Premier League: 4 FanDuel Value Plays for Matchweek 32
Six of the top 10 teams in the Premier League will be in action on the six-game FanDuel slate this Saturday.
Despite the best teams being on the fixture list, there are only nine players listed above $9,000, but we still need to uncover strong value plays.
|Saturday, April 8th|
|Hull City at Manchester City|
|Burnley at Middlesbrough|
|Swansea City at West Ham|
|Southampton at West Brom|
|Liverpool at Stoke City|
|Chelsea at Bournemouth|
The chalk plays will come from Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City. However, the value comes from elsewhere on the schedule, so let's get right into it.
Saido Berahino, Stoke City
FanDuel Price: $6,700
Berahino has just recently been thrust into the starting lineup for Stoke as they look to finish in the top half of the league. He has started the last four matches coming out somewhere around the 70th minute. He will get to take on a Liverpool side not known for its defense and is expected to start as the lone striker.
Liverpool only has one clean sheet this calendar year despite a good run of form with five games unbeaten. Liverpool matches have seen a league-high 105 goals scored, and Stoke have only lost once in their last nine Premier League home games.
The statistics point to Stoke being able to get on the score sheet this weekend.
Berahino first #PremierLeague goal #thfc #mufc #afc https://t.co/2x5LgPfm5y
— Bachatero (@vidacomoda) August 24, 2015
Berahino believes it is just a matter of time before he finds the net as the striker's journey to the starting role in the Stoke team was tumultuous. He showed good connection with Marko Arnautovic against Burnley as a three-man front line was formed. Berahino played provider on several occasions in the match, but Arnautovic was not able to convert.
It's clear that Berahino is getting the feel of the game again, so the match up with Liverpool bodes well for the 23-year-old forward.
Wayne Routledge, Swansea City
FanDuel Price: $4,700
Routledge scored a goal against Tottenham on Wednesday, but his price stayed low making him a great value as the Swans head to West Ham. He is expected to start on the right side of a three-man front line. Swansea are hoping to extend West Ham's losing streak to six matches.
This was Wayne Routledge's 182nd Premier League appearance for Swansea City - more than any other player.
He marked it with a goal. 😎 pic.twitter.com/HmbZtEhz4e
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) April 5, 2017
Routledge has averaged close to one chance created per match and should have a chance to surpass his average at the London Stadium. Routledge has been inconsistent this season, picking up only three goals in 26 appearances. In many ways, his performance is reflective of his team's, which fell back into the relegation zone after midweek action.
Taking Routledge is a high-risk, high-reward proposition as it means counting on a goal to get the most from the low price tag. However, West Ham have allowed 57 goals this season, third-most in the league. They have only won five matches at home this season and given up 27 goals in the 15 matches played. The Hammers have conceded 13 goals on their current five-game losing streak.
Simon Francis, Bournemouth
FanDuel Price: $5,500
Bournemouth host Chelsea in the last game of the day. Chelsea is a big favorite and will likely keep the pressure on Bournemouth all day, so Francis and his back line counterparts should rack up points for defensive actions.
Francis averages eight defensive actions per match from his center back position while making only five defensive errors in 27 appearances. In the return fixture with Chelsea, Francis was credited with six defensive actions and also created two chances. Francis has created 18 chances on the year.
He is the cheapest of the expected starters on Bournemouth's back line and gives your team a shot at racking up plenty of points with Chelsea on the front foot all day.
Fraser Forster, Southampton
FanDuel Price: $6,300
Forster is one of the cheapest starting keepers on the slate and will get to face a West Brom side that has not scored in their last two games. West Brom have also failed to score in five of their last seven Premier League games against Southampton. Southampton have allowed no more than one goal in each of their last three games.
Forster will likely be low owned as players gravitate toward Thibaut Courtois and Willy Caballero with Chelsea and Manchester City, respectively, both highly favored. Southampton may be in a less advantageous position, but there is a definite chance for a clean sheet.
Good luck this weekend.