EPL Round 36 Saturday Preview

Well and truly into the pointy end of the season now and just three rounds to go, but plenty still to play for in the Premier League.

Plenty still to play for at PlayON too, with Daily Fantasy offerings available through all the remaining rounds.

To give you the best shot at reaching those cash, I have gone through the games and pick out my best DFS plays, starting with the Saturday roster.

Crystal Palace v Everton

A surprise loss to Fulham is the only blip in the last five for Everton, while Palace have lost just two in the same time. The Toffees come here off the back of spanking United 4-0, while the Eagles left the Emirates with a great win, so both sides will have confidence.

Nineteen previous encounters at this level, with Everton edging it 9-5 so far in terms of wins. The Toffees are also unbeaten in the last five clashes, including a 2-0 win back in October. With a couple of impressive wins of late, it is hard to look past them for this, and their players for PlayON.


One of the driving forces behind Everton’s return to form is Gylfi Sigurdsson (£13.1m) who comes into this off the back of a goal and assist against United and with 13 goals and five assists for the season.

If, like me, you’re backing the Toffees for this, he should be the first name on your teamsheet.

Value Pick

Some good defensive displays, combined with a couple of goals an assists, means that Kurt Zouma (£6.9m) is averaging well above his price at 1200.

Should score well here and will go even better if he sneak another attacking stat.

POD Pick

With Everton favourites and with his average at 500, there will be plenty avoiding Christian Benteke (£9m) on stats alone this week.

However, in his last outing, the Belgian scored and assisted and powered to a PlayON score of 2265. If that is a sign of things to come, he’s worth a gamble here.

Fulham v Cardiff

Finding form after relegation, Fulham come into this two from two. Cardiff need similar form if they are to beat relegation, but have just one win in the last five.

Just the three meetings at this level, but the stats lie with the Bluebirds, who have won all of them, including 4-2 earlier this term.

A hard one to call, but given no clean sheets in the history of this fixture, it is one in which you can back players on both sides for PlayON purposes.


With three goals and an assist in his last five, Ryan Babel (£10.9m) has moved to the highest average in this one, with 1340.

In form and scoring well, worth a look for this.

Value Pick

Picking up a goal last out, Tom Cairney (£7.3m) is averaging around the 900 mark without too many goals or assists, which is not a bad pickup.

If he finds another attacking stat here, he shapes as a great steal.

Southampton v Bournemouth

A couple of wins scatters in the last few games for these two, but no flash form to speak of. Both sit outside of what is likely now a two-horse race for the final relegation place between Brighton and Cardiff, but will want some wins to end the season on a high.

Seven games of history in the top flight between the two. The Saints have won three and drawn three, with just the sole win for the Cherries. A draw probably shapes the most likely here, so room for forwards on either side in your PlayON squads.


A goal and two assists against Brighton the game before last, Callum Wilson (£14.3m) has 12 goals, 11 assists and an average of nearly 1400 for the season.

The stats speak for themselves, bring him in!

Value Pick

Only getting a small run against Watford last out, Mario Lemina (£5.3m) grabbed a goal against Newcastle in a bigger run the game before.

If he is given a start in this, definitely worth looking at for the price vs potential score.

POD Pick

Fresh from scoring the fastest Premier League goal last out, the 750 average of Shane Long (£7.4m) could put a few others off.

Three goals in four however, suggest he’s in good touch, so worth jumping on if named to start here.

Watford v Wolves

Two wins, a draw and two losses for each of these sides in the last five, the very definition of mixed bag. For Wolves though, the wins were over United and Arsenal, which aren’t bad scalps.

The Hornets did take out the only meeting between the sides at this level with a 2-0 win back in October. Given these are two sides who can impress on their day, I’m backing in a goal fest and looking on both sides of the pitch for my DFS plays.


Stepping up against Arsenal, with a goal and a PlayON score of 1890, Diogo Jota (£10.7m) now has eight goals and seven assists for the term.

Always likely to present a threat to the opposition’s goal, look to him for your DFS sides.

Value Pick

Playing a similar role as Jota but for the Hornets, Gerard Deulofeu (£9.9m) has nine goals and five assists and an average of 1630.

My best bet to make something happen for the hosts, if he nabs a goal or assists, the score will be well above what he costs you.

POD Pick

A quiet few weeks has seen the average of Matt Doherty (£7.4m) drop below 700, which should serve to keep his ownership down.

A goal last out though saw him score an 1875. If he can get amongst it again here, the score will be up there and could be one to set you apart from the competition.

Brighton v Newcastle

Closing out Saturday, Newcastle head south after securing Premier League status for another year to face a Brighton side hoping to do the same. The Magpies come here with back to back wins while the Seagulls haven’t seen a victory in a while.

One of the home side’s nine wins this term did come in the reverse fixture. They’ve also never lost to the Magpies on this stage, winning two and drawing one of the three meetings. With the respective sides’ current form though, I have to back in the visitors for this, and their players for PlayON.


A great hat-trick against Southampton saw Ayoze Pérez (£14.1m) score a whopping 4300 for PlayON owners and shift his current season average to 1750, nearly 400 better than anyone else in this.

Moving to ten for the season, he surely comes into this with confidence against a struggling Brighton side.

Value Pick

With three goals and an assist on top of his defending attributes, Fabian Schär (£7.7m) has scored at an average of 1115, well above his pricing.

He went off early with a muscle injury against the Saints, but lock him in if named to start here.

That takes you to the end of Saturday, once you’ve headed to the lobby to enter your teams. Plenty of action still to come Sunday however, so be sure to check back in for that preview.