Our preview of the 24th matchday in the Premier League
The Premier League matchless weekend is over and we can look forward to a very entertaining English week. Over the weekend, just about all the favourites qualified for the next round of the FA Cup, except Leicester and Man. United, who were both eliminated from the tournament against Championship teams. Now the battle in the league continues and we can be curious who will make it to the international places and who will have to fear relegation. As always, I present you with interesting matchday players who could help you build your winning eleven.
Nick Pope (9.4 million, Burnley): The Englishman is back in goal for Burnley and was immediately convincing. Both against Arsenal and in the postponed match against Watford he remained without conceding a goal and was able to collect a strong 303 points against Arsenal. Man. United will want to attack after their cup exit and Nick Pope will have his work cut out for him. In current form, this could be just the matchup for him and could pick up some points.
Cristian Romero (10.8m, Tottenham): It is not yet certain whether the Argentine, on loan from Atalanta, will be back in the starting eleven, but Antonio Conte has announced that the tackling monster is available again and he was also allowed to play from the start in the FA Cup at the weekend. With a 73% tackling rate and a strong statistic of having scored over 200 points in each of his starting appearances so far, he could be a strong insider pick to bring you solid points.
Hassane Kamara (6.5m, Watford): The transferred from Nicefull-back showed his strength after coming on as a substitute in the FA Cup, and he also put in solid performances in his two previous league games. He averages 210 points in his two league games and shines with an 88% tackling rate. Against West Ham, I expect a very intense game in which the 27-year-old could show that he is worth his money.
Dan Burn (6.2m, Newcastle): For a whopping 15m, Newcastle strengthen their central defence by bringing in Dan Burn from Brighton. The 29-year-old is a classic English centre-back: very robust, just under two metres tall and strong in the tackle. With an average of 204 points this season and an average of 341 points in the last three games, he is also in good form. We can be curious whether he will be in the starting eleven right away and if he is, then he should definitely be kept an eye on.
Diogo Dalot (7.8 million, Man. United): The Portuguese full-back talent is working his way more and more into a regular spot with the Red Devils. He is still scoring inconsistently at SPITCH, but in his last league game he made a start and scored 237 points. Those who saw his game against Middlesbrough know that he also showed a solid performance in this game and even manages to keep his nerve from the spot. On Tuesday, it’s against the bottom of the table and Man. United will do everything to prevent another embarrassment. I expect good defensive work from him and if everything goes well, good attacking actions that might even lead to a goal.
Bruno Guimares (5,0 Mio., Newcastle): Another transfer big hit for Newcastle: For 42,1 million they get the 24-year-old Brazilian from Lyon and could have improved a lot on the 6-man-position. With his overview and ball control and passing precision, he is a player who can improve any team. At SPITCH his market value is still 5.0 million and therefore he is an absolute bargain who can bring you good points.
James Ward-Prowse (11.2m, Southampton): For me one of the most solid midfielders in the Premier League. Apart from his 175 points against Man. City on the last matchday, Ward-Prowse scores non-stop in the league. In the last five games, despite that little slip, he is averaging 325 points, has scored four times and set up two goals. Against Tottenham it will be a tough game, but nevertheless the Englishman is in such good form that I would actually play him against any opponent, except perhaps Man. City, because their game is so possession-heavy. If you want to take a bit of a risk, put him in your line-up and you might be rewarded with a 400+ point performance.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (9.3m, Liverpool): Until the start of the Africa Cup, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had barely made an appearance, but with the absences of players like Salah and Mané, the midfielder is getting more game time and proving his worth. In the last two games, he scored 279 and 310 points, scoring once each. Against Leicester is the last game in which the players participating in the Africa Cup are not yet available and he will give it his all again to maybe even earn a regular spot under Jürgen Klopp.
Wout Weghorst (5.0m, Burnley): If you have been paying attention to SPITCH and the Bundesliga, you will 100% come across the name Wout Weghorst. Because the Dutchman was one of the strikers who scored highest in the Bundesliga. Surprisingly, however, he is now moving to the bottom of the Premier League Burnley, which could be a big advantage for those who knew him before. For 5.0m he is still a bargain and even if it is against Man. United, he could even get a goal. In his debut, in the postponed match against Watford, he was already allowed to play 90 minutes, but still remained without an outstanding performance. Those who are willing to take a risk could be rewarded here as well.
Odsonne Edouard (6.6 million, Palace): He is absolutely in form at the moment. Despite his poor performance against Brighton on matchday 22 with -69 points, the striker has been really good since matchday 20. In the four games he scored three goals and set up two goals, he also made 210, 277 and 406 points besides his slip. Against Norwich he will be looking to build on his performance and could bring you some points.
Anthony Elanga (1.8m, Man. United): The 19-year-old seems to have earned his regular place at Man. United. He was in the starting eleven in the last three league games and even scored against Brentford. Now it is against the bottom of the table and about a winger who plays for Man. United and costs only 1.8 million is something every SPITCH manager should be thinking about.
Other players to keep an eye on are Vitalii Mykolenko (8.8m, Everton), who has scored 253 straight after his transfer to Everton, Emiliano Buendia (7.8m, Villa), who is absolutely in form right now and Luis Diaz (5.0m, Liverpool), who could be in the starting line-up for the first time after his transfer.
About me: I have been supporting SPITCH as an intern in the various departments for several weeks now. Through my experience on the free pitches, I would like to help you find interesting players that maybe not everyone has on their radar.