West Ham Away Wed 22h00 – Newcastle Home – Saturday 17h00

Just a quick post this week. We’ve got two matches to look forward to, West Ham on Wednesday night and then Newcastle on Saturday. No easy games in the EPL as they say and West Ham away is looking to be a difficult one, mainly based on their last result where they beat Chelsea 1-0. It will be the first of two encounters with the same opponents within the space of a week as we will also meet them next Tuesday in the Carabao Cup, at The Emirates. Their victory over Chelsea was even more impressive due to them having scored their goal in the 6th minute and thus held out for 84 minutes against a Chelsea side that was increasingly transformed into an all attacking unit with three substitutes being made between the 46th and 64th minutes. Chelsea only managed two shots on target compared to West Ham’s single shot on target, but I think it’s fair to say that Chelsea were just having one of those days. Pretty similar to The Arsenal on Sunday where we were really pretty dreadful to be honest. We did manage 5 shots on target though and fortunately we own a super-sub going by the name of OllieG who managed to get to a lofted ball from Sanchez before the impressive Virgil van Dyk could to rescue Arsenal’s blushes. Hopefully we’ll have a similar turnaround tonight that Chelsea managed last night when they beat Huddersfield 3-1 to put pressure on Man Utd by joining them on 35 points. Burnley also won last night and are now sitting pretty, all on their own in fourth spot, a point above Liverpool, two above us and three above Spurs. It will be interesting to see who can handle the pressure!

Two players to look out for tonight are Andy Carroll and Marco Arnautovic. Both big burly forwards which we don’t like at all. We will still be without Mustafi so the question is whether Wenger will risk the BFG again or will he revert to a back four? Also out from the weekend is Ramsey as he picked up that hamstring that caused him to hobble around for the last ten minutes on Sunday. Does this open up an opportunity for Jack? Or will Wenger be conservative in his approach and bring in Elneny or even Coquelin? All interesting questions which will be revealed tonight at 10pm.

Saturday sees the visit of Newcastle. They will be playing Everton at St James’ Park on Wednesday which will give us some insight into the threats that they offer. They lost to Leicester on the weekend, having gone into an early lead before giving the lead to Leicester after 60 minutes. They then managed to get back to level terms after 73 minutes before finally giving the game away with an own goal in the 86th minute. We should really win this one and with Spurs travelling to The Etihad, hopefully it will give us an opportunity to open up a gap on them once again.

Feedback on our two fantasy leagues, and in the Superbru league, Joffie B has returned with a smile and appears in third spot with MAC10 and tphato still fighting it out for top spot. Our top performer on the weekend was Joffie B with 7 out of 10 games predicted correctly. That moved him up 1 place to 3rd. The top three are as follows:

MAC10                                136.66
Tphato                                 135.75
Joffie B                                134.50

In the FPL, we have a new top four player – Utete Rockets who has replaced Welbz FC. The top four are as follows:

Cannon Hill FC (Earle Brown)                                      917
LALLANAS IN PYJAMAS (Nicholas Da Silva)             915
We Are All Besiktas (Ebrahim Moolla)                         903
Utete Rockets (Justice Utete)                                      901

So, a short post this week. Let’s see if we can get six out of six in these two games!! The festive season is upon us so I have only booked out the Wine Cellar at the Brazenhead for both games. So, come along if you have the time, should be nice and cosy!

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