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Saturday October 28
Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur
12.30pm BST, Old Trafford, Manchester
United lost their first game of the season away to Huddersfield last week and they're now five points behind City at the top of the table. They have won all of their home games without conceding a goal with only City scoring less goals at home. Only City have scored more goals than them and no other team has conceded less, but they haven't won in their last two games even though they have seven clean sheets in their nine games.
United's defenders and goalkeeper still look like very good fantasy options while Romelu Lukaku remains their most likely player to perform for fantasy managers despite no return in the last two games.
Spurs thrashed Liverpool 4-1 last week and they're only behind United on goal difference going into this game. They're one of two teams who have won all of their away games and they're the top scorers away from home with only City and Swansea conceding less goals on their travels. They have won their last four games and scored 12 goals in the process and they have five clean sheets to their name.
Harry Kane is a must have for fantasy managers with Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, the Spurs defenders and keeper all very good options too.
I think this is going to be a very close game and I wouldn't be surprised if it ended in a draw.
Arsenal v Swansea City
3pm BST, Emirates Stadium, London
Arsenal came from behind to win 5-2 at Everton last week and get their first away win of the season at the fifth time of asking. They have won all four of their home games with only the two Manchester clubs scoring more goals at home. Only the top three have scored more goals and they have taken 13 points from their last six games.
If they play like they did last week then Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette have an awful lot to offer fantasy managers while Aaron Ramsey, Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac should be considered too.
Swansea lost at home to Leicester last week and they're only outside the relegation zone on goal difference. They have only lost one of their away games and no other team has conceded less goals on their travels with only Palace scoring less. They have lost four of their last six games and they failed to score in six of their nine games with only Palace scoring less goals.
Tammy Abraham looks like the best fantasy bet in the Swansea team and he's available at a good price too while their defenders and goalkeeper have done well considering their league position.
Arsenal should be too strong in attack for Swansea and should win with a couple of goals to spare at least.
Crystal Palace v West Ham United
3pm BST, Selhurst Park, London
Palace lost away to Newcastle last week and they're still firmly rooted to the foot of the table five points below the relative safety of 17th place. They have lost three of their four home games and no other team has scored less goals at home, but they did beat Chelsea in their last home game. They have lost eight of their nine games and failed to score in each of those losses with only Stoke conceding more goals.
If Palace are going to have any chance of catching the teams above them they need Wilfried Zaha to shine and if he does he's a good option for fantasy managers.
West Ham lost 3-0 at home to Brighton last week and they're only outside the bottom three on goal difference. They haven't won away from home yet with only Liverpool and Palace conceding more goals on the road. They have only won once in their last five games with only three teams conceding more goals.
West Ham have plenty of attacking players, but none of them are excelling at the moment and it's hard to see any of them to recommend to fantasy managers.
This is a big game for both clubs at the wrong end of the table and neither of them can afford to lose which means we might just see it end all square.
Liverpool v Huddersfield Town
3pm BST, Anfield, Liverpool
Liverpool were well beaten by Spurs last week, but they're only three points off the top four despite a disappointing start to their season. They're still unbeaten at home with only United conceding less goals at home, but they have struggled for goals on their own patch. They have only won once in their last six games and only five teams have conceded more goals.
Mohamed Salah has been the stand out fantasy performer in the Liverpool team so far and Phillippe Coutinho is hard to ignore too.
Huddersfield had a great 2-1 win at home to United last week to put an end to a poor run of results. They haven't won away from home since the opening day and they haven't scored a goal on their travels since that 3-0 win at Palace. Their win last week was their first one in seven games and they had failed to score in five of those games with only three teams scoring less goals.
Despite their win over United last week I still don't see any Huddersfield players doing it on a consistent basis for fantasy managers.
Liverpool need a win to try to get back on track and I think they will do just that in this game.
Watford v Stoke City
3pm BST, Vicarage Road, Watford
Watford looked set for a shock win at Chelsea last week, but they missed some great chances to extend their lead and ended up losing 4-2. They have only won once at home so far and no other team has conceded more goals at home, but they have had some tough home games. Despite being in the top six only three teams have conceded more goals, but only the teams above them have scored more.
Richarlison and Abdoulaye Doucoure are both doing very well for fantasy managers and they're available at good prices too.
Stoke lost at home to Bournemouth last week and they're only outside the relegation zone on goal difference with Mark Hughes feeling the pressure. They have lost three of their four away games with only Liverpool and Palace conceding more goals on the road. They have lost four of their last five games and they conceded 16 goals in those five games with no other team conceding more goals.
Mame Biram Diuof has done well for fantasy managers recently with three goals in his last three games and he's available at a very good price too.
I think Watford's eye for goal should see them score enough goals to win this game despite their defensive issues.
