Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Predictions For Premier League Gameweek 34

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 too well last week with only four correct outcomes and six incorrect outcomes which saw me lose even more ground in my predictions league. Here’s a look at how the top five in that league stands with me nowhere in sight.

POSITIONPLAYER NAMETHIS WEEKPOINTS
 1 (1)GoonerLaw2170
 2 (2)Invader 671770
 3 (3)Feel1765
 4 (4)Mystical 1715
 5 (5)Samoz1650

Tuesday July 7

Crystal Palace v Chelsea 

6pm BST, Selhurst Park, London 

Palace lost 3-0 away to Leicester last week and they have slipped down the table a little, but they can’t be dragged into the relegation battle. They have lost as many games as they have won at home and no other team has scored less goals on their own patch. They have lost their last three games without scoring a goal and they have a very tough run in.

I’m not sure there are any Palace players who will be of interest to fantasy managers at the moment.

Chelsea won 3-0 at home to Watford last week to stay fourth with Leicester only a point ahead of them, but United only two points behind. They have only won once in their last six away games, but only City have scored more goals on their travels. They have won four of their last five games and they need to win their next few games as they have two tough fixtures to end the season.

Willian and Caesar Azpilicueta are the Chelsea players most likely to make a difference for fantasy managers with Christian Pulisic worth considering too.

I think this will be a fairly close game with Chelsea probably winning by the odd goal.

Prediction: 1-2

Watford v Norwich City

6pm BST, Vicarage Road, Watford 

Watford lost 3-0 away to Chelsea last week and they’re still only one point above the bottom three. They have only won once in their last five home games with only Palace and Southampton scoring less goals at home. They have only taken one point in five games since beating Liverpool, but they have the chance to get some points in their next three games.

I can’t see any Watford players to recommend to fantasy managers at the moment.

Norwich lost 1-0 at home to Brighton last week and the chances are their relegation will be confirmed very shortly. They have only taken one point and scored one goal in their last seven away games and no other team has less points or goals on their travels. They have lost their last five games without scoring a goal and no other team has scored less goals with only Villa conceding more.

I can’t see any Norwich players to recommend to fantasy managers at the moment either.

I think Watford should be able to do enough at home to get three precious points in this game.

Prediction: 1-0

Arsenal v Leicester City

8.15pm BST, Emirates Stadium, London 

Arsenal won 2-0 away to Wolves last week to give themselves a fighting chance of qualifying for European football for next season. They have taken 16 points from their last six home games and they kept clean sheets in four of those games. They have won their last three games without conceding a goal and the results of their next three games will more than likely decide their league position.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the Arsenal player to have for fantasy managers with Bukayo Saka a possibility too.

Leicester won 3-0 at home to Palace last week to stay third, but the teams are queueing up behind them. They haven’t won in their last five away games, but only City and Chelsea have scored more goals on the road. The win against Palace was only their second win in nine games, but only the top two have scored more goals and only Liverpool have conceded less.

Jamie Vardy ended his barren patch with two goals against Palace last week and he might just be back on song for fantasy managers.

I think this will be a very close game which could go either way, but Arsenal might just take the vital points.

Prediction: 2-1

Wednesday July 8

Manchester City v Newcastle United 

6pm BST, Etihad Stadium, Manchester 

City lost 1-0 away to Southampton last week as they fell to their ninth defeat of the season. They have won their last four home games and they scored 14 goals in those games and didn’t concede any. They have lost three of their last six games, but they’re still the highest scorers in the league.

If they’re back in the team both Kevin de Bruyne and Phil Foden are the City players who can make a difference for fantasy managers.

Newcastle drew 2-2 at home to West Ham last week and they’re comfortably in mid-table as the season draws to a close. They have won their last two away games, but going to City will be a different prospect for them. They’re unbeaten in six games and they kept clean sheets in three of those games, but they have some tough games to finish their season.

Allan Saint-Maximin is the Newcastle player who has impressed recently, but he could find it tough in this game while Dwight Gayle has done well recently too.

I can’t see anything other than a comfortable City win in this game.

