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Three Premier League aces are set to shine this weekend - including one City star

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Things are really hotting up at both ends of the Premier League as the season heads into its final six games.

Whether it's the race for the title or a relegation scrap, there's still plenty to play for. As ever, it's a game of small margins, and it could all come down to one player making the slightest difference.

Who can guide their team to an all-important three points in this round of fixtures? If your DraftKings selections are giving you a headache, here's everything you need to know for some of those key decisions.

Matt Ritchie (BOURNEMOUTH @ Aston Villa), $6,500 v Ross Barkley (EVERTON @ Watford), $6,600

Ross Barkley has spent more time in the spotlight after his latest England call-up against Holland, but in truth, he looked to be lacking confidence in his latest Three Lions appearance.


The Everton man looked reluctant to shoot, and three defeats on the bounce for the Toffees are unlikely to have changed that. In their last game, a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United, they struggled to create, and Barkley, who has created a respectable 46 chances this season, did not look at his best and only accumulated five DraftKings Fantasy Points.

Matt Ritchie did not have the best of weekends either, as he was part of a Bournemouth side that were thrashed 4-0 at home by Manchester City. However, the Cherries are faced with a very different proposition this weekend as they travel to all-but-doomed Aston Villa.

Depending on other results, Villa could be relegated this weekend, so they will need to be on the front foot. That could leave them exposed, allowing Ritchie to come forward and create chances. The 26-year-old has only scored three goals this season, compared with Barkley's eight, but he has more assists than any other Bournemouth player. Villa's confidence is shot at the moment, and if they concede one, the floodgates could open, handing Ritchie the opportunity to get on the scoresheet. If you're struggling to pick between the two, Ritchie's the one to go for.

Graziano Pelle (Newcastle @ SOUTHAMPTON) v Odion Igahlo (Everton @ WATFORD)

Based purely on goals, Odion Igahlo is the man. He has found the back of the net 14 times in 31 games, compared with Pelle's nine in 26.

Just three of Pelle's goals have come in the second half of the season while Ighalo has just one in his last 10 outings for a Watford side who are struggling for form. Long story short, neither of these are on fire right now.

Pelle has at least been showing signs of life recently. The Italian hit a decent equaliser in Southampton's 3-2 win over Liverpool before the international break, and has gone over 30 FPPG in two of his last three games. The downside is he’s also gone under 10 points in two of his last four; consistency isn’t his strength.

Roberto Martinez's side have a notoriously shaky defence, so Watford should be able to break them down (only five teams have worse defensive records and three of those are in the relegation zone). Pelle, meanwhile, will be facing a Newcastle side who are supposedly fighting for their lives but doing a pretty bad job of it. This is a close call, but Igahlo's averaging less than five points across his last three games and Pelle could be a man on the rise. Put him in a utility spot.

Fraser Forster (Newcastle @ SOUTHAMPTON), $4,300 v Joe Hart (West Brom @ MANCHESTER CITY) $3,800

Forster has come back from his injury abyss and forced himself into the England squad in just 12 games. He’s been nothing short of sensational, and went on an incredible run of over 700 minutes without conceding a goal before his side's defeat to Chelsea in February.

However, Hart’s surprise return from injury in the Champions League certainly caught a fair few people out, and his low price this week makes him an option - even if he was involved in a calamitous incident which led to Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring on Wednesday.

West Brom are officially the least potent team in the league, in terms of shots, having only registered 86 all season long.

Forster has kept six clean sheets in his 12 appearances this season - but the Baggies lack of cutting edge means one is likely for Hart this weekend, even if he won’t rack up points through saves. There is little between the two when it comes to saves-per-game across the season, but the price difference is too noticeable to ignore; Hart is your man.

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