Friday, 30 October 2015

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 did alright with my predictions last week with two perfect scorelines, three correct outcomes and five incorrect. I slipped to second in my predictions league, but I'm still very hopeful of putting in a real challenge for the title this season. Here's a look at how that table stands at the moment.

NameBadgesThis WeekPTS
 1 (2)  Wayne Hubbard 4+65460
 2 (1)  Michael Sheehy 2+30445
 3 (3)  Rutland Gooner 3+20375
 4 (4) sensisoccerworld 1+15275
 5 (5)  Malcs 1+20205



Saturday October 31

Chelsea v Liverpool

12.45pm GMT, Stamford Bridge, London

Chelsea were beaten yet again last week and fell back to 15th in the table. They have only won two of their five home games so far and only three teams have conceded more goals than Chelsea. The season has been a huge disappointment for Chelsea so far and they need to turn it around very soon.

Willian has been the only Chelsea player doing anything for fantasy managers so far this season.

Liverpool lost the lead late on at home to Southampton last week and they're still looking for their first league win under Jurgen Klopp. They have only won once in five away games and only Newcastle have scored less goals away from home. They have only won once in their last eight games and like Chelsea need something from this game to try to kickstart their season.

Liverpool players just aren't doing it for fantasy managers this season, but maybe Christian Benteke will do now that he's back and Daniel Sturridge could do if he ever comes back.

I think this will be a very close game and I wouldn't be surprised if it ended in a draw.

Prediction: 1-1

Crystal Palace v Manchester United

3pm GMT, Selhurst Park, London

Palace were beaten away to Leicester last week, but they're still seventh in the table. They have lost four of their last six games though and failed to score in three of them. Their three home defeats have all come against teams above them and they will have to be at their best to get something from this game.

Yohan Cabaye has been the best performer in the Palace team for fantasy managers.

United drew 0-0 at home to City last week to keep in touch with them at the top of the table. They have won four of their last six league games and kept clean sheets in three of the last four. No other team in the top half of the table has conceded more goals away from home though and they won't have it all their own way in this game.

Juan Mata and Anthony Martial have been United's best players for fantasy managers so far while their defenders have done well too. 

This promises to be another very close game and I wouldn't be surprised if it ended in a draw too.

Prediction: 1-1

Manchester City v Norwich City

3pm GMT, Etihad Stadium, Manchester 

City got a good point away to United last week to stay top, but only on goal difference from Arsenal. They have won four of their five home games and are the leading scorers at home too. The clean sheet they got on Sunday was their first in five games and it was no coincidence that Vincent Kompany returned for the game.

City still have plenty of injuries, but players like Kevin de Bruyne and Kompany are still good fantasy options.

Norwich were probably a little unlucky to lose at home to West Brom last week and that was their third defeat in a row. They have only won once in their five away games with only Bournemouth conceding more goals on the road. They are the top scorers away from home in the bottom half of the table though and will do their best to give City a good game.

Nathan Redmond and Wes Hoolohan have both done well for fantasy managers and are worth considering at a very good price.

It's hard to see anything other than a City win in this game and it could be a long hard day for Norwich too.

Prediction: 3-0

Newcastle United v Stoke City

3pm GMT, St. James's Park, Newcastle 

Newcastle were beaten 3-0 by Sunderland last week and remain in the relegation zone with 10 games played. They have scored half of their 12 league goals in their only win so far. Only City have scored more home goals than Newcastle while only Leicester have conceded more goals at home.

Georginio Wijnaldum has been the best fantasy performer in the Newcastle team even if most of his points came in the 6-2 win over Norwich.

Stoke were on a good run until they were beaten at home by Watford last week and they will want to bounce back as quickly as possible. They had won their previous three games and they have only lost one of their five away games so far. They have struggled for goals so far with only Watford and West Brom scoring less in their first 10 games.

None of the Stoke players have have done particularly well for fantasy managers so far and it's not easy to see which ones might excel.

This is a game Newcastle need to get something from, but I think the most they will get will be a point.

Prediction: 0-0

Swansea City v Arsenal

3pm GMT, Liberty Stadium, Swansea

Swansea ended a poor run with a late goal giving them a 2-1 victory away to Villa last week. That was their first win in six games and they failed to score in three of those games too. They have only lost once at home though and are always a threat to any team on their home patch.

Andre Ayew still looks like a very good choice for fantasy managers at the moment. 

