Thursday, 21 September 2017

Predictions For Premier League Gameweek Six

It's that time of the week again when I attempt to predict the outcomes of the upcoming Premier League games. Last week was one of my worst weeks ever with one perfect outcome, two correct outcomes and seven incorrect. That leaves me rock bottom of my predictions league and here's a look at how the top five in that league stands.

POSITIONPLAYER NAMETHIS WEEKPOINTS
 1 (3) Brisbane City FC
3
385
 2 (5) immycader
Imran Cader
1
310
 3 (1) Wild Things
2
300
 4 (2) betojohn
ioannis papanikos
2
290
 5 (8) JediKnut
1
275

Saturday September 23

West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur 

12.30pm BST, London Stadium, London

West Ham got a good point in a scoreless draw at West Brom last week and that point moved them out of the bottom three on goal difference. This is only their second home game of the sason and they won the other one, but they did struggle to score goals at home last season. After losing their first three games they have taken four points in their last two and kept clean sheets in both of them.

If they can get their attack flowing West Ham players such as Javier Hernandez and Michail Antonio could do well for fantasy managers, but maybe not in this game.

Spurs could only draw 0-0 at home to Swansea last week and their results at Wembley are becoming a real worry for them. They have won both of their away games though without conceding a goal in the process. Their away record stopped them from truly challenging Chelsea for the title last season and it appears their home form might possibly do so this season.

Despite only scoring in one league game so far Harry Kane still has to be considered by fantasy managers while Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli are almost must haves along with the Spurs defenders and keeper.

I think Spurs will have too much in attack for a weak West Ham defence and should win by a couple of goals at least.

Prediction: 0-2

Burnley v Huddersfield Town

3pm BST, Turf Moor, Burnley

Burnley got another very good away result last week when they came away from Liverpool with a 1-1 draw. Their home form last season was very good for a team who didn't finish too far above the relegation zone. That home form will be crucial for them again this season and they will be targeting all three points in this game.

Burnley's defenders are good fantasy options at home in particular while Chris Wood and Robbie Brady could be worth a shot too.

Huddersfield got a good point at home to Leicester last week and they're still proving to be a very hard team to beat. Their home form is going to be very important for them, but the more points they get on the road the better too. They have only scored two goals in their last four games and their lack of goals looks like it will be their biggest problem this season.

Despite their reasonably good start to the season I'm still not sure Huddersfield players are the best option for fantasy managers.

I think this will be a close game, but Burnley's record at home suggests they will take the three points.

Prediction: 1-0

Everton v Bournemouth 

3pm BST, Goodison Park, Liverpool

Everton were beaten 4-0 at United last week and that result dropped them into the bottom three. They had a very good home record last season, but they have already lost one home game this season. They have lost their last three games and conceded nine goals in the process, but Bournemouth won't be as tough an opponent as Chelsea, Spurs and United were in those games.

If he can get a run in the team Dominic Calvert-Lewin looks like a reasonably priced option for fantasy managers.

Bournemouth got their first points of the season when they came from behind to win 2-1 at home to Brighton last week, but they're still second last in the table. They have lost both of their away games so far without scoring a goal and they only won three away games last season. Only West Ham and Everton have conceded more goals with only Palace, Everton and Swansea conceding less.

I'm still not sure there are any Bournemouth players to currently interest fantasy managers.

Everton badly need to get a few more points on the board and I think they will do just that in this game.

Prediction: 2-1

Manchester City v Crystal Palace 

3pm BST, Etihad Stadium, Manchester 

City won 6-0 away to Watford last week and they seem to be getting better with each game at the moment. Their home form let them down last season, but their 5-0 win at home to Liverpool suggests that might not be the case this season. They have an identical record to United so far and both teams have scored more and conceded less than any other team.

Sergio Aguero again looks like a must have for fantasy managers with David Silva, Gabriel de Jesus and their defenders all looking very good too.

Palace lost at home to Southampton last week and their next three games are against City, United and Chelsea. They lost both of their away games by the same 1-0 scoreline, but they will do well to concede only one goal in this game. They are the only team not to score so far even if five other teams have conceded more goals.

I can't see any Palace players to recommend to fantasy managers for the next few weeks at least.

It looks like it could be a matter of how many goals City get in this game and surely they will run out easy winners.

