With a slightly meaningless international break looming for the home nations, this weekend’s slate of Premier League games is your last dollop of action for two weeks. So enjoy it!


AFC Bournemouth v Newcastle United

AFC Bournemouth go into this game in a wretched run of form that has been almost the direct result of an unprecedented injury crisis and will find relief at facing a Newcastle United side that is fighting for its life in the same relegation dogfight. The form of Matt Ritchie for the hosts has been a high point and his link up with forward Glenn Murray is something to watch out for. Newcastle don’t defend well against height and this is an extremely favourable matchup for the two of them. Ayoze Pérez is a big play for fantasy purposes given his pace and the sheer volume of crosses that the Spaniard floats into the box. The problem remains that there’s no one to really get on the end of the deliveries and, save the 6-2 win over Norwich City, goals have been hard to come by. Aleksandar Mitrović has played against harder defences than this and if he keeps his discipline will fancy his chances.

Players to Watch

Matt Ritchie, AFC Bournemouth ($4,200)
Glenn Murray, AFC Bournemouth ($4,100)
Ayoze Pérez, Newcastle United ($5,000)
Aleksandar Mitrović, Newcastle United ($4,500)


Sunderland v Southampton

The green shoots of recovery at Sunderland were firmly extinguished last weekend by Everton and Southampton will be licking their lips as a result. Unfortunately for the visitors, Graziano Pelle still hasn’t shaken the “I can’t score away from home” monkey off his back. It means that Sadio Mané will be leant on for points in almost all columns. Three goals and an assist in five games is as a good a form as you’ll find and considering that fact, his price feels low. Even though they got battered last time out, Sunderland are no longer a pushover under Sam Allardyce. His side had more shots on target than any other team last weekend and Southampton are nowhere near as strong defensively as the past two seasons. Patrick van Aanholt’s designation as a defender combined with the copious amount of time he spends getting forward makes him an attractive cheap option. That only gets better when you factor in that a clean sheet isn’t completely out of the question for Big Sam’s Black Cats.

Players to Watch

Patrick van Aanholt, Sunderland ($2,300)
Steven Fletcher, Sunderland ($3,900)
Ryan Bertrand, Southampton ($2,900)
Sadio Mané, Southampton ($6,900)


West Ham United v Everton

West Ham United’s away form took an almighty hit last week at Watford and with Everton coming off the back of a 6-2 win over Sunderland this is an interesting one. When Arouna Koné scored a hat-trick last weekend it came like a Randy Orton-esque attack and this week it will be the turn of Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian has scored in his last six games against West Ham in league and cup competitions, and West Ham’s home form has left a lot to be desired this season. On the the home side of things, last week was a rare quiet outing for Dimitri Payet and once he clicks with Andy Carroll it’s going to be a point fest. That could be this week given the threadbare look of Everton’s back four.

Players to Watch

Dimitri Payet, West Ham United ($7,000)
Andy Carroll, West Ham United ($4,000)
Romelu Lukaku, Everton ($7,200)
Gerard Deulofeu, Everton ($4,100)

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Norwich City v Swansea City

Swansea City have faded badly since the opening weeks of the season and defeat last time out at home to Arsenal meant that only Aston Villa has a worst record over the past six games. Norwich City on the other hand battled admirably to a 2-1 loss at Manchester City and possibly deserved more. The lack of top class talent, however, has stunted them, especially at the defensive end of the pitch. Only Bournemouth and Sunderland have conceded more goals. That in mind, stay away from Norwich City defenders – however cheap they may look. André Ayew has still looked very dangerous despite Swansea’s poor form and should build on his five goals with another one here. Gylfi Sigurdsson is another to look at this week given the inclusion of corners and free kicks in the crossing category as part of the new scoring rules. For Norwich, Nathan Redmond or Robbie Brady are safe choices. Swansea don’t defend well against set pieces or crosses and both of them pepper opposing defences with them. As additional gambles go, Dieumerci Mbokani isn’t the safest but he does have two goals in his last four games. The question mark beside that man’s name is whether he will start the game. If he misses out, late swap him for Cameron Jerome.

