Friday, 15 December 2017

Arsenal v Newcastle United Preview

It was only a couple of weeks ago that Arsenal had moved into the top four and looked like they had a genuine chance of challenging for second place. Then we handed United three points at the Emirates and suddenly it seems the confidence sapped from our team. Successive away draws at Southampton and West Ham have seen us drop to seventh place with the season almost halfway over, but we are only one poont outside the top four.

For me the points dropped to Southampton and West Ham were worse than those dropped to United even though United are a rival for a top four spot. At least we played well against United with the exception of the goals we handed them and David de Gea had to be at his best to deny us time after time. We created nowhere near enough chances against both of them and we're going to continue to drop points if we can put away teams we should be beating.

Our away form in this calendar year has been nothing short of awful and it's only our home form that has kept us on the heels of the top four. We're only one point behind Spurs, Liverpool and Burnley and we will more than likely move up if we beat Newcastle. Thankfully we're at home to Newcastle though and our home form was perfect before that defeat to United.

That defeat has most certainly affected our confidence and you could see it in our defending against Southampton and West Ham at times. Laurent Koscielny gave the ball away in ridiculous situations in all three games and he's the player I would consider to be our best defender. It's more than just Koscielny's defending that is wrong though as we continue to give the ball away cheaply in virtually every position on the pitch.

We did switch to a back four against West Ham after nine months of playing with three central defenders and I can only hope we will keep that formation from here on. It's good to have the players used to playing with three central defenders as it means we have different options available to us if a switch is required. If we're going to be at our best defensively I think we also need to play players in theit best positions and that's something that hasn't happened often enough for my liking.

I doubt if Jack Wilshere can play from the start again so soon after the Newcastle game and we might just be saving him for the Carabao Cup game at home to West Ham on Tuesday night. It would mean we would have to bring someone in for him in midfield and there aren't too many options. I suspect Mohamed Elneny might be the player to get the nod and while he's a good player he's no Ramsey or Wilshere. 

I would like to see Alexandre Lacazette in from the start as his movement against a packed Newcastle defence could be a key factor if we're going to get the three points on offer. Olivier Giroud played instead of him on Wednesday night and again I suspect Giroud is bound for Spurs on Tuesday night next. I would be very surprised if Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil weren't in the team as they are highly unlikely to be rested for the equivalent of the league cup.

It makes sense to play our strongest team against Newcastle with another league game at home to Liverpool on Friday and I again would be very surprised if we didn't. Injuries can play a big role at this time of the season with so many games to play and I think the injury to Aaron Ramsey is a big blow to us at the moment. Not only has he been one of our better players this season, but his late runs into the box are something no other player seems to offer and we're missing them.

To be honest I care little about the Carabao Cup and six points at home to Newcastle and Liverpool are infinitely superior to beating West Ham on Tuesday night. I have no doubt that six points in those games would put us back in the top four and at this stage that has to be our number one priority this season. The FA Cup will come around soon enough as will the Europa League, but at the moment we need as many points as possible on the board.

As bad as we might be at the moment we're in much better shape than a Newcastle team who have taken one point from their last eight games. They're sliding quickly down the table and relegation has to be a very real worry for them this season. They're there to be beaten and we need to put as many goals as possible past them. We have won our last nine games against Newcastle and I can see no reason why that should change in this game.

That's it for today.

See you tomorrow.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Predictions For Premier League Gameweek 18

It's that time of the week again when I attempt to predict the outcomes of the upcoming Premier League games. I did alright in the midweek games with one perfect outcome, five correct outcomes and four incorrect. It means I moved up one place in my predictions league, but I'm still a long way off the league leaders. Here's a look at how the top five in that league stands.

