The midweek games continue into Wednesday with six games to close out round 15. PlayON continue with their Daily Fantasy Premier League offerings for the rest of this round.
To give you the best shot at the cash places, I have singled out my must-have for your squads. Guns, value plays and POD picks will set you up for success and keep you ahead of the rest of the pack.
Burnley v. Liverpool
The second of the remaining unbeaten teams, Liverpool left it very late to see off Everton in the Merseyside derby, making it four wins from five. Burnley have the exact opposite record, with four losses over the same timeframe, making this second against second-bottom.
Eight previous matchups between the teams have seen six Reds’ wins and just a sole Clarets’ victory. On current form, you cannot see the hosts adding to their win here. Nine clean sheets from 14 games also makes a strong case for Liverpool defenders, as well as the forwards, in PlayON sides.
Moving his way up the rankings to challenge Mo Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold (£8.6m) now averages over 1200 with eight clean sheets, two assists and a goal to his name.
A goal and an assist in his last three games, he seems to be in an attacking mood, and look out Burnley if that carries into this one.
Nine clean sheets and 29 saves have done alright for the average of Liverpool keeper Alisson (£8m). In touching distance of a 1000 average and not exactly costing the earth, the prospect of shutout number nine certainly adds value here.
With some of the other big boys taking the plaudits, Roberto Firmino (£13.2m) slips under the radar with his 840 average. He is getting continued game time though, and does pop up with the odd goal.
With Burnley prone to the odd big loss, if he finds one or two strikes here, the score potential increases. If he also stays out of most teams, he could be the one to give you the edge.
Everton v. Newcastle
On the losing end of the Merseyside derby, Everton host a Newcastle side coming off a heavy 3-0 loss to West Ham, ending their mini-run of three wins. The Toffees still sit in sixth place, with the Magpies remaining in the bottom half, but still above the drop zone for now.
These sides have met 46 times at this level and it is pretty close, with the home side leading 20-17 in terms of wins (nine draws). A bit more one-sided over recent times, with Everton winning all of the last five without conceding.
Those sorts of stats are too convincing to ignore, all Toffees from this one.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (£12.2m) is Mr. DFS at the moment. Averaging 1850 (over 600 ahead of anyone in this game and the highest average of all players in action on Wednesday) he has six goals and two assists to date.
Given the Magpies can ship the odd goal, particularly from set pieces, he is a great play for this round.
Since round five, Lucas Digne (£6.8m) has not missed a minute of action. The fact he has a sole assist makes his average over 1000 even more impressive.
A decent chance of a clean sheet, if he can also find another attacking stat, he is tasty value.
Fulham v. Leicester
These two were on opposite ends of 2-0 scorelines in round 14. Leicester victorious over Watford while Fulham went down to Chelsea in a spirited display. The Cottagers’ poor start sees them at the foot of the table, while the Foxes are up to eighth.
Just the four games at this level for the sides, and the Foxes are actually yet to win one, losing and drawing two. I can see them breaking the duck this time, but can see both sides getting on the scoresheet, taking defenders out of the equation for PlayON purposes.
Making amends for his red card in round 13, James Maddison (£10.3m) scored a pearler in round 14, juggling past defenders and firing home. The strike alone earns him gun status ahead of this one.
Four goals for the season and an average over 1100, don’t bet against him adding to the tally here against a shaky Fulham defence.
Given it is fuelled by only a solitary goal, Wilfred Ndidi’s (£8.6m) average of 1150 is astounding. Always in the action and always playing big minutes, the midfielder is a good option to save some cash for spending elsewhere.
In Fulham’s fall to the bottom of the ladder, some may have missed the two assists for Ryan Sessegnon (£9.6m) in round 13, especially after a quiet start to Premier League life.
His average back up close to 1000, if he kicks on in this one he might not be in too many other sides.
Wolves v. Chelsea
The good start seems so far away for Wolves now – no win in their last five sees them drop to the bottom half of the league. Chelsea’s unbeaten start was ended in round 13, but they bounced back last out to beat Fulham and retain third spot.
Just eight clashes in the Premier League for these two and Chelsea have won seven, with the hosts victors on just the one occasion. Add to that the current form and you cannot see anything but Blues players in your DFS sides.
After a couple of weeks without attacking stats, Eden Hazard (£15.9m) popped up with an assist against Fulham, his fifth of the season to go with seven goals.
His class is undeniable and I just cannot see Wolves keeping him quiet in this.
Whenever he has been given a chance, Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£8.4m) has delivered. In 116 minutes across four appearances, he has scored two goals. The latest came in a 23 minute cameo last out and if he has done enough to warrant a go here, his strike rate and 1500 DFS average show just how good value he represents.
For anyone not going any further than averages, Pedro (£9m) would not feature this week with just a 797 to his name. But the forward has 90 minutes and a goal under his belt from the last game so will come here with confidence. If he goes back to back, he might set your sides apart from the masses.
Man United v. Arsenal
After winning the North London derby to take their unbeaten run to 12 league games, Arsenal travel to Old Trafford to face a United side winless in three.
Ever-presents in the Premier League era, the sides have met 52 times before. From that, the Red Devils have the edge 24-13 in terms of wins and have won the last two.
The current form probably favours the away side, but given both teams have just two clean sheets this season, this is a game in which you could leave the defenders out for PlayON purposes.
Two more goals against Spurs, and the first player to break double figures for the season, the Aubameyang (£16.9m) train is rolling now!
You would imagine the United backline could struggle with his pace and I can see him going close to his 1840 average.
It is a hard job being a manager and it is probably harder still being United manager given the history and expectation. That said, you do not do yourself any favours when you drop a player who scores six-in-six.
Yet, that is exactly what Mourinho did with Anthony Martial (£10.7m). The bloke had been on fire before that and amassed a PlayON average of 1600. Surely he comes back in here and he shapes as value when he does.
Tottenham v. Southampton
Closing out the day, and the round, Southampton travel to the capital. The Saints did well to hold United last out, but then sacked their manager. Timing may seem strange, but then again they are in the bottom three and with just one win all term.
Spurs followed up ending Chelsea’s unbeaten run with a derby loss to Arsenal. They will look to bounce back here, facing a side against which they have a 20-11 record from 38 clashes.
Home side advantage sways me here and I think Spurs can also add to their five clean sheets, making their defenders attractive from a DFS perspective.
Firing in his third goal in four games against Arsenal, Harry Kane (£16.2m) now has eight for the season and a healthy DFS average of 1575.
The forward has hit 20+ goals in each of the last four seasons and will do so again this season, so why shouldn’t he bag a few more here?
Continuing to benefit from Trippier’s absence, Serge Aurier (£6.3m) has back to back 90 minutes for the first time this season and will get the same again here.
The price kept low because of not playing, if he can add to his one assist for the season a big score is on the horizon for a rock bottom price.
A few slower weeks and sub appearances have seen the average of Christian Eriksen (£12.1m) drop to under 800.
On the surface, the average plus the price will scare a few off bringing him in. But dig a little deeper and see that he has three assists in his last two. Back to form? Worth gambling on if his ownership stays low.
Another round draws to a close. Don’t worry though, you only have to wait a couple of days to get another Premier League fix, as we are back for round 16 this Saturday. Until then, make sure you head to the Games Lobby to enter your teams for these games.