Tuesday, 26 January 2021

Predictions For Premier League Gameweek 20

It’s that time of the week again when I attempt to predict the outcomes of the upcoming Premier League games. I did reasonably well last week with one perfect prediction, nine correct outcomes and five incorrect outcomes which left me still on top of my predictions league. Here’s a look at how the top five in that league stands.

RankPlayerResClsExaSlmPts
1
-
JamrockRover
30576014161.0
2
1
Dk Jones
36515111149.0
3
1
Sam
3443.55711145.5
4
1
solo97
2554396124.0
5
1
IAMC0Le
3351276117.0

Tuesday January 26

Crystal Palace v West Ham United 

6pm GMT, Selhurst Park, London 

Palace lost 4-0 away to City last week and they’re still 13th in the table with 11 points to spare over the bottom three. They won their last home game against Sheffield United, but they hadn’t won in four home games before that with only West Brom conceding more goals at home. They have only won once in their last eight games with only West Brom and Leeds conceding more goals.

Palace players haven’t done too much recently for fantasy managers, but Wilfried Zaha could still prosper in a fairly good upcoming fixture list.

West Ham won at home to both Burnley and West Brom last week and they moved up to seventh place within two points of the top four. They have taken 10 points from their last five away games and they kept clean sheets in three of those games. They’re unbeaten in five games and they have won their last three and they only conceded one goal in those three wins.

West Ham’s defenders and keeper have done very well recently for fantasy managers while Michail Antonio looks good since his return from injury.

I don’t think we’ll see too many goals in this game, but West Ham are more likely to take the three points.

Prediction: 0-1

Newcastle United v Leeds United 

6pm GMT, St. James’s Park, Newcastle 

Newcastle lost away to Arsenal and Villa last week, but they’re still seven points above the relegation zone despite their poor run of results. They haven’t won in their last three home games with only West Brom conceding more goals at home. They have only taken two points from their last eight games and they have only scored one goal in their last six games with only four other teams scoring less goals.

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

Leeds lost 1-0 at home to Brighton last week, but they’re still in 12th place safely away from the bottom three. They have lost three of their last four away games and they conceded 12 goals in those games with no other team conceding more goals away from home. They have lost their last two games without scoring with only West Brom conceding more goals.

The Leeds players haven’t done quite so well for fantasy managers in recent weeks, but Patrick Bamford and Stuart Dallas still look like good choices for the moment at least.

I think Leeds might have too much energy for Newcastle and might just win by the odd goal.

Prediction: 1-2

Southampton v Arsenal 

8.15pm GMT, St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton 

Southampton lost 2-0 away to Leicester last week and they’re only two points ahead of Arsenal going into this game, but they did beat them in the FA Cup on Saturday. They have taken 16 points from their last eight home games and they kept clean sheets in three of their last four games at home. They have only won once in their last six games, but they have kept clean sheets in three of their last four games.

Southampton’s keeper and defenders have done very well for fantasy managers recently while James Ward-Prowse and Danny Ings are worth considering too.

Arsenal won 3-0 at home to Newcastle last week, but they’re still in the bottom half of the table. They have won their last two away games without conceding a goal and only two other teams have conceded less goals on their travels. They have taken 13 points from their last five games and they haven’t considered a goal in four games with only three other teams conceding less goals.

Arsenal’s keeper and defenders have done very well for fantasy managers recently too while Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith-Rowe are looking like real bargains at the moment.

I think this is going to be a very close game with Arsenal possibly continuing their recovery by taking the three points.

Prediction: 1-2

West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City 

8.15pm GMT, The Hawthorns, Birmingham 

West Brom won 3-2 away to Wolves before losing 2-1 away to West Ham last week and they’re still six points from safety with the season half way over. They have lost their last four home games and they conceded 17 goals in those games with no other team scoring less or conceding more goals at home. They have only taken five points from their last nine games and no other team has conceded more goals.

Matheus Pereira has lived up to his pre-season hype in recent games and he could be worth considering for fantasy managers.

City won at home to both Palace and Villa last week and they’re now two points off the top of the table with a game in hand on United. They have taken seven points from their last three away games and they kept clean sheets in two of those games with no other team conceding less goals on the road. They have won their last six games and they have kept eight clean sheets in their last 10 games with no other team conceding less goals.

With Kevin de Bruyne injured it looks like the City keeper and defenders are the ones to have for fantasy managers while Ilkay Gundogan and Phil Foden are possibilities too.

I think City will be too strong for West Brom despite the absence of de Bruyne and should win by a couple of goals.

Prediction: 0-2

Wednesday January 27

Burnley v Aston Villa 

6pm GMT, Turf Moor, Burnley 

Burnley lost 1-0 away to West Ham before winning 1-0 away to Liverpool last week and they have now moved seven points clear of the bottom three. They have taken 10 points from their last five home games, but no other team has scored less goals at home and only City have conceded less. They have taken 14 points from their last nine games to move away from the relegation zone and they only conceded five goals in those games.