NAMETHIS WEEKPOINTS
 1 (1) Dr_AFHMK
5
1380
 2 (4) Midotamimi
4
1210
 3 (5) JediKnut
3
1185
 4 (6) lukaszbee
1
1180
 5 (3) Brisbane City FC
5

+65
1155






Saturday December 16

Leicester City v Crystal Palace

12.30pm GMT, King Power Stadium, Leicester 

Leicester won 4-1 at Southampton on Wednesday night and they're climbing towards the top seven slowly but surely. They have won three of their last four home games with only City taking points off them in those games and they kept clean sheets in two of those games too. They have won their last four games and scored 10 goals in the process to move within five points of the top six.

Riyad Mahrez is in very good form for fantasy managers at the moment with Harry Maguire doing quite well too.

Palace came from behind with two very late goals to win 2-1 at home to Watford on Tuesday and they're only in the bottom three on goal difference now. They are one of only two teams without an away win and the only team without an away goal, but they have drawn their last two away games. They're unbeaten in six games and slowly but surely climbing away from the wrong end of the table.

I can't see any Palace players doing much for fantasy managers and even more so when they're away from home.

I think Leicester's good run will continue in this game with a win by a couple of goals.

Prediction: 2-0

Arsenal v Newcastle United 

3pm GMT, Emirates Stadium, London 

Arsenal could only draw 0-0 at West Ham in midweek and they have now dropped back to seventh place. They have won seven of their eight home games with only the top two scoring more home goals. They haven't won in their last three games, but they're still only one point off fourth place.

If Aaron Ramsey is still injured then the best fantasy options could be the Arsenal defenders in this game.

Newcastle lost 1-0 at home to Everton on Wednesday and they're now only a point above the bottom three. They have only won once in eight away games and have lost their last three on the road. They have only taken one point in their last eight games and they're sliding quickly towards the wrong end of the table.

I can't see any Newcastle players to recommend to fantasy managers at the moment.

Prediction: 3-0

Brighton And Hove Albion v Burnley 

3pm GMT, AMEX Stadium, Brighton 

Brighton lost 2-0 at Spurs on Wednesday night  and they're now only three points above the relegation zone. They haven't won in their last five home games and only four teams have scored less goals at home. They have only taken two points in their last six games and they failed to score in four of those games with only four teams scoring less goals so far.

Pascal Gross has done very well for fantasy managers, but his return has dropped off in recent weeks.

Burnley got a last minute winner at home to Stoke on Tuesday night to move up above Arsenal into the top six. They have won two of their last three away games and only five teams have conceded less goals on their travels. They have won six of their last eight games and they kept clean sheets in five of those games with only the top two conceding less goals.

Burnley's defenders and goalkeeper are doing very well for fantasy managers and each team should have at least one of them.

I think this will be a low scoring game and the chances are Burnley will narrowly take the three points.

Prediction: 0-1

Chelsea v Southampton 

3pm GMT, Stamford Bridge, London 

Chelsea won 3-1 at Huddersfield on Tuesday, but they're still three points behind second placed United. They have already dropped more points at home than they did in all of last season, but they have won their last four games at home. They have taken 22 points from their last nine games with clean sheets in four of them.

If Alvaro Morata isn't fit to play then Eden Hazard is the best fantasy option in the Chelsea team followed by their defenders and goalkeeper.

Southampton were soundly beaten at home to Leicester on Wednesday and they're now only four points above the bottom three. They have only taken two points in their last five away games and only four other teams have scored less goals on the road. They have only won once in their last eight games and they didn't keep a clean sheet in any of those games.

Charlie Austin has done well in recent weeks for fantasy managers, but Southampton tend to rotate their strikers.

I think Chelsea should be too strong for Southampton and should win by at least two goals.

Prediction: 3-1

Stoke City v West Ham United 

3pm GMT, bet365 Stadium, Stoke

Stoke lost 1-0 to a last minute goal at Burnley on Tuesday night and they're now only two points above the bottom three. They have won as many games as they have lost at home, but only Watford have conceded more goals on their own patch. They have only won once in their last seven games and no other team has conceded more goals.

Xherdan Shaqiri is the only Stoke player fantasy managers should consider at the moment.

