The weekend gets underway with an intense derby in Merseyside with Liverpool facing Everton in the lunchtime kick off. Liverpool seem to have rediscovered some form in recent weeks, especially at home where they’ve beaten Tottenham, Arsenal and Burnley in their last 3 games. They have an excellent record in the derby too; they’re undefeated in the last 13 meetings between the sides and it’s 17 and a half years since Everton won at Anfield. The Blues are in good form, but generally their wins are coming at Goodison Park; they’ve lost just one of their last twelve league games but the contrast in home and away form is stark with 6 home wins in a row but just 1 win from their last 5 away. With these stats in mind it’s hard to see Liverpool losing in this one and Georginio Wijnaldum (£7.5m) could be a good option for your midfield. With Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson almost certainly missing the Reds will be looking to him to control the midfield and he’s scored or assisted in each of his last six home matches.
At 3pm, Man United’s long unbeaten league run should continue as they host a West Brom side with just 3 away wins in the Premier League all season. United are undefeated in their last 18 league games and haven’t lost at home in any competition in over 6 months. Zlatan Ibrahimovic sits out the final game of his suspension for elbowing Bouremouth’s Tyrone Mings at the start of March, so Marcus Rashford (£6.4m) may get a full 90 minutes and considering West Brom haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their last 14 away games he may well get on the scoresheet. Antonio Valencia (£5.9m) could be a good choice in defence, with the Ecuadorian helping his team to 3 clean sheets in their last 5 league games and popping up with a goal and 2 assists in his last 7.
The final game of the weekend should also provide plenty of entertainment with Man City away at Arsenal. This could be the year that Arsenal finally finish outside of the top and there is serious discontent amongst the Gunners faithful, with protests against manager Arsène Wenger plaguing their season. One of the main reasons for this ire towards the manager is the perceived underperformance against big sides, and this is highlighted with their poor return of just 2 wins from their last 9 league meetings against Sunday’s opponents. City are on an unbeaten run of 7 league matches, winning their last 3 away by an aggregate score of 8-0, and will be poised to take advantage of any negativity from the home crowd that could manifest into nervousness from the Arsenal players on the pitch. Sergio Agüero (£12.7m) has 2 goals from his last 3 league games, while Leroy Sané (£7.5m) is excelling in midfield and has scored twice and assisted a further 2 in his last 7.
To finish off, one Fantasy Football pick from each of the remaining fixtures:
Burnley v Spurs – Dele Alli (£8.9m)
Chelsea v Crystal Palace – Pedro (£7.2m)
Hull v West Ham – Andy Carroll (£6.3m)
Leicester v Stoke – Jamie Vardy (£9.8m)
Watford v Sunderland – Jermain Defoe (£7.8m)
Southampton v Bournemouth – Dusan Tadic (£7.0m)
Swansea v Middlesbrough – Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.8m)
Best of luck for this weekend, and we’ll bring you another update next week.