Here we have this weekends predictions for Premier League fixtures and key fantasy players to help bolster your dream team. The transfer deadline is fast approaching so we may see some movement over the next few hours!
QPR 2-0 NORWICH – Rangers will have the opportunity to rotate their squad with new signings such as Christopher Samba arriving at Loftus Road and the promise of several more (Jenas, Crouch & David Bentley to name a few). Norwich will look to utilise new signing Luciano Becchio, although he is merely a replacement for the outgoing Steve Morison. Norwich may also be able to call upon Gary Hooper although Celtic have have already rejected four bids for the player.QPR will look to build on a good home draw against Manchester City. Norwich are currently bottom of the form table with one draw and five losses in their last six games.
Key Fantasy Player: Loic Remy for goals and assists, Christopher Samba for clean sheets, although he has shown the ability to score goals previously at Blackburn.
ARSENAL 2-0 STOKE - Arsenal look quiet in the transfer market and haven’t purchased any player for the fans to shout from the rooftops about. Stoke face the possibility of losing Peter Crouch tonight but look to have secured the services of highly rated stopper Asmir Begovic until the summer at least…but don’t rule out a last minute move. If Arsenal play to their full potential, they should out football Stoke. Don’t rule out a solid defensive display from Stoke if Arsenal have an off game.
Key Fantasy Player: Olivier Giroud is starting to find the back of the net on a regular basis. Santi Cazorla for assists, goals and bonus points. The heartbeat of the team.
EVERTON 3-0 ASTON VILLA - Everton may have been unsuccessful in their attempts to bring in Leroy Fer but look to have successfully kept hold of Marouanne Felliani (Still 7.5 hours of transfer window remaining). Villa have bought Yacouba Sylla from French Ligue 2 team Clermont Foot. Alan Hutton has also left on loan and headed to Spain. Nothing to shout about and still looking very negative for Villa. Everton with home advantage and Villa’s young inexperienced side make this affair all but over before it has started. Easy Everton win.
Key Fantasy Player: Leighton Baines for goals and clean sheets (brace in midweek) and Felliani for goals and assists.
NEWCASTLE 1-2 CHELSEA – Newcastle, recently nicknamed ‘France FC’ will be looking to see their new signings from across the channel settle in and make a serious impression on the nervous home crowd, rightfully so with the Magpies recent form. Chelsea look to have no new arrivals unless a late bid for Marouanne Felliani is tabled. Chelsea just to sneak this with extra quality from Mata and co. Newcastle could make a fight of it.
Key Fantasy Player: Juan Mata is looking the brightest player at Chelsea so far this season and leading points scorer. He is the most reliable player on the team and looks set to continue this trend.
READING 2-2 SUNDERLAND – Reading have made small additions to the squad so far in this transfer window and look set to battle out the remainder of the season with the squad they have. Sunderland have confirmed the signing of Danny Graham from Swansea. Any other business is unforeseen at this time. Reading will take heart from salvaging a draw against Chelsea in midweek although this could be attributed to poor defending from Chelsea rather than fight and spirit from Reading. Sunderland are on a steady run of form and will look to continue to build and improve.
Key Fantasy Player: Steven Fletcher for goals and likewise Danny Graham to make an immediate impact depending upon formation.
WEST HAM 2-1 SWANSEA – Neither team are yet to make a big splash in the transfer market and Swansea have allowed Danny Graham to return to the northeast. This game looks set to be a tough test for Swansea against a physical West Ham. If Michu doesn’t fire, Swansea may struggle, they now have no back up plan. West Ham to edge this one although if Swansea get the ball on the deck they may spring another surprise.
Key Fantasy Player: Kevin Nolan for WH or Michu for the Swans.
WIGAN 1-2 SOUTHAMPTON – Southampton were very impressive midweek against Manchester United and were unlucky to ear a draw at least. Wigan seem to be stuck in a low gear and look to be relying on home form although an away draw at Stoke is something to build on.
Key Fantasy Player: Lambert for Southampton, look comfortable in the PL, knows his role and looks a threat.
FULHAM 1-3 MAN UTD – Dimitar Berbatov is doubtful for this game against his former employers and this will hurt Fulham. United will look to bounce back after a let off at home against Southampton midweek. Urby Emanuelson may make his debut for Fulham, however, this may not affect the final result. Providing Man Utd play their strongest team and do not put too many of the old-timers in, this game look a comfortable victory.
Key Fantasy Player: Take a pick, Rooney after his brace at the weekend, RVP, Cleverley.
WEST BROM 2-1 TOTTENHAM – Lewis Holtby may be given a starting role for Spurs at the Hawthornes. Spurs need to do business in the last few hours of the transfer window to add to their strike force with only Jermain Defoe currently available. West Brom are maintaining impressive form levels and will look to continue a fine home record. Spurs are still a little jittery and their form fluctuates. West Brom to edge this one. Could go either way.
Key Fantasy Player: Lukaku for WB or Bale for Spurs. Potential in either team.
MAN CITY 3-0 LIVERPOOL – Although Liverpool achieved a good result against Arsenal, Man City have to be huge favourites for this game. Arsenal were poor and Liverpool exploited mistakes. Expect Man City to cause Liverpool serious problem defensively and over run a young Liverpool team that relies heavily on Gerrard and Suarez.
Key Fantasy Player: Zabaleta or Aguero for City, Suarez if any for Liverpool.
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