Premier League: 4 FanDuel Value Plays for Matchweek 33
The schedule at the end of the Premier League season is always a bit unpredictable as Cup competition winds down. Luckily, matchweek 33 still brings a large seven-game slate on FanDuel.
|Saturday, April 7th|
|Crystal Palace at Bournemouth|
|Huddersfield at Brighton|
|Newcastle at Leicester City|
|Tottenham at Stoke|
|Burnley at Watford|
|Swansea at West Brom|
|Manchester United at Manchester City|
Harry Kane is the most expensive player on the slate at $12,500. Only 18 healthy players are priced at or above $9,000. Two defenders are listed at $7,000. There are 32 defenders priced at or above $6,000. The keepers are priced between $6,000 and $4,500, with the highest-priced keeper, David De Gea, priced $500 more than normal.
With the lay of the land set, let's get to it.
Editor's note: Since publication, Christian Benteke has been ruled out with an injury.
Christian Benteke ($7,500): Benteke's goal-scoring form is not good this season, but he is still getting chances to start up top for Crystal Palace. He's also been given great odds to score this weekend.
Palace need this game much more than Bournemouth do. With Palace battling relegation, the assumption may be that their defensive record is worse, but Bournemouth have given up one more goal than Palace in EPL play this season. The Cherries have not had a clean sheet in their last seven matches.
Aside from this being a good matchup for a Palace team that has pacey and strong attackers, there is a narrative at play. In the reverse fixture, Benteke missed a penalty that he was not supposed to take and the match ended 2-2. Benteke will want that conversation to go away, and it will if he turns this game into a redemption story and helps Palace to safety.
Aaron Lennon ($6,000): Lennon is riding a hot streak for Burnley. He has scored nearly FanDuel 50 points in the last two games, notching an assist in each match. Burnley will have a good matchup this week against Watford, a team that has given up 10 goals in their last three games, and that should aid in Lennon's continued production.
Lennon sent in two crosses and created two chances last week. It was his fourth straight 90-minute match for Burnley, and now that he is getting time, he is producing. He is also averaging 3.6 defensive actions per match and has drawn at least one foul in each of the past three matches.
Watford's injury list remains lengthy and Burnley can still finish in the top six, so they have motivation to perform. Lennon has been a big part of their recent three-match winning streak and looks set to retain his spot for the remainder of the season.
Allan Nyom ($5,000): Nyom and West Brom are in a similar situation to Benteke and Palace. Everyone on the team is feeling the pressure to perform and will need to find a new level if the Baggies want to have any prayer of staying up. West Brom's situation is much worse than Palace's as a loss this weekend basically signals relegation.
Nyom has been getting a run over the last three matches, and his FanDuel output has been on the rise. He averages 6.1 defensive actions per match while playing all along the back line. He started last week in a wing-back role before moving to the back line.
Nyom gets more freedom in the wing-back role and has shown his ability to send in a tempting cross. West Brom need to take any chance they can get to get all three points, and Nyom will have to deliver on both sides of the ball.
Mat Ryan ($5,000): Brighton have lost their last two games by a score of 2-0, but those have come against teams with at least 13 more goals than this week's opponent, Huddersfield. The Terriers are tied with West Brom for the worst attack in the league, scoring a mere 25 goals in 32 league matches. Huddersfield have only 10 goals on the road in 16 matches.
Playing at home favors Brighton as they would be in eighth place on home record alone. As the team has held home court well, their keeper, Ryan, has been steady, coming in fifth in the league in saves with 94.
A Brighton clean sheet is two of the top three predictions for this match at Amex Stadium. Ryan can help Brighton inch one step closer to a second season in the Premier League if he delivers another good showing on Saturday.
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