Thursday, 22 September 2016

Predictions For Premier League Gameweek Six

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 seven correct outcomes and three incorrect. It means I'm still on top of my predictions league as you can see from the table below, but it's still early days.

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Saturday September 24

Manchester United v Leicester City

12.30pm BST, Old Trafford, Manchester

United have lost their last two league games and they're struggling to score goals with only seven in five games. They need to turn things around quickly to keep pace with the teams above them. They will have to play a lot better than they have recently if they're going to take the three points.

At the moment Zlatan Ibrahimovic is by far the best of the United players to have for fantasy managers while Marcus Rashford might not be a bad outside bet.

Leicester have won two of their last three league games, but they lost to Liverpool in between those games. They have lost both of their away games and scored two goals in the process. Desite their poor away form I still think they will have a chance away to a United team who are struggling at the moment.

Islam Silmani made a real impact in his first game for Leicester while Jamie Vardy is doing well and Riyad Mahrez looks to be improving.

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

Prediction: 1-1

Bournemouth v Everton

3pm BST, Dean Court, Bournemouth 

Bournemouth were easily beaten away to City last week and it looks like they will struggle to match their form of last season. Their only win so far came at home to West Brom and no other team has scored less goals in their first five games. Anything they can get from this game would be a boost for them, but it won't be an easy task.

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

Everton have had a great start to the season with 13 points from five games, but the fixture list has been good to them. They have won both of their away games so far and league leaders City are the only other team to have won all of their away games. They have won their last four league games in a row and will be favourites to make that five in a row in this game.

Romelu Lukaku looks like he might just be on a run which would benefit fantasy managers while Everton's defenders are doing quite well too.

I think Everton should be strong enough to take the points in this game despite their midweek EFL Cup setback.

Prediction: 1-3

Liverpool v Hull City

3pm BST, Anfield, Liverpool

Liverpool are looking very good at the moment with some very impressive scalps under their belts, but they did lose to Burnley. They haven't kept a clean sheet yet, but only City and Arsenal have scored more goals. They have only played one of their five games at home and will be looking to keep up the pressure on the teams above them with a win in this game.

Roberto Friminio, Phillippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Adam Llanana are all doing well for fantasy managers, but which one do you pick.

Hull lost 4-1 at home to Arsenal last week, but they had to play a lot of the game with 10 men. They took six points from their first two games, but have only taken one point in three games since then. They have only conceded one goal away from home so far, but that could change quite a lot in this game.

Robert Snodgrass has started the season very well and is still available at a very good price and Eldin Jakupovic has done well too.

I think Liverpool should win this game by at least a couple of goals.

Prediction: 3-1

Middlesbrough v Tottenham Hotspur 

3pm BST, Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough 

Boro led away to Everton last week, but ended up losing 3-1. They haven't won either of their home games yet and they have some tough games coming up. I still think they look the most likely of the newly promoted teams to stay up, but it will be a tough struggle for them.

Boro players aren't exactly setting the fantasy world alight at the moment.

Spurs won 1-0 at home to Sunderland last week and are one of three teams still unbeaten. They have only conceded only goal away from home so far and they have conceded less goals than any other team. A win in this game will keep them in the top three at worst and could even move them up to second.

With Harry Kane injured it could be Heung-Min Son, Christian Eriksen or Dele Alli along with the Spurs defenders who do the business for fantasy managers.

I think Boro will give Spurs a run for their money, but Spurs will win narrowly.

Prediction: 1-2

Stoke City v West Bromwich Albion 

3pm BST, Bet 365 Arena, Stoke

Stoke let in four goals yet again last week and they're rooted to the foot of the table with only one point. They have lost their last four games and conceded 13 goals in the process and they haven't kept a clean sheet yet. Mark Hughes will be feeling the pressure and they need to turn things around quickly or he could be out of a job.

I can't see any Stoke players to interest fantasy managers at the moment, but Marco Arnautovic could be worth a punt if they improve.

West Brom put four goals past West Ham last week and they had only managed two goals in their previous five games. There has been only two goals scored in their two away games and it's rare for their games to have as many goals as last week. They will fancy their chances at struggling Stoke if they can recreate anywhere near their attacking prowess from last week.

West Brom's defenders are always worth considering for fantasy managers with Ben Foster and Gareth McAuley the best of them while any more performances like last week's would make Nacer Chadli a must have.

