In this weekly column, I will look into my FPL Crystal Ball and tell you what will happen in five of the biggest games of the gameweek. Unlike Mystic Meg, I base my musings on key statistics, form and OUTSTANDING football analysis. Use my Nostradamus-quality skills to pick your FPL lineup, and also to play against us on Sportito, the DFS site which offers free and paid fantasy games where you can win real dosh!
West Ham 1 – 3 Spurs
Optimism was renewed for Slaven Bilic’s West Ham after a win over Huddersfield and a draw with West Brom in their past two fixtures. What had been especially pleasing about those 2 games was the consecutive clean sheets, having conceded 10 goals in the previous three fixtures. However, that run came to a crippling halt against Spurs, as a Harry Kane double and a stunning strike from Ben Davies put Tottenham up by three clear goals, before Andre Ayew came off the bench to capitalise on an Andy Carroll knockdown in the closing stages, much to the chagrin of those hoping for a TOT clean sheet.
Burnley 0 – 1 Huddersfield
This game lived up to expectations, as two solid, defensive contest was decided by a lone goal, scored by none other than Tom Ince. The former Liverpool youth team player was tied with Mo Salah for shots in the box this season, with 19 shots in the box, but he finally hit paydirt with his 20th effort.
Manchester City 4 – 0 Crystal Palace
Guardiola’s charges have now scored 20 goals in their last 6 Premier League games, and it could have been so much more. Crystal Palace were repeatedly ripped apart by the City attack, and if it was not for some wasteful finishing from Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling in the final 10 minutes they could have easily matched the scoreline they achieved at Watford in Gameweek 5. Sergio Aguero opened the scoring from the penalty spot, after Mamadou Sakho pulled down David Silva in the penalty area. From there it was one way traffic, and Jesus added two more goals before Benjamin Mendy scored his first goal for the Citizens, welcomed loudly by his 100k+ FPL owners.
Southampton 1 – 1 Manchester United
In their last 5 Premier League fixtures, Southampton had kept 3 clean sheets so it was little surprise that they frustrated the United for long stretches in this game, and when Steven Davis scored with 20 minutes left it looked like being one of those days for the Red Devils. However, no team have scored more goals in the closing stages than Man United this season and they saved the point courtesy of supersub Anthony Martial.
Leicester 2 – 2 Liverpool
Once again, it was Liverpool’s defence which let them down, as they surrendered a two goal half time lead at the King Power Stadium. Goals from Philippe Coutinho (have you ever seen a more embarrassed goal celebration?!) and Georginio Wijnaldum had the Reds in commanding position, but the injury enforced withdrawal of Mohamed Salah after 60 minutes threw Jurgen Klopp’s men off their flow. Jamie Vardy was a nuisance throughout for Liverpool’s back four with his constant movement, and that paid dividends on 50 minutes when Ragnar Klaven slipped while making an attempted clearance. One well placed shot past Simon Mignolet later and the Foxes smelt blood in the air as the Liverpool players heads dropped. Their fears were confirmed on 86 minutes as Shinji Okazaki scored against the Anfield giants for the second time in one week.
I would wish you good luck in GW6, but I already know how it is going to go for you. 🙂 FPLMarple