Every day we bring you what we think are some sensible selection options based on today’s upcoming matches; we’re not going to promise that these are guaranteed winners because if we could do that we’d all be millionaires by now. These players are all solid picks based on recent stats and their next opponents so check them out.
The Premier League matches come thick and fast over the Christmas period so no sooner have we finished the Boxing day ties, the next set of games is upon us two days later:
- Watford vs Spurs
- Crystal Palace vs Swansea
- West Ham vs Southampton
- Arsenal vs Bournemouth
- Norwich vs Aston Villa
- Everton vs Stoke City
- Manchester United vs Chelsea
- West Brom vs Newcastle United
Our Pick (4-3-3)
|Goalkeeper||Wayne Hennessey||Crystal Palace||£7.6m|
|Defender||Chris Smalling||Manchester United||£8.7m|
|Defender||James Tomkins||West Ham||£8.1m|
|Defender||Damian Delaney||Crystal Palace||£7.7m|
|Midfielder||Cheikhou Kouyate||West Ham||£7.2m|
|Midfielder||Yohan Cabaye||Crystal Palace||£7.6m|
|Midfielder||Juan Mata||Manchester United||£9.8m|
There would have been a time when Manchester United vs Chelsea was the big game of the day but not anymore, at least not for this season. Their poor form also means we’ve only picked two players from the hosts (Chris Smalling (D) and Juan Mata (M). The United defence should be capable of a clean sheet and Mata is a relatively cheap option in the centre of the park. We’ve gone for 4-3-3 to squeeze an extra defender into the line up.
Several teams have a decent chance of defensive points and so we’ve opted for Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace) in goal, Lauretn Koscielny (Arsenal), James Tomkins (West Ham) and Damian Delaney (Crystal Palace).
The remainder of the midfield is made up of Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham) and Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace).
Can Everton break down a resilient Stoke defence? We hope so and we’re relying on the Fantasy Football superstar Romelu Lukaka to do the business; He’s aided by the high-scoring Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) and Troy Deeney (Watford) who is admittedly a bit of a gamble at home against Spurs.