Tips for the first matchday of the Prize Competition
12 of the 18 teams that have to play this weekend have already had matches during the week and after this weekend several teams have to endure another English week. This weekend, as always, it will be exciting to see how the teams will do in the title race, in the fight for relegation and for the international places. What will be most interesting is who from Man. United and Tottenham can win the game and take essential points in the race for the Champ. League with them.
The Prize Competition will start on Saturday over three matchdays. I have selected some exciting players for your team on matchday 29!
David Raya (8.8m, Brentford): Whether against Man. City or Norwich David Raya always points. At the end of October he was injured for a long time, but then he returned and has managed to score over 200 points for five games. The opponents Burnley are relatively far down in the finishing statistics, but he also showed how strong he is against the last-placed team in this statistic Norwich with 305 points. He leads the Gk Held and Super Pass statistics in the last five matchdays, plus he may well bring you some more points from free kicks, as he is second in that statistic. If he can continue like this, then he is definitely a candidate for any SPITCH eleven.
Junior Firpo (7.0m, Leeds): He moved to Leeds from FC Barcelona for 15m last summer but hasn’t really been able to arrive until now. For the last three games, however, that seems to be slowly changing. In two of those three games he scored more than 250 points and is able to establish himself in the starting line-up. Leeds have lost each of their last five games, but in those they have been against Everton, Tottenham, Man. United, Liverpool and Leicester. This weekend they play bottom of the table Norwich and need to win the game to avoid slipping into the relegation zone.
Matthew Doherty (8.4m, Tottenham): The Irishman is the definition of in form. In his last two league games he set up three goals and scored one himself. He scored over 500 points in both games and showed his class not only offensively. He won 12 out of 15 duels in the two games and thus collected 180 points through those alone. This weekend Tottenham plays against Man. United at the weekend and have an important and difficult game ahead of them, but should the 30-year-old be able to continue his form, then he should be on every SPITCH manager’s list.
Sam Byram (4.0m, Norwich): The 28-year-old Englishman has finally been allowed to prove himself at Norwich and showed solid performances first in the FA Cup against Liverpool and then in the league against Brentford. Despite the 3-1 defeat, he managed to score 337 points, won over 60% of his duels and shot on goal twice. Against Leeds, I expect a similar game to the one against Brentford and for a measly 4.0m, you could have a go at him.
Fernando Marcal (6.5m, Wolverhampton): The Brazilian full-back has shown us good SPITCH performances on and off this season but has never been able to develop any real consistency. However, in the last two games he managed to score over 200 points and put in strong performances for Wolves. Of course, after two games you can’t talk about consistency yet, but these good performances could develop into a run for the 33-year-old.
Anthony Gordon (6.4m, Everton): It is high time for the Toffees to turn things around as they are just outside the relegation zone after 28 matchdays and also suffered a 5-0 defeat to Tottenham on Monday. Hopes are pinned on English midfield talent Anthony Gordon, who already has five Premier League points to his name. Wolverhampton may not be the easiest of opponents, but Gordon has shown on several occasions this season that he can score really well. He even scored over 600 points against Brighton and Leeds.
Saul Niguez (11.5m, Chelsea): Finally the midfielder on loan from Atletico gets his chance at Chelsea and he could use it right away. With 302 points and a fantasy assist, he impressed in the 4-0 win over Burnley and it is very likely that Thomas Tuchel will give him another chance at the weekend.
Valentino Livramento (10.2m, Southampton): After a two-month injury lay-off, the 19-year-old returned to the Southampton squad four weeks ago and has been performing consistently well since. In his last three starting appearances in the Prem. League, he had a scoring average of 270 points. An interesting player who could make the difference against Watford.
Alexandre Lacazette (14.4m, Arsenal): He has four assists in his last four games and has played a big part in Arsenal’s outstanding form. His points at SPITCH are not quite as good yet, but the Frenchman also seems to be finding his form again and he may even manage to score against Leicester.
Jack Harrison (5,5 Mio., Leeds): The winger, who came from City, is one of the cheapest strikers in the Premier League at SPITCH and nevertheless he manages to show good performances more and more often. In the last game against Leicester he made 349 points without scoring. This weekend they play last-place Norwich and Jack Harrison could show his strength especially in this game.
Luis Diaz (16.3m, Liverpool): Before this season I was convinced that there was no player who could match Sadio Mane and Mo Salah, but the way Luis Diaz is performing shows me that I was wrong. With his explosiveness and finishing power, he outshines everyone on the field and SPITCH is no exception. With 410 average points from his three rated games, he has the best average score in the entire league. Liverpool are in title contention and the Colombian will once again give his all to shine against Brighton this weekend.
Other players to keep an eye on are Trevoh Chalobah (11.0m, Chelsea) who could play due to the many absentees at Chelsea, Bruno Guimares (9.5m, Newcastle) who could make his second star appearance and Richarlison (16.0m, Everton) who is always good for a goal.
About me: I have been supporting SPITCH for several months as an intern in the various divisions. Through my experience on the free pitches, I want to help you find interesting players that maybe not everyone has on their radar.