Sunday, 22 January 2017

Arsenal v Burnley Preview

Arsenal play at home to Burnley today in a game which gives them the chance to climb to second in the table. Yesterday's results went very well for Arsenal with Liverpool losing while Spurs, City and United all drew. Those slips mean Arsenal can go one point above Spurs in second place and five points behind Chelsea before the league leaders play Hull later in the day.

I don't hold out much hope of Hull getting anything from Chelsea which would see them maintain their eight point lead over Arsenal as long as Arsenal beat Burnley. On the face of it Arsenal should have few problems against the team with the worst away record in the league and a team who have only scored three goals in their nine away games. Of course things are rarely that easy in football and I expect Burnley to do all they can to keep Arsenal at bay.

Arsene Wenger is unlikely to make too many changes to the team which won 4-0 at Swansea last week and maybe Swansea's win at Liverpool yesterday puts a little more perspective on that result last week. Hector Bellerin, Francis Coquelin and Kieran Gibbs all return to the squad and all three could genuinely hope to play from the start, but I think Bellerin will probably be the only change made. Gabriel Paulista has looked better defensively at right back than he has done in the centre, but Bellerin's attacking prowess could be very useful today.

I expect Burnley to sit deep, tackle hard and hope to get something on the break or from a set piece. Arsenal won 1-0 away to them earlier in the season with a last gasp goal that never should have stood as Burnley put up s very good performance. Their home form is right up there with the best teams in the league, but they are a different team on their travels.

It could well be another game where Arsenal have to be patient and then need to push home their advantage if they do take the lead. Far too often for my liking the intensity from Arsenal has dropped off after they have taken the lead and their opponents have got back into the game. It nearly happened at Swansea last week, but the second half display was a lot more like the performance of a team who want to challenge for the title.

I would love to see them win by a few goals and I would be very surprised if they failed to score in the game. Burnley have found goals very hard to come by away from home and you would imagine scoring more than one goal today should be enough to tie down the three points. Even if Arsenal win they will more than likely be eight points behind Chelsea and it's going to be a tough gap to close.

To be fair any team that wins 14 of 15 games is going to streak away from the opposition and Arsenal will not catch them unless things start to go wrong for Chelsea. After the FA Cup games next week Chelsea travel to Liverpool for a midweek game and it's a game every other team hoping to challenge has to want Liverpool to win. Then Arsenal travel to Chelsea the following weekend and again all logic says it's a game Arsenal need to win for their sake and the other team's sakes too.

They need to go into that game on the back of wins at home to Burnley and Watford and that starts today. They have taken 10 points from their last four games and 16 from six games would be a good way to go into that Chelsea game despite who the opposition might have been in those games. I still doubt this team's ability to do what needs to be done at the crucial stages in the season, but they at least have to go to Chelsea in a position where they can do something.

That's it for today.

See you tomorrow.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Predictions For Premier League Gameweek 22

It's that time of the week again when I attempt to predict the outcomes of the upcoming Premier League games. I did reasonably well last week with one perfect prediction, five correct outcomes and four incorrect outcomes. Those predictions moved me back to second in my predictions league and just within 100 points of the leader as you can see from the league table below.

NameBadgesThis WeekPTS
 1 (1)  Karl-Yngve Lund 3+401345
 2 (3)  Michael Sheehy 5+801250
 3 (4)  Rutland Gooner 4+1001220
 4 (2)  Wayne Hubbard 1+201200
 5 (5)  @ iWelloo 20860


 
Saturday January 21

Liverpool v Swansea City

12.30pm GMT, Anfield, Liverpool

Liverpool led away to United last week, but they had to settle for a point in the end and dropped back to seven points behind Chelsea in third place. They're one of only two teams unbeaten at home with only Spurs scoring more home goals and only Spurs and Chelsea conceding less at home. They have only lost two of their 21 games and are unbeaten in their last seven as well as being the top scorers in the league.

Adam Lallana, Roberto Frimino and Phillippe Coutinho all look good for fantasy managers with the Liverpool defenders doing well in recent weeks too.

Swansea were well beaten at home by Arsenal last week and dropped to the foot of the table again. They have lost seven of their 10 away games with only Palace and Hull conceding more goals on their travels. They have lost five of their last six games and conceded 18 goals in the process as well as having the worst defensive record in the league.