West Ham got a very good 0-0 draw at home to Arsenal on Wednesday night to add to their victory against West Ham on Saturday. They are one of two teams without an away win and no other team has conceded more goals away from home. They have only won once in their last 10 games, but they have kept clean sheets in their last two even if Stoke are the only team to have conceded more goals.

Despite those clean sheets in their last two games I still can't see any West Ham players who might make a difference for fantasy managers.

This is a big game for two teams at the wrong end of the table and the chances are it will end in a draw.

Prediction: 1-1

Watford v Huddersfield Town 

3pm GMT, Vicarage Road, Watford 

Watford looked like they were going to take all three points at Palace on Wednesday night, but two late goals saw them leave empty handed. They have only won two of their eight home games with only theee teams taking less points at home and no other team conceding more goals at home. They have only taken one point in their last four games and only two teams have conceded more goals.

Richarlison is still the outstanding choice in the Watford team for fantasy managers, but he is doubtful for this game.

Huddersfield lost 3-1 at home to Chelsea on Tuesday night, but they're still four points above the drop zone. They have lost six of their eight away games and have conceded 16 goals in their last five away games while not scoring in their last seven on the road. They have lost five of their last six games with only Swansea scoring less goals and only two other teams conceding more.

I don't think there are any Huddersfield players for fantasy managers to consider at the moment.

Despite Watford's problems at home I think they will get the better of a Huddersfield team who's away form is so poor.

Prediction: 3-1

Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur 

5.30pm GMT, Etihad Stadium, Manchester 

City won 4-0 at Swansea on Wednesday night to maintain their 11 point lead at the top of the table and keep their unbeaten run in the league going. Only United have taken more points at home and they're one of only two teams unbeaten at home with no other team scoring more goals at home. They have set a Premier League record by winning their last 15 games and they're the top scorers as well as no other team conceding less goals than them.

There are so many City players for fantasy managers to choose from, but I think David Silva, Kevin de Bruyne and Nicolas Otamendi are the best of them at the moment.

Spurs won 2-0 at home to Brighton on Wednesday night to move back into the top four on goal difference. They have only taken one point in their last four away games and have only scored two goals in those games, but only City and Chelsea have conceded less away goals. They have won their last two games after failing to win the previous four and only three teams conceded less goals.

Harry Kane is the best fantasy option in the Spurs team, but Heung-Min Son is in great form at the moment too.

City look unstoppable at the moment and I can't see Spurs putting an end to their run of victories.

Prediction: 2-1

Sunday December 17

West Bromwich Albion
v Manchester United 

2.15pm GMT, The Hawthorns, Birmingham 

West Brom got a very good goalless draw at Liverpool on Wednesday night, but they're now only outside the relegation zone on goal difference. Only Swansea have taken less points at home and they haven't won in their last seven games on their own ground. They haven't won in 15 games and have failed to score in their last three with only Swansea scoring less goals.

I can't see any West Brom players to recommend to fantasy managers at the moment.

United were far from their best at home to Bournemouth on Wednesday night, but they managed to get a 1-0 victory and stay 11 points behind City in second place. Only City and Chelsea have taken more away points and conceded less away goals than United, but they haven't kept a clean sheet in their last four on the road. Only City have won more games and scored more goals while no other team has conceded less and they have won five of their last six games.

With Phil Jones back in the team United's defenders are looking good for fantasy managers again while David de Gea is impossible to ignore.

I think West Brom's home woes will continue in this game with United winning by a couple of goals.

Prediction: 0-2

Bournemouth v Liverpool 

4.30pm GMT, Dean Court, Bournemouth 

Bournemouth put up a good show on Wednesday night, but ended up losing 1-0 at United. They have only won two of their eight home games and only four other teams have scored less goals at home. They haven't won in five games and they're only two points above the bottom three.

Andrew Surman had done very well for fantasy managers recently, but he didn't play at United on Wednesday night.

