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Saturday December 2
Chelsea v Newcastle United
12.30pm GMT, Stamford Bridge, London
Chelsea weren't at their best in midweek, but they managed to win 1-0 at home to Swansea to stay third. Their home form has improved with wins in their last three games at home, but they have already dropped more points at home than they did last season. They have taken 16 points from their last six games and only the top two have conceded less goals so far.
Despite drawing a blank in midweek I still think Alvaro Morata and Eden Hazard are very good options for fantasy managers and the Chelsea defenders are hard to ignore at the moment too.
Newcastle came from 2-0 down to get a point at West Brom on Tuesday, but a trip to Chelsea will be a big step up for them. They haven't won in their last five away games and they have failed to score in three of their seven away games. The point at West Brom was their first point in five games and they failed to score in three of those games.
Matt Richie showed against West Brom why is still the only real choice in the Newcastle team for fantasy managers, but it's still not easy to pick Newcastle players.
I can't see anything other than a comprehensive Chelsea win in this game.
Brighton and Hove Albion v Liverpool
3pm GMT, AMEX Arena, Brighton
Brighton could only draw 0-0 at home to bottom club Palace in midweek, but that point kept them in the top half of the table. They haven't lost in their last six home games, but no other team has drawn more games at home. They have only lost once in their last seven games, but they have drawn four of those games and they kept clean sheets in three of them.
Pascal Gross is still impressing for fantasy managers while the Brighton defenders have done well too, but they could struggle in this game.
Liverpool won 3-0 away to Stoke on Wednesday night to move up to fifth place within a point of the top four. They have won their last two away games and scored seven goals in the process, but only West Ham have conceded more goals on their travels. They have taken 13 points from their last five games and kept clean sheets in three of them with only the top two teams scoring more goals so far.
Mohamed Salah is an absolute must have for fantasy managers while Sadio Mane looks like he's heading back in that direction too.
I think Liverpool won't find it easy to break Brighton down, but they will just about take the three points.
Everton v Huddersfield Town
3pm GMT, Goodison Park, Liverpool
Everton won 4-0 at home to West Ham on Wednesday night to get the Sam Allardyce reign off to a good start even if he wasn't actually in charge of the team. They have won their last two home games and scored seven goals in those two games, but only Watford and Stoke have conceded more goals at home. They have only lost once in their last four games and they scored 10 goals in those games, but only Stoke and West Ham have conceded more goals.
Wayne Rooney might have got a hat trick against West Ham in midweek and he might do well in this game, but I'm still not sure Everton players are the way to go for fantasy managers.
Huddersfield lost 5-0 at Arsenal on Wednesday night and they need to get as many points as possible at home because they are really struggling on the road. Only Palace have lost more games away from home and they haven't scored in their last six away games with only West Ham conceding more on their travels. They have lost four of their last five games and they failed to score in three of those games with only the bottom two clubs scoring less goals.
I can't see any Huddersfield players to interest fantasy managers at the moment.
Everton's confidence should be high after putting four goals past West Ham and they should build on that confidence with another win in this game.
Leicester City v Burnley
3pm GMT, King Power Stadium, Leicester
Leicester got a very good 2-1 win at home to Spurs on Tuesday night to move into the top half of the table. They have already played four of the top six at home and they will hope to amass more home points when they play some of the "lesser" teams. They have only lost once in their last eight games and that was against high flying City.
Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez as usual are the Leicester players making waves for fantasy managers.
Burnley won 2-1 away to Bournemouth on Wednesday night and those three points moved them above Spurs into sixth place. Only City and Chelsea have more away points than Burnley and their only defeat on the road came against City. They have won four of their last five games and kept clean sheets in three of them and only the top two have conceded less goals.
Burnley's defenders and goalkeeper have been impressive for fantasy managers and they're still available at pretty good prices.
I think this will be a very close game and I wouldn't be surprised to see it end in a draw.
Stoke City v Swansea City
3pm GMT, bet365 Stadium, Stoke
Stoke lost 3-0 at home to Liverpool on Wednesday night and they're now only two places above the drop zone with the pressure building on Mark Hughes. They have won in their last three home games and they conceded seven goals in those games with only Watford conceding more goals at home. They have only taken seven points in their last seven games and only West Ham have conceded more goals.
Xherdan Shaqiri has done very well for fantasy managers in recent weeks and is certainly worth considering.
Swansea defended well at Chelsea on Wednesday night, but they came away with nothing from it and they're only off the foot of the table on goal difference. They have lost their last four away games while only Palace have scored less away goals, but only City and Chelsea have conceded less. They have only taken one point in their last six games and they have failed to score in their last four with no other team scoring less goals.