Prediction: 4-0

Southampton v Manchester United

3pm BST, St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton 

Southampton won 1-0 away to Palace last week, but they're still struggling to score goals. Only two teams won less games at home last season and they have already failed to score in two of their three home games. They are struggling for goals yet again this season and that's not a good thing considering they're playing the joint top scorers in the league.

Southampton's defenders and keeper are all good fantasy options at the moment, but it's best to avoid their attacking players until they can find the net more often.

United won 4-0 at home to Everton last week and they are dead even with City at the top of the table. They dropped their only points so far in a draw in their last away game at Stoke, but only City have scored more goals on the road. They have started very well in games they would be expected to do well in and their real tests will come in quick succession in a few weeks.

There are so many very good fantasy options in the United team with Romelu Lukaku, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and all of their defenders and keeper the best of them.

United have found goals so easy to come by that I think they should win this game by a couple of goals.

Prediction: 0-2

Stoke City v Chelsea 

3pm BST, Bet365 Stadium, Stoke

Stoke lost away to Newcastle last week and they have slipped back towards the wrong end of the table. They usually do well at home in the Premier League and they have taken four points from their two games so far against Arsenal and United. They will be hard pushed to get something from this game as well, but their home games do get a little easier after this game.

It's hard to see which Stoke players might make a difference for fantasy managers on a consistent basis.

Chelsea could only draw 0-0 at home to Arsenal last week, but they're still third in the table and three points behind the two Manchester teams. They have won both of their away games so far and it was their away form which made the difference in the title win last season with 13 wins in 19 games. They haven't being scoring as frequently this season as they were last season and they have being conceding more goals too.

Alvaro Morata, Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas, Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta are all very good choices for fantasy managers.

Stoke have proved to be a hard team to beat at home this season, but I think Chelsea will get the better of a very close affair.

Prediction: 1-2

Swansea City v Watford

3pm BST, Liberty Stadium, Swansea

Swansea got a very good point at Spurs last week, but they are finding goals hard to come by. They have lost both of their home games so far without scoring a goal with only Watford and Palace conceding more goals at home. They have failed to score in four of their five games so far with only Palace scoring less goals.

Swansea's defenders have done well so far for fantasy managers and are available at a good price too if you're willing to take a risk on them.

Watford came crashing back to earth last week when their unbeaten start to the season ended in a 6-0 defeat at home to City. They have won both of their away games so far without conceding a goal and they're one of four teams with a 100% record on the road. It remains to be seen whether the drubbing they got from City last week will have an effect on them or not.

Despite last week's result Watford's defenders could still offer some value to fantasy managers while Abdoulaye Doucoure and Richarlison Andrade are reasonably priced attacking options too.

It's not too easy to see which way this game will go, but I think the spoils might just be shared.

Prediction: 1-1

Leicester City v Liverpool 

5.30pm BST, King Power Stadium, Leicester 

Leicester drew away to Huddersfield last week and at least their fixtures will get a little easier after this game. Their only win so far came at home, but they have had a tough start to the season. Only West Ham and Everton have conceded more goals so far and it could be another tough day for them.

Jamie Vardy is still by far the Leicester player most likely to do the business for fantasy managers 

Liverpool could only draw at home to Burnley last week and they missed the chance to move into the top four. They haven't won away from home yet with only West Ham conceding more goals on the road. Only the top two have scored more goals than Liverpool, but only two teams have conceded more and that's something they need to address quickly.

With Sadio Mane still suspended the best fantasy options in the Liverpool team could be Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Phillippe Coutinho, but they need to find some consistency.

Leicester beat Liverpool in the Cobarao Cup in midweek and they will be looking for more of the same, but they might have to settle for a share of the spoils.

Prediction: 1-1

Sunday September 24

Brighton & Hove Albion v Newcastle United

4pm BST, Falmer Stadium, Brighton 

Brighton led away to Bournemouth last week, but they ended up losing 2-1. They were a tough team to beat at home last season and it's that home form which will decide their fate this season. They're still very close to the wrong end of the table, but they would be happy if they finished the season in their current position.

Pascal GroB has done very well for fantasy managers in the last two weeks and he won't break the bank either.

Newcastle won 2-1 at home to Stoke last week and that win moved them into the top four. They won their last away game at Swansea and they will feel this is a very good opportunity to get another three points on their travels. They have won three of their five games so far even though they have only scored six goals in those five games.

Newcastle defenders have done very well for fantasy managers so far and they might fare well in this game too.

This battle of the newly promoted teams could go either way and I think the points will be shared.

