EPL Weekend Picks – Week 33

HiguainThere is quite a bit of Premier League football to see this week, with games every day bar Thursday. For the purposes of this week’s list we will be looking more at the matches taking place between Friday 5th and Monday 8th, so Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s fixtures won’t be considered too heavily here. Friday sees Southampton hosting Liverpool in what should be an entertaining game, while Saturday’s best match sees Newcastle welcoming Crystal Palace to Tyneside. On Sunday, Arsenal travel to the blue half of Merseyside to do battle with Everton, and Chelsea host West Ham on Monday. With that in mind, let’s adopt a 4-3-3 formation this time around and look into our crystal balls to see which players could be worth your consideration.

GK - Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City)
Schmeichel may not have had the greatest of seasons so far, but a clean sheet in the win over Bournemouth will give him hope that he can follow that with another as the Foxes travel to relegated Huddersfield.

DF - Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)
Azpilicueta has earned 55 points so far this season and will be hopeful of adding to that tally when Chelsea welcome West Ham to Stamford Bridge on Monday. The Hammers have been a little hit-and-miss so far, so keep an eye out for the Spaniard to shut up shop here.

DF – Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)
Van Dijk has been harbouring an ankle injury recently, but appears to be on course to return to the side at his old stomping ground on Friday as Liverpool travel to Southampton.

DF - Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace)
The former Leicester man may have his work cut out as his Palace side travel to Newcastle, but Schlupp is having a decent – if unremarkable – season. His presence in the team with the likes of Patrick van Aanholt can offer assurances to Eagles fans, so keep an eye on him here.

DF – Adam Smith (Bournemouth)
Smith has been the best of the Cherries’ defence this season, with 17 points to his name so far, just shading team-mate Nathan Ake. Bournemouth’s home advantage could be pivotal as they take on struggling Burnley on Saturday.

MF - Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
Games such as the upcoming clash at home against West Ham always offer a player of Hazard‘s caliber a chance to shine. Expect him to be conducting the entire game if he can find his groove.

MF - Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Burnley)
Gudmundsson has been quite clearly Burnley’s best midfielder so far this term, with 32 points to his name. The clash between them and Bournemouth is one of the trickier ones to call, but if Gudmundsson can exert some influence there could be something to really enjoy for the visiting support.

MF - James Milner (Liverpool)
Milner is a modern Premier League legend, and this is only exemplified with the level of performance he is still putting in for Liverpool at the age of 33. The trip to Southampton means he will have to be full of energy, but that shouldn’t be a problem – expect him to make himself something of a nuisance for Saints to deal with!

ST - Gonzalo Higuain (Chelsea)
Higuain is playing some nice football during his loan spell at Chelsea, and the home game against West Ham is one in which he will be looking to make the most of Hazard’s supply line and try to grab a goal or two.

ST - Salomón Rondón (Newcastle)
Newcastle fans really do seem to want Rondon to stay at St. James’ Park on a more permanent basis, and why wouldn’t they? He has 45 points to date thanks to nine goals in his 24 starts, and if he can snatch another against Crystal Palace then that will be a job well done.

ST - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)
Aubameyang will be the center of Arsenal’s hopes when they travel to Everton looking to maintain their push for a top four finish. He has 76 points to date – the second highest for a Premier League striker behind Sergio Aguero – and will be confident.

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