Just three Premier League games take place this Saturday due to the FA Cup Quarter Finals and all of that trio are previewed right here.
AFC Bournemouth vs West Ham United
Vitality Stadium, 15:00 GMT (10:00 EST)
AFC Bournemouth Breakdown
Eddie Howe managed to rouse his troops to battle for a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford last weekend, Joshua King notching against his old club in a game where they played 45 minutes down to 10 men. It arrested a run of four defeats on the trot, but the Cherries are still a mere five points ahead of Middlesbrough in the final relegation place. Bournemouth fans have not seen their team win in five games at the Vitality Stadium and the fact they have conceded at least twice in all those games tells you exactly what you need to know about their defensive problems. It’s a defensive unit that is the third worst in the Premier League (52 conceded) and the issues will be exacerbated even further if Tyrone Mings receives a lengthily ban.
AFC Bournemouth Set Piece Takers
Corners – Ryan Fraser
Penalties – Joshua King
AFC Bournemouth Player Picks
Joshua King ($5,800) – His penalty at Old Trafford was the Norwegian’s eighth Premier League goal of the season, and he has scored five goals in the last six games.
West Ham United
West Ham United Breakdown
West Ham became the latest side to fall victim to the Chelsea juggernaut, Monday’s 2-1 defeat at the London Stadium made to look more respectable by Manuel Lanzini’s late consolation. It leaves the Hammers without a win in three games; however, two of those have been draws, and away from home they have lost just one of the last six games. The defensive woes that afflicted them earlier in the season have returned, the Irons six games without a clean sheet. A win could push them as high as ninth and whilst they have only won four away games, Slaven Bilic’s side are the joint-fourth highest away scorers in the Premier League (21 goals)
West Ham United Set Piece Takers
Corners – Robert Snodgrass, Manuel Lanzini
Penalties – Mark Noble
West Ham United Player Picks
Robert Snodgrass ($8,400) – In the five games since arriving from Hull City, Snodgrass is already averaging 7.8 crosses per game for his new club.
Manuel Lanzini ($6,900) – Three goals in the last three games has pushed Lanzini on to six goals for the season.
Everton vs West Bromwich Albion
Goodison Park, 15:00 GMT (10:00 EST)
Last Sunday’s 3-2 loss at Tottenham was nowhere near as close as that scoreline suggests, goals from Romelu Lukaku and Enner Valencia adding more lustre to the scoreline on Everton’s side of things. In truth they were outclassed in a game that showed the gulf that exists when the very top sides host the Toffees. On home soil it’s a very different story, and Ronald Koeman has overseen a run of four straight wins at Goodison. Everton average 3.75 goals per game on that run, and their single home loss came at the hands of Liverpool just four games ago.
Everton Set Piece Takers
Corners – Kevin Mirallas, Ross Barkley
Penalties – Leighton Baines
Everton Player Picks
Romelu Lukaku ($9,700) – Lukaku has scored at least once in three of the last four games and is up against one of his former clubs in West Brom.
Ross Barkley ($8,700) – Barkley averages 2.3 shots per game, and I think he is the best look at a goal or assist apart from Lukaku.
West Bromwich Albion
West Bromwich Albion Breakdown
Tony Pulis’ Baggies were in unfathomably poor form last weekend and had just a single shot on target in the shock 2-0 defeat to Crystal Palace at The Hawthorns. Albion stayed in eighth place on 40 points as a result and go to Everton on a run of one win in six away from home. The last two games have resulted in draws, but they have not kept an away clean sheet in 12 games since starting the season off at Palace with a 1-0 win.
West Bromwich Albion Set Piece Takers
Corners – Chris Brunt, James Morrison
Penalties – Nacer Chadli
West Bromwich Albion Player Picks
Nacer Chadli ($4,900) – Despite not scoring last weekend, Chadli still has one goal and two assists in the last four games.
Hull City vs Swansea City
KCOM Stadium, 15:00 GMT (10:00 EST)
Hull City Breakdown
It was a damaging weekend for Marco Silva’s charges last weekend, the Tigers slipping to four points adrift of safety after losing 3-1 to fellow strugglers Leicester City, Sam Clucas scoring Hull’s only goal. Their current run has seen them win just one of the last six games, but at home the Tigers are unbeaten in four games and have scored in all four of those matches. Only Swansea have conceded more than the 53 goals that Hull have conceded, and the Humberside club have scored just 24 goals, the worst total apart from Middlesbrough.
Hull City Set Piece Takers
Corners – Kamil Grosicki
Penalties – Tom Huddlestone
Hull City Player Picks
Kamil Grosicki ($7,200) – Corner taker in chief, Grosicki’s best opportunity to open his scoring account for the Tigers is this weekend.
Swansea City Breakdown
Things down in South Wales look particularly rosy right now, the club sitting in 16th position and five points clear of the drop zone. Much of that is down to a run of four wins in the last six games, the most recent a 3-2 win over Burnley that included a brace from Fernando Llorente and a further goal from Martin Olsson. As mentioned above, Swansea still own the league’s worst defence having conceded 59 times this season, and this game is likely to see plenty of goals.
Swansea City Set Piece Takers
Corners – Gylfi Sigurdsson
Penalties – Gylfi Sigurdsson
Swansea City Player Picks
Gylfi Sigurdsson ($11,000) – No player has more assists than Sigurdsson’s 10.Fernando Llorente ($6,000) – Llorente made it to 11 goals for the season by notching a brace last time out against Burnley.