Duke’s EPL DFS Preview for Saturday’s three-match slate…
PROFIT! THAT’S ALL WE WANT! PROFIT!!
We got it. Very successful two days of UCL action. The Mahrez to captain pivot was the key of the slate. Perennial bottle job, Timo Werner, came through for us with a goal and some peripheral points as Mason Mount was our #1 CPT and brought home the bacon in cash games.
Some creative builds had Eduardo Mendy in goal anticipating a low scoring affair. Uh, yeah that was the nuts. Awesome job for those in the chat who ended up there. Hopefully, you all made some cash to build up the bankroll for a Classic slate. Remember those?
Let’s switch gears and brains back to the split slate setting and take it down Saturday morning.
To the desert…
Woof. These teams are done. Sheffield is relegated. Palace are staying up but have nothing to gain by winning games and it shows. Palace are coming off three straight defeats. They conceded 2.67 goals per game over that short run and key players like Wilf Zaha are literally just sitting on the field. Did you see that? In their game against City he refused to go into the locker room at half time. He just sat down, looking dejected. Finally, a staff member came out to check on him and he wandered in but that is the state of this team.
Sheffield on the other hand aren’t much better. When Gareth Bale scores a hattrick against you it’s time to look in the mirror. He was a brilliant footballer but he’s a shell of himself and you allowed him to turn back the clock. If I were Zaha, I’d be licking my chops trying to snag some easy goals towards the end of the season and increase my bonus.
Alas, we are left with the lowest total on the board and a true toss up on who will win the contest. Sheffield have less to play for and seem to have run out of steam. Palace has the extra day of rest and I do expect them to come out on top.
Well well well! Nothing like Europe’s two best teams battling it out at the weekend. No, I do not expect this to be a preview of the Champions League final. Man City could officially be crowned champions if results go their way on Saturday but realistically will win the title no matter what happens. Chelsea are still locked in a top 4 battle as they are just 3 points ahead of West Ham.
Both teams are at the top of their game. Both teams have depth and quality throughout the side. Will we see rotation? That’s the big question for me and what will make it really hard to rank players in that section. I’m going to make some assumptions but state those clearly below.
When these two last met in the Prem it was Frank Lampard’s Chelsea. It was a much different side. A much different formation. A much different defensive unit as Chelsea conceded 3 goals at home. Now heading to the Etihad is a rejuvenated Chelsea team under Tuchel. I expect a scoreline closer to what we saw in their FA Cup matchup at Wembley. It finished 1-0 for Chelsea on the night but it was a back and forth, defensive battle. It was chess. City edged out Chelsea in terms of possession and shots but it was Chelsea who created the better chances and picked up the win. The German young bloods are coming good under Tuchel. Havertz and Werner look like different players and could be released in this match to secure 4th place.
Team news will be huge.
There is limping to the finish line and there is see where the finish line is and taking off your bib and shoes to walk to the closest beach and have a rest. Liverpool are the walking wounded and sit 7th in the table with just 5 matches left. Is to 4 completely gone? Well, not mathematically. They also don’t have the toughest run in to be fair. They have games against West Brom and Burnley after they play Southampton. Their postponed game with United will also allow them to see what their other top 4 challengers have done and chase points. However, they need to win all 5 games to give themselves a chance and it starts Saturday with their home match with Southampton.
At Anfield, Liverpool typically have their way with Southampton. They have wins of 4-0 and 3-0 in their last two home matches v Southampton and SOU are not in the best form themselves. SOU have just 1 point from their last 3 matches and have conceded at least one goal in 6 straight games. This is by far the highest total on the slate and also the late hammer. Considering the question marks and quality of the second game on our slate, I’d expect the first game to go basically unowned with most players banking salary for games 2 and 3 in both cash and GPP.
- Mahrez – MCI – $9.2k cash and gpp
- Werner – CHE – $7.3k
- Mane – LIV – $8.7k
- Salah – LIV – $9.7k cash and gpp
- Benteke – CP – $5.6k
- Jota – LIV – $8.5k
- Jesus – MCI – $8k
- Zaha – CP – $7.8k cash and gpp
- McGoldrick – SHU – $6.1k
- Pulisic – CHE – $7.1k
- Eze – CP – $6.6k cash and gpp
- Foden – MCI – $9.6k cash and gpp
- Mount – CHE – $8.8k cash and gpp
- Ward-Prowse – SOU – $7.2k cash and gpp
- De Bruyne – MCI – $10k cash and gpp
- Havertz – CHE – $6.2k
- Armstrong – SOU – $5.1k
- Gundogan – MCI – $7.7k
- Jorginho – CHE – $4.3k
- Norwood – SHU – $3.2k cash and gpp
- Fleck – SHU – $3.9k
- Kante – CHE – $3.3k
- Berge – SHU – $3k
- Alexander-Arnold – LIV – $7k cash and gpp
- Robertson – LIV – $6k cash and gpp
- Chilwell – CHE – $5.6k cash and gpp
- James – CHE – $5.5k
- Cancelo – MCI – $6.3k
- Walker-Peters – SOU – $4.5k
- Salisu – SOU – $2.7k cash and gpp
- Baldock – SHU – $3.5k cash and gpp
- McCarthy – SOU – $3.7k cash and gpp
- Risky considering the SOU form at Anfield but opens up quite a bit.
- Mendy – CHE – $4.4k cash and gpp
- Likely the most popular goalie on the slate.
- Guiata – CP – $4.9k cash and gpp
- Under $5k against Sheffield is a gift.