Premier League games return with a vengeance this weekend with a healthy eight game slate set for Saturday including an intriguing clash between Manchester City and Liverpool to finish things off. Welcome back!

Watford v Manchester United

Louis van Gaal has changed United from a team that absolutely cannot defend to one that is the best at the back in the Premier League. When it comes to that category, newly promoted Watford run them very close and this has all the makings of a very defensive contest. With Anthony Martial likely out, this is the kind of game that Juan Mata has the chance to really shine in. The teeny Spaniard playmaker occupies a wide position for United and right now is far more likely to bring some big points to the table than the likes of Wayne Rooney or flavour-of-last-summer Memphis Depay. Jesse Lingard, meanwhile, is still cheap yet there’s no guarantee he’ll start. David de Gea and any of the four United defenders also figure to pick up clean sheets. The same goes for Watford’s trusty band of defenders. Heurelho Gomes, on the other hand, made his first mistake last time out against Leicester City in what has otherwise been a flawless season and it wouldn’t be particularly surprising if that starts to become a “thing” for the Brazilian.

Players to Watch

Heurelho Gomes, Watford ($3,100)
Odion Ighalo, Watford ($5,200)
David de Gea, Manchester United ($4,400)
Juan Mata, Manchester United ($6,600)


Chelsea v Norwich

Norwich City are above Chelsea in the Premier League. Not something you thought you’d hear in late November. Nevertheless, it’s completely true and means that this one is a relegation six pointer of sorts. Relying on these two sides to keep any clean sheets is miles away from a given and Robbie Brady, who started the season as a defender for Alex Neil’s Norwich side, has pushed forwards and is revelling in the new points system that offers big rewards for crosses. Chelsea have been torrid against balls into the area this season and that in mind it would be sensible to pick up either Cameron Jerome or Dieumerci Mbokani depending on who starts. Even so, Jose Mourinho hasn’t really struggled in home games against some of the lesser lights and Willian has been the X-Factor for the Special One. There is still a big question mark against Diego Costa, who has failed to spark into life yet this season, and Alex Neil tends to have a foolproof plan for opposing attacks.

Players to Watch

Willian, Chelsea ($5,500)
Cesar Azpilicueta, Chelsea ($3,600)
Dieumerci Mbokani, Norwich City ($3,500)
Robbie Brady, Norwich City ($5,000)


Everton v Aston Villa

Remi Garde gets his first taste of a Premier League away match when his basement dwelling Aston Villa side visit Roberto Martinez’s exciting Everton. Villa were impressive last time out against City in so much as they didn’t lose the game and kept their shape very well. Problems remain at the other end of the pitch in that they are the joint lowest scorers in the league with a measly 10 goals. It’s already November and Rudy Gestede is doing a passable impression of someone that can only really be arsed with football for 55 minutes per game maximum. The good news for users is that Romelu Lukaku can once again be leaned upon for points and has scored in his last three appearances against Villa. At the other end of the pitch, Seamus Coleman will enjoy himself down a Villa left that is now bereft of Jordan Amavi for the season. The chance of a clean sheet makes Coleman an even more attractive choice.

Players to Watch

Seamus Coleman, Everton ($4,200)
Romelu Lukaku, Everton ($7,400)
Alan Hutton, Aston Villa ($3,200)
Jordan Ayew, Aston Villa ($3,800)


Newcastle v Leicester

This season’s surprise package, Leicester City, could be stopped in their tracks by Steve McClaren’s stubborn Newcastle United team. Jamie Vardy has a good shot at equalling Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of scoring in 10 consecutive Premier League games and his chance conversion rate inside the area remains high thus suggesting he has an excellent opportunity of entering the record books. Remember to take into account that the in-form striker had to withdraw from the England squad due to an injury and Claudio Ranieri may even use him off the bench due to that – something that he did successfully with fellow in-form forward Riyad Mahrez last month. Ayoze Perez has hit some form recently and with Leicester’s central defenders on the slow side he’s a good shout to exploit this. Neither team’s defence or goalkeeper can be relied upon and a score draw is as good a prediction as any.