Burnley’s defenders and keeper have done very well for fantasy managers since their results improved and some of them are available at a good price too.

Villa lost 2-0 away to City before winning 2-0 at home to Newcastle last week and they’re only five points off the top four with games in hand on most of the teams above them. They have taken seven points from their last three home games and they didn’t concede any goals in those games. They have taken 14 points from their last eight games and the only defeats in those games were away to the current top two.

Jack Grealish and Emiliano Martinez are the best of the Villa players for fantasy managers while Bertrand Traore, Matt Targett and Tyrone Mings are pretty good options too.

I think this will be another very close game with Villa the most likely team to emerge victorious.

Prediction: 0-1

Chelsea v Wolverhampton Wanderers 

6pm GMT, Stamford Bridge, London 

Chelsea won 1-0 away to Fulham before losing 2-0 away to Leicester last week which left them in ninth place half way through their campaign. They have only won two of their last five home games, but only two other teams have scored more goals at home. They have lost five of their last eight games and that run cost Frank Lampard his job this week.

Chelsea players haven’t done too much recently for fantasy managers, but Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell still look like reasonably good options.

Wolves lost 3-2 at home to West Brom last week and they have now dropped to 14th place in the table. They have only taken one point from their last four away games and they conceded 10 goals in those games with only four other teams scoring less goals on the road. They haven’t won in six games and they haven’t kept a clean sheet in 12 games with only five other teams conceding more goals.

With their recent form it’s not easy to see any Wolves players to recommend to fantasy managers, but Pedro Neto is still not the worst choice.

Both of these teams could badly do with a win, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see this game end in a draw.

Prediction: 1-1

Brighton And Hove Albion v Fulham 

7.30pm GMT, AMEX Stadium, Brighton 

Brighton won 1-0 away to Leeds last week to give themselves five points to spare over the bottom three. They’re the only team without a home win so far, but no other team has drawn more games at home. Their win against Leeds was their first win in 10 games, but they drew five of those games and no other team has drawn more games.

Lewis Dunk and Neal Maupay have both done pretty well for fantasy managers in recent weeks and they don’t cost a fortune either.

Fulham narrowly lost at home to both Chelsea and United last week and they’re five points behind Brighton going into this game. They have drawn their last three away games, but only Sheffield United have taken less points on their travels and only two other teams have scored less goals away from home. They haven’t won in eight games, but they drew five of those games and only two other teams have scored less goals.

Ademola Lookman is the only Fulham player who might be of interest to fantasy managers.

This is a huge game for two teams fighting to stay in the Premier League and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Fulham get the win their recent performances have deserved.

Prediction: 1-2

Everton v Leicester City 

8.15pm GMT, Goodison Park, Liverpool 

Everton didn’t play last week, but they’re only two points off the top four with games in hand on all of the teams above them. They have only won twice in their last six home games and they have taken more points away from home than they have at home. They have won five of their last six games and they kept clean sheets in three of those games.

With James Rodriguez back in the team Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison could be good options again for fantasy managers while Everton’s defenders have done well recently too.

Leicester won 2-0 at home to both Southampton and Chelsea last week and they’re only two points off the top of the table going into this game. They have taken 10 points from their last four away games with only United taking more points and scoring more goals on their travels. They have taken 20 points from their last nine games and they kept clean sheets in four of those games with only Liverpool and United scoring more goals.

With Jamie Vardy injured it looks like James Maddison and Harvey Barnes could be the Leicester players to have for fantasy managers and their keeper and defenders have done well in recent games too.

This isn’t an easy game to call, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the spoils were shared.

Prediction: 1-1

Manchester United v Sheffield United 

8.15pm GMT, Old Trafford, Manchester 

United drew 0-0 away to Liverpool before winning 2-1 away to Fulham last week which left them two points clear at the top of the table. They have taken 13 points from their last five home games and they kept clean sheets in three of those games, but they have taken most of their points away from home. They have taken 33 points from their last 13 games and they have kept three clean sheets in their last five games with only Liverpool scoring more goals.

Bruno Fernandes is the must have United player for fantasy managers with Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba very good options too.

Sheffield United lost 3-1 at home to Spurs last week and they’re still firmly rooted to the foot of the table. They’re the only team without an away win and no other team has scored less goals on the road. They have lost 16 of their 19 games and no other team had scored less goals.

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

United should be far too good for Sheffield United and should win with a few goals to spare.

Prediction: 3-0

Thursday January 27

Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool 

8pm GMT, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London 

Spurs won 3-1 away to Sheffield United last week and they’re only a point off the top four with a game in hand on three of the teams above them. They have only won once in their last three home games, but only City and Burnley have conceded less goals at home. They have taken seven points from their last three games after only taking two in the previous five with only City conceding less goals.

Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son are the outstanding Spurs players who can make a real difference for fantasy managers.

