The Christmas period approaches (Starting GW16) so this is the last chance for teams to pick up some valuable points and assess their season so far, before the chaos begins when matches are hitting teams left, right and centre.

We take a look at Gameweek 15’s fixtures and attempt to point out who will be the main man from each match.

Saturday (2016-12-10)

Watford vs Everton (12:15pm GMT)

Form

Watford: WLWLL
Everton: WLDLD

The one to watch

Watford: Troy Deeney

A truly riveting encounter to start the weekend of football… Watford are doing okay in the league, probably performing to expectations, Everton on the other hand are just not very good. They have 1 very good player (Lukaku), 1 good player (Ashley Williams) and the rest are average Premier League class players.

Watford have performed well at home and Everton have performed terribly away from home, so the stats look more favorably towards a home victory, which directly affects who we have selected as the main man: Troy Deeney.

He’s searching for his 100th club goal and will want to do it at Vicerage Road in front of the home crowd. He hasn’t scored since the beginning of October, so he’s definitely due one.

Swansea vs Sunderland (3pm GMT)

Form

Swansea: LLDWL
Sunderland: LWWLW

The one to watch

Swansea: Gylfi Sigurdsson

The classic “6 pointer” (I still don’t quite know what that means beyond ‘This is an important match!’). Swansea pulled off a remarkable comeback against Crystal Palace, beating them 5-4, but then were completely destroyed by Tottenham 5-0 registering just 1 shot at goal (and it was blocked…). Sunderland look very much in form and are creeping towards moving out of the relegation positions with journeyman goal machine Jermaine Defoe in full flow. However, the key player for this game is Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurdsson. He’s the fantasy football managers dream, he takes set pieces, penalties, currently playing out of position up front (and has excellent fixtures coming up..) and he’s integral in everything Swansea do. And we may have both drafted the Icelandic talisman this week so we may be a little biased.. Howay Glyfi!

Burnley vs Bournemouth (3pm GMT)

Form

Burnley: DWLLL
Bournemouth: LLWLW

The one to watch

Burnley: Tom Heaton

Burnley are shit. They just are (No bias here..). But at home, they get inspired by the crowd and throw themselves in the way of everything. They defend for their lives at home (Away they don’t really give a fuck). Bournemouth are usually garbage away from home, but they’ve just beat Liverpool and will be riding high. Eddie Howe (Eat a dick) will set his team out to attack so expect Tom Heaton to rack up those save points as he has done all season. He is the man when it comes to shot stopping and turning potential routs into small losses or even 0-0’s!! I expect Burnley to come out on top purely down to their home form, with Heaton providing another masterclass between the sticks.

 

Arsenal vs Stoke City (3pm GMT)

Form

Arsenal: WDDWW
Stoke: WDLWW

The one to watch

Arsenal: Alexis Sanchez

Both teams are playing well and Arsenal up against an in-form mid table team would usually warrant a comfortable victory. However, this is Stoke. A team that historically give Arsenal a tough time (Mainly because of Stoke’s brutality). But that was the stoke of old, now Stoke claim to be a free flowing passing side with flair players. If they try and out-Arsenal Arsenal they will be horribly exposed. And who better to take advantage of it than the man of the hour Alexis Sanchez. Possibly the easiest choice of all the fixtures, Sanchez is in incredible form and is the crux of everything Arsenal do. He’ll have too much for the Stoke defense, unless Shawcross decides he wants another victim…

Hull vs Crystal Palace (3pm GMT)

Form

Hull: LWLDL
Crystal Palace: LLLLW

The one to watch

Crystal Palace: Christian Benteke

Hull are in serious trouble. They were absolutely awful in their last performance against Middlesbrough, they barely touched the ball until after they were losing 1-0. They’ll need to correct that and keep the home crowd on their side. The fans are already angry with the owners of the club and the direction they’re taking it in, if they get the sense the players aren’t giving 100% they’ll quickly turn on them too. Crystal Palace on the other hand may have turned a corner with the win against Southampton last weekend, and will be looking to build on that against the leagues whipping boys.

The expectation is that Crystal Palace will pick up the win here and the main man for them is Christian Benteke. This will be a game made for him as set pieces and crosses into the box will be the only way to score against the 11 Hull defenders.

