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English Premier League (EPL) Fantasy Soccer Picks: DraftKings DFS Picks, Betting Predictions and Analysis for June 21

Liverpool’s trip to its neighbor Everton is the pick of Sunday’s slate of games in the Premier League. Before the league leaders make the short distance to Goodison Park, Newcastle hosts Sheffield United with Chelsea’s trip to Villa Park sandwiched in between. Liverpool, who lead the…

Liverpool’s trip to its neighbor Everton is the pick of Sunday’s slate of games in the Premier League. Before the league leaders make the short distance to Goodison Park, Newcastle hosts Sheffield United with Chelsea’s trip to Villa Park sandwiched in between. Liverpool, who lead the league by 22 points, cannot be crowned champions, but a victory at Everton would mean Liverpool could claim its 18th domestic title against Crystal Palace at Anfield on Wednesday night. The team’s coronation could be confirmed if Manchester City loses at home to Burnley on Monday.

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In this article, I will highlight the players that I think are worth rostering, as well as looking at some of the bets offered on DraftKings Sportsbook. For the full list of available bets, download the DraftKings Sportsbook app or check out the DraftKings Sportsbook website.

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Sheffield United hopes for a change of fortune at Newcastle

The players of Sheffield United need to move on from Wednesday’s technology malfunction that denied them a legitimate goal in their 0-0 draw at Aston Villa. It could end up costing them a place in next season’s Champions League, and they will hope to make amends with victory at St James’ Park. Newcastle is edging its way to safety but is doing it without any flair. The team has only scored one goal in its past four home league games and its past two encounters at St James’ Park have been goalless. Sheffield United has not conceded the opening goal in its past three league games and if there is to be a goal, then the Blades are more likely to score the first goal (-148). The home side (+108) scored first in its last game, which was a 1-0 win at Southampton but a lack of goals at home is an issue.

Sheffield United is looking to nil its opponents (+260) for the third successive league game in a match that might not produce too many goals. Under 2.5 total goals (-182) could land given the fact it has paid out in the Blades’ past six league games away from Bramall Lane and in Newcastle’s past three EPL matches. With few goals expected, I’d look at defenders and goalkeepers from this fixture. Blades goalkeeper Dean Henderson ($5,000) produced a great save against Aston Villa to register back-to-back shutouts. Henderson, who is tipped for a big-money move at the end of the season, could be a great pick as could his defensive teammate Enda Stevens ($4,700), who has featured in both those clean sheets while scoring in the 1-1 draw with Brighton before that. For the home side, keeper Martin Dubravka ($4,500) is a cheaper option. Averaging 12.9 DKFP in his past three games, Dubravka might be one of the best picks of the games.

Prediction: Under 2.5 total goals (-182)

Chelsea boosts their top four hopes with victory at Aston Villa

Manchester United’s 1-1 draw at Tottenham on Friday means Chelsea can extend its lead over the Red Devils to five points if the team wins at Villa Park for the fifth time in six visits. Villa remains in the bottom three, but the point they picked up against Sheffield United could be the difference between them being relegated and staying up. Champions League qualification remains Chelsea’s No. 1 priority and if the team can resume its campaign from where it left off, then that goal could be achieved.

Chelsea picked up seven points from its past three EPL matches and led at halftime in all three. The team is unbeaten in all 13 matches in which it has started the second half ahead on the scoreboard (eight wins and five draws). Wednesday’s goalless draw was Villa’s eighth successive league game in which it did not lead at the interval. Chelsea (-114) should win the first half, but with games running out, Villa (+450) really needs to make more of an impact in the first 45 minutes. If Chelsea can take a lead into the break, it would be expected to go on and win the second half as well (+250).

So, which Chelsea players were finding form before the lockdown? Marcos Alonso ($6,500) is a defender who loves going forward as often as he can. He has been rewarded with four league goals this season and three of them came in the three matches prior to the break after missing two months of the season due to injury. He seems to have a license to attack, especially away from home, and with an average DKFP score of 26.8 in his past two road games, he would certainly be on my list, especially if his side can keep the home side goalless. Blues midfielder Ross Barkley ($6,800) went into lockdown with three assists in his last two starts and will be hoping to play a major role in this game. For Villa, all good things go through Jack Grealish ($8,500), but he attracts a lot of attention from defenders to stifle his contribution. John McGinn ($5,300) offers better value. The midfielder returned from injury on Wednesday night to feature for the first time since Dec. 21. While he has no form coming into this game, the Scotland international – who has scored three times this season – will be looking to play a major role in keeping Villa in the Premier League.

Prediction: Chelsea HT/FT (+112)

Everton aims to delay Liverpool’s title celebrations at Goodison Park

Barring one of the biggest collapses in the history of sport, Liverpool will be crowned champions of England for the 18th time. It’s not a matter of if, but when. Liverpool can’t win the title by beating Everton in this fixture, but the team has eight more games after this one to secure the necessary points required. Carlo Ancelotti, meanwhile, deserves credit for steadying the ship at Everton and guiding the Toffees to 12th in the standings with just three losses in his 11 league games in charge.

I expect Liverpool to be patient in their approach to this game. One of Liverpool’s strengths is to keep possession and wait for the right opportunity to attack its opponents. Against Bournemouth in the team’s last EPL game, Liverpool ended the game with 75.5 percent possession of the ball and won the game 2-1. Both Merseyside clubs have impressive halftime records. Everton has not trailed at the interval in its past 11 league games at Goodison Park while Liverpool has not been behind at the break in its past 18 league encounters. This could well be a tie at halftime (+140). It could well be a tie at full-time (+325) too. Nine of the past 17 Merseyside derbies have ended all square.

Liverpool’s squad of world-class players will attract a lot of interest, so let me highlight a few players who may be flying under the radar. Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s ($5,600) value is almost half of Sadio Mane’s ($10,200), but leading up to the lockdown, it was the Everton player who had the better form with five goals and an assist in his last seven games. Mane has three goals in his past seven appearances. Calvert-Lewin has a DKFP per game average of 14.9 in those matches compared to Mane’s 11.7. Virgil van Dijk ($4,300) offers great value at the heart of Liverpool’s defense. He has been involved in 10 shutouts since Dec. 7 and is capable of chipping in with a goal or two with his first goal for Liverpool coming in a Merseyside derby.

Prediction: Tie at halftime (+140)

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