Liverpool drew 0-0 at home to United and then lost 1-0 at home to Burnley last week and they’re now six points behind United. They have only won two of their nine away games, but they drew five of them and no other team has drawn more away games. They haven’t won in five games and they haven’t scored in four games, but no other team has scored more goals.

Despite their recent problems both Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane can still make a real difference for fantasy managers.

This looks like a game which could go either way and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it end in a draw.

Prediction: 1-1

That’s it for this week.

See you next week.

Saturday, 16 January 2021

Predictions For Premier League Gameweek 19

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 in midweek with only two correct outcomes and four incorrect outcomes, but I kept my place at the top of my predictions league. Here’s a look at how the top five in that league stands.

RankPlayerResClsExaSlmPts
1
-
JamrockRover
2846.55711142.5
2
-
Sam
3137.5519128.5
3
-
Dk Jones
3343.5428126.5
4
-
IAMC0Le
3351246114.0
5
-
solo97
2348334108.0

Saturday January 16

Wolverhampton Wanderers v West Bromwich Albion 

12.30pm GMT, Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton 

Wolves lost 2-1 at home to Everton in midweek, but they’re still a very healthy 10 points above the bottom three. They have only won once in their last five home games, but only five other teams have conceded less goals at home. They have only won once in their last eight games, but they should get the chance to put that right in this game.

I’m not so sure there are any Wolves players to recommend to fantasy managers at the moment even if Pedro Neto and Ruben Neves have done pretty well recently.

West Brom didn’t play in midweek and they lost 4-0 at home to Arsenal the last time they did play. They’re one of two teams without an away win and only two other teams have scored less goals on the road. They have only taken two points from their last seven games and no other team has conceded more goals.

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

I think Wolves will get a much needed win in this game with a couple of goals to spare.

Prediction: 2-0

Leeds United v Brighton And Hove Albion 

3pm GMT, Elland Road, Leeds

Leeds lost 3-0 away to Spurs when they last played, but they’re still sitting comfortably in mid-table. They won their last two home games and they scored six goals in those games, but they have scored and conceded more goals on the road. They have won four and lost four of their last eight games and only West Brom have conceded more goals.

Patrick Bamford and Stuart Dallas have done very well for fantasy managers so far and they’re both worth considering.

Brighton lost 1-0 away to City in midweek and they’re now only two points above the relegation zone. They haven’t won in their last four away games, but their only two wins so far have come on their travels. They haven’t won in nine games, but they drew five of those games and no other team has drawn more games.

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

I think Brighton will make a game of it, but Leeds will probably take the three points.

Prediction: 2-1

West Ham United v Burnley 

3pm GMT, London Stadium, London 

West Ham last played when they won 1-0 away to Everton and that win was enough to keep them in the top half of the table. They haven’t won in three home games, but only five other teams have conceded less goals at home. They have only lost once in their last six games and they kept clean sheets in their last two.

Tomas Soucek looks like very good value for fantasy managers at the moment while all of the defence are good choices too and especially Aaron Cresswell.

Burnley lost 1-0 at home to United in midweek, but they’re still four points above the bottom three and steadily climbing the table. Only two other teams have taken less points on the road and they have only scored one goal in their last six away games with no other team scoring less goals on their travels.€ They have taken 11 points from their last seven games, but no other team has scored less goals.

All of Burnley’s defenders and keeper are looking good for fantasy managers at the moment, but their attacking options are best avoided.

I don’t think there will be too much in this game, but the chances are West Ham will win by a single goal.

Prediction: 1-0

Fulham v Chelsea 

5.30pm GMT, Craven Cottage, London 

Fulham got a very good 1-1 draw away to Spurs in midweek and they’re now only two points away from exiting the relegation zone. They have drawn their last three home games and they kept clean sheets in the last two, but only three other teams have scored less goals at home. They haven’t won in six games, but they have drawn their last five and they will need to turn some of those draws into wins if they’re going to climb the table.

Despite their recent upturn I’m still not convinced there are any Fulham players for fantasy managers to consider with the possible exception of Ademola Lookman.

Chelsea last played in their 3-1 defeat at home to City which saw them drop to ninth in the table. They have lost their last three away games after being unbeaten in the previous five. They have only taken four points from their last six games, but only two other teams have scored more goals.

Despite their recent poor form Kurt Zouma, Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount are still all options fantasy managers should consider.

I think Chelsea will just about get back to winning ways with a narrow victory in this game.

Prediction: 1-2

Leicester City v Southampton 

8pm GMT, King Power Stadium, Leicester 

Leicester last played when they won 2-1 away to Newcastle and they’re still in the top four despite not playing in midweek. Only two other teams have lost more home games and they have taken more than two thirds of their points so far away from home. They have taken 14 points from their last seven games and only three other teams have scored more goals.

Jamie Vardy is still the best option in the Leicester team for fantasy managers while their defenders and keeper are worth considering too along with James Maddison.

Southampton won 1-0 at home to Liverpool when they last played and they’re only three points behind Leicester going into this game. They’re unbeaten in seven away games, but they drew four of those games with only Liverpool drawing more away games. They have taken 12 points from their last seven games and they kept clean sheets in their last three with only three other teams conceding less goals.

