In this weekly column, I will look into my FPL Crystal Ball and tell you what will happen in the coming 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! With no salary cap you are free to choose whoever you like, regardless of their FPL pricetag! Check them out!
Last week I came within a goal in predicting the scoreline of each game, which I don’t think is too bad for an old dear with a dodgy hat! Read those predictions here. Now, on with this week’s preview and predictions…
Huddersfield v Spurs
Huddersfield are a solid team who don’t allow many chances. In fact their 11 shots allowed per game statistic* is better than Chelsea. Their players are involved in a league high 45.2 aerial duels per game, and they are the second best in terms of winning those duels (behind Burnley). They like direct football, both in attack and defence. Tottenham need to make this game a battle of skill over brawn and keep to their strengths which are attacking through balls, and getting the ball wide early and often.
In 3 games away from home this season, Tottenham have taken all 9 points, and won by an aggregate scoreline of 8-2. Huddersfield’s defenders have been brilliant for FPL managers, with 5 clean sheets in the opening 6 games. However, this week is where I feel things start taking a downhill turn for the club, as their fixtures take a turn for the worse. This week it is Harry Kane & friends, but their schedule for the following 8 Gameweeks includes Manchester United, Liverpool, Man City and Arsenal. Temper expectations.
Prediction: 0-3 to Spurs. A goal apiece for Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane.
Bournemouth v Leicester
The only win for both Bournemouth and Leicester this season came at home to Brighton! They both have clearly unlocked the cheat codes to dominate Brighton, but they have failed to do that against anyone else. I saw enough from Leicester against Liverpool to convince me that they have more than enough in their locker to beat Bournemouth, although I feel the Cherries will score at some point.
Prediction: 1-3 to Leicester. Vardy at the double and my man Okazaki with the last goal. Danny Simpson to grab an assist.
Man Utd v Crystal Palace
United have won 5 games, kept 5 clean sheets and scored 17 goals this season. Palace have not managed to pick up a draw, score a goal and have conceded 13. Palace hiring Hodgson was the wrong move, he is absolutely the wrong man to motivate a young team who are going through a difficult time… look at his experience with England for all the proof you need of that. No Christian Benteke for the next 6 weeks or so means that he will probably return in time for the next Palace boss’ first game in charge.
Prediction: Only the Champions League midweek fixture will keep this spanking relatively polite with Jose rotating at the weekend. 4-0 win for United, with Rashford and Martial among the scorers.
Stoke v Southampton
Stoke have conceded at least 2 goals in each of their last 3 Premier League matches, and play Southampton who have scored one goal in their last 4 league games.
Prediction: 1-1 draw, Tadic and Shaqiri with the goals.
West Brom v Watford
West Brom are without a win in 4 games and have only scored 4 goals so far this season. Watford had 3 clean sheets in their opening 4 league games, but since then have conceded 6 to City in GW5 and 1 more to Swansea in GW6.
Prediction: Watford get back on track with a 2-0 away win over the Baggies. Richarlison again shows what he can do.
West Ham v Swansea
The Swans have kept clean sheets in all three of their away games this season, although they have only scored two goals in those games… both coming against Crystal Palace in their GW3 meeting. West Ham will feel slightly more confident given the nature of their fightback against Spurs last weekend, and always possess a threat with Chicarito in their lineup, but this is a must win game for them given their lowly 18th position in the table.
Prediction: 1-0 win for the Hammers. Antonio will be a miss through injury but they have enough to beat the Swans.
Chelsea v Man City
This game could prove pivotal in deciding this season’s title destination. Alvaro Morata of Chelsea and the City strikeforce of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus have been on fire this season, scoring 16 goals between them in the preceding 6 games. What could prove crucial to the outcome of this game is the Champions League games midweek. Chelsea travel to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night in what should be a very tough game, whereas Man City have the far easier challenge of a home game against Shaktar Donetsk tonight. The extra day rest, and the fact that Pep could conceivably rest players (Aguero) in the Champions League game means they have a big advantage.
Prediction: 1-3 win for City. Aguero, Jesus and Silva all to have success, Morata to score for the Blues. Eden Hazard to continue to frustrate the life out of my FPL team
Arsenal v Brighton
Brighton have drawn to Watford, and lost to Bournemouth and Leicester in their preceding away games this season. These sides have met twice in the FA Cup in recent years, with Arsenal winning 3-2 both times, and both games were played away from home. Lacazette fired twice to give the Gunners the win over West Brom on Monday Night Football, and has added to the lunacy of premium forward options for FPL managers this season. Added to that, Alexis Sanchez emerged from his cocoon to provide an assist and provides another dilemma in midfield.
Prediction: 3-0 to Arsenal. Wenger’s men to have another great day at the office, with Laca, Ramsey and Sanchez on the scoresheet.
Everton v Burnley
Everton came into this season with high expectations, but everyone was cognisant that they had a very difficult opening slate of games. GW6 against Bournemouth was supposed to be the beginning of a great period for them, and yet they barely managed to prevent a fourth straight defeat in that game. Burnley have failed to win in 20 of their last 22 Premier League matches away from home. This should be an ideal game for Everton to keep that winning feeling but I feel another frustration for Koeman coming on.
Prediction: 1-1 draw, Calvert Lewin the goal, Siggy on the assist for the Toffees.
Newcastle v Liverpool
Liverpool have had a difficult time by their standards of late, with disappointing draws in Europe and against Burnley following the Man City trouncing. However, they won a difficult fixture against Leicester in GW6 and that City game remains the only game this season where they have failed to score, in all competitions. They travel to Newcastle this weekend, where they have lost on the last two league visits. Newcastle meanwhile have won three of their last four league games, and will be bitterly disappointed to have lost at Brighton. Rafa Benitez knows how to set up a team to play against Liverpool and this will be a difficult challenge for Jurgen Klopp. The return from suspension of Sadio Mane will be critical, as he is a very important player for the Reds, not only for his own contributions but also for what his effect is on other players. Roberto Firmino in particular in a lot more effective with Mane on the field. The Brazilian has scored 9 goals and providing 10 assists in the 28 games he has played alongside Sadio Mane.
Prediction: 1-2 win for Liverpool, Firmino with a double and Ritchie with a freekick goal for the Magpies.
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