FanDuel Premier League Matches to Target in Matchweek 24
Matchweek 24 in the Premier League begins just three days after the conclusion of Matchweek 23. FanDuel will have a seven-game slate on Saturday, and it excludes the match of the day (Chelsea versus Arsenal).
Tottenham is a heavy favorite over Middlesbrough, and Liverpool will likely be a popular team for their matchup with Hull City. But their respective opponents do not bring enough intrigue to target the fixture.
Instead, our focus is on a couple of mid-table battles.
Everton vs. Bournemouth
Everton were held to a tie against Stoke on Wednesday despite having 53% of the possession and managing 14 shots. They have now gone six matches without a loss and have scored 13 goals in that time frame. The last two games Everton have played at home at Goodison Park were both wins with a combined score of 7-0.
That streak will likely not worry Bournemouth as the Cherries won against Everton in September and earned points in two of the last three matchups between the two sides. Of course, Bournemouth’s form is a bit more sporadic coming off a loss to Crystal Palace. Before the shutout against Palace, the Cherries had scored nine goals in the previous four games.
One goal wasn't enough, so Bournemouth scored two in three minutes #PLonNBC pic.twitter.com/SJrRWxqVbg
— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) January 3, 2017
Bournemouth have averaged more possession per match than Everton this year. Unfortunately, they only average approximately 12 shots per match, which ranks right in the middle of the league. They have also allowed over 13 shots per match, which is 10th in the Premier League. Bournemouth is 14th in the table, but only three points out of ninth place. In other words, they have been a very average squad.
Bournemouth have been inconsistent in all facets of the game. Although one player has left the club, their top four rated players this season are all defenders. However, they have given up 41 goals and allowed three or more goals in nine matches.
Not one attacker has been relied upon this season as Callum Wilson leads the team with a meager six goals. Five other active players have at least three goals. Wilson is out for the rest of the season, so Joshua King and Benik Afobe will need to pick up the slack.
Everton’s consistency has come with a change in lineup that has sparked the team. Tom Davies has been a catalyst, and manager Ronald Koeman has driven confidence across the pitch.
Seamus Coleman has bounced back from a rough season last year. Romelu Lukaku has scored three goals in his last five games in all competitions and is consistently playing 90 minutes. He is a favorite to score again this weekend. Lukaku ($10,600) is the game's most expensive player while Coleman is $6,500.
Bournemouth will want to bounce back, and Everton still has a chance at European play. Neither team should sit back in this one.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Stoke City
The over/under on this match is only two goals, so not many eyes will be on it. The benefit of that is low ownership and value plays across the pitch.
West Brom have won three of their last five matches, but the Baggies are likely disappointed with the draw at Middlesbrough after being denied twice by the woodwork. Luckily, the Baggies have been a better attacking team at home in The Hawthorns. They have scored eight goals in the last four Premier League matches in their home ground.
Matt Phillips and Chris Brunt have been the driving force of the Baggies’ attack. Both players will cost less than $7,000.
Stoke is not going to roll over just because they are away from home. They beat Sunderland 3-1 in their last away match and have scored at least one goal in their last eight games away from home. They are currently riding a four-game unbeaten streak.
Peter Crouch has had a resurgence, scoring four goals in his last six games across all competitions. Some sites are giving him 5/2 odds to score against West Brom. Crouch’s goal against Everton was his 100th Premier League tally. He is the third-most expensive player available in this match at $7,600.
Peter Crouch scores his 100th Premier League goal! pic.twitter.com/NU9ij10ATJ
— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) February 1, 2017
Marko Arnautovic has had a hand in 40 Premier League goals for Stoke City since debuting for the club, but he came out of the game on Wednesday after taking a hard fall. Saido Berahino came on and showed promise in a short amount of time, even forcing a save off the line. If Arnautovic cannot go, then Berahino is a good value play at $6,800.