BOXING DAY!! EPL Picks Are IN

9:15am – FINAL THOUGHTS – United have a strong squad to face Burnley.  I like Lukaku, Shaw, Rashford – in that order.  Leicester – I’ll take a stab with one of Okazaki/Vardy.  Chelsea – I think you have to go with Morata to find the scoresheet today.  The last time I felt this strongly about him he put away a brace and won me a couple thousand. Still need the team news for West Ham but Bournemouth are in shambles

UPDATE:  TEAM NEWS TRICKLING IN.  KEEP CHECKING BACK FOR UPDATES.

CHELSEA – NO SURPRISES. MORATA STARTS UP FRONT.  I LIKE HIM A LOT TODAY!

HUDDERSFIELD – MAJOR NEWS AS DEPOITRE IS DROPPED!!  EASY PIVOT OVER TO MOUNIE IF YOU TRUST THAT.  DON’T HATE THAT MOVE BUT I HAD A LOT OF DEPOITRE.  3 GOALS IN 3 GAMES ISN’T GOOD ENOUGH THESE DAYS…

EVERTON – NO ROONEY.  BUMMER.  BOLAISE GETS HIS FIRST START IN AGES.  I DON’T KNOW IF HE’S FULLY FIT AND WILL PROBABLY WAIT AND SEE THERE.

LEICESTER CITY – NO DEMARI GRAY….WHY, I DON’T KNOW.  ANDY KING SLIDES IN.  OKAZAKI IS A WORKHORSE UP TOP.  UPGRADE VARDY AND MAHREZ A BIT. 

MANCHESTER UNITED – ZLATAN STARTS AT THE #10.  I THINK THAT HELPS LUKAKU QUITE A BIT AND WILL PROBABLY MOVE THERE ON MY MAIN LINEUP.  RASHFORD AND MATA WILL FLANK HIM.  I THINK THAT DOWNGRADES POGBA A BIT.

STOKE – LARGELY UNCHANGED.  IF YOU BELIEVE IN THE CHOUPO-MOTING THEN GO NUTS.  I DO NOT.

Merry Christmas everyone!  We’ve opened the presents.  We’ve counted our money.  Now it’s time to put our cash to work. There are some great tourneys as usual on boxing day.  I’ll be throwing an entry into the $500 Boxing Day Classic.  Winner takes home $10k.  Let’s go!

 

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A couple of stats from the last 5 games:

Bournemouth (13) Stoke City (10) Watford (9) Brighton Hove Albion (9) and Swansea City have given up the most goals.

Liverpool (13), Leicester City (10), Manchester United (9), Huddersfield (8) and West Ham/Everton/Chelsea (7) have scored the most goals.

Form teams:

Everton have 11 points and are unbeaten in their last 5.  Chelsea have picked up 10 points from their last 5 and are these 2 are the only 2 to average 2 pts/game over last 5.

Goal Differential last 5:

Liverpool +8

Everton +5

Chelsea +4

United +3

Bournemouth -10

Brighton -7

Thoughts:

I think ownership will trend towards Liverpool, specifically Salah and Coutinho, as well as Chelsea with Morata and Hazard.  Lukaku is getting hot with a goal in each of his last 2 games.  I think the Leicester side of things is interesting.

Forwards:

$$$ = Coutinho, Morata, Lukaku, Salah

$$ = Rooney, Arnautovic

$ = Depoitre

Midfield:

$$$ = Coutinho, Firmino, Pogba

$$ = Mahrez, Gudmundsson, D Gray

$ = Doucoure, Can

Defenders:

$$$ = Young, Holebas, Masuaku

$$ = Cresswell, Janmaat, Kenny

$ = Maguire

Goalkeepers:

$$$ = Karius/Mignolet, Courtois

$$ = Lossl

$ = Pickford

 

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