Players to Watch

Nathan Redmond, Norwich City ($4,300)
Robbie Brady, Norwich City ($4,200)
Gylfi Sigurdsson, Swansea City ($5,200)
André Ayew, Swansea City ($5,600)


Leicester City v Watford

How about a game between two teams that make you feel all warm inside? That’s what you get with Leicester City v Watford. Leicester picked up another come-from-behind win last weekend with Jamie Vardy scoring for an eighth successive game. Watford are also no mugs and surprised everyone by beating West Ham United. The visitors have their own in form striker in the shape of Odion Ighalo, who has an incredibly solid understanding with Troy Deeney, is regularly underpriced, and has contributed to four goals in two games (two goals and two assists). At the back Heurelho Gomes makes a lot of saves, however, he won’t get the win or clean sheet here. That’s because of that man Vardy, who should make it to nine successive games scoring. With the new points scoring system that counts set pieces as crosses, Riyad Mahrez and Marc Albrighton look more valuable by the week and Christian Fuchs is another to add to this list, coming with the added bonus that he has a slim chance at a clean sheet.

Players to Watch

Jamie Vardy, Leicester City ($7,200)
Marc Albrighton, Leicester City ($5,600)
Christian Fuchs, Leicester City ($2,300)
Odion Ighalo, Watford ($5,400)
Heurelho Gomes, Watford ($3,200)


Manchester Utd v West Bromwich Albion

If there was ever a game to stack up on defenders this is it. Manchester United’s play has been widely pilloried for being negative and this was epitomised by the last two weeks (two 0-0 draws). West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis is possibly the only person on planet football that would be delighted if his team were doing the same thing. Against a similarly defensive Newcastle United side earlier this season Louis van Gaal’s Red Army struggled to break through and stacking up on David de Gea plus Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo would be a wise move. Attacking-wise Anthony Martial is the choice and you only have to look at the Baggies’ visit to Crystal Palace early in the season to see how much they struggle against raw pace. West Brom have actually won on their last two visits to Old Trafford and last season Boaz Myhill performed heroics to save Pulis’ bacon. You wouldn’t put it past the Welshman to do similarly this time round and if you’ve got the balls to do it, stack up on West Brom defenders as well. This could easily end up 0-0.

Players to Watch

David de Gea, Manchester United ($4,000)
Anthony Martial, Manchester United ($6,300)
Boaz Myhill, West Bromwich Albion ($2,800)
Salomón Rondón, West Bromwich Albion ($4,300)


Stoke City v Chelsea

Chelsea carried on the race to Jose Mourinho being sacked by losing 3-1 to Liverpool last week and Stoke City will be confident. How the game will go is anyone’s guess and you’d like to think Chelsea will prevail. This is 14th v 15th place though and the Londoners are very topsy-turvy in terms of form coming into this. Stoke have been bloody awful at home this season and find themselves in the top half of the form table thanks to a couple of away wins. Make no bones about it: any other season, Chelsea would be a dead cert. Willian remains the most consistent player Mourinho has at his disposal and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a big contribution from the Brazilian here. Beyond that, it’s slim pickings. Diego Costa will score at some point although he could just as well be dismissed for rising to the bait offered up by the opposing defenders. On the other side, Glen Johnson loves nothing more than to maraude forward at any given opportunity and combines nicely with Xherdan Shaqiri down the right hand side. Given Chelsea’s poor run against big strikers, could Peter Crouch be cracking out the robot in the final 10 minutes?

Players to Watch

Glen Johnson, Stoke City ($3,600)
Xherdan Shaqiri, Stoke City ($4,600)
Willian, Chelsea ($5,000)
Diego Costa, Chelsea ($6,600)