James Ward-Prowse is looking very good for fantasy managers at the moment along with Southampton’s defenders and keeper, but Danny Ings is doubtful thanks to our old friend Covid.

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

Prediction: 1-1

Sunday January 17

Sheffield United v Tottenham Hotspur 

2.05pm GMT, Bramall Lane, Sheffield 

United eventually managed their first win of the season with a 2-1 victory at home to Newcastle in midweek, but they’re still stranded at the foot of the table nine points from safety. They have lost more home games than any other team and no other team has scored less goals at home either. Their first win of the season will give them some hope, but their opponents in their next three games are all very tough and no other team has scored less goals.

I still can’t see any United players to recommend to fantasy managers.

Spurs let a lead slip late on at home to Fulham in midweek and they had to settle for a 1-1 draw which meant they didn’t move back into the top four. They have only lost one of their eight away games with only Villa and City conceding less goals on their travels. They have only won once in their last six games, but they’re still within touching distance of the top four.

Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son are still the outstanding Spurs players for fantasy managers and they’re both well worth having.

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

Prediction: 0-2

Liverpool v Manchester United 

4.30pm GMT, Anfield, Liverpool 

Liverpool didn’t play in midweek, but they lost their last game 1-0 away to Southampton and United are now above them at the top of the table. They’re the only team unbeaten at home and no other team has scored more goals at home with only City conceding less. They haven’t won in three games and they haven’t scored in their last two, but no other team has scored more goals.

Mohamed Salah is still the best of the Liverpool players for fantasy managers with Sadio Mane and Andy Robertson pretty good options too.

United won 1-0 away to Burnley in midweek and that win was enough to move them three points ahead of Liverpool at the top of the table. They’re the only team unbeaten away from home and no other team has scored more goals on the road. They have taken 29 points from their last 11 games with only Liverpool scoring more goals.

Bruno Fernandes is the United player to have for fantasy managers with Marcus Rashford and maybe even Paul Pogba worth considering too.

I think this will be a very close game which could go either way, but the chances are it will end with the points shared.

Prediction: 1-1

Manchester City v Crystal Palace 

7.15pm GMT, Etihad Stadium, Manchester 

City won 1-0 at home to Brighton in midweek and they’re only four points off the top of the table with a game in hand. They have taken 17 points from their last seven home games and they kept clean sheets in five of those games with no other team conceding less goals at home. They have taken 20 points from their last eight games and they kept clean sheets in six of those games with no other team conceding less goals.

Kevin de Bruyne is the attacking player to have in the City team for fantasy managers while all of their defenders and keeper are very good options too.

Palace drew 0-0 away to Arsenal in midweek and they’re still only three points off the top half of the table. They have only won once in their last six away games and they failed to score in four of those games. They are unbeaten in three games and they kept clean sheets in their last two and they have a very good run of games coming up after this one.

Wilfried Zaha is still the only Palace player to interest fantasy managers although their defenders and keeper have improved in recent weeks.

I think City will continue their good run by taking the three points in this game.

Prediction: 2-0

Monday January 18

Arsenal v Newcastle United 

8pm GMT, Emirates Stadium, London 

Arsenal drew 0-0 at home to Palace in midweek and they’re still in the bottom half of the table. Only two other teams have lost more home games and only four other teams have scored less goals on their own patch. They have taken 10 points from their last four games and they kept clean sheets in their last three with only three other teams conceding less goals.

Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney are probably the best of the Arsenal players for fantasy managers with Bukayo Saka worth considering too.

Newcastle lost 1-0 away to bottom club Sheffield United in midweek, but they still have seven points to spare over the bottom three. They have lost four of their last five away games and they failed to score in three of those games. They haven’t won in six games and they have only scored one goal in their last four games with only five other teams scoring less goals.

I would usually recommend Callum Wilson as the only Newcastle player for fantasy managers to consider, but it’s even difficult to recommend him at the moment.

I think Arsenal’s rejuvenation will continue with them taking the three points in this game.

Prediction: 2-0

Tuesday January 19

West Ham United v West Bromwich Albion 

6pm GMT, London Stadium, London 

West Ham play their second game of the Gameweek and they’re both at home to teams in the bottom five. If they can get two wins in those games it would give their hopes of European football for next season a real boost.

With two home games this week the West Ham players I mentioned previously are pretty good options for fantasy managers.

West Brom play for the second time this week too and both games are away to mid-table teams. It could be a bad week for West Brom considering their away form and their recent run of results.

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

I think West Ham might just win this game too for a six point haul in one week.

Prediction: 3-0

Leicester City v Chelsea 

8.15pm GMT, King Power Stadium, Leicester 

Leicester play their second home game of the week and they’re both against teams who are pretty close to them in the table. This is a very big week for Leicester, but they need to get their home results to match their away results if they’re going to challenge for a top four spot.

