4th May 2016
Leicester City may have been crowned as the most unlikely English Premier League champions of all time, but there is all to play for when it comes to fantasy soccer betting. There are seven games on Saturday from which to draft your squad and a host of issues to be resolved across the league table, which could lead to some big-scoring performances from a number of players.
Sunderland hosts Chelsea, knowing they need the three points to stand any chance of avoiding relegation. Striker Jermain Defoe will be key to the Black Cats’ hopes of survival, so the former England international is definitely worth his $5,300 salary at DraftKings. Defoe is a proven goalscorer and his team mates will be looking to get the ball to him at every opportunity in the hope of him exposing the much-discussed weaknesses in Chelsea’s defense.
However, with Sunderland pushing for goals, there could be gaps at the back for last year’s champions to exploit. Eden Hazard seems to have finally come out of hibernation for the Blues, netting three goals in the last two games, and will want to to finish a disappointing season on a high. The Belgian takes up £11.8 million of your £100 million budget at Mondogoal, but now that he has hit form he could eventually start repaying those who put faith in him.
In goal, Leicester stopper Kasper Schmeichel is a snip at £4.5 million on FantasyBet and he shouldn’t be troubled in front of an ecstatic King Power Stadium crowd by an Everton side wallowing deep in the doldrums. The celebratory hangovers will have abated by Saturday evening and the Foxes will want to put on a show for their home support, leaving Schmeichel with very little to do except pick up the points for keeping a clean sheet.
Unbelievably, FantasyBet has his colleague Riyad Mahrez at just £6.5 million, half the price of Sergio Agüero. Although there is no doubting the Manchester City man’s class, Mahrez will bring you a return for assists as well as goals scored and that is borne out by his ranking as top point scorer on the website with 231 for the season so far, 60 ahead of the Argentine. Expect the Algerian to run rings around the beleaguered Toffeemen this weekend.
Whoever you draft, enjoy the action as many English Premier League teams enter their penultimate round of games. However, there are still points to be scored and prizes to be won, so make sure you do your research carefully!