Prediction: 3-0

Sheffield United v Wolverhampton Wanderers 

6pm BST, Bramall Lane, Sheffield 

United drew 1-1 away to Burnley last week, but they continue to slide down the table and they’re now in ninth place. They have taken 10 points from their last four home games and only the top two have conceded less goals at home. They have a tough run of games to finish the season and they could fall even further down the league.

I’m not sure there are any United players to interest fantasy managers at the moment.

Wolves lost 2-0 at home to Arsenal last week to put an end to a very good run, but they’re still in sixth place. They have taken 13 points from their last five away games with only the top two taking more points on their travels. The defeat against Arsenal was their first defeat in nine games and they kept clean sheets in seven of those games.

Raul Jiminez and Matt Doherty are still the Wolves players most likely to perform for fantasy managers with all of their defenders and keeper worth considering too.

I think this will be another very close game with Wolves probably winning by the only goal.

Prediction: 0-1

West Ham United v Burnley 

6pm BST, London Stadium, London 

West Ham drew 2-2 away to Newcastle last week and they’re now four points clear of the bottom three. They have won two of their last three home games, but only two other teams have conceded more goals at home. They have only won two of their last 13 games, but they play three of the teams below them in their last five games.

Michail Antonio is probably the West Ham player who’s in form at the moment and he could make an impression for fantasy managers.

Burnley drew 1-1 at home to Sheffield United last week and they’re still in the top half of the table. They have taken 10 points from their last five away games and they kept clean sheets in three of those games. They have only lost one of their last 11 games and they kept clean sheets in six of those games.

Nick Pope has been the Burnley player to have for fantasy managers and there’s no reason that should change.

I think this will be a very close game and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it end all square.

Prediction: 1-1

Brighton And Hove Albion v Liverpool 

8.15pm BST, AMEX Stadium, Brighton 

Brighton won 1-0 away to Norwich last week and that was enough to move them nine points clear of the relegation zone which should be enough to keep them up. They have only won once in their last six home games, but that win against Arsenal was probably the win they needed to stay up. They have taken eight points from their last five games, but they have to play the top two in their next two games.

I can’t see any Brighton players to recommend to fantasy managers at the moment.

Liverpool won 2-0 at home to Villa last week to extend their winning margin at the top of the league and close in on a record points total. They haven’t won or scored a goal in their last three away games, but no other team has taken more points or conceded less goals on the road. They have only taken 10 points from their last six games which isn’t much for a team who have run away with the league, but no other team has conceded less goals and only City have scored more.

I’m not so sure Liverpool are at the races any more, but even so almost all of them have performed very well for fantasy managers this season.

I think Liverpool should be good enough to take the three points in this game even if they’re not at their very best.

Prediction: 0-2

Thursday July 9

Bournemouth v Tottenham Hotspur 

6pm BST, Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth 

Bournemouth lost 5-2 away to United last week and they’re still only one point from safety despite their recent poor run. They have lost their last two home games and they conceded six goals in those games with only Norwich taking less points at home. They have only taken one point from their last eight games and they conceded 21 goals in those games with only Villa and Norwich conceding more goals.

I can’t see any Bournemouth players to recommend to fantasy managers at the moment.

Spurs won 1-0 at home to Everton last week to move up to eighth place and keep their European hopes alive. They have only won once in their last seven away games and only have three away wins in 16 games this season. They have only won two of their last seven games, but their run in suggests European football for next season isn’t beyond them.

Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son are probably the Spurs players who could do well for fantasy managers in this game in particular.

I think Bournemouth’s woes will continue in this game, but there won’t be too much in it.

Prediction: 1-2

Everton v Southampton 

6pm BST, Goodison Park, Liverpool 

Everton lost 1-0 away to Spurs last week and that defeat almost certainly put an end to their European ambitions. They’re unbeaten in nine home games, but they did draw four of those games and only six other teams have taken more points on their own patch. They have only won two of their last seven games, but their run in suggests they could still finish the season on a high.

I can’t see any Everton players to recommend to fantasy managers at the moment.

Southampton won 1-0 at home to City last week and they’re only one point behind Everton going into this game. They have won six of their last eight away games with only four other teams taking more points and scoring more goals away from home. They have won three of their last four games, but only four other teams have conceded more goals.

Danny Ings is still the outstanding Southampton player for fantasy managers while Stuart Armstrong isn’t the worst option either.

