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Alexis Sanchez is getting back to his best for Arsenal

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Leicester City may have one hand on the Premier League trophy, but the season is far from over as the race for the Champions League hots up.

Arsenal's recent inconsistency has left them vulnerable, while Arsene Wenger has to contend with those supporters calling for his head.

However, their loss could be Manchester United's gain as the FA Cup finalists look to secure a place in the top four. It might not be enough to save Louis van Gaal's job, but United still expect to be competing with Europe's elite next season.

Liverpool are also hoping to achieve that by winning the Europa League, but they need to focus on domestic action as they prepare to take on Swansea City.

It's safe to say that all eyes will be firmly fixed on the Premier League once again, with a particular focus on three men who are set to stand out.

Alexis Sanchez, $7,400 (Arsenal v Norwich City)

Arsenal could have to watch Leicester City win the league in what was supposed to be their year as early as this weekend.


Arsene Wenger's side have somehow gone from title favourites to top four hopefuls in just a matter of weeks, as the pressure mounts on the beleaguered boss.

Gunners fans may have had little to smile about in recent weeks, but the performances of Alexis Sanchez have lit up the Emirates, despite the stagnant form of his team-mates. The Chilean looks like he is back to his best, and if he resists Barcelona's advances, he could be back to superstar level for Arsenal next season.

Sanchez has been a rare highlight during Arsenal's title collapse, hitting five goals in his last five games, including an elegant brace in the 2-0 win over West Brom.

Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion - Premier League

They were his 15th and 16th goals of the season in all competitions; add that to a further nine assists, all of which are worth +6 fantasy points each, and he is the perfect choice for this week's fantasy team.

He also comes up against Norwich, who slipped into the relegation zone last weekend, ironically because Sunderland were able to draw with Arsenal. Only three teams have conceded more goals than the Canaries, and Sanchez has the potential to tear their sluggish defence apart. Fouls drawn are worth +1 point each, and his pace could well outwit Alex Neil's side into pulling him back.

His form has provided a startling contrast to fellow frontman Olivier Giroud ($5,700), who has now failed to score in 14 games. Yet, Sanchez's game is not all about goals, and his ability from free kicks and his touches on the edge of the box will see him pick up plenty of +1 points for shots on goal.

Whatever it says about the rest of Arsenal's team, there's a reason why Sanchez has been man of the match no less than eight times this season.

Chris Smalling, $2,900 (Manchester United v Leicester City)

Manchester United must put the distraction of an FA Cup final against Crystal Palace to one side as they mount one last push for Champions League football.

They will be aided in their quest for the top four by one of this season's surprise packages, Chris Smalling, who has been arguably their best outfield player of the campaign.

There are few constants in life, except death, taxes, and a lack of goals at Old Trafford under Louis van Gaal. While that could be bad news for United and Leicester fans who have actually paid to see the spectacle, it's good news for Smalling in the DraftKings’ line-ups. Clean sheets are worth +3 points, and he is, of course, backed up by one of the best goalkeepers in the world in David de Gea ($4,400).


Leicester did score four against Swansea, but Manchester United's defence is more robust. The Foxes will now be missing Jamie Vardy ($7,000) after it was confirmed his ban for improper conduct has been extended for another match.

Even if a clean sheet is unlikely, Smalling is still likely to rack up the fantasy points, as tackles won are worth +1 point and passes intercepted are +0.5. The England defender is a bit inclined to concede fouls, which come with a penalty, but each will only lose him -0.5 points.

Smalling needs to put his own goal at Wembley behind him and ensure he takes advantage of the pressure that will be on Leicester's attack on the day they could make history by winning the Premier League.

Whilst it’s by no means certain, Smalling sometimes pops up with the occasional goal, especially from corners. In fact, a third of his Manchester United goals have come from corners this season, so he could be a surprise candidate to score +10 points.

Daniel Sturridge, $6,000 (Swansea City v Liverpool)

While Liverpool's hopes of a spot in the top six look faint after Jurgen Klopp's side lost a two-goal lead against Newcastle, they had hit a fantastic run of form prior to that, and could still be playing European football next season if they can go all the way in the Europa League.

Daniel Sturridge has been on fire since his return from injury, and could be the man to score the goals they need to get them to the final.

First, Swansea's defenders must deal with the scary prospect that the England forward is getting back to his best.

Liverpool v Newcastle United - Premier League

He has scored in each of Liverpool's last four Premier League games, earning +10 fantasy points for each strike and taking his tally to a pretty impressive eight goals in 12 games this season.

Sturridge has had standout performances against Southampton, Bournemouth, and Everton in recent weeks - a sign he could finally be putting his injury nightmare behind him.

Swansea cannot afford to be as lax in defence as they were against Leicester, and with Sturridge's finishing, they will almost certainly be punished if they are.

The Welsh outfit struggled to cope with Leicester's aerial threat, and Jurgen Klopp may choose to employ Sturridge in that vein. A lot of the 26-year-old's goals have come in the box, but he also likes to shoot from distance, which could see him earn +6 points for an assist, or at the very least, +1 for the shot.

One of Swansea's biggest mistakes against Leicester was their reluctance to go for the second ball, and that could see Sturridge handed plenty of chances.

Incredibly, he has a shot accuracy of over 60%, so he is bound to be in the thick of the action in and around the box. If he really is back to full fitness, he may be able to outdo them on work-rate if they perform as they did against the league leaders.


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