Thursday, 16 September 2021

Predictions For Premier League Gameweek Five

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 two perfect predictions, six correct outcomes and two incorrect outcomes to move up to third place in my predictions league. Here’s a look at how the top five in that league stands.

RankPlayerResClsExaSlmPts
1
Richard Landsberg
6279547.0
2
1
Sam
8276546.0
3
JamrockRover
  
419.518445.5
4
-
robbieg
10189441.0
5
-
Rutland Gooner
52112341.0

My suggestion of Cristiano Ronaldo as captain for fantasy managers last week turned out to be quite good and my cut price choices of Shane Duffy and Demarai Gray both returned points too. This week’s choice of captain isn’t quite so easy, but Mohamed Salah might just be the best option with any of the City players who get a game worth considering too. Both Fernando Marcal and Conor Gallagher could be the cut price players to own over the next few weeks although Marcal’s fixtures look a lot better.

Friday September 17

Newcastle United v Leeds United 

8pm BST, St. James’s Park, Newcastle 

Newcastle lost 4-1 away to United last week and they’re only one point off the foot of the table. Their only point so far came at home, but no other team has conceded more goals on their own patch. They only play one of last season’s top four in their next 12 games, but no other team has conceded more goals already.

With Callum Wilson more than likely injured it looks like Allan Saint-Maximin is the best of the Newcastle players for fantasy managers at the moment.

Leeds lost 3-0 at home to Liverpool last week and they’re only one place above the bottom three without a win in their first four games. They have only taken one point from their two away games and only Arsenal have conceded more goals away from home. This is the first of a run of six games where they will except to put some points on the board.

Patrick Bamford and Raphinha could do very well for fantasy managers over those next six games.

I think this will be a close game, but the chances are Leeds will win by a single goal.

Prediction: 1-2

Saturday September 18

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Brentford

12.30pm BST, Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton 

Wolves got their first points of the season with a 2-0 win away to Watford last week and they will be looking to build on that win in this game. They’re one of two teams without a point at home and they’re the only team who haven’t scored at home. They have a very good run of 10 games coming up where they can do very well if they can manage to score a few more goals.

With their upcoming games the Wolves keeper and defenders all look like they could do very well for fantasy managers with Fernando Marcal and Romain Saiss probably the best options.

Brentford lost 1-0 at home to Brighton last week to put an end to their unbeaten start to the season. They have drawn both of their away games so far and they will fancy their chances of getting something from this game too. They have only scored one goal in their last three games, but only Chelsea, Liverpool and City have conceded less goals.

Brentford’s defenders and keeper are looking good for fantasy managers at the moment, but their upcoming fixtures don’t look too good.

I don’t think we’ll see too many goals in this game, but the chances are Wolves will take the three points.

Prediction: 1-0

Burnley v Arsenal

3pm BST, Turf Moor, Burnley 

Burnley lost 3-1 away to Everton last week and that defeat saw them drop into the bottom three with only one point from their first four games. Their only point so far came at home and they will have to improve on their home record of last season if they’re going to stay away from the wrong end of the table. They only play two of last season’s top four in their next 14 games and that should give them an opportunity to climb the table.

Chris Wood is the only Burnley player worth considering for fantasy managers.

Arsenal got their first points and first goal of the season last week with a 1-0 win at home to Norwich. No other team has taken less points or conceded more goals away from home. Only Newcastle have conceded more goals and no other team has scored less, but it’s still early days.

Kieran Tierney could be the Arsenal player to watch for fantasy managers in the next few weeks.

I think this is going to be another very close game with Arsenal winning by one goal.

Prediction: 1-2

Liverpool v Crystal Palace 

3pm BST, Anfield, Liverpool 

Liverpool won 3-0 away to Leeds last week to go level with three other teams on 10 points from their first four games. A bad run of home results last season saw them drop off the pace, but the signs are their home results will be a lot better this season. No other team has conceded less goals so far and that defensive record could be crucial going forward.

Mohamed Salah is still the pick of the Liverpool players for fantasy managers followed closely by Trent Alexander-Arnold, but all of their defenders and keeper are good choices along with Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota.

Palace got their first win of the season last week with a very good 3-0 victory against Spurs. Their next three away games are very tough and they have already conceded five goals in their two games on the road. Despite a tough run of games coming up they showed against Spurs last week that they might just have something about them this season.

Conor Gallagher has done very well so far for fantasy managers while Wilfried Zaha is always worth considering too.

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

Prediction: 2-0

Manchester City v Southampton 

3pm BST, Etihad Stadium, Manchester 

City won 1-0 away to Leicester last week and they’re only a point off the top of the table going into this game. They haven’t conceded a goal at home yet and no other team has scored more goals on their own ground. No other team has scored more or conceded less goals so far and they could score quite a few goals in this game too.

As always it’s difficult to know what players will play for City, but Ruben Diaz, Joao Cancelo and Ederson all look like they will play the majority of games and they can do very well for fantasy managers.

