The second contest slate of the weekend includes Sunday’s three games and ends on Monday with a great game between Arsenal and Liverpool. In today’s EPL Targets I will be analyzing some of the best plays for this slate of games and point out some of the best values based on price. Also follow me on Twitter (@jwl_15) for injury and lineup updates throughout the day.
Sunday & Monday’s Contests
Petr Cech – ($5,300) – Arsenal – Cech picked up his first Premier League win as an Arsenal player last weekend against Crystal Palace. He made three saves and was not at fault for the Joel Ward goal, as the strike was unstoppable. He has a more difficult matchup on Monday against Liverpool, but they are still trying to figure things out with some of their new signing. Cech has always played well in big games and this is Arsenal’s biggest so far this season.
Joe Hart – ($4,800) – Manchester City – Hart has been outstanding so far this season, as has the Manchester City defenders. He recorded his second clean sheet of the season against a high powered Chelsea team last weekend. Although he wasn’t troubled very often, he made three key saves to preserve the Manchester City statement win. I expect him to do the same this Sunday against Everton and the very much in-form Romelu Lukaku.
Tim Howard – ($4,100) – Everton – With some of the top teams playing in this slate, cheaper goalies will be hard to come by or are expected to struggle. The best value keeper out there will be Tim Howard and an Everton team that recorded their first clean sheet of the season last weekend. Howard made four saves against a strong Southampton team and will have a very difficult task against Manchester City this weekend. Howard should expect plenty of action in front of him, but I expect him to put up big numbers in his current form.
Nathaniel Clyne – ($4,400) – Liverpool – Clyne continues to look like one of the biggest steals of the offseason as he stakes his claim for the top right back in the Premier League right now. Clyne has been outstanding both offensively and defensively for Liverpool and will look to build on his success against Arsenal. Crystal Palace’s full backs were very influential against Arsenal and I expect Liverpool’s to have even more of an impact on Monday.
Seamus Coleman – ($6,000) – Everton – Coleman had a huge week last weekend in Everton’s 3-0 win over Southampton. He picked up his first assist on the season and made three additional crosses. As long as the Lukaku and Kone partnership continues to shine, Coleman will be a great play each week with his ability to get forward from right back. More importantly, he was able to help Everton earn a clean sheet against Southampton, but that will be very difficult this weekend against Manchester City.
Joe Gomez – ($3,300) – Liverpool – As mentioned when discussing Nathaniel Clyne, Arsenal struggled containing the likes of Joel Ward and Pape Souare last weekend. I think both of Liverpool’s fullbacks will have a field day, especially if Liverpool can build a few counter attacks. Gomez is one of those fullbacks that I expect to remain in the starting eleven and at $3,300 he retains his spot on the values list for the third straight week.
Vincent Kompany – ($3,900) – Manchester City – Kompany should probably be considered a “Stud” given his start to the season, but his price still makes him a great value play. He scored his second goal of the season last weekend and also picked up the coveted clean sheet bonus against Chelsea. Kompany has been in top form defensively and on set pieces, making him a threat from anywhere on the field. Just a little advice for your Sunday-Monday slate of games…play Kompany!
Ross Barkley – ($7,600) – Everton – As I mentioned before the opening weekend, I think Ross Barkley is going to have a breakout season. Last weekend he scored another goal and recorded his first assist on the season against Southampton. Manchester City is next on the calendar for Everton and I expect Barkley to continue his great form against other world class talents in the opposition’s midfield. The Barkley/Toure battle in the midfield will be fun to watch.
David Silva – ($8,500) – Manchester City – In his first two games of the season, Silva is showing us why he is still considered one of the top midfielders in the world. He now has a goal and three assists in only two games after he recorded two assists last weekend. He obviously has Aguero, Bony, and Toure as the main goal scoring threats on the field, but as Sterling continues to develop for Manchester City I foresee plenty more assists for Silva in the future.
Fernandinho – ($3,700) – Manchester City – Fernandinho has been a staple in that Manchester City midfield for awhile now and he continues to develop his game. He is more known for his defensive abilities, but he scored a stunning goal last weekend against Chelsea. I doubt his rare goal leads to a goal scoring streak, but it’s just another threat for Manchester City moving forward. At only $3,700, he could be a great value play since he is almost guaranteed to play 90 minutes and Manchester City will score goals. My best bet is that assists are more likely moving forward this season for Fernandinho.
Emre Can – ($4,200) – Liverpool – Last season Can showed his versatility playing in the midfield and every position in defense at one point or another during the season. So far this season he has seemed to have lost his place in the team, but that could change this weekend. Jordan Henderson, who picked up an assist last weekend, also picked up an injury and is questionable against Arsenal. If Henderson is out, then expect Can to fill into a similar role in the midfield. Liverpool may opt to play Roberto Firmino in a more advanced role instead, so look for Firmino to also be a value play ($6,300 at Forward) depending on who is in the starting eleven.
Sergio Aguero – ($10,700) – Manchester City – Aguero once again finds himself as the top play for this slate of games and for good reason. He took seven shots last weekend and scored his first goal of the season as he strives for another Golden Boot. Everton are coming off a clean sheet last week, but will have to be in top form if they want to stop Sergio Aguero and the high powered Manchester City attack that scored three goals against the defending champions last weekend.
Graziano Pelle – ($8,400) – Southampton – Pelle was unable to get on the score sheet last weekend against Everton, but it was not for the lack of trying. He took seven shots, one of which actually hit the target, and looked dangerous the entire game. Tim Howard and the Everton defenders stood strong, but I doubt Watford FC will be able to do the same. I have a good feeling Pelle will get back on the score sheet on Sunday.
Arouna Kone – ($5,500) – Everton – Everton attackers have a very difficult matchup this weekend against Manchester City, which is why I didn’t include Romelu Lukaku as one of the “studs” for this weekend after his two goal performance. I did however include Arouna Kone because of his significantly lower price than Lukaku, and his early season production. Kone received his first start of the season against Southampton and rewarded his team with his second assist on the season, adding to his goal he scored on the opening weekend. I expect Kone to be partnered with Lukaku once again and at $5,500, he will be a great value play on Sunday.
Troy Deeney – ($5,500) – Watford FC – Deeney was another striker that failed to score last weekend, but had plenty of opportunities. He took four shots, but was unable to score in a goalless draw against West Brom. He now faces a Southampton team that gave up three goals to Everton last weekend and have been very shaky in defense. I think this week is the week Deeney finally gets his Premier League goal we have been expecting.