Saturday, November 6, 2010

On the Forecast: Gameweek 11 & 12

Gloomy days ahead?...Not really
This week Fantasy Premier League forecast will provide some insights based on matchups particularly for the two gameweeks due to the hectic schedule beyond us starting this weekend. I try to keep this as simple as possible. (Warning: The highlighted points are suitable only for the two upcoming fixtures and not for the whole season)

The Best
ARS (vs NEW, @WOL) - These fixtures are very good on paper at least and the likes of Fabregas, Nasri, Walcott, Song and even Chamakh are good picks/captain material. Just beware of the unpredictability of The Magpies and the home advantage of McCarthy men (Stephen Hunt is back). Arsenal to win both.

EVE (vs @BLP, BOL) - Arteta, Baines and Cahill to pounce everything coming at them and defensive points are expected as long as they mark Charlie Adam & Kevin Davies. At least a win and a draw.

Could Nick It
TOT (vs @BOL, SUN) & BOL (vs TOT, @EVE) - Both teams face even opponents. Bale will hog the set pieces in the absence of VDV. Expect rotation for Redknapp's men. Unlucky Bolton lost to Liverpool last time and could provide a stern test. Elmander to score at the Goodison Park.

CHE (vs @LIV, FUL) & LIV (vs CHE, @WIG) - A little tougher for Chelsea as they are away at Anfield and has a London derby with Fulham. Form suggests Chelsea to win both but I reckon both Liverpool & Fulham could get something from them. Gerrard will not let his beloved club lose this one but Chelsea will score there. Only the bold one will captain Drogba. Malouda set to feature either for this tie or on the midweek. Better hold on to him for the time being.

Remember his glory days?
SUN (vs STK, @TOT) & STK (vs @SUN, BIR) - Sunderland will not let five past them again; Bent & Gyan to spearhead the attack and defensive points to resume. Stoke to start winning due to their average set of fixtures ahead. Kenwyne Jones is a good differential. A win and a loss for both sides.

BLA (vs WIG, @NEW) & WIG (vs @BLA, LIV) - Blackburn new striking pair (Benjani & Biram Diouf) to continue their effort in front of goal and clean sheet is expected for the home game. For the St James Park trip, Allardyce to go with the 'do anything other than losing' tactic. A yoyo results again for Wigan on both matches. 

WHAM (vs @BIR, WBA) - The Hammers have a fair chance on both games especially West Brom at home and a thriller is in store for us to digest. The Brums game may come too soon to win with their exceptional home record. Obinna is good prospect on set pieces after Mark Noble confirmed injury.

AST (vs @FUL, BLP) - No known strikers for Villa as all of them are injured. The goals will come from their midfield and Craven Cottage is not a nice place to visit. No issue on their defense. Expected to win at home.

Tough One
MANC (vs @WBA, MANU) & WBA (vs MANC, @WHAM) - After three straight defeats, Mancini need to start turning the table around by unleashing Mr Tevez. Fluid WBA is not a flash in the pan and result other than win can be considered a failure. A reunion with former teammates follows and expect the worse for both sides as they struggle it out in this fiery edition of Manchester derby.

Tackles will be flying in this one
NEW (vs @ARS, BLA) - Typical Magpies: they surprised all by winning away and suddenly scored five past their local rival. Keep your NEW men as they will embark on the nice run of fixtures. Arsenal will fear the likes of Nolan, Barton & Carroll and they have the capabilities to snatch something. An even match at The Emirates and NEW to win ugly at home against Blackburn.

MANU (vs WOL, @MANC) - Nani-less MU side to turn to their Welsh maestro, Giggs to take free kicks etc. Hernandez & Berba should be sufficient enough for the improving Wolves but facing MANC at their ground could turn either way for me. Indeed, very tough to pick and defensive dept. to concede. 

FUL (vs AST, @CHE) - Dempsey & Dembele will have their hands full in handling both defenses but they have more than enough tricks to provide a test for either side. A very compact outfit versus notorious defenses.  Anything can happen in these type of matches. 

BIR (vs WHAM, @STK) - WHAM spirit of survival should not be underestimated but still The Brums impressive home record expected to stay intact. Anticipated points from their backline at home but at Stoke, its different issue altogether. They will concede away in a very tight affair. 

BLP (vs EVE, @AST) - Very tough for them as they face two of the most fearsome defense in the premiership. The chance will be at home but they can score away nevertheless with the help of Mr Charlie Adam. Please surprise us again The Tangerines.

Fantasy No-Go
WOL (vs @MANU, ARS) - Not recommendable as they get to surprise either The Devils away or The Gunners at home. A very high mountain to climb but the possibility is there...Good luck managers

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