Another week down and we have another mixed set of results. While some matches went as expected, others – chiefly the United-Wolves draw and West Ham holding Chelsea to end their 100% start – were less predictable results. That is why we love this league!
Back again we come for Week 7. We kick off the weekend with another blockbuster Saturday, featuring eight games and culminating in a mouth-watering top-of-the-table clash.
To set you up as best I can for the weekend’s daily fantasy games, I have gone through each match and picked out the big name guns and sneaky value picks I am backing to score you the points in your PlayON competitions this weekend.
West Ham v. Man United
As I said above, two somewhat unexpected draws for these sides last week and both will be keen for three points in this one for different reasons.
On paper, this one is likely to go with the away side. In 44 previous encounters, the Hammers have only managed five wins to United’s 27. Only one clean sheet each so far suggests this could have some goals in it for both teams though.
After missing the Chelsea game, Marko Arnautovic (£11.3m) should be back for this one. Last out, he bagged a goal and assist to score 2120 for PlayON owners. Three goals and an assist in his five outings so far is a solid return. Against a United side with some perceived unrest, you wouldn’t bet against more goals for him here.
Making 30 saves so far and earning a clean sheet last week, Lukasz Fabianski (£7.2m) has scored well above his price with a DFS average over 1000. With this game potentially featuring plenty of chances, the opportunity exists for some more save points for the men between the sticks.
Arsenal v. Watford
Watford led early, and looked to have done enough against Fulham before a late equaliser shared the points. Arsenal brushed aside Everton to make it four on the bounce after a tough start.
Despite the history favouring the Gunners in this fixture, there is only a point separating the sides so far this season making it a tough one to pick form a PlayON viewpoint. I would hedge my bets on goals for both sides and opt for attacking players from each.
Both the Gunners’ big name forwards were on the scoresheet last time and will look to kick on again here. On the basis that Alexandre Lacazette (£13.6m) has had more output than Aubameyang so far, in three assists and two goals, I am leaning his way as my gun pick. There will be some goals in this one, and the Frenchman is very likely to be involved.
An assist last time saw Will Hughes (£7.8m) on his way to 1500 for PlayON owners. His season average almost touches 1200 too, which at the price is a steal.
Starting every game so far, he should be right in the mix of what could be a good open game here.
Everton v. Fulham
The round six opponents of Arsenal and Watford meeting in this one. Both come in without a win in three and with a tendency to score and concede.
In fact, there has not been a clean sheet for either so far. Maybe steer clear of the defenders then.
Aleksandar Mitrovic (£9.5m) cannot stop scoring! Another well-taken finish against Watford last week takes his tally to five (plus an assist) which puts him joint with Eden Hazard atop the league’s goalscoring charts.
Facing a Toffees side who seem to love conceding, picking him for your sides is surely a no-brainer.
Three assists so far and an average of over 1000 means Lucas Vietto (£8m) is very much value at the price. For context, you would have to pay nearly £3m more for a small rise to the 1090 average of Sigurdsson.
If he can get himself on the scoresheet as well, expect a PlayON score even better than last week’s 1575.
Any goalkeeper averaging 1100 despite not keeping a clean sheet is worth looking at. Marcus Bettinelli (£6.4m) fits that bill. Worth a sneaky go surely, even more so when you consider the cost is not that much.
Huddersfield v. Tottenham
Spurs with a win last week to get back on track after a couple of losses. Huddersfield with another loss and still winless this term, they currently occupy bottom spot.
Just the two previous in this one at the top level – both going to Spurs, both without a Terriers goal. I am all over the visitors for my sides.
Despite a seemingly “quiet” start, Harry Kane (£16m) still averages a shade under 1400, including a 2500 last week. Imagine what he scores when he gets going fully…
The Terriers can have a tendency to concede a few, so he could fill his boots this week if Spurs come out the blocks.
Coming out of nowhere to bag two-in-two and an average of 1400, Erik Lamela (£9.5m) has surely played himself into a starting spot.
It is a risky play given his limited minutes though, and one you may not want to make if he remains on the bench.