Arsenal have an injury list which looks like it could really hamper their chances in the league over the next few weeks. They have won six of their last seven league games and kept clean sheets in four of them. They have also won four of their five away games with only West Ham scoring more goals on the road.

Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and all of Arsenal's defenders look like good fantasy choices right now.

Swansea have won their last four games against Arsenal, but I think Arsenal will put an end to that run by taking the three points.

Prediction: 1-2

Watford v West Ham United

3pm GMT, Vicarage Road, Watford

Watford got a very good win away to Stoke last week to give them some breathing space at the wrong end of the table. They have only won once in their five home games and have only scored one goal in those games. Their biggest problem has been their lack of goals and they have failed to score in half of their 10 games.

Odion Ighalo has been the outstanding Watford player for fantasy managers so far with their defenders and goalkeeper doing well too.

West Ham won at home to the champions Chelsea last week and moved up to third in the league. They have taken more points away from home than any other team and they're the top scorers on the road too. Only City have scored more goals than West Ham and they have taken 17 points from their last seven games.

Dimitri Payet has done really well for West Ham and made himself a must have for fantasy managers.

I think this will be a close game, but West Ham should have enough class to take the three points.

Prediction: 0-2

West Bromwich Albion v Leicester City

3pm GMT, The Hawthorns, Birmingham 

West Brom won 1-0 away to Norwich last week and that was their fifth clean sheet in their 10 games. They have only won once at home though with only Leicester conceding more goals at home so far. They're the lowest scorers along with Watford so far and they will need to score to get something from this game against free scoring Leicester.

Boaz Myhill has been by far the best fantasy performer in the West Brom team and their defenders haven't done too badly either.

Leicester won at home to Palace last week and kept their first clean sheet in the process. They're one of only three teams unbeaten away from home and they have scored in each of their 10 league games so far. They will fancy their chances away to a team who have struggled at home so far and who don't find goals easy to come by.

Jamie Vardy has made himself a must have for fantasy managers and he has been ably assisted by Riyad Mahrez.

I think Leicester's firepower will be too much for West Brom and they will win this one.

Prediction: 1-2

Sunday November 1

Everton v Sunderland 

1.30pm GMT, Goodison Park, Liverpool

Everton were beaten away to Arsenal last week and they have only won once in in their last five league games. They have only won once at home so far too with only Leicester conceding more goals at home. They will welcome the opportunity to get their second home win against a team in the relegation zone.

Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley are the Everton players most likely to make a difference for fantasy managers.

Sunderland got their first win of the season at home to Newcastle last week and moved off the bottom of the table. They have only taken one point away from home so far, but that win last week brought them within two points of safety. Sam Allardyce might well be the man to guide them to safety if he can continue on from last week's first win.

I still can't see any Sunderland players who might make a difference for fantasy managers.

Despite getting their first win last week I still think Sunderland will struggle and Everton will win this game.

Prediction: 2-0

Southampton v Bournemouth 

4pm GMT, St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton 

Southampton got a good point away to Liverpool last week to continue their recent improvement. They have only won two of their five home games though with only Leicester conceding more goals at home. They are unbeaten in four games and will fancy their chances at home to a team conceding a lot of goals at the moment.

Saido Mane, Graziano Pelle and Dusan Tadic are all worth a punt for fantasy managers at the moment.

Bournemouth were beaten 5-1 at home by Spurs last week and that was their second 5-1 defeat in a row. They have lost four of their five away games and have conceded more goals away from home than any other team. Those last two defeats have been real blows for Bournemouth and they will do well to get anything from this game.

Matt Richie looks like he might just be a good fantasy option at the moment after a slow start to the season.

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

Prediction: 3-1

Monday November 2

Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa

8pm GMT, White Hart Lane, London

Spurs won 5-1 away to Bournemouth last week to move up to sixth in the league. They're unbeaten since the opening game and one of only two teams unbeaten at home. A home game against the bottom club gives them the ideal opportunity to continue climbing the table. 

Harry Kane eventually came through for fantasy managers last week and could be worth considering along with Christian Eriksen and all of their defenders.

Villa were beaten late on at home to Swansea last week and that defeat cost Tim Sherwood his job. They have taken only one point from their last nine games, but they do have more goals and points on the road than at home. They need to turn things around quickly, but they will have to be at their very best to have any hope in this game.

I can't see any Villa players likely to make an impression for fantasy managers, but that might change when they get their new manager.

Spurs should be too good at home to the bottom club and should win by a few goals.

Prediction: 3-0

That's it for this week.

See you next week.

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