Monday, 27 November 2017

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 didn't do so well at the weekend with only four correct predictions and six incorrect which meant I dropped back a little in my predictions league and I'm nowhere near the pacesetters. Here's a look at how the top of that predictions league looks.

SITIONPLAYER NAMETHIS WEEKPOINTS
 1 (1) Dr_AFHMK
4
1080
 2 (2) Wild Things
4
1000
 3 (5) immycader
Imran Cader
2
950
 4 (3) JediKnut
3
930
 5 (4) Brisbane City FC
5
885










Tuesday November 28

Brighton and Hove Albion v Crystal Palace

7.45pm GMT, AMEX Stadium, Brighton 

Brighton played very well at United on Saturday and were a little unlucky to lose to a massive deflection. They have only lost one of their six home games and that was their opening game against City. The defeat at United was their first defeat in six games and they will be hoping to get back to winning ways at home to the bottom club.

Pascal Gross is still the Brighton player to have for fantasy managers.

Palace came from behind to win 2-1 at home to Stoke on Saturday, but they're still at the foot of the table. They are the only team without a point or a goal away from home and only four other teams have conceded more goals away from home. They have taken eight points from their last six games after losing their first seven, but only Swansea have scored less goals.

Wilfried Zaha still looks like the Palace player most likely to make a difference for fantasy managers to me while Ruben Loftus-Cheek has impressed in recent weeks.

I think this is a game which could go either way, but Brighton should just about shade it.

Prediction: 2-1

Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur

7.45pm GMT, King Power Stadium, Leicester 

Leicester led at West Ham on Friday night, but they were pegged back and had to settle for a 1-1 draw in the end. Only Swansea have lost more home games and their three home defeats were all against teams from the top six. They have only lost once in their last seven games, but four draws in those games have only seen them climb the table slowly.

Riyad Mahrez is the Leicester player most likely to perform for fantasy managers, but maybe not in this game.

Spurs had to come from behind to get a point at home to West Brom on Saturday and that result saw them drop out of the top four. They have won four of their six away games with only three teams scoring more away goals and only City conceding less. They have only won once in their last four games and they only scored two goals in those games, but only the top two have conceded less goals.

Harry Kane is impossible to ignore for fantasy managers while Dele Alli seems to be the other Spurs player in form at the moment.

I think Leicester's woes against the top six will continue in this game with Spurs taking the three points.

Prediction: 1-3

Watford v Manchester United

8pm GMT, Vicarage Road, Watford

Watford had a very impressive 3-0 win at Newcastle on Saturday, but this game will be a big step up from that game. They have only won two of their six home games with only Everon and Palace conceding more goals at home. They have won their last two games and kept clean sheets in both of them, but there tends to be a lot of goals for both teams in their games.

Richarlison is almost a must have for fantasy managers while Will Smith and Marvin Zeegelaar have excelled in the last two games and they're both available at a great price.

United weren't at their best at home to Brighton on Saturday, but they managed to get a 1-0 win to keep them in second place eight points behind City. They have only won two of their six away games and have only managed one point and one goal on the road with only City conceding less goals away from home. They have won three of their last four games and they have kept clean sheets in nine of their 13 games with no other team conceding less goals.

Romelu Lukaku isn't scoring at the same rate he managed earlier in the season, but he's still a pretty good fantasy option while every team should have one of their defenders or David de Gea and Paul Pogba has to be considered too.

Watford might just give United a scare, but I think United will emerge with the three points.

Prediction: 1-2

West Bromwich Albion v Newcastle United 

8pm GMT, The Hawthorns, Birmingham 

West Brom got life without Tony Pulis off to an impressive start by taking a point away to Spurs on Saturday. Only Swansea have taken less points at home than West Brom with only Burnley and Swansea scoring less goals at home and they haven't won in their last five games at home. They haven't won in their last 11 games and they failed to score in five of those games with only three teams scoring less goals.

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

Newcastle lost 3-0 at home to Watford on Saturday and their season seems to have taken a turn for the worse. Only Palace have lost more away games than Newcastle and they have only taken one point in their last four away games while failing to score in three of their six away games. They have lost their last four games and only scored one goal in those games and they could really do with getting something from this game.

There aren't too many Newcastle players doing too much to interest fantasy managers at the moment.

I can't see this game being a thrill a minute and the chances are the spoils will be shared in a drab affair.

Prediction: 1-1

Wednesday November 29

Arsenal v Huddersfield Town

7.45pm GMT, Emirates Stadium, London 

Arsenal left it very late at Burnley on Sunday, but a last minute penalty saw them win 1-0 and move into the top four. They're one of two teams with a 100% record at home with only the two Manchester clubs scoring more goals at home and they have four clean sheets in their six home games. They have taken 22 points from their last 10 games and they kept six clean sheets in those games.

Alexis Sanchez might just be finding the form that made him a must have for fantasy managers last season while Aaron Ramsey and Arsenal's defenders aren't shaping up too badly at the moment either.

Huddersfield led 1-0 at home to City on Sunday, but they ended up losing 2-1 which saw them just about drop into the bottom half of the table. They have lost four of their six away games with only Palace scoring less goals on their travels and they have failed to find the net in their last five away outings. They have lost five of their last seven games and have failed to score in seven of their 13 games, but they're still five points above the bottom three.

