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.
Sun 29 Nov 2015 – Premier League
Tottenham v Chelsea 12:00
The long round-trip for the Thursday night clash with FK Qurabag was one of few negatives for Spurs ahead of this London derby. Harry Kane scored his ninth goal in six games indicating the young marksman should be a definite threat against Chelsea despite the lengthy travel. Full-backs Kyle Walker and Danny Rose were both rested and Mauricio Pochettino’s side are in excellent form, with 13 goals in 4 league matches as they welcome their struggling neighbours.
The Blues first win in four after three straight defeats may be a sign of a resurgence ahead of a kind run of fixtures. The 1-0 win over Norwich at Stamford Bridge is hardly a convincing result against a promoted team though and it may be wise to wait and see before selecting any of Jose Mourinho’s men, especially when they face a Spurs side ten places above them in the table.
West Ham v West Brom 14:05
The Hammers have now failed to win in three and it’s clear they will struggle without their player of the season Dimitri Payet. There is some hope in the form of Manuel Lanzini whose consolation goal in the 4-1 at White Hart Lane was his third in five outings. Payet’s injury also makes it more important for strikers Diafra Sakho and Andy Caroll to start contributing after the pair have suffered barren spells in front of goal.
The Baggies are having a temperamental season with four losses and four wins in their last eight culminating in a battling 2-1 win at the Hawthorns over Arsenal. Tony Pulis will be looking for more of that discipline in future home games. So far, they have been resilient on the road with four clean sheets in six away trips and should offer stiff resistance at Upton Park.
Liverpool v Swansea 16:15
The 4-1 win at the Etihad was another impressive away performance, with Phillippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino forming a devastating partnership, the former’s fitness will be vital here, especially since Sturridge has sustained yet another set-bac. It’s the Reds dismal home form that Jurgen Klopp now needs to improve, only two wins in six league matches at Anfield is not enough for a side with Champions League ambitions, though the 2-1 win over Bordeaux signals the new manager is having a positive effect.
Swansea recovered a point against Bournemouth from two goals down but should be showing the quality to be punishing Premier League small fish. Five defeats in nine games and only a single win has put Garry Monk’s position under scrutiny. Andre Ayew is the only player in decent form for the Swans at the moment and more is needed from out-of-sorts team-mates Gylfi Sigurdsson and Batefimbi Gomis.
Norwich v Arsenal 16:15
The 1-0 defeat to a lacklustre Chelsea side reinforces the growing sense that Norwich will struggle to stay up this season and the visit of the best attacking away side in the division does not bode well, making the Canaries an easy team to avoid in PlayON.
Arsenal meanwhile may have slipped up at the Hawthorns but returned to winning ways with a 3-0 defeat of Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League. Injuries have limited the amount of rotation Arsene Wenger can employ ahead of a busy festive schedule, Alexis Sanchez in particular has been singled out as needing a rest. The Chilean netted a brace and the mercurial Mesut Ozil scored the other to re-affirm their claims for berths in our PlayON teams. Olivier Giroud is also a promising forward pick as he searches for a fifth consecutive away goal.
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