Duke’s EPL DFS Preview for Friday’s Showdown slate…
Welcome back to another edition of a showdown preview this time with Arsenal versus Everton. A Friday afternoon kick-off to get us ready for the weekend is nothing to cry about. A rivalry to boot? Let’s go!
This is our first time seeing Arsenal since their inclusion and removal from the Super League. Yet another competition where Arsenal doesn’t win a trophy……..This is always a fun matchup between these two. Generally, we get the competitive match and with both teams struggling and a low total of just two-and-a-half with juice on the under, you do wonder how much attacking talent will be on display.
Will Arteta play it close to the vest? Will Ancelotti finally open up the attacking floodgates? I’ll break it all down for you in the game thoughts section. Let’s head to the Emirates.
To the desert…..
The home team typically has an edge in this matchup and that was no different back in December when these two played to a 2-1 Everton win. I’d say that should hold true here but Arsenal are riddled with key injuries. Tierney is out. Lacazette is out. Aubameyang is likely to miss another week. Finally, Martin Odegaard is a late fitness test.
What does that mean for Arteta? Play the kids. We should see a healthy dose of late 2020 Arsenal with Nketiah, Saka, Smith-Rowe and Martinelli leading the line. Pepe could easily get a run out and there is always Willian to throw in the mix but that would be my guess for the 4 that start.
For Everton, the injury list isn’t qutie as long but we could see some players coming back off of injury which always makes you hold your breath. Calvert-Lewin could feature but is suffering from an abductor issue which is a muscle rarely thought of until it’s injured and is vital to literally every aspect of the game. Gomes, Mina and Bernard should all be good to go. For what it’s worth, Fabian Delph should be available for selection as well.
While everyone (including me) was looking to James Rodriguez to be the difference maker it was Gylfi Sigurdsson who stole the show. He took and converted the penalty kick. He also banged in the second goal as well. They are still desperately missing that #9 and if DCL is healthy it will help their attack tremendously.
Neither of these teams have it figured out at the back and while Pickford returning certainly helps a bit, it’s not the magic elixir Ancelotti needs to stop the leaky defense. I have both teams scoring here.
- Saka – ARS – $9.8k
- If Pepe starts it does throw a wrench into things but he’ll lead his peers assuming they go with the young front 4.
- Martinelli – ARS – $7.8k
- This kid is special and if he can just stay healthy should become one of the best players at the club. He’s put in back-to-back great performances and continues to shoot on site. Great price for the upside.
- Sigurdsson – EVE – $9.2k
- Share of set pieces and taking the penalties against an Arsenal back line that would fail a sobriety test.
- Rodriguez – EVE – $10k
- Nearly put him over Gylfi just to troll myself but I couldn’t do it. He still takes the majority of set pieces and likely will create more from open play but up is down and down is up right now so who knows.
- Calvert-Lewin – EVE – $7.4k
- You could easily put Nketiah here but DCL has a higher ceiling carrying the Q tag. I’m guessing, as the road dog, that he’ll carry less ownership.
- Saka – ARS CASH AND GPP
- Rodriguez – EVE CASH AND GPP
- Martinelli – ARS
- Sigurdsson – EVE CASH AND GPP
- Ceballos – ARS CASH AND GPP
- Sharing sets now with Saka.
- Calvert-Lewin – EVE
- Smith-Rowe – ARS CASH AND GPP
- Digne – EVE CASH AND GPP
- Coleman – EVE CASH AND GPP
- Nketiah – ARS
- Richarlison – EVE
- Partay – ARS CASH AND GPP
- Godfrey – EVE CASH AND GPP
- Xhaka – ARS