FanDuel Premier League Matches to Target in Matchweek 35
After a week in which almost every day included a Premier League match, the league will turn the page to Matchweek 35.
Some teams like Southampton and Arsenal are behind on total games played due to involvement in various cup competitions, with 6 of the 10 teams in action on the FanDuel main slate this Saturday will be playing their 35th match of the season.
|Saturday, April 29th|
|Leicester City at West Brom|
|Bournemouth at Sunderland|
|West Ham at Stoke City|
|Hull City at Southampton|
|Burnley at Crystal Palace|
Every match has the same over/under of 2.5 goals. Southampton and Crystal Palace are the biggest favorites in the slate, which features mostly teams from the bottom half of the table.
Let's get to the matches to target.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Leicester City
Neither of these teams have won in their last three, and West Brom have not scored in four matches. However, this matchup has a recent history of goals scored as the two teams have combined for 17 goals in their last four Premier League matches against each other.
Form is not good for West Brom, but they have won 9 of 17 matches played at home. They also hold a plus-seven goal differential when playing at The Hawthorns. They are still tied for most goals on headers with 14 on the season, so it makes sense that West Brom is in the top half of the long passes and crosses stat categories.
Leicester have lost three and drawn two after going on a six-game winning streak across all competitions. They were shut out twice in the last five games, but they have not been shut out in a Premier League match since the middle of February. Leicester is also out of Champions League competition and can focus on a good finish that could end in the top half of the table despite the disastrous start to the season.
Missing #lcfc this weekend? 😶
While we wait for our return to action, here's @vardy7's excellent recent goal at Crystal Palace 👏 pic.twitter.com/S4bgVEGc7S
— Leicester City (@LCFC) April 23, 2017
Beside the history of goals scored, this game is also appealing because no player is more than $9,000. Jamie Vardy is the game's most-expensive player at $8,800. The seven most-expensive players in the match are from Leicester. Nacer Chadli is West Brom's most-expensive player at just $7,000.
West Brom defenders Gareth McAuley and Craig Dawson have been the team's most reliable players. They both average over 16 points a match and cost less than $6,500. Wilfred Ndidi lead's Leicester in points per game with 22 and costs $8,100.
Still, the main reason this game is being featured is that goals are expected, so it will come down to picking the goal scorers.
Crystal Palace vs. Burnley
This is another matchup that has produced goals recently. Each of the last two matches between these two have resulted in a 3-2 final, with each team picking up a win. This is also the last match of the day, allowing you to sneak up the leaderboard at the end of the slate.
Crystal Palace is the favorite thanks to their recent form, having lost just twice in their last nine Premier League matches. They played second-place Tottenham tough in midweek action but fell 1-0.
Christian Benteke, Wilfried Zaha, and Luka Milivojevic have been the stars during Palace's recent run of good form. The Eagles would probably like one more win to feel completely safe from relegation.
GOAL!⚽️ Luka Milivojevic penalty (⌚️68 mins)
🦅 Crystal Palace 3-0 Arsenal🔴pic.twitter.com/ixC6l7H144
— CaughtOffside (@caughtoffside) April 10, 2017
Burnley does not feel safe and need to find a way to win just their second game in their last 12 matches. They have struggled to score, and their only clean sheets over that stretch have come against Sunderland and Middlesbrough, the two teams at the very bottom of the table.
Both teams are dealing with injuries or suspensions that will give some value guys a start this weekend. Damien Delaney ($5,000) is in line to get his first start in over two months. Joey Barton has been suspended by the Football Association, which means that Robbie Brady will get the job on set pieces and Ashley Westwood ($4,600) likely starts in the midfield. Johann Berg Gudmundsson, who had a 37.75-FanDuel-point performance against Crystal Palace earlier in the year, finally returned to action last weekend and could be ready to play a more important role for the Clarets in the final few matches.
Neither of these matches will jump off the page, but all teams involved, with the exception of West Brom, would like to win to secure their place in the league next season. West Brom just needs to break out of a funk.
As always, pay attention to the starting lineups on Saturday.