FanDuel Premier League Trends to Know for Matchweek 19
The next Premier League main slate hits FanDuel at 10:00 a.m. EST on Thursday with eight games as a part of the Boxing Day celebrations in England. The only teams not in action on Thursday are Manchester City and Wolverhampton, with Tottenham and Brighton playing the early game. The highlight of the day is first-place Liverpool versus second-place Leicester.
|Thursday, December 26|
|Arsenal at Bournemouth|
|Norwich at Aston Villa|
|Southampton at Chelsea|
|West Ham at Crystal Palace|
|Burnley at Everton|
|Watford at Sheffield|
|Newcastle at Manchester United|
|Liverpool at Leicester|
Let's look at the teams and players that are rising and falling this week.
Burnley has won the last two games and, to no one's surprise, they've done it through defense. Both games have ended in 1-0 score lines as they've moved nine points clear of the relegation zone. Last week against Bournemouth, Burnley conceded over 65% of possession and did not allow a shot on target. The possession was not as lopsided in the previous matchweek against Newcastle, but they were unable to put a shot on target either. Burnley won the October match with Everton 1-0 to continue the theme. Everton just made a switch at manager, so it is unclear how they will trot out against Burnley. Regardless, Burnley will be content to play defense and find something on the counter.
Player: Willian, Chelsea
Willian had two goals in the first half to see off Tottenham on Sunday. One was a penalty, which he slotted home without any trouble. He now has four goals in the Premier League, which is one more than all of last season. In the past five games across all competitions, Willian has 39 crosses, which includes two matches of 11 crosses. Chelsea gets a good matchup with Southampton on Thursday. Chelsea have won four of the last five against Southampton, with the October match ending in a 4-1 win for the Blues. Willian picked up an assist in that match up.
Boxing Day History: Manchester United
An interesting note for this Boxing Day is that Manchester United average the most points per game on the holiday of any team.They are comfortably at number one and have lost just twice since the 1992/93 season. They beat Huddersfield 3-1 last season. They are heavy favorites against Newcastle with 2-0 as the top scoreline according to the FanDuel sportsbook.
Team: Crystal Palace
Speaking specifically to Palace's recent home record ahead of hosting West Ham, it may not be a happy Boxing day. They have lost three of their last five at Selhurst Park. Palace have a -5 goal differential at home, which matches the latest results. Of course it isn't just the recent home form. The last two matches hosted by Palace between Palace and West Ham have ended in a draw. Palace should also have a bad taste in their mouth after a poor showing against Newcastle. They could not finish on their opportunities despite 16 total shots. Only four were on target and none found the back of the net. Palace had more possession as well.
Player: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arsenal
Aubameyang is going through a cold spell as he has not scored or provided an assist in three appearances. It does not help that Arsenal's offense has been very stagnant over the past two matches. Aubmeyang has failed to register a shot on target in three of the last five matches. He has also failed to draw a foul in five of his last seven across all competitions. Aubameyang has pitched in virtually nothing defensively. The match against Bournemouth may be a good cure for the slump, but they have allowed one goal or less in three of the last four games.
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