Southampton drew 0-0 at home to West Ham last week and they’re still without a win in their first four games. They conceded a lot of goals away from home last season and they need to improve their away form this season if they’re going to retain their Premier League status. They play away to Chelsea in two weeks and it could be a tough time for them.

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

I think City should win this game by at least three goals if not more.

Prediction: 4-0

Norwich City v Watford

3pm BST, Carrow Road, Norwich 

Norwich are the only team without a point so far after losing 1-0 away to Arsenal last week. Only Wolves have scored less goals at home and only Newcastle have conceded more. No other team has scored less goals and only Newcastle have conceded more, but they only play one of last season’s top six in their next 10 games.

With a good run of games Teemu Pukki might just do well for fantasy managers, but it’s probably best to avoid Norwich players.

Watford lost 2-0 at home to Wolves last week and they have now lost three games in a row since winning their opening game. They failed to score in their first two away games, but they will think they can get something from this game. If they’re going to have a chance of staying up this is the sort of game Watford need to win.

Ismailia Sarr is probably the Watford player most likely to impress for fantasy managers.

This isn’t an easy game to call between the top two teams in the Championship last season and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it end all square.

Prediction: 1-1

Aston Villa v Everton

5.30pm BST, Villa Park, Birmingham 

Villa played well away to Chelsea despite losing 3-0 last week and they play another unbeaten team in this game. They have taken four points from two home games they would have been expected to win and their next three home games won’t be so easy. They have only won once so far and their next three games could prove very tough for them.

Danny Ings is the Villa player to have for fantasy managers, but they have three very tough games in a row.

Everton won 3-1 at home to Burnley last week to join three other teams on 10 points at the top of the table. They have taken four points from two away games and they will feel they have every chance of taking another three points in this game. Only the two Manchester clubs have scored more goals as they have started life under Rafa Benitez very well.

With Dominic Calvert-Lewin injured it looks like Demarai Gray, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Andros Townsend are the Everton players to watch for fantasy managers.

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

Prediction: 2-2

Sunday September 19

Brighton And Hove Albion v Leicester City

2pm BST, AMEX Stadium, Brighton 

Brighton left it late away to Brentford last week, but their 1-0 win was their third win in their four games. Their only defeat so far came at home to Everton and their next three home games will be far from easy. With a tough run of games coming up things could get difficult for them, but they have proved very difficult to beat under Graham Potter.

Shane Duffy has been the Brighton player to have so far for fantasy managers, but Lewis Dunk is probably a better long term bet.

Leicester lost 1-0 at home to City last week and they have lost two of their last three games and conceded six goals in the process. They had a very good away record last season and they have a very good run of away games coming up. They only play two of last season’s top four in their next 15 games which could see them returning a lot of points.

Jamie Vardy is still the Leicester player to have for fantasy managers as Kelechi Iheanacho continues to warm the bench.

I think this is a very tough game to call, but it will most likely end in a draw.

Prediction: 1-1

West Ham United v Manchester United 

2pm BST, London Stadium, London 

West Ham drew 0-0 away to Southampton last week and they’re still unbeaten with eight points from their first four games. Only the two Manchester teams have scored more goals at home so far, but their resolve will be severely tested in this game. They have a reasonably good run of games after this one and they will hope to keep pace at the top of the table.

With Michail Antonio suspended Said Benrahma, Pablo Fornals and Aaron Cresswell are the West Ham players who can do well for fantasy managers.

United celebrated the return of Cristiano Ronaldo with a 4-1 win at home to Newcastle last week to move to the top of the table. They have only scored once in each of their away games so far, but their very impressive unbeaten away run stretches back to before last season. No other team has scored more goals so far, but they have a very tough run of games coming up until the end of November which could determine whether they can really challenge for title.

Cristiano Ronaldo has already made himself a must have for fantasy managers while Paul Pogba, Mason Greenwood and Bruno Fernandes all look like very good options too.

This is another tough game to call, but the chances are United will win narrowly.

Prediction: 1-2

Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea 

4.30pm BST, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London 

Spurs were knocked off the top of the table when they lost 3-0 away to Palace last week. They have won both of their home games 1-0 so far, but Chelsea will make things very difficult for them in this game. They have done very well to get nine points from their first four games as they have only scored three goals and they need to score more goals.

Quite a few of the best options for fantasy managers in the Spurs team are injured, but Harry Kane isn’t and surely he has to get going soon.

Chelsea won 3-0 at home to Villa last week and they’re only off the top of the table on goals scored. The only points they have dropped were in their draw away to Liverpool and this will be another very tough away game. They play at home to City next week in what could be an insight into where the league title will go.

Chelsea’s defenders and keeper are all looking like very good choices for fantasy managers while Romelu Lukaku is quickly becoming a must have too.

I think Chelsea will be too strong for Spurs and should win a low scoring game. 

Prediction: 0-1

That’s it for this week.

See you next week.

Friday, 10 September 2021

Predictions For Premier League Gameweek Four

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 time out with three perfect predictions, three correct outcomes and four incorrect outcomes which moved me up a little in my predictions league. Here’s a look at how the top five in that league stands.