Gylfi Sigurdsson is by far the best of the bunch in the Swansa team for fantasy managers even if he hasn't been quite so prolific in recent weeks.

Despite their current hectic schedule I can't see anything other than a comprehensive Liverpool victory in this game.

Prediction: 4-0

Bournemouth v Watford

3pm GMT, Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth 

Bournemouth led 1-0 away to struggling Hull last week, but yet again they conceded three goals and ended up losing 3-1. They have won half of their 10 home games with only five other teams scoring more goals at home and only five other teams conceding more at home too. They have taken 10 points in their last nine games, but they conceded three goals in seven of those games and only four other teams have conceded more goals.

Charlie Daniels has done well for fantasy managers despite Bournemouth's defensive problems and Junior Stanislas does well when he gets to play.

Watford drew 0-0 at home to Boro last week, but they needed a win to stop their slide down the table. They have only won two of their 10 away games with only three other teams scoring less goals on their travels. They have only taken two points and scored two goals in their last six games.

I can't see any Watford players to make a difference for fantasy managers at the moment.

I think this will be a close game, but Bournemouth will get the better of it.

Prediction: 2-1

Crystal Palace v Everton

3pm GMT, Selhurst Park, London

Palace lost 3-0 away to West Ham last week and they're only out of the relegation zone on goal difference now. They have taken less points at home than any other team and have lost six of their last seven games at home. They have only taken two points in their last seven games and they failed to score in three of their last five.

I can't see any Palace players who might make a real difference for fantasy managers.

Everton had a great 4-0 win at home to City last week and they certainly seem to have rediscovered their early season form. They have only won three of their 10 away games and have conceded more than they have scored on the road. They have taken 10 points from their last four games and kept clean sheets in three of those games.

Leighton Baines looks to be the best of the Everton players at the moment for fantasy managers with Seamus Coleman, Kevin Mirallas, Romelu Lukaku and maybe even Tom Davies worth considering too.

I think Everton will take advantage of Palace's poor form and narrowly take the three points.

Prediction: 1-2

Middlesbrough v West Ham United

3pm GMT, Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough 

Boro drew 0-0 away to Watford last week, but they're still only two places and four points above the relegation zone. Only two teams have taken less points at home and no other team has scored less goals on their own patch with only five other teams having a better defensive record at home. They are the lowest scorers in the league, but only three other teams have a better defensive record and they have kept four clean sheets in their last eight games.

Boro defenders have done well for fantasy managers with Ben Gibson and Victor Valdes probably the best of them.

West Ham won 3-0 at home to Palace last week to move well clear of the bottom three despite the absence of want away Demitri Payet. They have only won two of their 10 away games, but they did manage draws away to both United and Liverpool. They have won four of their last six games and kept a clean sheet in three of those games too.

With Payet unavailable Michail Antonio and Winston Reid are the best fantasy choices in the West Ham team with Andy Carroll and Darren Randolph outside bets.

I think this will be another very close game and the chances are it will end in a draw.

Prediction: 1-1

Stoke City v Manchester United

3pm GMT, Bet365 Arena, Stoke

Stoke won 3-1 away to Sunderland last week, but a game against United will be a much tougher task. They have only won four of their 10 home games and have conceded as many goals as they have scored at home, but they have only lost one of their last eight at home. They have won their last two games after failing to win the previous five and they have conceded more goals than any other team in the top half of the table.

Peter Crouch has had a new lease of life in recent weeks and his low price could make him a different option for fantasy managers looking to save some money.

United came from behind to get a point at home to Liverpool last week and they're still sixth despite their long unbeaten run. They have only lost two of their 10 away games with only Chelsea and Spurs conceding less away goals. They are unbeaten in 12 league games and had won six in a row before drawing with Liverpool last week, but they're a lot less prolific in front of goal than any of the five teams above them.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic looks like a must have for fantasy managers at the moment while Paul Pogba has done well too with the noteable exception of last week.

I think Stoke will make a game of it, but United will get the better of a close affair.

Prediction: 1-2

West Bromwich Albion v Sunderland

3pm GMT, The Hawthorns, Birmingham 

West Brom were well beaten away to Spurs last week and they have a very poor record against the top six this season, but Sunderland certainly aren't one of them. They have won half of their 10 home games and only five other teams have scored more goals at home. They have taken 19 points from their last seven games against teams below them in the league and Sunderland fit nicely into that category.

