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    George's Fantasy Football Tips: Week Six




    Gameweek Five certainly brought about a few surprising results, luckily I didn’t nail my colours to the mast on any of the predictions so they weren’t completely wrong. Swansea and Burnley are two solid sides with impressive away records so far this season and, although I didn’t fancy them last weekend against Spurs and Liverpool respectively, I doubt many did. I actually highlighted Burnley’s two Centre Forwards, Chris Wood and Sam Vokes, as potential nuisances for Liverpool and Wood was crucial to creating the space for Scott Arfield to convert (pictured below). I did predict starts for Phillipe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge though and a goal for Mohamed Salah so it wasn’t all doom and gloom. Liverpool had thirty-five attempts on goal against Burnley but the Clarets held firm and actually could’ve won it themselves, they seem to be improving every week and Sean Dyche must take huge credit.


    Manchester United vs Everton was a strange match with the home side’s 4-0 win slightly flattering them. The early goal could’ve knocked the stuffing out of Everton but they got stuck in and, if it weren’t for the goalkeeping heroics of David De Gea, could’ve actually been in the lead by the time the floodgates opened in the last ten minutes. I highlighted the two returning heroes, Wayne Rooney and Romelu Lukaku, as the key points earners for and the latter certainly delivered, grabbing an assist and a goal to pick up twelve points. Rooney was one of Everton’s major positives in the game and had two real chances to score with one in particular needing smart block from David De Gea to prevent Everton getting back into the game.

    I didn’t have the best week with predictions, but that’s my first REALLY bad week so I’m still going to do more… hopefully this one doesn’t end up as embarrassingly wrong!



    Everton vs Bournemouth:

    This is a must win for Everton; they haven’t had the easiest run of fixtures, but scoring only two goals in five games and averaging two shots on target per match is a terrible return for a team many tipped for Europe. The Toffees lacked any cutting edge on Sunday, setting up to play on the counter with a front three all more comfortable in central positions. Rooney, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Tom Davies are all excellent footballers but none are renowned for their pace so they not only naturally drifted inside but also couldn’t exploit spaces in behind. Rooney often picks up possession on either wing or in defensive positions but he no longer has Van Nistelrooy, Berbatov or Van Persie on the shoulder of the last defender to compensate. Ronald Koeman will surely be aware of this and will start one of the likes of Dominic Calvert Lewin (pictured above centre) and Ademola Lookman. Both offer pace, width and are cheap to buy for your side at just £5.0 and £5.3 respectively. Kevin Mirallas, frozen out so far this season, or new signing Nikola Vlasic could also feature. A serious change is needed irrespective of who plays- if pace is added on the flanks and Sigurdsson is brought inside, him and Rooney could make the difference.
    On the other hand, Bournemouth have enjoyed a successful week, winning twice. Jordan Ibe was a major positive for the Cherries in both of those games, especially in the 2-1 Premier League win against Brighton, and his pace could again cause problems for an Everton side who may overcommit going forward. Ibe’s pace, as well as Josh King’s, is bound to cause problems if he is given space to exploit. With a clinical finisher like Jermain Defoe up front as well, an away goal or two is not out of the question. Expect the home side to win but Bournemouth to threaten.


    West Ham United vs Tottenham Hotspur:
    Normally a fiery encounter, Tottenham return to the scene of last season’s title collapse for the first time. Despite their incredible form before that Friday night in May, Spurs were a shell of their usual selves and Manuel Lanzini’s goal gave West Ham their fourth home win in five matches against them, effectively handing the title to Chelsea. Given the Hammers’ poor form (one win in ten) before the game, it was even more of a shock which Spurs will be eager not to let play on their minds. Slaven Bilic will be desperate for a win in this one with West Ham steadily improving but still in the relegation zone. He certainly has the players at his disposal to make this happen- Javier Hernandez and Andre Ayew are both hardworking strikers with a natural poacher’s instinct. They will be hoping to pounce on any knockdowns from Andy Carroll (pictured above) who, when fit, is one of the best headers of a ball in the game and will always causes havoc in the opposition penalty area. He is likely to be West Ham’s biggest danger and could be worth putting in your side, especially as he only costs £5.9. Spurs’ main threats are the usual suspects and they’ve looked incredible at times this season. They do have a point to prove though with the two Manchester clubs and Chelsea looking particularly strong. Some of their best football has come away from Wembley and that could well continue against a West Ham side still low on confidence. I reckon this will end as a score draw with Carroll and Hernandez to have a major influence for West Ham.


    Brighton vs Newcastle United:
    Two newly promoted sides with contrasting starts to the season, Newcastle will make the trip down to Brighton full of optimism following three wins on the spin. Rightfully so too, Rafael Benitez has set them up to be a solid outfit marshalled by the impressive Jamal Lascelles but with an attacking threat mainly coming from the wings. In particular, Christian Atsu and Matt Ritchie (pictured above) have been instrumental in Newcastle’s revival following a poor start. Ritchie has four assists already this season, all in the last three games, and Atsu has been a constant threat on the other flank, opening his account in last week’s win over Stoke City. Both could be a major threat once again this week and would be good shouts to put in your teams.
    Brighton, on the other hand, have failed to keep a clean sheet so far at the Amex. The Seagulls’ defensive solidity was a major reason behind their promotion last season and, given their lack of goals, that will be essential once again. They have looked much better during the last couple of weeks, however, and were unlucky to lose at Bournemouth on Friday night. Pascal Groβ has been Brighton’s main threat so far this season with two goals and assists in the last two games. He could well be a crucial again this weekend- especially if Newcastle continue to chop and change at Full Back as they have been doing in the past few games. Beyond the German, Jose Izquierdo, Anthony Knockheart and Davy Pröpper are all capable of turning games on their heads- Pröpper especially almost scored a delightful chip against Bournemouth last week. This is a tough one to predict but one I’m looking forward to watching.



    Arsenal vs West Bromwich Albion:
    Arsenal were defensively excellent last week against Chelsea and could’ve won the game with a couple of major chances. They were a completely different side to the one taken apart at Liverpool in August and will therefore go into this home match with confidence. Surprisingly, Alexis Sanchez was benched for the trip to Stamford Bridge but I would expect the Chilean to return to the first eleven and to be key for the Gunners. Sanchez combined with Theo Walcott for the Englishman’s goal in a 1-0 win over Doncaster Rovers in midweek and they might team up again in the Monday night fixture. On a large pitch, Walcott’s pace would be essential if Arsenal look to get in behind a solid West Brom side. Any kind of decent pull back into the box will likely be snapped up by Alexandre Lacazette so, if Arsenal turn up and perform to their best, the Frenchman is likely to have played a part in it. The Gunners could also go for a different approach if they fail to break down the away side by bringing on Olivier Giroud. Always a threat in the box, the striker has a point to prove and will be eager to take his chance.
    For West Brom, Tony Pulis’ side have been solid if unspectacular so far this season. One major plus point for them is that Gareth McAuley (pictured above) is once again in contention for a starting spot following injury. He proved to be a real threat in the opposition penalty box last season, coming second in the Baggies’ scoring charts with six strikes. If fit enough for a start, he could be a major threat from set pieces. Arsenal should win this one but West Brom are one of the most difficult sides to break down in the league- it might take some long balls in to Giroud for the Gunners to see them off.
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