As I mentioned previously Vardy and the Leicester defenders could be very good options for fantasy managers with two games in a week.

Chelsea play their second away game of the week and Leicester should be a tougher proposition than Fulham despite Fulham’s recent upturn in results. They need some points quickly with Frank Lampard feeling the pressure recently and the two games they have are certainly both well within their capabilities of winning.

With two games this week Chelsea players are very interesting for fantasy managers if they can choose the right ones.

I think this will be a very close game with a draw the most likely outcome.

Prediction: 1-1

Wednesday January 20

Manchester City v Aston Villa 

6pm GMT, Etihad Stadium, Manchester 

City play their second home game of the week and it could give them the chance to go to the top of the table depending on how other games go. They may not be the goalscoring machine they have been in recent seasons, but they look much stronger at the back and that might just be the ingredient they need to win the title.

If City are going to go to the top of the table then de Bruyne is the player most likely to get them there and Phil Foden might be able to assist him.

Villa have had their problems with Covid in recent weeks and this should be their first game back as long as it goes ahead. Only three other teams have taken more points on the road and no other team has conceded less goals on their travels. They haven’t won their last two games which were against Chelsea and United, but they have a much better run of games after this one.

With two games this week Jack Grealish and Emiliano Martinez are looking very good for fantasy managers while Anwar El Ghazi and Bertrand Traore are worth considering too.

I think City will be too strong for Villa and should win with a couple of goals to spare.

Prediction: 3-1

Fulham v Manchester United 

8.15pm GMT, Craven Cottage, London 

Fulham have their second home game of the week, but they won’t be easy for them as they’re both against big six teams. They have proved to be a hard team to beat in their last five games, but they still have a long way to go to beat the drop.

As I said above Lookman could be a good option for fantasy managers this week with two games to play. 

United play their second away game of the week, but that shouldn’t be too much of a problem for the team with the best away record in the league. They have won seven of their eight away games and even if they don’t get a result against Liverpool a win in this game could put them back on top of the table.

With Fernandes usually doing so well on the road he’s probably the United player fantasy managers should concentrate on.

I think Fulham’s woes will continue with the second home defeat in a week.

Prediction: 0-2

Thursday January 21

Liverpool v Burnley 

8pm GMT, Anfield, Liverpool 

Liverpool play their second home game of the week and Burnley shouldn’t pose as much of a problem as United. If they’re going to retain the title their home form will do it for them, but their away results are really hampering them at the moment.

Even if Salah and Mane don’t do too well for fantasy managers against United they have the chance to make up for it in this game.

Burnley play their second away game of the week and a trip to Liverpool will be even more difficult than the trip to West Ham. They have climbed the table recently thanks to some good results at home, but there’s only so far they can go if they can’t score away from home.

With two games this week Burnley players have to be considered by fantasy managers, but they could suffer in this game.

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

Prediction: 3-0

Saturday January 23

Aston Villa v Newcastle United 

8pm GMT, Villa Park, Birmingham 

Villa play for the second time in a few days and a home game against Newcastle has to be a better prospect for them than their trip to City. They have lost as many games as they have won at home and it’s their away form which has them so high in the table. 

Grealish and Martinez and the other Villa players I mentioned could do very well for fantasy managers in this game even if the trip to City is tough for them.

Newcastle play their second away game of the week and the way they have played recently it could be a tough week for them. They still have seven points to spare over the bottom three, but they need to improve soon or things could get a little uncomfortable for them.

I can’t see any Newcastle players to recommend to fantasy managers despite having two games this week.

I think Villa will take the three points in this game, but maybe not by as many goals as expected.

Prediction: 2-1

That’s it for this week.

See you next week.


Monday, 11 January 2021

Predictions For Premier League Gameweek 18

It’s that time of the week again when I attempt to predict the outcomes of the upcoming Premier League games. I did reasonably well last week with two perfect predictions, three correct outcomes and four incorrect outcomes which left me still on top of my predictions league. Here’s a look at how the top five in that league stands.

RankPlayerResClsExaSlmPts
1
-
JamrockRover
 
27455711140.0
2
-
Sam
2937.5519126.5
3
-
Dk Jones
3242428124.0
4
1
IAMC0Le
3249.5216108.5
5
1
solo97
2148334106.0

Tuesday January 12

Sheffield United v Newcastle United 

6pm GMT, Bramall Lane, Sheffield 

United lost 2-0 away to Palace in their last game game and they’re still without a win with the season almost halfway over. They have only taken one point from their eight home games and no other team has scored less goals at home. They have lost their last three games without scoring a goal and they’re the only team without a win with no other team scoring less goals either.

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

Newcastle lost 2-1 at home to Leicester in their last game, but they’re still a healthy eight points above the bottom three. They conceded seven goals in their last two away games, but they only conceded four in their previous five away games. They have only taken two points from their last five games, but they will be hopeful of getting something from this game.

If he’s fit to play Callum Wilson is the Newcastle player who can make a difference for fantasy managers.