Prediction: 1-1

Monday September 25

Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion

8pm BST, Emirates Stadium, London

Arsenal got a good point away to Chelsea last week, but they're already six points behind the pacesetters. They have won their two home games so far with only United scoring more home goals. They have failed to score in three of their five games though and that's something they have to change quickly if their going to challenge for a top four place.

Alexander Lacazette and Aaron Ramsey could be good choices for fantasy managers, but Sead Kolasinac is increasingly looking like the best fantasy option in the Arsenal team.

West Brom drew 0-0 at home to West Ham last week and they're another team who are struggling to score goals.

West Brom defenders have done well for fantasy managers, but they could struggle to get a good return from this game. They only won three of their away games last season and their have a very poor record away to Arsenal. After a good start they haven't won in their last three games and they have found goals quite hard to come by.

I think West Brom will make things difficult for Arsenal, but the home team will emerge with the three points.

Prediction: 3-1

That's it for this week.

See you next week.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Doncaster The First Game In A Good Run For Arsenal

Arsenal play at home to Doncaster Rovers tonight in the third round of the Carabao Cup which is a competition that has formerly gone by so many names I have forgotten most of them. It's a competition we have never won under Arsene Wenger and if memory serves me right we have only won it twice ever with George Graham delivering the trophy in 1987 and 1993. It's a competition in which we regularly give a run out to fringe players and youngsters and I expect it to be just so tonight too.

Arsene Wenger said it will be a similar team to the one which beat Koln in the Europa League last week, but I expect we will see even less of an influence from the first team. Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal both started that game and Sead Kolasinac came on as a sub, but I would be surprised if any of them were in the squad tonight. Alexis Sanchez played from the start too and with him still on the path to full fitness I suppose it's not beyond the bounds of possibility that he could play tonight, but I doubt it.

To be honest it would almost be an insult to Alexis to play him tonight and if he does play it would certainly be seen as a punishment for wanting out in the summer. We don't play again until next Monday though so there would be plenty of recovery time if he was chosen. With Danny Welbeck injured yet again it would be crazy to risk Alexis tonight and there would be a huge backlash if he played and picked up any sort of knock.

I imagine we will see players like Rob Holding, Calum Chambers and Per Mertesacker in defence with David Ospina probably in goal although I'm not sure who the wing backs will be. In midfield it seems Jack Wilshere will get a run out and you would imagine Mohamed Elneny would start too with Ainsley Maitland-Niles playing in either midfield or defence. The front trio could easily consist of Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud and Reiss Nelson and it looks like a side which should have every chance of getting a good result at home to a League One club.

I don't profess to know too much about the current Doncaster side, but they have only one win and six points from their first eight league games. Confidence can't be too high for them, but I would imagine they will still be looking forward to a trip to one of the big boys and a chance to make a name for themselves. It's a potential giant killing for them and we have to be aware of that and make sure they don't get a  chance to do themselves too proud.

The team are on a high at the moment after the 0-0 draw at Chelsea on Sunday and facing into a run of games which could and should see us rack up win after win. On Sunday it looked like we had learned the lessons from our defeat at Liverpool, but for me the crunch will come in the next few away games at the top teams. We have looked like we have learned those lessons too often in the past only to have failed just when it matters the most. 

We're already six points off the top of the league, but a few wins in a row would soon see us close that gap. The opportunity is coming up to do just that and tonight's performance could have an influence on that even without the first team players on view. Confidence is a thing which grows with each result and anything other than a win tonight could dent that confidence.

I'm looking forward to both Wilshere and Chambers showing what they can do tonight and maybe giving the manager some food for thought in his first team selection. Giroud might just get his 100th goal for the club and Nelson looks like the most likely player from the youngsters to make a breakthrough this season. It might not be the most important competition in the world, but I'm always very fond of watching Arsenal win.

That's it for today.

See you tomorrow.

Friday, 15 September 2017

The Great Switcheroo Sees Arsenal Reign On A Night Of Chaos

To say it was an eventful night at the Emirates last night is an understatement, but at least Arsenal managed to come through it with the three points. I saw the video clips during the day of Koln fans marching and singing through the streets of London and it was fairly obvious there was a lot more than the 2,900 away fans allocation. It seems there were up to 20,000 of their fans in London and at least half of them descended on the ground before kick off.

