FanDuel Premier League Matches to Target in Matchweek 3
After just two weeks of play in the Premier League the expected names are rising to the top of the points-per-match list.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sergio Agüero, Philippe Coutinho, and Riyad Mahrez are among those averaging over 30 points per game on FanDuel. These big names, if fit, should continue to find success this week with favorable matchups.
The games to target this week follow the same theme as the players leading the pack. The games are the headliners of the weekend as only two matches feature teams expected to finish in the top eight.
Tottenham vs. Liverpool
Liverpool has gone 31 matches without a goalless draw while Tottenham has gone 26 matches. That is one and two in the league. Needless to say, all signs point to goals in this one, so picking central defenders is not advised. In fact, the game props favor a 1-1 or 2-1 finish.
White Hart Lane will host the first match of the weekend with Spurs coming off a victory over Crystal Palace. Harry Kane is no longer the main focus of the attack with Vincent Janssen playing a bigger role. Dele Alli could be back in the squad at the opening whistle to provide even more options for Spurs up front.
With Liverpool giving up the joint-most goals in the league through two weeks, expect Kane to get plenty of chances. However, the biggest narrative among the attackers is that Kane has never scored a Premier League goal in August, so it may be best to look for value among the forwards. Alli will cost £11.5 million on FanDuel while Kane comes in at £13.4 million. Janssen is the bargain at just £4.5 million.
Mauricio on @LFC team news: "Hugo is still out and @mousadembele is suspended. Everyone else is fit." #COYS pic.twitter.com/yD1herO2iU
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 25, 2016
The Tottenham outside backs, Danny Rose and Kyle Walker, are both in play considering Liverpool's defensive record. Rose recorded 27.5 FanDuel points last week while Walker compiled 26.75 in the opening week of the Premier League. Tottenham is sixth in the league in crosses, so it is likely that Rose and Walker continue to get forward.
It is clear that Liverpool has attacking talent, but it is not clear how they will be employed on Saturday morning. Given that the Tottenham fullbacks like to join the attack, Liverpool may deploy a 4-3-3 with Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane as two of the main cogs. Coutinho is in doubt, Daniel Sturridge is not expected to start, and Divock Origi is likely not available. If all three sit out, then Marko Grujic could see more playing time. At just £4.2 million on FanDuel, Grujic would be a likely low-owned player with a high ceiling if he starts. Danny Ings is another option to fill a void created by injury. Ings is just £5.2 million.
Manchester City vs. West Ham
West Ham will travel to Manchester City after having their Europa League dreams crushed in midweek action. The Hammers will have to recover in time for a Sunday trip to City, one of four teams that have taken all six points through two weeks. To make the task even more difficult for West Ham, their opponents have scored the most goals in the league through two weeks.
1 - West Ham have won only one of their last six European games, all Europa League qualifiers (D2 L3). Hurdle.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 25, 2016
This game has the highest over-under in the Premier League during Matchweek 3. Manchester City is not the only reason the over-under has moved to three, as West Ham have scored in 15 successive Premier League matches, the longest current streak. The silver lining with an early loss in Europa League play is that West Ham can now focus solely on the Premier League and keeping their scoring record going. Still, the odds are not with the Hammers this weekend.
The emotional toll may be too much for West Ham on Sunday. They will likely struggle to maintain possession and defend the majority of the match. Agüero will try to wreak havoc on the back line and continue the torrid pace of 41.75 FanDuel points per game. Agüero is the highest-priced forward on FanDuel at £16 million, so putting him in the lineup will require value plays at other positions.
The biggest value for the attack-minded Citizens may be Raheem Sterling. He is priced at £9.2 million and is averaging close to 15 FanDuel points per match. Sterling has played in three matches across all competitions and has won two penalties and tallied three assists. Sterling has not scored yet this year and is not without critics, but his direct style is working.
All the usual suspects are in play for Manchester City. Their keeper may be a shred choice to put you above the competition, but the starter might not be available in all daily fantasy contests. City just signed Claudio Bravo as a better fit in the possession-style game of Pep Guardiola. Bravo will not have much time to prepare or train with his new teammates, so Willy Caballero at £5.6 million may be the play.
However, City is a huge favorite. If the oddsmakers are right, then the City keeper might not be very busy this week, but West Ham's nose for goal on the counter attack should provide several save opportunities.
There is a precedent for goals in this matchup. West Ham beat City 2-1 in the Etihad last season while the two teams tied 2-2 in the return match.
Enjoy Matchweek 3 of the Premier League, and good luck in your games this weekend.