Two of the most exciting games in this Premier League weekend are saved until last as Spurs play West Ham in a proper old school rivalry match before Sunderland make the arduous trip to London to play Palace on Monday night.
Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United
Before Dimitri Payet went down injured this looked like a close game. Now it’s hard to see anything but a Tottenham win. Payet has been involved in 35% of West Ham’s Premier League goals and it’s very hard to work out who will take his place and do even half as good a job. The opposite is the case for Tottenham. Harry Kane’s 22 goals in 2015 is the most of anyone in the Premier League and his link up play with Christian Eriksen is something for Slaven Bilic’s men to keep a handle on. West Ham will have confidence in the fact that Spurs haven’t beaten them here in two straight seasons and Alex Song’s return to fitness could allow Cheikhou Kouyate in a more advanced role that will allow him to be more expressive. Wingers Victor Moses and Manuel Lanzini will see a lot of the ball and the cross count will be high thanks to Andy Carroll’s status as centre forward.
Players to Watch
Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur ($7,300)
Christian Eriksen, Tottenham Hotspur ($6,400)
Manuel Lanzini, West Ham United ($3,600)
Cheikhou Kouyate, West Ham United ($3,100)
Crystal Palace v Sunderland
The weekend closes out on Monday Night Football with Sunderland visiting Crystal Palace in what should be a victory for the home side. Sam Allardyce has failed to deliver a bump in his side’s fortunes since arriving a little over a month ago, save the usual derby success against Newcastle that almost every Black Cats’ boss seems to manage. All eyes will be on Costel Pantilimon to see if he can keep out a Palace side that feels like it is due to thump someone any day now. The international break came at the right time for Alan Pardew with Connor Wickham and Marouane Chamakh expected to be fit to return. Only Yannick Bolasie and Bakary Sako played international football out of the attacking quad that also includes Jason Puncheon and Wilfried Zaha. Stacking up on one of them plus Yohan Cabaye is recommended. On the Sunderland side of things, Steven Fletcher is in a rich vein of form for club and country plus he always seems to grab a goal at Selhurst.
Players to Watch
Wilfried Zaha, Crystal Palace ($4,000)
Yannick Bolasie, Crystal Palace ($4,900)
Costel Pantilimon, Sunderland ($2,800)
Steven Fletcher, Sunderland ($3,900)