West Ham can move seven points clear of the relegation zone if it can beat Burney at the London Stadium on Wednesday. The Hammers have taken four points from the teams’ past two EPL matches while Burnley is looking to extend its unbeaten run to four. Elsewhere, Manchester City can go 11 points clear of Leicester in second place while Sheffield United can cut the gap between itself and Wolves to a point if the team can beat Nuno Espirito Santo’s side at Bramall Lane.
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West Ham can ease relegation fears in entertaining battle with Burnley
West Ham manager David Moyes will be thinking his side should be six points clear of the relegation zone, but two lapses in concentration saw his side squander leads at Newcastle in a 2-2 draw on Sunday. However, a point was not the worst outcome for the Hammers who are four points clear of the drop zone. When Burnley lost 5-0 at Manchester City, many thought their players had started their summer vacation but to their credit, they have responded very well to take seven points from a possible nine.
Jay Rodriguez ($7,100) has raised his game in his past two outings to score 29.4 DKFP thanks to a winning goal against Watford and an assist for James Tarkowski in the 1-1 draw with Sheffield United. Rodriguez’s performances were needed as Burnley’s leading scorer Chris Wood ($8,000) sat out the first three games after lockdown because of an Achilles injury. Because of his inactivity, Wood’s value has dropped to a level where he is now one of the best-valued players on Wednesday’s slate of games. Wood scored Burnley’s second goal in a 3-0 win over West Ham at Turf Moor in November. His physical presence will make it a difficult match for West Ham’s defenders, who are aiming to register their first shutout in 14 matches. Only Bournemouth (14) has a longer run of games without a clean sheet. West Ham has scored five goals in its past two EPL matches after scoring five in their previous six.
Midfielder Tomas Soucek ($5,700) scored 18 points or more in his past two matches thanks to a goal in his past two games, both from set pieces and he was denied a third by VAR in the 3-2 win over Chelsea. Those set pieces were taken by Jarrod Bowen ($9,500), who is adapting well to the Premier League following his move to West Ham from Championship side Hull City in January. After back-to-back games with 20 or more DKFP, the winger is hoping to provide the creative spark for the Hammers once again.
Prediction: Both teams to score (-113)
Manchester City aims to bounce back and beat Newcastle
When Newcastle visits Manchester City it usually means there will be plenty of goals. Since the last goalless draw between these two sides in November 2006, the past 10 meetings at the Etihad have produced a total of 41 total goals with City scoring 34 of them. Newcastle has yet to score two or more goals in their 14 visits to the stadium City has called home since the start of the 2003/04 season. Steve Bruce’s side has been in good goalscoring form lately with 10 goals scored in its past four EPL matches. That’s the same number City has scored, which could make this an entertaining contest with a good chance of over 2.5 total goals scored (-286).
The reverse fixture at St James’ Park ended in a 2-2 draw with Newcastle twice equalizing shortly after falling behind. That’s what the team did on Sunday when it twice drew level with Aston Villa 13 and two minutes after giving up goals. City manager Pep Guardiola has to put his side’s 1-0 loss at Southampton on Sunday behind him. City had 76 percent of the possession and created 26 chances, but could not manage a goal. That was the only City game in its past five not to have produced a minimum of three goals scored.
So, who’s going to score these goals? Kevin De Bruyne ($11,700) would be at the top of my list. It’s not often a midfielder is the highest-valued player in a fixture, but that’s the case with De Bruyne. Guardiola must regret not starting the Belgium international at Southampton and perhaps had City still had a chance of winning the title he would have started. De Bruyne, who has scored over 64 DKFP in his past three matches, had three goals in his past four starts before Sunday’s loss and he will be fresh for Newcastle’s visit.
Phil Foden ($8,100) also started on the bench at Southampton and his clinical finishing that racked up 69.4 DKFP from four goals in his past three appearances was sorely missed. I’ve been singing the praises of defender Aymeric Laporte ($3,600) in recent weeks and when he plays it usually means a clean sheet for City. He has been involved in six shutouts in his past eight EPL games and is certainly worth drafting.
For Newcastle, Miguel Almiron ($6,100) is in great form with two goals and two assists in his past four appearances. The Paraguay star has been battling with a thigh injury and scored twice in 27 EPL games before notching two in his past two for the Magpies to score over 17 DKFP in both matches.
Midfielder Jonjo Shelvey ($6,200) is one of the reasons why Newcastle is unbeaten in its past six with three wins and three draws. Shelvey, who averaged 19 DKFP in his previous two games, provided the scoring pass for Valentino Lazaro to score Newcastle’s fourth at Bournemouth before scoring his sixth goal of the season against West Ham, which is a great return for a midfielder.
Prediction: Over 2.5 total goals (-286)
Wolves look to finish strong by beating Sheffield United
Wolves are looking to bounce back after an eight-game unbeaten run came to an end at home to Arsenal. The Gunners were able to penetrate Wolves’ defense which gave up just two goals in 726 minutes since Firmino scored Liverpool’s winner at Molineux on Jan. 23.
It took Sheffield United just two minutes to open the scoring in the first meeting with Nuno Espirito Santo’s side in the reverse fixture before Wolves rescued a point in a 1-1 draw with a second-half goal. First-half goals have been rare for both these sides in recent months. United has managed to score once before the halftime interval in its past five outings, which is one more than Wolves in the same number of games. Of the past 27 EPL goals Wolves has scored, 74 percent (20) have come in the second half. Of the past 18 league goals United has scored, 61 percent (11) have been after halftime. If that trend continues, then the second half should be the highest-scoring half in this game.
Fatigue could be the reason for Wolves’ loss to Arsenal. In the team’s past 12 matches before and after lockdown, Wolves has used just 17 players which is the fewest in the league. Chelsea, meanwhile, has used the most with 26.
Wolves keeper Rui Patricio ($5,200) will hope to be at the heart of another shutout to go with the seven he has in his past nine games. Raul Jimenez ($9,400) ended Matchday 34 with the most shots in this season’s EPL with 108, which is the same as Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah. A couple of goals at Bramall Lane will see Jimenez, who has scored seven goals in his past 11 EPL games, draw level with Salah at 17 goals. Jimenez didn’t score in the first meeting with United, but he did set Matt Doherty ($5,400) up for his side’s only goal. Doherty will be looking for his fifth league goal of the season which is a tremendous return for a defender.
For United, John Egan ($3,400) was the team’s unlikely goalscoring hero in the 1-1 draw at Burnley and is an excellent value in this contest. The central defender was in the right place at the right time to show great technique to score his first goal of the season.
Three days earlier, Sander Berge ($4,500) scored his first goal of the season since joining the Blades from Genk in January in a 3-1 win over Tottenham. Berge, who has scored 29.6 DKFP in his past two outings, also created Oli McBurnie’s goal in that game and could be another key player for Chris Wilder’s side against Wolves.
Lys Mousset ($3,700) also found the net against Spurs and after scoring the opening goal in the reverse fixture, Mousset, who has been directly involved in 10 EPL goals this campaign, will be looking to score against Wolves for the second time this season.
Prediction: Wolves to win the second half (+155)
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