Manchester Derby on Matchday 28!
There will be no postponed fixtures this matchday for a long time, which means that all teams have to play over the weekend and we can look forward to the last ten matchdays in the Prem. League, in which a lot is still possible. However, all eyes are on two matches as Liverpool face West Ham at home and the Manchester derby on Sunday. For Liverpool and Man. City, of course, it’s all about the title, but their opponents are in fourth and fifth place, just two points apart, so they will be going all out to take away vital points in the fight for Champions League places.
David de Gea (7.7m, Man. United): Not only in the table, but also in the goal scoring statistics, Man. City and Liverpool clearly, both have more than 100 goal shots more than the third-placed team in this statistic. As Man. United plays against Man. City, there will be plenty for David de Gea to do. The Spaniard has shown often enough how important he is for the Red Devils and that he can often decide games on his own with his performances. Should he be able to show this strong form against the Citizens, then I see a lot of scoring potential from him.
Cedric Soares (6,5 Mio., Arsenal): A very cheap defender at one of the Big 6 and lately he can also improve his performances steadily. In the matchday 26 game against Brentford he made a strong 320 points and he also had a good game in the rescheduled game against Watford, who are second from last in the table, Arsenal will give everything to take the three points in the race for the Champions League places after cancelling several games.
Fabian Schär (7.0m, Newcastle): Since Eddie Howe took over at Newcastle last November, Fabian Schär has become one of the key players in Howe’s system. The Swiss is keeping a tight rein at the back and has gone three without conceding a goal in his last five games with the team. He is also averaging 238 points in his last five appearances and is frequently firing at goal. Add to that Newcastle’s form: they are unbeaten in seven games, in stark contrast to their weekend opponents Brighton, who have lost each of their last three games by two goals or more and failed to score a single goal. If Schär can continue his performances in the next game, he will be a very good cheap defender alternative.
Antonio Rüdiger (12.8m, Chelsea): A machine on the pitch and also a machine at SPITCH. For 12.8m you can get one of the best defenders at SPITCH in your line-up every matchday. With an average of 273 points and an outstanding tackling rate, the German is a player you can pretty much always line up. Chelsea head to Burnley this weekend and Rudiger could shine there not only with his defensive strength but also his attacking actions.
Kyle Walker-Peters (7.2m, Southampton): The Southampton full-back is coming into form more and more. In his last three league games he averaged 355 points, has seven goal shots and only lost one in four of the duels he entered. During the week he also set up a goal in Southampton’s 3-1 win over West Ham, scoring 211 in just 58 minutes. Aston Villa will be a difficult opponent for Southampton, but the 24-year-old Englishman still has great scoring potential if he simply continues to perform as he has in previous matches.
Ruben Neves (9.6m, Wolverhampton): For me, the Portuguese is one of the strongest U25 midfielders in the Premier League. Due to his all-round qualities he can convince me every time and the 24-year-old doesn’t only look really good on the pitch. At SPITCH, he has averaged 368 points in the last five games and the last matchday on which he scored less than 280 points was 18 December, the weekend before Christmas! So for 9.8 million he has had a very very good value to points ratio for quite some time.
Imran Louza (4.5 million, Watford): The 22-year-old Moroccan moved from FC Nantes to Watford last summer, but could not really convince, especially at SPITCH. But since two matchdays that seems to change. In each of the two games he scored over 200 points and played through. It is against a strong Arsenal, but he could be a good alternative to expensive players with this low price.
Takumi Minamino (8.9m, Liverpool): The Japanese player is a must in this week’s preview as he single-handedly sent Liverpool through to the next round of the FA Cup. He scored both goals in the 2-1 win over Norwich and was named player of the match. After this good performance he could get another chance in the Prem. League and show what he is capable of against the Hammers.Attack:
Gabriel Martinelli (9.7m, Arsenal): The Brazilian is back in the squad after his red card suspension and could start straight away at the weekend. He is one of the Gunners’ most creative and attacking players and could show his attacking qualities, especially against Watford.
Che Adams (8.4m, Southampton): The Scot is in the form of his life and has been involved in goals in each of his last four games, scoring three times and setting up one. As a result, he shares first place in the goals in last 5 games statistic with Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling, to whom he has a significant price differential. If you have confidence in him and he manages to continue his form, then there is nothing against him.
Hee-Chan Hwang (8.9m, Wolverhampton): The Korean was brought back early from his loan at RB Leipzig and made his first starting appearance for Wolves on the last matchday. He failed to score in that one, but still made 252 points and performed well. This weekend he is likely to get his next call-up and show everyone where his qualities lie.
Other players to keep an eye on are Matthew Doherty (8.4m, Tottenham) who is improving all the time, Ryan Fraser (3.0m, Newcastle) who has been on a roll lately and Ivan Toney (13.5m, Brentford) who is always good for a goal.