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English Premier League Fantasy Soccer: DraftKings DFS Picks, Betting Predictions and Analysis for July 4

Charlie Mullan preps you for Saturday’s 10 a.m. ET EPL slate with DraftKings DFS picks and betting analysis

Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United scores his side’s second goal at American Express Community Stadium on June 30. Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Bournemouth has taken just one point from its past seven EPL games and a trip to Manchester United is perhaps the last thing the team needs right now. But the Cherries can take some comfort from West Ham’s win over Chelsea which eased their relegation worries. Three points for Bournemouth will lift the squad out of the relegation zone while United can climb to fourth in the table with a win.

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In this article, I will highlight the players I think are worth rostering, as well as look 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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Lack of thrills between Leicester and Crystal Palace

There might not be too many highlights when Crystal Palace (+480) travels to Leicester (-150). Both sides have found their opponent’s net just twice in their three matches following the COVID-19 shutdown. Under 2.5 total goals (-152) is a bet worth looking at. Palace has managed a win since the restart (a 2-0 victory at Bournemouth) while Leicester is still waiting to pick up a victory. One bet that stands out in this game is for both teams not to score (-148). Leicester has lost to nil, won to nil and been held to a goalless draw by Brighton in its past three home games. Both teams to score (BTTS) has failed to pay out in Palace’s past six games, including the previous three away from Selhurst Park. If there is to be a winner, then it could well come in a shutout just like the first meeting between these teams this season which Leicester won 2-0. Four of the past five meetings have been won to win with the Foxes (+150) winning one and Palace (+750) claiming victory in the other three. Leicester has scored the first goal (-286) in just two of its past eight EPL games while Palace (+195) has given up the opening goal in its past two. The team that has scored the first goal has gone on to win the past five meetings between these two sides.

Prediction: Under 2.5 total goals (-152)

Players to consider for DraftKings DFS

If, as expected, this is to be a low-scoring encounter, then your best roster options could be defenders. For Leicester, Caglar Soyuncu ($4,100) might be worth considering. The Turkish defender is a regular alongside Jonny Evans ($3.800) at the heart of City’s defense and he has featured heavily in Leicester’s two clean sheets in its past four league games. Soyuncu has only scored once this season, but that came in the reverse fixture against the Eagles. Jamie Vardy ($7,400) was also on the scoresheet that day, but his form has dipped considerably in 2020 with his only two league goals coming in a 4-0 win against Aston Villa prior to the break and one of those came from the penalty spot. His last goal at Selhurst Park came in April 2017 but Vardy will rediscover his goal-scoring form sooner rather than later and at his lowest value for a while, this could be the right time to roster him. For Palace, Patrick Van Aanholt ($5,700) is one player worth serious consideration. The defender loves to attack which is why he has racked up double-figure scores in five of his past six EPL matches. Two of his three league goals this campaign have come on the road. Van Aanholt was one of five goal scorers when Palace beat Leicester, 5-0, at Selhurst Park in April 2018 and another goal-scoring shutout would see him score big points again. Luka Milivojevic ($6,100) also has good form against the Foxes. The midfielder scored in both meetings with Leicester last season, scoring the only goal at Selhurst Park in December 2018.

Prediction: Vardy to be anytime scorer (+120)

Damage limitation for Bournemouth at Manchester United

The bad news for Bournemouth (+1800) is that the team has never won at Old Trafford. The good news is, well, there is no good news for the Cherries ahead of the trip to Manchester United (-625). It’s now seven league games since Eddie Howe’s side last won a game, which was a 2-1 victory at home vs. Aston Villa. Bournemouth faces a United side that is unbeaten in its past 15 league and cup games. United’s past seven league wins have been shutouts and an eighth (-157) is waiting for them against Bournemouth if United approaches this game properly. Other bets worth thinking about include United to win after leading at halftime (-200), which is how the team has won its past nine league games. United has also failed to concede a second-half goal in its past eight league games and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side has scored in both halves (-148) in four of the past six. Bournemouth did win the first fixture with United this season, 1-0, but a league double would be the shock result of the week. In the past 19 league games, United has scored 17 first-half goals while Bournemouth has conceded 17. Bournemouth has not led at halftime (+1000) in its past 13 EPL encounters on the road while United has been in front at the start of the second half (-220) in its past three home league games.

Prediction: United to win to nil (-157)

United players to consider for DraftKings DFS

United fans will be encouraged by what they are seeing from their side in recent weeks and expectation levels might be raised for next season. Their revival has coincided with the arrival of Bruno Fernandes ($11,000). Some players find the move to Old Trafford hard to cope with, but Fernandes is playing as though he has been with United for years. Averaging 25.4 DKFP in his past six games, Fernandes is worth his value not just in the United lineup but in DFS lineups as well. Fernandes has set a standard that United fans expect from all their players. After earning his lowest score of the season with 11.6 DKFP in a 3-0 win over Sheffield United, the international from Portugal registered his highest score of the season with 33.4 DKFP thanks to two goals and it could have been three had another shot not hit the post. Paul Pogba ($5,600) created that chance and one of Fernandes’ goals and he could be a steal at his value. I highlighted Aaron Wan-Bissaka ($5,400) recently and he continues to impress with two assists and two clean sheets. His average of 15.8 DKFP puts many strikers to shame and against a Bournemouth side expected to defend deep, the defender should have another productive game. For Bournemouth, keeping the scoring down could be the mindset so attacking opportunities to venture forward might be rare. Avoid defenders if you think United is going to have things its own way. Josh King ($5,100) came through Manchester United’s youth system and was mentioned as a possible United target in January but nothing materialized. King scored the only goal in his side’s 1-0 win at the Vitality Stadium on Nov. 2 and another goal could keep his name in the conversation for a future transfer. With Bournemouth’s struggles in 2020, it’s easy to see why possible draft picks are stacked United’s way.

Prediction: Fernandes to have an assist (+150)

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