It’s beginning to look a lot like a hectic Christmas fixture list. I’m sure that’s how the song goes right? Certainly that’s how I remember it. Anyway, I’ll be going through each section of my team again and trying to give my predictions on how each area will perform.
Artor Boruc continues in goal this week ahead of Jordan Pickford (up against Chelsea). Boruc is playing at home against Leicester who haven’t been very good away from home but who managed to smash Man City the last time out. It’s a no brainer this week though, Boruc at home against Leicester or Pickford away at Chelsea? Easy choice.
I’ve changed formation this week, going from 3-4-3 to a 4-4-2 an all 4 defenders have a great chance of a clean sheet. We have Erik Pieters at home to Southampton who are without their main striker, Charlie Austin. Ben Mee away at West Ham, who seem to hate playing at home at the moment and I’m also hoping Burnley try and address their away form and play deep looking for a 0-0. Dejan Lovren is my 3rd choice of the week as he’s away at Middlesbrough, though he has a slight knock so may not be risked so i’ll get onto who my 1st sub is if Lovren doesn’t play. And finally, we have magic Marcos Alonso who this week is away at Sunderland. Chelsea are on a hot streak so there is plenty of potential for attacking and defensive returns this week.
As I mentioned, if Lovren doesn’t play my 1st substitute will come into the 11 and this week it will be Jonny Evans, which goes against my usual rules about playing a defender (West Brom) and an attacker (Swansea) who are on opposing teams. My two other alternatives are Anichebe against Chelsea, who I can’t see scoring and the ever present Glenn Whelan who won’t do anything but return 1 – 2 points.
I’m looking at 2 clean sheets this week so my predicted score is: 18 points.
This is where my team comes into it’s own. We have last weeks captain, Alexis Sanchez, away at Everton. Arsenal should win this given that Everton are all over the place at the moment and it has the potential to be a scrappy 1-0 or a goal fest 5-0, I truly don’t mind which it is, as long as it’s Sanchez doing the business. We have last weeks master stroke in Glyfi Sigurdsson away at West Brom. Hopefully Swansea see this as a winnable game and go at West Brom and it’s another 9+ goals match, with big Siggy scoring them all! Eden Hazard is away at Sunderland. The main creative outlet for Chelsea so far this season and they’ll be looking to him to get things going. And finally, after last weekends abject performance, my patience with Roberto Firmino has gone and in comes Christian Eriksen. I’m a little bit worried about not having any Liverpool attacking cover in my team, but given that I had cover for the last 4 weeks and it hasn’t helped at all, I felt the need for change. Eriksen might I add, has found some recent form and is up against Hull at home, followed by a weekend game against Burnley… with those fixtures in mind, it’s the logical decision.
I want goals from this lot. Each fixture has huge potential for points so i’m going big with my prediction: 27 points
The man that needs no introduction, Diego Costa. No surprise here, he could be up against Barcelona and i’d stick back him to score at the minute. And up against Sunderland, it’s expected that he’ll score. Whether or not he’ll avoid the inevitable 5th yellow card though is the obstacle to get through this week.
And lastly, we have Harry Kane. He didn’t do the business against Man United last week but it was somewhat expected against a solid United team. This week however, he’s up against a shocking Hull side and I’m expecting Spurs to absolutely batter them. 3 goals at least for them, so hopefully my Spurs contingence will be in the mix.
At least a goal for both strikers this week is the minimum, though I’m going to predict 3 goals: 15 points.
Total points prediction: 60
There are a number of options this week so I expect a mixture from the teams in the league. This week however, I’m going for Harry Kane at home against Hull. Hull are shit. Spurs are very good at home and very good at smashing the shit teams.
Come on Letdowns!