Friday, 11 December 2015

Predictions For Premier League Gameweek 16

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 well last week with only one perfect scoreline, three correct outcomes and six incorrect. That was enough to increase the lead at the top of my predictions league though as those chasing me did worse. Here's a look at how my predictions league stands.

BadgesThis WeekPTS
 1 (1)  Michael Sheehy 30590
 2 (2)  Rutland Gooner 4-65470
 3 (3)  Wayne Hubbard 4-85390
 4 (4) sensisoccerworld 1-15365
 5 (5)  Malcs 1-30290



Saturday December 12

Norwich City v Everton

12.45pm GMT, Carrow Road, Norwich

Norwich were beaten away to Watford last week and they continue to slide towards the relegation zone. They have only won three of their seven home games and only three other teams have scored less goals at home. They have only won once in their last 10 games and have only managed one clean sheet so far this season.

None of the Norwich players have excelled for fantasy managers and they're probably best avoided at the moment.

Everton could only draw at home to Palace on Monday night and missed the chance to close in on the top four. They have only lost one of their seven away games with only three other teams scoring more goals away from home. They are unbeaten in their last five games and they have scored 15 goals in those games.

Romelu Lukaku continues to impress weekly for fantasy managers while Ross Barkkey has done very well too.

I think Everton should have enough to take the three points in this game. 

Prediction: 1-2

Crystal Palace v Southampton 

3pm GMT, Selhurst Park, London

Palace got a good point away to Everton on Monday night to stay sixth in the league. They have lost four of their eight home games and have fared a lot better on their travels. They did score five goals in their last home game against Newcastle, but Southampton won't be so easy to dispose of.

The fanrasy points have been fairly evenly shared out at Palace, but Scott Dann's three goals make him a good bet as a defender.

Southampton could only draw at home to the bottom club Villa last week in a game they really should have won. They have only lost one of their seven away games with only three other teams conceding less goals away from home. They have only taken two points from their last three games and have only scored three in their last four games.

Dusan Tadic and Graziano Pelle still look like good fantasy options, but the points have dried up for Southampton players in recent weeks.

This game could go either way and I think a draw is probably the most likely outcome.

Prediction: 1-1

Manchester City v Swansea City

3pm GMT, Etihad Stadium, Manchester

City were beaten yet again last week when they went down 2-0 in Stoke. They have won more home games and scored more home goals than any other team so far. They have only won once in their last four league games and have conceded seven goals in their last three.

David Silva, Kevin de Bruyne and Sergio Aguero are all very good options for fantasy managers.

Swansea lost 3-0 at home to Leicester last week and Gary Monk parted ways with them during the week. They have only won once in seven away games with only West Brom and Newcastle scoring less goals on the road. They have only won once in their last 11 league games and they have failed to score in seven of those games too.

Andre Ayew has been by far the best fantasy performer in the Swansea team, but even he had dried up in recent weeks.

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

Prediction: 3-0

Sunderland v Watford

3pm GMT, Stadium of Light, Sunderland 

Sunderland fought well away to Arsenal last week, but ended up losing 3-1 and dropping back into the relegation zone. They have only won two of their seven home games, but only five other teams have conceded less goals at home. They have won three of their last six games and they kept a clean sheet in each of those three games too.

I'm not sure if any of the Sunderland players are worth risking for fantasy managers, but their defenders haven't done too badly in recent weeks.

Watford won yet again last week when they beat Norwich 2-0 away from home to move into the top half of the table. They have only lost two of their seven away games and only three teams have scored more away goals. They have won four of their last six games and kept clean sheets in three of those games too.

Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney continue to do the business week in and week out for fantasy managers while Huerelho Gomes and the Watford defenders haven't done too badly either.

I think Watford are good enough to take the three points, but it will be a close game.

Prediction: 1-2

West Ham United v Stoke City

3pm GMT, Upton Park, London

West Ham got a very good point away to United last week and came very close to taking all three points. They have only won two of their seven home games and have fared a lot better on the road. They have failed to win in their last five games, but they at least managed their first clean sheet in 10 games last week.

Mauro Zarate has looked good and is worth considering for fantasy managers with both Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini injured at the moment.

Stoke got a great 2-0 win at home to City last week and they're only one point off sixth place. They have only lost two of their seven away games, but only Newcastle and West Brom have scored less goals away from home. They have taken 19 points from their last nine games and they have kept clean sheets in six of those games.

