If you have been keeping in touch with our weekly gameweek Attack and Defence rankings then you'll know the format for this. We'll have the rankings for GW12 at the end of the week as usual but here's a look at something slightly different.
The table below ranks each teams attacking prospects over the next 3 gameweeks and the next 6. The values, as with the weekly rankings, are pulled from the 'Predicted Scores' section of our Fixture Analyser. All we've done for this is added up the values for the next 3GW adn the next 6GW. You can check these out for yourself.
Chelsea are top. They don't rank as the top attacking team in our numbers (City are top and Arsenal are second) but coupled with a great run of fixtures Mourinho's team should be set for plenty of goals over the next 3 to 6 weeks. Indeed, with two home games in the next three and all favourable opponents they are some way ahead in the 3GW Attack ranking. Manchester City push them close over 6GW though, it's only the presence of an away trip to Southampton that looks an obstacle or Pellegrini's men. It seems to us Man City's fixture list have been the reverse of Chelsea so far this season. If you could switch the home/away locations for all fixtures City have had so far this season, and do the same to Chelsea, the story of the season so far could have been very different. Expect a strong second half of the season from Pellegrini's team.
Back to this season though, and although Arsenal have a mixed fixture list they are strong attacking side and will always score goals. They sit in third place behind City and Chelsea in both the 3GW and 6GW ranking. They have some tough encounters though. Remember that from a fantasy football perspective we (almost) don't care if a team wins or loses; we want the goals and clean sheets. The success of Arsenal's attacking players over the next batch of games may well be determined against Manchester United this weekend. A big win and they'll be confident of going to WBA in GW13 to keep the ball rolling.
Both Everton and Manchester United have positive 3GW rankings but then fall off the pace a little. Both have two decent home games in the next 3 (GW12-14) before tough away tests in GW15. The form of both clubs has looked shaky of late though. United had to struggle for 1-0 win over Crystal Palace in GW11 and the injury to Daley Blind could disrupt the little momentum they've been able to build this season. Everton's momentum has also been dented by Europa League action this season and typically the busy winter schedule is a testing time for clubs burdened by additional Europa League commitments.
Hard on their heels are Southampton and Liverpool. The Saints will enter one of their toughest run of games all season, facing MCI (H), ARS(A) and MUN(H) between GW13-15. The good news is home advantage. Reverse those home/away locations and we wouldn't hold much hope for Koeman's team over this spell. With their current momentum and home advantage we can certainly see Southampton getting on the score sheet in each of these games. Remember too that these are attacking rankings, clean sheets for Southampton will be a bigger ask. Liverpool's fixtures so far this season have not been the easiest but the fixtures list is looking a fair bit kinder on them from now until the midseason point. As mentioned last week, Liverpool's attack ranking has taken the biggest tumble of any team from where they were last season, but their underlying numbers remain good (if not great), and suggest they are still a team from whom goals should be expected. They have to make the very most of their next four fixtures if they hope to reignite their season.
Further down we have this season’s best midtable teams, not top 5 candidates, but certainly top 10. Clubs like Swansea, West Ham and Newcastle. These are certainly clubs to look at for a short-term differential for your fantasy team and could take advantage of a nice spell of fixtures. Swansea’s back to back home games against Crystal Palace and Swansea in GW13/14 stand out in particular whilst Newcastle’s will play QPR and Burnley over the next 3. After a GW12 trip to Goodison, West Ham should enjoy games against Sunderland and Leicester in their next six, as well as be able to claim home advantage over both Newcastle and Swansea.
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