GW 16 Complete Preview- Team News and Predictions

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GameWeek 16 is upon us…and its a double! Well, I say that with some form of enthusiasm, but in reality it is only Reading and Sunderland getting two bites at it. Let’s get into my first article from the frosty depths of London! 

Arsenal v West Brom

Arsenal

Szczesny; Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs; Wilshere, Arteta, Cazorla; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giroud, Gervinho.

Arsenal are in all sorts of injury trouble. Koscielny, Sagna, Walcott and Podolski missing out. That means Gervinho will be afforded a role on the flank, while Ox and Ramsey will slog it out for the RW.

West Brom

Myhill, Jones, Olsson, McAuley, Ridgewell; Yacob, Mulumbu; Odemwingie, Morrison, Brunt; Long.

Morrison was rested apparently last weekend, so should set off in his preferred role in the hole. Elsewhere a clean bill of health for the Baggies.

Predictions

Hard to pick this one. I think Arsenal have too much pace down the flanks, but having said that, their lack of finishing prowess may also hurt them. West Brom are no where near as formidable away as they are at home, and could struggle against a tight Arsenal side. I’m tipping a low scorer, with a 1-1 or Maybe a 2-1 to Arsenal on the cards.

Value Bet

Under 3.5 goals – $1.47

Aston Villa v Stoke City

Aston Villa

Guzan; Herd, Baker, Clark; Lowton, Westwood, Bannan, Lichaj; Holman; Benteke, Agbonlahor.

An interesting 3-4-1-2 was adopted by Lambert v QPR, and given the injuries at the back to Vlaar and Bennett, it could be set to continue. Bent is as good as gone, and I’d be surprised if he played at all before January.

Stoke City

Begovic; Shotton, Shawcross, Huth, Cameron; Jerome, N’Zonzi, Whelan, Etherington; Walters; Crouch.

Jerome will start as Adam is injured- Kightly could also deputise. Crouch will wear a face mask, keeping Jones on the bench.

Predictions

It’s always a tight one where Stoke are concerned. Villa haven’t been prolific at all this year, so a 1-1 or a 1-0 to Stoke is definitely on the cards. Benteke is a poacher, and is always a threat, while Crouch will fancy himself against an undersized, undermanned Villa back line.

Value Bet

Stoke DRAW NO BET – $2.10

Southampton v Reading

Southampton

Gazzaniga; Clyne, Fonte, Yoshida, Shaw; Schneiderlin, Davis; Lallana, Ramirez, Puncheon; Lambert.

Cork didn’t have a great game v Liverpool, and I reckon Davis might feature for the home clash. Elsewhere, Southampton will probably go in unchanged.

Reading

Federici; Cummings, Mariappa, Morrison, Shorey; Robson-Kanu, Tabb, Leigertwood, McAnuff; Le Fondre, Roberts.

Gunter is still out, so Cummings is handed another chance to impress. Mariappa has started over Gorkss in recent weeks, while Kebe is still injured so Robson-Kanu is afforded another start on the right. Guthrie is apparently available but who knows what McDermott has in store.

Predictions

It’s games like this that end up being a 2-2 or a 3-2. Two lowly sides who have condeded the most goals in the premier league… Cha Ching! I’m liking Ramirez here, as I am Lallana and Lambert. For Reading, Le Fondre has been in great knick while McAnuff is always a handful down the left- the inexperienced Cummings may have trouble dealing with him.

Value Bet

Both Teams to Score

Over 3.5 Goals – $2.75

Sunderland v Chelsea

Sunderland

Mignolet; Bardsley, O’Shea, Cuellar, Rose; Johnson, Larsson, Gardner, McClean; Sessegnon; Fletcher.

Cattermole is out with a knee injury so Gardner and Larsson will pair up while McClean may get a rare start.

Chelsea

Cech; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cole; Romeu, Ramires; Hazard, Oscar, Mata; Torres.