It led to a very scary situation for Arsenal fans with riot police eventually being called in to ensure safety inside the ground. From the reports I have read the Koln fans did their homework and many of them joined as Red Members which gave them access to tickets not taken up by Arsenal fans on the night. I have no doubt others tried to force their way in and it led to Koln fans taking over many of the sections reserved for home fans.

I know from the experience of a friend when Arsenal play in another country that a U.K. resident cannot purchase a ticket for a home section of that team's stadium. I wonder if it was the same for Koln fans and if Red Members purchasing tickets from Germany were blocked from doing so or if being a Red Member entitles you to a ticket regardless. There are ways around those rules of course, but it would be interesting to know whether the club actually allowed German residents to buy tickets for the game.

Thankfully the trouble was kept to a minimum and there was a lot of light hearted banter I'm led to believe. I have no doubt a lot of Arsenal fans chose not to enter the ground when they heard of the events unraveling and it must have been scary for those with children in particular. The decision to go ahead with the game was probably the right one when you consider what might have happened with so many Koln fans there if the game had been called off. It meant the kick off was delayed by an hour though which meant plenty of Arsenal fans had to turn around and go home as they could not have got home by the normal methods with the later finishing time.

In the game itself Arsenal started poorly and a bad clearance from David Ospina led to Koln going ahead early on. The three central defenders again didn't look good and the team just aren't playing well when they are deployed no matter what players are chosen. It's a system which worked really well at the end of last season as we searched for something to change our fortunes, but maybe it has run it's course.

Arsene Wenger changed formation to a 4-2-3-1 at half time with the unfortunate Rob Holding making way for Sead Kolasinac and it paid an instant dividend with The Tank scoring a cracking volley. The lead goal was an absolute beaut too with Alexis Sanchez eventually waking up and deciding to take part as he buried a shot into the top corner. The icing on the cake came when Hector Bellerin put the rebound away after a Theo Walcott shot was saved and we deserved the three points in the end.

It was good to see Jack Wilshere make his return and Reiss Nelson make his debut and they could both have a part to play this season. We are very short in the centre of midfield and the passing seemed an awful lot slicker when Wilshere came on. He has a lot to do to convince the manager to use him, but last night can't have done his case any harm.

It leaves us top of our Europa League group with a trip to BATE Borisov in a couple of weeks, but we have a much more pressing matter this Sunday. The manager has a lot of decisions to make before we travel to play Chelsea on Sunday and the first one has to be what formation he uses. It's clear that the one he's persisting with just isn't working and we're only at our best when we ditch it.

Besides the formation he has to decide if Alexis will regain a starting place and if he does it's a matter of who misses out. Opting for the second half formation against Koln would allow him to play with one less defender in the team, but it would mean more defensive duties for Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka. They have been found wanting in those duties at times already this season and if we play that formation they will have to be a lot more disciplined.

Finally for today it seems the only UEFA charge we will have to answer to after last night is for blocked stairways and the ticketing situation seems to have been ignored. Koln have charges of their own to face, but thankfully their fans didn't come looking for a fight or who knows what might have happened.

That's it for today.

See you tomorrow.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Predictions For Premier League Gameweek Five

It's that time of the week again when I attempt to predict the outcomes of the upcoming Premier League games. I did a little better last week than I have done so far this season with two perfect predictions, two correct outcomes and six incorrect. I'm still a long way off the top of my predictions league, but at least I've moved up a few places and hopefully that will continue. Here's a look at how the top of my league stands.

POSITIONPLAYER NAMETHIS WEEKPOINTS
 1 (1) Wild Things
2
350
 2 (2) betojohn
ioannis papanikos
2
320
 3 (8) Brisbane City FC
2
300
 3 (5) David Luiz
2
300
 5 (5) immycader
Imran Cader
1
280

Friday September 15

Bournemouth v Brighton & Hove Albion

8pm BST, Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth 

Bournemouth lost 3-0 at Arsenal last week as their poor start to the season gets worse by the week. They won nine home games last season and scored a lot of goals at home too and they need to find some of that home form very soon. They have lost their last four games and only scored one goal in those games, but they will see a home game against a newly promoted team as a great chance to get their first points.

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

Brighton got their first win of the season at home to West Brom last week and it was a very welcome three points. They haven't scored away from home yet, but they did manage a point at a Watford team who are doing quite well. Their home form is going to be crucial in their bid to stay up, but they do have a chance of getting something from this game. 

Pascal GroB had a very good week for fantasy managers last week, but it's hard to know if it was a one off or not.

With Bournemouth in desperate need of some points to put on their board they might just get their wish in this game.

