Thursday, 28 September 2017

Predictions For Premier League Gameweek Seven

It's that time of the week again when I attempt to predict the outcomes of the upcoming Premier League games. I fared a little better than I have done for a while last week with one perfect outcome, five correct and four incorrect. I'm still rock bottom of my Predictions League and here's a look at how the top five in that league currently stands.

POSITIONPLAYER NAMETHIS WEEKPOINTS
 1 (1) Brisbane City FC
4
545
 2 (7) Dr_AFHMK
2
435
 3 (2) immycader
Imran Cader
1
415
 4 (5) JediKnut
1
410
 5 (3) Wild Things
2
400

Saturday September 30

Huddersfield Town v Tottenham Hotspur

12.30pm BST, John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield 

Huddersfield started the season very well, but they have found points a little harder to come by recently with only three points from their last four games. They're still unbeaten at home and only United have conceded less goals on their own patch, but only three teams have scored less. They have kept four clean sheets in their six games so far with only the top two conceding less goals.

Huddersfield's defenders and goalkeeper have done very well for fantasy managers, but they might not be the best choices for this game while Aaron Mooy hasn't done too badly either.

Spurs held on after having Serge Aurier sent off to win 3-2 at West Ham last week which kept them in the top four and five points behind the pacesetters. They have won their three away games so far and kept clean sheets in two of those games. It's their home form which has been below par three of their next four games after this game are at home.

Harry Kane is a must have for fantasy managers at the moment despite his price tag while Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and the Spurs defenders are all very good purchases too.

I think Spurs will have too much in attack for Huddersfield and should win with a few goals to spare.

Prediction: 0-3

Bournemouth v Leicester City

3pm GMT, Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth

Bournemouth looked like they might even take the three points at Everton last week, but two late goals saw them leave empty handed. They won their last home game after losing their first two at home, but only four teams have conceded more goals at home. They have lost five of their first six games and have failed to score in three of those games.

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

Leicester looked dead and buried at home to Liverpool last week, but they could have snatched a draw if Jamie Vardy hadn't missed his penalty. They haven't won away from home yet with only Liverpool and West Ham conceding more goals on their travels. They have had some tough games to start their season, but the next few games should give them a chance to climb the table.

Despite missing that penalty last week Vardy is still looking like a very good reasonably priced option for fantasy managers with five goals in his first six games while Harry Maguire is looking pretty good too.

I think Leicester will be happy to get a game against one of the league's lesser lights and they should be able to take all three points.

Prediction: 1-3

Manchester United v Crystal Palace

3pm GMT, Old Trafford, Manchester

United just about held on to win 1-0 at Southampton last week and they're only behind City at the top of the table on goal difference. They have won their first three home games without conceding a goal with only City scoring more goals at home so far. They have sixteen points from six games to date with no other team conceding less goals, but their fixtures will get harder after this game.

Romelu Lukaku is another must have for fantasy managers while all of United's defenders and goalkeeper are great options with Henrikh Mkhitaryan worth a shout too.

Palace lost 5-0 at City last week and by the end they were lucky it was only five goals they conceded. They have lost all of their away games so far with only Liverpool and West Ham conceding more goals away from home. They have lost their first six games without scoring a goal and they are in the middle of a very tough run of games.

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

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

Prediction: 3-0

Stoke City v Southampton 

3pm GMT, Bet365 Stadium, Stoke

Stoke were well beaten at home to Chelsea last week and they have slipped too close to the bottom three for comfort. Their defeat at home to Chelsea last week was their first defeat at home, but only two other teams have conceded more goals at home. They have only taken two points from their last four games and they conceded nine goals in those games.

Despite Eric Choupo-Moting having a fairly impressive score so far for fantasy managers most of his points were scored in one game and he needs to show some consistency.

Southampton made a game of it at home to United last week, but their inability to find the net meant they ended up losing 1-0. They have already lost two home games and just like last season they are struggling for goals at home. They have failed to score in four of their six games so far, but they have won each game they have scored in.

Southampton's defenders still look like a fairly attractive option for fantasy managers and their next few fixtures aren't too bad either.

I wouldn't be surprised if this game ended scoreless.

Prediction: 0-0

West Bromwich Albion v Watford 

3pm GMT, The Hawthorns, Birmingham

West Brom lost 2-0 at Arsenal on Monday night despite playing very well in the first half in particular. They're unbeaten at home, but only three teams have scored less goals at home and only United have conceded less. They have only taken two points from their last four games and have failed to score in their last two with only Swansea and Palace scoring less goals.

West Brom's defenders have done quite well for fantasy managers and are certainly worth considering when they play at home in particular.

Watford bounced back from their drubbing by City the previous week to win 2-1 away to Swansea last week. They are one of four teams with a 100% record on the road and only Swansea and Southampton have conceded less goals on their travels. That defeat by City is their only defeat so far and only the five teams above them have scored more goals.

