Saturday’s 3pm kick-offs feature five Premier League fixtures, with each of the home teams having their first run out in front of their own fans this season. To help with your FLIP Sports in-play fantasy team selection, here are 5 players to watch out for this afternoon.
Sunderland vs Norwich
Norwich’s vulnerability at the back in their last game will no doubt be exploited by Adam Johnson’s pace and dribbling ability. Both sides will be looking at this game as a must win and it will be touches of quality which separate the two sides.
Swansea vs Newcastle
Newcastle’s £7million signing Georginio Wijnaldum scored 14 times and made 3 assists in 32 matches in the Eredivisie last season. Manager Steve McClaren has spoken highly of the striker and after scoring on his home debut, seems to have adapted quickly to the Premier League.
Tottenham vs Stoke
The exciting signing of Xherdan Shaqiri from Inter Milan could well be the piece of star quality Stoke need to balance their side. Used to playing in important matches, having scored 17 times for his country at the age of 23, if he is given the opportunity to start against Spurs then who knows what moments of magic we may see.
Watford vs West Brom
Watford’s Troy Deeney is a big and strong striker who is renowned for scoring goals against the smaller clubs. Whilst his performances against the bigger sides remains to be seen, he will be targeting goals in matches such as these, especially after West Brom conceded 3 on Monday. His stats of scoring 77 in 159 starts (plus 46 sub appearances) in the Championship highlight his undisputed danger. The 27 year old is likely to be the lone man up front for Watford so don’t be surprised to see him on the score sheet.
West Ham vs Leicester
Current joint top goal scorer Riyad Mahrez had a sensational start to the season showing his magic all over the pitch. If the Leicester City midfielder can replicate his impact during the 4-2 victory against Sunderland then we may be looking at a very promising performance today.