EPL - Matchday 28 (Tuesday)
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EPL during the midweek is a way to liven up our boring lives at work! And with a Tuesday and Wednesday slate, it should be filled with fun!
Let’s get to it!
Tuesday – Feb 26 – (4 games)
Everton @ Cardiff
After getting slapped by Watford at home, Cardiff has a chance to redeem themselves against an Everton side that has gone downhill in the second half of the season. They should be well rested though as they haven’t played since the 9th. If they are to win, I don’t necessarily see a blow-out but instead a narrow victory.
Cardiff doesn’t have much to offer in terms of DFS. Murphy is their best floor play but he is always substituted at the 60th minute mark – that’s not useful. Camarasa has been on the injury list for some time now and is questionable yet again. His price makes sense in cash if he starts as he should be over sets but that is still a big if. Ralls has enjoyed taking over sets in the meantime but there is hardly any upside to him. Bamba on FD is always a good play.
We never know what to expect from Everton but this is a good matchup for them on paper. Digne certainly is the top DEF play but you are definitely paying a huge premium for him. I think you could still fit him in if you want a reliable floor player, it’s just a matter of asking yourself if the rest of your lineup has the upside needed to win. Sigurdsson is at a price where I would like him if he had a monopoly over sets but he doesn’t, more GPP as a result. Richarlison always starts the season as if he is a superstar and then when the midway point hits, he becomes an average player – viable to say the least. Those are the main names, and then we have those GPP punts in the names of Walcott, Tosun, Lookman and even Bernard just due to his low price.
Wolves @ Huddersfield
Huddersfield is a disaster, and that’s putting it nicely. It would be very unrealistic if Wolves drop any points here, this is a must win for them but it should be more like a guaranteed win for them. This makes Patricio the top GK play of the slate and you could combine him with Doherty/Jonny for a Wolves defensive stack in hopes of a clean sheet as Huds cannot score!
Moutinho should continue on every set as long as Cavaleiro does not start which would make him a lock in cash. You would also expect Jimenez to continue his barrage of shots in this game and actually score without it having to be from the penalty kick spot. The forward that accompanies him then becomes a GPP play whether it’s Jota, Costa or Traore. Neves will take long range shots but his floor is unimpressive, price wise though you can take a chance on him even though there may be better options.
As for Huds, Mooy should be on sets but I really do not know what to do with everyone else on this team. I wouldn’t expect another 16 point performance by Lossl.
Brighton @ Leicester
Two teams that are really struggling. Leicester just fired their coach and I believe that was their best decision as Puel was a horrible manager and made Leicester play like a bottom feeder team. This should be interesting here as now every player needs to actually give it their all to impress a new manager to hope that they are liked and have a spot on the team, more so in the starting lineup. Therefore, perhaps expect some changes to the regular starters.
Maddison is one player that shouldn’t lose his spot and his price seems low to me. He has a monopoly over sets and is really the motor to this team, easy lock! Pereira is another consistent peripheral scorer and is always a top option. Chilwell is the other consistent guy but without an evident ceiling game. As for the rest, they have intriguing GPP plays such as Barnes who has taken 3 or more shots in each of his starts, Tielemans who is a new transfer and has shown a respectable floor – mind you in only 2 games, and Gray if he ever starts, always an outsider to break the slate.
As for Brighton, they have been a horrible away team with only two wins and conceding at least 2 goals per game on average. Gross seems to have found his footing hitting double digit points in his last two, and with March questionable to play, this may be another game where his monopoly over sets is active. Knockaert would be the only deterrent to that if he starts so consider that – makes for an intriguing GPP play but price may be too high. I won’t go crazy with this team though being an away matchup for them.
Burnley @ Newcastle
Well, well, from two teams with struggling records, to now two teams with improving records. This one should be an interesting match, although it might be low scoring. Burnley has rebounded very well and just beat Tottenham in their last match. Newcastle has won their last three home games. I would expect a draw here.
Heaton stands out right away if you want to save at that position. Burnley are still allowing a lot of shots on net but this is Heaton and not Hart, the biggest difference is that Heaton actually saves the ball. But moving away from that, we got a complicated set piece situation on our hands. It all depends who is in the starting eleven and these players here are in line to the role: Brady, Gudmundsson, McNeil and Westwood. Brady would be useful in cash as I would assume he would be the primary taker even if McNeil is in. However, if Gudmundsson is also in then that may muddy things up a bit. Barnes has scored in four straight with plenty of shots to account for so take it as you please.
As for Newcastle, we have to understand that their last game was an anomaly. Playing against 10-men against the weakest opposition in the league and putting up huge numbers in fantasy does not really impress me. So skip that game log and focus on the others. Ritchie is the one cash play from this team as he has a monopoly over sets. Almiron had a wonderful debut but again, consider the team and scenario he was faced with. Although he is still viable because of his M/F eligibility and his price is still decent.
Good luck footy fans! Let’s hear your thoughts!!!
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