Friday, 4 December 2015

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 reasonably well last week with five correct outcomes and five incorrect which helped me to increase the lead at the top of my predictions league with others not doing so well. Here's a look at how that predictions league table stands.

NameBadgesThis WeekPTS
 1 (1)  Michael Sheehy 3+40590
 2 (2)  Rutland Gooner 40535
 3 (3)  Wayne Hubbard 4-50475
 4 (4) sensisoccerworld 1+25380
 5 (5)  Malcs 1+40320



Saturday December 5

Stoke City v Manchester City

12.45pm GMT, Britannia Stadium, Stoke

Stoke weren't helped by the dismissal of Ryan Shawcross last week and they ended up losing 2-0 at Sunderland. They have only won two of their seven home games and only Watford have scored less goals at home. They have won five of their last eight league games though and have kept clean sheets in five of their last seven.

Stoke's defenders and goalkeeper have done well recently and are certainly worth considering for fantasy managers.

City looked to have regained some form last week when they won 3-1 at home to Southampton. They have lost only one of their six away games and have the best defensive record away from home as well as five clean sheets in their six away games. They have only won two of their last five games, but their win last week took them back to the top of the table and they're the top scorers in the league too.

Sergio Aguero and David Silva are back from injury and are two of the very best choices for fantasy managers along with Kevin de Bruyne.

Stoke won't make it easy for City and I have a feeling they might just get a point out of them.

Prediction: 1-1

Arsenal v Sunderland 

3pm GMT, Emirates Stadium, London 

Arsenal went ahead away to Norwich last week, but they had to settle for a 1-1 draw. They haven't lost at home since the opening game and only United have conceded less goals at home. They have failed to win in their last three league games and injuries are taking a toll on their chances at the moment.

Mesut Ozil is the Arsenal player most likely to make a difference for fantasy managers at the moment. 

Sunderland won their second game in a row last week when they beat Stoke to move out of the relegation zone. They have lost five of their seven away games and no other team has conceded more goals away from home. They have kept clean sheets in three of their last five games and maybe their fortunes have turned for the better.

Sunderland's defenders and goalkeeper have done well in recent weeks and could be worth a shot for fantasy managers.

Arsenal might not be at their best at the moment, but I think they will manage a win.

Prediction: 2-1

Manchester United v West Ham United

3pm GMT, Old Trafford, Manchester 

United got a good point away to Leicester last week to stay right in the hunt at the top of the table. They're one of only two teams unbeaten at home and they have only conceded one goal in their six home games so far. They have the best defensive record in the league and have kept clean sheets in eight of their 14 games.

United's defenders have been the best performers so far for fantasy managers.

West Ham looked good in the first half against West Brom last week, but they faded after the break and had to settle for a point. Only Arsenal have won more away games than West Ham while only Arsenal and Leicester have scored more away goals. They haven't won in their last four games though and have only two clean sheets in their 14 league games.

Manuel Lanzini looks like the West Ham player most likely to make a difference for fantasy managers.

I think United will take the three points despite West Ham's good form on the road.

Prediction: 2-1

Southampton v Aston Villa

3pm GMT, ST. Mary's Stadium, Southampton 

Southampton started slowly away to City last week and were on the wrong end of a 3-1 scoreline as a result. They have won as many games as they have lost at home, but St. Mary's isn't the fortress it was last season. They have lost their last two league games and the midweek Capital One Cup pasting against Liverpool won't have done their confidence any good.

Dusan Tadic looks like the Southampton player most likely to succeed at the moment.

Villa were beaten yet again last week when Watord were the latest team to get the better of them. They have lost their last six away games and conceded 17 goals in the process. Only Stoke have scored less goals than Villa and two points in 13 games suggests they must be clear favourites for the drop at this stage.

I can't see any Villa players to interest fantasy managers at the moment.

Southampton most surely be good enough to win at home to struggling Villa.

Prediction: 2-0

Swansea City v Leicester City

3pm GMT, Liberty Stadium, Swansea

Swansea played reasonably well last week, but they were beaten 1-0 away to Liverpool. They haven't won in their last five home games and they failed to score in three of those games. They have only won once in their last 10 league games and failed to score in six of those games which has seen them drop to within four points of the relegation zone.

Andre Ayew has been by far the most impressive Swansea player for fantasy managers so far with Jonjo Shelvy doing quite well too.

Leicester lost top spot when they could only draw 1-1 at home to United last week. They're the only team unbeaten away from home and only Arsenal have scored more goals on the road. They're only behind the leaders City on goal difference and City are the only team to have scored more goals than them too.

Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez have made themselves must haves for fantasy managers this season.

I think Leicester's attacking prowess will see them take the three points in this game.

Prediction: 1-3

Watford v Norwich City

3pm GMT, Vicarage Road, Watford

Watford got a very good win away to Villa last week to maintain a healthy distance between them and the relegation zone. They have only won two of their seven home games and no other team has scored less goals at home. They have won three of their last five games and scored nine goals in those game after struggling for goals earlier in the season.

Odion Ighalo has been the outstanding fantasy performer in the Watford team so far with Troy Deeney and Huerelho Gomes both doing very well too.

Norwich got a good and fully deserved point at home to Arsenal last week. They have only won once in their seven away games and only the four teams below them have conceded more goals away from home. They have only won once in their last nine games and they are only three points above the bottom three.

None of the Norwich players have excelled for fantasy managers, but players like Robbie Brady, Nathan Redmond and Wes Hoolohan are all good back ups.

I think Watford should have enough at home to win this game by a couple of goals.

Prediction: 2-0

West Bromwich Albion v Tottenham Hotspur

3pm GMT, The Hawthorns, Birmingham 

West Brom came from behind to take a point away to West Ham last week with a good second half display. They have lost four of their seven home games and no other team has conceded more goals at home. They have won three of their last six games and still have an eight point gap over the bottom three.

Boaz Myhill has been the best fantasy choice in the West Brom team so far, but his clean sheets have dried up recently.

Spurs probably should have won at home to Chelsea last week, but they had to settle for a scoreless draw. They have only lost one of their six away games and only three other teams have conceded less goals away from home. They're unbeaten since the opening game of the season, but they need to turn more of their draws into wins to increase their chances of a top four finish.

Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and all of the Spurs defenders look like pretty good fantasy choices right now.

I think Spurs should be good enough to narrowly get the better of this game.

Prediction: 1-2

Chelsea v Bournemouth 

5.30pm GMT, Stamford Bridge, London

Chelsea got a point away to Spurs last week and that was probably their best league result in a couple of months. They have won three and lost three of their seven home games, but they have a run of home games coming up which they should win. They have kept clean sheets in their last two games and they must surely start to climb the table soon.

With those clean sheets in their last two games maybe Chelsea's defenders might be worth considering for fantasy managers.

Bournemouth came from behind to get a 3-3 draw at home to Everton last week, but it wasn't enough to move them out of the relegation zone. They have lost five of their seven away games and no other team has conceded more goals away from home. They have only taken three points in their last eight games and face a long hard fight to stay up.

Junior Stanislas might not be the first choice striker for Bournemouth, but he has done well with others injured and could be worth a punt for fantasy managers.

I think Bournemouth will give Chelsea a run for their money, but Chelsea will just get the better of them.

Prediction: 2-1

Sunday December 6

Newcastle United v Liverpool

4pm GMT, St. James's Park, Newcastle 

Newcastle went ahead away to Palace last week, but ended up on the end of a 5-1 drubbing. They have only won once in their seven home games and only West Brom have conceded more goals at home. They have lost their last two games and conceded eight goals in the process and it looks like time could be running out for Steve McLaren.

I can't see any Newcastle players to recommend to fantasy managers at the moment.

Liverpool won at home to Swansea last week even if their performance wasn't the greatest. They have only lost one of their seven away games and only three other teams have conceded less goals away from home. They have won three of their last four league games and the midweek Capital One Cup thrashing of Southampton suggests Jurgen Klopp might be working his magic.

Phillippe Coutinho is the Liverpool player most likely to succeed for fantasy managers if he's fit to play and the same could be said for Daniel Sturridge.

I think Liverpool should be more than good enough to win this game.

Prediction: 0-2

Monday December 7

Everton v Crystal Palace

8pm GMT, Goodison Park, Liverpool

Everton should have won away to Bournemouth last week, but they let Bournemouth back into the game twice and ended up drawing. They have only won three of their seven home games, but only City have scored more goals at home than Everton. They have taken eight points in their last four games, but they need to find more consistency if they're going to threaten the top four.

Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley are the Everton players to have for fantasy managers at the moment with Gerard Delafeou looking good too.

Palace came from behind to beat Newcastle 5-1 last week and put an end to their recent goal drought. They have won four of their six away games with only City conceding less goals away from home. They have lost three of their last six games, but only three other teams have a better defensive record than Palace.

It's not easy to see which of the Palace players to choose for fantasy managers with the points getting shared out evenly at the moment.

Everton will be favourites to win this game, but Palace's away form suggests they might get a point.

Prediction: 2-2

That's it for this week.

See you next week.

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