The penultimate round of the Premier League season moves into Saturday, with a few more games coming at you.
That means a few more chances to take home the prizes at PlayON, with Daily Fantasy competitions on offer for the whole weekend. To try and help boosts your chances, I have picked out my best plays, from must-have guns to cash-saving value plays, with the odd POD pick thrown in for good measure.
West Ham v. Southampton
Both sides unbeaten in two, with the Hammers inflicting a first loss at the new ground on Spurs while Southampton played out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Bournemouth.
The sides have met 33 times before in the top flight. Of those, the Hammers lead 15-11 in terms of wins, with seven draws. The hosts also have three wins in the last five meetings and both of the last two, including the reverse fixture back in December.
A game I can see the Hammers winning, but one in which I can also see both sides scoring. On that basis, I can see value in forwards on both sides.
Netting his seventh of the season in the draw last out, James Ward-Prowse (£11.1m) scored an impressive 2300 points for PlayON owners, moving his average to 1360, the best in this game.
Popping up with handy goals through the season, the midfielder is one of the main threats for the vistors and should be considered given his form.
The ability of Mark Noble (£9.3m) to pop up with the odd goal or assist means he averages over 1000, which sits as one of the best value for money plays from the non-defenders in this one.
If he gets involved in any Hammers’ goals here, the score will be well above his average and a steal at the price.
A quiet run means that Marko Arnautovic (£10m)’s average has dropped to 760, which should serve to keep his ownership low.
He did bring in a 1545 score last out though, courtesy of the assist for Antonio’s goal. If he continues the form here, he will serve your side well and set you apart from some of the others.
Wolves v. Fulham
Fulham’s good form since relegation continued last out and they are now three wins on the bounce. Wolves are unbeaten in three themselves and have just one loss in their last five.
Nine clashes so far in the Premier League, with four draws in there, including back on Boxing Day, and Wolves leading the remainder 3-2.
Probably a fixture in which I’m leaning towards the hosts, but with just one clean sheet in five I can also see them shipping a goal or two, so I’m not entirely discounting the visiting forwards.
Not one to stay out of the goals for too long, Raúl Jiménez (£13.1m) bagged his 13th of the season last out, to go with his ten assists.
Averaging 1200, the forward presents the main goal threat for the hosts and should be one of the first names on your teamsheets.
Hitting form along with the team, Ryan Babel (£10.9m) has three goals and an assist in his last four and a handy PlayON average of nearly 1400.
That’s well above his price, a price which is certainly worth spending if he keeps going as he has been again here.
The average of Matt Doherty (£7.4m) might scare a few potential owners off, but the defender has four goals and six assists for the season, including a goal against Arsenal two games ago.
If he finds his attacking stat form in this, he could bring in a big score that won’t feature in too many rival teams.
Cardiff v. Crystal Palace
Just one win in five for Cardiff, which is not ideal form in a relegation battle. Palace aren’t fairing much better, with just one extra win in that time, but they are safe for another year.
Another tough ask for the Bluebirds, and they haven’t beaten, or scored against, the Eagles in three top flight meetings. In a relegation battle however, expect the unexpected, meaning scope for players on both sides in your PlayON squads.
Leading the field for the Eagles, Luka Milivojevic (£14.3m) has an average of 1630, over 400 ahead of the next best in this one.
He also has 12 goals and a couple of assists for the term, so shapes as one of the key goals threats for the Eagles. A must have for me here!
Twelve clean sheets for the season, plus a couple of sneaky attacking stats, means Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£7.4m) is averaging above his pricing at the 960 mark.
He scored 1370 last week without the boost of an attacking stat, so if he can find an assist in this as well, the score will be huge.
Newcastle v. Liverpool
Closing out the day, Liverpool will look to bounce back from the Champions League first leg defeat by remaining in the title race. The Reds’ charge for the title continued with a 5-0 win over Huddersfield last out, and they remain having just the one loss for the season. The Magpies drew with Brighton to extend an unbeaten streak to three games.
These two have face off 47 times at this level with the Reds winning 26 to the Magpies’ 11. Liverpool dominated the earlier fixture 4-0 but have struggled at St. James’ park in recent times. Can I really see them letting the title race slip at this point again though? Probably not, so it would be their players in my PlayON sides.
Two goals and an assist against Huddersfield last out saw a monster 3950 score for Mohamed Salah (£15.9m).
Four goals and two assists in his last four and 21 goals for the season, the Egyptian is firing on all cylinders and should be in your team if you can afford him.
Despite being on the high side price-wise for a defender, the 1430 average of Trent Alexander-Arnold (£9.3m) means he is a great pickup even at is cost.
The average is boosted by the nine assists he has provided this season, including three in his last four. If he snags another here, he’ll be a steal for your side!
With the visitors strong favourites, most will overlook any Newcastle players for their sides. But if you think the Reds’ recent struggles at Newcastle will continue, you should be looking at Ayoze Pérez (£14.1m), who has five goals in his last three games, as the most likely to make something happened for the hosts.
Once you head to the Lobby and enter your teams, your daily fantasy Premier League lineups are done for Saturday. We’re not for the weekend though, so check back in for the Sunday and Monday previews.