Sorry it’s a late preview again this week, a new job hasn’t left me as much time for Fantasy lately but it’s great to have our Saturday nights back! A massive thanks to Blunty for helping out with the info, the predicted line-ups should be back next week. If you’re interested I’ll be doing a pre lockout Periscope around 30 minutes before the Gameweek 8 deadline. See you there! Let’s get into the preview!
Liverpool (7th) v (2nd) Manchester United
League Form: Liverpool 3-3-1 – Manchester United 6-1-0
United have had the better of this fixture in recent times. The Reds did the double on United in 13-14 (Year of the Suarez) but then suffered 4 consecutive league losses. Liverpool then beat them over 2 legs (2-0 & 1-1) in Europa before last season saw points split on both occasions.
I’m tipping a high energy contest, as it always seems to be when Liverpool walk out onto the pitch. I get a sneaky suspicion Mourinho will set out to park the bus early and get a foot hold in the game, before it opens up in the second half. I just think United have too much quality, especially with Mane now out injured. This could be good news for Coutinho, he’s brilliant value at 9.0.
Tips – Matt: United (1-2) Blunty: Draw (1-1)
Burnley (6th) v (15th) West Ham
League Form: Burnley 3-3-1 – West Ham 2-1-4
West Ham have won every time (last 5) they have faced Burnley since they last met in the Championship five years ago. Burnley are tough to beat at home and this could be a scrappy goal, with one goal possibly deciding the game either way. Wwest Ham’s away form hasn’t been great but I think they can sneak a draw here. Not much FPL relevancy as the Hammers are yet to really click.
Tips – Matt: Draw (1-1) Blunty: Burnley (1-0)
Manchester City (1st) v (13th) Stoke City
League Form: Manchester City 6-1-0 – Stoke 2-2-3
Since 2008 the teams have faced off 22 times with Stoke winning just 4 (7 Draws, 11 Man City wins). Stoke have won away at Man City just once, and I can’t see that happening again. City have far too much quality this season and this could be another case of ‘how many’ for the Sky Blues. Investment in City players is a necessity and with Jesus travelling back from International duties late, it could be their midfielders that rake in the points. Sane and Silva are in for me this week.
Tips – Matt: City (4-0) Blunty: City (3-0)
Crystal Palace (20th) v (4th) Chelsea
League Form: Chelsea 4-1-2 – Crystal Palace 0-0-7
Amazingly, the last 4 meetings between Palace and Chelsea have been won by the away team. That spells good news for Chelsea this week and they face a side yet to score a Premier League goal. Part of me wants this to keep going for the comedic aspect, and it’s hard to see Chelsea’s rearguard slipping up here. I was tempted to ditch Alonso this week but their fixtures have cleared up, and I think he’s about to go nuts. Also keep a close eye on Hazard.
Tips – Matt: Chelsea (0-3) Blunty: Chelsea (0-4)
Tottenham (3rd) v (19th) Bournemouth
League Form: Tottenham 4-2-1 – Bournemouth 1-1-5
Apart from a 1957 FA Cup match, the last 2 seasons are the only 4 clashes between the sides. Three were drubbings at the hands of Spurs (1-5, 3-0, 4-0) whilst the other was a goalless draw at Bournemouth. That was at White Hart Lane however, and Spurs are yet to pick up a Premier League win at Wembley. Harry Kane is also yet to score at home (He’s still my captain). On paper this should be a straight forward Spurs win, but I think they may crawl over the line in a tough contest. Their defence will need to be switched on.
Tips – Matt: Tottenham (2-0) Blunty: Tottenham (4-0)
Swansea (18th) v (11th) Huddersfield
League Form: Swansea 1-2-4 – Huddersfield 2-3-2
No real relevant history between the sides who have not clashed since 2008. There’s not much FPL relevancy here so i’ll keep it brief, but I think Swansea may get this win. Huddersfield are struggling to score, finding the net just once in their previous 5 games. This will be a intense relegation contest, so anything can happen. Hopefully Abraham can get on the scoresheet!
Tips – Matt: Swansea (2-1) Blunty: Draw (1-1)
Watford (8th) v (5th) Arsenal
League Form: Watford 3-3-1 – Arsenal 4-1-2
The last two seasons are the only of note between the sides. Arsenal won 3 of the league clashes, whilst Watford won the latest match & an FA Cup meeting in 2016 (both away). Watford have been struggling defensively and after City travelled here and scored 6, Arsenal may fancy themselves to score a few. I think both teams to score is a decent bet in this game, but I’m expecting Arsenal to come out on top. How Sanchez backs up from Chile’s World Cup exit will be interesting…
Tips – Matt: Arsenal (2-3) Blunty: Arsenal (1-3)
Brighton (14th) v (16th) Everton
League Form: Brighton 2-1-4 – Everton 2-1-4
The head to head offers no insight whatsoever into this match with 34 years passing since their last meeting. It’s a battle of the bottom half and Everton simply must get the win here, but Brighton will fight until the death at home. I’m not sure Everton have the quality to break teams down like they have in previous seasons, Lukaku is proving to be a massive loss. This should be a low scoring contest.
Tips – Matt: Draw (1-1) Blunty: Brighton (1-0)
Southampton (12th) v (9th) Newcastle
League Form: Southampton 2-2-3 – Newcastle 3-1-3
From 2012-2016 prior to the Magpies relegation, they had beat the Saints just once in eight attempts (2 draws, 5 Southampton wins). Southampton are really relying on their defensive form at home because quite frankly they’re hopeless going forward. They lack a creative midfielder, quality from the wings and a good striker. So, pretty much every asset of attacking play. They’ll need the clean sheet to get a win here, and as FPL managers we’ll take that.
Tips – Matt: Southampton (1-0) Blunty: Draw (1-1)
Leicester (17th) v (10th) West Brom
League Form: Leicester 1-2-4 – West Brom 2-3-2
Lastly, 17th placed Leicester face off against West Brom. Since the Foxes promotion in 2013-14, the head to head has been even with 2 Leicester wins, 3 Albion wins & 1 draw. leicester haven’t been playing badly this season, some tough fixtures have put them in an awkward position. It makes these games must wins, so watchout for a Jamie Vardy special. I’m not so convinced by the Baggies, I reckon Leicester take the three points.
Tips – Matt: Leicester (2-0) Blunty: Draw (2-2)
There you have it. I’ll be doing a live periscope to talk some captaincy options and answer your questions, otherwise good luck for the upcoming gameweek! As always let’s make it a high scoring one.