Man City v. Brighton
With Liverpool and Chelsea, City are one of the three remaining unbeaten sides. Brighton only have one win so far, but it was against the neighbours from the red side of town. Surely they can’t do for both the Manchester sides? My gut says no.
No clean sheet for the Seagulls and the Citizens scoring over three a game. There is only one side whose players should feature in your PlayON sides this week and it is not the visitors.
With his first goal since the hat-trick in round two, Sergio Aguero (£15.8m) provided a timely reminder of his class in round six.
If City tee off goal-wise in this, as they are prone to doing against the lower sides, the Argentine will likely have a field day.
With namesake David missing last week, Bernardo Silva (£8m) picked up the slack with a 2700 PlayON score featuring a goal and an assist. A very healthy average of 1200+ at an extremely affordable price and playing a bottom half side. What’s not to like?
City have a tendency of winning big but conceding in these kinds of games. If Brighton are to nab a consolation or two, it is more than likely to come from Glenn Murray (£10.2m).
Four goals so far, the striker is probably going to be overlooked by many due to the strength of the opposition.
Newcastle v. Leicester
A second 0-0, and second point, for the season last week for the home side. A win against Huddersfield means Leicester have three wins and three losses, the very definition of mixed bag.
The history in this is 10-7 to the Magpies in terms of wins and last season saw one win apiece with both sides scoring.
You would hope Newcastle come out a bit more offensive than previous home games against the bigger sides, so both sides scoring, and therefore their attacking players, could be the play.
It took Jamie Vardy (£12.3m) a game to get going again after suspension, but get going he did last week. Scoring one and laying on another, his DFS score of 2850 took his season average to 1710 and that even includes his red card week!
I see goals in this for the Foxes and this man is the most likely to get them.
Third goal of the season for James Maddison (£10.1m) with a cracking free kick in round six. He is enjoying a breakout season and is going some way to filling the Mahrez-shaped hole in Leicester’s attack.
Getting plenty of game time and providing plenty of attacking stats for owners to go with it, lock him in for this one as well!
A quiet spell and average under 1000 might put some off, but Joselu (£7.2m) may be Newcastle’s only attacking option for this.
Two goals already this season shows he can do it, consistency is the only issue.
Wolves v. Southampton
A good point at Old Trafford means Wolves are unbeaten in four. Southampton’s mini-run was brought to an end at the hands of Liverpool in round six.
The last time these sides met at Premier League level, the Saints actually won both game convincingly. That was 2003/04 though and this is a very different Wolves side. I see the value in the home players this time around.
From goals to assists, Raúl Jiménez (£8.6m) turned provider last week, laying on a goal for Moutinho.
Even without bagging one himself, he still managed a 1500 and his season average sits above 1350. I see goals in this and Jiménez is one of the better chances to get one.
Adding a goal to his previous assist, the normal workload of João Moutinho (£7.9m) means an attacking stat on top usually means a big score.
With a 1925 last week, his 1100 average puts him in bargain territory for under £8m.
Chelsea v. Liverpool
If only Chelsea had converted 72% possession into a goal against West Ham, then this would be a clash of two 100% sides. As it stands it is still two of the three remaining unbeaten ones.
As expected, this has a close history with 20 wins to 19 in slight favour of the Blues from 52 previous meetings.
A tough pick for PlayON purposes – both sides are conceding very few but scoring well. Is this a defenders or a forwards games? Probably the latter, with the joint-second best attacks in the league so far going at each other.
A number of good choices for gun status in this one, with three PlayON averages above 1600 across the two sides.
For me though, it has to be Eden Hazard (£15.6m) this week.
Five goals and two assists in only four full games and two sub appearances, the Belgian is on fire so far!
If the game turns into a goal-fest, rather than a dull defensive affair, expect big points for him.
Just the one goal so far, but the defensive midfield efforts of Jorginho mean you can pick up an average of nearly 1000 for just £7.3m.
If he throws caution to the wind and ventures forward a bit, that average can only move in one direction.
That’s certainly not a bad game to end the day on, but the weekend’s action doesn’t stop there. After you enter your Saturday teams at PlayON, head back here for our Sunday and Monday previews.