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Joe Allen can continue his recent rise against Newcastle United

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If last weekend is anything to go by, there should be plenty of surprises in the latest round of Premier League fixtures as the season enters its final few weeks.

Manchester City were expected to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, but even their most ardent supporters might not have thought they would do it with such ease and panache. That was before Newcastle pulled off a feat that surprised everyone, winning a game under Rafael Benitez before grabbing a point off City.

Aston Villa managed to only concede one goal on their last outing, which perhaps says more about Man United boss Louis van Gaal than it does about their lacklustre defence.

The Premier League is notoriously difficult to predict, so if those last-minute calls are causing you grief, here's the lowdown on who to pick between for this weekend's DraftKings fantasy team.

Diego Costa, $7,000 (Bournemouth @ Chelsea), vs. Sergio Aguero, $8,700 (Manchester City @ Stoke)

This might not have been much of a contest in City's 3-0 win over Chelsea, but it would be foolish to write Costa off.

The fiery forward has a fine tally of 11 goals, though Aguero has a far more impressive 22. He will be especially motivated against Stoke as he goes in search of his 101st Premier League goal, preferably from an onside position this time.


It is worth bearing in mind that Costa has been banned for spells this season, but they have in fact had roughly the same amount of game time due to Aguero's injuries towards the start of the season.

It's on assists, though, that Costa trumps Aguero, with five to the City striker's two. That is certainly worth bearing in mind, and in terms of ownership, Aguero will be at the forefront of a lot of people's minds because of his recent hat-trick, so Costa could be a wise choice.


Joe Allen, $2,800 (Liverpool @ Newcastle), vs. Cesc Fabregas, $5,500 (Bournemouth @ Chelsea)

Joe Allen is another player who is a huge talking point right now, as he has reignited his Liverpool career in a matter of weeks. Allen has taken advantage of Jordan Henderson's injury with a man-of-the-match performance in their recent outing at Stoke, but Cesc Fabregas is always a threat, particularly as he has created over 50 chances this season.

There is virtually nothing between the two players in terms of passing accuracy, with both men averaging around 85%. Allen is a steady choice, and should rack up plenty of +1 points for crosses and shots on goal against what is still a shaky Newcastle defence. He made 8 tackles against Stoke, which makes him a double-edged sword in that he can add +1 points for tackles won and +0.5 for interceptions.

However, Fabregas is more likely to deliver the big points, with 5 goals, which are worth +10, and 5 assists, worth +6 already this season. Allen, on the other hand, is yet to create an assist.


Bojan, $4,300 (Manchester City @ Stoke) vs. Dusan Tadic, $6,400 (Aston Villa @ Southampton)

Dusan Tadic has the potential to run riot against Aston Villa. Given that the Premier League's basement club have conceded more goals than any other team, the Serb can reasonably expect to add to the 61 chances, and even the 5 goals, he's already notched this season.

Bojan faces a tougher test as his Stoke side travel to Manchester City, but like Tadic, he is extremely difficult to get the ball off, so he could earn +1 point a time for fouls drawn. City's defence stand a better chance now that Vincent Kompany is fit, but Bojan is an excellent passer of the ball, which will be vital as Stoke need to keep possession to avoid leaking goals.

As for Tadic, the one danger is that he could let his growing discontent with Ronald Koeman get the better of him, and lose -1 point for a yellow card, as he does have a tendency to get frustrated.

If it's a choice between the two, though, Tadic's wider attacking prowess edges Bojan's, even if the Stoke man has 2 more goals.


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