Our preview of the 23rd matchday in the Premier League
For a few clubs it is the second league match within a week, as some matches that were cancelled due to Covid have to be made up. Due to the high load of players, additional absences because of Corona infections and the Africa Cup, the coaches will have to rotate a lot. In addition, some English clubs have already strengthened their squads with new arrivals over the winter break. So for us SPITCH players, it’s very good conditions to choose cheap and good players who don’t get picked that often. In this preview, I will introduce you to interesting players who have the potential to perform greatly.
Fraser Foster (5.2 million, Southampton): The 33-year-old Englishman has been playing for the injured Alex McCarthy for several games and has been convincing all along the line. With an average of 295 points, 17 saved balls and 19 super passes, he performs above average compared to the other goalkeepers in the Premier League. For Southampton, this weekend’s clash is against Man. City, who are second in shots after Liverpool. He will have some work to do and if he and his team manage to avoid a thrashing, then he has a very big scoring potential.
Dan Burn (6.2m, Brighton): In his last five appearances, the centre-back is really running hot. He ranks 2nd in ball intercepted/blocked statistics. He is also averaging 301 points in his last four starting eleven appearances and with Leicester City as his opponent, Dan Burn has a supposedly good matchup as he can block a lot of shots and could also shine with his tackling strength.
Stuart Dallas (11.4m, Leeds): Also on the podium when it comes to ball intercepted/blocked in the last five fixtures is Stuart Dallas, despite only featuring in three of the five games. The full-back was able to make a lot of attacking impact against Burnley two matchdays ago and even scored. This weekend it’s against Newcastle and maybe Dallas can deliver another convincing performance.
Kieran Trippier (5.0m, Newcastle): Moved to the Premier League’s nineteenth-placed side for 15M, although he could actually play in the Champions League. But the lure of playing for the club that has the richest investor in the world was probably too great, and he hit the ground running at Newcastle. He drew the first game and scored 233 points at SPITCH. Against Leeds it will be another very important game and the Englishman will continue to give everything to keep his regular place. To get a very strong full-back for 5 million is an absolute rarity at SPITCH and could bring you very good points without much risk.
Samir (5,0 Mio., Watford): Also a winter transfer: From Udinese Calcio to Watford and immediately played through in the first game. The Brazilian managed to score 302 points even with a yellow card and shone with his very good tackling rate of 69%. Against Norwich, who are only one point behind Watford, I expect a competitive game in which Samir can once again show that he has earned his starting place.
Jack Grealish (18.1m, Man. City): So far the most expensive transfer from Man. City and one of the cheapest City players at SPITCH. Jack Grealish’s performances are sometimes good, but just too inconsistent yet. Nevertheless, he is quite cheap for a Citizen and brings you safe points most of the time. Against Southampton he might even make his long-awaited breakthrough and if you want to take a bit of a risk, you could even captain him.
Edo Kayembe (5,0 Mio., Watford): Another newcomer at Watford, who also has a market value of only 5 Mio. and scored over 300 points in his debut. The Congolese comes from the Belgian first division and was able to set up two goals in the last four games at his former club KAS Eupen. In his last game for Watford he has two attempts on goal and against Norwich he might even manage to collect his first scorer’s point.
Takumi Minamino (€8.9m, Liverpool): Due to the absence of some players because of Covid and the Africa Cup, the Japanese player is able to prove himself at Liverpool and could even score in the last league match against Brentford. For a Liverpool player likely to start at the weekend, he is a bargain and could convince against Crystal Palace and prove why he is worth the €8.5m transfer fee from 2020.
Emiliano Buendia (7.8m, Villa): Everton were dreaming of international football last season, but now they have to fear relegation because things are not going well at all for the Toffees. Aston Villa, on the other hand, are getting more and more into the swing of things under new coach Steven Gerrard, who knows how to beat Everton. And 25-year-old Argentine Emiliano Buendia is also putting in really strong performances. In his last two league games he has one assist, six shots on goal and an average of 427 points. He has plenty of scoring potential against a weakened Everton and could once again show what he is capable of.
Jack Harrison (5.5m, Leeds): Before the last two games no reasonable SPITCH player would have put him up. But with 383 and 762 points, as well as scoring four goals and adding two assists, the British striker is definitely worth considering. Especially when it comes against second-bottom Newcastle.
Emmanuel Dennis (7.5 m, Watford): Underground in the last two games and almost without any access to the game. But why should he be considered anyway? A win is definitely needed against Norwich and Emmanuel Dennis has shown often enough this season that he can score very well at SPITCH. What he has also shown is that he can score. He has scored eight times already and one of those goals was in the first half oft he season against Norwich. With a bit of luck, he’ll find his old form again and get you plenty of points.
Other players to keep an eye on are Rayan Ait Nouri (5.2m, Wolverhampton) who is back from injury, Curtis Jones (12.7m, Liverpool) who has already shown what he can do in the Champions League and Allan Saint-Maximin (8.9m, Newcastle) who could provide a scoring spark in any game.
About me: I have been supporting SPITCH as an intern in the various divisions for several weeks now. Through my experience on the free pitches, I want to help you find interesting players that maybe not everyone has on their radar.