The Premier League might be reaching its business end, but the season is far from over with a number of key games this weekend.
As always, the race for fourth is almost as tense as the battles at the very top and bottom of the table, and Manchester City will be feeling the pressure as rivals United continue to close the gap.
At this point in the season, teams need their key players to take their minds off the upcoming Euros and put in a special performance at club level. Here are three men who are set to stand out.
Saido Mane (SOUTHAMPTON @ Newcastle), $5,400
Southampton's Saido Mane netted a fantastic brace in the Saints' last home game, which saw them come back from 2-0 down to beat Liverpool 3-2.
Those proved to be his fourth and fifth goals of the season, and his six assists are a solid return. Newcastle are rarely able to keep possession for long spells which will give Southampton plenty of opportunities.
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Mane’s already being linked with a move to a Champions League club, and it is easy to see why. He’s not the most physically threatening forward in the league, but he is able to force defenders into mistakes. Given the kind of pressure that Newcastle are under, that could spell goals for the Senegalese midfielder.
At $5,400 with an average of 9.6 Fantasy Points-Per-Game against a poor side, Mane is a safe pick.
Kevin de Bruyne (MANCHESTER CITY @ West Brom), $7,700
De Bruyne has seen his season wrecked by injuries, but he wasted no time in putting that behind him in City's 4-0 win over Bournemouth, along with his showing in the Champions League last night.
Starring on his return to the starting line-up, de Bruyne added a 12th-minute strike to the other five goals and nine assists he has already created this season. City won just four of the 12 games he missed, but now he is back, he is likely to be instrumental in the Citizens' bid to hold onto fourth spot.
The Belgian's brilliant 16.1 FPPG makes him a sure bet for your line-up, despite the fact he’s the fifth most expensive midfielder this week. As one of City's set-piece specialists and the emerging creative hub ahead of David Silva, there’s a high probability he might rack plenty of points.
Alexandre Pato (CHELSEA @ Swansea) $4,500
Pato only made his debut last weekend against Aston Villa, but what a debut it was. The Brazilian has found himself a pawn in one of Chelsea's bizarre games, having not been given a game since his arrival in January.
That may have prompted him to give Guus Hiddink a gentle reminder of what the Blues have been missing. The former AC Milan prodigy won and scored a penalty in the dying seconds of the first half, to the delight of the visiting Blues contingent, who must have been wondering why they had signed him.
Chelsea's next opponents, Swansea, seem to have escaped from the relegation mire, so if they take their eye off the ball, Pato can cause them problems.
It is difficult to judge him on one game for Chelsea, but he has already proven himself at the top level with 10 goals and five assists for Brazil. Injuries and suspensions have opened the door for the former AC Milan ace, and he’s available at a bargain price as Chelsea’s attacking focal point.
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