The Stoke defenders and keeper are all doing very well for fantasy managers right now while Marko Arnautovic could be worth a shot too.

This is a game which could go either way and I have a feeling it might just end in a draw.

Prediction: 1-1

Bournemouth v Manchester United

5.30pm GMT, Dean Court, Bournemouth 

Bournemouth got a fantastic win away to Chelsea last week to move out of the relegation zone. They have only won once in their seven home games with only West Brom conceding more goals at home. They haven't lost in their last three games, but that win last week was their first win in nine games.

With so many injuries to contend with Junior Stanislas might get a run in the Bournemouth team and he could just be worth a gamble for fantasy managers.

United could only draw at home to West Ham last week and they were probably lucky to get that point. Only the top two have won more away games than United and they have scored more goals away from home than they have at home. They're unbeaten in their last seven league games and they have kept clean sheets in five of those games.

United's defenders and goalkeeper have done well for fantasy managers and the ones who aren't injured are good options. 

Despite their win at Chelsea last week I think Bournemouth will struggle to get something from this game and will narrowly lose.

Prediction: 1-2

Sunday December 13

Aston Villa v Arsenal

1.30pm GMT, Villa Park, Birmingham 

Villa got a good point away to Southampton last week, but they need to start winning games soon. They're the only team not to win a home game yet and no other team has scored less goals at home. They have only taken three points from their last 14 games and they're already seven points adrift of safety at the wrong end of the table. 

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

Arsenal won 3-1 at home to struggling Sunderland last week and that win moved them back to second in the table. They have won five of their eight away games and only Leicester have taken more points and scored more goals on the road. That win last week was their first in four games and they haven't kept a clean sheet in any of those four games.

Mesut Ozil has made himself a must have for fantasy managers while Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud are well worth considering too.

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

Prediction: 0-2

Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion

4pm GMT, Anfield, Liverpool 

Liverpool were beaten away to Newcastle last week to put an end to a very good run. They have only won three of their seven home games with only three other teams scoring less goals at home. They have lost two of their last four league games and have a run of games coming up from which they will expect to get a lot of points.

If he's fit Phillippe Coutinho is the best fantasy option in the Liverpool team.

West Brom got a good point at home to Spurs last week and they could easily have taken all three points. They have only lost two of their seven away games with only Newcastle scoring less goals on the road. They're unbeaten in their last three games and those games included ones against Arsenal and Spurs.

West Brom players haven't exactly see the fantasy world alight, but Boaz Myhill and Johnny Evans haven't done too badly.

I think Liverpool will get back to winning ways in this game, but West Brom will make it tough for them.

Prediction: 2-1

Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United

4pm GMT, White Hart Lane, London

Spurs could only draw away to West Brom after leading last week and missed a chance to close in on the top four. They're one of only two teams still unbeaten at home, but they have drawn half of their eight games on their own patch. They're still unbeaten since the opening day and they must have a real chance of finishing in the top four.

Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and the Spurs defenders are all worth having for fantasy managers at the moment.

Newcastle got a very good and much needed win at home to Liverpool last week. They have lost five of their seven away games and no other team has scored less goals away from home. They have won two of their last four league games though and they have kept clean sheets in three of their last five games. 

Georginio Wijnaldum has been by far the best fantasy option in the Newcastle team, but he tends to do his stuff at home.

I can't see anything other than a comfortable Spurs victory in this game.

Prediction: 3-0

Monday December 14

Leicester City v Chelsea

8pm GMT, King Power Stadium, Leicester

Leicester won away to Swansea last week to deservedly go back to the top of the league. They have only lost one of their seven home games, but only West Brom have conceded more goals at home. They're the only team to have scored in every game so far and they have taken 20 points from their last eight games.

Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez are in great form and they're both must haves for fantasy managers.

Chelsea were beaten yet again last week when they lost at home to newly promoted Bournemouth. They have only won once in their seven away games and have lost eight of 15 overall. They have lost four of their last six league games and have only managed four clean sheets in their first 15 league games.

None of the Chelsea players have impressed so far for fantasy managers and it's hard to recommend any of them.

Despite Chelsea's awful season to this point I think they might just get a point from this game.

Prediction: 1-1

That's it for this week.

See you next week.

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