Richarlison, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Kiko Femenia have all done very well for fantasy managers so far and are all available at a good price too.

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

Prediction: 1-1

West Ham United v Swansea City

3pm GMT, London Stadium, London

West Ham almost came from 3-0 down to get a point at home to Spurs last week, but they couldn't get that final goal. Their only win so far came at home and they will fancy their chances of another three points on their own turf in this game. No other team has conceded more goals than West Ham so far and that's something they need to address if they're going to climb the table.

Javier Hernandez still looks like a good third choice striker for fantasy managers with three goals in his first six games.

Swansea lost 2-1 at home to Newcastle last week and their home results must be a real concern for them. They have taken all their points so far away from home and they have yet to concede a goal on their travels. They are struggling to score goals with only goalless Palace scoring less goals in their first six games.

Swansea's defenders and goalkeeper have done reasonably well so far if you're prepared to take a risk on them while Tammy Abraham is a very reasonably priced striker who can add some points too.

This is another game which I think could go other way which is why I think it will end in a draw too.

Prediction: 1-1

Chelsea v Manchester City

 5.30pm BST, Stamford Bridge, London

Chelsea won 4-0 away to Stoke last week to keep within three points of the two Manchester teams at the top of the table. All the points they have dropped so far have been at home with only one win so far on their own patch. They have only conceded two goals in their last five games with only the two teams above them scoring more goals. 

Alvaro Morata is making himself a must have for fantasy managers while Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso are in great form too with the returning Eden Hazard hard to ignore.

City cruised to a 5-0 win at home to Palace last week and they have scored 16 goals in their last three league games. They have won all of their away games so far and they're the top scorers away from home too. They have four clean sheets in their first six games and they're the top scorers with the best defensive record too.

Sergio Aguero and David Silva are the outstanding fantasy choices in the City team for me with their keeper, defenders, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling all performing very well too.

This is a huge game for both teams and it could go either way, but I think the most likely outcome is a draw.

Prediction: 2-2

Sunday October 1

Arsenal v Brighton & Hove Albion

12pm BST, Emirates Stadium, London

Arsenal won 2-0 at home to West Brom on Monday night to move up to seventh in the table. They are one of only two teams who have won all of their home games so far and only the two Manchester teams have scored more goals at home. After a slow start to the season they have seven points and three clean sheets in their last three games.

New boys Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac are the two outstanding fantasy choices in the Arsenal team with Aaron Ramsey possibly worth considering too while Alexis Sanchez continues to find his feet.

Brighton won 1-0 at home to fellow promoted side Newcastle last week to move three points clear of the bottom three. They have only one point from their three away games so far and they have only scored one goal on their travels too, but they have put up a good fight in each of those games. They have kept clean sheets in two of their last four games, but this will be their first trip to one of the big six teams.

With Tomer Hemed suspended for three games it looks like the only real fantasy option in the Brighton team could be Pascal Gross.

I think Arsenal should be too strong for Brighton and should win with a few goals to spare.

Prediction: 3-0

Everton v Burnley

2.30pm BST, Goodison Park, Liverpool

Everton left it late last week, but two goals from Oumar Niasse gave them the three points at home to Bournemouth. They have won two of their three home games, but they have only managed three goals in those games. The win last week was very welcome after losing their previous three games and conceding nine goals in the process, but they were against three of the best teams in the league. 

None of the Everton players have set the fantasy world alight so far and it's not easy to pick any of them at the moment.

Burnley drew 0-0 at home to Huddersfield last week and that point kept them safely in the top half of the table. They are unbeaten away from home which is some feat when you consider the teams they had to travel to. They have kept clean sheets in two of their last three games, but both of those games were at home.

Stephen Ward, Robbie Brady and Chris Wood are all reasonably priced Burnley players who can return points for fantasy managers.

Despite Burnley's impressive results away from home so far I think Everton will get the better of them in this game.

Prediction: 2-0

Newcastle United v Liverpool

4.30pm BST, St. James' Park, Newcastle 

Newcastle lost 1-0 away to Brighton last week to bring an end to a run of three wins in a row. They have won two of their three home games and have won their last two at home scoring five goals in the process. They have failed to score in three of their six games though and they could struggle to get anything from an attack minded Liverpool team.

Matt Richie has done well for fantasy managers and at a good price while the Newcastle defenders and keeper are worth considering too, but maybe not in this game.

Liverpool just about held on to win 3-2 at Leicester last week and they need to sort out the amount of goals they are conceding. That was their first away win and no other team has conceded more goals away from home so far. Only the top two have scored more goals though even if only three teams have conceded more.

Phillippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane are the Liverpool players to have for fantasy managers with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino coming in closely behind them.

I think this will be a close affair, but Liverpool will just about get back to back away wins.

Prediction: 1-2

That's it for today

See you tomorrow 

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