RankPlayerResClsExaSlmPts
1
2
Sam
619.56435.5
2
1
Richard Landsberg
4189334.0
3
solo97
413.512332.5
4
2
robbieg
7129331.0
5
-
Rutland Gooner
313.512230.5

I’ve done pretty well with my fantasy team so far this season with some very good choices from the outset and I got my captain choice just right in two of the three Gameweeks. I’ve done pretty well with my cut price picks too and I couldn’t wish to be doing much better at this stage of the season. 

There are some big choices to make this week with Cristiano Ronaldo returning to United and a lot of fantasy managers have decided to use their wildcard to get him into their team. He looks like a very good choice for captain this week along with Mohamed Salah and possibly Harry Kane or Michail Antonio too. The cut price choices are getting a little more difficult to find at this stage, but Shane Duffy and Demarai Gray are both worth considering.

Saturday September 11

Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur

12.30pm Selhurst Park, London 

Palace got their first goals of the season when they came from behind twice to get a 2-2 draw away to West Ham last week. They only won six home games last season and only four other teams scored less goals at home. Only Southampton and West Brom conceded more goals last season and they could be in line to concede a fair amount over the next few games.

Palace have a tough run of games at the moment and it’s not easy to see any of their players who might do well for fantasy managers.

Spurs won 1-0 at home to Watford last week to go top of the table with three 1-0 wins in their first three games. They only won eight away games last season, but they have a good run of away games on the horizon. Only the top two scored more goals last season and with Harry Kane staying put they look capable of scoring quite a few goals this season as well.

Kane is still the best of the Spurs players for fantasy managers while Heung-Min Son is very good too and their defenders and keeper are good options.

I think Spurs will continue their winning ways with another narrow victory in this game.

Prediction: 1-0

Arsenal v Norwich City

3pm BST, Emirates Stadium, London 

Arsenal lost 5-0 away to City last week and they’re on the foot of the table with the worst ever start to a Premier League season by any team after three games. They only won eight home games last season and no other team in the top half of the table scored less goals at home. Only City and Chelsea conceded less goals last season, but their start to the season suggests they won’t match that statistic this season.

It’s not easy to see which Arsenal players might make an impression for fantasy managers at the moment, but that should probably change over the next few weeks.

Norwich lost 2-1 at home to Leicester last week and they’re only ahead of Arsenal in the table because they have managed to score a goal. They won 15 away games in the Championship last season with only Watford conceding less goals away from home and only Brentford scoring more. No other team has conceded more goals so far and they will go to the foot of the table if they lose this game.

Teemu Pukki is the Norwich player most likely to make a difference for fantasy managers and they have a fairly good run of games coming up.

I think Arsenal will get their first points and goals of the season by winning this game.

Prediction: 3-1

Brentford v Brighton And Hove Albion

3pm BST, Brentford Community Stadium, London 

Brentford drew 1-1 away to Villa last week and they’re still unbeaten three games into the season. Only two other teams scored more goals at home in the Championship last season and they have already won at home to Arsenal. They scored more goals than any other team in the Championship last season and they have kept two clean sheets already this season.

Brentford’s defenders and keeper have done well so far for fantasy managers and Ivan Toney might just be an option too.

Brighton lost 2-0 at home to Everton last week to put an end to their winning start to the season. No other team drew more home games last season and they conceded as many goals as they scored on their own patch. Only the bottom three won less games last season, but they drew more games than any other team.

Brighton’s defenders and keeper look like they could be good choices for fantasy managers while Neal Maupay is worth considering too.

I think this will be a very close game, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Brighton take the three points.

Prediction: 1-2

Leicester City v Manchester City

3pm BST, King Power Stadium, Leicester 

Leicester won 2-1 away to Norwich last week and they have won two of their first three games, but they haven’t been convincing in those games. They lost as many home games as they won last season and no other team in the top half of the table conceded more goals at home. Only the top two scored more goals last season, but Leeds were the only team in the top half of the table to concede more goals.

Jamie Vardy is the Leicester player in form for fantasy managers at the moment while their defenders and keeper are good choices too, but maybe not in this game.

City won 5-0 at home to Arsenal last week for their second 5-0 win in a row, but this game will be a bigger test for them. No other team scored more or conceded less goals away from home last season, but they did lose their opening away game against Spurs. They scored more and conceded less goals than any other team last season and they are already the leading scorers this season.

It’s so difficult to be sure which City players will play from week to week, but those in form at the moment are Ferran Torres, Gabriel Jesus, Jack Grealish, Ruben Diaz, Aymeric Laporte and Ederson.

I think City will make it three wins in a row with a couple of goals to spare in this game.

Prediction: 0-2

Manchester United v Newcastle United 

3pm BST, Old Trafford, Manchester 

United got a fairly fortunate 1-0 win away to Wolves last time out to keep themselves within two points of the table toppers. They won less than half of their home games last season, but only City scored more goals on their own ground. No other team lost less games last season, but only Brighton and Fulham drew more and only City scored more goals.

With Ronaldo back at United he’s almost a must have for fantasy managers which leaves Bruno Fernandes in limbo and the likes of Mason Greenwood open to rotation too.

