Outlook: 59
Captain: Zlatan Imbrahimovic

Things look pretty rosy ahead of GW17, the injuries have cleared up, 9/11 players playing at home and Costa‘s suspension means he’s not there to heap misery on my team. And even if I do have a mare, I’ll be surrounded by enough  food and beer to console me. There’s no better way to spend boxing day than  lounging on the sofa watching every fixture available, picking at leftovers and devouring selection boxes. Even the Toon will be on TV as they fill the 7.45pm slot!! Get in!!

But anyway, back to what really matters. Anichebe going up against United has prompted a rethink of formation, with GSL fielding a 352.

In goal Tom Heaton welcomes a goal shy Boro team where he’ll have a great chance of a clean sheet. This relegation 6 pointer will be tense, so very likely to be a dour 0-0. Marcos Alonso goes up against Bournemouth, where I’m uncertain how Chelsea will perform without Costa and arguably more importantly Kante. Kante is the beating heart of that Chelsea defensive unit and will be a big miss. I’ll be looking for Marcy Marc to make some headway going forward as Bournemouth have conceded 10 goals in their last 5 away games. Cedric needs to start delivering some returns after a disappointing start to life with GSL. He welcomes Spurs to St Marys, which won’t be an easy task however 3 consecutive clean sheets at home show the Saints prowess for keeping it tight at the back. Praying for a 0-0 in that game as Walker completes my defense. The Englishman has been in fine form delivering 2 assists in the past two game weeks, however Southampton’s rearguard is a different kettle of fish compared to Burnley and Hull. Overall a good chance of points. Prediction: 18

Erisken‘s away form has been an issue, and against the Saints he’s unlikely to return a big haul, so not expecting much. Siggy on the other hand returns to the liberty stadium where he has been rampant in recent weeks, delivering 28 points in his last 3 games. He faces a leaky West Ham defense so there is big potential for points here. Hazard will be forced to up his attacking output as Chelsea will look the Belgian maestro to fill Diego‘s goalscoring boots. As already mentioned, Bournemouth concede a fair few away from home so the game is set up nicely for Hazard to rack up some points. West Brom will attmept to shackle Alexis Sanchez at the Emerites, something no team has managed since GW12. On the face of it WBA at home looks like a plum fixture, but the baggies are solid on the road and rarely get turned over. They kept Chelsea very quiet a few weeks back so I’m not expecting anything huge from the Chilean. Finally Etienne Capoue comes back into the team. His goals have dried up since that blistering start, however Palace have conceded an average of 3 goals a game over their last 5 away matches. So I’m backing the Frenchman to nick some points. Prediction: 26

Upfront I’m hoping Origi keeps Sturridge at bay and leads the line against Stoke. He has scored in every home game he has started (granted that’s only 2, but a stat is a stat!), so he has a great chance of picking up points. Completing the line up is GSL’s latest recruit, after Kane‘s impotency I couldn’t bare to see his big dopey face in my line up any more, so I recruited a Demi-God. Zlatan Ibrahimovic comes back into the team as form and fixtures collide to make him the man to spearhead a Christmas ascent. He plays Sunderland at home, where you would think he would make mince meat of their sorry defense. Prediction: 15

Captain

Zlatan currently holds the armband, and will more than likely retain it till the deadline. He is in form and has a plum fixture. Yes the little voice at the back of my mind is saying that Sunderland will park the bus and frustrate United to low scoring game but he’s the obvious choice. The wildcard pick would be Siggy but I’m not sure I have the balls for that.

Overall I’ve predicted a strong 59! Maybe I’m getting carried away with Christmas spirit!

Pray for Points

Sam