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City
3pm BST, The Hawthorns, Birmingham
West Brom lost 1-0 at Southampton last week and they would be in real trouble if they hadn't won their first two games. They're still unbeaten at home, but they have drawn three of their four home games. They haven't won in their last seven games and they have failed to score in three of their last five with only three other teams scoring less goals.
I can't see any West Brom players to recommend to fantasy managers at the moment.
City beat Burnley 3-0 last week to go five goals clear at the top of the table and they look unstoppable at the moment. They have won all of their away games with only Spurs scoring more away goals and no other team conceding less. They are the top scorers with the joint best defensive record and they have win their last seven games and scored 29 goals in the process.
There are so many fantasy options in the City team and it's not easy to know which ones to choose with all of the rotation, but it's hard to ignore just about any of their team at the moment.
The way City have being playing I can't see anything other than another emphatic win for them in this game.
Bournemouth v Chelsea
5.30pm BST, Dean Court, Bournemouth
Bournemouth won 2-1 away to Stoke last week, but they're still in the relegation zone despite that win. They have only won once at home so far with only Palace and Burnley scoring less goals on their own patch. They have taken seven points from their last five games after losing their first four games, but only Palace have scored less goals.
None of the Bournemouth players have done too much for fantasy players so far this season and I can't really see any of them who might change that statistic at the moment.
Chelsea came from behind to win 4-2 at home to Watford last week and the three points moved them into the top four, but they're nine points behind City. They have won three of their four away games with only Spurs, City and Watford scoring more away goals, but they did lose their last away game to the team at the foot of the table. They have lost two of their last three games, but only the top three have scored more goals.
With Alvaro Morata and Eden Hazard back from injury they look like the best options in the Chelsea team for fantasy managers, but it's hard to pick their defenders with all the goals they're conceding despite the attacking points those defenders might bring at times.
Chelsea need the three points from this game to try to keep pace with the teams above them and I think they will just about take them.
Sunday October 29
Brighton And Hove Albion v Southampton
1.30pm GMT, AMEX Stadium, Brighton
Brighton had a very good 3-0 win at West Ham last week and they're managing to stay comfortably above the relegation zone so far. They have only lost one of their four home games and that was their first game against City and they have kept two clean sheets at home. They have taken 10 points from their last six games and they scored nine goals in those games despite failing to score in their first three games.
Pascal Gross has been by far the best fantasy option in the Brighton team with two goals and four assists in their nine games.
Southampton won 1-0 at home to West Brom last week, but they're still struggling to score goals. They have only played three away games so far and those games have only produced four goals with Southampton keeping clean sheets in two of them. They have won as many games as they have lost and have kept four clean sheets in their nine games while failing to score in four of them too which is probably why they're slap bang in the middle of the table.
Fraser Forster and Maya Yoshida have been the best of the bunch in the Southampton team for fantasy managers.
The chances are we won't see too many goals in this game and I wouldn't be surprised if it ended in a scoreless draw.
Leicester City v Everton
4pm GMT, King Power Stadium, Leicester
Leicester won 2-1 at Swansea last week to move out of the bottom three and they appointed Claude Puel as their new manager this week. They have only won once in four home games and only two teams have taken less points at home. They have only won two of their nine games and their win last week was their first in seven games.
Riyad Mahrez has found some form recently and he might be of interest to fantasy managers.
Everton were well beaten at home to Arsenal last week and slipped into the relegation zone with Ronald Koeman losing his job soon afterwards. They haven't won away from home yet with only Palace scoring less goals away from home. They have only won once in their last eight games and they haven't kept a clean sheet since their first game.
Wayne Rooney has scored in his last two games and he's a possibility for fantasy managers, but I can't see any other Everton defenders to recommend at the moment.
Leicester seemed to have improved since the departure of Craig Shakespeare and I think they will continue that improvement with three points in this game.
Monday October 30
Burnley v Newcastle United
8pm GMT, Turf Moor, Burnley
Burnley lost 3-0 at City last week, but that was a probably a better result than they were expected to get. They have only won once in four home games with no other team scoring less goals at home and only United and Liverpool conceding less. They have only won once in their last five games and they only scored three goals in those games.
Stephen Ward has done very well for fantasy managers so far and he is still available at a good price, but it is rising.
Newcastle got a late goal to win 1-0 at home to Palace last week and those three points moved them up to seventh place. They have only won once away from home so far and only four other teams have scored less away goals, but only four teams have conceded less too. They have taken 14 points and kept three clean sheets in their last seven games and only three teams have conceded less goals.
Jamaal Lascelles and Matt Richie have both done well for fantasy managers so far with Rob Elliot doing quite well too.
I can't see there being too many goals in this game, but I think Burnley will get the better of proceedings.
That's it for this week.
See you next week.