I think this will be a very close game with Newcastle probably just about managing to take the three points.

Prediction: 1-2

Burnley v Manchester United 

8.15pm GMT, Turf Moor, Burnley 

Burnley didn’t play last week due to the Covid outbreak at Fulham, but they’re still five points clear of the bottom three and climbing the table. They have taken 10 points from their last four home games with no other team conceding less goals at home, but only Sheffield United scoring less. They have taken 14 points from their last eight games and they kept four clean sheets in those games, but four of their next six games are against teams from the “big six”.

Burnley’s defenders and keeper have done very well recently for fantasy managers, but this could be a tough game for them.

United won their last game 2-1 at home to Villa and they’re now only behind Liverpool at the top of the table on goal difference with a game in hand too. They’re the only team unbeaten away from home and no other team has scored more goals on their travels. They have taken 26 points from their last 10 games and they scored 24 goals in those games with only Liverpool scoring more goals.

Bruno Fernandes is a must have for fantasy managers at this stage while Marcus Rashford is a very good option too.

I think United’s fantastic away form will continue with another victory in this game.

Prediction: 0-2

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Everton 

8.15pm GMT, Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton 

Wolves let a two goal lead slip to draw 3-3 away to Brighton last week and they dropped down to 13th place as a result. They have only won once in their last four home games with only City conceding less goals on their own patch. They have only won once in their last seven games and they failed to score in three of those games and they need a win to steady the ship.

Pedro Neto and Romain Saiss are pretty good options for fantasy managers despite their recent poor run of results.

Everton lost 1-0 at home to West Ham last week, but they’re only outside the top four on goal difference and four points off the top of the table. They have taken 10 points from their last four away games and they kept clean sheets in their last two with only two other teams taking more points on the road. They had won four games in a row before losing to West Ham and they have only conceded two goals in their last five games.

With Dominic Calvert-Lewin injured Everton’s defenders and keeper could be the ones to watch for fantasy managers.

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

Prediction: 1-1

Wednesday January 13

Manchester City v Brighton And Hove Albion 

6pm GMT, Etihad Stadium, Manchester 

City won 3-1 away to Chelsea last time out and they’re only outside the top four on goal difference with games in hand on all of the teams above them. They have taken 14 points from their last six home games and they only conceded two goals in those games with no other team conceding less goals at home. They have taken 17 points from their last seven games and they only conceded two goals in those games with no other team conceding less goals.

Kevin de Bruyne remains the best choice in the City team for fantasy managers while their defenders and keeper are on a great run at the moment and Raheem Sterling is worth considering too.

Brighton came back from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 at home to Wolves last week and that point was enough to move them three points clear of the relegation zone. Their only two wins so far have come away from home, but they have some tough games coming up. They haven’t won in eight games, but they drew five of those games with no other team drawing more games.

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

Prediction: 3-0

Tottenham Hotspur v Fulham 

8.15pm GMT, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London 

Spurs won 3-0 at home to Leeds last week and that win was enough to move them back into the top four. They have won four of their last five home games and they kept clean sheets in three of those games with only City and Burnley conceding less goals at home. The win against Leeds was their first win in five games and they play three of the bottom four in their next four games.

Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son are the Spurs players who can make a real difference for fantasy managers.

Fulham didn’t play last week due to a Covid outbreak and they’re still in the bottom three with the relative safety of 17th place three points above them. They have taken four points from their last three away games which included trips to City and Leicester. They have drawn their last four games and they kept clean sheets in two of them, but they play teams from the big six in their next three games.

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

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

Prediction: 2-0

Thursday January 14

Arsenal v Crystal Palace 

8pm GMT, Emirates Stadium, London 

Arsenal won 4-0 away to West Brom last week, but they’re still three points off the top half of the table. They won their last home game against Chelsea, but that was their first home win in six games with only four other teams scoring less goals at home. They have won their last three games and they only conceded one goal in those games, but they failed to win the previous seven.

Alexandre Lacazette, Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith-Rowe and Kieran Tierney are all looking like pretty good options for fantasy managers at the moment.

Palace won 2-0 at home to Sheffield United last week and they’re only one point behind Arsenal going into this game. They have lost three of their last five away games and they travel to City in their next game. The win against United was their first win in six games and they conceded 13 goals in those games with only West Brom and Leeds conceding more goals.

Wilfried Zaha is still the only Palace player who looks like he can make an impression for fantasy managers.

I think Arsenal’s revival will continue with a narrow victory in this game.

Prediction: 2-1

That’s it for this week.

See you next week.

Friday, 1 January 2021

Predictions For Premier League Gameweek 17 Updated

It’s that time of the week again when I attempt to predict the outcomes of the upcoming Premier League games. I did fairly well in midweek with one perfect prediction, four correct outcomes and three incorrect outcomes which left me still on top of my predictions league. Here’s a look at how the top five in that league stands.