This is CFC’s first game before heading off for the Club World Cup, and boy do they need a win. I’m therefore tipping them to play their big three Matcazar behind TorresMikel has been suspended for verbal abuse after the Man United game so will be unavailable.

Predictions

Chelsea will throw everything at this game, as they really need a win to stay in touch with the top three. I reckon they SURELY can break their duck, as anything other than a win here will be catastrophic for the Blues given their blank in GW17. Sunderland have struggled to create chances, but with Sessegnon most effective on the counter, perhaps they will thrive sitting back and waiting for Chelsea to make a mistake. I can’t see it though, and am going 2-0 to Chelsea.

Value Bet

Chelsea to win to nil – $2.98

Swansea v Norwich

Swansea

Tremmel; Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies; Britton, Ki, Michu; Dyer, Shechter, De Guzman.

Hernandez and Routledge are both doubts, so De Guzman is the only other wing option.

Norwich

Bunn; Whittaker, Bassong, Bennett, Garrido; Johnson, Tettey; Snodgrass, Hoolahan, Pilkington; Holt.

Ruddy is still out so Bunn gets the nod, while Whittaker warms Martin’s RB slot. Elsewhere, nothing changes.

Predictions

Who knows really. Norwich have been so stoic down back, but Swansea’s tikka takka game style at home is really starting to gel. I’m tipping yet another Michu masterclass, with Hoolahan likely to cause Swansea some trouble. I’ll go a 2-0 or 2-1 to the Swans.

Value Bet

Swansea – 1.0 – $3.25

Wigan v QPR

Wigan

Al Habsi; Boyce, Piscu, Golobart; Stam, McCarthy, Jones, Beausejour; Di Santo, Gomez, Kone.

Maloney misses again, so Gomez gets the  go ahead up front. The first choice back three of Caldwell, Figueroa and Ramis are ALL injured, meaning that part timers Piscu, Stam and Golobart will start.

QPR

Green; Bosingwa, Nelsen, Hill, Traore; Mbia, Diakite; Wright-Phillips, Granero, Taarabt; Mackie.

Much of the same as last week for QPR, as Redknapp has shown an inclination to ply Mackie’s trade over Cisse’s

Predictions

QPR will notch their first win here. Pencil it in now. Wigan has three VERY ordinary defenders in place of their preferred 3, and Redknapp’s team should have no problem notching up their first win.

Value Bet

QPR (Win) – $3

Man City v Man United

Man City

Hart; Zabaleta, Lescott, Kompany, Nastasic; Barry, Y Toure, Garcia; Silva, Tevez, Aguero.

Clichy, Kolarov are both doubts, and Nastasic has filled in at LB for the last few games so I expect that to continue. Elsewhere, I could see Nasri slipping in, in place of Barry or Garcia. 

Man United

De Gea; Smalling, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra; Carrick, Scholes, Jones; Rooney, Van Persie, Hernandez.

Man U have clocked up the injury worries in midfield, meaning that Jones will have to start as a CDM. Rafael looks like losing his RB role to Smalling after being subbed off after just 30 minutes v Reading- he was at fault for most of the goals.

Predictions

Who knows given that last time it was 6-1. I’m tipping both teams to score, but to me Man City’s squad looks slightly stronger, with their midfield especially looking slow. I’d tip Silva to cause a bit of a problem (he missed the CL clash with a hamstring) but I’m tipping him to be right for this top of the table clash.

Value Bet

Both teams to score – $1.50

Everton v Tottenham

Everton

Howard; Hibbert, Distin, Jagielka, Baines; Naismith, Osman, Gibson, Pienaar; Fellaini; Jelavic.

One change for Everton, with Gibson being back fit and slotting in to a CM instead of the woefully past it Neville (Sorry Bayswater Toffee). Mirallas and Coleman are both expected to miss.

Tottenham

Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Caulker, Vertonghen; Lennon, Sandro, Dembele, Dempsey; Defoe, Adebayor.

