FanDuel Premier League Matches to Target in Matchweek 8
The week after the international break always creates a unique situation in the Premier League.
Two high-profile strikers, Sergio Agüero and Romelu Lukaku, are among those who return to their club team with injury concerns. Meanwhile, players such as Dusan Tadic and Dimitri Payet continued their great form but will have to recover in time for the weekend matches in England.
Not many matches will have a high degree of certainty if players were involved in international play and managers work on their squad rotation as schedules get heavy. However, a few matches move to the top as potential gold mines for FanDuel players.
Crystal Palace vs. West Ham
Payet will look to continue his form and move West Ham out of the relegation zone. Meanwhile, Crystal Palace will look to improve on their current top-10 standing on the back of three wins and two draws over their last five.
Fireworks are expected as Selhurst Park hosts the late game on Saturday. These teams have combined for four goals in each of their last four Premier League fixtures. West Ham escaped Palace with a 3-1 victory last October, but they have yet to find their form this season.
West Ham have only secured four points and have a minus-nine goal differential. That is second-worst mark in the league through the first seven match weeks. Despite the bad record, West Ham has managed to score in four of their last five matches.
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West Ham players not away on international duty stayed busy training rather than getting a few days away. Manager Slaven Bilic is trying to get his team to focus and move out of their early hole. Many members of the squad were called up for international duty, but the news of Aaron Cresswell's return to training is the most encouraging news of the week.
Cresswell looks set to return on the outside of the back line. He should be able to get a few crosses in and bolster the West Ham back line. Cresswell is just £5.7 million on FanDuel making him a sneaky, contrarian play with a high ceiling.
Payet and Michail Antonio are both priced over £11 million on FanDuel and are expected to see the field on Saturday. They have been West Ham's best players and are worthy of consideration in this match. Due to injuries up front, they could be joined on the field by the struggling Zaza, who has yet to fire a shot on target. Zaza is a value striker at just £6.5 million.
There are no questions at forward for Palace as Christian Benteke is on a great run of form. He scored a goal for Belgium this week in a matter of seconds. Benteke credits his recent play to luck, but his Palace teammates have been able to feed the big striker. Palace is unbeaten since Benteke's arrival. He has maintained a good attitude after his move and is being rewarded in front of goal. Benteke is averaging over 18 FanDuel points per match in that stretch and is still reasonably priced at £8.1 million.
Palace's midfield is not as high priced as their counterparts. Yohan Cabaye looks to be healthy again and was given more time to rest as an unused substitute in France's match against Bulgaria last weekend. He could go back to corner kick duties against West Ham as well. A return to form and a clean bill of health for Cabaye will strengthen an already solid midfield for Palace.
That midfield is led by Jason Puncheon, who has created over 20 chances and registered 17 successful corners. With the help of Puncheon, Palace have registered the most crosses in the league.
All of these factors make it easy to think that the trend of four goals scored should continue.
Arsenal vs. Swansea City
Bob Bradley probably would have liked a different opponent for his first match in charge of Swansea. However, the American must deal with one of the most explosive teams in the Premier League.
To make matters worse for Bradley, Shkodran Mustafi has helped make Arsenal a good defensive team. He is being touted as both athletic and intelligent while providing the experience Arsenal needed despite being just 24 years old. Both Mustafi and his center back partner Laurent Koscielny are averaging 20 FanDuel points with Koscielny registering two games over 30 since Mustafi's debut. Mustafi is £7.7 million with Koscielny coming in at £7.4 million.
There is more balance in the midfield for the Gunners as Alex Iwobi continues to emerge opposite Mesut Ozil. Iwobi has three assists and is gaining praise from his teammates. He also scored a goal for Nigeria this week. Iwobi is £7.7 million on FanDuel providing some value away from Ozil, who is Arsenal's second-highest priced player.
Not only has Bradley needed to get familiar with his players and prepare for one of the best teams in the league in a short period of time but also downplay talk of being a pioneer. It is unlikely that the Swans have gelled in the small time Bradley has been in charge, so their defensive issues are likely to continue against the Gunners.
Swansea lead the league in big chances conceded over that last six weeks. They have also allowed 69 shots in the box over that time period. On the opposite side of the ball, Swansea has only scored two goals in three away games.
However, if one believes in Bradley's counter-attacking style and 4-2-3-1 formation, there are a couple cheap options that should be focal points for the team. Jefferson Montero, if he has moved past his ankle injury, is just £5.7 million while Ki Sung-yeung is £5.4 million. Gylfi Sigurdsson remains the main trigger man for the Swans.
This match still favors Arsenal to score plenty of goals and potentially pull off another clean sheet. Remember taking a risk can pay off on FanDuel, so getting a garbage time goal from a Swansea player with the game well in hand would set you apart from the field.