So, another weekend of Premiership football is right around the corner. Here are our predictions for this weekends fixtures and suggestions to improve fantasy football points. Share your opinion with us here on GOATSPORT.
Liverpool 2-0 Norwich – Although Liverpool are struggling for consistency this season, fixtures at Anfield are always difficult and one can never overlook Mr Suarez. He is a potent goal threat. Norwich are hit and miss away from home but will make this game a battle to the final whistle.
Key Fantasy Player: Luis Suarez. Scoring goals as per usual, negative press seems to fire him up even more.
Man City 3-0 Fulham – As pleasing as it is to see Fulham play well and Berbatov back in form, nobody can deny Manchester City’s talented team and home record. Excellent passing football and home advantage should be enough to put Fulham away easily.
Key Fantasy Player: Joe Hart for clean sheets, Carlos Tevez/Dzeko for goals/assists.
Newcastle 1-1 Reading – Newcastle have failed to replace Demba Ba so far in January with most likely replacement Loic Remy heading to QPR instead. The Magpies are in a battle in the lower half of the table and will hope the return of Yohan Cabaye will give them a boost. Reading are full of confidence and look a different side to the one that took some serious defensive criticism earlier in the season. Expect a battle a football that isn’t too pleasing on the eye.
Key Fantasy Player: Jimmy Kebe – Cheap and in good form delivering goals for Readings relegation battle.
Swansea 2-1 Stoke – Swansea will be hoping Michu continues his fine scoring form against Stoke at the Liberty Stadium. Stoke need to bounce back after a heavy defeat to Chelsea, particularly Jonathan Walters. Swansea to play the better football, Stoke to win the ariel battle.
Key Fantasy Player: Michu – The bargain of the season.
West Ham 2-0 QPR – Loic Remy may be given a full debut to bolster QPR’s attacking threat against West Ham. The Hammers seem strong at home and have a system that seems to be producing results against good teams. QPR can rely on Adel Taraabt too much sometimes and have a squad that looks inconsistent, however, Harry Redknapp has started picking up results.
Key Fantasy Player: Kevin Nolan – Cheap and scores the goals. West Ham’s consistent target man. Threatens in general play, corners, set pieces.
Wigan 1-1 Sunderland – Wigan need to start picking up results if they are to avoid the drop and also need to see their new signings ‘bedding in’. Wigan are not expected to complete the signing of John Stones from Barnsley in time to be included in the squad. Sunderland have regained form and are producing good results. However, Wigan should not be underestimated and play good football.
Key Fantasy Player: Adam Johnson – Settled into the team and playing regular football, his name is starting to pop up on the vidiprinter a lot more often.
West Brom 2-0 Aston Villa – Local derbies are always hard to predict. The Baggies are looking solid and home and Villa….well, Villa are on the ropes and looking finished. Villa need to steady the ship and get some results. They are currently in freefall and are shipping goals against. West Brom should win easily….on paper at least!
Key Fantasy Player: Romelu Lukaku – A very good loan signing, scoring goals and looking settled at his new club with regular football.
Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal – Chelsea are looking strong and will look to make the most of an inconsistent Arsenal side. Suspensions may also help with this. Arsenal’s defence is very shaky and while they have a decent goal threat, Chelsea may be too good with the attacking talent they have at their disposal. Sadly, Arsenal play football that is pleasing on the eye but isn’t achieving the results that are expected.
Key Fantasy Player: Hazard/Mata – contributing with assist and goals. Azpilicueta for clean sheets/value.
Tottenham 2-2 Man Utd – Manchester United are pressing on with their challenge for the title and are looking to continue a good run of results. The main spine of the team is settled and injury free baring Wayne Rooney. Spurs look impressive and ever improving under the new AVB approach. Goals and defensive frailties in both teams (considering the attacking abilities of the opponents).
Key Fantasy Player: Rafael – Cheap defensive points or RVP as per usual. Goal Machine, 21 and counting.
Southampton 1-2 Everton – Southampton are playing impressive football of late and looking to add to the squad in order to preserve their premiership status. Everton are looking for consistency to challenge for a european spot. This should be an open and attacking game with Evertons experience and quality coming through….just.
Key Fantasy Player: Felliani or Lambert, big, strong and looking for goals or ariel assists.
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