Leicester City vs Man City (5:30pm GMT)

Form

Leicester: DLLDL
Man City: WDWWL

The one to watch

Man City: Kevin De Bruyne

With Sergio Aguero and Fernandino getting themselves sent off in last weeks match against Chelsea, Leicester will feel they have a chance in this game. Their home form is much better than their away form (They lost away at Sunderland for christ sake) and with no champions league to distract them, they’ll be looking to climb up the Premier League table. Man City on the other hand will be seething after missing the chance to beat Chelsea (They dominated that game and lost 3-1) with glaring misses from a number of players, most notably from our one to watchKevin De Bruyne.

Leicester are not the team of last season. They will not be able to contain Man City at all and the playing making everything tick for them is Kevin De Bruyne. He’ll be looking to convince everything that he can score and also look to creating everything going forwards.

Sunday (2016-12-11)

Chelsea vs West Brom (12:00pm GMT)

Form

Chelsea: WWWWW
West Brom: LWWDW

The one to watch

Chelsea: Diego Costa

Who can stop Chelsea? Nobody it seems at the moment. Can a Tony Pulis West Brom stop them? Possibly… but unlikely, especially not at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are scoring goals for fun and it’s  no surprise that the one to watch is Diego Costa.

Topping the scoring charts for the season and in the best form of his life, Costa has the attributes to put West Brom to the sword. They’ll defend deep but that’s absolutely fine because Costa can feed off scraps (See his goal against Middlesbrough..) and he’s good in the air. West Brom have been in good form but they haven’t played against a Costa like this before. He’s just a different breed at the moment.

Man United vs Tottenham

Form

Man United: DWDDD
Tottenham: DDWLW

The one to watch

Man United: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

This should be the game of the weekend. Should be… but will it? Who knows. Man United have became a solid team to beat, but I’m not buying this “we’ve been unlucky” bullshit from Mourinho. If you have 10 shots on target, but 9 shots are straight at the keeper with only 1 forcing a decent save, statistically you’re unlikely to score. That was until Zlatan Ibrahimovic found his form again, the striker scoring 4 goals in the last 3 matches he’s played. His underlying stats always promised the points would come back and they have, with good fixtures on the horizon he could be a serious differential.

On top of that, add a Spurs team that have been solid all season before coming undone against Chelsea. If United have any chance, they’ll need to keep the ball and stop any crosses into the box and they’ll rely heavily on Christian Eriksen. He’s come into form himself lately, but is too inconsistent this season to be the player to watch. Harry Kane is another name that Spurs will need to perform to have a chance but with the match being at Old Trafford, United will attack constantly, which just gives the edge to Ibrahimovic being the pick.

Southampton vs Middlesbrough

Form

Southampton: LLDWL
Middlesbrough: WDLDW

The one to watch

Southampton: Virgil Van Dijk

This game will not have many goals, if any at all. Both teams are solid, Southampton will keep the ball and Boro will have to defend. The match will come down to what Southampton do without the ball that will determine the outcome of this match. After losing 3-0 at Crystal Palace, they’ll be eager to keep a clean sheet and this is the perfect match for them as Middlesbrough continue to struggle to score goals. The only threat Boro will pose will be Adama Traore who, after being rested against hull, will be fully refreshed. We’re backing Southampton to keep a clean sheet and have picked their main man at the back Virgil Van Dijk as the one to watch. He’s also a threat in the air and in this potentially tight affair a set piece could be a clincher.

Liverpool vs West Ham

Form

Liverpool: WWDWL
West Ham: LDLDL

The one to watch

Liverpool: Divock Origi

This match will have goals. Liverpool conceded 4 goals against Bournemouth, scoring 3 in the process and West Ham conceded 5 against Arsenal and scored 1. That’s 13 goals in 2 games. Liverpool will be desperate to get back to winning ways after the horrendous way they threw away victory last time out, and West Ham are like a wounded animal at the moment which can be especially dangerous as they’ll have nothing to fear now. Sado Mane returning to fitness is a huge boost for Liverpool and the ever present Roberto Firmino will always be a threat, but the one to watch is Divock Origi. He’ll be leading the line and will be the focal point for the attack, so with Mane and Firmino running down the flanks, they’ll be looking for Origi to stay central in the box. Expect goals in this one.