Here we have my predictions for this weekends premier league fixtures and key fantasy team players. As we approach the close of the season, all is up for grabs at both ends of the table.
CHELSEA 2-1 WEST BROM – Will Rafa’s rant costs Chelsea? Time will only tell. Chelsea still play good attacking football and have the players to unlock any defence. The weakness has been defensively. Expect a possible recall for JT and a Chelsea win. The Baggies will be no pushover.
Key Fantasy Player: Juan Mata or Branislav Ivanovic. If you wish to look for a WB player, possibly Lukaku, scoring quite a few goals at the minute and cheap.
EVERTON 3-0 READING – Reading are struggling at the foot of the table. Everton will look to capitalise on poor recent performances from Reading and low confidence by inflicting another away defeat.
Key Fantasy Player: Felliaini/Baines or Vellios/Anichebe for a cheap forward. Moyes seems to be rotating his pack at the minute.
MAN UTD 4-1 NORWICH – Norwich sit relatively comfortable in the bottom half of mid table and are looking to solidify their position in the PL. Man Utd are looking for another championship and will see this game as an opportunity to increase their lead on Manchester City. Expect a ruthless Utd performance. Ferguson may rest some player for the midweek Champions League tie.
Key Fantasy Player: Rafael – Defensive points or RVP if playing (Uncertain due to CL tie midweek).
SOUTHAMPTON 1-0 QPR – QPR seemed to be pulling some points back after Christmas but have once again slipped back into poor form. Southampton are still playing good football under new management and are looking to push away from the relegation zone. Saints to control possession and create the chances that matter.
Key Fantasy Player: Adam Lallana or James Puncheon. Nathaniel Clyne for cheap defensive points.
STOKE 2-0 WEST HAM – Let the battle in the sky commence. Two teams who like the ball in the air. Stoke’s home dominance should keep them on top of a West Ham side that struggles for consistency. Not for the lover of football on the deck.
Key Fantasy Player: Peter Crouch/Jon Walters. Begovic for clean sheet.
SUNDERLAND 1-1 FULHAM – This fixture could go either way, both teams struggle for consistently good performances. If both turn up with the right team, they can easily win this game. Sunderland have home advantage, however, Fulham have a gifted squad under Martin Jol who has spent money wisely. Sitting on the fence at 1-1.
Key Fantasy Player: Adam Johnson/Dimitar Berbatov.
SWANSEA 2-1 NEWCASTLE – Swansea may have a post league cup hangover, but we don’t see it this way. Laudrup will have good control over his players and is looking up at the European spots in the PL. Newcastle are starting to produce performances with the fresh and invigorated squad. This could be an excellent game.
Key Fantasy Player: Michu/Nathan Dyer
WIGAN 1-0 LIVERPOOL – Liverpool seem to be slowly building a consistent run of performances and have found two strikers that play well and score together in Suarez and Sturridge. However, Wigan are a good footballing team and will not be pushed over by a still fairly average Liverpool team. Wigan to boss the play at home with Kone to score the games only goal.
Key Fantasy Player: Kone
TOTTENHAM 2-0 ARSENAL – Arsenal are coming off the back off several poor results and will be under pressure to perform. Tottenham keep up their pursuit of Champions League football, largely thanks to Gareth Bale. Tottenham to boss this game and take control early on.
Key Fantasy Player: Bale – Who else!
ASTON VILLA 1-2 MAN CITY – Man City will be chasing Man Utd to the final game of the season (or until the points difference dictates otherwise). Aston Villa will have to cope with some serious attacking forces from City, with this in mind, City should come out on top against an inexperienced defence.
Key Fantasy Player: Tevez/Aguero/Yaya Toure