Prediction: 2-1

Saturday September 16

Crystal Palace v Southampton 

12.30pm BST, Selhurst Park, London

Palace lost yet again last week away to Burnley and that defeat cost Frank de Boer his job. No other team lost more home games last season and they already have the worst record at home so far this season. Roy Hodgson will have to act quickly to reverse their slide, but I'm not sure if he's up to the task any more.

I can't see any Palace players to recommend to fantasy managers at the moment and I don't know if that will change under Hodgson.

Southampton lost at home to Watford last week and they should probably have more points considering their opponents in their first four games. They took almost as many points on the road as they did at home last season and they scored more goals on their travels too. They have failed to score in three of their first four games and that has to be a real worry for them.

Southampton defenders and goalkeeper still look like good fantasy options, but it might be better to avoid their attacking players until they can find a way to score some goals again.

This isn't an easy game to call, but I wouldn't be surprised if it ended in a scoreless draw.

Prediction: 0-0

Huddersfield Town v Leicester City

3pm BST, John Smiths's Stadium, Huddersfield 

Huddersfield lost away to West Ham on Monday night to put an end to their unbeaten start to the season. They're unbeaten at home so far though even if they have only played two games and they haven't conceded at home yet either. They didn't score an awful lot of goals in the Championship last season and they have only scored two goals so far this season, but they did win both games they scored in.

Huddersfield's defenders and keeper have been good fantasy choices so far with Aaron Mooy looking like a reasonable option too.

Leicester lost at home to Chelsea last week and they have had some really hard fixtures to start their season. Their home form eventually moved them away from the wrong end of the table last season and they could do a lot better this season if that home form holds up. Their fixtures are a lot easier over the next couple of months than they have been at the start of the season.

Jamie Vardy has been the best of the Leicester players for fantasy managers with Riyad Mahrez and Toby Maguire doing quite well too and their fixtures aren't looking too bad for the next while.

Huddersfield have started very well, but I think Leicester might just get the better of a very close game.

Prediction: 1-2

Liverpool v Burnley

3pm BST, Anfield, Liverpool

Liverpool were thrashed by City last week after Sadio Mane was given his marching orders. They have won both of their home games so far without conceding a goal, but they need to improve on their results at home to the "lesser" teams last season. Things looked to be going very well for them until last week's defeat at City and they need to quickly put it behind them.

With Mane suspended the best fantasy options in the Liverpool team are Roberto Frimino and Mohamed Salah.

Burnley won 1-0 at home to Palace last week and they're sitting pretty in seventh place at the moment. They are unbeaten away from home so far and that's not bad considering they played away to last season's top two clubs. Their away form almost got them relegated last season, but the signs are that might improve this season.

Chris Wood has been impressive since joining Burnley and is still available at a good price for fantasy managers while their defenders look like they could do well at home again this season.

Despite Burnley's impressive away results so far I still think Liverpool should win this game comfortably.

Prediction: 3-0

Newcastle United v Stoke City

3pm BST, St. James' Park, Newcastle 

Newcastle won away to Swansea last week and it was their second win and clean sheet in a row. Their home form will be key for them if they're going to stay up this sason and this is a game they will be looking to win. They looked to be in trouble after their first two games, but the wins against West Ham and Swansea have given them a lot more hope.

Ciaran Clark, Jamaal Lascelles and Rob Elliot have all done very well for fantasy managers at a very good price too.

Stoke got a very good point at home to United last week and they are proving to be a difficult team to beat. They only won four away games last season and it will probably be their home form that keeps them clear of the wrong end of the table. They have had some tough games to start their season and they have Chelsea and City to come over the next few weeks.

Eric Maxim Choupa-Moting could be a good reasonably priced fantasy option while Jack Butland is looking pretty good too.

I don't see too many goals in this game and I think it's most likely to end in a draw.

Prediction: 1-1

Watford v Manchester City

3pm BST, Vicarage Road, Watford

Watford won 2-0 away to Southampton last week and they're one of only three teams left unbeaten. Only four teams conceded more goals at home last season, but they look like they could be a different team under Marco Silva this season. Since drawing 3-3 with Liverpool in their first game they have kept clean sheets, but that won't be an easy task in this game.

Watford's defenders and keeper have been impressive so far for fantasy managers, but this could be a tough game for them while both Abdoulaye Doucoure and Richarlison de Andrade have done well so far too.