I think this will be a very close game and the chances are the spoils will be shared.

Prediction: 1-1

Aston Villa v Manchester United 

8.15pm BST, Villa Park, Birmingham 

Villa lost 2-0 away to Liverpool last week and their chances of staying up are getting slimmer with each passing game. They have only taken one point from their last four home games and they still have Arsenal to pay them a visit as well as United. They have only taken two points from their last nine games and they have only scored two goals in their last seven with no other team conceding more goals.

I can’t see any Villa players to recommend to fantasy managers at the moment.

United won 5-2 at home to Bournemouth last week and they’re within three points of both Leicester and Chelsea as they try to finish in the top four. They have taken eight points and only conceded two goals in their last four away games, but they have still lost more games than they have won on their travels. They have taken 21 points and kept six clean sheets in their last nine games and they scored 11 goals in their last three games.

There are so many United players impressing for fantasy managers at the moment with Bruno Fernandes and Mason Greenwood probably the pick of them.

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

Prediction: 0-2

That’s it for this week.

See you next week.


Saturday, 4 July 2020

Predictions For Premier League Gameweek 33

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 too well last week with four correct outcomes and six incorrect outcomes which saw me drop a few places in my predictions league and my chances of finishing in the top five are now very slim. Here’s a look at how the top five in the league stands.

POSITIONPLAYER NAMETHIS WEEKPOINTS
 1 (1)GoonerLaw2050
 2 (2)Invader 671675
 3 (3)Feel1665
 4 (4)Mystical 1605
 5 (6)Samoz1565

Saturday July 4

Norwich City v Brighton And Hove Albion 

12.30pm BST, Carrow Road, Norwich 

Norwich lost 4-0 away to Arsenal last week and it’s just a matter of when and not if they’re relegated at this stage. They have lost three of their last four home games and they failed to score in each of those defeats with only Southampton taking less points and conceding more goals at home. They have only taken four points in their last nine games and they failed to score in seven of those games with no other team scoring less goals or conceding more.

I can’t see any Norwich players to interest fantasy managers at the moment.

Brighton lost 3-0 at home to United last week, but they still have six points to spare over the bottom three. They drew their last four away games and they kept clean sheets in the last two. They have only won once in their last 12 games, but a win in this game might just be enough to keep them in the Premier League for another season.

I’m not sure there are any Brighton players who will be of interest to fantasy managers at the moment either.

This promises to be a close game which Norwich have to win, but I think a draw is the most they will get from it.

Prediction: 1-1

Leicester City v Crystal Palace 

3pm BST, King Power Stadium, Leicester 

Leicester lost 2-1 away to Everton last week and the chasing teams for a top four place are catching them quickly. They have only won two of their last eight home games, but only three other teams have taken more points and scored more goals at home. They have only won once in their last eight games and they failed to score in four of those games.

The way they’re playing at the moment I don’t think I can recommend any Leicester players to fantasy managers. 

Palace lost 1-0 at home to Burnley last week and that defeat saw them drop into the bottom half of the table. They have only lost two of their last seven away games with only six other teams taking more points on the road. They lost their last two games without scoring a goal after winning the previous four without conceding a goal.

Palace’s defenders and keeper have done well recently for fantasy managers, but they have a tough run of games coming up.

I have a feeling Palace’s away form might just be enough to see them take the three points in this game.

Prediction: 1-2

Manchester United v Bournemouth 

3pm BST, Old Trafford, Manchester 

United won 3-0 away to Brighton last week and they’re closing quickly on the top four. They have taken 10 points from their last four home games and they didn’t concede any goals in those games with only the top two taking more points on their own patch and no other team conceding less goals. They have taken 18 points from their last eight games and they kept clean sheets in six of those games with only Liverpool conceding less goals.

Bruno Fernandes is a must have for fantasy managers at the moment while any of United’s defenders and their keeper are very good choices and Mason Greenwood is a cut price option too.

Bournemouth lost 4-1 at home to Newcastle last week and they’re still in the relegation zone with the toughest run in of all the teams down there. They have lost their last seven away games and they failed to score in five of those games with only two other teams taking less points on the road. They have only taken one point from their last seven games and they could struggle to take any more points judging by their remaining games.

