Thursday, 10 March 2016

Predictions For Premier League Gameweek 30

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 three correct outcomes and seven incorrect, but those chasing me at the top of my predictions league didn't exactiy set the world alight either. With nine weeks to go I'm in a prime position to win as you can see from the table below and I'll only have myself to blame if I don't.

There are only five games this week thanks to the FA Cup quarter finals and fantasy managers might struggle to put a team together. The teams that don't play in the league will have a double Gameweek later in the season with weeks 35 and 37 looking the most likely for those games. Both Liverpool and Everton will have two extra games to play before the season ends and their players could be invaluable for fantasy managers towards the end of the season.

NameBadgesThis WeekPTS
 1 (1)  Michael Sheehy 4-5905
 2 (3)  Wayne Hubbard 5+45740
 3 (2)  Malcs 4-20710
 4 (3) sensisoccerworld 30695
 5 (3)  Rutland Gooner 6-30665

Saturday March 12

Norwich City v Manchester City

12.45pm GMT, Carrow Road, Norwich

Norwich were beaten yet again last week when they went down 2-1 at Swansea and they have a real tough job on their hands trying to avoid the drop. They have only won four of their 14 home games with only Aston Villa and Everton conceding more goals at home. They have only taken one point in their last nine games and they conceded 22 goals in those games as well as failing to score in five of them.

I can't see any Norwich players to recommend to fantasy managers.

City strolled to a 4-0 win at home to bottom club Villa last week and still have a slim chance of winning the league. They have only won five of their 13 away games and only five other teams have scored less goals on the road, but only three other teams have conceded less. They won their last game to put an end to a run of three consecutive defeats, but they still haven't won back to back league games in almost five months.

Sergio Aguero remains the best option in the City team for fantasy managers. 

Despite their inconsistency I still think City should win this game with a few goals to spare.

Prediction: 0-2

Bournemouth v Swansea City 

3pm GMT, Dean Court, Swansea

Bournemouth got a very good win away to struggling Newcastle last week and they must surely be as good as safe in the Premier League for another season. They have only won four of their 14 home games and have more goals and points on their travels. They have won four of their last eight games and have kept a clean sheet in two of their last three.

Charlie Dsniels has been the outstanding fantasy performer in the Bournemouth team and Benik Afobe has done quite well since joining in January too.

Swansea got a very important win at home to Norwich last week and like Bournemouth they are unlikely to be relegated now. They have only won three of their 14 away games, but they have scored as many goals away from home as they have at home. They have won their last two games and four of their last eight to give themselves nine points to spare over the bottom three.

Gylfi Sigurdsson has been the Swansea player to have for fantasy managers recently.

I think this will be a very close game and the chances are it will end in a draw.

Prediction: 1-1

Stoke City v Southampton 

3pm GMT, Britannia Stadium, Stoke

Stoke came from behind to get a point at Chelsea last week and probably deserved to take all three points. They have won half of their 14 home games, but only three other teams have scored less goals at home. They have taken 10 points from their last four games to give themselves a good chance of making the Europa League for next season.

Marco Arnautovic has been the best fantasy performer in the Stoke team and is certainly worth considering in a week with so few games.

Southampton left it very late at home to Sunderland last week, but their 1-1 draw at least put an end to a recent slip. They have only won four of their 14 away games and only Newcastle have scored less goals away from home. They have only taken one point from their last three games having taken 16 from the previous six.

Southampton's defenders had being doing very well until a few weeks ago and they still look like they could be good fantasy options.

This looks like being a very tight and low scoring game and the chances are it will end with the spoils shared.

Prediction: 0-0

Sunday March 13

Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur

4pm GMT, Villa Park, Birmingham 

Villa fell apart in the second half away to City last week and they were lucky only to lose by four in the end. They have only won two of their 14 home games and no other team has scored less goals at home. They have lost their last four games and conceded 15 goals in the process.

I can't see any Villa players worth considering for fantasy managers.

Spurs led against 10 man Arsenal last week, but the game ended even and left them five points off the top of the league. Only Leicester have won more games and taken more points on the road than Spurs with only Leicester and Arsenal scoring more away goals. They have only taken one point from their last two games, but they did win their previous six.

Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen all look like good fantasy options while Spurs defenders have been pretty good too.

I can't see anything other than a comprehensive Spurs win in this game as Villa's inevitable relegation draws closer.

Prediction: 0-3

Monday March 14

Leicester City v Newcastle United

8pm GMT, King Power Stadium, Leicester 

Leicester just managed to get the better of Watford last week which opened up a five gap for them at the top of the league. Only City have won more home games and taken more home points than Leicester. They have only lost once in their last 11 games and have kept clean sheets in seven of those games.

Leicester's defenders have been very good for fantasy managers recently while Riyad Mahrez is still the player to have.

Newcastle lost at home to Bournemouth last week, but they're still only one point from the relative safety of seventeenth place. They have lost 11 of their 14 away games and no other team has scored less goals on their travels. They have lost five of their last six games and have only one clean sheet in their last 13.

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

This a game both teams need something from for completely different reasons and I think Leicester should get the upper hand.

Prediction: 2-0

That's it for this week.

See you next week.

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