Liverpool could only draw 0-0 at home to West Brom on Wednesday for their second home draw in a week. Only City and Chelsea have taken more away points than Liverpool with only City scoring more away goals, but only three other teams conceding more away goals. They're unbeaten in eight games and they kept clean sheets in four of those games with only the top two scoring more goals.

Mohamed Salah is the outstanding fantasy choice in the Liverpool team with Phillippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane worth considering too.

I think Liverpool will get the better of this game and continue their recent good form away from home.

Prediction: 1-3

Monday December 18

Everton v Swansea City

8pm GMT, Goodison Park, Liverpool

Everton won 1-0 away to Newcastle on Wednesday and they're now comfortably in the top half of the table. They have won their last three home games and scored nine goals in the process. They have taken 10 points from their last four games and kept clean sheets in three of them, but only two teams have conceded more goals.

Wayne Rooney has flourished in recent weeks while Dominic Calvert-Lewin is a good reasonably priced striker for fantasy managers.

Swansea lost 4-0 at home to City in midweek and they're rooted to the foot of the table. They have lost their last five away games with only two teams scoring less away goals and only two teams conceding less away goals. They have only taken four points from their last nine games and they failed to score in five of their last seven with no other team scoring less goals.

Lukasz Fabianski and the Swansea defenders are still pretty good fantasy options despite their lowly position in the league.

I think Everton's revival will continue with three points in this game.

Prediction: 2-0

That's it for this week.

See you next week.


Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Arsenal's Trip To West Ham Previewed

It's only been a couple of days since Arsenal got a rather fortunate point at Southampton and they face another away game tonight. While their home form has been up there with the best of them this season they have generally struggled on their travels. Eight points from eight away games is hardly awe inspiring or the form of a team hoping to challenge for a chance to finish runners up to City.

After the defensive shambles in the opening stages at home to United I expected Arsenal to be a lot tighter at the back against Southampton. The reverse was true though and they were very lucky to be only one down before any semblance of decent defending appeared. Arsene Wenger blamed it on nervousness as a result of the performance against United which is quite bizarre.

If we were to believe that then it says very little for our players or their ability to get over a bad performance. I would have thought a bad defensive performance would have led the players to concentrate harder and make sure they did the simple things properly at the start against Southampton. Instead we were treated to players passing straight to the opposition, failing to track runners and defending as if it was something they had never worked on in training.

We can't afford to defend like that against West Ham despite their lowly league position as they showed when they beat Chelsea 1-0 on Saturday. I've seen a bit of West Ham this season and I have been far from impressed with them, but like any Premier League team they can bite back if they're underestimated. Their home form hasn't been exactly great this season and their performance against Chelsea was by far their best one at home so far.

The manager has a few choices to make before the game with Aaron Ramsey picking up a knock against Southampton and due to miss out as well as Shkodran Mustafi. He has to decide whether he will stick with three central defenders or switch to a flat back four. For me playing four at the back makes more sense and the extra man in midfield might give us more control in the game.

I can understand his desire to stick with a formation which got us out of a tight spot last season, but it's obvious he doesn't have faith in it. As soon as we're chasing a game he switches to a back four and it's difficult to believe it's not something he would like to switch back to on a permanent basis. Our personnel are far more suited to that formation and it's a method used throughout every other level at the club as far as I know. It just doesn't make sense to stick to three central defenders, but when did making sense ever have anything to do with football or Arsenal for that matter. 

If I'm not mistaken Nacho Monreal is the youngest of the three central defenders who started against Southampton and he's 31. Laurent Koscielny has struggled with injuries and it's a big risk to play him twice a week, but it's one we seem happy to take regularly. I suppose we could be playing the three of them together while Mustafi is injured as the manager thinks playing only two of them would be a risk.

