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Crystal Palace forward Odsonne Édouard value budget call

Odsonne Édouard has four goals this season

The Fantasy landscape has evolved across the first few games, with a few interesting players finding strong form. One such name is Crystal Palace’s Odsonne Édouard, who is already close to matching his goal tally of five from last campaign after scoring four in his first five league starts. The striker is a strong budget pick at £5.6 million for the coming weeks.


Crystal Palace v Fulham (11am)

Crystal Palace remain in mid-table despite the away defeat to Aston Villa last week. James Tomkins, Michael Olise and Matheus Franca are out of this match with injury, while Marc Guehi, Jefferson Lerma and Jordan Ayew are doubtful.

Fulham have enjoyed a similar league start to their hosts, netting one goal fewer than Palace. Tosin Adarabioyo and Sasa Lukic are out this weekend, while Antonee Robinson is doubtful with a muscle injury.

Palace edge this rivalry with four wins to Fulham’s three from ten top-flight meetings.

Prediction: 1-1

Luton Town v Wolverhampton Wanderers (11am)

Luton are still to score a point on their debut Premier League campaign. Gabriel Osho, Dan Potts and Jordan Clark are out through injury, while Ross Barkley is doubtful with a hamstring problem for the Hatters’ second top-flight home game.

Wolves also struggle for goals after netting just five goals in their first five games. Joe Hodge and Rayan Ait-Nouri are doubtful this weekend.

These two teams have never met in the Premier League, but they met ten years ago in the Championship, with the Hatters coming out on top.

Prediction: 1-1

Manchester City v Nottingham Forest (11am)

Manchester City have yet to drop pointsand are the only side with a perfect record through five matches. Bernardo Silva, Kevin de Bruyne and Jack Grealish are out through injury, while John Stones and Mateo Kovacic are doubtful for the champions.

Nottingham Forest were held to a home draw with Burnley on Monday. Danilo, Serge Aurier and Willy Boly are doubtful this weekend.

Forest hold a slim advantage in this match-up with three wins to City’s two through nine contests.

Prediction: 3-1

Brentford v Everton (1.30pm)

Brentford suffered their first loss of the season at Newcastle. Rico Henry, Shandon Baptiste, and Josh DaSilva are injured for the Bees, while Mikkel Damsgaard, Kristoffer Ajer and Ben Mee are doubtful.

Everton dropped into the relegation zone with the home defeat to Arsenal. Seamus Coleman, Dele Alli and Jack Harrison are out for the Toffees this weekend.

This is an even rivalry, with each side winning two of the six encounters between the clubs.

Prediction: 2-1

Burnley v Manchester United (4pm)

Burnley have conceded the most goals in the division, despite playing one game fewer than most. Hjalmar Ekdal, Darko Churlinov, and Michael Obafemi are out this week, while Lyle Foster is suspended.

Manchester United have lost three of their first five league games. Tyrell Malacia, Luke Shaw, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire, Amad Diallo, and Kobbie Mainoo are out for the Red Devils this weekend, while Harry Maguire, Raphael Varane, Mason Mount and Sofyan Amrabat are doubtful.

Manchester United have won ten of 17 league meetings with the Clarets.

Prediction: 0-2


Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur (10am)

Arsenal kept up their good form with a narrow away win over Everton. Jurrien Timber, Mohamed Elneny and Thomas Partey are out for the North London derby, while Gabriel Martinelli is doubtful with a muscle injury.

Tottenham continued their strong start under Ange Postecoglou with the latest comeback win in Premier League history against Sheffield United. Alfie Whiteman, Ryan Sessegnon, Rodrigo Bentancur and Bryan Gil are out, while Giovani Lo Celso is doubtful for the game against their fiercest rivals.

The Gunners lead this historical rivalry with 22 wins to Tottenham’s 15 through 60 meetings.

Prediction: 2-0

Brighton & Hove Albion v Bournemouth (10am)

Brighton took down Manchester United to stay within three points of leaders Manchester City. Julio Enciso is out with a knee injury, the only absentee for the Seagulls.

Bournemouth held on for a home draw with Chelsea but remain winless across five games. Ryan Fredericks, Emiliano Marcondes, Alex Scott and Tyler Adams are out this week.

Bournemouth edge this rivalry with six wins to Brighton’s four through 14 contests.

Prediction: 2-1

Chelsea v Aston Villa (10am)

Chelsea failed to capitalise on their dominance, and could manage on;y a draw at Bournemouth. Marcus Bettinelli, Trevoh Chalobah, Wesley Fofana, Reece James, Carney Chukwuemeka, Romeo Lavia and Christopher Nkunku are out this week, while Benoit Badiashile, Armando Broja, Moises Caicedo and Noni Madueke are doubtful.

Aston Villa cruised past Crystal Palace to make it three wins in their last four games. Diego Carlos, Tyrone Mings, Emiliano Buendia and Tim Iroegbunam are out this weekend, while Jacob Ramsey and Bertrand Traore are doubtful.

Chelsea have won 30 of 59 encounters with Villa.

Prediction: 0-1

Liverpool v West Ham United (10am)

Liverpool have come from behind to claim three of their four wins so far. Thiago Alcantara is out owing to lack of fitness, while Trent Alexander-Arnold is doubtful with a hamstring injury.

West Ham suffered their first defeat of the campaign against Manchester City and have no injury concerns for this match.

Liverpool dominate this fixture, winning 34 of 57 overall meetings.

Prediction: 2-0

Sheffield United v Newcastle United (12.30pm)

Sheffield United were on the wrong end of the latest comeback in top-flight history at Tottenham. Max Lowe, Rhys Norrington-Davies, John Fleck, Ben Osborn and Rhian Brewster are out this weekend through injury, Oliver McBurnie is suspended, while George Baldock, Daniel Jebbison, John Egan and William Osula are doubtful.

Newcastle held off Brentford to stop a run of three straight defeats. Emil Krafth, Joelinton and Joe Willock are out this week, while Alex Murphy is doubtful for the Magpies.

Newcastle have won nine of 12 battles with the Blades.

Prediction: 1-2

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Published September 22, 2023 at 7:26 am (Updated September 22, 2023 at 7:02 am)

Crystal Palace forward Odsonne Édouard value budget call

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