Liverpool a run for their money.

I don't think there are any Stoke players worth considering for fantasy managers right now.

Despite Liverpool's recent problems I think they will get the three points in this game.

Prediction: 2-1

Manchester United v Hull City

3pm GMT, Old Trafford, Manchester

United find themselves in the top four after winning away to Arsenal last week despite being singularly unimpressive so far. Much of that is down to the deficiencies of the other teams chasing a top four spot and they have a chance to strengthen their position at home to a struggling Hull team. Only the top two have taken more home points than United and they have two home games in four days which they are more than capable of winning.

Wayne Rooney and Angel Di Maria look like the United players most likely to succeed in the next few weeks to me.

Hull looked to be going so well a few weeks ago, but the wheels have really come off for them. They have only one point and one goal in their last four games and they're only one point above the relegation zone. They travel to Everton a few days after this game and two defeats could see them fall into the bottom three.

I can't see any Hull players to recommend to fantasy managers right now.

I think United should be more than good enough to win this game by a couple of goals despite their defensive problems.

Prediction: 3-1

Queens Park Rangers v Leicester City

3pm GMT, Loftus Road, London

QPR have shown some real improvement in recent games, but they haven't taken the points to match those performances. They have eight points from their six home games, but they're bottom of the table because they have lost all of their away games. This is a real opportunity for them to climb off the foot of the table as they play the team directly above them.

Charlie Austin looks like the only QPR player worth having for fantasy managers.

Leicester took a point for the first time in five games last week with a 0-0 draw at home to Sunderland. Since beating United they have only two points and two goals in seven games and are only two points off the foot of the table. They have lost five of their six away games and only scored one goal in those six games.

I can't see any Leicester players fantasy managers should consider right now.

I think this game looks like it has a home win written all over it.

Prediction: 2-0

Swansea City v Crystal Palace

3pm GMT, Liberty Stadium, Swansea

Swansea played well away to City last week, but they ended up losing 2-1. They have won four of their six home games and only the top two have taken more points and conceded less goals at home. They are a good team who play good football and will be expected to win this game.

Wilfried Bony and Gylfi Sigurdsson are the Swansea players to have for fantasy managers.

Palace had a very good come from behind victory at home to Liverpool last week. They have only won once in their six away games though and only the bottom club QPR have conceded more away goals. That win against Liverpool lifted Palace out of the bottom three and they will need some more of the same to stay out of it.

At a push Palace's Mile Jedinak might not be the worst purchase for fantasy managers.

I think Swansea will be too good for Palace and will win by a couple of goals.

Prediction: 3-1

West Ham United v Newcastle United

3pm GMT, Upton Park, London

West Ham have played some good football this season and have been a real handful for any team. They haven't won in their last three games though despite playing well. They have won three of their six home games and have found goals easier to come by away from home.

Stewart Downing has done very well so far for West Ham and Diafra Sakho is worth having too if he's fit to play.

Newcastle have won their last five league games to climb up to fifth in the table in an incredible turnaround. They have kept clean sheets in four of those five games and are only outside the top four on goal difference. They have struggled to score goals this season and have only six in their six away games. 

Newcastle defenders are worth considering with their recent form and Tim Krul and Paul Drummett might just be the best options.

This is a very hard game to call and I think it might end in a draw.

Prediction: 1-1

Sundered v Chelsea

5.30pm GMT, Stadium of Light, Sunderland 

Sunderland are unbeaten in their last three games and they seem to have recovered from the 8-0 drubbing by Southampton a few weeks ago. They have only lost one of their six home games, but they have only won once at home with four draws. They will have to be at their very best to get anything out of the league leaders, but they have a slight chance of doing so at home.

As with so many other clubs there are no Sunderland players making a real impression for fantasy managers.

Chelsea are still unbeaten in the league and they have taken 14 points from their six away games so far. It's going to take an awful lot to stop them as they have already visited both Manchester clubs as well as Liverpool without losing. They tied up their Champions League group in midweek and can concentrate on a very busy month which could well see them stretch their lead at the top of the table.

Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas are the stand out players for fantasy managers in the Chelsea team with Eden Hazard and all of their defenders worth having too.

I can't see Sunderland being good enough to stop the march of Chelsea.

Prediction: 0-2

Sunday November 30

Southampton v Manchester City

1.30pm GMT, St Mary's Stadium, Southampton 

Southampton have had a great start to their season and they're deservedly second in the league. They have a great home record with 16 points from their six games and they're the highest scorers at home as well as having the best defence at home. They have won eight of their last 10 league games and will be a real handful for the reigning champions.

All of the Southampton defenders have fared very well for fantasy managers so far as has Graziano Pelle.

City are still a long way from the team they were last season, but they're just about keeping Chelsea in their sights. They have only lost one of their six away games and only Chelsea have scored more goals away from home. They have struggled far too often this season, but have just about managed to scrape through in quite a few games.

Sergio Aguero is a must have for fantasy managers, but with David Silva injured there aren't any other City players setting the league alight.

This has the look of a very good and a very tight game which I think will end in a draw.

Prediction: 1-1

Tottenham Hotspur v Everton

4pm GMT, White Hart Lane, London 

Spurs came back to get a late win away to Hull last week and keep in touch with the top four. They have lost four of their six home league games though and no other team has lost as many home games. If they are to get anywhere this season they have to improve at home and very quickly too.

Nacer Chadli has been the best fantasy performer for Spurs so far with Christian Eriksen doing well too.

Everton have recovered from their poor start to be as close to the top four as Spurs. They have taken more points away from home than at home and have only lost one of their six away games. Only the top three have scored more goals than Everton, but only three teams have conceded more than them too.

Leighton Baines is the must have Everton player for fantasy managers with Seamus Coleman and Romelu Lukaku worth considering too.

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

Prediction: 2-2

That's it for this week.

See you next week.

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