I can’t see any Bournemouth players to recommend to fantasy managers at the moment.

I can’t see anything other than a comfortable United win in this game.

Prediction: 4-0

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Arsenal 

5.30pm BST, Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton 

Wolves won 1-0 away to Villa last week and they’re now only two points off the top four. They’re unbeaten in their last four home games and they didn’t concede any goals in those games, but no other team has drawn more games at home. They’re unbeaten in eight games and they kept clean sheets in seven of those games.

Raul Jiminez and Matt Doherty are the Wolves players to have for fantasy managers, but any of their defenders and their keeper would do nicely too.

Arsenal won 4-0 at home to Norwich last week, but it looks like they will struggle to finish higher than seventh with games running out. They have only won once in their last eight away games and no other team has drawn more games on the road. They have won five of their last seven games and they have kept clean sheets in five of their last eight games with no other team drawing more games.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is still the best of the Arsenal players for fantasy managers, but their defenders and keeper have done well recently and Bukayo Saka is a good option at a good price too.

I think this will be a very close game and I have a feeling Arsenal might just do enough to get a crucial win.

Prediction: 1-2

Chelsea v Watford 

8pm BST, Stamford Bridge, London 

Chelsea lost 3-2 away to West Ham last week to put a real dent in their hopes of holding on to their top four spot. They have won their last three home games, but they have already lost five home games this season. They have taken 13 points from their last six games and their run in offers every chance to hold on to their current top four place.

Willian looks like the Chelsea player to have at the moment for fantasy managers while Christian Pulisic isn’t doing too badly either and their defenders looked good before the West Ham game at least.

Watford lost 3-1 at home to Southampton last week and they’re still only a solitary point above the relegation zone. They have only taken one point from their last five away games with only two other teams taking less points and only Norwich scoring less goals on their own patch. Their only win in their last 10 games was against Liverpool and they failed to score in six of those games.

I can’t see any Watford players who might make a difference for fantasy managers at the moment.

I think Watford will make a game of it, but Chelsea should emerge with the three points.

Prediction: 2-1

Sunday July 5

Burnley v Sheffield United

12.00pm BST, Turf Moor, Burnley 

Burnley won 1-0 away to Palace last week and that was enough to move them into the top half of the table. They’re unbeaten in five home games and they kept clean sheets in three of those games. They have taken 21 points from their last 10 games and they kept clean sheets in six of those games.

Burnley’s defenders are looking pretty good for fantasy managers at the moment with Nick Pope excelling and Dwight McNeil isn’t doing badly either.

United won 3-1 at home to Spurs last week to put a bad run of results since football returned behind them and stay in seventh place. They have only won once in their last seven away games and they failed to score in five of those games. The win against Spurs was their first win in four games and they failed to score in their last three games before that Spurs game.

Despite the win against Spurs I’m still not sure United’s defenders are good options going forward for fantasy managers.

I think this will be a low scoring affair with Burnley possibility winning by the only goal.

Prediction: 1-0

Newcastle United v West Ham United

2.15pm BST, St. James’s Park, Newcastle 

Newcastle won 4-1 away to Bournemouth last week and they’re comfortably in mid-table with no threat of relegation. They’re unbeaten in five home games and they kept clean sheets in four of those games with only Liverpool, City and United conceding less goals at home. They have only lost two of their last 11 games and they kept clean sheets in five of those games.

Allan Saint-Maximin has done very well for fantasy managers in recent weeks and he’s available at a very good price too.

West Ham won 3-2 at home to Chelsea last week to move three points clear of the bottom three and marginally ease their relegation worries. They have lost their last seven away games and they failed to score in four of those games with only Norwich and Watford scoring less goals away from home. They have lost eight of their last 12 games, but three of their last four games are against teams in the same precarious position as them.

I don’t think there are any West Ham players to interest fantasy managers unless they can continue to play like they did against Chelsea.

I think this will be a close game, but Newcastle’s recent form suggests they will win narrowly.

