The slightly different preview!
Again this weekend there will be a lot of action in the Prem. League and two top matches will be particularly exciting. Compared to last season, a lot has changed. Liverpool and Chelsea, who meet at 1.30pm on Saturday, were 2nd and 3rd last season but are now both in a slump of form, occupying 9th and 10th in the league. It will be interesting to see how both teams play and whether the Blues use some of their new signings, as they have spent almost as much in six months on players under Todd Boehly as Liverpool have in the last ten transfer periods. The exact opposite of the two are Arsenal and Man. United, who play on Sunday at 17:30. Last season both just managed to reach the Europa League places and are now in 1st and 3rd place.
Jose Sa (43₵, Wolverhampton): On average, the Wolves number 1 holds three shots per game and only one from three shots on goal ends up in the net against him. This week’s opponents Man. City have the most shots this season, with an average of 17, 6 of which are on target. For Sa, these are perfect conditions to once again deliver a 200+ point performance and shine through his strength on the line.
Ezri Konsa (60₵, Villa): Under Unai Emery, Aston Villa are playing really strong again and have won four of their last six games under him. That’s more than in the previous 17 games before Emery took over. This strength of form is also having an effect on his players and Konsa has been able to perform in every game in which Villa were not clear underdogs, such as against Tottenham, Man. United or Newcastle, also impressed technically in terms of points with several over 200 point games. Above all, his outstanding 78% tackling rate could help him dominate against bottom side Southampton.
Fabian Schär (90₵, Newcastle): The Magpies centre-back could find his form again in the last game and continue this streak against Crystal Palace. The Eagles have averaged only 40% possession in their last five league games and won only one of those. The Swiss should make some easy +2s as a result and also score against the ball with his 73% tackling rate. Another very big scoring potential is the scoring threat he exudes. In his last five games he scored nine times, more than any other defender. Of those, however, only three were on goal. But if he manages to finish more accurately, he could increase his points even more.
John Stones (100₵, Man. City): After only sitting on the bench at the weekend, Stones was allowed to play again against Tottenham and should also be in the starting eleven against Wolves. The prerequisites for a very good game from him are definitely in place. In his last ten league games he always scored more than 200 points and shines with a 94% passing rate, which leads to a lot of points at a City that is strong in possession. Wolves are the weakest team in the league offensively and Stones could give you plenty of points here too with his good 76% tackling rate.
Kaoru Mitoma (44₵, Brighton): The Japanese was on loan at Belgian club Royal Union Saint-Gilloise until the beginning of this season and also won the championship with them. At Brighton he seems to have made the breakthrough and is playing really strong. In his last five games he has scored three goals, got four shots on goal and set up four goals. Leicester have lost each of their last four games and conceded an average of two goals in them. Mitoma could therefore impress with his explosiveness and goal threat and score some points despite his low price tag.
Rodrigo Bentancur (85₵, Tottenham): After the Spurs midfielder, suffered an injury during the World Cup, he made his first appearance on Thursday against Man. City for the first time and put in a solid performance despite the 4-2 defeat. He was outstanding before his injury, scoring three goals in four games and getting on the scoresheet three times.He is also Tottenham’s midfield engine and was eagerly awaited back by Antonio Conte. His passing rate of 86% also shows his playmaking qualities and his good tackling rate of 64% rounds off his all-round qualities. Against Fulham, Tottenham managed to win 12 out of their last 14 games and Bentancur could bring his contribution to win 13.
Kevin de Bruyne (188₵, Man. City): That he is one of the best playmakers in the world is indisputable and his points look accordingly. However, with his market value of 188₵, he is the second most expensive player in the league and it sometimes doesn’t pay to field him. Against the Wolves, however, he could score enormously. Besides his strong average of 2.5 shots per game and his passing qualities, he is a force against Wolverhampton. In the last six meetings with them in the Prem. League he has been involved in nine goals, scoring five times himself and setting up four. If he continues to play this well against them, he will be a must on this match day.
Evan Ferguson (32₵, Brighton): The 18-year-old Irishman popped up in Brighton’s starting eleven almost out of nowhere, but acted as a striker after Trossard was left out due to transfer rumours. Now the Belgian has indeed switched and Ferguson should be allowed to start again. In his first two starting appearances he scored once and set up two goals. In the game before that he only played 30 minutes and managed to score as well. Should he continue his captivating form, he could save you a lot of budget.
Alexander Isak (78₵, Newcastle): After being brought in for 70 million, Isak struggled a lot with injuries this season and could only play four games, three of which he started, but in those he always showed his class. He scored three times and had an average of 1.8 shots on goal. Now he is fit again and could start from the beginning, but you should keep an eye on this and then possibly change.
Heung-Min Son (135₵, Tottenham): The top scorer is having a rather moderate season and has only scored four goals, but in the last five league games (not including the catch-up game against City), he is scoring more and more. On average he gets almost three shots on goal per game in these games and also managed to score once and set up a goal. As mentioned before, Spurs have a very good statistic against Fulham and Son could score some points again.
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