It’s an odd schedule this weekend in the Premier League, with cup action limiting the league to just five matches in Round 31.
Not to fear however, as there is still plenty of action to be had at PlayON, with Daily Fantasy Premier League offerings covering the whole round, so plenty of opportunities to win some cash.
To help you with those opportunities, I have been through the games and picked out my best plays for the games. With a limited pool of players to pick this round, choosing the ones to set you apart from the rest becomes even more important.
Bournemouth v. Newcastle
Both sides come into this from wins last out, Bournemouth seeing off Huddersfield 2-0 while Newcastle came from 2-0 down to beat Everton. No other win in the last five for the Cherries though, while the Magpies have just one loss from the same period.
Just the five clashes at this level and it’s currently two wins each, with the draw going to the Magpies last season. The earlier bout this year finished 2-1 Newcastle.
A tough one to pick between two sides a place apart in the table. Fence-sitting and backing forwards on either sides then.
Another goal and assist in his las outing, Callum Wilson (£14.3m) now has 11 goals and nine assists for the term, pushing the PlayON average above 1600.
The main goal threat for the Cherries and by far the best average in this one, lock him in.
Two goals and an assist last out to win the game for the Magpies, it’s hard to overlook Ayoze Pérez (£11.5m) and his 1440 average.
Not the most prolific, with six goals for the term. But Rafa has faith and he sees good minutes. If he can pick up where he left off last time, he is in for another big score.
With Longstaff out injured, there is a chance of a POD in the Newcastle midfield if the low averages of the replacements scare off owners.
Last out, it was Ki Sung-yueng (£6.5m) who earned a starting spot over Jonjo Shelvey (£5.3m). Both average under 450, which will be ownership low, but will score better than that if they earn the start. Eyes on the teamsheets in this one!
Burnley v. Leicester
Three losses on the bounce for Burnley after a defeat to Liverpool last week, while Leicester have turned the fortunes around somewhat with two wins in three. The poor form for the Clarets has seen them drop to within two points of the drop zone, while Leicester’s wins of late means their poor run hasn’t put them out of the top half.
Seven previous meetings between the sides have produced two draws, two Burnley wins and three for the Foxes. The reverse fixture this season finished 0-0 but the last four prior went the way of whoever was at home.
On current form though, I have to back in the visitors here, so will be first looking to their players for DFS purposes. With Leicester conceding in each of their last five though, I can see some space for Clarets’ players in my side.
Back into the form Jamie Vardy (£13.9m) is back to the main goal threat for the Foxes.
Coming in from two more against Fulham last out, the Englishman should be one of the first on your teamsheet.
Another in good form, with five in his last seven, Ashley Barnes (£10.3m) represents a discount of over £3.5m to Vardy for a slightly higher average, so has to be considered value.
Nine goals for the season to date, if the Clarets find the scoresheet here, Barnes is my best bet to be involved.
The lower average might scare down the ownership, but Foxes fullback Ricardo Pereira (£7m) has two goals and six assists for the season, so does like to push on.
If he does again here, and nabs an attacking stat, he will bring up a big score that won’t feature in too many other teams.
West Ham v. Huddersfield
Each of these two suffered 2-0 losses in round 30. Huddersfield have only one win from five and three for the season, and sit in last place 16 points adrift. The Hammers have a mixed bag of late and sit mid-table.
Only three matchups for these two at this level and no wins for the Terriers yet. They did earn a point in the fixture back in November, but on current form I see this being closer to the two Hammers’ victories from last season, so will be jumping on their players for my PlayON squads.
The scrappy form on both sides lends itself to DFS, with nobody on offer for this one with an average above 1000. The silver lining for the Hammers is that Marko Arnautovic (£10.4m) is back from injury, playing 45 minutes in the last round.
Seven goals and four assists in an injury-ravaged season, if he gets a start here, I’ll be backing him in.
Not the most impressive of averages, but at the price of Mark Noble (£7.1m), 800+ is value for money, especially when you consider is it diluted by some low-minute appearances earlier in the term.
He also has 2 goals in his last four games, which is a good sign.
A nice quick Saturday and we’re already through the short round. Be sure to head to the Lobby and enter your teams, then check back in for the Sunday preview, covering the remaining two clashes.