A quick turnaround in the Premier League after some interesting mid-week games, with round 25 kicking off this Saturday.
A quick turnaround for the team at PlayON as well, but they’re up to the task, with competitions already live for the Saturday games.
To help you maximise your winnings potential, I have chosen my best plays for the day’s games, from must have guns to cost-cutting value plays, with the odd sneaky POD pick thrown in for good measure.
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Brighton v Watford
Losses for both last out and just one win each in the last five. Brighton, in particular, will be disappointed after throwing away a two goal lead to lose to Fulham midweek.
Three meetings at Premier League level so far and we’ve had one Seagulls’ win, one Hornets’ win and a draw. Watford won 2-0 back in August, but might find the return leg a bit tougher. Sitting on the fence for DFS and picking forwards on both sides.
Tipped him in as a POD play last round and Glenn Murray (£10.1m) delivered, with two goals, his firs strikes in eight games.
He may still be something of a POD for this round, as his average is still lower than expected at 760. Don’t let that fool you though, now he’s back among the goals, he could be a real danger here.
Although I’ve tipped the forwards, I cannot overlook the fact that José Holebas (£6.5m) has three goals and SEVEN assists for the season, including one last out and two in his last three.
Seemingly not shy of pushing on, if he snags another assist here the points will be handy at the price.
Possibly going to be overlooked by many given he’s averaging under 1000 and has not hit the heights of last season, but Pascal Groß (£9.1m) now has a goal and assist in his last two. If he takes that form into this one, he could be one to set your side apart.
Burnley v Southampton
Almost a great win for the Clarets last out, as they surrendered a 2-0 lead late to take just a point from Old Trafford. Southampton drew with Palace to maintain a four game unbeaten streak.
Seven clashes at top flight level before this one and Burnley lead 3-2 in terms of wins. The last two have been draws though and that could be where this is heading. Hopefully a score draw, so I’m avoiding defenders.
Trying to keep my record of tipping someone back into scoring form after Murray last week, I’m backing Danny Ings ($9.4m) this week. Seven goals for the season show what he can do. He hasn’t netted in six rounds, but he has only played four of those and has still maintained a 1200 average.
Must be worth a punt here?
Scoring in his third game in a row, James Ward-Prowse (£7.6m) is a man in form and his 1440 average shows it!
Can he go four in a row? If so, he’s an absolute bargain.
Averaging under 830 will mean many will overlook him, but three in his last five is more like the Chris Wood (£9.1m) we know.
Now he’s remembered where the net is, take advantage of his potential low ownership while it lasts.
Chelsea v Huddersfield
A shock heavy defeat for Chelsea at Bournemouth on Wednesday makes it two losses in a row. Two losses for Huddersfield too, but they also have just two wins for the season and none in recent weeks.
Just the three matchups at this level since the Terriers were promoted in 2017. Chelsea have won two of them with a 1-1- in between. It finished 3-0 earlier this terms though, and that’s what I’m backing again. Blues to come back firing, lock their players in.
No Morata anymore, does Eden Hazard (£16m) pick up the slack? A near 15000 average says probably, but he’ll cost you an arm and a leg, so there may be better options elsewhere.
Man of the match in just 35 minutes on return, the Terriers have missed Aaron Mooy (£9.8m).
If they are any chance of causing an upset here, it will come through the Aussie midfielder and his 1350 average, making him the best average-price ratio on offer in this game.
Do you risk jumping on Gonzalo Higuaín (£8.8m) straight away? Given Morata has been shipped out on loan, probably.
If he hits the ground running, you could get the added benefit of low ownership in his early days.
Crystal Palace v Fulham
A great come from behind win by Fulham against Brighton, while Palace dropped two points from a leading position against Southampton. Both results ended a run of a couple of losses for the sides.
Just five clashes between the two and it’s honours even. Two wins each, one draw and both winning one home and away. To keep the symmetry going, this would have to be a draw, which is my preferred result. Avoiding defenders then.
Goals nine and ten for the season against Brighton, Aleksander Mitrovic (£12.4m) was the second player in the game to break a scoring drought and reach ten for the season, after Murray.
Confidence renewed and no Kamara to steal his penalties, he could prosper again here.
Playing his first full game for the club, Ryan Babel (£8.8m) provided two assists last out. That takes him to a 1090 average and makes him the best value for money outfielder in this one.
If Fulham are to turn their fortunes around, Babel and Mitrovic will likely play a big part.
Everton v Wolves
Everton held on with ten men to beat Huddersfield midweek while Wolves ran riot over West Ham. The sides couldn’t be any closer on the ladder, with just one place and two points separating them.
Of the nine previous meetings, the most frequent result has been a draw- five of them in fact. From the other four, the Toffees have three wins to Wolves’ one.
The reverse fixture finished 2-2 and I wouldn’t be surprised if this was somewhere similar. Not a great deal of clean sheets for either side, so backing in the forwards on both teams seems to be the play for PlayON.
Two more goals for Raúl Jiménez (£11.2m) against West Ham. He now has eight goals seven assists for the season and looks good value for one of either in most games.
Everton love to concede, and Jiménez would be the likely beneficiary.
Following up his hat-trick with an assist, Diogo Jota (£11.3m)’s near-1500 average means he’s value even with his price creeping towards the higher end. One of the danger men in this for the visitors.
Injuries to Digne and Baines could see a start granted to Jonjoe Kenny (£5.4m) in this. The 400 average is not making him stand out for anyone, so if he does get a run, he probably does so not featuring in too many DFS sides.
In his handful of appearances this season, he has already managed an assist too. Eyes on the teamsheets for this one!
Cardiff v Bournemouth
Closing out the day, the Cherries travel to Cardiff on the back of spanking Chelsea 4-0 and moving to two wins from two and into the top half. Cardiff went down 2-1 to Arsenal last out and remain in the drop zone with one win in five.
Just the one meeting at this level for the sides, which came in the opening round and finished 2-0 Bournemouth. Riding high on confidence after last round, I can’t see any other result in this and am opting for their players for my sides.
With Wilson out for a month, someone needed to step up to the plate. That someone was Joshua King (£10.6m) with two goals and an assist against Chelsea.
Eight goals, three assists for the season now, he will lead the line again here and is a good chance for more goals and a score above his 1150 average.
Cherries youngster David Brooks (£9.3m) continued his good form this term with a goal and assist against the Blues, taking his to six goals four assists after 24 games of his debut Premier League season.
Even though his price has moved from where he started, it is still lower than his current DFS average of 1250.
Once you head over the PlayON lobby and enter your teams, that’s Saturday done and dusted. Don’t’ worry though, there are still two more days’ of games to come, so check back in for Sunday and Monday previews.