After a very weird day in the Premier League on Saturday, let’s hope Sunday is a little more predictable. 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.
Hugo Lloris – ($5,100) – Tottenham – Lloris earned his first clean sheet two weeks ago against Everton and will look to make it two in a row against Sunderland on Sunday. Sunderland actually has been fairly decent in attack so far this season, scoring at least one goal in each of their first four games. I expect Spurs to play very well and Lloris’s numbers will reflect that.
Kasper Schmeichel – ($5,300) – Leicester City – Schmeichel is yet to record a clean sheet and only earned double digit points once this season, but I expect that to change on Sunday. Schmeichel has a great matchup against Aston Villa, and despite not recording a clean sheet, Leicester City only gave up one goal in three of the four games so far this season.
Tim Krul – ($4,100) – Newcastle United – Krul has been spectacular so far this season, and is likely the best start of the week as he faces West Ham United. Krul is coming off back to back games with 18+ points facing Arsenal and Manchester United. He has made 17 saves over the last two games and despite not winning either game, he kept his Newcastle team alive throughout. I expect Krul to be a popular play on Sunday and I think his price makes him even more of an attractive play.
Danny Rose – ($4,100) – Tottenham – Danny Rose returned to the starting lineup two weeks ago and helped Spurs earn their first clean sheet of the season. Not only was Rose sound defensively, but he was able to get forward very often and made four crosses in route to a 12 point performance. Last time out Sunderland was shredded by fullback Jordan Amavi and I don’t see why Danny Rose won’t do the same.
Aaron Cresswell – ($5,200) – West Ham United – Cresswell is the highest priced defender for this slate and for good reason. He earned an assist in two straight games and will have a great chance to do the same against Newcastle United. Newcastle United haven’t scored a goal in three straight games and Cresswell will look to add a clean sheet bonus to his already intriguing attacking abilities.
DeAndre Yedlin – ($2,800) – Sunderland – Yedlin recently went on loan to Sunderland where he will hope to find more playing time than when he was at Tottenham. Yedlin has the pace and strength that can match with anyone in the Premier League, but his defending is a huge question. He is often played in a wide midfield position for the USMNT, but will need to figure out his best position quick if he wants playing time for Sunderland. If and when Yedlin gets a start, he will be a great value play with his ability to get forward.
Jordan Amavi – ($3,800) – Aston Villa – Amavi should be a very popular play this week given his price and recent performances. He recorded his first Premier League assist last match and will go up against a Leicester City team that has given up at least one goal in every game so far this season. I expect this to be a very open game and Amavi will provide the width with his overlapping runs for Aston Villa on Sunday.
Riyad Mahrez – ($8,900) – Leicester City – Mahrez had his first bad game of the year, making it only until halftime against Bournemouth last time out. Before that he scored over 20 points in each of his first three games and Mahrez should have a great chance to bounce back against Aston Villa on Sunday. Aston Villa has given up two goals in each of their last two games and Leicester City has been one of the top offenses so far this season.
Jeremain Lens – ($6,000) – Sunderland – Lens scored his first Premier League goal last match against Aston Villa, and will look to continue his impressive start to the season on Sunday. Whether it is scoring, assisting, or creating chances, Lens has been able to do it all in his first season with Sunderland. A matchup against Spurs will be very difficult, but Sunderland at home shouldn’t be overlooked.
Scott Sinclair – ($4,500) – Aston Villa – Sinclair played his best game in years last start against Sunderland, scoring two goals in a 2-2 draw. He was impressive getting into goal scoring positions and made some great runs in front of goal. Sinclair has seen very little first team playing time over the last few years, but as he continues to get acclimated at Aston Villa, I expect him to be a staple in their starting eleven, similar to before his move to Manchester City.
Heung-Min Son – ($5,500) – Tottenham – The Spurs made one of my favorite signings of the transfer window with their signing of midfielder/winger/forward, Heung-Min Son. The 23 year old scored 15 goals for Bayern Leverkusen last season, and he can really play all over the field. He is often played as a wide midfielder, but his six foot tall frame and finishing ability makes him a prime candidate to be a forward threat for Spurs. He is coming off a hat trick for South Korea during the international break, and if he can quickly find a place in the team, Son will be a great value play on Sunday.
Harry Kane – ($10,400) – Tottenham – Kane has been one of the most disappointing players so far this season as he is yet to score a goal for Tottenham. Fortunately, he found the back of the net for England during the international break and fans can only hope this will springboard him as we move forward into the early Premier League season. Sunderland is one of the worst defensive team in the league, giving up ten goals in their first four games. If there was a time for Harry Kane to get on the score sheet, Sunday would be the game.
Diafra Sakho – ($7,800) – West Ham United – Sakho scored his first goal of the season last game against Liverpool and will look to continue his form against Newcastle on Sunday. Newcastle United have given up two goals in two of their first four games so far this season and have struggled on the road. With Andy Carroll on the verge of a return, I expect Sakho to reach a new level of play as he tries to retain his starting spot.
Ola Toivonen – ($4,000) – Sunderland – Toivonen made his first appearance for Sunderland last match, and immediately made an impact with an assist on a Jeremain Lens goal. It will be very interesting to see how Sunderland lines up in attack with all their options available, but Toivonen is a solid option if in the starting eleven.
Fabio Borini – ($4,500) – Sunderland – Another guy I like this week if he enters the starting lineup is Sunderland’s new signing Fabio Borini. The ex-Liverpool man signed a permanent deal with Sunderland, and there is speculation that he may be used as a forward this season. He has shown that he does have immense talent in the past and if he is given a chance to shine, Borini could be a great value play.