Thanks to the Europa League, there’s another three Premier League games scheduled for the Sunday slate and one of them is only the North London Derby! What follows is a game-by-game breakdown of the trio and a run down of the players to watch to help you pick a winning team for Sunday’s contests on DraftKings.
Aston Villa v Manchester City
Rémi Garde is the new sheriff in town and his Villa side face a stiff test against a Manchester City that celebrated qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League on Tuesday night. Under outgoing manager Tim Sherwood, Villa won once (opening day vs Bournemouth) yet never got hammered by an opponent. Bad news for Villa is that City have scored 13 goals in four EPL games and have a rested Kevin de Bruyne raring to go. That spells trouble for the Villa back four and Wilfried Bony is a good enough finisher to capitalise when the service is this good. There’s even a small chance David Silva returns and should that be the case Villa will find it neigh-on impossible. Manuel Pellegrini also looks like he has sorted out the centre of his defence and Nicholas Otamendi has finally emerged as the partner Vincent Kompany has always pined after. As for Villa, a mistake from Joe Hart may be the only way in. A new manager can often mean a bump for the team involved. Sadly, the fact Villa are playing City eliminates this. Jordan Ayew has two in last three league games and Garde will be familiar with him from his time in France and Jordan Amavi is an attacking full back not afraid to swing in a cross or 10.
Players to Watch
Jordan Ayew, Aston Villa ($3,700)
Jordan Amavi, Aston Villa ($3,000)
Kevin de Bruyne, Manchester City ($7,100)
Raheem Sterling, Manchester City ($6,200)
Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur
Arsenal come into the game off the back of an absolutely hammering in Munich and will be bang up for bouncing back here against their greatest rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Mesut Özil is still in a bout of form that shows no signs of dissipating and it has resulted in league-high nine assists so far this season. Spurs are good defensively but this is a derby and form regularly goes straight out of the window where that’s concerned. Arsenal have injuries all down the right hand side of the team and a high pressing Spurs side winning the ball further up the pitch could exploit this. The return of Son Heung-Min is key to this and both Christian Eriksen and Érik Lamela figure to do well under the updated scoring system. Do take into account that Mauricio Pochettino did field an almost full strength side against Anderlecht on Thursday night and Arsenal have had an extra day’s rest. All in all, it looks on paper that this will be a score draw.
Players to Watch
Mesut Özil, Arsenal ($6,700)
Olivier Giroud, Arsenal ($6,300)
Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur ($7,200)
Érik Lamela, Tottenham Hotspur ($4,400)
Liverpool v Crystal Palace
Jürgen Klopp finally got his first Premier League win as Liverpool gaffer at Stamford Bridge last weekend and welcomes a depleted Crystal Palace side to Anfield on Sunday. Palace famously did the double over Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool charges last season and will be quietly confident. Alan Pardew’s side have struggled the past few weeks due to a lack of attacking options and are likely to use Connor Wickham from the start. That’s good news for fantasy players. Yannick Bolasie, Wilfried Zaha and Bakary Sako now have a target to aim crosses at and boy will they use it. On the flip side, Liverpool are still finding their ultimate identity under Klopp and haven’t lost since he arrived. Alberto Moreno, if you ignore the salary, has been the biggest beneficiary of Klopp’s arrival. Despite the fact there will be defending to do, Moreno will still bomb forwards and his link up with the front three is key. Liverpool have struggled in recent seasons against Crystal Palace and the 5,000-mile round trip to Russia for Thursday’s game against Rubin Kazan will have taken its toll. That’s before you consider that it was an almost a full strength side that he put out and a score draw is the likeliest outcome.
Players to Watch
Alberto Moreno, Liverpool ($3,800)
Christian Benteke, Liverpool ($6,500)
Yannick Bolasie, Crystal Palace ($4,600)
Wilfried Zaha, Crystal Palace ($4,000)