EPL Game Breakdown: October 30/31

The Premier League will be 10 games old after this weekend and there are three games to round off this set of fixtures. All three are covered by the Sunday/Monday contests on DraftKings. This article picks apart each game one-by-one with current form, set piece takers and player picks. As always, you can hit me up on Twitter @JamieHInksDK.


Sunday, October 30

Everton vs West Ham

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Goodison Park, 13:30 GMT (09:30 EST)

Everton

Everton Breakdown

Manager Ronald Koeman will not be happy about the manner of Everton’s 2-1 loss at Burnley last weekend, Yannick Bolasie getting the Toffees’ only goal in a game where they had almost double the amount of shots as the Clarets. Everton are unbeaten in four home games this season but have kept just one clean sheet in that time. Koeman’s men have also made 184 tackles, the second-highest number of any side. Everton play with plenty of width, something that has only increased since Bolasie’s arrival in the summer, and therefore can be relied upon for crosses as well as shots.

Everton Set Piece Takers

Corners – Kevin Mirallas, Gareth Barry

Penalties – Romelu Lukaku

Everton Player Picks

Yannick Bolasie ($7,500) – The former Palace player scored his first goal in the blue of Everton last weekend and ranks seventh in the Premier League for dribbling with 3.1 dribbles per game.

Romelu Lukaku ($8,000) – Lukaku already has six goals in the league this season and has scored in his last eight games against West Ham in all competitions.

West Ham

West Ham Breakdown

West Ham picked up their second successive win last weekend courtesy of an injury winner by central defender Winston Reid that made it three games unbeaten for the London club. More importantly it was a second straight clean sheet for the Hammers and, as a result, they no longer possess the worst defensive record in the Premier League. It’s likely Bilic will continue to play a three centre-back formation that uses Michail Antonio as the right wing back and the returning Aaron Cresswell on the opposing wing.

West Ham Set Piece Takers

Corners – Dimitri Payet

Penalties – Mark Noble

West Ham Player Picks

Dimitri Payet ($9,100) – The West Ham star had the only assist in Saturday’s win over Middlesbrough and that rounded off a 23.5-point day for him.

Aaron Cresswell ($4,600) – On his season debut Cresswell had an assist in the win over Palace and the way he links up with Payet provides plenty of opportunities for points.


Southampton vs Chelsea

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St Mary’s, 16:00 GMT (12:00 EST)

Southampton

Southampton Breakdown

Southampton came close to taking a point off Man City last weekend, Nathan Redmond scoring their only goal in the 1-1 draw. That stretched Saints’ unbeaten league run to five games and on home soil they are yet to lose a game. Manager Claude Puel went with a narrow 4-3-3 formation versus City that saw Steven Davis, Oriol Romeu and Jordy Clasie sit in front of the back four. It’s unlikely he will be that defensive this time around, the 4-4-2 diamond likely to return. Remember that Southampton will be in European action at home to Inter on the Thursday after this and Puel has tended to rotate in advance of those ties.

Southampton Set Piece Takers

Corners – Dusan Tadic

Penalties – Charlie Austin

Southampton Player Picks

Charlie Austin ($7,100) – Austin managed 10.25 points in last week’s draw and that was despite the fact he didn’t even score a goal.

Dusan Tadic ($6,900) – Tadic is third in the Premier League for crosses (61) and had eight in the game against Man City.

Chelsea

Chelsea Breakdown

Antonio Conte’s inspired decision to switch to a three centre back system is continuing to bear considerable fruit, the 4-0 win over Man Utd just the latest illustration of how successful it is. Pedro, Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante grabbed the goals for the home side and it was a fourth clean sheet of the season for Conte’s charges. In the 3-4-3 system, Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses play as wing backs, Eden Hazard and either Willian or Pedro as the two players supporting Diego Costa up front.

Chelsea Set Piece Takers

Corners – Willian

Penalties – Eden Hazard

Chelsea Player Picks

Eden Hazard ($8,700) – Hazard scored in last Saturday’s rout of Man Utd and ended the day on 21 points.

Marcos Alonso ($4,000) – Alonso notched his first assist in a Chelsea shirt when his long pass was converted by Pedro in the opening stages. That meant 10.25pts and he looks good value at this price.


Monday, October 31

Stoke City vs Swansea City

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bet365 Stadium, KO Time GMT/BST (EST in brackets)

Stoke City

Stoke City Breakdown

One of a number of sides that has seen their season turnaround, Stoke are unbeaten in four games after Xherdan Shaqiri scored a brace to secure a 2-0 win at Hull City. That was also their second clean sheet in a row and it certainly feels like they’ve turned a corner. All that coincided with the return of Shaqiri from injury. The Swiss midfielder along with Joe Allen have contributed seven of Stoke’s nine Premier League goals this season.

Stoke City Set Piece Takers

Corners – Xherdan Shaqiri

Penalties – Bojan Krkic

Stoke City Player Picks

Xherdan Shaqiri ($7,800) – Shaqiri showed just how dangerous he can be when on form by scoring two excellent long-range goals in the win over Hull, a performance that was worth 31.75pts.

Joe Allen ($6,300) – Allen is Stoke’s top scorer with four goals and offers performances across both attacking and defensive categories.

Swansea City

Swansea Breakdown

Swansea’s wretched run of form continued at home to Watford last weekend, the 0-0 draw meaning it’s now eight games without a win for the South Wales outfit. They are one of the lowest scoring teams in the Premier League with just eight goals all season and have lost three games in a row away from Swansea. They still rank inside the top five for crosses with 206 but only Sunderland have lost more games than their six games this season.

Swansea Set Piece Takers

Corners – Gylfi Sigurdsson

Penalties – Gylfi Sigurdsson

Swansea Player Picks

Gylfi Sigurdsson ($8,400) – Sigurdsson is Swansea’s most fantasy relevant player and scored 12.5 points last week, backing up the assertion that you can pick him most weeks.

Leroy Fer ($5,200) – The Dutchman remains Swansea’s top scorer with four goals and averages 2.1 shots per game.