The Premier League has saved two mouthwatering clashes for Sunday afternoon with two of the top five sides in action. Chelsea can continue their mini-revival under new boss Guus Hiddink at Crystal Palace whereas Everton v Tottenham closes out the weekend. We’ve broken it all down right here.
Crystal Palace v Chelsea
Guus Hiddink is unbeaten in the two games since he arrived at Stamford Bridge and faces a tough task to make it three at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace. The South Londoners haven’t lost in six games and will be disappointed to have picked up a pair of goalless draws over Christmas against Bournemouth and Swansea. A run of three wins in four games coincided with Connor Wickham’s return as the main focal point of the attack and his injury is a major reason for the lack of attacking impetus over the last two games. Yohan Cabaye is missing due to suspension and Yannick Bolasie’s absence only adds to their struggles at the top end of the pitch. Chelsea have looked better since Hiddink returned and even kept a clean sheet on December 28, albeit against a toothless Manchester United. Diego Costa will want to stretch his scoring run to two games after being suspended for that United game. Remember, though, that this is still the same back four that has conceded 29 goals this season. Each of the last five games between these two has been decided by a one goal margin and none has produced more than three goals.
Who to pick
Jason Puncheon, Crystal Palace ($4,900)
Wayne Hennessey, Crystal Palace ($3,700)
Willian, Chelsea ($7,300)
Diego Costa, Chelsea ($6,100)
Everton v Tottenham Hotspur
Two of the nearly teams of recent years close up the weekend slate as Everton host Spurs at Goodison Park. Everton’s last gasp loss to Stoke on December 28 will have felt like a hefty punch to the stomach after they came from behind to lead with just 10 minutes remaining. Romelu Lukaku drew level with Jamie Vardy at the top of the Premier League goal scoring chart by adding another brace to make it 15 for the season, 10 of those goals coming in his last nine Premier League games. Spurs have won their last three games and have their own in-form striker in 11-goal Harry Kane who is guaranteed to start every game due to the lack of options at the centre forward position for Mauricio Pochettino. Spurs are unbeaten in six games against Everton although that has included three draws and the goal total has rarely passed three. Expect a tight game, especially considering the packed Christmas schedule that both teams just endured.
Who to pick
Romelu Lukaku, Everton ($8,300)
Gerard Deulofeu, Everton ($5,600)
Harry Kane, Tottenham ($7,700)
Dele Alli, Tottenham ($4,800)