After a busy week of Champions League and Europa League action, there is no early game slated for Saturday and a big six games to get your teeth stuck into. The usual selection quandaries remain. Can Jamie Vardy break more records than he’s drunk bottles of WKD? Probably not. He does have the chance to own the consecutive goal scoring record outright this weekend though. The task of scoring a goal doesn’t come any tougher than a game against Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United side. Elsewhere, Villa are still searching for a first win under Remi Garde and it’s tricky to make a call on who will definitely win any of this weekend’s games. That’s been the Premier League all over this season and we’ve broken down each game to attempt to help you pick out some gems.

Aston Villa v Watford

Villa manager Remi Garde is still looking for his first win as the Premier League’s newest gaffer and the famous cliché that Watford are “no mugs” is getting quite an airing this season thus throwing a blanket over any plans for Garde to arrest his average run in charge. Looking at Villa’s team on paper there are hardly any players that get your juices going and Jordan Amavi, who gets closest to fitting that brief, is now out for the season. Garde is still feeling out a lot of the players at his disposal and, on the attacking side of things, only Jordan Ayew has been a constant in the starting XI so far. Watford, on the other hand, have a couple of red hot strikers in the shape of Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo, and a 2-0 win for the Hornets here would hardly be a surprise. Nor would a 0-0 draw.

Players to Watch

Jordan Ayew, Aston Villa ($3,900)
Alan Hutton, Aston Villa ($3,300)
Troy Deeney, Watford ($4,700)
Odion Ighalo, Watford ($5,300)


Bournemouth v Everton

Everton are everyone’s Premier League flavour of the month right now and with good reason after a frenetic start to the season and a trip to the South Coast to face Bournemouth is hardly the most daunting of tasks right now. Everton have only actually lost to Man City, Man Utd and Arsenal this season and are lethal in front of goal, something demonstrated by 11 goals in the last three games. It makes it all the simpler to build your lineup around Romelu Lukaku and one of Gerard Deulofeu or Ross Barkley. Bournemouth are exactly what a team devoid of almost all their attacking options should be: really poor. A front three of Junior Stanislas, Glenn Murray and Joshua King has a distinct mid-table Football League Championship feel to it. For daily fantasy purposes, Matt Ritchie remains very valuable and it goes without saying that you should steer well clear of any Bournemouth defenders.

Players to Watch

Matt Ritchie, Bournemouth ($5,700)
Junior Stanislas, Bournemouth ($3,600)
Romelu Lukaku, Everton ($7,600)
Ross Barkley, Everton ($6,700)


Crystal Palace v Newcastle United

Get ready for it: the first Alan Pardew derby of the season is on the horizon and the bad news is that these sides are two of the hardest to predict anything for. At time this season Palace have looked irresistible. Those games at Liverpool and Chelsea feel like a distant memory when set against current form that has seen them win just once in their last six games in all competitions. There is also a huge elephant in the room in the fact that no recognised striker has yet scored a league goal in 2015/16. Much of that is down to the long-term injuries suffered by Connor Wickham and Marouane Chamakh. Both are now back and the more game time they get, the more dangerous they become. Newcastle are teetering on the edge of the bottom three and are very week-to-week. Ayoze Perez remains a valuable commodity on daily fantasy football and Florian Thauvin’s performance off the bench last week was encouraging. Historically, Palace haven’t beaten Newcastle since 1998. This is a great chance to arrest that run, as long as the ball hits the back of the net.

Players to Watch

Yannick Bolasie, Crystal Palace ($5,200)
Yohan Cabaye, Crystal Palace ($5,700)
Ayoze Perez, Newcastle United ($5,400)
Georginio Wijnaldum, Newcastle United ($4,700)


Man City v Southampton

You can’t ignore the fact that Sergio Aguero is in the team and this is against a Southampton side that is far from water-tight defensively. David Silva still hasn’t return to the City lineup and will be another game-time decision this weekend. City still have Raheem Sterling, Kevin de Bruyne and Jesus Navas to provide ammunition for Aguero, though they miss that extra element of class from Silva. Southampton arrive in Manchester without talisman Graziano Pelle and have the option to play Shane Long through the middle in the hope that he benefits from the creativity of Dusan Tadic and Sadio Mane. The game changer here concerns City’s back four. If Manuel Pellegrini shows any sign of using both Martin Demichelis and Eliaquim Mangala then a repeat performance of last Sunday’s capitulation against Liverpool is by no means beyond the realms of possibility. The fact remains that City have beaten Southampton in their last five clashes at the Etihad.

Players to Watch

Sergio Aguero, Manchester City ($7,800)
Kevin de Bruyne, Manchester City ($7,500)
Shane Long, Southampton ($3,600)
Dusan Tadic, Southampton ($7,700)

Sunderland v Stoke

The Big Sam bandwagon is in motion following Monday’s win at Crystal Palace and a success here will lift The Black Cats out of the bottom three. Stoke, though, are made of stern stuff. Sam Allardyce is moulding this Sunderland team into the defensive unit that he knows and loves. That unit features three centre backs, and a pair attacking wing backs in the shape of Billy Jones and Patrick van Aanholt, with DeAndre Yedlin also vying for a spot out wide. Jermain Defoe and Steven Fletcher are beginning to develop a good understanding up front with those balls in from out wide likely to result in yet more goals. Mark Hughes has almost finished un-shackling Stoke from the Pulis reign and the signs are good. His Spanish infused omelette of home-grown and Iberian players has people mentioning the top seven. Stoke are a genuinely exciting attacking threat and Xherdan Shaqiri has been passed fit for this weekend’s game. His link-up play with Glen Johnson is something to keep tabs on, however, Allardyce’s 3-5-2 frustrated a Palace side that plays with power and speed down the flanks. It may be another afternoon to err on the side of caution and pick up Jack Butland, who has covered himself in glory almost every week this season.

Players to Watch

Patrick van Aanholt, Sunderland ($2,400)
Steven Fletcher, Sunderland ($4,000)
Xherdan Shaqiri, Stoke ($4,600)
Jack Butland, Stoke ($3,500)

Leicester v Man Utd

The day of reckoning for Jamie Vardy is upon us. Will he be having another party? This week is a tough one given that United have looked so efficient defensively this season and it might just be one game too far for Vardy’s record. The other train of thought goes like this: how can you go against a player in this type of form? A striker at the top of his game and with the confidence to continue is almost impossible to stop. Just ask Harry Kane. United lost here 5-3 last season and, although that shouldn’t be completely discounted, the current version of United is very different. Anthony Martial has looked the part since his arrival and, even though Wayne Rooney still isn’t scoring, goals tend to be spread around the team. Also bear in mind that Leicester have only played one of last season’s top four and got outclassed by Arsenal at the King Power Stadium in a 5-2 loss.

Players to Watch

Jamie Vardy, Leicester City ($7,900)
Riyad Mahrez, Leicester City ($8,000)
David de Gea, Manchester United ($4,200)
Anthony Martial, Manchester United ($6,100)