EPL Weekend Picks – Week 23


With the return of the English Premier League after a brief hiatus for FA Cup action, it’s now time to look ahead to this weekend’s fixtures and find 11 players worth keeping an eye on. It’s a 4-4-2 formation this week, though that could change week-on-week depending on who may be in for a notable time of things. Let’s get cracking.

GK – Rob Elliot

Newcastle find themselves with a potentially tricky home fixture against basement side Swansea City this weekend. St. James’ Park will be rocking in anticipation for what the fans will hope will be three points – the Toon Army stopper will be well up for it.

DF – Marcos Alonso

A favourite on the EuroFantasyLeague Podcast, Alonso will only cost you 2m to get into your fantasy team. He will have to be sharp when they host Leicester on Saturday, but Alonso is the defender to look at as one of the highest scoring defenders in the game.

DF – Nicolás Otamendi

Man City are away to Liverpool on Sunday. While that is by no means a cert for a City clean sheet, if Otamendi and co work together as well as they usually do then Liverpool’s front line could be in for a frustrating afternoon.

DF – Eric Dier

Eric Dier’s form this season has been impressive, with the England international earning 34 points so far. Spurs may not have matched last season’s scintillating form, but their Saturday evening clash with Everton is a game they will want to win.

DF – Héctor Bellerín

Héctor Bellerín has been earning praise and interest from the continent for his performances for Arsenal this season. The Gunners are at Bournemouth on Sunday, so Bellerín will be confident he can help his side to a clean sheet.

MF – Kevin De Bruyne

Little surprise here perhaps, but De Bruyne is such an integral part of Man City’s successes this season that he deserves inclusion. 11.5m to get into your fantasy team means he isn’t the cheapest, but a big game against the likes of Liverpool is something a player of his calibre should thrive on.

MF – Steven Defour

The Burnley midfielder could be in for a hardworking afternoon when the Clarets travel to resurgent Crystal Palace on Saturday. Much of their success could come down to just how much impact Defour can have on the game.

MF – Jake Livermore

West Brom are struggling this season despite an enjoyable start, but they are still searching for their first league win under new boss Alan Pardew. Livermore could be a player they look towards for inspiration when the Baggies host Brighton on Saturday.

MF –  Tom Cleverley

Watford welcome Southampton to Vicarage Road on Saturday. With Saints sitting tentatively above the relegation zone this is a match in which the Hornets will be fully expecting to get a result – Cleverly could be the man to orchestrate that outcome.

AT – Romelu Lukaku

Man Utd may have to wait until Monday night before taking to the pitch, but that game is at Old Trafford against Stoke City. Lukaku will see this as a golden chance to get back to his goalscoring ways against a side in turmoil.

AT – Alexis Sánchez

One to watch if only for the question of whether he will be turning out for Arsenal or Man City! Alexis Sanchez has been criticised at times for not putting a shift in, but assuming he is still a Gunner a trip to the Cherries is a chance to potentially say goodbye to London.

So there we have it – the 11 players to watch out for in the Premier League this coming weekend. If Sanchez does complete his seemingly inevitable move to City this week then he could be set for a debut at Liverpool of course.

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