City won 5-0 at home to Liverpool last week and they're only off the top of the table on goal difference. Their away form was second only to Chelsea's last season and they have already started with two away wins this season. They have the attacking players to win the league, but their chances could rely on their ability to keep them out at the other end.

Both Sergio Aguero and Gabriel de Jesus seem to managing their fair share of points for fantasy managers while David Silva is looking pretty good too.

I don't think Watford will roll over for City, but I think City will just about manage to win.

Prediction: 1-2

West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United

3pm BST, The Hawthorns, Birmingham 

West Brom were beaten 3-1 away to Brighton last week to put an end to their unbeaten start to the season. They won nine of their home games last season and they're already looking like their home form could be key for them this season. They struggled to score goals last season and they still don't look like they have the firepower to improve on that. 

West Brom's defenders had been doing well for fantasy managers until last week and they could be worth considering this week too.

West Ham got their first win of the season at home to Huddersfield on Monday night to ease the pressure on Slaven Bilic. This is their fourth away game of the season and they lost the first three and conceded 10 goals in the process. The win against Huddersfield brought some respite, but they have a long way to go to move up the table judging by the way they're playing.

Javier Hernandez still looks like the best fantasy option in the West Ham team to me while Michail Antonio and Andre Ayew might not be the worst choices either.

I don't think we'll see too many goals in this game, but the chances are West Brom will take the three points.

Prediction: 1-0

Tottenham Hotspur v Swansea City

5.30pm BST, Wembley Stadium, London

Spurs won 3-0 at Everton last week and they could easily have scored a fair few more. They have already dropped more points at home this season than they did in all of last season as they struggle to cope with playing at Wembley. Their midweek Champions League win at home might have helped them to overcome their issues at Wembley and they have four games coming up where they should expect to take maximum points.

Harry Kane seems back on song for fantasy managers while Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and all of the Spurs defenders are looking very good too.

Swansea lost 1-0 at home to Newcastle last week and they still look like they will struggle to score goals. They have taken all four of their points so far this season away from home and they haven't conceded a goal on their travels yet. Their away points were at Southampton and Palace and they will find Spurs a very different prospect.

I'm not too sure any of the Swansea players will do enough to attract the interest of fantasy managers this season.

Spurs should have far too much for Swansea and should run out fairly comfortable winners.

Prediction: 3-0

Sunday September 17

Chelsea v Arsenal

1.30pm BST, Stamford Bridge, London 

Chelsea won 2-1 at Leicester last week and their opening day defeat seems to be firmly behind them. They won 17 of their 19 home games last season and they were the top scorers at home too. If they're going to retain their title they're going to need to take almost as many points at home starting in this game.

Alvaro Morata is looking very good for fantasy managers with Cesc Fabregas worth considering too as well as the returning Eden Hazard and all of the Chelsea defenders with Marcus Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta the best of them.

Arsenal got back to winning ways with a 3-0 home win against Bournemouth last week, but a trip to Chelsea will be a much tougher proposition. Their away record against the rest of the top six has been awful for a few seasons and they have lost their two away games this season without scoring a goal. If they're going to have any hope of challenging at the top of the table they need to get something from games like this.

Danny Welbeck has been in very good form for fantasy managers, but it's a risk to pick him while Sead Kolasinac could be worth a shout now that he's getting a game.

My head tells me Chelsea will win this game, but my heart always goes with Arsenal and it won't be any different this time.

Prediction: 1-2

Manchester United v Everton

4pm BST, Old Trafford, Manchester 

United dropped their first points of the season when they drew 2-2 away to Stoke last week. Their home form kept them out of the top four last season with 10 draws, but they have won their first two games at home this season and scored six goals in the process. They hadn't conceded a goal before Stoke got two last week and they still have some very attractive fixtures for the next few weeks.

With Paul Pogba injured the best fantasy options in the United team are Romelu Lukaku, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and all of their defenders and keeper.

Everton lost 3-0 at home to Spurs last week and they were lucky it wasn't a heavier defeat. They only won four of their away games last season and they struggled to score goals away from home. They have had some tough games to start their season, but their lack of goals is a real problem and the inability to replace Romelu Lukaku looks like it could really hamper their chances.

Wayne Rooney has been the best fantasy option so far for Everton, but I'm not sure they will make enough chances to make him a worthwhile choice for fantasy managers.

I think United should have more than enough to win this game by at least a couple of goals.

Prediction: 2-0

That's it for this week.

See you next week.