Wins for Southampton, Spurs and Stoke in Football Manager 2017's Super 6 simulation
By Tim Clement and Football Manager's Tom Davidson
Last Updated: 02/12/16 5:24pm
Football Manager 2017 have provided us with their simulation of this weekend's Soccer Saturday Super 6 fixtures, forecasting wins for Southampton, Stoke and Tottenham.
The world's most popular football management game have run this weekend's selected fixtures with their recently updated ratings and relevant team news to predict the outcomes.
The latest round involves the five 3pm Premier League kick-offs along with the Sky Bet Championship clash between Fulham and Reading. Here's how the matches panned out...
Crystal Palace 1-3 Southampton
The Eagles' poor form continued as they slipped to defeat against Southampton at Selhurst Park.
It was Palace who got off to the perfect start as Christian Benteke put them 1-0 up with just six minutes gone, side-footing home from Jason Puncheon's pull-back.
The setback only served to strengthen Southampton's resolve and Charlie Austin continued his good run of form with a quickfire brace at the end of the first half. His first was a classic poacher's finish, snatching the ball from the legs of Scott Dann before firing the ball across the body of Wayne Hennessey and into the back of the net.
Austin added his second eight minutes later when he turned his man and struck a first-time effort into the bottom right corner.
Southampton rounded off a comfortable victory when James Ward-Prowse got on the end of a Ryan Bertrand cross to toe poke home from near the penalty spot and pile the pressure onto Palace boss Alan Pardew.
Stoke 1-0 Burnley
Joe Allen's strike was enough to give Stoke victory over Burnley at the bet365 Stadium. Stoke enjoyed the lion's share of possession but the Clarets will be wondering how they failed to come away with all three points after peppering the Stoke goal with shots.
Jeff Hendrick's dipping 25-yarder that was turned onto the post by Lee Grant was the closest that the visitors came to scoring as they wasted a host of good opportunities.
Allen's 22nd-minute strike looked like it would be the first of a few goals in the match but, as it turned out, it was that goal that settled the contest. It was a fine effort from Allen as he muscled his way into the area and tucked the ball home from a narrow angle.
Sunderland 2-2 Leicester
Jermain Defoe's first-half brace was cancelled out by an improved Leicester display in the second 45 minutes on a breezy day on Wearside. Defoe gave Sunderland the lead after just 11 minutes into the match in typical fashion, driving a ball into the net from 10 yards.
He bagged a second of the afternoon on the half-hour mark, beating Wes Morgan for pace and scoring past the onrushing Ron-Robert Zieler.
Claudio Ranieri's Leicester immediately went on the offensive at the start of the second half. Islam Slimani forced a good save out of Pickford and Danny Drinkwater put an effort just wide of the post minutes later.
Slimani got Leicester back into the match with a bullet header from six yards out with an hour played. They had to wait another 20 minutes for the equaliser and it came from an unlikely source. Marc Albrighton's cross was only cleared as far as the edge of the area where Christian Fuchs fired the ball through a sea of bodies and past Pickford to earn the Foxes a point and break Sunderland hearts.
Tottenham 3-0 Swansea
Goals from Mousa Dembele, Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane gave Tottenham all three points against Swansea. Dembele opened the scoring after 14 minutes as he fired one low into the bottom right corner from the edge of the area. Eriksen doubled the lead five minutes before half-time, playing a neat one-two with Kane before curling his effort into the top corner.
Swansea created the better chances in the second half but Toby Alderweireld produced an impeccable performance in defence to repeatedly frustrate Bob Bradley's men.
Harry Kane rounded off a fantastic afternoon for Spurs by tapping in from Dele Alli's cross with twelve minutes left on the clock.
West Brom 0-1 Watford
Roberto Pereyra's late winner was all that separated these two sides in an evenly-matched game.
Both teams created plenty of chances over the 90 minutes with West Brom's Salomon Rondon spurning the best chance of the match when he blazed over from inside 10 yards.
It was Pereyra who provided the game's decisive moment. He latched onto a loose ball 30 yards from goal and powered a shot into the back of the net from just inside the area with three minutes left on the clock.
Fulham 2-0 Reading
Over in the Sky Bet Championship, Floyd Ayite's first-half brace is enough to see Fulham claim the points and end Reading's winning run.
The visitors arrived in third place following five successive victories but find themselves two goals behind after the Togo international opened is account for the season decisively.
Reading edged the encounter in terms of shots but only managed to get five of their 16 efforts on target amid a downpour at Craven Cottage.