Prediction: 1-0

Liverpool v Aston Villa

4.30pm BST, Anfield, Liverpool 

Liverpool lost 4-0 away to City as they seemed to possibly suffer from the effects of celebrating their title win. They have won all 16 of their home games with only City scoring more home goals and no other team conceding less. They have only won two of their last five games, but they’re still on course to set a Premier League points record once they don’t don’t drop more than three points in their last six games. 

Despite the defeat against City this game looks like it could be very good for fantasy managers with almost any of the Liverpool players in their team.

Villa lost 1-0 at home to Wolves last week and they’re still in the relegation zone going into what is probably their toughest away game of the season. They haven’t won in their last five away games with only Norwich taking less points on the road and no other team conceding more goals. They have only taken two points from their last eight games and no other team has conceded more goals.

I can’t see any Villa players to interest fantasy managers at the moment.

I can’t see anything other than a comprehensive Liverpool victory in this game.

Prediction: 4-0

Southampton v Manchester City

7pm BST, St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton 

Southampton won 3-1 away to Watford last week and they’re now as good as guaranteed to be in the Premier League next season. They have lost four of their last five home games with no other team taking less points or conceding more goals at home. They haven’t drawn a game in their last 12 games with only the top two drawing less games and only three other teams conceding more goals.

Danny Ings is still the Southampton player to have for fantasy managers while Stuart Armstrong could be worth considering too.

City won 4-0 at home to Liverpool last week, but it was too late to keep their title hopes alive as they had to give their opponents a guard of honour before the game. They have lost three of their last four away games, but no other team has scored more goals away from home. They have won five of their last seven games and they kept clean sheets in each of those victories with no other team scoring more goals.

Kevin de Bruyne is the best of the City players for fantasy managers as he’s one of the few who plays almost every game while Phil Foden is available at a very good price and has done very well recently too.

I think City should win this game with at least a couple of goals to spare.

Prediction: 1-3

Monday July 6

Tottenham Hotspur v Everton 

8pm BST, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London 

Spurs lost 3-1 away to Sheffield United last week to drop back to ninth in the table.They have taken 10 points from their last five home games and only three other teams have scored more goals at home. They have only won once in their last six games and they need to change that statistic very quickly.

Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son are the Spurs players most likely to make an impression for fantasy managers at the moment.

Everton won 2-1 at home to Leicester last week and they’re still in the bottom half of the table even if they’re only three points off seventh place. They have only won four of their 16 away games, but they have won three of their last seven on the road. They have taken seven points from their three games since the lockdown ended after only taking one from their last three before it.

Richarlison is the Everton player who could do well for fantasy managers for the rest of the season while Lucas Digne might be a good option too.

I think Everton might just currently have enough to take the three points in this game.

Prediction: 1-2

That’s it for this week.

See you next week.

Friday, 26 June 2020

Updated Predictions For Premier League Gameweek 32

It’s that time of the week again when I attempt to predict the outcomes of the upcoming Premier League games. I did pretty well last week with one perfect prediction, six correct outcomes and three incorrect outcomes. It was enough to move me up a few places in my predictions league, but I’m still only in seventh place. Here’s a look at how the top five in that league stands.

POSITIONPLAYER NAMETHIS WEEKPOINTS
 1 (1)GoonerLaw1985
 2 (2)Invader 671640
 3 (3)Feel1620
 4 (4)Mystical 1580
 5 (5)AFCDAVE1515

Saturday June 27

Aston Villa v Wolverhampton Wanderers 

12.30pm BST, Villa Park, Birmingham 

Villa came from behind to get a vital point away to Newcastle last week, but they’re still in the relegation zone even if it is only on goal difference. They have only taken one point from their last three home games and they have some tough home games coming up. They have only taken two points from their last seven games and no other team has conceded more goals.

I can’t see any Villa players who might make a difference for fantasy managers.

Wolves won 1-0 at home to Bournemouth last week and they’re only behind fifth placed United on goal difference. They have taken 10 points from their last four away games and only three other teams have taken more points on the road and only two other teams have conceded less goals. They’re unbeaten in seven games and they kept clean sheets in six of those games.

Raul Jiminez, Matt Doherty and Adama Traore are all doing very well for fantasy managers and they are certainly worth considering.

I think Wolves will be too strong for Villa and will win by a couple of goals.