In midfield the absence of Ramsey should open a door for Jack Wilshere, but the manager has already said he sees his best position as further forward and I wouldn't be surprised if he's on the bench tonight. Maybe Mohamed Elneny, Francis Coquelin or Alex Iwobi might get the nod alongside Granit Xhaka and all three of them would probably be better suited to the defensive duties that come with the role. It's not as if Ramsey has been ultra defensive though and Wilshere would certainly offer more creativity than the other three in my opinion. 

We will miss Ramsey and I hope it's only a short term absence with so many games over the next few weeks as he has been one of our better players so far this season. That's not to say he has always been good, but neither has anyone else for that matter.

In attack I would hope Alexandre Lacazette will continue to lead the line, but I would imagine Olivier Giroud will think he can't do much more than he has done already to try to get a start. His late goal saved us against Southampton and I would be more inclined to think he should get a chance if he had been better in the Europa League games when he did start. Like so many of the more experienced players he seemed to do little more than go through the motions in those games when he should have been trying to stake a claim for a place in the first team.

We didn't lose as much ground as we might have last weekend with Chelsea and United losing, Liverpool drawing and only Spurs winning, but we cannot afford to drop any more points tonight. Chelsea won last night and I will be very surprised if United, Liverpool or Spurs drop any points tonight so we need to at least keep pace with them. It won't be easy, but we have the players to win the game without a doubt if they would only go out and play as well as we know they can play.

That's it for today.

See you tomorrow.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Predictions For Premier League Gameweek 17

It's that time of the week again when I attempt to predict the outcomes of the upcoming Premier League games. I didn't fare so well at the weekend with only one perfect prediction, two correct outcomes and seven incorrect which meant I again failed to make up any ground on the huge number of teams ahead of me in my predictions league. Here's a look at how the top five in that league stands at the moment.

NAMETHIS WEEKPOINTS
 1 (1) Dr_AFHMK
5

+80
1335
 2 (2) Wild Things
4

-20
1135
 3 (3) Brisbane City FC
5

+20
1110
 4 (4) Midotamimi
3

+30
1090
 5 (6) lukaszbee
1

+15
1065






Tuesday December 12

Burnley v Stoke City 

7.45pm GMT, Turf Moor, Burnley 

Burnley won 1-0 at home to Watford on Saturday and they're still only outside the top six on goal difference. They have only lost two of their eight home games with no other team conceding less goals at home and only Swansea scoring less. Only the top two have conceded less goals and they have seven clean sheets so far, but they are the lowest scorers in the top half of the table.

Burnley's defenders and goalkeeper have done very well for fantasy managers and there's no reason to believe that will change in this game.

Stoke were beaten 5-1 at Spurs on Saturday and they're only three points above the bottom three. They have only won once in eight away games with only West Ham conceding more goals on their travels. They have only won once in their last six games and they conceded 15 goals in those games with no other team conceding more goals so far.

Despite Stoke's poor form Xherdan Shaqiri is still doing quite well for fantasy managers.

There aren't too many goals in games at Turf Moor, but I think Burnley should get enough of them to win this game.

Prediction: 1-0

Crystal Palace v Watford 

8pm GMT, Selhurst Park, London 

Palace would almost have moved out of the bottom three with a win at home to Bournemouth on Saturday, but they let the lead slip and had a settle for a point after missing a late penalty. They're unbeaten in five home games and have scored 10 goals in those five games, but only Watford and Stoke have conceded more goals at home. They're unbeaten in five games, but they have drawn four of those games and they need to turn some of those draws into wins if they're going to avoid the drop.

I'm not so sure there are any Palace players doing enough to make an impression for fantasy managers at the moment.

Watford lost 1-0 at Burnley after going down to 10 men in the first half of the game and that defeat saw Leicester move above them. Only two teams have won more away games than Watford with only City and Liverpool scoring more away goals and the defeat at Burnley was the first time they failed to score at least two goals in an away game this season. They have only taken one point in their last three games with only three teams conceding more goals so far.

Richarlison and Abdoulaye Doucoure had both done very well for fantasy managers until recently and the fixtures over the next few weeks might well see that form return.