Newcastle drew 2-2 at home to Southampton in their last game to take their first point of the season. They only won six home games last season and they have already conceded six goals in their first two home games this season. If they can’t sort their defence out it could be a long hard season for them.

Callum Wilson is the Newcastle player to have for fantasy managers as long as he’s fit to play.

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

Prediction: 4-1

Southampton v West Ham United 

3pm BST, St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton 

Southampton drew 2-2 away to Newcastle last week and they have drawn two of their first three games. They are one of the few teams who had a better home record than their away record last season. Only West Brom conceded more goals last season and the travel to City and Chelsea in their next two away games.

James Ward-Prowse, Che Adams and Adam Armstrong are all fairly good choices for fantasy managers.

West Ham could only draw 2-2 at home to Palace last time out after leading twice and that result saw them drop to second in the table. They won nine away games last season and they scored four goals in their first away game this season. They have taken seven points from their first three games and no other team has scored more goals so far.

Michail Antonio and Said Benrahma have been in fantastic form for fantasy managers while Pablo Fornals and Aaron Cresswell have done very well too.

I think West Ham’s impressive start to the season will continue with three points in this game.

Prediction: 1-3

Watford v Wolverhampton Wanderers

3pm BST, Vicarage Road, Watford 

Watford lost 1-0 away to Spurs in their last game, but they have a good run of games starting with this one. No other team took more points, scored more or conceded less goals at home in the Championship last season. They had the best defensive record last season, but they haven’t looked so strong in defence so far this season.

Ismailia Sarr is probably the Watford player most likely to produce for fantasy managers while Emmanuel Dennis is a cut price option too.

Wolves lost 1-0 at home to United last time out to make it three 1-0 defeats from their first three games, but they have a good run of games coming up too. Only Sheffield United scored less goals on their travels last season and they are struggling to score goals again this season. Only four other teams scored less goals last season, but they have played well so far this season despite the three defeats.

If they can make the most of their upcoming good run of fixtures the Wolves keeper and defenders are all worth considering for fantasy managers.

I think this will be a close game with Wolves probably winning as long as they can put away some of the chances they keep missing at the moment.

Prediction: 1-2

Chelsea v Aston Villa

5.30pm BST, Stamford Bridge, London 

Chelsea drew 1-1 away to Liverpool in their last game after playing for half of the game with 10 men and they’re only two points off the top of the table. They won less than half of their home games last season, but only City conceded less goals at home. Only City conceded less goals last season, but only two other teams in the top half of the table scored less goals.

Chelsea’s defenders and keeper are all very good options for fantasy managers while Romelu Lukaku and Mason Mount should be considered too.

Villa came from behind to get a 1-1 draw at home to Brentford in their last game to make it four points from their first three games. Villa won as many games away from home as Chelsea won at home last season, but they lost their opening away game to newly promoted Watford. Their next four games are far from easy and they will do very well to take any points from those four games.

With a very tough run of games coming up Villa players don’t look too good for fantasy managers at the moment, but Danny Ings could be the exception.

I think Chelsea’s impressive start to the season will continue with another three points in this game.

Prediction: 2-0

Sunday September 12

Leeds United v Liverpool 

4.30pm BST, Elland Road, Leeds 

Leeds drew 1-1 away to Burnley last week and they’re without a win in their first three games. Only three other teams lost less home games last season and only four other teams conceded less goals on their own patch. No other team in the top half of the table conceded more goals last season and they have conceded eight goals in their first three games this season.

Leeds have a very good run of games coming up after this one which should make Patrick Bamford and Raphinha good choices for fantasy managers.

Liverpool came from behind to get a 1-1 draw at home to Chelsea in their last game and like Chelsea they’re only two points off the top of the table. They won as many games away from home as they won at home last season with only City scoring more goals on the road. Only the two Manchester teams scored more goals last season and this is the first of three games in a row which they would expect to win. 

Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota are the attacking players for fantasy managers to have in the Liverpool team while all of their defenders and keeper are good choices too with Trent Alexander-Arnold the best of them.

I think Liverpool will be just too good for Leeds and will win by a single goal.

Prediction: 1-2

Monday September 13

Everton v Burnley

8pm BST, Goodison Park, Liverpool 

Everton won 2-0 away to Brighton in their last game and they’re only two points behind the leaders after a good start to the season. They only won six home games last season and they can do a lot better this season if they can match their usual home form. They have a good run of games coming up which could see them sitting high in the table in the next few weeks.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin is the best of the Everton players for fantasy managers with Demarai Gray in pretty good form too.

Burnley drew 1-1 at home to Leeds last time out to get their first point of the season. Only four other teams scored less goals away from home last season, but they did win more games away from home than at home. Only two other teams scored less goals last season and they need to improve on that record if they’re going to stay up again this season.

Chris Wood is probably the only Burnley player who can make an impact for fantasy managers and they have some good fixtures coming up.

Everton have started the season very well and that should continue with another three points in this game.

Prediction: 3-1

That’s it for this week.

See you next week.

