EPL Game Breakdown: December 4/5

Our second helping of DraftKings fantasy EPL kicks off on Sunday and continues into Monday as the remaining six teams complete their 14th game of the season. This article previews those games with specific focus on set piece takers and the players to pick.


Sunday, 4 December

AFC Bournemouth vs Liverpool

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Vitality Stadium, 13:30 GMT (08:30 EST)

AFC Bournemouth

Bournemouth Breakdown

Watching Bournemouth from afar you get the distinct feeling that they are so well managed by Eddie Howe that they will stay in the Premier League for a third straight year. They came undone against Arsenal last Sunday thanks to a silly error from Steve Cook that led to the opening goal and if it hadn’t been for that then the 1-3 score line may even have been a draw. The result means that they’ve won just one of the last five games, but they have lost just one of the last five on home soil, winning three of them. Bournemouth have never beaten Liverpool in nine attempts and lost both games last season.

Bournemouth Set Piece Takers

Corners – Junior Stanislas, Simon Francis

Penalties – Callum Wilson

Bournemouth Player Picks

Junior Stanislas ($6,700) – Stanislas always enjoys himself at the Vitality and is also coming off a seven point performance against Arsenal, where he had no assist.

Callum Wilson ($5,900) – Wilson scored his fourth goal of the season last weekend and caused enough of a nuisance of himself to reach 16.25 fantasy points.

Liverpool

Liverpool Breakdown

Manager Jurgen Klopp may well have guided Liverpool to another win and an unprecedented third clean sheet of the season but the damage to Philippe Coutinho’s ankle could have a disastrous effect on their title hopes. The 2-0 win over Sunderland came courtesy of goals from Divock Origi and James Milner, Origi the man who is expected to replace Coutinho in the side. No team has scored more than Liverpool’s 32 goals this season and they are unbeaten in four games away from Anfield.

Liverpool Set Piece Takers

Corners – Jordan Henderson, James Milner

Penalties – James Milner

Liverpool Player Picks

Sadio Mane ($8,900) – Mane is Liverpool’s top Premier League scorer with six goals and the absence of Coutinho until 2017 will give the Senegalese a chance to shine even more than he currently is.

James Milner ($6,800) – Averaging 15.6 fantasy points per game (FPPG), Milner has been reborn as an attacking full back in this side and takes every set piece for the Reds.


Everton vs Manchester United

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Goodison Park, 16:00 GMT (11:00 EST)

Everton

Everton Breakdown

The honeymoon period is over for Ronald Koeman. Everton have won just once of the last six games and just Hull City and Crystal Palace have a worse record over that period. Last Sunday they were beaten 1-0 by Koeman’s former club Southampton yet they still sit in seventh and it’s a testament to how well they started that the Toffees still sit that high. Everton are still yet to lose at home this campaign and have conceded just four of their 15 goals at Goodison Park. They lost on both occasions to United last season and Romelu Lukaku is three games without a goal this season.

Everton Set Piece Takers

Corners – Leighton Baines, Kevin Mirallas

Penalties – Romelu Lukaku

Everton Player Picks

Yannick Bolasie ($7,700) – The former Palace winger has hit 12 fantasy points in each of his last two games and averages seven crosses and 3.5 shots per game in those fixtures.

Idrissa Gueye ($4,800) – Gueye leads all players in Europe when it comes to tackling with five tackles per game and has hit double digit fantasy points in each of the last two games.

Manchester United

Man Utd Breakdown

One place above Everton in sixth, United’s recent form is just as torrid and manager Jose Mourinho has overseen a run of one win in six matches. Even so, that half dozen games only includes one loss and last weekend they fought back from behind to draw 1-1 at home to West Ham, Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring their only goal. It means United are already 11 points off the leaders Chelsea and eight off the Champions League spots. They have a Europa League game on the Thursday following this and you can expect to see some rotation as a result.

Man Utd Set Piece Takers

Corners – Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney

Penalties – Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Man Utd Player Picks

Zlatan Ibrahimovic ($8,600) – Zlatan has five goals and one assist in his last four United games in all competitions and continues to lead the Premier League in shooting with 5.3 shots per game.

Paul Pogba ($7,200) – After missing the EFL Cup win over West Ham due to suspension, Pogba will return on Sunday and it comes after it assisted Zlatan’s goal in last weekend’s draw. That pushed him on to 15.75 points to ensured that his average sits at 10.5 FPPG.


Monday, 5 December

Middlesbrough vs Hull City

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Riverside Stadium, 20:00 GMT (15:00 EST)

Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough Breakdown

Aitor Karanka’s charges were just moments away from a victory at Leicester City last weekend and it’s one that would have pushed them three points clear of the drop zone. Alvaro Negredo bagged a brace in that 2-2 draw and it was the fifth time they have drawn away from home this season. It’s at home where their form has been worrying, Boro winning just once and losing four of their six games on home soil. They are also the Premier League’s lowest home scorers with just five goals and only Hull have scored less than Boro’s 12 total goals. Boro have not lost at home to Hull City since 1986 and won 1-0 back in March, David Nugent getting the only goal.

Middlesbrough Set Piece Takers

Corners – Gaston Ramirez

Penalties – Alvaro Negredo

Middlesbrough Player Picks

Alvaro Negredo ($6,300) – Negredo’s two goals against Leicester were his first since the opening day of the season and it was part of a 23-fantasy point day for the Spaniard.

Gaston Ramirez ($7,000) – Ramirez picked up an assist on Negredo’s opening goal but his scoring didn’t end there as his eight crosses pushed his score to 16 fantasy points on the day.

Hull City

Hull Breakdown

Manager Mike Phelan was staring down the barrel of a fifth defeat in six matches last weekend until Michael Dawson’s second half goal ensured a point. Hull sit inside the bottom three on goal difference. They have both the worst attack (11 goals scored) and worst defence (28 goals conceded) in the top flight and have lost four straight games away from home.

Hull Set Piece Takers

Corners – Robert Snodgrass

Penalties – Robert Snodgrass

Hull Player Picks

Robert Snodgrass ($7,500) – The Scottish midfielder has been Hull’s best player this season by far and has scored 11 fantasy points in each of the last two weeks.