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Asmir Begovic can prove credentials against Bournemouth

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The FA Cup returns this weekend as Everton, Manchester United, Crystal Palace and Watford all vie for a spot in the final, but even that is not enough to take away from some serious Premier League football.

Saturday's fixtures pit the battle for survival against European ambitions. If they can put a run together, either Southampton or Liverpool might just be able to gatecrash the Europa League - that is, of course, if the latter doesn't lift the trophy this season - while for Newcastle it's a very different story.

The Magpies will face Liverpool in dire need of a win to put pressure on Sunderland and Norwich above them, as time runs out for Rafael Benitez to save them from the drop. Elsewhere, Chelsea and Bournemouth might have ostensibly less to play for, but both need to finish the season as strongly as possible.

Put all those factors together, and there should be some more exceptional performances this weekend.

Here are three who are set to excel:

Andros Townsend, $5,600 (Liverpool @ Newcastle)

Townsend made it two goals in as many games with a late goal in Newcastle's 3-0 win over Swansea last week, earning him +10 fantasy points for each strike.

The 24-year-old likes to shoot from range, and he may well fancy his luck testing Liverpool's hit-and-miss 'keeper Simon Mignolet, just like he was able to test Swansea's Lukasz Fabianski.


Even more crucially, Townsend produced 2 assists in that game, with his corners leading to goals from Jamaal Lascelles and Moussa Sissoko. Even if he does only half of that against Liverpool, it would still earn him a decent +6 points for an assist. Liverpool could be particularly exposed from corners, as it was perhaps their one weakness in their recent 4-1 win over Stoke - although it wasn't an issue in the Merseyside story.

There is a chance Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will field an inexperienced side against Newcastle, with one eye on the following Thursday's Europa League test away to Villareal. That could open up the Reds' midfield to Townsend's crosses, each of which is worth +1 point.

The former Spurs man was definitely a bargain for Newcastle at just £12million, and with a DraftKings salary of $5,600, he's even more of a bargain here.

Yaya Toure, $4,500 (Manchester City @ Stoke)

Yaya Toure's off-field disputes with Manchester City continue, with the club now deciding they will not discuss his future until the end of the season.

However, the Ivorian will be doing his best to ensure he is at the front of the shop window, starting against Stoke.

The Potters will have their work cut out if they are to muscle the sturdy Toure out of the game, and even if they do, he is set to earn plenty of +1 points for fouls drawn.

With eight goals and seven assists, he can also cause havoc in Stoke's leaky defence, which conceded four against Spurs on Monday. Mark Hughes' side were easily undone by through balls, and Toure's pinpoint passes could earn him +6 for an assist, or at the very least +1 for a cross.

Asmir Begovic, $3,900 (Bournemouth @ Chelsea)

Begovic will be brought into the Chelsea side to replace the suspended Thibaut Courtois, who was sent off against Manchester City. Chelsea's second-choice goalkeeper is like Courtois in that he is especially good from short-range, but he also proved time and again at Stoke that he can cope with shots from outside the box, which is where a lot of Bournemouth's threat might come from if Matt Ritchie is on form.

The Cherries have scored just three goals in their last four, two of which were against Aston Villa, which is always slightly dubious. Begovic makes an average of over two saves a game, each of which earn him +2 points. Bournemouth might not get many more chances than that, so if Chelsea keep a clean sheet, he could bag +5 points.

And if that's not enough to get him selected, he once even scored a goal against Southampton, so you really do never know where those +10 points might come from.

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