Tuesday night’s competition is based on only two games;
Everton vs Arsenal & Bournemouth vs Leicester.
Both kick off at 7.45pm.
Nonetheless, for just a £3 entry fee the £1,000 Tuesday Special offers £100 to the winner and at least double your entry fee to the top 95 positions. With only 392 entrants to the contest, we think the odds are in our favour this week.
Don’t forget, FanDuel only allows you to pick up to 4 players from one team in each contest.
Everton vs Arsenal
VERDICT: Away win (both teams to score)
Players to Select
Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Hector Bellerin
Idrissa Gueye, Ramiro Funes Mori, Ashley Williams
Everton are on a terrible run of form of late having not won any of their last 5 in the league. Arsenal are the exact opposite and on a 14 game unbeaten streak. Form alone would suggest this should be an easy away win and truthfully we think it probably will be.
However, coming just 72 hours after the last fixture, and with Man City to think about in 4 days time, we have to consider that Arsenal might rest and rotate their line up which always gives Everton a chance. Also don’t forget, Koeman and his team will be reeling from the result at Watford on Saturday and looking to bounce back quickly to stop the rot. Everton also tend to up to their game against tougher opponents and the likes of Barkley now have a point to prove (if he plays).
Our top Arsenal picks this week include the obvious choices of Sanchez (£14.9M) & Ozil (£12.6M), who provided they are starting, are the most consistent points scorers in the Arsenal team, and can’t be ignored. Should there be rotation then the most likely substitute will be Giroud (£9.6M) and we will gladly make a direct swap for the Frenchman whose underlying FanDuel stats every time he’s played have been exceptional.
We also like the look of newly fit Hector Bellerin (£7.3M) who marked his come back with an assist and 3 chances created having come on in the first half for the injured Mustafi.
We expect the Everton defence to be busy and for that reason we are backing both the Argentine Funes Mori (£6.4M) and the more experienced Ashley Williams (£7.5M) to score well. Both have averaged over 20 points in the last two appearances (which is the minimum requirement for our defenders!) and been responsible for a combined 39 clearances and 11 interceptions between them. With Arsenal in full flight we expect those numbers to drastically increase this week, which is great news for anyone with them in their FanDuel team.
Our third and top Everton pick is midfielder Idrissa Gueye (£10M). Other than the blip this weekend, he’s one of Everton’s most consistent performers and best players. Against a team like Arsenal who love to keep the ball in midfield he is guaranteed to be busy. 16 interceptions and 24 tackles in his last 4 games alone is more than anyone in the Everton backline which makes him a must pick this week in our opinion.
Bournemouth vs Leicester
VERDICT: Draw (or some sort of late dramatic winner…again!)
Players to Select
Nathan Ake, Benik Afobe, Artur Boruc
Christian Fuchs, Riyad Mahrez, Islam Slimani
Bournemouth seem to be a completely different team away from home than they are when playing at Dean Court this season as referenced by the fact they’ve only lost 1 game at home. Leicester appear the exact same and haven’t lost at home this season, yet haven’t won a game away.
With that in mind, this too would seem a pretty obvious game to call and the home side should come out on top. However, Leicester will be buoyed by their thrashing of Man City on Saturday, and have players coming back into form just in time for the busy festive period so we fancy then to give it a good go this week.
One such example who is getting our full backing this week is Riyad Mahrez (£10.3M) who after a quite start has now scored over 20 points per game in each of his last 4 appearances, which includes 2 goals, 7 chances created and THAT assist against City (top quality!) He’s Leicester’s most consistent performer recently and seems to be making his way back to the form that won him player of the year last year.
Another Leicester player we are entrusting this week is full back Christian Fuchs (£8.4M). The Austrian hasn’t yet hit the heights of last year (well who has) but is more than capable of a high gameweek score as shown a few times already this season with highs of 46 and 36.75 against Palace and Burnley respectively. He consistently gets up the wing and creates chances whilst still scoring well defensively and is up against a Bournemouth team who have conceded 9 goals in their last 3 games. With corners and direct free kicks under his watch too, he’s got great potential.
Our final Leicester pick this week is a controversial one but it’ Mahrez’s international teammate, Islam Slimani (£8.7M). Although Vardy did score a sensational hatrick last week and we would happily have him too, Slimani was at the heart of everything and offers an important differential in a week where each contest will have extremely high ownership for players like Vardy. If you are just looking to place, Vardy might be the better choice. If you want to win, Slimani is the risk for you.
Up against a side that are more likely to sit back and will be far less shambolic than the City backline were, we like the fact Slimani does more for the team than just finish chances too. That said he’s still managed 4 goals and 2 assists having only played 90 minutes three times this season so far so has shown he can finish when required. At £0.2M cheaper than Vardy we are taking the risk.
We complete our backline with one of Bournemouths in form centre backs, Nathan Ake (£7.6M). In the 4 games Ake has played since returning to the Bournemouth team he’s averaged 33.25 points, which for a defender is simply brilliant. No defender in the game can match that form and we have no reason to doubt his contribution this week again either.
With only 4 potential keepers to choose from we are backing Artur Boruc (£6.7M) in goal this week. We don’t see any of the four teams keeping clean sheets and so his propensity for saves makes him the most attractive option ahead of the likes of Zieler and Stekelenberg who for our money are amongst the poorest keepers in the league. (Incidentally Bravo is probably the worst but that’s for another day…)
Our final and riskiest pick of the week is Benik Afobe (£6.4M). Although he’s shown a lack of consistency so far this season he does appear to be hitting some form of late and a goal and assist in his last two has done enough to convince us we should take the risk. Leicester can’t keep clean sheets at the moment and Afobe seems as likely as any Bournemouth player right now to take advantage of that – should he be in Howe’s starting line up.
As always, keep en eye on those all-important lineups an hour before kick off and we’ll see what rotation has done for our teams for gameweek 16. We’ll have all the last minute tips on our Twitter and Facebook pages.