Week 20 continues into Sunday, with three games on offer to close out the round. Also on offer are PlayON’s Daily Fantasy competitions, with cash prizes up for grabs.
To help you bring home the cash, I have picked out my best plays for the days games, from must-have guns to cash-saving value plays, with the odd sneaky POD pick thrown in for good measure.
Burnley v. West Ham
Smashed by Everton last out, Burnley have three losses on the bounce and four in their last five. West Ham bounced back from a loss to Watford in round 18 by overcoming Southampton in 20.
These sides have met nine time before, with the Hammers winning six and drawing one. This finished 4-2 to the visitors when they last met in November and with their form, you would tip the Hammers again here. That obviously then brings their players into contention for PlayON purposes.
Two more goals last out, taking him to eight for the season, Felipe Anderson (£11.5m) is in great nick.
The PlayON average of nearly 1700 is almost 400 away from anyone else in this game, so it is a no brainer who your first pick here should be.
With a few forwards out or doubtful for the Hammers, the money looks well spent on Lucas Pérez (£7.2m).
With two goals from around three games’ worth of playing time this season, his price should only go up from here if he continues to get starts, like he did last out.
The average is just above 900, which is still not too bad for the price, but is even better when you consider it is diluted with six appearances under 45 minutes. Pick him up if he gets into the starting side here.
Southampton v. Man City
Back to back losses is not something you would associate with City, especially when they were against Palace and Leicester. But that is the situation they find themselves in having now lost three in four. Southampton lost last out after putting together a couple of wins prior and will be hoping to join the list of teams shocking the Citizens here.
That doesn’t look too likely when you consider the visitors lead 16-6 from 29 previous clashes and demolished the Saints 6-1 in the return fixture less than two months ago.
It has been a crazy week, so I can’t write anything off. That said, City are the most likely winners here and their players are mostly the ones you want for DFS purposes.
During City’s “slump” in form, Bernardo Silva (£10.7m) continues to go well, with a goal and assist in the last two defeats, pushing his average up above 1300.
Still at the cheaper end of the visitor’s gun midfield, definitely one worth jumping on while in this vein of form.
Another of the cheaper City midfielders benefitting from injuries to others, Ilkay Gündogan (£8.4m) has played 90 minutes in each of the last three and picked up a goal in that time.
Four goals, two assists for the season pushes his average over 1000 even with his various short appearance off the bench. He seems to do the business when he does get an extended run, so grab him if he starts again in this one.
I’ve said it before, City often put big scores on opponents but leak the odd consolation goal at the back. Case and point, the 6-1 win over this opponent earlier this season.
If the Saints are to find the net again here, you have to put you money on Nathan Redmond (£9.7m) being involved, after returning to form with two goals and two assists in his last three.
The strength of opposition could keep his ownership low, so all the more valuable to you if he does fire again here.
Man United v. Bournemouth
Closing us out with the last game in 2018, a resurgent United host Bournemouth. Two big wins to start the new reign for the Red Devils, while the Cherries have three losses in four, including two big losses to Spurs and Liverpool.
Seven previous matchups between the sides, and just the one Bournemouth win to United’s five (one draw). The sole Cherries win also came at home, but they did snatch a point at Old Trafford back in 2017.
I can’t look past the hosts after the last few games, but they still have just the two clean sheets, so there is room for the odd visiting forward too.
Paul Pogba (£11.7m) has looked like two different players either side of Mourinho’s departure. In his last two, pushed into a higher role, he has been on fire.
Following up three assists against Cardiff with two goals against Huddersfield, he has to be a lock-in for this one.
Hitting form a couple of games before Pogba, while still under the old manager, Marcus Rashford (£10.4m) has two goals and two assists in his last four and a PlayON average of 1330.
With Lukaku missing the last couple of games after being given compassionate leave over Christmas, Rashford continues to get big game time and should go well again here.
The defensive midfielders can sometimes get overlooked, but in a new look attacking United over the last two games, Ander Herrera (£9.5m) has a goal and assist, pushing his average to near-1200.
It won’t be long before that gets more widely noticed, so jump on while there is still a chance his ownership stays low.
Once you have headed to the PlayON Games Lobby and entered your teams in for Sunday’s competitions, that is it for Week 20 and for 2018!
Not long to wait though, with the next round of Premier League, and PlayON action, kicking off on New Year’s day.