Friday, 27 August 2021

Predictions For Premier League Gameweek Three

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 six correct outcomes and four incorrect outcomes to move up a few places in my predictions league. Here’s a look at how the top five in that league stands.

ankPlayerResClsExaSlmPts
1
-
Richard Landsberg
313.56224.5
2
-
robbieg
510.56324.5
3
-
Sam
4150322.0
4
1
IAMC0Le
3123220.0
5
1
Rutland Gooner
210.56119.5

My choice of captain for my fantasy team didn’t go so well last week as Mohamed Salah failed to score. It’s not so easy to pick a captain this week, but it’s very difficult to ignore the form of Michail Antonio and West Ham have a pretty good fixture too. To continue on with my options for reasonably priced players I think Shane Duffy and Demarai Gray could both be worth considering on top of the players I have previously suggested.

Saturday August 28

Manchester City v Arsenal

12.30pm BST, Etihad Stadium, Manchester 

City bounced back from their opening day defeat to win 5-0 at home to Norwich last week. City took more points and scored more goals at home than any other team last season and they showed last week that they intend to keep that record this season. Three of their next four games after this one are tough away fixtures which could make things a little awkward for them.

As always it’s difficult for fantasy managers to pick City players due to the continual rotation and I’m doing my best to avoid them this season if possible.

Arsenal lost 2-0 at home to Chelsea last week and they find themselves without a point or even a goal after two games. They won more than half of their away games last season with only the top two conceding less goals on their travels. The chances are Arsenal will have no points after three games when this game is over and they need to turn things around quickly.

I can’t see any Arsenal players to recommend to fantasy managers this week, but that could change when their fixtures improve.

It’s very difficult to see anything other than a home win in this game.

Prediction: 2-0

Aston Villa v Brentford 

3pm BST, Villa Park, Birmingham 

Villa recovered from their opening day defeat with a 2-0 win at home to Watford last week and they face another newly promoted team this week. They lost more home games than they won last season, but they will be favourites to make it two home wins from two in this game. After a strong start last season they finished in the bottom half of the table and they have a very tough run of games coming up.

Danny Ings has started very well for Villa and he looks like a good choice for fantasy managers except for their upcoming fixtures.

Brentford drew 0-0 away to Palace last week and they still haven’t conceded a goal after two games in the top flight. They were the top scorers away from home in the Championship last season, but it won’t be so easy to score in the top flight. No other team scored more goals in the Championship last season and their goal of staying up will be a lot easier if they continue to show their current defensive strength.

Brentford’s defenders and keeper are all looking like good reasonably priced options for fantasy managers at the moment.

I think Villa will get their second win in a row in this game with a couple of goals to spare.

Prediction: 2-0

Brighton And Hove Albion v Everton 

3pm BST, AMEX Stadium, Brighton 

Brighton won 2-0 at home to Watford last week to make it six points from their first two games. No other team drew more home games last season with only two other teams winning less home games. No other team drew more games last season, but they look like they might just be able to turn more of those draws into wins this season.

Robert Sanchez looks like he could be a good choice for fantasy managers while Shane Duffy looks like a very good option at his current price.

Everton led twice away to Leeds last week, but they were pegged back and they had to settle for a draw. Only two other teams won more away games last season and only three other teams took more points. They started last season very well and they could have a good start this season too with a very good run of games coming up.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison are the Everton players most likely to make a difference for fantasy managers while Demarai Gray could be worth considering too.

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

Prediction: 1-1

Newcastle United v Southampton 

3pm BST, St. James’s Park, Newcastle 

Newcastle lost 2-0 away to Villa last week and they’re without a point after their first two games. Only West Brom conceded more goals at home last season and they conceded four goals in their first home game this season. They will hope to get their first points of the season in this game, but that could depend on some defensive improvement.

Callum Wilson looks like the only Newcastle player who can make a difference for fantasy managers.

Southampton got their first point of the season with a 1-1 draw at home to United last week. No other team conceded more goals away from home last season and they have already conceded three goals in their first away game this season. Only West Brom conceded more goals last season and their defence will have to improve if they’re going to stay clear of the bottom three after they sold their best striker.

With Danny Ings now a Villa player Che Adams could be the Southampton player to have for fantasy managers with James Ward-Prowse worth considering too.

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

Prediction: 2-2

Norwich City v Leicester City 

3pm BST, Carrow Road, Norwich 

Norwich lost 5-0 away to City last week and they’re at the bottom of the table after losing their first two games and conceding eight goals in the process. They only lost three home games in the Championship last season, but they play against one of last season’s best teams yet again. This is their third very difficult game in a row and it won’t get any easier for them in their next game either.

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

Leicester lost 4-1 away to West Ham last week after going down to 10 men and they will want to put that result behind them in this game. Only the top two took more points away from home last season and they don’t play any of the top teams in their next eight away games. They were one place off the top four for the last two seasons and they need to improve their defensive record if they’re going to make up that extra place.

Jamie Vardy could be a good choice for fantasy managers this week while James Maddison, Harvey Barnes and Leicester’s defenders and keeper could all do well too.

I think Leicester will recover from last week’s defeat to win this game narrowly.