Despite Swansea's lowly position David de Gea is the only keeper with more points than Luzasz Fabianski and Fabianski costs fantasy managers an awful lot less.
This is a big game for two teams at the wrong end of the table and I think Stoke might just about get the better of it.
Watford v Tottenham Hotspur
3pm GMT, Vicarage Road, Watford
Watford lost 4-2 at home to United on Wednesday night and it doesn't get any easier for them in this game. They have conceded more goals at home than any other team and they have taken five more points on their travels than they have at home. They have lost four of their last six games and only three teams have conceded more goals, but they're still comfortably in the top half of the table as only the top five teams have scored more goals.
Richarlison and Abdoulaye Doucoure are the stand out fantasy performers in the Watford team and they're still both available at very good prices.
Spurs lost 2-1 away to Leicester in midweek and they're now back in seventh place 16 points behind league leaders City. They have lost their last three away games and only scored one goal in those games, but only three teams have conceded less goals away from home. They have lost three of their last five games and they only scored three goals in those five games.
Despite the team's recent slips Harry Kane is still a very good fantasy option, but some of their other better players have slipped recently.
I think this will be a close game, but Spurs will just about get the better of Watford.
West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace
3pm GMT, The Hawthorns, Birmingham
West Brom led 2-0 at home to Newcastle on Tuesday night, buy they let that lead slip and had to settle for a 2-2 draw in the end. They haven't won in their last six home games with only Watford and Stoke conceding more goals at home. They haven't won in their last 12 games , but they have at least drawn half of those games and they haven't kept a clean sheet in their last nine games.
I can't see any West Brom players who might make a difference for fantasy managers at the moment.
Palace got their first away point of the season with a 0-0 draw at Brighton on Tuesday night, but they're still propping up the rest of the table. They have lost six of their seven away games and they're the only team who haven't scored away from home so far. All of their points have come in their last seven games, with only Swansea scoring less goals so far.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek looks like a very good choice at a very reasonable price for fantasy managers.
This is a game which both teams badly need to win, but I think they will both have to settle for a point.
Arsenal v Manchester United
5.30pm GMT, Emirates Stadium, London
Arsenal won 5-0 at home to Huddersfield in midweek and they have the chance to close the gap on one of the teams ahead of them in this game. They are one of two teams who have won all of their home games with only City scoring more goals at home and only three teams conceding less. They have won five of their last six games and scored 16 goals in those games with only the top two teams scoring more goals.
Aaron Ramsey continues to impress for fantasy managers while Arsenal's defenders are doing well at the moment and Alexis Sanchez is finding his form at last.
United won 4-2 at Watford on Tuesday night, but they're still eight points behind a City team who just are not dropping points. The win at Watford was their first away win in four games and they have only won theee of their seven away games. They have won four of their last five games and scored nine goals in their last three games with only City scoring more goals and no other team conceding less.
United's defenders and goalkeeper are still the best fantasy options in their team even if they have slipped a little in recent weeks.
I can't see too many goals in this game, but I think Arsenal might just get the only goal of the game.
Sunday December 3
Bournemouth v Southampton
1.30pm GMT, Dean Court, Bournemouth
Bournemouth lost 2-1 at home to Burnley on Wednesday night and they're still only four points above the bottom three. Only Palace have lost more games at home and they have failed to score in three of their seven home games. The defeat against Burnley was their first one in four games and they kept clean sheets in three of those games.
Charlie Daniels has been the most consistent performer in the Bournemouth team for fantasy managers.
Southampton looked like they would get a point at City on Wednesday night, but a very late goal saw them lose 2-1. They have only taken one point in their last four away games with only three teams scoring less goals away from home. They have lost three of their last four games and have only kept one clean sheet in their last nine.
I can't see any Southampton players who might do the business for fantasy managers at the moment, but that might change if they continue their current improvement.
I wouldn't be surprised to see this game end with the spoils shared.
Manchester City v West Ham United
4pm GMT, Etihad Stadium, Manchester
City left it very late at home to Southampton on Wednesday night, but their 2-1 win saw them stay eight points clear at the top of the table. They have won their last six home games and they're the top scorers at home too. They have won eight league games in a row and it looks like the league is theirs to lose already.
There are so many City players to choose from for fantasy managers and I think Kevin de Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane are probably the best of them.
West Ham were well beaten at Everton in midweek and things are looking pretty bleak for them at the moment. They're one of three teams without an away win and no other team has conceded more goals away from home. They haven't won in seven games and they conceded 17 goals in those games with no other team conceding more goals.
I can't see any West Ham players who might make a difference for fantasy managers at the moment.
I can't see anything other than a routine win for City in this game.
That's it for this week.
See you next week.