Prediction: 0-2

Sunday June 28

Watford v Southampton 

4.30pm BST, Vicarage Road, Watford 

Watford lost 1-0 away to Burnley last week and they’re still only one point above the relegation zone. They have only lost once in their last eight home games, but only three other teams have scored less goals at home. They have only won once in their last last eight games and they have failed to score in three of their last five with only Norwich scoring less goals.

I can’t see any Watford players to recommend to fantasy managers at the moment.

Southampton lost 2-0 at home to Arsenal last week, but they’re still 10 points above the bottom three with only seven games to go. They have won five of their last seven away games with only six other teams taking more points on the road. They have lost five of their last seven games and have three very tough games after this one, but I can’t see them being sucked into the relegation battle.

Both Danny Ings and Stuart Armstrong have done well for fantasy managers away from home in particular.

I think Southampton will continue their impressive away form by taking the three points in this game.

Prediction: 1-2

Monday June 29

Crystal Palace v Burnley 

8pm BST, Selhurst Park, London 

Palace lost 4-0 away to Liverpool last week and it could have been more, but they’re still in the top half of the table. They have won their last two home games by the same 1-0 scoreline, but no other team have scored less goals at home with only Liverpool, City and United conceding less. They had won four games in a row without conceding a goal before losing to Liverpool, but only Norwich have scored less goals.

Jordan Ayew has done well recently for fantasy managers as have the Palace defenders and keeper.

Burnley won 1-0 at home to Watford last week and they’re only outside the top half of the table on goal difference. They lost their last away game to City, but that was their first away defeat in four games. They have only lost one of their last nine games and they kept five clean sheets in their last eight games.

Nick Pope is by far the best of the Burnley players for fantasy managers while Dwight McNeil is a pretty good option too.

I think this will be a very close game and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it end in a draw.

Prediction: 0-0

Tuesday June 30

Brighton v Manchester United 

8.15pm BST, AMEX Stadium, Brighton 

Brighton drew 0-0 away to Leicester last week and they could have taken all three points if it wasn’t for a missed penalty. They have only lost once in their last six home games, but only two other teams have drawn more games on their own patch. They have only won once in their last 11 games, but they drew five of those games and they still have six points to spare over the bottom three.

I still can’t see any Brighton players to interest fantasy managers.

United won 3-0 at home to Sheffield United last week, but they can’t seem to shake off Wolves in the fight for fifth place. They are unbeaten in three away games, but they have only won four of their 15 games on the road and they have conceded more goals than they have scored on their travels. They’re unbeaten in eight games and they kept clean sheets in six of those games with only Liverpool and Leicester conceding less goals.

Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes are still the best choices in the United team for fantasy managers despite Anthony Martial’s hat trick while their defenders and keeper have done quite well recently too.

I don’t think United will have it all their own way in this game, but they should be good enough to win.

Prediction: 1-2

Wednesday July 1

Arsenal v Norwich City

6pm BST, Emirates Stadium, London 

Arsenal won 2-0 away to Southampton last week to move back up to ninth place, but their chances of finishing in the top five are now very slim. They have taken 13 points from their last five home games and they kept clean sheets in three of those games. That win at Southampton broke a run of consecutive defeats, but they have four tough games in a row after this one.

Bukayo Saka is available at a very good price and could be of real interest to fantasy managers while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has to be an option too.

Norwich lost 1-0 at home to Everton last week and they’re still six points from safety with only seven games to go. They have only taken one point from their last six away games and no other team has taken less points or scored less goals on their travels. They have lost five of their last six games and they failed to score in each of those defeats with no other team scoring less goals and only Villa conceding more.

I can’t see any Norwich players who might make a difference for fantasy managers.

I think Arsenal should be able to win this game by at least a couple of goals.

Prediction: 2-0

Bournemouth v Newcastle United 

6pm BST, Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth 

Bournemouth lost 1-0 away to Wolves last week and they’re still in the bottom three on goal difference. They have only won twice in their last nine home games and they have some very tough home fixtures left after this game. They have only taken one point in their last six games and they failed to score in three of those games.

I can’t see any Bournemouth players to interest fantasy managers at the moment.