I think this will be a very close game and the chances are it will end with the spoils shared.

Prediction: 2-2

Huddersfield Town v Chelsea 

8pm GMT, John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield 

Huddersfield put an end to a bad run of results with a 2-0 win at home to Brighton on Saturday. They have won three of their last four home games and have kept clean sheets in four of their eight home games. Their win last week ended a run of four defeats and they have failed to score in nine of their 16 games with only the bottom two scoring less goals.

I can't see any Huddersfield players who are consistent enough to recommend to fantasy managers.

Chelsea lost 1-0 at West Ham on Saturday and missed the chance to join United 11 points behind City. Only City have taken more away points than Chelsea despite losing to two teams in the bottom three with only City and Liverpool scoring more away goals and only City conceding less. Their defeat last week brought a very good run of 19 points from seven games to an end and only three teams have conceded less goals.

Despite Saturday's defeat at West Ham I still think Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata are very good options for fantasy managers.

I think Chelsea will put Saturday's performance behind them and win this game with a couple of goals to spare.

Prediction: 0-2

Wednesday December 13

Newcastle United v Everton 

7.45pm GMT, St. James's Park, Newcastle 

Newcastle lost yet again on Saturday when they went down 3-2 at home to Leicester and they're now only two points above the relegation zone. They have lost their last three home games and failed to score in two of them. They have only taken one point from their last seven games and they conceded 15 goals in their last five games.

I can't see any Newcastle players to remotely interest fantasy managers at the moment despite Dwight Gayle hitting some form recently.

Everton got a very good point at Liverpool on Sunday and it looks like they have eventually remembered how to defend again which I suppose is down to Big Sam. They're one of four teams without an away win, but no other team has drawn more away games with only three other teams conceding more goals away from home. They have only lost once in their last six games and they scored 13 goals in those games which has moved them into the top half of the table.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin looks like the fantasy bargain in the Everton team to me while Wayne Rooney has impressed in recent weeks too.

I think Newcastle's woes will continue with Everton emerging with a narrow victory.

Prediction: 1-2

Southampton v Leicester City 

7.45pm GMT, St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton 

Southampton led for almost the whole game at home to Arsenal on Sunday, but they had to settle for a point after a later equaliser. They have won as many home games as they have lost and they have failed to score in four of their nine home games. They have only won four of their 16 games and only one of their last seven and they have failed to score in six of their 16 games.

Charlie Austin is looking increasingly like a good buy for fantasy managers as long as he can keep clear of injuries.

Leicester won 3-2 at Newcastle on Saturday to move up to eighth place. They have only lost two of their eight away games and they're unbeaten in their last six games on the road, but they have drawn four of them. They have won their last three games and have only lost one of their last 10.

Riyad Mahrez continues to prosper for fantasy managers and it's pretty hard to ignore him at the moment.

I think this will be a very close game and the chances are it will end all square.

Prediction: 1-1

Swansea City v Manchester City 

7.45pm GMT, Liberty Stadium, Swansea 

Swansea got a much needed win at hone to West Brom on Saturday and those three points moved them off the foot of the table. They have lost more home games and scored less home goals than any other team, but they have taken four points and kept clean sheets in their last two games on their own patch. Their win last week was their first win in eight games and they failed to score in five of those games, but they have conceded less goals than both Liverpool and Arsenal while no other team has scored less goals.

Swansea's defensive options continue to impress for fantasy managers despite their precarious position in the league.

City won yet again on Sunday when they took all three points at second placed United to move 11 points clear at the top of the table. They have won all eight of their away games and no other team has scored more or conceded less goals away from home. They have won their last 14 league games and they're the highest scorers with no other team conceding less goals.

There are so many City players to choose from for fantasy managers with David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi the pick of them at the moment, but that can change at any time.

I think City will be too strong for Swansea and will continue their incredible winning streak with a few goals to spare.

