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DraftKings Gameweek 25 fantasy picks: Head-to-head

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Gameweek 25 in the 2015-16 Premier League campaign and things are hotting up nicely ahead of the season's business end.

But if you're unsure which players to pick for your DraftKings line-ups this weekend, you've come to the right place.

Here is this week's head-to-head showdown...

Sergio Agüero (Leicester, home - $8,800) v Olivier Giroud (Bournemouth, away - $7,800)

This looks like a difficult one to call, right? Sergio Aguero is the form striker of the moment with six goals in his last four games, while Giroud has just three in his last nine - but Leicester have conceded just 26 goals this season and sit at the top of the table while Bournemouth have the fourth worst defensive record in the league.

The other variable to consider is of course price; Aguero is (rightly so) more costly than Giroud, although both will cost you a decent chunk of change. This is a pretty common recurring theme across the board - do you play the match-up or pay the price and go with proven quality?

Context is important here and given Arsenal’s struggle to score of late in general (no goals in their last three league games) it’s a safer bet to go with Aguero.

In three of the last four games, the Argentinian has managed at least four shots on goal in each of his last four games as well as at least one goal - that’s a pretty solid floor for any player regardless of price. Leicester have shipped six goals in four games against their fellow top four teams this season, so all signs are pointing towards success for Aguero to continue his recent good form.

Giroud, meanwhile, failed to get on the scoresheet in Arsenal’s 2-0 win against Bournemouth earlier this season, and the return of Alexis Sanchez from injury will likely limit his scoring chances further. Bournemouth have tightened up a little at the back recently too, shiping just four goals in their last four games in all competitions.

Christian Eriksen (Watford, home - $7,700 v Dimitri Payet (Southampton, away - $7,700)

If DraftKings 1-Day Fantasy Football did style points, Payet would be worth $30,000. West Ham’s eye-catching playmaker has wowed the Upton Park crowd with his flicks and tricks, but he’s failed to come up with much in the way of end product - registering just one goal and one assist in seven games since returning from injury.

Eriksen, meanwhile, hasn’t exactly caught the eye this season in a manner similar to, say, Mesut Ozil, but he’s been quietly going about his business despite being deployed on the left wing by Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino.

The Dane has three goals and two assists in his last seven games across all competitions and is a more reliable option in a Spurs side flying high at the moment. He averages more shots-per-game (2.2), and as his side’s allocated set-piece taker, there’s greater opportunity for him to bag an assist or score.

Payet does have the edge in terms of fouls suffered and successful crosses, and if he can add some end product to his play he could be considered as a high-upside gamble - but for the time being, Eriksen is your man.

David de Gea (Chelsea, away - $3,700) v Thibaut Courtois (Manchester United, home - $4,000)

The battle of the goalkeepers, going head to head on Sunday at Stamford Bridge. Both of these guys are premium-priced shotstoppers - but with neither side exactly flying this season and the fact these sort of games are usually tight affairs, there’s a good chance of a clean sheet for one or possibly both.

There’s not a massive amount to separate the pair and both earned a clean sheet in their last outings against Watford and Stoke respectively, but De Gea holds the upper hand in pretty much every relevant category. The Spaniard averages a clean sheet almost every two games, has conceded less-per-90 minutes and makes slightly more saves-per-match too.

But going into the game, Chelsea are unbeaten in their last eight league games and have won their last three league encounters against Manchester United at home by an aggregate score of 5-1.

The Red Devils’ form has improved slightly and Wayne Rooney has seven goals in his last seven games across all competitions, and they have the second best defensive record in the league overall.

So where does that leave us? Well, there’s been just three goals in their last three meetings, and with De Gea posting the better stats, and with a meaner defence in front of him while costing $300 less, it’s fair to say he’s the man for the job.

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