As the dust settles on an eventful Champions League week, we turn our focus to Gameweek 15 and another round of Premier League fixtures. This week has thrown up some good looking FanDuel fixtures, with the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal all playing at home to mid/bottom of the table teams. These three are likely to dominate our attacking picks.
With that in mind we have looked at this week’s must-have Midfielders and those that are likely to get us into the green.
Ryan Fraser (BOU) – v Burnley (a)- £4.2M
After probably the greatest 30-minute cameo the Premier League has seen, Ryan Fraser has shot to the top of our wanted list after a sensational 40 points last week. Fraser was instrumental in leading Bournemouth’s late come back against Liverpool and managed 2 assists, a brilliantly taken goal and a man of the match performance in less time than it takes to walk across Stanley Park. At 4.2M he’s the cheapest asset in the game this week. If he isn’t in Howe’s starting line up against Burnley and doesn’t rack up another healthy points score this week, we’ll eat our hats. Although Burnley are much stronger at home, this kid still offers value beyond belief. Definite top pick.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (SWA) – v Sunderland (h) – £11M
Remember when you were a kid playing football in the playground, there was always that one kid that wanted to do everything, penalties, corners, goalkicks, freekicks you name it, they were first to it. When we watch Swansea we can’t help but think Sigurdsson was that kid…! Other than perhaps Robert Snodgrass to Hull, there is no player in the league as important to their team as Sigurdsson is to Swansea right now and for that reason he’s become a FanDuelTips favourite very quickly.
Involved in everything good that has happened so far this season for the Swans (which isn’t a lot to be fair) Sigurdsson has defied his poor performing teammates and continued to provide a great 22.73 PPG average thanks mostly to his dead ball ability and false number 9 position. Sigurdsson also has 20 shots on target already this season, more than any other midfielder.
A home game against a resurgent Sunderland (6-pointer alert!) doesn’t look as easy on paper now as it might have done a few weeks ago but, clean sheets have still been hard to come by for Sunderland and in fact they haven’t managed any away from home yet this season. With 2 goals and 3 assists in his last 5, we fully expect Siggy to rack up some more attacking points this week against the second worst team in the league at conceding attempts from set pieces. Another top pick in our opinion.
Wilfried Zaha (CRY) – v Hull (a) – £7.8M
The most surprising thing about the 3-0 victory over Southampton last week was not the fact Palace actually won a game of football or even that they kept a clean sheet. It wasn’t even that Benteke broke his duck and finally scored at home. No, the biggest surprise to us was that the most creative and impressive Palace player this season so far, on a five game points scoring streak wasn’t involved in any of the goals…
An away tie at Hull this week should give Zaha the chance to make amends and we fully expect the
Englishman Ivorian to earn us some healthy points this week against a Hull side that are the only team left in the league not to keep a clean sheet this season. Interestingly Zaha has broken the impressive 30-point mark in 3 away games this season already, and over 60% of the 18 chances he’s created have come away from Selhurst Park.
Idrissa Gueye (EVE) – v Watford (a) – £9.3M
Topping the current form table with 30+ points in each of his last three games, Gueye has quickly started to show why he’s just so important to this Everton team, and why the FanDuel scoring system favours him so highly. After joining Everton from Villa this summer there were muted comparisons to Kante last year and we think Gueye is really starting to prove why.
With no goals and only 1 assist to his name all season you’d be forgiven for thinking he wasn’t FanDuel material. But in the past 3 weeks alone Gueye has managed to rack up 22 tackles, 13 interceptions, 7 clearances and 5 chances created (as well as winning the last minute penalty against Man Utd). Gueye’s recent form average of 30.75 points per game is better than that of De Bruyne, Hazard, Firmino and in fact most other midfielders in the game. At £9.2M Gueye is still great value for money in that sense and should be given serious consideration this week again, against a Watford side who are as inconsistent as they come.
Eden Hazard (CHE) – v WBA (h) – £12.6M
Other than a blip against Liverpool and Spurs, Hazard’s home form this season has been nothing short of spectacular. With 8 goals from 19 shots on target and 28 chances created already this season we fancy Hazard to continue his fine form at Stamford Bridge this week. Of all the pricey ‘elite’ midfielders this week we think Hazard offers the best value as the likes of De Bruyne and Eriksen come up against slightly tougher challenges. Chelsea midfield coverage looks to be in high demand this week, but if you are looking for more of a bargain than Hazard offers look no further than Nemanja Matic or Victor Moses. Both priced at £8.6M, the former is a more consistent points scorer but the latter is far more dangerous in front of goal.
Sadio Mane (LIV) – v West Ham (h) – £11.7M
4 of the top 10 highest scoring midfielders in FanDuel so far this season are Liverpool players. That’s testimony to the way Klopp wants them to play. With 7 goals already this season, Mane is the highest scoring Liverpool midfielder. With 20 points on offer per goal these days (15 for the goal, 5 for the ‘shot on target’) that also makes him the most attractive proposition against a woeful West Ham team this week that leaked 5 goals at Arsenal and 3 at Spurs in the last few weeks. Although he’s also the most expensive Liverpool asset (Lallana could have just as good a game for £2.5M less), 5 of Mane’s 7 goals have come at home so far this season and with his attacking threat as high as ever, we expect he will be adding to that tally this week too.
Sofiane Boufal (SOU) – v Middlesbrough (h) – £7.1M
Making only his second start of the season at Palace last week, Sofiane Boufal finally showed glimpses of just why he was Southampton’s record signing this summer. While the result didn’t go in favour of the Saints, Boufal still impressed at both ends of the pitch with 4 chances created, 1 shot on target and 4 tackles totalling 27.25 points.
Having not yet completed a full 90 mins for the Saints this season a quick check of the lineups before kickoff will be important. If Boufal isn’t included, chances are he’ll be replaced by the new Southampton academy ‘wonderkid’ Josh Sims (£5.5M). An impressive debut at home to Everton in GW13 was enough to give him serious consideration too and potentially a starting role in our lineups this week if Boufal isn’t played and funds are looking tight.
A quick nod to the draw specialists Boro. 4 away draws in a row, including at the Etihad and Emirates show they are no pushovers on the road and this won’t be plain sailing for the Saints as most might expect.
Emre Can (LIV) – v West Ham (h) – £8.5M
For the fourth week in a row we are backing the cheapest midfield asset Liverpool have to offer to come good against a struggling West Ham. Fresh from another goal and assist at Bournemouth and a 40+ points haul, there is no reason to suggest Can can’t continue his sparkling form in GW15 and with so many good looking midfield options elsewhere this week he could be a key differential.
Those with a keen eye might have noticed after their 5 goal mauling of West Ham last week, there are no Arsenal midfielders in our recommendations this week.
Although Stoke are on an 11 game losing run away at Arsenal that stems back to 1982, and even though we fully expect Arsenal to come through and win the game, Ozil is really the only midfielder scoring consistently on FanDuel each week and for £13.4M we fancy there is better value elsewhere. With Ramsey fighting for a starting birth now and Xhaka seemingly fighting with Elneny for a place too it’s difficult to predict where the points will come from in midfield and so we’d rather invest our funds in their forward line with the likes of Sanchez and Walcott instead!
Keep an eye out for the rest of our Form Guide articles this week as we look at the other important positions in our team ahead of GW15