Friday, 2 December 2016

Predictions For Premier League Gameweek 14

It's that time of the week again when I attempt to predict the outcomes of the upcoming Premier League games. I did alright last week with two perfect outcomes, three correct outcomes and five incorrect. Those results helped me to increase my lead at the top of my predictions league as you can see from the table below.

NameBadgesThis WeekPTS
 1 (1)  Michael Sheehy 5+110830
 2 (2)  Rutland Gooner 3-10645
 3 (4)  Wayne Hubbard +85625
 3 (3)  Karl-Yngve Lund 2+20625
 5 (5) sensisoccerworld 10460


 
Saturday December 3

Manchester City v Chelsea 

12.30pm GMT, Etihad Stadium, Manchester 

City fought hard to get a win at Burnley last week and they took the three points thanks to a Sergio Aguero brace of goals. They are one of the four teams still unbeaten at home, but they have taken more points and scored more goals away from home. They are unbeaten in six league games, but they have drawn their last three in a row at home.

Aguero is the City player to have as always for fantasy managers with Kevin de Bruyne a pretty good option too.

Chelsea had to come from behind at home to Spurs last week, but their 2-1 win kept them at the top of the table. They have won four of their six away games, but they have only managed nine goals in those six games compared to the 20 they have scored at home. They have won their last seven league games in a row and the goal they conceded last week was the first goal they conceded in those games.

Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and all of the Chelsea defenders have done very well for fantasy managers while Victor Moses and Nemanja Matic have been pretty good value for money too.

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

Prediction: 2-2

Crystal Palace v Southampton 

3pm GMT, Selhurst Park, London

Palace played their part in a crazy game away to Swansea last week and ended up losing 5-4. They have only won once in their six home games and no other team has taken less points on their own ground. They have lost their last six games, conceding 18 goals in those games and they're the only team without a clean sheet so far.

Christian Benteke and James McArthur are the Palace players most likely to succeed for fantasy managers at the moment, but it's not easy to pick any of their players right now.

Southampton won 1-0 at home to Everton last week to move into the top half of the table. They have only won once in their six away games, but only three other teams have conceded less goals on the road. They have kept five clean sheets in their last nine games with only Chelsea and Spurs conceding less goals.

Charlie Austin still looks like the Southampton player to have for fantasy managers with their defenders doing pretty well too.

It's not too easy to call this game, but I think it could be very close with a draw the most likely outcome.

Prediction: 1-1

Stoke City v Burnley

3pm GMT, BET365 Arena, Stoke

Stoke got a good win away to Watford last week to put their disappointment of the previous week behind them. They have lost half of their six home games and only the bottom three have conceded more goals at home. They have only lost once in their last eight games and they kept three clean sheets in those games, but only five teams have scored less goals than Stoke.

Joe Allen has been the best of the Stoke players for fantasy managers, but their defenders look like a better bet at the moment.

Burnley gave City a run for their money last week, but ended up losing 2-1 at home to them. They have only managed one point and one goal in their five away games and only four other teams have conceded more goals away from home. They lost their last two games and conceded six goals in the process and only Hull have scored less goals.

Tom Heaton has been the best of the Burnley players for fantasy managers, but Burnley players don't do well away from home.

I think Stoke should be strong enough at home to win this game by a couple of goals.

Prediction: 2-0

Sunderland v Leicester City

3pm GMT, Stadium of Light, Sunderland 

Sunderland lost 2-0 away to Liverpool last week and that defeat sent them back to the bottom of the table. They have only taken four points from their six home games with only Swansea conceding more goals on their own patch. They won the two games before that defeat at Liverpool, but only Hull have scored less goals than Sunderland.

Jermain Defoe is still by far the best of the Sunderland players for fantasy managers.

Leicester could only draw at home to Boro last week and they can't get away from the wrong end of the table. They have lost five of their six away games and no other team has conceded more goals away from home. They have only taken two points from their last four games and haven't kept a clean sheet in the last six.

Riyad Mahrez has improved in recent weeks, but it's still not easy for fantasy managers to pick Leicester players at the moment.

This has the makings of a very close game between two teams struggling for points and I have a feeling the spoils will be shared.

Prediction: 2-2

Tottenham Hotspur v Swansea City 

3pm GMT, White Hart Lane, London

Spurs lost their unbeaten record away to Chelsea last week and they're losing ground at the top of the table too. They are one of four teams still unbeaten at home and no other team has conceded less goals at home, but they have struggled to score goals on their own patch. They have only won once in their last six league games, but no other team has conceded less goals so far.

With Harry Kane back in action he's the best fantasy choice in the Spurs team along with Dele Alli and all of their defenders.

Swansea got their first win since the opening day last week in a nine goal thriller at home to Palace. They have only won once away from home, but have only taken one point from their last five games on the road. The win last week was their first one in 12 games and only Hull have conceded more goals than Swansea.