Matt Phillips looks the like West Brom player most likely to succeed for fantasy managers with Chris Brunt, Ben Foster and Gareth McAuley worth considering too.

Sunderland lost 3-1 at home to Stoke last week and they just can't seem to get out of the bottom three. They have lost eight of their 10 away games with only Burnley scoring less goals away from home. They have only taken one point from their last four games and they conceded 12 goals in those games.

Jermain Defoe is still the only Sunderland player worth having for fantasy managers.

I think West Brom should have enough to get the better of Sunderland with a couple of goals to spare.

Prediction: 2-0

Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur

5.30pm GMT, Etihad Stadium, Manchester 

City were thrashed 4-0 at Everton last week and find themselves out of the top four and 10 points behind the leaders Chelsea. They have won six of their 10 home games and they have won their last three on their own patch. They have won four and lost four of their last eight games and they have conceded more goals than the rest of the top six.

Surely Sergio Aguero, Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva will all do well for fantasy managers in the long term.

Spurs won easily against West Brom last week and moved up to second in the table seven points behind Chelsea. They have only won four of their 10 away games, but no other team has conceded less goals away from home. They have won their last six games and scored 19 goals in the process while only conceding three and they have the best defensive record in the league.

Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Harry Kane and all of the Spurs defenders are all performing really well for fantasy managers.

This is a game both teams need to win and neither can afford to lose, but I think it will end with the honours even.

Prediction: 1-1

Sunday January 22

Southampton v Leicester City

12.00pm GMT, St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton 

Southampton lost away to Burnley last week and their cup exploits seem to be affecting their league form at the moment. They have only won four of their 10 home games with only Boro scoring less goals at home. They have lost their last four games and conceded 10 goals in the process with only Boro scoring less goals so far.

None of the Southampton players are doing too well at the moment for fantasy managers, but that should change when their schedule becomes a little less hectic.

Leicester were well beaten at home to Chelsea last week and they still can't put a comfortable space between them and the bottom three. They still haven't won a game away from home and only Burnley have taken less points on the road. They have only won once in their last six games and they failed to score in four of those games.

I can't see any Leicester players setting the fantasy world alight at the moment.

I think this will be another very close game and the chances are it will end in a draw.

Prediction: 1-1

Arsenal v Burnley

2.15pm GMT, Emirates Stadium, London

Arsenal won 4-0 away to Swansea last week to move back into the top four, but they're still eight points behind Chelsea. They haven't lost at home since their first game of the season and only the three teams above them have scored more goals on their own ground. They have taken 10 points from their last four games and kept a clean sheet in three of those games with only Liverpool scoring more goals so far.

Alexis Sanchez is a must have for fantasy managers with Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil doing quite well too and their defenders have done well in recent weeks.

Burnley won 1-0 at home to Southampton last week and they're still managing to hold on to a place in the top half of the table. They have only taken one point from their nine away games and have only managed three goals in those games. They have won three of their last four games, but they were all at home and they're the lowest scorers in the top half of the league.

Burnley's defenders have done well for fantasy managers, but only when they play at home.

I think Arsenal should be good enough to win this game with a few goals to spare.

Prediction: 3-0

Chelsea v Hull City

4.30pm GMT, Stamford Bridge, London

Chelsea bounced back from their defeat against Spurs with a very good 3-0 win at Leicester last week. They have won nine of their 10 home games and their last seven in a row and they are the highest scorers at home too. They have won 14 of their last 15 league games and kept a clean sheet in 11 of those games with only Spurs conceding less goals.

If Diego Costa is back he's a very good choice for fantasy managers as is Eden Hazard while every fantasy team should have at least one Chelsea defender.

Hull came from behind to win 3-1 at home to Bournemouth last week and moved off the foot of the table in Marco Silva's first game in charge. They have lost eight of their 10 away games and only Palace have conceded more away goals with only Burnley scoring less on their travels. Their win last week was their first one in 10 games and only Swansea have conceded more goals with only Boro and Southampton scoring less.

Robert Snodgrass is the Hull player who can make a difference for fantasy managers.

I think Chelsea should be far too good for Hull and should win comfortably.

Prediction: 3-0

That's it for this week.

See you next week.


Saturday, 14 January 2017

Arsenal's Trip To Swansea City Previewed

It's back to the bread and butter of the Premier League for Arsenal today when they visit struggling Swansea. They overcame Championship side Preston in the cup last week after a first half to forget and today's opponents could easily be playing in the same league as Preston next season. Swansea have had a poor season so far and find themselves in the relegation zone, but they are only one point from the relative safety of seventeenth place Crystal Palace.