Stoke need to get something out of this game to halt their slide and I think they might just manage a point.

Prediction: 1-1

Sunderland v Crystal Palace 

3pm BST, Stadium of Light, Sunderland 

Sunderland only conceded one goal in their defeat at Spurs last week, but it could have been a lot more. They have one point from five games and the only thing keeping them off the foot of the table is the even worse form of Stoke. No other team has scored less goals than Sunderland and they haven't kept a clean sheet in their five games either.

I can't see any Sunderland players to recommend to fantasy managers right now.

Palace seem to have been reborn since the arrival of Christian Benteke and they have won their last two league games. They had struggled to score goals, but they got six goals in those two games and the signs are very promising for them. A trip to struggling Sunderland could be just what they need to get their third league win in a row.

Benteke could be a good purchase for fantasy managers while the players supplying him such as Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha could be worth considering too.

I think Palace will continue their winning ways with a narrow victory in this game.

Prediction: 1-2

Swansea City v Manchester City

3pm BST, Liberty Stadium, Swansea 

Swansea lost away to Southampton last week and they have only taken one point from their last four games. They have a tough run of games coming up and could find themselves in the bottom three very soon. Anything they could get from this game would be s huge boost, but I can't see it happening. 

Leroy Fer has been the best of the Swansea players so far and Gylfi Sigurdsson is bound to do well too.

City are the only team with a 100% record and it looks like it's going to take a lot to stop them. They're the top scorers too, but they only managed to keep their first clean sheet in the 4-0 win against Bournemouth last week. This time last season they looked unstoppable, but that soon changed and I'm not so sure it will this season.

With Sergio Aguero back he's a must have for fantasy managers while Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling are looking pretty good too.

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

Prediction: 1-3

Arsenal v Chelsea

5.30pm BST, Emirates Stadium, London

Arsenal won 4-1 away to Hull last week and it was the first time since last December they had won three league games in a row. Only City have scored more goals than them, but they have conceded too many goals for their own good. This will be a big test for them and they need to do better in it than they did at home to Liverpool.

Alexis Sanchez has found some form and looks like a must have for fantasy managers again.

Chelsea lost at home to Liverpool last week and it was their first league defeat of the season. While they have scored plenty of goals they still haven't kept a clean sheet in their five league games. After losing to Liverpool last week they can't afford to lose to another one of the probable title contenders.

Diego Costa has been the best of the Chelsea players for fantasy managers and Eden Hazard hasn't done too badly either.

This looks like it's going to be a very close game and I think Arsenal should just edge it.

Prediction: 2-1

Sunday September 25

West Ham United v Southampton 

4pm BST, Olympic Stadium, London

West Ham let in four goals for the second game in a row last week when they lost 4-2 to West Brom. No other team in the bottom half of the table has scored more goals than West Ham, but only Stoke have conceded more goals. Slaven Bilic might not be feeling too much pressure at the moment, but that will change if they don't turn things around soon.

Michail Antonio has more goals than any other player and Dimitri Payet has more assists despite not playing many games and they're both must haves for fantasy managers at the moment.

Southampton got their first win of the season at home to Swansea last week. They have lost both of their away games so far and have struggled to score goals at home and away. A trip to a team who can't stop conceding goals might be just what they need to get back to back wins.

Dusan Tadic and Nathan Redmond look like the Southampton players most likely to score points for fantasy managers.

I think we could see a few goals in this game and it might just end in a high scoring draw.

Prediction: 2-2

Monday September 26

Burnley v Watford 

8pm BST, Turf Moor, Burnley 

Burnley lost 3-0 away to Leicester last week and they're moving quickly towards the wrong end of the table. If they're going to have any hope of staying up their home form will be crucial and they have taken four points from their three home games. They could have their work cut out against a free scoring Watford team who will be on a high after last week.

I can't see any Burnley players who might make a difference for fantasy managers at the moment.

Watford were impressive in beating United 3-1 last week and will look to build on that result. They haven't kept a clean sheet yet, but they have also scored in every game they have played. They're still unbeaten away from home and only three other teams have scored more goals than them.

Etienne Capoue has been more than impressive so far for fantasy managers while Roberto Pereyra, Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo aren't too bad either.

I think Watford will be too strong in attack for Burnley and should win by a couple of goals.

Prediction: 1-3

That's it for this week.

See you next week.

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