Friday, 5 December 2014

Predictions For Premier League Gameweek 15

It's that time of the week again when I attempt to predict the outcomes of the upcoming Premier League games. I did quite well in the midweek games with two perfect outcomes, four correct outcomes and four incorrect. It means I stay on top of my Predictions League although my lead has been shortened just a little. Here's a look at how the top of my predictions league stands.

PositionPlayer NamePTSTWBB
NC 1 (1)Michael Sheehy830+850
NC 2 (2)goonerdhanesh745+1100
NC 3 (3)Wayne Hubbard630+1600
NC 4 (4)sodobo580+1300
NC 5 (5)Rutland Gooner520+10515

Saturday December 6

Newcastle United v Chelsea

12.45pm GMT, St. James Park, Newcastle 

Newcastle have slipped in their last couple of games after a great run saw them shoot up the table. They have been strong in defence, but they're the lowest scorers in the top half of the league. They have done well at home so far with only one defeat in their six games, but this will be one of their toughest home games of the season.

Newcastle defenders such as Darly Janmaat and Paul Dummett are worth considering for fantasy managers, but maybe not in this game.

Chelsea are still six points clear at the top of the table and unbeaten in their opening 14 league games. They're now the highest scorers in the league and only Southampton have conceded less goals than Chelsea. Only City have scored more away goals than Chelsea so far and they will be big favourites to win this game.

Eden Hazard seems to be the Chelsea player to have at the moment along with Diego Costa while Cesc Fabregas and all of their defenders are worth considering too.

I think Newcastle will give Chelsea a hard game, but Chelsea's class will tell in the end.

Prediction: 0-2

Hull City v West Bromwich Albion

3pm GMT, KC Stadium, Hull

Hull got a good point away to Everton on Wednesday which kept them out of the bottom three on goal difference. That point was their first one in five games and they have only managed two goals in their last six games. They have only won once in their six home games and need to reverse their fortunes as soon as possible or they will have a long hard struggle to stay up.

There are no Hull players impressing for fantasy managers right now.

West Brom have lost their last four games and failed to score in all but one of them. Only QPR have scored less goals away from home than West Brom, but only Southampton have conceded less. They have taken seven points in their six away games though which is better than they have done at home.

Saido Berahino had been doing well for West Brom until they stopped scoring goals and it's hard to see any of their players worth considering for fantasy managers.

I think Hull might just have got enough confidence from their point on Wednesday to win this game.

Prediction: 2-1

Liverpool v Sunderland 

3pm GMT, Anfield, Liverpool

Liverpool have turned their fortunes around a little by winning their last two games and moving into the top half of the table. Anfield isn't the fortress it used to be though and Liverpool have only won three of their seven home games. Only three other teams have scored less home goals than Liverpool, but only four teams have conceded less than them at home.

Raheem Sterling still looks like the best fantasy option in the Liverpool team.

Sunderland got a good point at home to Chelsea last weekend, but were well beaten at home by City on Wednesday night. They haven't won in their last four games and have failed to score in two of those games. They have only won once in six away games and have only scored five goals in those games.

It's still not easy to see any Sunderland players who might make a difference for fantasy managers.

I think Liverpool will get their third league win in a row before their huge Champions League game in midweek.

Prediction: 2-0

Queens Park Rangers v Burnley

3pm GMT, Loftus Road, London 

QPR are off the foot of the table despite losing all of their away games and it's their home form which gives them a chance of staying up. They have taken 11 points from their seven home games and only five other teams have scored more goals at home. A home win over the team directly above them could well move them out of the bottom three.

Charlie Austin has been in good form for QPR at home in particular and is still available at a very good price for fantasy managers.

Burnley have moved up to third last after taking eight points from their last four games. Three of those games were at home though and they have only managed to score four goals in their six away games so far. If they can keep up their current good form they might just have a chance of staying up, but they won't find it easy away to QPR.

Danny Ings continues to impress at the moment for Burnley and should at least be considered by fantasy managers.

I think QPR will continue their home form with another win in what is most definitely a relegation six pointer.

Prediction: 3-1

Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace

3pm GMT, White Hart Lane, London

Spurs were well beaten away to Chelsea on Wednesday night and dropped to tenth in the table as a result. They have lost four of their seven home games and no other team has lost more games at home. They also have the worst home defensive record in the top half of the table and need to sort their home form out if they are to get anywhere near the top four.

With Nacer Chadli back from injury he's a good option for fantasy managers along with Christian Eriksen and possibly Harry Kane too.