Newcastle drew 1-1 at home to Villa last week and they’re only three points off the top half of the table and 12 points above the bottom three. They won their last away game after failing to win the previous six with only Villa conceding more goals away from home. They’re unbeaten in four games and they kept clean sheets in three of those games and they still have to play four of the teams below them.

Newcastle’s defenders and keeper have done fairly well for fantasy managers and they’re available at pretty good prices too.

I think this will be a very close game and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it end with the points shared.

Prediction: 1-1

Everton v Leicester City 

6pm BST, Goodison Park, Liverpool 

Everton won 1-0 away to Norwich last week, but it wasn’t enough to move them into the top half of the table. They’re unbeaten in eight home games and only three other teams have lost less games at home. They haven’t conceded a goal since returning from the lockdown and they have a fairly good run of games to finish their season.

Everton’s defenders and keeper have done well recently for fantasy managers, but their upcoming fixtures are a little tougher.

Leicester drew 0-0 at home to Brighton last week and that point was enough to keep them third in the table. They haven’t won in their last four away games, but only three other teams have taken more points away from home and only Liverpool have conceded less goals on the road. They have only won once in their last seven games and they need to change that trend soon or they could drop out of the top four.

I’m not sure Leicester’s attacking players are offering enough threat at the moment to interest fantasy managers, but Peter Schmeichel and Ben Chilwell look like good possibilities.

I think this will be another very close game and a draw is probably the most likely outcome.

Prediction: 1-1

West Ham United v Chelsea 

8.15pm BST, London Stadium, London 

West Ham lost 2-0 away to Spurs last week and they’re only above the relegation zone on goal difference. They have only won once in their last five home games with only Southampton taking less points at home. They have only taken five points from their last 11 games and they failed to score in their last three with only Villa and Norwich conceding more goals.

I can’t see any West Ham players to recommend to fantasy managers.

Chelsea won 2-1 at home to City last week and that was enough to hand Liverpool the title and move them within one point of third place. Only the top two have taken more points away from home with only City scoring more goals on their travels. They have taken 13 points from their last five games including victories against City and Spurs and theirs next five games could yield a lot of points.

Willian, Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount are players who could all do well for fantasy managers while Cesar Azpilicueta is a pretty good choice too.

I think Chelsea’s impressive run will continue with at least a couple of goals to spare in this game.

Prediction: 1-3

Thursday July 2

Sheffield United v Tottenham Hotspur 

6pm BST, Bramall Lane, Sheffield 

Sheffield United lost 3-0 away to Manchester United last week and they dropped back to eighth place. They have only lost once in their last seven home games with only three other teams conceding less goals at home, but only three scoring less too. They have only taken one point and they haven’t scored a goal in their last three games and they have a tough run of games coming up.

I’m not sure United have returned from the lockdown in the same form they had before it and it might be a good idea to avoid their players.

Spurs won 2-0 at home to West Ham last week and they’re only four points off fifth place. They have only won once in their last six away games and they have only won three of their 15 away games so far. The win against West Ham was their first win in five games, but they have a run of games to finish the season which could help them to climb the table.

Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son are the Spurs players who should be of interest to fantasy managers.

I think this will be a very close game too and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the spoils shared.

Prediction: 1-1

Manchester City v Liverpool 

8.15pm BST, Etihad Stadium, Manchester 

City lost 2-1 away to Chelsea last week and that defeat meant they handed the league title over to Liverpool. They have won their last three home games without conceding a goal and they scored 10 goals in those games with only Liverpool taking more points and scoring more goals at home. The defeat at Chelsea was their third defeat in seven games, but they have a relatively easy run in after this game.

With Sergio Aguero injured Kevin de Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling could be the City players to have for fantasy managers.

Liverpool won 4-0 at home to Palace last week and that was enough to win the league when City lost to Chelsea the next night. They have only taken one point and scored no goals in their last two away games, but no other team has conceded less goals on the road and they have won 12 of their 15 away games. They could break all sorts of Premier League records this season with 28 wins in their 31 games so far as long as they can keep their focus now the title is theirs.

As long as Liverpool continue to play their strongest team almost all of their players are good options for fantasy managers.

I think Liverpool will show why they are champions by winning this game.

Prediction: 1-3

That’s it for this week.

See you next week.