Duke’s EPL DFS Preview for Sunday’s Showdown slate…
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With that in mind, let’s take a look at Sunday’s Showdown Slate between West Ham and Everton! In and out for you.
To the desert…
Oof can West Ham feel the top 4 slipping through their fingers? It was a dream to begin with but as we’ve approached the end of the season, there was an inevitableness about their top 4 hopes dying. Frankly, if Fat Frank was still in charge at Chelsea who knows where we’d be. West Ham might well have the top 4 wrapped up. The revolution at Chelsea has likely dashed those hopes but Europa League is still a worthy prize to fight for and the 2-1 win over Burnley last week got things back on track.
Declan Rice is a tough man to replace and that is where a lot of the struggles have come from for West Ham. They’ve conceded in 6 straight matches and have reverted to attempting to outscore teams. It certainly makes it fun from a daily fantasy perspective but it does make it hard to watch if you are a Hammers fan.
The main man is back firing and healthy. Michail Antonion is as responsible for the success of West Ham as anyone this year. He’s made this forward spot his own and settled in as one of the more dangerous counter attacking forwards in the league. He’s above average at almost everything. He has + speed. + strength. + weak foot. + finishing. + in the air. However, he’s not world class at any one ability. Perhaps that’s why he’s waited until 31 to really break through. Moyes knows to strike while the iron’s (pun intended) hot.
West Ham got the better of Everton the first time around this season, winning 1-0. Rice and Soucek were immense in the match with Soucek grabbing the winning goal. Noticeably absent from the first 11? Michail Antonio. James Rodriguez was missing for Everton as well and Lucas Digne was sidelined for the match. West Ham have shifted between a back 3 with wing backs and a back 4. It impacts the projections for fullbacks quite a bit but hasn’t really changed their offensive output as a whole.
Everton are middling with their results of late. That mirrors their place in the table. They sit 8th on 52 points but with a game in hand on West Ham and two games behind Tottenham. Top 6 is a realistic goal should they pick up 3 crucial points here. Lucas Digne seems to have regained some form and the exploits of Dominic Calvert-Lewin are what wins Everton the points.
Ultimately I don’t see this as a goal fest. We have our standard 2.5 goal total with -110 on either side. I’d tend to lean towards the under but won’t be placing a bet on this one.
- Antonio – WH – $10.8k
- This is crazy to pay for a player without any set piece equity but he could be the difference with a goal in a low scoring game.
- Digne – EVE – $7.4k
- No James and of course Gylfi could take a set piece or 2 but Digne is back, baby!
- Lingard – WH – $11.4k
- The price is what threw me for a loop but IF Cresswell doesn’t start then Jesse is for sure in play at CPT bc of his set piece equity. Without that we are reliant on open play value which scares me at this price.
- Sigurdsson – EVE – $8.6k
- Pens and sets without James.
- Fabianski – WH – $6.8k
- Want a wild card at CPT? Here is your man. You could even go Pickford, to be honest.
- Lingard – WH
- Digne – EVE
- Cresswell – WH
- Antonio – WH
- Bowen – WH
- Richarlison – EVE
- Sigurdsson – EVE
- Soucek – WH
- Calvert-Lewsin – EVE
- Fabianski – WH
- Pickford – EVE
- Benrahma – WH
- Coleman – EVE
- Coufal – WH
- Fredericks – WH
- Fornals – WH
See y’all in the chat! GOOD LUCK!