Gylfi Sigurdsson is still the best of the Swansea players for fantasy managers and Leroy Fer can do well at times too, but only when I decide to remove him from my team.

I think Spurs should be too strong for Swansea and should win by a couple of goals at least.

Prediction: 2-0

West Bromwich Albion v Watford 

3pm GMT, The Hawthorns, Birmingham 

West Brom drew away to Hull last week in a game they probably should have won. They have won as many games as they have lost at home and have actually taken more points away from home. Their only two defeats in their last nine games were against Liverpool and City, but they have only kept one clean sheet in their last 10 games.

Ben Foster and Gareth McAuley have both done well for fantasy managers while Matt Phillips is looking like one to have and Nacer Chadli certainly is too if he's fit.

Watford weren't up to much in their defeat at home to Stoke last week, but they're still only two points off sixth place. They have won as many games as they have lost away from home and no other team in the top half of the table has conceded more away goals. Their results are up and down and they have conceded more goals than any other team in the top 12.

Troy Deeney hasn't done too badly for fantasy managers while Etienne Capoue can be pretty good on his day too.

I think this will be another very close game and it might just end with the honours even. 

Prediction: 1-1

West Ham United v Arsenal

5.30pm GMT, London Stadium, London

West Ham got a very good draw away to United last week, but they went out of the EFL Cup to them in midweek. They have only won two of their six home games with only Middlesbrough scoring less goals at home. They have only taken two points in their last four games and only three other teams have conceded more goals than them.

Dimitri Payet is the West Ham player to have for fantasy managers and Michail Antonio hasn't done too badly either.

Arsenal put a relatively poor run of results behind them last week with a 3-1 win at home to Bournemouth. They are the only team unbeaten away from home and no other team has conceded less goals away from home. They are unbeaten since the opening day, but the win last week was only their second one in five league games.

Alexis Sanchez remains as the Arsenal player to have for fantasy managers with Theo Walcott and their defenders doing quite well too.

I think this will be a very close game, but Arsenal should just get the better of proceedings.

Prediction: 1-2

Sunday December 4

Bournemouth v Liverpool 

1.30pm GMT, Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth 

Bournemouth lost 3-1 away to Arsenal last week, but they were in the game for a long time and very nearly got something out of it. They have taken 10 points from their six home games and no other team in the bottom half of the table has conceded less goals at home. They have only won once in their last five games and they have only scored three goals in those games.

Calum Wilson has done well in recent weeks and he could be worth considering for fantasy managers.

Liverpool struggled for a while last week but they ended up beating Sunderland 2-0 even if it did cost them Phillippe Coutinho for at least a month. They have taken 14 points from their seven away games, but only City have scored more goals away from home and the rest of the top six have all conceded less goals on the road. They are unbeaten in their last 11 games and have kept clean sheets in their last two and they're the top scorers in the league so far.

With Coutinho injured Roberto Frimino looks like the best fantasy choice in the Liverpool team with Sadio Mane, Adam Lallana and maybe Daniel Sturridge (if he's fit) pretty good options too.

I think Liverpool will have too much in attack for Bournemouth and should win by a few goals.

Prediction: 1-4

Everton v Manchester United 

4pm GMT, Goodison Park, Liverpool 

Everton lost away to Southampton last week and they need to do something to reverse their current fortunes. They are one of the four teams still unbeaten at home and no other team has conceded less goals on their own patch. They have only won once in their last eight games and they failed to score in three of those games.

Despite Romelu Lukaku being one of the top fantasy performers this season I still don't see any Everton players to recommend to fantasy managers.

United could only draw at home to West Ham last week and they continue to lose ground on the pacesetters at the top of the table. They have taken 10 points in their six away games, but they have only managed eight goals in those games. They have only won once in their last seven league games and they failed to score in three of those games.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic looks like he might have found some form again while United's defenders haven't done too badly either.

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

Prediction: 1-1

Monday December 5

Middlesbrough v Hull City

8pm GMT, Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough 

Boro got a good point away to champions Leicester last week to stay just clear of the bottom three. They have only won once in their six home games and have scored less goals at home than any other team. They have only lost once in their last five games and no other team in the bottom half of the table has conceded less goals.

I'm still not convinced any of the Boro players are worth including for fantasy managers.

Hull drew at home to West Brom last week, but they're still in the bottom three even if it's only on goal difference. They have lost four of their six away games with only Burnley and Sunderland scoring less goals away from home. They have only won once in their last 11 games and have failed to score in five of those games as well as being the lowest scorers and conceding the most goals too.

Robert Snodgrass is still by far the best fantasy choice in the Hull team.

I can't see too many goals in this game and I have a feeling Boro might get the only one.

Prediction: 1-0

That's it for this week.

See you next week.

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