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Crystal Palace v West Ham
We have two teams heading in opposite directions. Crystal Palace is trending upwards in their quest for quality chances and starting to trend in the right direction defensively. The opposite is the case for West Ham. They have had some tough games and this should be a welcome opponent on paper. I am worried about West Ham’s ability to create quality shots. They should get an increase in attempts but this is a tough place to score. I do think the style could bring both teams to celebrate at points during the match, but I like Palace to get the victory in the end.
Despite a rough go last week, I am still on the Andros Townsend bandwagon. He comes with a floor, could play alongside the new, shiny toy in Michy Batshuayi, and should see a little bit of a depressed ownership. Add in that Wilfried Zaha should return, more of a cash play in his own right, and he has a good chance for attacking returns. West Ham is simply gpp.
Huddersfield v Arsenal
So Huddersfield eh? I’m going to keep this one pretty short. Huddersfield has been unable to get across the line. Given how Arsenal plays on the road, I wouldn’t be shocked to see Steve Mounie score but I’m not going to pin my hopes on him. Arsenal is still down off their high to start the season. It’s not unexpected, as they were scoring way above the chances they were creating, but it should turn around at some point, right?
This doesn’t feel like the week where Arsenal lights it up. Frankly, I’m worried about their road form. The game looks to be playing to the under and, one way or another, that makes it a gpp game for me. Huddersfield is vulnerable to forwards and the Arsenal forwards are expensive for the matchup. I like Alexandre Lacazette but feel free to pick one.
Liverpool v Bournemouth
Something is up with Liverpool. They have some injuries on defense but they aren’t creating as many quality shots as they are accustomed. Maybe it’s a lack of quality defensive players executing the press. Maybe it’s something else. Looking at the numbers, the possession numbers aren’t changing but the scoring has.
To tie in with that, Bournemouth should be able to take advantage of their limited opportunities. I like both teams to score but Liverpool to do enough to get the deed done. The race for the Premier League title should have been all but over but a couple draws allowed City back in the race. Bournemouth is gpp, of course, but I like Sadio Mane in any format. He has been one of the more all-around productive squad members, as of late.
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Southampton v Cardiff
This is another potential low-scoring match. These 2 squads have faced each other 6 times in the last 10 years and only twice has the result gone over 2.5 goals. This one has the feel of a 1-1 finish. The easiest players to pick out are the defenders. Matt Targett plays on draftkings. Jan Bednarek and Sol Bamba play on Fanduel. I like them as cash plays.
Watford v Everton
Watford has been one of my favorite teams to use in dfs this season, especially on the road. Alas, they are not on the road this week and their recent form has been so terrible. They have been trending downward and allowing goals. Everton isn’t that far off, as of late. With both teams allowing plenty of quality shots, we could maybe see goals.
This is a tough match to identify. The safer players are expensive in a match that could just as easily see 2 goals as 4. I would treat this as a gpp match and act accordingly.
Brighton v Burnley
We have come to the exciting end of the slate. With it, I would like to welcome back the hammer match. Both sides have been shooting well and conceding quality chances. The history doesn’t say offensive explosion but I think the conditions are right to see a few at cheap ownership. We will dig deeper into this in our coaching channel. I guess you’ll just have to be there to see where we land.
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!