Gameweek 12: Fantasy Preview

Posted by John Culea

Laurence Griffiths/Getty ImagesThe Everton-Liverpool derby has fantasy managers looking for more goals from Luis Suarez.

At last, the international break is nearly over. The early game between Everton and Liverpool is the only match to check announced lineups. It is one of two marquee encounters for the three-day weekend.

Saturday, November 23
Everton (5-5-1) vs. Liverpool (7-2-2)
The mouth-watering derby has the high-scoring second-place Reds against number six Everton that have three consecutive clean sheets. Luis Suarez, returning from international play in Uruguay, has eight goals in six matches, matching the eight for his striking partner Daniel Sturridge, but Sturridge is dragging a "dead" leg.
Romelu Lukaku has now gone two games without a goal. Everton is unbeaten at home this season.

Arsenal (8-1-2) vs. Southampton (6-4-1)
Top of the table Arsenal, coming off a dreary loss at Manchester United will host the Premier League's biggest surprise through eleven games. Third place Southampton have only conceded five goals, while the Gunners have scored 22, half from Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud. Theo Walcott will return but midfielder Mathieu Flamini is suspended.
Saints forward Rickie Lambert has two goals and three assists in the last three games. Artur Boruc is the second highest point producing fantasy GK, while defenders Dejan Lovren and Jose Fonte are two-three. Adam Lallana is the third best fantasy midfielder.

Fulham (3-1-7) vs. Swansea (3-3-5)
The Cottagers have slipped into relegation muck and one-time fantasy star Dimitar Berbatov is rotting in 18th place among forwards.
Wilfried Bony with three goals in four games has assumed the Swans' scoring burden from Michu who is out another week.

Hull (4-2-5) vs. Crystal Palace (1-1-9)
Hull, unbeaten at home this season have a "must win" circled on the calendar for this match and welcome back winger Robbie Brady and goalkeeper Alan McGregor.
Doormat Crystal Palace managed a shock clean sheet draw against Spurs but have not scored in their last three matches and have only six goals for the season.

Newcastle (5-2-4) vs. Norwich (3-2-6)
Loic Remy has seven goals in seven games. Tim Krul has been impenetrable in goal.
Norwich have been riddled with 14 goals on the road and have only scored nine for the season.

Stoke (2-4-5) vs. Sunderland (2-1-8)
The Potters with only ten goals scored, are in danger of becoming endangered and meet a Black Cat team that although still 19th, feel good after a 1-0 result over Man City. A reality check is Sunderland have surrendered a league-worst 22 goals and Lee Cattermole and Andrea Dossena are suspended.

West Ham (2-4-5) vs. Chelsea (6-3-2)
Big Sam's Hammers are treading mediocrity. Beyond Ravel Morrison there are few offensive threats.
Chelsea's Eden Hazard and Oscar have four goals each, but the forward line offers little more than paper darts. Fernando Torres remains injured leaving Samuel Eto'o in line to start. Ashley Cole appears out injured.

Sunday, November 24
Manchester City (6-1-4) vs. Tottenham (6-2-3)
The week's top attraction has City with a 5-0-0 home record and tops in goals with 28, meeting punchless Tottenham (nine goals in 11 games). Hugo Lloris is expected back in goal for Spurs but Christian Eriksen is out for several weeks with an ankle injury. Desperate for goals, Spurs could trot out Emmanuel Adebayor.
GK Joe Hart may again be watching from the bench. Sergio Aguero has seven goals in six games played, but the team will sorely miss injured David Silva.

Cardiff (3-3-5) vs. Manchester United (6-2-3)
There will be high emotion in Wales for the defending champions visit. Welshman Ryan Giggs seems likely to start. Manchester United will be without injured Michael Carrick and Phil Jones. Anderson may leave the buffet table to start. Rafael and Nemanja Vidic could return. Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney have six goals and four assists in their last four matches.

Monday, November 25
WBA (3-5-3) vs. Aston Villa (4-2-5)
Saido Berahino had a brace for England's U-21 team during the international break and seems close to fantasy stardom. Stephane Sessegnon is about the only other offensive threat for the Baggies.
Christian Benteke's fantasy flame last flickered September 14. After four goals in his first four games, the Villa forward has had zilch since. Forwards Andreas Weimann and Gabriel Agbonlahor and GK Brad Guzan are expected to have shaken off injuries.


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