RankPlayerResClsExaSlmPts
1
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JamrockRover
 
2543.55110129.5
2
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Sam
2637.5458116.5
3
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Dk Jones
3137.5397114.5
4
1
solo97
1946.530499.5
5
1
IAMC0Le
294518597.0

Friday January 1

Everton v West Ham United 

5.30pm GMT, Goodison Park, Liverpool 

Everton didn’t play in midweek after the Covid issue at City saw their game called off and they dropped to fourth place as a result, but they’re only four points off the top of the table with a game in hand. They have won their last two home games and only three other teams have taken more points at home with only two other teams scoring more goals on their own patch. They have won their last four games and they only conceded one goal in those games.

Everton’s defenders have done very well for fantasy managers in recent weeks while Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s output isn’t what it was a few weeks ago.

West Ham drew 0-0 away to Southampton on Tuesday night and that point was enough to keep them in the top half of the table on goal difference. They have taken seven points from their last four away games, but they didn’t score in the last two of those games. They haven’t won in four games, but they drew three of those games and United are the only team in the top half of the table to have conceded more goals.

West Ham’s defenders and keeper have done very well for fantasy managers in recent weeks while Jarrod Bowen is still worth a shout too.

I think this will be a very close game, but the new look Everton might just take the three points.

Prediction: 1-0

Manchester United v Aston Villa 

8pm GMT, Old Trafford, Manchester 

United won 1-0 at home to Wolves on Tuesday night and those three points were enough to move them up to second place, three points behind Liverpool with a game in hand. They have taken 10 points from their last four home games and they kept clean sheets in three of those games. They have taken 23 points from their last nine games and they scored 22 goals in those games with only Liverpool scoring more goals.

Bruno Fernandes continues to be the must have United player for fantasy managers while Marcus Rashford is making a good impression too.

Villa drew 1-1 away to Chelsea in midweek to move up to fifth place and they’re seven points off the top of the table with two games in hand. They have taken 15 points from their seven away games and they only conceded three goals in those games with no other team conceding less goals on the road. They have taken 11 points in their last five games and they only conceded one goal in those games with only City conceding less goals.

There are still a lot of Villa players to choose from for fantasy managers with Jack Grealish, Emiliano Martinez, Bertrand Traore and Anwar El Ghazi all worth considering.

I think Villa will make things difficult for United, but the home team will just about edge it.

Prediction: 2-1

Saturday January 2

Tottenham Hotspur v Leeds United 

12.30pm GMT, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London 

Spurs didn’t play in midweek after the Covid issues at Fulham and they dropped down to seventh place as a result, but they’re still within touching distance of the top four. They lost their last home game, but they had won three in a row at home before that game and only City and Burnley have conceded less goals at home. They have only taken two points from their last four games, but only City and Villa have conceded less goals.

The only Spurs players making a real impact for fantasy managers are Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son, but they haven’t done quite so well in recent weeks.

Leeds thrashed West Brom 5-0 away from home on Tuesday night and they’re now only in the bottom half of the table on goal difference. Only four other teams have won more away games and only two other teams have scored more away goals, but no other team has conceded more goals on their travels. They have won three of their last four games and they scored 13 goals in those games, but only three other teams have scored more goals and only one other team has conceded more.

There are quite a few Leeds players for fantasy managers to consider at the moment with Patrick Bamford, Stuart Dallas, Ezgjan Alioski, Illan Meslier and Jack Harrison about the best of them.

It’s not easy to predict how this game will go, but the chances are Spurs will get the win.

Prediction: 2-1

Crystal Palace v Sheffield United 

3pm GMT, Selhurst Park, London 

Palace drew 1-1 at home to Leicester in midweek and they fell down to 15th place in the table, but they’re still a healthy eight points above the bottom three. They haven’t won in their last four home games and only West Brom have conceded more goals at home. They haven’t won in their last five games with only West Brom and Leeds conceding more goals.

Wilfried Zaha showed against Leicester that he’s the only Palace player for fantasy managers to consider.

United lost 1-0 away to Burnley on Tuesday night and relegation is looking almost inevitable for them with less than half of the season gone. They have only taken one point from their eight away games with only Leeds conceding more goals on the road. They’re the only team without a win and they have lost 14 of their 16 games with no other team scoring less goals.

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

I think Palace will put more space between themselves and the relegation zone by taking the three points in this game.

Prediction: 2-0

Brighton And Hove Albion v Wolverhampton Wanderers 

5.30pm GMT, AMEX Stadium, Brighton 

Brighton lost 1-0 at home to Arsenal on Tuesday night and they’re only one place and two points above the bottom three. They’re one of two teams without a home win and only four other teams have scored less goals at home. They haven’t won in seven games and they failed to score in three of those games with no other team drawing more games.

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

Wolves lost 1-0 away to United on Tuesday night, but they’re still only two points off the top half of the table. Only Sheffield United have lost more games away from home and only two other teams have scored less goals on their travels. They have lost four of their six games since Raul Jiminez’s injury and only four other teams have scored less goals.