With eight points to make up on league leaders Chelsea it's a game Arsenal just have to win and they have to follow it up with home wins against Watford and Burnley before they travel to play Chelsea. If they can go into that game with nine points from those three games they should hopefully have made up some ground on a Chelsea team who seem to be having a few problems of their own. Their chances of staying in the title race could depend on the outcome of that game against Chelsea and they at least have to go into that game in the best position possible to them.

If they're going to take nine points from those next three games they will have to do an awful lot better than they have done in their last two games. The first half performances at Bournemouth and Preston were nowhere near good enough and they cannot start in the same fashion today. They need to be at the races from the first minute and they need to press home any advantage they might get as all too often they score first and then let their opponent back into the game.

Arsene Wenger has a few decisions to make with Hector Bellerin added to those unavoidable while Mesut Ozil should be fit again after a bout of illness. I had my suspicions that Ozil was given a mid-season break to recharge his batteries, but we'll go with the official club line of him being ill. He should return today and so should Alexis Sanchez after he was rested in the cup win at Preston last week.

With Francis Coquelin still out we should see Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey continue in midfield and we definitely need to see an improvement from their partnership. With Theo Walcott still out I would hope to see Lucas Perez start in one of the wide roles as he has a knack of scoring goals at the right time and I think he might offer more protection to the full back than Alex Iwobi. There's a chance they will both play, but that would mean leaving Olivier Giroud on the bench and I can't see that happening after his recent goalscoring exploits.

With Giroud in the team we aren't as quick to do anything in attack or as dynamic either, but it's hard to argue with his goals at the moment. Starting Giroud also means putting Alexis into a wide role where his influence is less, but I think that is just what we will get. I prefer to see Alexis snapping at the heels of defenders in the belief he will get the ball rather than Giroud looking like he is going through the motions at the same job.

With Bellerin out I imagine Gabriel Paulista will play at right back considering both Carl Jenkinson and Mathieu Debuchey seem to be up for sale at the moment. It's not his natural position, but he has done well enough when he has played there. The only problem is what we will miss from Bellerin in attack where he is an extra asset at opponents can struggle against at times.

When we won 3-2 at home to Swansea Nacho Monreal got a very tough time from Madou Barrow and he will need more protection today if Barrow plays. I think we could nearly be better off with Kieran Gibbs at left except for the fact that he's injured of course. It has to be a close goal for the goalkeeper's shirt too as Petr Cech continues to disappoint with David Ospina waiting in the wings.

Finally for today we are the top scorers away from home and we're going to the team with the worst defensive record at home. For me that means we should win and win well and I just hope that players can give us a full 90 minute performance and restore some confidence in them and the fans too.

That's it for today.

See you tomorrow.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Predictions For Premier League Gameweek 21

It's that time of the week again when I attempt to predict the outcomes of the upcoming Premier League games. I did reasonably well last week with five correct outcomes and five incorrect, but not as well as others in my predictions league as you can see from the table below.

BadgesThis WeekPTS
 1 (1)  Karl-Yngve Lund 3+1351305
 2 (3)  Wayne Hubbard 1+951180
 3 (2)  Michael Sheehy 5+601170
 4 (4)  Rutland Gooner 3+1001120
 5 (5)  @ iWelloo 2+85860


 
Saturday January 14

Tottenham Hotspur v West Bromwich Albion

12.30pm GMT, White Hart Lane, London

Spurs beat the leaders Chelsea 2-0 in their last game to move ahead of Arsenal into third place. They are one of the two teams unbeaten at home with only Chelsea winning more home games and no other team conceding less goals at home. They have won their last five games and have only lost two of their 20 games so far and no other team has conceded less goals.

Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen are doing really well for fantasy managers at the moment while the Spurs defenders and Harry Kane cannot be ignored either.

West Brom came from behind to beat struggling Hull 3-1 in their last game to stay just behind Everton in eighth place. They have only won three of their 10 away games and have scored less than a goal a game on their travels, but only Chelsea and Spurs have conceded less goals away from home. They have won their last two games, but they don't have a good record against the top six so far with only one point from six games.

Matt Phillips is almost a must have for fantasy managers right now while Chris Brunt and Gareth McAuley aren't bad buys either.