A 4-4-2 looks likely, especially with Bale out and Gallas a doubt. Adebayor is back, so I expect him to feature alongside Defoe as an attacking pair.

Predictions

I can see Everton putting a strangehold on this game down back, with Tottenham lacking Bale down the left. He had the pace to trouble the sluggish Hibbert, but Dempsey does not. A low scoring affair is on the cards here, with a 1-1 draw my tip.

Value Bet

Under 3.5 goals – $1.34

West Ham v Liverpool

West Ham

Jaaskelainen; Demel, Reid, Collins, O’Brien; Diame, Noble, Nolan; Jarvis, Cole, Benayoun.

Tomkins started in place of Diame last week but the latter was simply monstrous when he came on and set up the win for the Hammers. Benayoun returns, while Cole continues in place of the injured Carroll.

Liverpool

Reina; Wisdom, Skrtel, Agger, Johnson; Gerrard, Allen, Lucas; Sterling, Shelvey, Enrique.

Although LFC played Enrique at LB last week, he was very, very advanced, and without the suspended Suarez, they’ll need all the attacking thrust they can get- he should start on the LW. Shelvey will reprise the role he played a Blackpool two years ago on loan, as a false #9, in the Uruguayan’s absence.

Predictions

West Ham will strange Rogers’ men down back, and without Suarez I can’t see them troubling the scorers against a pretty solid defensive unit. Nolan will probably snatch a goal as he has a habit of doing. 1-0 to West Ham.

Value Bet

West Ham to keep a clean sheet – $3.26

Fulham v Newcastle

Fulham

Schwarzer; Riether, Hangeland, Hughes, Riise; Duff, Sidwell, Diarra, Kacaniklic; Rodallega, Berbatov.

Ruiz is out,so Rodallega will start up front, with  Petric also an option. Baird could start in CM over Diarra at home.

Newcastle

Krul; Simpson, Coloccini,Williamson, Santon; Guitierrez, Tiote, Anita; Ben Arfa; Cisse, Ba.

Ba will shake off another midweek knock, while Ben Arfa is tipped to play. Williamson continues in front of S Taylor.

Prediction

Fulham should be too strong. I still think they lack a Dembele type in the middle of the park, but Newcastle have been thrustless without Cabaye, and although Ben Arfa is coming back, he won’t be fully fit. Berbatov should be his silky self!

Value Bet

Nothing jumps out at me so Fulham (win) – $1.95

Sunderland v Reading

Sunderland

I can’t see too much changing with the Black Cats, rather than maybe Colback coming into the middle of the park, Gardner playing in the hole and Sessegnon being rested. A lot hinges on how they play v Chelsea though! I much prefer Johnson if you’re chasing the double. Fletcher is coming back from an ankle injury and will likely play one of the two games.

Reading

Pog will surely feature in at least one, but I wouldn’t be chasing ANY Reading players for the double. Seriously, don’t waste your time. Le Fondre is the only one that slightly jumps out at me but stay put!

Predictions

Sunderland should be too strong at home against the cellar dwellars.

Value Bet

Sunderland WIN – $1.95

 

Well that does it from me, sorry for the write-up, have written this fresh off a 24 hour plane trip to London. All betting odds are as of http://www.sportsbet.com.au

Cheers guys,

Seags

@tseagrim

@FPLaddicts

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7 comments on “GW 16 Complete Preview- Team News and Predictions

  1. Bayswater Toffee's Gaffer says:

    Dont apologise!!! He’s been past it for a coupla years now mate 🙂

  2. mattcraigdt says:

    How was Rafael at fault for any of the goals??? 😛 He was on a yellow and United needed a change up. I reckon he will start, anyway hows London? Going to any of the games?

  3. Hero says:

    Threw down $20 on villa vs stoke no goals and Chelsea to win 2-0 at 60-1

  4. mad romeys says:

    I know this will likely almost never happen, but Man U should play a 4-3-3 with Rooney, Vanners & Chicharito up front because Chicha is too much talent on the bench.

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