FanDuel Premier League Matches to Target in Matchweek 28
After a week of cup action, the Premier League returns on Saturday. Two teams are not in action this weekend, but FanDuel will still have a six-game main slate on Saturday. The relegation battle will again be in focus.
|Saturday, February 24th|
|Newcastle at Bournemouth|
|Swansea at Brighton|
|Southampton at Burnley|
|West Ham at Liverpool|
|Huddersfield at West Brom|
|Everton at Watford|
Liverpool are the biggest favorite of the slate, which is likely not a surprise. The match at Liverpool also has the biggest total of the slate with three games sitting on an over/under of just two goals.
Since it sticks out so much on this slate, let's start at Anfield
Liverpool vs. West Ham
Liverpool have scored four goals in each of the last two league games against West Ham, but the Hammers have scored at least two goals in three of the last five. Liverpool have netted the second-most goals in the league, but they have given up 31 goals. That is the most among the top-five teams, which is something an improved West Ham team surely knows.
The three most expensive players on the slate are from Liverpool. Mohamed Salah is averaging nearly 31 FanDuel points per game while Roberto Firmino's average is up to 24.1. Sadio Mane is third on the price list and averages almost 20 fantasy points per game, but he is coming off a hat trick on Valentine's Day in the Champions League against Porto. Salah and Firmino both scored in that game, as well.
Sadio Mane copying celebrations is the greatest thing you'll ever see 😂pic.twitter.com/Uc0DZ5wmKB
— AnfieldNation (@AnfieldNation) February 16, 2018
Salah scored twice and Mane added two assists in the return fixture earlier this season against West Ham. Even though these players are priced high, they warrant attention with their production, especially at home. Liverpool are undefeated in their last 15 home Premier League matches.
West Ham will have an uphill battle on the road. They have a lengthy injury list that includes Manuel Lanzini, who was the goal scorer in the return fixture. However, West Ham have lost only 2 of their last 11 matches across all competitions. There have also been more than 2.5 goals in six of the last seven West Ham away matches.
Chicharito has scored a goal in three of his last four Premier League games, taking advantage of the Hammers' injuries. Despite his recent form, his price is only $7,500, making him a nice value play for the weekend as he plays in the middle of the West Ham attack.
Michail Antonio has scored in three of his four appearances against Liverpool, but he may not start in the front three. Joao Mario, priced at $7,000, should make his fourth appearance for West Ham and round out the front three.
Watford vs. Everton
Everton holds the edge in this matchup, but this fixture has ended 3-2 in two of the last three EPL meetings between these clubs. There is a bit of uncertainty with this fixture, as well, with neither team coming in with great form as well as Everton's struggles on the road. There have been more than 2.5 goals in each of Everton's last three away matches. The same total in Watford's last five home games signifies this game should not go scoreless.
Gylfi Sigurdsson returned to the starting lineup in the last matchweek and tallied a goal and an assist. He should start on the left side of attack, but he will likely have plenty of freedom to roam. With Watford having failed to keep a clean sheet in their last seven home matches, the Everton front four have great appeal. However, Sigurdsson has the highest points per game total of any of the players expected to start on Saturday.
💥 | Gylfi Sigurdsson's strike against @SouthamptonFC has also been nominated for November's @PremierLeague Goal of the Month. #EFC
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— Everton (@Everton) December 6, 2017
Cenk Tosun has had some trouble adapting to the Premier League, but he feels he benefited from Everton's recent training camp. He is expected to start again at the front of attack, partially because of the long list of injuries that Everton face.
The safest bet for Watford is Abdoulaye Doucoure. He is having a good season and has influenced the offense more under new manager Javi Gracia. His touches in the box have doubled under Gracia, which has increased his shot production. He now averages a bit more than 22 FanDuel points per game and is priced at $9,500.
This game comes with great all-around appeal despite both teams looking set for a mid-table finish.
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