Gameweek 10 preview

October 23, 2015

24 Oct 15:00 Aston Villa v Swansea
24 Oct 15:00 Leicester v Crystal Palace
24 Oct 15:00 Norwich v West Brom
24 Oct 15:00 Stoke v Watford
24 Oct 15:00 West Ham v Chelsea
24 Oct 17:30 Arsenal v Everton
25 Oct 12:00 Sunderland v Newcastle
25 Oct 14:05 Bournemouth v Spurs
25 Oct 14:05 Man Utd v Man City
25 Oct 16:15 Liverpool v Southampton

 

I think I hinted last week that this gameweek would settle who wins the October manager of the month award. It doesn’t. Next weeks results will determine who wins our third monthly prize. So the door is still open for everyone to post a big score and put themselves in with a chance. Biscuitmen currently lead the way following their 80 point score last week. They jumped ten places to reach top spot in the overall league too. Your Ad Here, meanwhile, dropped from first to seventh, scoring 36 points less than the team that replaced them. Those kind of points swings bring a lot more teams than you’d think into contention with two scoring gameweeks to go.

We’ve three derby matches this week, all of which are typically impossible to predict, but all offer up the potential of big points if past weeks and previous meetings are anything to go by. Chelsea play West Ham, who are second only to City in the goalscoring charts, and have the league’s leading points scorer in Dimitri Payet. This is a fixture Chelsea generally win – 15 of the last 19 have gone in favour of the Blues. Despite their lofty position, there are 11 teams in the league who have conceded less than West Ham. Chelsea kept only their second clean sheet last week. This could have goals with Payet and Diafra Sakho continuing to be good options for the Hammers, and Diego Costa looking a little bit more like his old self in the victory against Villa last week.

City and United meet in their first encounter of the season. There have been 36 goals in the last nine meetings between the two teams. This includes a 6-1, a 4-2, a 4-1 and a couple of 3-2’s. Bony or Martial? Sterling or Mata? De Bruyne or Rooney? Or all six? These matches are hardly cagey affairs are they?

Georginio Wijnaldum’s four goals and 25 point haul last weekend will no doubt see him transferred into a lot of teams for this weekend’s fixture against Sunderland. If he can score four against Norwich…? Sam Allardyce has had a week more drilling his defenders off the back of conceding only one dubious goal against West Brom. And they’ve won the last five derbies on the spin. The odds probably favour Sunderland. Could a punt on Stephen Fletcher, Yann M’Vila or Jeremain Lens bear more fruit?

 

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