Our PlayON Pro and Official Fantasy Premier League Champion 2013/2014 – Tom Fenley – is back and giving his expert analysis of each fixture ahead of Premier League Gameweek 14.
Sat 28 Nov 2015 – Premier League
Aston Villa v Watford 15:00
The 4-0 loss at Everton was a new low for Villa, their worst result of the season and a tenth defeat. Remi Garde has much to do before we can seriously consider selecting his players for our PlayON line-ups, especially with one of their best fantasy assets – Jordan Amavi – being ruled out for the season.
Promoted Watford on the other hand gave Manchester United a late scare at Vicarage Road, almost grabbing a point with a strong second half-display. Unfortunately for Villa, in the past six matches the Hornets have been resilient defensively, losing just twice and failing to score only at Manchester City.
Bournemouth v Everton 15:00
Losing a two goal lead in the 2-2 draw with Swansea will have been deflating for Bournemouth, but they at least picked up a second point in seven matches, scoring twice for the first time in that period. Josh King has emerged as Eddie Howe’s preferred striker and netted a goal at the Liberty, one to watch as a cut-price option.
The Toffees won by a four-goal margin once again at Goodison, Romelu Lukaku’s brace means the Belgian has now scored seven in as many games as well as producing three assists. Ross Barkley also impressed with his brace and assist, the midfielder could become a more regular pick in our sides if he improves his consistency.
Crystal Palace v Newcastle 15:00
The 1-0 defeat to Sunderland at Selhurst Park was unexpected for Alan Pardew’s mid-table side, especially as the usually level-headed Scott Dann committed the error that led to Jermaine Defoe’s goal. The centre-back remains a good pick here though, with opponents Newcastle’s record of two goals in six away trips. The Eagles’ don’t have the best home record but Yohann Cabaye or Yannick Bolasie are definitely still worth a punt in midfield.
The Magpies travel to ex-boss Pardew’s new stomping ground on the back of a 3-0 loss to league leaders Leicester at St James’ Park. The previous four matches had yielded seven points, their best run of the campaign and in Ayoze Perez, Aleksander Mitrovic and the returning Papiss Cisse they may have the firepower to punish Palace’s erratic home form.
Man City v Southampton 15:00
The 4-1 rout by Liverpool was the fifth time City have dropped points in eight games and does not bode well for those looking to invest in their defence, particularly with Vincent Kompany side-lined and Joe Hart a doubt as well. However, the return of Sergio Aguero is always a notable occasion for fantasy managers and a goal on his first game back shows we will need to weigh up his inclusion once again each week.
The Saints were widely tipped to do well against Stoke at St Mary’s, but suffered a third defeat of the season in front of their own fans, on the road however Ronald Koeman’s side are unbeaten. Graziano Pelle is suspended after picking up a fifth yellow, making Shane Long and Sadio Mane viable candidates in PlayON against a weakened City back-line.
Sunderland v Stoke 15:00
Sam Allardyce conjured up a second win in four matches for a Sunderland side that are still clearly lacking in goal threat, though the manager has appeared to focus on tightening up the defence after the 6-2 defeat at Everton. Going forward the Black Cats rearguard could offer some value in fantasy terms, with Patrick Van Aanholt and Deandre Yedlin (in for the suspended Billy Jones) possible inclusions this week, in attacking wing-back roles.
It will be difficult to break-down a Stoke side that have only lost to Arsenal on their travels and in Butland they have the most in-form shot-stopper in the league. The Potters have five clean sheets registered in the last six outings, but Mark Hughes’ side need to test opposition keepers with more regularity before we can invest in their attacking assets.
Leicester v Man Utd 17:30
Another Jamie Vardy goal would set the frontman up for the Premier League record of a goal in 11 successive matches. The 3-0 at Newcastle was a fourth straight win but the Foxes will be facing the league’s most stubborn defence in United and may find it tough to continue the free-scoring form that has launched them to the top of the table.
Watford’s equaliser in the 2-1 victory at Vicarage Road was the first goal United conceded in five league games. While defensively sound, the lack of a cutting edge is increasingly worrying and Troy Deeney’s own goal in Gameweek 13 paved over a lot of their cracks. It didn’t last very long. The goal-less draw against PSV midweek was the fourth time United have failed to score in seven matches across all competitions and led to raucous boos around Old Trafford. A difficult match to call this one, with the United’s solid defence up against Leicester’s seemingly unstoppable attack.
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