Prediction: 0-3

Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion 

8pm GMT, Anfield, Liverpool 

Liverpool could only draw 1-1 at home to Everton on Sunday, but that point was enough to keep them in the top four. They're one of only two teams still unbeaten at home, but they have drawn four of their eight home games and no other team has conceded less goals at home. They have taken 17 points from their last seven games and scored 20 goals in those games with only the top two scoring more goals.

Mohamed Salah is still the must have Liverpool player for fantasy managers, but Juergen Klopp's continued squad rotation makes life tough for owners of other outstanding choices like Phillippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane.

West Brom lost 1-0 at Swansea on Saturday and they're now only outside the relegation zone on goal difference. They have only won once in their eight away games with only Palace and Huddersfield scoring less goals away from home. They haven't won in 14 games, but they did draw half of those games and they have failed to score in seven of their 16 games.

I can't see any West Brom players to interest fantasy managers in the next two games in particular.

I can't see anything other than a comprehensive Liverpool victory in this game.

Prediction: 3-0

Manchester United v Bournemouth 

8pm GMT, Old Trafford, Manchester 

United were outplayed at home to City on Sunday and the 2-1 defeat saw them fall 11 points behind their local rivals at the top of the table. They have won seven of their eight home games with only City scoring more goals at home and no other team conceding less. They had won four in a row before losing to City, but they have kept only one clean sheet in their last six games with only City scoring more goals and no other team conceding less.

United's defenders haven't done so well for fantasy managers in recent weeks and neither has Romelu Lukaku, but it's still hard to look past David de Gea as the best scoring goalkeeper.

Bournemouth drew 2-2 away to Palace on Saturday and they're still only three points above the bottom three. They are unbeaten in their last four away games and they kept clean sheets in two of those games. They have only lost one of their last six games and have kept clean sheets in three of those games.

Andrew Surman has done very well for fantasy managers in recent weeks and at a very good price too.

I think United should bounce back from last week's disappointment with a good win in this game.

Prediction: 3-0

Tottenham Hotspur v Brighton And Hove Albion

8pm GMT, Wembley Stadium, London 

Spurs strolled to 5-1 win at home to Stoke on Saturday and they made up ground on all the teams above them except for City. They have taken 13 points and scored 12 goals in their last five home games as they appear to have come to grips with playing at Wembley. That win last week was their first win in five games and they have only kept one clean sheet in their last eight games.

With Toby Alderweireld  injured the Spurs defenders haven't done too well recently so it's back to the tried and trusted Harry Kane as the best fantasy choice in their team.

Brighton lost 2-0 at Huddersfield on Saturday and they have started to slide towards the wrong end of the table in recent weeks. Only West Ham and Huddersfield have lost more away games and they have lost their last two on the road without scoring. They have only taken two points in their last five games and they failed to score in three of their last four.

Pascal Gross has done very well for fantasy managers this season, but the points have dried up in recent weeks.

I think Spurs should have too much for Brighton and should get their second comprehensive win of the week.

Prediction: 3-0

West Ham United v Arsenal 

8pm GMT, London Stadium, London 

West Ham got a much needed and very surprising 1-0 win at home to Chelsea on Saturday and they're only in the bottom three on goal difference. They have taken 10 of their 13 points at home, but had conceded eight goals in the three home games before beating Chelsea. That win against Chelsea was their first win in nine games with only Stoke conceding more goals so far.

Despite their win over Chelsea it will take a lot more to convince me any of the West Ham players are worth considering for fantasy managers.

Arsenal left it very late on Sunday, but they somehow managed to get a 1-1 draw at Southampton. They have only won two of their eight away games, but they have taken seven points from their last four away games. They have only lost once in their last five games and they kept clean sheets in three of those games despite the defensive issues they have had in recent weeks.

With Aaron Ramsey injured it looks like Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette could be the best fantasy options in the Arsenal team, but none of them come cheaply.

I think West Ham will give Arsenal a scare, but Arsenal will just about take the three points.

Prediction: 1-2

That's it for this week.

See you next week.