Monday Night Football will sadly be bereft of Gary Neville from this day forward but don’t let that get you down. Everton v Crystal Palace never fails to disappoint and the day before that the attention of the other side of Merseyside will be on the North East for a Newcastle v Liverpool fixture that almost always has goals and incident.
Newcastle v Liverpool
Last weekend’s 5-1 defeat at Crystal Palace was a watershed moment for Steve McClaren’s Newcastle side and facing a rejuvenated Liverpool side will do nothing for the Geordies’ confidence. McClaren has overseen a defence that has conceded a massive 30 goals in just 14 games this season and the goal difference sits at a sorry -16 – the worst in the Premier League. Even worse than Aston Villa. Trying to predict which Newcastle players will turn up on a weekly basis from a daily fantasy football standpoint is very hard. You could pick any of the quartet including Georginio Wijnaldum, Ayoze Perez, Moussa Sissoko, and Papiss Cisse and end up with tidy 40 points or a distinctly average 5 points. As for the defensive players, expect the same. Strong rearguard action or an absolute battering. Liverpool are far easier to predict and have only lost once since Jurgen Klopp arrived. Philippe Coutinho’s last three games have resulted in huge double digit output in excess of 20 points each time. Daniel Sturridge, if fit, has four goals in his last three games against Newcastle and two of those came in a 6-0 win at St James’ Park on 27 April 2013.
Who to Pick?
Moussa Sissoko, Newcastle United ($4,300)
Ayoze Perez, Newcastle United ($5,500)
Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool ($6,300)
Roberto Firmino, Liverpool ($4,800)
Everton v Crystal Palace
Two of the most exciting sides in the Premier League face off at Goodison Park on Monday Night Football and, if history is anything to go by, there will be goals. Everton come into the game with the best striker in the Premier League right now, except for Jamie Vardy, in Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian has hit a purple patch alongside Gerard Deulofeu and Ross Barkley. Of the 27 goals Everton have scored this season, 24 have involved a direct contribution from one of the trio and it shows just how hard it is to stop the Toffees in their tracks. This weekend could also see the return of cross-a-holic Leighton Baines at a price that is far below what he’s worth. Palace come into this game in a patch of form that is far from good and has been embellished by last week’s 5-1 win against Newcastle United. Yannick Bolasie picked up a brace in that game and the DR Congo international is bubbling nicely under the radar where daily fantasy football is concerned. Plus he scored here last season. Everton could double up on him given that Wilfried Zaha is suspended and Bakary Sako is injured, which would nullify his threat somewhat. Jason Puncheon is likely to be shifted out to the wing and don’t rule out Marouane Chamakh starting as number 10 behind Connor Wickham thus opening up an interesting new kink to Palace’s play.
Who to Pick?
Romelu Lukaku, Everton ($7,900)
Ross Barkley, Everton ($7,000)
Yannick Bolasie, Crystal Palace ($5,400)
Connor Wickham, Crystal Palace ($3,700)