Palace lost at home to Villa on Tuesdsy and missed a chance to move clear of the relegation zone in the process. They have only won once in seven away games, but only five other teams have more goals away from home than Palace. Any points they can get from this game would be very welcome, but it won't be easy despite Spurs' problems at home.

Mile Jedinak looks like the only Palace player worth considering for fantasy managers.

I think this game could be quite close, but Spurs should be good enough to win it.

Prediction: 2-1

Stoke City v Arsenal

3pm GMT, Brittiana Stadium, Stoke

Stoke had impressive performances away to Liverpool and United in the last week, but they lost both games. It doesn't get any easier for them with a home game against an Arsenal team who might just be finding their feet at last. Stoke have lost half of their home games so far and only Villa have scored less goals at home, but they haven't conceded too many at home either.

It's hard to see any Stoke players to recommend to fantasy managers right now.

Arsenal have won their last two league games and three in all competitions and kept clean sheets in all three games. They have only lost two of their seven away games and only Southampton have conceded less goals away from home. If they're going to continue to press the teams above them this is a game they have to win, but it's never easy for them away to Stoke.

Alexis Sanchez has made himself the must have Arsenal player for fantasy managers.

I think this will be a very close game, but Arsenal will just shade it.

Prediction: 1-2

Manchester City v Everton

5.30pm GMT, Etihad Stadium, Manchester 

City have come back into form and are banging the goals in again. They have won four of their six home games, but have found goals easier to come by away from home. They have a huge Champions League game coming up in midweek and need to make sure they concentrate fully on this game beforehand.

Sergio Aguero is a must have for fantasy managers while Stefan Jovetic had looked good in recent games too.

Everton looked like they were on the road to challenging for a top four place, but have taken only one point in their last two games after leading both games. They have only won two of their seven away games and have let in too many goals for their own good both home and away. At least they don't have to worry about their Europa League game on Thursday as they have already qualified for the knock out stages.

Leighton Baines and Romelu Lukaku look like the best fantasy bets in the Everton team with Kevin Mirallas to be considered too, but maybe not away to City.

I think City will continue their recent form and win by a couple of goals.

Prediction: 3-1

Sunday December 7

West Ham United v Swansea City

1.30pm GMT, Upton Park, London

West Ham are still just outside the top four and showing no signs of going away. They got over their recent dip by winning their last two games in a row. They have won four of their seven home games and have a good defensive record at home, but they to score more on the road. 

Stewart Downing continues to impress for West Ham and at a good price for fantasy managers too.

Swansea got back to winning ways at home to QPR on Tuesday, but they will find this game a harder task. They have only won once in six away games and have only scored six goals in those games. They have kept six clean sheets so far though and will make it hard for West Ham to break them down.

Gylfi Siggurdsen and Wilfried Bony continue to amass points for fantasy managers and the Swansea defenders aren't doing too badly either.

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

Prediction: 1-1

Aston Villa v Leicester City

4pm GMT, Villa Park, Birmingham 

Villa are moving away from the relegation zone after finally winning for the first time in 10 games away to Palace on Tuesday night. They have struggled at home though with only one win and four goals in their six home games. They seem more suited to play on the break, but a home game against the bottom club has to be one the home fans should be looking forward to.

I'm still not sold on Villa players for fantasy managers, but at a push Brad Guzan has had his moments this season.

Leicester are rooted to the foot of the table and still haven't won a game since they put five past United. They have only taken two points from nine games since then and have lost their last five away games in a row. They have at least started to score goals again with three in their last two games after five games without a goal, but they need to start winning games too.

I can't see any Leicester players to write home about for fantasy managers.

Despite their recent form I think Leicester have a chance in this game and might sneak a draw.

Prediction: 1-1

Monday December 8

Southampton v Manchester United

8pm GMT, St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton 

Southampton have lost their last two games without scoring a goal and dropped to third in the table as a result. They have won five of their seven home games with only Chelsea scoring more and conceding less at home. After losing to City and Arsenal already this week they might not be too impressed with having to play another one of the Premier League's big boys. 

Southampton defenders had been doing well until their recent lapse, but there's no reason to think they won't do well in the weeks to come.

United got yet another win in midweek and they're breathing down the necks of Southampton in fourth place. They have won their last four games in a row, but three of those games were at home. They have only won once in their six away games and have struggled to store goals away from home.

If both Wayne Rooney and Angel Di Maria are still injured then it would seem Robin van Persie and Juan Mata might be the best fantasy options in the United team.

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

Prediction: 1-1

That's it for this week.

See you next week.

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