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Arsenal v Cardiff
Arsenal’s job this year just got a bit simpler. They are coming off a FA cup loss in a season where the FA Cup needed not be a goal. The flip side of that saw them lose 2 central defenders for the time being. This means they will need to piecemeal the back line. At least their opponent this week doesn’t present an overrunning offensive punch. This will allow them to build something going into their weekend match with City. Cardiff would need a herculean effort to get a result if we believe their recent play. They got waxed by Tottenham at home, managed a draw with Huddersfield, and then got thumped by Newcastle. With Bournemouth preparing to visit them over the weekend, they will likely be trying to escape with a draw.
I like Arsenal in this one, but I don’t like a clean sheet. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are where I would start in this matchup, in that order. Cardiff presents usable targets on Fanduel with their central defense. Sol Bamba will be plenty busy all match.
Fulham v Brighton
Brighton has been better on the road, as of late, but I don’t expect it to really continue. They have not had sustained success all season on the road and they are traveling to a team that is sneakily on the rise. Fulham still has plenty to work on but their last 3 home matches have seen them lose (late) to Tottenham, shutout Huddersfield, and draw with Wolves. That last one is the one that speaks volumes to me. The Wolves defensive prowess on the road is elite. If we snapshot the last 3 weeks, Fulham has actually been twice as good as Brighton in the attacking sense. Fulham still has defensive issues to work out but I am less worried about that in this matchup.
Aleksandar Mitrovic has a wonderful matchup. Brighton has had trouble defending forwards all season, despite having a fairly solid pair of centerbacks in Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy. I like the Fulham side, mostly, and will have further plays from this game
Huddersfield v Everton
I will likely be staying away from this match, in large part. These 2 squads have faced off 4 times before and only once has it gone over 2.5 goals. The model doesn’t favor that record getting better. My favorite plays are the keepers. I shade more to Jordan Pickford than Jonas Lossl, but both are in play. We could very well see this play to a low draw. This entire match is GPP.
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Wolverhampton v West Ham
I find this match to the most interesting one of the day. The history says it will finish under 2.5 goals, but both teams are in their element. I would not be shocked to find this one shoot out a little bit. Let’s start with the home side. West Ham has been vulnerable to forwards. They tend to play a fast pace on the road and press as much as they can. If this game gets at a fast pace, I think Raul Jimenez will have plenty of space to work with and plenty of chances. The visitors present some GPP opportunities. I am looking towards central options up and down the lineup.
Manchester United v Burnley
The Burnley bus is rolling into Manchester and it is parking itself in their goal box and setting the emergency brake. It’s all Red Devils in this one, but I’m not convinced that you need to go nuts jamming them all in your lineup. Marcus Rashford will garner a lot of ownership (for good reason) and if you go with him, he may be all you can fit. He is the highest-priced player on both sites.
Newcastle v Manchester City
Another City slate, another City stack. My model lists them as the high scoring team of the slate and I will be proceeding accordingly. Not that this is the week to make up ground but City needs to keep pace and they need to make a statement. Newcastle is vulnerable to forwards and I like attacking them from the left. That means Leroy Sane is in play in any format and whoever starts at central forward is a potential GPP play.
That’s the game breakdown for this week. Remember, this is a top-level view and things can change. Of course, you know about the most important hour in the soccer DFS world. We will always have free content but the good stuff is saved for the ones who are willing to go the extra step. If you have any questions, hit me up in the coaching channels or find me on twitter @TreyJ989..We will stand with you if you stand with us. Good luck this week!