With a huge Champions League week done and over with, we head into the weekend with a full slate of Premier League games. Is this the week where Manchester City finally falls, or will Arsenal and Chelsea fall further behind the early race for the title? 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.
Boaz Myhill – ($4,400) – West Brom – Myhill is a great option this Saturday with a solid matchup and the good form he is currently in. Myhill has scored double digit points in three of his last four games. West Brom now faces an Aston Villa team that has been known for their lack of goals in the past. Although Aston Villa have scored four goals in their last two games, the West Brom defense should be able to slow them down and Myhill will benefit in goal.
Joe Hart – ($5,600) – Manchester City – Joe Hart recorded his fifth straight clean sheet and once again is the top goalkeeper for Saturday’s slate. If you can fit him in your lineup with given his price, then it’s an obvious choice. He scores double digit points each week and will likely see a few more attempts on goal as the high powered offense of West Ham United travel to Manchester.
Heurelho Gomes – ($4,400) – Watford – Gomes is the same price as Myhill, but is also a great option for this weekend. He has scored 15+ points in two of his last three games and faces a Newcastle team who haven’t scored since the opening weekend. Gomes made at least three saves in each of his last three game.. Expect them to slow Newcastle down as most teams have been able to do this year and a clean sheet bonus is very likely.
Aleksandar Kolarov – ($6,700) – Manchester City – Just like Joe Hart, if you have extra salary to fit Kolarov into your lineup, then you must do it. He has scored double digit points every week this season and now faces a West Ham United team that are willing to play an open game. Expect Kolarov to be his usual self and get forward often from his fullback position.
Jordan Amavi – ($4,100) – Aston Villa – Amavi has been a revelation for Aston Villa since joining this summer. He has shown a great ability to get forward and help out the attack, which has lead to one assist and 20+ crosses so far this season. Expect that to continue on Saturday against West Brom and his price makes him very affordable for most lineups.
Allan Nyom – ($3,700) – Watford – Nyom has been very good this season helping the Watford defense record clean sheets in two out of their last three games. As mentioned before, they now face a Newcastle team that hasn’t scored since the opening weekend. This will give Nyom the opportunity to get forward, which is what he does best, but also could lead to a huge clean sheet bonus.
Simon Francis – ($3,900) – Bournemouth – Francis is probably the best value play of the weekend given that he has two assists in his last three games. Last weekend against Norwich City, he earned an assist and added six crosses in route to a 12 point performance. Sunderland, who they play on Saturday, lost 3-1 to that same Norwich City team, so I expect Francis to have plenty of freedom to get forward from his fullback position.
Riyad Mahrez – ($9,600) – Leicester City – Mahrez was able to get right back on track last weekend against Aston Villa, pickup up two assist and scoring 20+ points for the fourth time this season. Mahrez has shown he can score and assist this season and I don’t see any evidence of him slowing down. Leicester City now face a Stoke City team who are tough at home, but expect Mahrez to have his chances as Leicester City try to stay near the top of the Premier League table.
Mesut Ozil – ($8,600) – Arsenal Ozil doesn’t receive the credit he should deserve so far this season, with the struggles of the Arsenal forwards finishing off his chances. Ozil has created 20 chances so far this season for his teammates, but only has been rewarded twice with an assist. Chelsea have been in shambles defensively as of late, giving up seven goals in their last three games. With Giroud’s performance midweek, expect Walcott to be in the starting lineup yet again, which is probably best for Ozil moving forward.
Jefferson Montero – ($5,500) – Swansea City – Montero returned from his minor injury last weekend with a 30 minute cameo. In those thirty minutes, he recorded double digit points and NINE crosses. Expect Montero to be back in the starting lineup on Saturday and he will be able to take advantage of both Seamus Coleman and Leighton Baines being out with injuries.
Victor Moses – ($6,000) – West Ham United – Moses was loaned to West Ham United and it can only mean great things for him moving forward. He is at a place where he will see significant playing time with their injuries in attack. He looked a threat last weekend and probably should have scored after he hit the bar on a spectacular solo run. Expect that to continue as Moses gets more acclimated with the strong West Ham attack.
Diego Costa – ($9,700) – Chelsea – Costa has only scored one goal in the Premier League this season, but did get on the board midweek in their Champions League match. Arsenal gave up two goals midweek to Dinamo Zagreb, and if they can score against Arsenal, then Costa can too. Both Chelsea and Arsenal have been very inconsistent so far this season and this game could be a four or five goal game.
Alexis Sanchez – ($10,700) – Arsenal – Alexis Sanchez continued his streak of double digit games without a goal or an assist last weekend against Stoke City. He managed eight shots on goal and three crosses. With the expectation that Olivier Giroud will be out of the starting lineup, Arsenal will probably avoid crosses as much as possible since Walcott isn’t a physical presence. One of these games Alexis will finally score a goal and what better time to score than against the defending champions.
Mame Diouf – ($6,500) – Stoke City – Diouf has struggled over the past two weeks dealing with an injury and facing a strong Arsenal team last game. Stoke now returns home against Leicester City on Saturday in hopes to counter Leicester City’s strong attack with some goals of their own. The arrival of Shaqiri can only help Diouf in the long run and expect him to have plenty of chances in front of goal this Saturday.
Odion Ighalo – ($6,000) – Watford – Ighalo scored his second goal of the season last weekend against Swansea City. That was his first goal since the opening weekend and he has been the most influential attacker for Watford given the struggles of Troy Deeney. Watford should have plenty of chances this weekend against a struggling Newcastle United, and expect Ighalo to be right in the middle of a majority of the chances.