Gameweek 16 preview

December 10, 2015

12 Dec 12:45 Norwich v Everton
12 Dec 15:00 Crystal Palace v Southampton
12 Dec 15:00 Man City v Swansea
12 Dec 15:00 Sunderland v Watford
12 Dec 15:00 West Ham v Stoke
12 Dec 17:30 Bournemouth v Man Utd
13 Dec 13:30 Aston Villa v Arsenal
13 Dec 16:00 Liverpool v West Brom
13 Dec 16:00 Spurs v Newcastle
14 Dec 20:00 Leicester v Chelsea

 

It’s a tough ask for the bottom six who all face trips to top half teams with in form players. Norwich have only kept one clean sheet, which is the least out of all of the teams in the league – and they come up against an Everton team who are scoring an average of three goals a game at the moment, with Romelu Lukaku usually scoring at least one of those.

Swansea, now managerless, must travel to City. City have become annoyingly unpredictable with no one player in any kind of form. Aguero and Kompany still look like they’re uncertain to play, although they seem to be managing OK in the cup competitions without their most influential players. It’s on a Saturday that they appear to struggle. A home fixture against Swansea is a much easier task that a trip to Stoke given both teams recent runs of form. Only Villa prevent Swansea from propping up the form league. Faith in De Bruyne, Sterling and Silva should be repaid this week, surely.

Villa’s predicament doesn’t get any easier. Arsenal visit this weekend. Doubts may have started to creep in about the worth of the Arsenal defence, having not kept a clean sheet for a month. This should be the week they add some proper points to their total.

It might not be so easy for United against Bournemouth. With Chris Smalling and Matteo Darmian in their team this game would have 0-0 written all over it. United may be forced to employ Michael Carrick, Ashley Young and Guillermo Varela in their back four. United’s top six scoring defenders are all rated as either out or doubtful for this fixture. Bournemouth may fancy their chances, particularly on the back of their victory at Stamford Bridge.

Sunderland, although now stronger defensively under Sam Allardyce, must find a way of keeping out Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo this weekend. The Watford pair sit at the top of the striker form charts. And at the top of the defender form charts is Toby Alderweireld. The Belgian has a goal, assist and a clean sheet from his last three games. Any one of those again this week will send Newcastle back round the corner they thought they’d turned with that unexpected victory over Liverpool.

We might as well extend this theory to the bottom seven. Cheslea (7th bottom) travel to Leicester. Do Leicester need to beat the champions to be taken as serious title contenders for this season? Who knows. Player wise – Vardy and Mahrez shoud have no problems against a defence who probably carry the worst points per pounds ratio of any team. If it came to the choice you’d sooner leave a Chelsea player on the bench than a Leicester player. Wouldn’t you?

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