This time of year Premier League action takes a back seat to the faux excitement of the transfer window and this weekend’s results will have a bearing on the final week of the window. Arsenal may have a realistic chance at beating Chelsea now that Jose Mourinho has departed and Swansea look for their first win ever at Goodison Park. Get all the quirky statistics right here.
Everton v Swansea
Swansea will be under the management of Francesco Guidolin for the first time when they visit an off-form Everton. There are always plenty of goals at Goodison Park, Everton’s 23 home goals trailing just Man City and they have conceded a league high 20 goals on home soil. Everton haven’t won at home in four games and they haven’t won in four leagues games at any venue. The caveat to that is three of those games were battling draws against Tottenham, Man City and Chelsea. Swansea got back to winning ways on Monday night with a 1-0 win over Watford that dragged them out of the relegation zone. Even though he didn’t score in that game, Gylfi Sigurdsson has scored twice in three games and, along with Andre Ayew, the two provide Swansea’s best chance to get points for your team. Swansea have never beaten Everton in the league and the last three games between the two have been draws.
Who to pick?
Romelu Lukaku, Everton ($7,900)
Leighton Baines, Everton ($4,800)
Andre Ayew, Swansea ($5,300)
Gylfi Sigurdsson, Swansea ($6,100)
Arsenal v Chelsea
Arsenal could be off the top when their derby against Chelsea kicks off and it’s a game where we will see a number of big players make their returns. The home side should have Mesut Özil and Alexis Sanchez back from injury, have won four games in a row at home, and haven’t lost at the Emirates Stadium since the opening day of the season. Jose Mourinho always had the ‘Indian sign’ over Arsene Wenger and Arsenal have not scored a Premier League goal against Chelsea since January 2013. Chelsea haven’t lost at the Emirates since 2010 and didn’t lose under Jose Mourinho in the league against Arsenal. Now they have a new man in charge in the shape of Guus Hiddink, who remains unbeaten since taking the reigns from the Portuguese. Eden Hazard should return for the away side and history is on Hiddink’s side – his last visit here in 2009 ending in a 4-1 reverse for Chelsea.
Who to pick?
Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal ($7,300)
Joel Campbell, Arsenal ($5,000)
Willian, Chelsea ($8,000)
Diego Costa, Chelsea ($6,600)