I think Spurs will continue their good run and take the three points in this game.

Prediction: 2-0

Burnley v Southampton

3pm GMT, Turf Moor, Burnley

Burnley lost 2-1 away to 10 man City in their last game, but they're a different kettle of fish at home. They have taken 22 of their 23 points at home with only Chelsea and Spurs winning more home games and only four other teams scoring more goals at home. Only the bottom four teams have lost more games than Burnley, but their home form has to give them a very real chance of staying up.

Burnley defenders have done well for fantasy managers in their home games with Tom Heaton the best of the bunch.

Southampton were well beaten away to Everton in their last game and their defensive strength seems to have abandoned them at the moment. They have lost half of their 10 away games and have only scored nine goals in those 10 games. They have lost their last three games and conceded nine goals in the process and only Boro and Hull have scored less goals.

If the Southampton defenders aren't living up to their recent form it's hard to see any Southampton players to choose for fantasy managers.

I think this will be a close affair and a draw is probably the most likely outcome.

Prediction: 1-1

Hull City v Bournemouth

3pm GMT, KCOM Stadium, Hull

Hull led away to West Brom in their last game, but they ended up losing 3-1 and they're firmly rooted to the foot of the table which has cost Mike Phelan his job. They have lost five of their 10 home games and only Swansea have conceded more goals at home. They have only taken three points from their last nine games with no other team scoring less goals and only Swansea conceding more.

Robert Snodgrass is still the only Hull player to consider for fantasy managers.

Bournemouth led Arsenal 3-0 last time out, but they had to settle for a point after conceding three goals in the last 20 minutes and they're still comfortably in the top half of the table. They have lost six of their 10 away games and have managed a goal a game in those games while conceding almost two goals per game. They have conceded more goals than any other team in the top half of the table and they have conceded 18 goals in their last eight games, but they did take 10 points from those games.

Bournemouth's defenders have done well for fantasy managers with Charlie Daniels the best of the bunch.

I think this will be another very close game and the new man at the helm might just manage to get a point for Hull.

Prediction: 2-2

Sunderland v Stoke City

3pm GMT, Stadium of Light, Sunderland

Sunderland came from behind twice in their last game to get a point at home to Liverpool and move within one point of safety. They have taken 11 of their 15 points at home, but only four other teams have scored less goals on their own patch. They have only taken one point from their last three games with only Boro and Hull scoring less goals.

Jermain Defoe is the Sunderland player to have for fantasy managers.

Stoke put their recent poor run behind them to win 2-0 at home to Watford in their last game. They have only won two of their 10 away games and have conceded 11 goals in their last three away games, but they were against Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool. That win last week was their first one in six games and they conceded 13 goals in those previous five games.

Peter Crouch has done well in the last couple of games, but surely he's not going to keep it going.

This is a game Sunderland really need to win, but I think Stoke will take a point off them.

Prediction: 1-1

Swansea City v Arsenal

3pm GMT, Liberty Stadium, Swansea

Swansea won 2-1 away to Palace in their last game and that win puts them within a point of the relative safety of 17th place. They have only won two of their 10 home games and have conceded more goals at home than any other team. They had lost their previous four games and conceded 14 goals in the process before winning last week.

Gylfi Sigurdsson is still the Swansea player most likely to make a difference for fantasy managers.

Arsenal came from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 at Bournemouth in their last game, but they really needed three points from the game and they dropped to fifth in the table. They have won half of their 10 away games, but haven't won in their last three on the road and they're the top scorers away from home. They have taken seven points from their last three games and only Liverpool have scored more goals, but they need to start making ground up on Chelsea quickly if they're going to challenge for the league.

Alexis Sanchez continues to be the must have Arsenal player for fantasy managers with Olivier Giroud doing well in recent weeks and Mesut Ozil might do well too now that he's back from his illness.

I think Swansea will give their all, but Arsenal should be too strong for them.

Prediction: 1-3

Watford v Middlesbrough 

3pm GMT, Vicarage Road, Watford

Watford lost 2-0 away to Stoke in their last game and they need to find a way to stop their slide towards the wrong end of the table. They have won as many games as they have lost at home and only two other teams have conceded more goals at home. They have only taken one point from their last five games and they failed to score in three of them with only the bottom four clubs conceding more goals.

I can't see any Watford players who might make a difference for fantasy managers at the moment.