Players to Watch

Jamie Vardy, Leicester City ($7,600)
Jeffrey Schlupp, Leicester City ($3,600)
Ayoze Perez, Newcastle United ($5,300)
Georginio Wijnaldum, Newcastle United ($4,800)


Southampton v Stoke

Only Arsenal are in better form than these two sides and a match between the pair has plenty of interest for daily fantasy football players. Southampton forward Graziano Pelle is at the same level of form that drew so many rave reviews at the start of last season and he loves the home comforts of St Mary’s. Stack him with either Ryan Bertrand or Dusan Tadic and you’ve got a very high chance of racking up some points. The only stumbling block is that Pelle’s form is more than matched by the goalkeeping exploits of Jack Butland, which has him pushing for the number one spot with England. Two points per save gives him a huge upside even if he doesn’t come away with a clean sheet. Further up the pitch, the tandem of Glen Johnson and Xherdan Shaqiri bears a lot of fruit when it comes to crosses and assists. If I was stick my neck out I’d go for a narrow Southampton win. There will only be a goal in it though.

Players to Watch

Graziano Pelle, Southampton ($7,000)
Dusan Tadic, Southampton ($7,500)
Jack Butland, Stoke City ($3,400)
Xherdan Shaqiri, Stoke City ($4,700)


Swansea City v AFC Bournemouth

Two of the worst sides in the form table face off down in South Wales in a game that will see one of them get back on track. Swansea were one of the early season pace-setters and have failed in front of goal ever since, Bafetimbi Gomis epitomising that struggle by scoring four goals but failing to net since August. Bournemouth are porous enough at the back, especially away from home, for that run to end, yet beyond Andre Ayew, Gylfi Sigurdsson and possibly left back Neil Taylor, it’s hard to make a compelling case for any of their players. The visitors are in a bad place where form is concerned mainly due to the fact that almost every single legitimate top-drawer player they have is injured. It has left Eddie Howe with a shell of a squad and Garry Monk will be licking his lips. Matt Ritchie, and his propensity to cross at every opportunity, is the one remaining ace in Howe’s deck and has been consistently performing at a level befitting of the league he’s in. The advantage of picking anyone from this game is that the top scoring players are slightly underpriced and both defences are far from rock solid.

Players to Watch

Andre Ayew, Swansea City ($5,400)
Neil Taylor, Swansea City ($3,100)
Matt Ritchie, Bournemouth ($5,500)
Junior Stanislas, Bournemouth ($3,300)


West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal

Two conflicting styles come face-to-face at The Hawthorns where Tony Pulis’ dour defensive team faces one of the most exciting sides in the league in Arsenal. West Brom haven’t beaten Arsenal at home in six straight games and this time won’t be any different. Pulis’ side struggles against pace and as long as Alexis Sanchez plays, he’ll cause the hosts a lot of problems. Mesut Özil is still the top assister anywhere in Europe and his link-up play with Sanchez and Olivier Giroud makes West Brom’s chances less than favourable here. One success story for the Baggies has been Salomon Rondon. The Venezuelan has three goals and an assist in 10 games whilst being a genuine handful for a lot of defences. Whether he has enough to trouble Arsenal remains to be seen. Otherwise, Boaz Myhill’s save count could hit the double figures and be the low-owned goalkeeper that contributes to your win.

Players to Watch

Mesut Özil, Arsenal ($7,000)
Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal ($8,100)
Salomon Rondon, West Brom ($4,200)
Boaz Myhill, West Brom ($2,700)


Manchester City v Liverpool

Games between the top sides in the EPL often disappoint yet this one feels like it’ll be different. Jurgen Klopp has been slowly trying to transform his Liverpool side into the “gegenpressen” team that he had in Dortmund. Daniel Sturridge won’t be back for this game and City don’t struggle hugely against powerful striker’s ala Christian Benteke. Sergio Agüero is tipped to return this week and only Jamie Vardy is ahead of him in goals per game. His value remains high yet the midfield supply line that he has is by far and away the best in the league and the Argentinean tends to revel in home fixtures, regardless of the opposition. Kevin de Bruyne remains City’s best weapon besides Agüero and has only failed to register a points total in the double figures once in the Premier League. David Silva is also likely to be available this weekend and his low price will probably only be around this week, so grab him while you can.

Players to Watch

Sergio Aguero, Manchester City ($7,500)
Kevin de Bruyne, Manchester City ($7,400)
James Milner, Liverpool ($4,600)
Alberto Moreno, Liverpool ($4,300)