Recovered from Friday and Saturday’s games yet? You better be, because Sunday is here with a fantastic three-match Premier League slate.
To go with that, PlayON continue with their Daily Fantasy Premier League offerings. With three matches on the day, the player pool is larger than Sundays in recent rounds, which means more decisions for you in picking your teams.
To help ease your headaches, I have highlighted the players across the games I reckon will present the most value to your squads, ranging from top-priced superstars to cheapies who still score points, with a few sneaky POD picks thrown in to set you apart from the other players.
Let’s get into it:
Fulham v. Arsenal
For all the promise Fulham have shown, they have only managed a single win so far, and sit just outside the drop zone. On the other hand, Arsenal have won five on the bounce to rebound back up the table to just outside the Champions League spots.
The stats do not bode well for the Cottagers, with just three wins from 26 previous meetings with the visitors at this level. There have been a fair few goals in the last few matchups, often for both sides, but I would be more confident in Gunners players for my sides.
With Aubameyang a slight doubt through illness, the responsibility rests even more with Alexandre Lacazette (£13.7m). Not that that seems to bother him, the Frenchman having provided a goal or assist at minimum in each of his last five.
Consistency is what you want when spending around his price tag, and that is what you have been getting from him.
With a rock bottom price and a chance of a clean sheet, Rob Holding (£5.7m) could be a serious cheapie play. The key worry is whether Sokratis comes back in and reclaims his spot, so this is one not to pull the trigger on prior to the team sheets.
With Cech doing his hammy last time, Bernd Leno (£6.5m) could be set for a stint in the sticks for the Gunners. Get on board before everyone else does, he has already racked up a 1000+ score in his one appearance.
Southampton v. Chelsea
Back-to-back draws for Chelsea, but they do remain unbeaten and in the top three. The Saints have just the one win for the season and are in the bottom half, a location that has been familiar to them for a while now.
Any hopes of a home side turnaround drop when you consider that Chelsea have won 22 of the 38 previous meetings between the two, including all of the last five. There have been a few high-scoring games in those, with both teams scoring. So, you could be forgiven for finding space in your side for the odd Southampton forward, but largely all Blues’ players in this for me.
Do I even need to say it? Six goals for the season; nearly a 1900 PlayON average. Eden Hazard (£15.9m). No brainer.
If you think the history and home advantage give the Saints a chance of nicking a goal or two, then the value definitely sits with Danny Ings (£8.7m). The most likely goal scorer for the hosts and boasting an average of 1400 that is well above his current cost. One to consider.
His lowly average of 730 is reflective of his bit-part role so far, but Mateo Kovacic (£7.8m) is starting to get a bigger run in the side, culminating in an assist, and 1355 scored last week.
Some will be put off by the average, but if he gets another start here there is definite value.
Liverpool v. Man City
Not a bad one to close the round out. Two unbeaten sides; first against second; both scoring freely and defending well. All the makings of either a classic or a boring 1-1 then.
The Reds have the upper hand in the head-to-head, with 19 wins to eight from 42 meetings. However, a lot of that dates to pre-rich City and the record is more balanced recently. Last season saw a 5-0 City rout and a 4-3 Liverpool win. For the neutral, you would hope for the latter and it is in that hope that I would opt for attackers from both sides.
The highest PlayON average in the league after seven rounds belongs to Raheem Sterling (£15.9m). Four goals and two assists so far have boosted the winger to a 1900 average and a goal and assist against Brighton earned him a 2800 in round seven.
He has gone from strength to strength over the last two seasons at City and will no doubt relish the chance to get one over his former employers.
Fairly easy choice here. David Silva is still just £9m despite an average of 1500. Two goals in five and a half games is a solid return and there is definitely more to come.
Just the one appearance for the season coming last week, but in that, Oleksandr Zinchenko (£6.3m) managed a 1300 without an attacking stat. If he does get another chance in this one, that is an impressive base score to build on with any potential goals or assists.
Another round down, at least it will be once you head to the PlayON lobby and enter your teams. There’s a week off for internationals next weekend, but I’ll be back in a fortnight with a preview for Gameweek 9.
Until then, good luck!