Prediction: 1-2

West Ham United v Crystal Palace 

3pm BST, London Stadium, London 

West Ham won 4-1 at home to Leicester last week to go to the top of the table with six points and eight goals in their first two games. Only City took more points at home last season and they will see this game as an opportunity to maintain their position. They have a pretty good run of games coming up and if they continue to play like they are at the moment there’s no reason they can’t still be right up there at the end of October.

Michail Antonio and Said Benrahma are the outstanding West Ham players for fantasy managers at the moment with Aaron Cresseell, Vladimir Coufal and Pablo Fornals all looking good too.

Palace drew 0-0 at home to Brentford last week to take their first point of the season, but they’re still without a goal to their name. Only three other teams conceded more goals away from home last season and they conceded three goals in their first away game this season. Only two other teams conceded more goals last season and their first 10 games this season look like they could be very difficult for them.

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

I think West Ham will continue their winning ways in this game with a few goals to spare.

Prediction: 3-0

Liverpool v Chelsea 

5.30pm BST, Anfield, Liverpool 

Liverpool won 2-0 at home to Burnley last week to make it two wins from two games and they haven’t conceded a goal yet. Despite going through an awful run of home results at one stage last season only two other teams took more points on their own patch. Only the top two scored more goals last season and this game will be a big test of what they can do this season.

Mohamed Salah as always is the Liverpool player to have for fantasy managers while Diogo Jota, Sadio Mane and all of their defenders and keeper are good choices too.

Chelsea won 2-0 away to Arsenal last week and they have an identical record to Liverpool’s going into this game. Only the top two conceded less goals away from home last season and they’re looking defensively strong again this season. They were the lowest scorers in the top seven last season which is why they bought Romelu Lukaku, but only City conceded less goals.

Lukaku could be the best of Chelsea’s attacking players for fantasy managers with Mason Mount looking good too, but their defenders and keeper are probably the best bets.

This looks like a very difficult game to call, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see it end in a draw.

Prediction: 1-1

Sunday August 29

Burnley v Leeds United 

2pm BST, Turf Moor, Burnley 

Burnley lost 2-0 away to Liverpool last week and they’re without a point from their first two games going into this game. Only two other teams won less games and scored less goals at home last season and they lost their first home game this season. Only two other teams scored less goals last season and they only finished one place above the bottom three.

I’m not sure there are any Burnley players who can perform well enough to interest fantasy managers at the moment.

Leeds twice came from behind to draw 2-2 at home to Everton last week and take their first point of the season. They won more than half of their away games last season and they will see this game as an ideal opportunity to get their first away win of this season. Only five other teams scored more goals last season, but no other team in the top half of the table conceded more.

Raphinha looks like he could do well for fantasy managers this season while Patrick Bamford and Jack Harrison are good options too.

I think this will be a close game, but the chances are Leeds will just about prevail.

Prediction: 1-2

Tottenham Hotspur v Watford 

2pm BST, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London 

Spurs got their second 1-0 win of the season last week when they won away to Wolves and they will be strong favourites to mark it nine points from their opening three games in this game. Only three other teams took more points on their own ground last season and only two other teams scored more goals. Only the top two scored more goals last season, but they have a tough run of games coming up in a couple of weeks.

With Harry Kane deciding to stay at Spurs he’s very difficult for fantasy managers to ignore while Heung-Min Son is a good option too and their defenders and keeper are doing well at the moment.

Watford lost 2-0 away to Brighton last week, but their opening day win at home to Villa has given them some breathing space. They had the best defensive record away from home in the Championship last season, but they really struggled for goals on the road. They had the best defence in the Championship last season, but they have found defending a bit more difficult in the top flight.

Ismaila Sarr is probably the best of the Watford players for fantasy managers while Emmanuel Dennis is a good cut price option too.

I think Spurs will get their third win in a row in this game with a couple of goals to spare.

Prediction: 2-0

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United 

4.30pm BST, Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton 

Wolves lost 1-0 at home to Spurs last week to make it two 1-0 defeats in their first two games. Only five other teams scored less goals at home last season and it’s difficult to see where their goals will come from this season. They have a good run of games after this one, but they will need to find the net more often if they’re going to do well in those games.

I’m not sure there are any Wolves players doing enough at the moment to interest fantasy managers, but their games get a bit easier after this one.

United came from behind to get a 1-1 draw away to Southampton last week, but they probably should have taken all three points. They were unbeaten away from home last season, but only Fulham drew more games on their travels. If they’re going to really challenge for the title they can’t afford to drop points like the ones they did last week.

Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood and Paul Pogba are in very good form for fantasy managers at the moment while Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo will be ones to watch from here on.

I think United will keep their impressive away run going by narrowly taking the three points in this game.

Prediction: 1-2

That’s it for this week.

See you next week.

Friday, 20 August 2021

Predictions For Premier League Gameweek Two

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 well with my predictions last week with one perfect prediction, two correct outcomes and seven incorrect outcomes which leaves me in ninth place in my predictions league. Here’s a look at how the top five looks in that league.

