Sunday’s slate is a short one but with three of the top eight teams playing it won’t be short on quality. This article goes through both fixtures and picks out the trends that will inform your lineup choices.
Leicester City v Southampton
By the time the Foxes lace up their boots on Sunday, Spurs could be within two points of Leicester and, unfortunately for the leader, Southampton will be no pushovers here. Saying that, Leicester have statistically the best home record in the Premier League and have ground out three 1-0 wins in a row showing the mark of a champion. Jamie Vardy ($7,700) (England) and N’Golo Kante ($3,600) (France) both opened their international accounts over the recent break and bring added confidence. As does Danny Drinkwater ($3,300) who won his first England cap. Leicester have scored for 11 games in a row and are looking like worthy title winners right now.
Southampton, meanwhile, come into this one unbeaten in three games including the last two matches that have both been wins. Much of that has been down to the return to form of Graziano Pelle ($5,600) including three goals and two assists in two goals following a drought dating back to last year. Unfortunately, things haven’t been good at the other end of the pitch and Ronald Koeman’s men have not kept a clean sheet in three games.
Who to pick?
Jamie Vardy, Leicester City ($7,700)
Marc Albrighton, Leicester City ($7,100)
Graziano Pelle, Southampton ($5,600)
Saido Mane, Southampton ($5,300)
Man Utd v Everton
Some call it the David Moyes derby. Others the Marouane Fellaini ($3,100) fest. Most call it neither. Louis van Gaal increasingly looks like the proverbial dead man walking and even if United scam a Champions League spot, he is still expected to be dumped by the way-side. Through all the doom, United have the best home defensive record in the Premier League, a combination of David de Gea ($3,900) and Sergio Romero ($2,800) conceding just seven goals in 14 games and keeping nine clean sheets. They are currently on a three-game winning run at home and young Marcus Rashford ($5,300) has three goals in four Premier League games.
Is there a side weirder than Everton? Roberto Martinez’s side have the fourth best away record in the league but have been woeful at home and sit in the nether reaches of the division. There is more than a passing suggestion that this lot are just Wigan in disguise. What they do have is a striker in red-hot form in Romelu Lukaku ($7,800), who has five goals in as many games in all competitions and the team as a whole is unbeaten in eight games away from home. They have also lost just once away all season, something incredible when you look at their league position.
Who to pick?Marcus Rashford, Man Utd ($5,300)
Juan Mata, Man Utd ($5,200)
Romelu Lukaku, Everton ($7,800)
Ross Barkley, Everton ($6,800)