Middlesbrough drew 0-0 at home to Leicester in their last game and they're only two places and four points above the relegation zone. They have only won once in 10 away games with only three teams scoring less away goals and only four teams conceding less. No other team has scored less goals than Boro and they have failed to score in four of their last six games.

Boro's defenders haven't done too badly for fantasy managers with Ben Gibson probably the best of the bunch and Alvaro Negredo hasn't been too bad recently either.

I think this will be another close game and it might just end in a draw too.

Prediction: 1-1

West Ham United v Crystal Palace

3pm GMT, London Stadium, London

West Ham lost 2-0 at home to United in their last game after yet another poor Mike Dean decision saw them play most of the game with 10 players. They have won as many games as they have lost at home, but no other team has scored less goals at home. They have lost their last two games without scoring a goal, but they have at least got seven points to spare over the bottom three.

Dimitri Payet is still the best fantasy choice in the West Ham team for me, but he apparently doesn't want to play for them any more while Michail Antonio and Winston Reid are good bets too and at better prices.

Palace lost at home to fellow strugglers Swansea in their last game and they're only one point above the bottom three as a result. They have lost half of their 10 away games, but only four other teams have scored more away goals and only Hull have conceded more on the road. They have only taken two points in their last six games, but only the top six have scored more goals than Palace.

With Wilfried Zaha off on international duty I'm not sure if any of the Palace players will do the business for fantasy managers.

I think West Ham might just have too much for Palace and will get the better of a close affair.

Prediction: 2-1

Leicester City v Chelsea

5.30pm GMT, King Power Stadium, Leicester 

Leicester drew 0-0 away to Boro in their last game to get a rare point on the road and move six points clear of the bottom three. They have won half of their 10 home games and only five other teams have conceded less goals at home. They have kept clean sheets in their last two games and taken eight points in their last six games which is a good run by their standards this season.

I still can't see any Leicester players to recommend to fantasy managers.

Chelsea lost at Spurs last time out to put an end to their run of 13 consecutive wins, but they're still five points clear at the top of the table. They have taken more points away from home than any other team and no other team has conceded less goals on their travels. They have won more games than any other team with only Spurs conceding less goals so far.

Chelsea defenders are still must haves for fantasy managers with Diego Costa and Eden Hazard pretty good too.

Leicester will want to show the current champions have something to offer against the league leaders, but I think Chelsea will edge this one narrowly.

Prediction: 1-2

Sunday January 15

Everton v Manchester City

1.30pm GMT, Goodison Park, Liverpool

Everton won 3-0 at home to Southampton in their last game to stay seventh, but they're nine points behind sixth placed United. They have only lost once in their 10 home games with only Chelsea and Spurs conceding less goals at home. They have taken 10 points from their last five games and kept a clean sheet in two of their last three.

Romelu Lukaku is still the best fantasy option in the Everton team while Leighton Baines has been good in recent weeks too.

City just about won 2-1 at home to Burnley in their last game despite playing most of the game with 10 men. No other team has won more away games than City and only Arsenal have scored more away goals. They have won four of their last five games after losing the previous two, but they're not quite the free scoring team we thought they would be under Pep Guardiola.

Sergio Aguero and Kevin de Bruyne are the best fantasy choices in the City team while Raheem Sterling and David Silva have been good in recent weeks.

I think this will be another very close game and City might just get the better of it.

Prediction: 1-2

Manchester United v Liverpool

4.30pm GMT, Old Trafford, Manchester 

United won 2-0 away to West Ham last time out with more than a little help from Mike Dean to move within three points of the top four. They have only lost once in their 10 home games and only four other teams have conceded less goals at home, but they have scored less home goals than the rest of the top six. They are unbeaten in 11 league games and have won their last six with clean sheets in three of those six games.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the United player to have for fantasy managers and Paul Pogba has upped his game recently too.

Liverpool led twice away to Sunderland in their last game, but they had to settle for a draw in the end. Only Chelsea have taken more points on the road than Liverpool and only Arsenal have more away goals than them. They have taken 14 points from their last six games and kept clean sheets in three of them and they're the top scorers in the league too.

Adam Lallana, Roberto Frimino and Phillippe Coutinho (if he's fit) are all very good fantasy options and the Liverpool defenders haven't been too bad in recent weeks too.

This is a game which could go either way and I have a feeling it will end with the spoils shared.

Prediction: 1-1

That's it for this week.

See you next week.