Gameweek no. 16 started with a bang. A lot of people counted on Hazard and Morata, but the unthinkable happened – West Ham won 1:0 against Chelsea! I would like to give credit to David Moyes, not because he won against Chelsea, but he actually made the most logical thing – dropped Joe Hart to the bench in favor of Adrian.
Spurs had easy job against Stoke City, with Harry Kane scoring twice. Other most popular Spurs’ players also brought some points, but “the star” of the game was Ryan Shacross who opened the scoring with and own-goal and he closed It with stripping clean sheet from Spur’s defenders. Burney continued with a great season, and recorded a 1:0 win against Watford, so their defenders and goalkeeper had clean sheets. Swansea also won 1:0 against West Brom.
Huddersfield won comfortably 2:0 against Brighton, with Mounie scoring twice. The most interesting 15h game had to be the one Crystal Palace and Bournemouth played, with all special mentions going towards Christian Benteke and his selfish move! It would be some justice to have Palace relegated with 2 points of safe position.
Newcastle and Leicester brought a fine closure to Saturday’s football. Ayoze Perez was somewhat unlucky to score a winning own-goal for Leicester.
In the opening game of Sunday, Olivier Giroud came of the bench to win a single point for Arsenal against Southampton. Merseyside derby was all about Liverpool most of the time, but missed opportunities (most importantly the one Mane missed in the first half) costed Reds winning the game when Everton got late penalty.
Not so far from Merseyside, another cross-city derby occurred – and it was the one which left us with Man City 11 points clear of second placed Man Utd.
Top 3 worst choices in GW16 per positions:
- Schmeichel – 1 pt – 2 goals conceded, 2 saves
- Foster – 2 pts – 1 goals conceded, 2 saves
- Cech – 2 pts – 1 goals conceded, 2 saves
- Zeegelaar – -1 pt – 3 minutes, 1 red card
- Lejeune – – 0 pts – 3 goals conceded, 1 yellow card
- Pieters – 0 pts – 5 goals conceded
- McArthur – 0 pts – 25 minutes, 1 yellow card
- Field – 0 pts – 45 minutes, 1 yellow card
- Oriol Romeu – 0 pts – 90 minutes, 1 yellow card (5th in the season)
- Benteke – -1 pt – 1 penalty missed, 1 yellow card
- Perez – -1 pt – 19 minutes, 1 own goal
- Firmino – 1 pt – 23 minutes
Interesting gameweek from our point of you brought us a completely new formation of the worst team of the season! Only 3 defenders are now in the squad, and they are: Pablo Zabaleta, Eric Pieters and Lewis Dunk! Change on the goal occurred, as Jack Butland is back on goal!
There are still five midfielders in the squad, and actually not one of them is a new comparing to last week! McClean, Gueye, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Davies and Hayden are holding tight to their positions.
In forward, Ashley Barnes is accompanied by Diafra Sakho, just like two gameweeks ago!
Bad predictions time!
- Burnley – Stoke: Burnley is in a much better form, and they simply deserve more to win this game and continue their season of good results.
- Crystal Palace – Watford: Palace is showing some signs of life, but will have to see how Watford turns out for the game. However, we could certainly expect to see some goals in this game.
- Huddersfield – Chelsea: Chelsea is in not so good form lately, while Huddersfield seems to know their place in the league. It’s Chelsea’s game to lose, and they simply cannot lose this one as it would be a disastrous for the to lose to West Ham and Huddersfield in back-to-back games.
- Newcastle – Everton: Everton didn’t really deserved a point in GW16, but their opponent deserved to lose 2 points, ao there they had it. Newcastle is a relegation contender in my eyes, so this is really a tough game to call for me.
- Southampton – Leicester: It is by now well known what I think about Southampton this season. Charlie Austin had some nice performances this season, but I won’t expect from him to start regularly through tight-packed December. He has to mind his knees.
- Swansea – Man City: Man City won a huge game at Old Trafford, so anything but City’s win will be a great surprise.
- Liverpool – West Brom: After disappointing derby game, Reds are expected to win against poor West Brom.
- Man Utd – Bournemouth: United are probably heavily disappointing, but they’ll give their everything to get back on winning track, so I won’t expect anything different.
- Spurs – Brighton: Brighton’s defense is not conceding much this season, but they should be no match for Tottenhem who seem back on winning streak.
- West Ham – Arsenal: One more London derby for West Ham. Expecting them to win two in a row will be too much, but it’s not like Arsenal played particularly well in the last couple of games.
Good luck in GW17 managers!
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