Wolves players haven’t done too much for fantasy managers recently, but Pedro Neto, Rui Patricio and Romain Saiss are all possibly worth considering.

I think Brighton’s home woes will continue with Wolves winning this game by the odd goal.

Prediction: 1-2

West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal 

8pm GMT, The Hawthorns, Birmingham 

West Brom lost 5-0 at home to Leeds in midweek and they’re still second last in the league five points adrift of safety. They have lost their last three home games and they conceded 13 goals in those games with no other team conceding more goals at home. They have only taken two points from their last six games with no other team conceding more goals and only two other teams scoring less.

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

Arsenal won 1-0 away to Brighton on Tuesday night and they climbed to 13th place within three points of the top half of the table. They have only scored three goals in their last six away games, but only three other teams have conceded less goals on their travels. They have won their last two games after failing to win the previous seven, but only four other teams have scored less goals.

Hector Bellerin is the Arsenal player most likely to do well for fantasy managers while Bukayo Saka is worth considering on recent form too.

I think Arsenal will continue their resurgence by taking the three points in this game.

Prediction: 1-3

Sunday January 3

Burnley v Fulham 

12pm GMT, Turf Moor, Burnley 

Burnley won 1-0 at home to Sheffield United on Tuesday night to move five points clear of the relegation zone. They have taken 10 points from their last four home games, but only Sheffield United have scored less goals at home and no other team has conceded less goals on their own ground. They have taken 15 points from their last nine games and they kept five clean sheets in those games with only Sheffield United scoring less goals.

Burnley’s keeper and defenders have done very well for fantasy managers in recent weeks and some of them are still available at a very good price.

Fulham didn’t play in midweek due to an outbreak of Covid at the club which means they’re still in the bottom three and two points behind Brighton. They have taken four points from their last three away games after only taking one point in the previous four. They have only lost one of their last six games, but they drew four of those games and only three other teams have scored less goals.

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

I think this will be a very close game with Burnley’s defensive record probably helping them to take the three points as long as it goes ahead.

Prediction: 1-0

Newcastle United v Leicester City 

2.15pm GMT, St. James’ Stadium, Newcastle 

Newcastle drew 0-0 at home to Liverpool on Wednesday night, but that point wasn’t enough to stop them dropping below Arsenal into 14th place. They have only lost once in their last five home games, but only two other teams have conceded more goals at home. They haven’t won in their last four games and they haven’t scored in their last two.

Callum Wilson is the only Newcastle player for fantasy managers to even consider at the moment.

Leicester drew 1-1 away to Palace in midweek, but they’re still in the top four and only four points off the top of the table. No other team has taken more points away from home and only United have scored more goals on their travels. They have only won once in their last four games, but only three other teams have scored more goals and they have a good run of games coming up.

Jamie Vardy and Harvey Barnes are the form Leicester players for fantasy managers at the moment with James Maddison worth considering too if he’s passed fit to play.

I think Leicester’s away record suggests they should take the three points in this game.

Prediction: 1-3

Chelsea v Manchester City 

4.30pm GMT, Stamford Bridge, London 

Chelsea drew 1-1 at home to Villa on Monday and they moved up two places to sixth place with Spurs and City not playing. They have taken 15 points from their last seven home games with only Liverpool taking more points and scoring more goals at home. They have only taken four points from their last five games, but only Liverpool have scored more goals.

Chelsea haven’t been in good form recently, but Ben Chilwell continues to impress for fantasy managers.

City didn’t play on Monday due to an outbreak of Covid and the chances are this game might not go ahead either. They have only lost one of their seven away games and only Villa have conceded less goals on the road. They have taken 14 points from their last six games and they only conceded one goal in those games with no other team conceding less goals.

If City are OK to play then their defenders and keeper have done very well recently for fantasy managers while Raheem Sterling and Kevin de Bruyne are very good options too.

If this game goes ahead the chances are the spoils will be shared.

Prediction: 1-1

Monday January 4

Southampton v Liverpool 

8pm GMT, St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton 

Southampton drew 0-0 at home to West Ham in midweek and they’re still in ninth place, but they’re only three points off the top four. They have only won once in their last four home games and they failed to score in their last two, but only three other teams have taken more points at home. They haven’t won in four games, but they drew three of them and they haven’t scored in their last three games.

Southampton’s defenders and keeper have done very well in recent weeks while Danny Ings, Che Adams and James Ward-Prowse will surely all come good again very soon.

Liverpool drew 0-0 away to Newcastle on Wednesday night and they’re still three points clear at the top of the table while second placed United have a game in hand. They are unbeaten in their last six away games, but they drew five of them and no other team has drawn more games away from home. They’re unbeaten in 12 games, but they drew six of them and no other team has scored more goals.

Mohamed Salah is still the Liverpool player of choice for fantasy managers while Andy Robertson, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are in good form recently too.

I think Liverpool will just about get the better of a tight game and keep their lead at the top of the table.

Prediction: 1-2

That’s it for this week.

See you next week.