RankPlayerResClsExaSlmPts
1
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Richard Landsberg
263112.0
2
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robbieg
333110.0
3
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Sam
26019.0
3
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IAMC0Le
26019.0
5
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solo97
24.5017.5

My fantasy team fared a lot better though with 113 points as an awful lot of my player picks came good. The two cheap 4 million each) defenders I suggested for fantasy managers both kept clean sheets while my choice of captain (Mohamed Salah) was the second highest scorer of the week. I’m going to go with Salah as my captain again this week and Emmanuel Dennis of Watford could be a very good cut price striker if he’s fit to play.

Saturday August 21

Liverpool v Burnley 

12.30pm BST, Anfield, Liverpool 

Liverpool won 3-0 away to Norwich last week and they will be looking to make it two wins out of two in this game. Despite a very bad run of results at home at one stage last season only City and Chelsea conceded less goals at home. They finished the season strongly to make the top four and it looks like they might just be starting this season the same way.

Mohamed Salah showed exactly why he’s so valuable to fantasy managers last week while Diogo Jota and all of their defenders and keeper are looking pretty good too.

Burnley lost 2-1 at home to Brighton last week after leading 1-0 and they have a very tough game this week. They were the team which ended Liverpool’s fantastic unbeaten home record last season and they might just face the backlash for that victory in this game. They only finished one place above the bottom three last season and only two other teams scored less goals.

Chris Wood could be a good choice for fantasy managers, but maybe not in this game.

I can’t see anything other than a comfortable Liverpool victory in this game even if they did lose this fixture last season.

Prediction: 3-0

Aston Villa v Newcastle United 

3pm BST, Villa Park, Birmingham 

Villa lost 3-2 away to Watford last week as they got used to life without Jack Grealish, but they will hope to turn things around quickly in this game. They lost more home games than they won last season, but they will fancy their chances in this game. They had a poor end to last season with Grealish injured and those results might just be an indicator of how they do without him this season.

Danny Ings got a goal on his Villa debut last week and he could be the Villa player of most interest to fantasy managers.

Newcastle led 2-1 at half time at home to West Ham last week, but they ended up losing 4-2. They took 22 points away from home last season and they will do well to match that figure this season. Only four other teams conceded more goals last season and their defence looked far from tight against West Ham last week.

Callum Wilson is the Newcastle player most likely to make a difference for fantasy managers while Allan Saint-Maximin could be one to watch too.

I think Villa will put their defeat last week behind them and take the three points in this game.

Prediction: 2-1

Crystal Palace v Brentford 

3pm BST, Selhurst Park, London 

Palace were well beaten away to Chelsea last week, but they will see this game as a very good chance to get their first win of the season. Only two other teams conceded more goals at home last season and they need to get something from this game. Only two other teams conceded more goals last season and they have a tough run of games coming up so a win in this game could give them some breathing space.

Wilfried Zaha is still the Palace player most likely to impress for fantasy managers.

Brentford had a very good 2-0 win at home to Arsenal last week as they returned to top flight football after a 74 year absence and they have every chance of getting something from this game too. Only Norwich took more points away from home in the Championship last season and no other team scored more goals on their travels. No other team scored more goals in the Championship last season and their result last week suggests they will be a handful for a lot of teams in the top flight this season.

There are a lot of Brentford players at very good prices for fantasy managers if they can continue on from their form of last week.

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

Prediction: 1-1

Leeds United v Everton 

3pm BST, Elland Road, Leeds 

Leeds were well beaten away to United last week and they find themselves at the foot of the table after the first game. Like so many other teams Leeds took less points at home than they did away from home last season, but I think they will improve at home this season. They finished in the top half of the table last season, but only five other teams conceded more goals.

Despite their defeat last week Patrick Bamford, Raphinha and Jack Harrison all look like they could do well for fantasy managers.

Everton came from behind to win 3-1 at home to Southampton last week and they will fancy their chances against a team who shipped five goals last week. Only three other teams took more points away from home last season and they could have a good season if they can improve their home form. They only finished 10th in the table and that was mainly down to their inability to score enough goals.

Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin were both impressive for fantasy managers last week and they’re both worth considering.

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

Prediction: 1-1

Manchester City v Norwich City 

3pm BST, Etihad Stadium, Manchester 

City got their title defence off to a bad start with a 1-0 defeat away to Spurs last week and they will want to put that right in this game. No other team took more points, scored more or conceded less goals at home last season and that home form will be crucial if they’re going to retain the title. After a poor start last season they won the league with ease with the best attacking and defensive records.

I’m still not sure about picking City players given the continual squad rotation, but if he’s fit Kevin de Bruyne is still a very good choice for fantasy managers.

Norwich lost 3-0 at home to Liverpool last week and it doesn’t get any easier for them in this game. They only lost four of their 23 away games last season, but as a newly promoted side they couldn’t have asked for a tougher opening away game. They won the Championship last season, but losing their best player to Villa could make life in the top flight difficult for them.

I can’t see any Norwich players to recommend to fantasy managers given the very tough start to the season they have. 

