www.DailyFantasyGrind.com brings to you, a look ahead to the 2016/17 English Premier League. It’s an alphabetical look at each of the 20 teams fighting to win it all, or to simply avoid the drop.
Teams Broke Down
Arsenal have some of the most technically gifted players in the league, they have pace & youth. However for the past few years the frailty for them is what 20 years ago was their their biggest strength, the organised defence.
Olivier Giroud, Is a #9 of old, good in the air & likes to play in line with the defence, which is what a team needs so there’s always a chance when playing the ball forward; the ball has to enter the penalty area before it hits the goal.
Alexi Sanchez, can score some of the best goals in football. He can pick passes and always seems to be moving forward. He can also score goals from free kicks & he averages a goal every 2 games, which is a lot in soccer.
Bournemouth showed team spirit last season and it was that that kept them in the top tier of English football,
Joshua King, his pace terrifies defenders he can pull them out of position and leave them vulnerable. He has done it several times in his career where players have no way of out running him so they foul. His pace is like that of Theo Walcott and so on the counter attack he could prove a good play. Don’t expect him to play every game but if you spot the opponents defence lacks any pace then play.
Burnley is a town, and last time they were in the Premier League they hardly spent any money. Which has to be admired in one way, but I’d like a team to actually try and be competitive.
Tom Heaton, Will not be the best goal keeper in the Premier League however he will probably be involved in a lot more action and his save rate should be above 50% which means his SV / Goals Conceded totals should show positives.
A new manager, and new players but I think it could be a good year for both Oscar & Eden Hazard.
Oscar, The Brazilian last year only scored 3 goals in 27 games played in the league. I feel he will be fouled a lot and he should be able to capitalize on an improved team.
Palace should be aiming for mid table obscurity this year, they understand they have to play until the whistle and to capitalize on set pieces, which is why Scott Dann’s aerial prowess is valuable.
Yannick Bolasie, should improve yet again. We only saw glimpses of his immense talent last year however the ability of his strong running down the wings make him a threat worth having in a fantasy team.
Everton possess a great fan base and have been an ever present in the Premier League, They could prove to be a best of the rest team finishing behind the “big four or five”.
Leighton Baines, Is the leader and plays left back. Everton like to use him going forward and he takes the free-kicks & penalties, He could score goals & have points for a clean sheet several times this season.
Hull won promotion via the play-offs and averaged 2 goals per every one conceded last year, this will probably reverse in the premier league and I feel they’ll be involved in the relegation battle all year long.
Abel Hernandez, scored 20 goals in the league last season to finish 3rd overall. Depending on his price he would be a go to when Hull face a bottom half team.
Last year’s champions are facing richer teams making bids for their stars, Kante has already moved to Chelsea. They’ll have to contend with playing European football to so will they feel that extra strain? Leicester will be hoping to have a top 7 finish, to keep themselves in the European spots and revenue.
Kasper Schmeichel, will be aiming to keep clean sheets behind a very well organized defence, I feel he could keep a clean sheet as many times as he did last year which was 15 times.
Jürgen Klopp will look to break into the top 4 this year, Liverpool have some very talented players and I think they’ll be a fun team to watch this season.
Adam Lallana, The England star is lively and has a real genuine energy. Liverpool can score a lot of goals however last season the goals conceded was the problem.
A new manager & quite honestly I don’t know who the team is going to be, whatever the team it’ll be bloody expensive.
Sergio Aguero, Is a very tightly priced favourite for the league’s top goal scorer. He is the one player I would always pick for Man City. The Argentine can score Hat-tricks like I’ve never seen before.
Jose Mourinho is now the manager, and given what happened at Chelsea last year I’d be a little worried is I was a fan. They still haven’t gotten over Alex Ferguson. I feel they’ll improve this season but I think they’ll find it hard getting and staying in the top 4.
Zlatan Ibrahimović, Usually it takes time for foreigner’s to come up to speed with the Premier League. However in the case of the adopted swede he should be familiar with players and styles and should have a handful of out of this world performances.
Newly promoted and started building for the premier league in January before they had been promoted.
Jordan Rhodes, Joined in that transfer window as one of the hottest players outside the top flight in English football. His goals per games ratio, one of the best and he has a real eye for goal. Rhodes follows his instincts and reads the game so well.
Graziano Pelle has left the Southampton & the European club scene for China, which is a very curious move. Southampton should be involved in mid table obscurity this season.
Shane Long, is a work horse who will most likely be used a lot as a substitution. He scored 10 goals in the league last season for the saints.
Mark Hughes will be looking to make Britannia Stadium a fortress and aim for a European spot finish.
Bojan, just needs to add goals to his tool set, he is referred to the little Messi and was in the Barcelona set up. I can see him having some very good days on Draft Kings this season.
Sam Allardyce kept them up last season, after what can be described as some the worst performances in soccer. At times last year they looked defeated and ripped apart by themselves.
Fabio Borini, Is their goal threat and hopefully he will score more than 5 goals this season. Personally I wouldn’t look to Sunderland for my fantasy players until I see the first few performances under the new manager Moyes.
Swansea are led by the Wales national team captain Ashley Williams, Sadly in the second half of last year they were not getting the right results but survived for the new season.
Sigurdsson, had a good Euro 2016 with Iceland. He can hit a wicked free-kick and looks to be a skilful player on his day; however it’s not been “His day” to often of late.
Spurs were the only team left to challenge Leicester last season; however they actually lost 2nd place to rivals Arsenal.
Harry Kane, scored 25 in 38 league games last season. I don’t think Tottenham will have as good a season as 2015/16 however Kane should be looking to get 20-25 goals a season.
Watford will be happy just to avoid relegation and I think they will, they’ve shown great spirit last season so that should only continue.
Ighalo, averages a goal every other game for Watford and he seems to work hard along with team mate Troy Deeney. If Watford are playing one of the other teams priced 500/1 or longer then I’d consider him in my fantasy team.
West Bromich Albion
West Brom need to get good results against those in and around them, they need to take points away from Watford, Swansea City & Sunderland whilst also beating on the newly promoted teams if they are to survive.
Chris Brunt, sadly missed EURO 2016 due to injury, its unclear when he will return to full fitness however the “baggies” need him.
West Ham United
West Ham have been a really good team the last couple of years, whilst the top 4 may be out of reach They’ll be looking at a very good finish in 2017.
Andy Carroll, when healthy and playing West Ham can exploit his greatest strength which is aerial ability. So If West Ham are playing a team who concede a glut of goals via set pieces Carroll is the player to use.
The top 5 favourites for the league’s top goal scorer are
Sergio Aguero – 10/3
Harry Kame – 7/1
Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 9/1
Romelu Lukaku – 12/1
Diego Costa – 14/1
I can’t see any point in placing money on Aguero to win the golden boot, as It wouldn’t be worthwhile waiting until May to cash in. If I was actually to bet on Aguero to win the golden boot I may put on a double with his team winning the league also the favourite.
Hopefully you’ll find this a good read, and helpful.
Odds used for teams taken from Ladbrokes HERE
& odds for top goal scorer taken from Bet365 HERE