I don't think there are any Huddersfield players to consider for fantasy managers at the moment.

Arsenal should have more than enough to win this game with a few goals to spare.

Prediction: 3-0

Bournemouth v Burnley 

7.45pm GMT, Dean Court, Bournemouth 

Bournemouth drew 0-0 away to Swansea on Saturday to move four points clear of the bottom three. They have taken seven points from their last four home games with clean sheets in two of those games , but only four teams have scored less goals at home. They have taken 10 points from their last five games and haven't conceded a goal in three games, but only four teams have scored less goals.

Calum Wilson looks like a well priced third striking option for fantasy managers, but Charlie Daniels still seems to be their most consistent points getter.

Burnley looked like they would get a point at home to Arsenal on Sunday, but a very late penalty saw them end the game with nothing. They have only lost one of their six away games and that was at City and they have already taken points away to Chelsea, Liverpool and Spurs. They had won three games in a row without conceding a goal before the defeat to Arsenal and only the top two clubs have conceded less goals.

Burnley's defenders have done very well for fantasy managers and each squad should have one of them.

It's not easy to know what way this game will go, but I think it will probably end in a draw.

Prediction: 1-1

Chelsea v Swansea City

7.45pm GMT, Stamford Bridge, London 

Chelsea got a very late and somewhat fortunate equaliser at Liverpool on Saturday to stay third in the table, but they lost even more ground on City. They have already dropped more points at home than they did last season, but they have kept clean sheets in three of their six home games. They have taken 13 points from their last five games and kept clean sheets in three of those games.

Alvaro Morata and Eden Hazard are hard to ignore for fantasy managers while Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcus Alonso have done very well too.

Swansea drew 0-0 at home to Bournemouth on Saturday, but they could have done with all three points as they're still in the bottom three. They have taken more points away from home than they have at home, but only Palace have scored less away goals and only City have conceded less. The draw with Bournemouth was their first point in five games and they have failed to score in their last three games with no other team scoring less goals.

I can't see any Swansea players making an impression for fantasy managers in this game.

Chelsea should have too much for Swansea and should win with a few goals to spare.

Prediction: 3-0

Everton v West Ham United

8pm GMT, Goodison Park, Liverpool 

Everton were well beaten at Southampton on Sunday and they're still only two points above the bottom three. They have won as many games as they have lost at home and no other team has conceded more goals at home. They have only won once in their last seven games and they have conceded 15 goals in their last five games with no other team conceding more goals.

I'm not sure there are any Everton players who could make a difference for fantasy managers.

West Ham came from behind to draw 1-1 at home to Leicester on Friday night, but it wasn't enough to move them out of the bottom three. They're one of three teams without an away win, but they have drawn their last three games on the road while only Liverpool and Everton have conceded more away goals. They haven't won in their last six games and have conceded 12 goals in their last five with only Everton conceding more goals.

Like Everton I don't think any of the West Ham players are doing enough to interest fantasy managers at the moment.

I think Everton should just about manage to climb away from the wrong end of the table by taking the three points in this game.

Prediction: 2-1

Manchester City v Southampton 

8pm GMT, Etihad Stadium, Manchester 

City came from behind to win 2-1 at Huddersfield on Sunday which kept them eight points clear of second placed United. They have won their last five home games and scored 23 goals in those games with no other team scoring more home goals and only three teams conceding less goals at home. They have won their last 11 games and are by far the leading scorers with only United conceding less goals.

There are so many options for fantasy managers in the City team with Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, Kevin de Bruyne, David Silva and their defenders the best options for me as the rotation of their two strikers makes it so difficult to choose either of them despite both of them doing so well.

Southampton easily disposed of Everton on Sunday, but they're facing a very tough run of fixtures with games against all of the top five in their next eight games. Only Palace have scored less goals away from home, but they do have a good defensive record on the road which will be severely tested in this game. Their win against Everton was only their second win in nine games and they had struggled badly for goals until they put those four goals past Everton.

I can't see any Southampton players to make a difference for fantasy managers and particularly in this game.

I think City will continue to march towards the title by winning this game comfortably.

Prediction: 3-0

Stoke v Liverpool 

8pm GMT, bet365 Arena, Stoke

Stoke led away to Palace on Saturday, but a late goal saw them lose 2-1 and they're still only three points above the relegation zone. They have only won two of their six home games with only Everton and Palace conceding more goals at home. They have only won once in their last six games and have only kept one clean sheet in their last 11 with only Everton conceding more goals.

Xherdan Shaqiri is on a very good run at the moment and should be a serious consideration for fantasy managers considering his price.

Liverpool had to settle for a 1-1 draw at home to Chelsea on Saturday and that point meant they dropped back to sixth in the league. Only three teams have scored more away goals than Liverpool, but no other team has conceded more goals on the road. They have taken 10 points in their last four games and they scored 10 goals in those games with only the top two scoring more goals.

Mohamed Salah is an absolute must have for fantasy managers while Sadio Mane and Phillippe Coutinho should be closely watched too.

I think this will be a very close game and Liverpool might just about manage to take the three points.

Prediction: 1-2

That's it for this week.

See you next week.




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