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DraftKings Gameweek 27 fantasy picks: Head-to-head

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It's Gameweek 27 in the Premier League this weekend and there appear to be some serious points up for grabs on DraftKings.

We've attempted to make your life that little bit easier by analysing three head-to-head dilemmas that are guaranteed to cause headaches amongst players on Saturday afternoon.

Don't forget, if there are any other selection dilemmas that you're facing, leave a comment at the bottom of this page or on Facebook.

Odion Ighalo - $6,600 (v Bournemouth) v Jamie Vardy - $7,400 (v Norwich City)

Jamie Vardy is back in the goals - four in his last four league appearances - following a run of six matches without hitting the back of the net.

The Premier League’s top scorer is now one goal away from reaching the 20-mark for the 2015-16 campaign and, as the most expensive striker available for selection this weekend, will be expected to do just that against a Norwich City side that has conceded the joint-highest number of goals (50, the same tally as fellow relegation candidates Sunderland) in England’s top division this term.

Vardy has averaged 17.1 Fantasy Points Per Game (FPPG) in his past four appearances and has an overall season average of 15.2 FPPG - eye-catching stats registered by the England international who, incredibly, only managed to score five Premier League goals last season.

At $7,400, it’s difficult to look beyond Vardy, who netted in a 2-1 win over Norwich back in October - although if you’re reluctant to spend that much of your $50,000 budget on one player, Watford’s Odion Ighalo is a slightly cheaper alternative.

The Nigerian, who has scored 14 Premier League goals this season and averages 12.8 FPPG, takes on a Bournemouth side that has now lost three matches - including last weekend’s 2-0 defeat to Everton in the FA Cup - on the bounce.

Ighalo scored against the Cherries at Dean Court earlier this season, and Saturday afternoon will provide the perfect opportunity for the 26-year-old to add to his tally following three league appearances without a goal.

Verdict: Jamie Vardy. He’s worth the additional $800.

Willian - $8,200 (v Southampton) v Riyad Mahrez - $7,700 (v Norwich City)

Willian and Riyad Mahrez are the two most expensive players available for selection on Saturday afternoon - so which of the in-form midfielders should you select to boost your chances of a big DraftKings win?

First of all, let’s take a closer look at their clubs’ chances of securing all three points this weekend.

Twelfth-placed Chelsea face a tough trip to Southampton, who currently sit top of the Premier League form table having secured a magnificent 16 points from their last six matches.

League-leaders Leicester City, meanwhile, go head-to-head with a Norwich side who have taken a pitiful one point from their past six matches.

It looks a banker for Mahrez and co. at the King Power Stadium this weekend. The same can’t be said of Chelsea, although the Blues are still unbeaten in the league since Guus Hiddink replaced Jose Mourinho in December.

Now, let’s examine the two players’ respective individual stats.

Willian has scored four league goals, registered eight assists and averages 16.0 FPPG this season. Mahrez, on the other hand, has scored 14 goals, recorded 10 assists and averages 17.6 FPPG.

Verdict: Riyad Mahrez. $500 cheaper than Willian? It’s a no-brainer.

Christian Fuchs - $4,600 (v Norwich City) v Erik Pieters - $4,200 (v Aston Villa)

We’ve helped out with your attack and midfield, now it’s time to bolster that defence.

Will Christian Fuchs make it a hat-trick of Leicester City players in this weekend’s head-to-head battle, or should you be looking at Stoke City’s Erik Pieters instead?

There’s little to separate the two full-backs in terms of their respective prices - Fuchs is only $400 more expensive - while their average FPPG records are also very similar.

Fuchs averages a solid 10 FPPG and Pieters is only slightly behind with a decent 9.2 FPPG.

Both defenders are likely to spend significant spells of this weekend’s matches inside the opposition’s half of the pitch - Leicester should beat 17th-placed Norwich and Stoke will be expected to record a win over rock-bottom Aston Villa - but the Foxes’ superior form suggests Fuchs is the sensible pick.

Claudio Ranieri’s men have only lost once all season at home in the Premier League and will be determined to return to winning ways following their unfortunate 2-1 defeat to Arsenal in their previous outing.

Stoke, on the other hand, have blown hot and cold in recent weeks. A 3-1 win over Bournemouth in their previous match was a timely result considering they’d lost three on the spin beforehand.

Leicester have scored 21 more league goals than Stoke this season and Fuchs has three assists to his name, compared to Pieters’ one.

Furthermore, Fuchs averages 3.85 crosses per match, which is better than Pieters’ average of 3.07.

Verdict: Christian Fuchs. And that completes the hat-trick for Leicester.

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