Villa will once again be searching for a win to take them into double figures for the season following a weekend when their own fans laid into the side. There’s an intriguing clash between Bournemouth and West Ham plus the latest chance for Louis van Gaal to demonstrate his Man Utd side’s ability to pass the ball sideways. Every game is broken down below to give you the best chance to win your contests.
Aston Villa v Crystal Palace
Villa still haven’t won since the opening day of the season and at no point have they looked like doing so since Remi Garde arrived as manager. Palace have the fourth best away record in the Premier League and have lost just twice on their travels, at Tottenham and Leicester. The South Londoners have, however, suffered from a Pardew wobble over the festive period that has seen them go winless in three and not score at all over those games. That should change with the return of Bakary Sako and Yohan Cabaye plus the distinct possibility that Connor Wickham plays some part. Villa striker Jordan Ayew returns from suspension but right back Alan Hutton could be missing with a hamstring injury after being replaced during the game against Sunderland. Palace haven’t lost at Villa Park in the Premier League since 1998, which only actually translates to four games but should continue here.
Who to pick
Jordan Veretout, Aston Villa ($4,600)
Jordan Ayew, Aston Villa ($4,000)
Yohan Cabaye, Crystal Palace ($6,200)
Scott Dann, Crystal Palace ($2,800)
Bournemouth v West Ham
Looking back at the start of the season, Bournemouth’s visit to West Ham seemed like a home banker. Instead it was the afternoon Callum Wilson announced himself as a Premier League striker of some repute with a hat trick that gave the Cherries a first ever win in the top-flight. Bournemouth have the fourth best form in the Premier League, their only loss in the last six coming at Arsenal on December 28. Their recent form has masked the fact they haven’t actually scored in three games and the signing of Juan Iturbe, Benik Afobe and Lewis Grabban should remedy that. West Ham welcome Dimitri Payet back to the starting XI and it’s a good omen as they only lost three of 12 with him in the team to start the season. The Hammers also have the fifth best away record in the Premier League. Andy Carroll has scored in his last two games and it will be the first time we get to see Payet in the same starting XI as the Big Geordie. West Ham also have Winston Reid fit and ready for selection.
Who to pick
Matt Ritchie, Bournemouth ($6,100)
Junior Stanislas, Bournemouth ($5,000)
Andy Carroll, West Ham ($4,600)
Dimitri Payet, West Ham ($6,200)
Newcastle v Man Utd
Newcastle can climb out of the relegation zone with a win against a Manchester United side that had a torrid Christmas period. The Toon Army have problems at both ends of the pitch with only Aston Villa and Swansea scoring less goals this season, and Sunderland and Villa conceding more. Newcastle have not won in four games, scoring once in the process and even then it came against bottom side Aston Villa. United’s away form has seen them concede 13 goals in 10 games and Louis van Gaal’s Red Army haven’t won in three games away from the home comforts of Old Trafford. Rooney has two in three games against Newcastle, yet both came in one game and he is goalless in two. He has 11 career goals against Newcastle but most of them came early in his United career plus that number is over a span of 28 games.
Who to pick
Daryl Janmaat, Newcastle ($3,900)
Moussa Sissoko, Newcastle ($4,200)
Wayne Rooney, Man Utd ($6,400)
Anthony Martial, Man Utd ($6,300)