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

Prediction: 3-0

Brighton And Hove Albion v Watford 

5.30pm BST, AMEX Stadium, Brighton 

Brighton came from behind to win 2-1 away to Burnley last week and they have every chance of making it two wins out of two in this game. They only won four home games last season and no other team drew more games on their own patch. They drew an awful lot of games last season and they will climb the table this time out if they can turn a few of those draws into wins.

Robert Sanchez looks like a good choice for a reasonably priced goalkeeper and Shane Duffy is back in favour and available at a good price too for fantasy managers.

Watford held on to win 3-2 at home to Villa last week week as they got their return to the top flight off to a good start. They struggled for goals away from home in the Championship last season, but no other team conceded less goals on the road. They had the best defensive record in the Championship last season and they showed in their opening game that they are more than capable of scoring goals.

Ismailia Sarr is the Watford player most likely to make a difference for fantasy managers with Emmanuel Dennis definitely worth a shout too.

I don’t think there will be too much between these two teams and the chances are it will end all square.

Prediction: 1-1

Sunday August 22

Southampton v Manchester United 

2pm BST, St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton 

Southampton led away to Everton last week, but they ended up losing 3-1 and they have an even tougher task this week. They were one of the few teams to do a lot better at home than away from home last season and they will want to keep that good home form this season. Only West Brom conceded more goals last season, but they were the top scorers in the bottom half of the table with the exception of Villa.

Che Adams could emerge as a good choice for fantasy managers while Adam Armstrong and James Ward-Prowse are good options too.

United thrashed Leeds 5-1 last week to become the early pacemakers in the Premier League and they will want to add to that start in this game. They went the whole season unbeaten away from home last season, but only Fulham drew more games on their travels. Only City scored more goals last season, but they conceded more goals than the rest of the top four.

Bruno Fernandes is a must have for fantasy managers while Paul Pogba showed exactly what is capable of last week and Mason Greenwood and Luke Shaw are good choices too. 

I think United will continue their good start to the season by taking the three points in this game with at least a couple of goals to spare.

Prediction: 1-3

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Tottenham Hotspur 

2pm BST, Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton 

Wolves lost 1-0 away to Leicester last week, but they probably should have got something from the game. They lost more games than they won at home last season and they need to improve that record if they’re going to challenge for a spot in the top half of the table. Only the bottom four teams scored less goals last season and they still look like they could have trouble in that department this season.

I’m still not sure which Wolves players to recommend to fantasy managers, but that should change over the next few weeks.

Spurs had a very good 1-0 win at home to City last week despite not having Harry Kane available. If their away form had been a little better last season they might well have finished in the top four. Only the top two scored more goals last season, but they could struggle for goals if Kane gets his wish to join City.

If Kane is back he’s a very good choice for fantasy managers and Heung-Min Son is a very good choice too.

This is a tough game to call, but I suppose I’ll have to opt for a score draw.

Prediction: 1-1

Arsenal v Chelsea 

4.30pm BST, Emirates Stadium, London 

Arsenal lost 2-0 away to newly promoted Brentford last week and they have two very tough games in a row starting with this one. Arsenal’s home record last season kept them out of European football for this season as they really struggled to score goals on their own patch. They finished last season strongly and only two other teams conceded less goals, but their loss to Brentford last week ahead of two very hard games was a real concern.

With their current run of games I’m not sure there are any Arsenal players to recommend to fantasy managers.

Chelsea strolled to a 3-0 win at home to Palace last week and they’re the favourites to win the Premier League this season. Only the top two conceded less goals away from home than Chelsea last season, but they didn’t score as many goals as expected on the road. Only City conceded less goals last season, but the arrival of Romelu Lukaku might just help to solve their goal scoring issues.

Chelsea’s defenders and keeper are all very good options for fantasy managers with Mason Mount, Kai Havertz and Lukaku looking good too.

After last week’s results for both teams Chelsea are hot favourites to win this game and I’ll have to go with them no matter what my heart says.

Prediction: 1-2

Monday August 23

West Ham United v Leicester City 

8pm BST, London Stadium, London 

West Ham came back from 2-1 down at half time to win 4-2 away to Newcastle last week as they continued their form of last season. Only City took more points at home last season and they could be in for another very good season if they can continue that home form. The four goals they scored last week suggest they can do very well again this season as long as the exertions of European football don’t affect them too much.

I predicted Michail Antonio and Said Benrahma might do well for fantasy managers last week and they didn’t disappoint while Aaron Cresswell and Tomas Soucek proved their worth too.

Leicester were probably a little lucky to win 1-0 at home to Wolves last week and they will have their work cut out in this game. Only the top two took more away points last season and they could do very well again this season if they can sort out their home form. They have a reasonably good run of fixtures which could see them start the season strongly.

Jamie Vardy led the Leicester attack and did well for fantasy managers last which meant Kelechi Iheanacho didn’t really get a look in while the Leicester keeper and defenders are worth considering too.

Both teams got their season off to a good start last week and I think they will both stay unbeaten by sharing the points in this game.

Prediction: 2-2

That’s it for this week.

See you next week.