David de Gea still the best goalkeeper in the Premier League

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There is still plenty to play for in the Premier League and this weekend represents yet another crucial one in the run-in.

Tottenham suffered heartbreak against West Brom on Monday night after failing to claim all three points, meaning a victory for Leicester City at Old Trafford on Sunday will see the Foxes claim English football's most prestigious prize.

If Manchester United lose, they are unlikely to be playing Champions League football next season, while Claudio Ranieri will be hoping Leicester can finally finish the job.

For others, focus has already turned to next season. Chelsea and Liverpool will not finish as high as they would have expected, but they have a number of exciting prospects in their squad who can reignite them next season.

So as another decisive round of fixtures falls upon us, here are some of the toughest decisions you will have to make ahead of selecting your DraftKings line-ups.

Nemanja Matic, $2,900 vs. Eric Dier, $3,500 (Chelsea vs. Tottenham) 

Nemanja Matic was one of the stars of last season as he helped Chelsea to Premier League glory, but this time around he has been replaced in the headlines by unlikely hero Eric Dier.


Dier has helped Spurs to second place, while Matic, like the Blues more generally, has fallen away.

However, Matic looked his old self in Chelsea's 4-1 victory over Bournemouth.

Chelsea's game with Spurs could be decided by what is set to be an intense battle in midfield.

Tackles are worth +1 each, and Dier and Matic are both set to rack up plenty of those in the centre of a clustered park.

Of course, Dier used to be a centre-back before Mauricio Pochettino moved him to midfield, and so he might be more likely to make the most successful tackles and passes intercepted, with the latter earning +0.5 points.

For all his strengths, Matic has a tendency to go too far in his tackles, and his poor discipline could come to the fore in the heated London derby. If he were to pick up a yellow card, it would cost him -1 points.

In terms of the big points, both players have created 16 chances this season, which is impressive considering they are primarily defensive midfielders. Dier has three goals to Matic's one, though the Serbian powerhouse has one more assist.

Meanwhile, Matic is also good in the air, and this could be key if Spurs are to be undone by Chelsea's set pieces in the way they were against West Brom. Dier sustained a knock after the corner that led to the Baggies' goal, but equally, the incident was emblematic of the way he puts his body on the line for Tottenham.

It will not just be about Dier, as his team-mates in the Spurs midfield may be able to write Matic out of the game with their pace and pressing. Dier, on the other hand, serves as another line of defence, and he could be the difference that thwarts Chelsea.

David de Gea, $4,400 vs. Kasper Schmeichel, $3,500 (Manchester United vs. Leicester City) 

For all Kasper Schmeichel's heroics this season, the Leicester goalkeeper continues to be outdone by Manchester United's David de Gea, who has now even pipped him to the PFA Team of the Year.

De Gea has kept United together at times, whereas Schmeichel has been part of an incredible Leicester outfit that are now just three points away from being crowned champions.

He could be about to follow in the footsteps of his father, Peter, by winning the league at Old Trafford, but his team-mates must first get past de Gea, and that will be no easy feat.

The Spanish star has kept an unbelievable 14 clean sheets in the Premier League this season and, of course, they are worth +5 for goalkeepers.

He makes an average of nearly three saves per game, and that statistic could be the crucial one. The opposing styles of Louis van Gaal and Claudio Ranieri - the former of whom is all about possession, with the latter seemingly having no interest in it at all - could mean that the Foxes don't have many chances.

De Gea might only be called upon a few times, but if he were to make three saves in the game, that would earn him +6 points. If he were to save a penalty - of which Leicester get their fair share - like he did in the FA Cup semi-final against Everton, that will earn him a further +3 points plus +2 points for the initial save.

Yet, the 'keeper who ends up on the winning side will earn +5 points for that achievement alone, and Leicester are favourites because of their status at the top of the table. Schmeichel does have one more clean sheet than de Gea, conceding an average of less than a goal per game, which is just as well as goals conceded cost -2 points per goal. It's a good job he plays alongside the 1-0 specialists, after all.

De Gea's success at claiming the ball is just 2% better than Schmeichel's,
but he deserves extra credit for pulling off some of this season's most memorable saves.

There is little between the two goalkeepers statistically, but sheerly on a number of times he has come to United's rescue this season, De Gea has to be selected.

Gylfi Sigurdsson, $6,800 vs. Roberto Firmino, $5,900 (Swansea City vs. Liverpool) 

Swansea and Liverpool have a lot in common as the season draws to a close. They might be eight places apart in the table, but both might look back at what they could have achieved this season had they been more consistent.

No one does that apply to more so than Gylfi Sigurdsson and Roberto Firmino.

Firmino could be a huge star for Liverpool next season, but he needs to be able to find his best form week in, week out. The Reds have won just once without him this term, and that was against Aston Villa (say no more), but that statistic might be somewhat flattering as he does not always change the game.

He has nine goals in this campaign, but he could have far more, with almost half of his shots failing to hit the target. The positive of that is that he is hugely active in the final third, which could land him +6 fantasy points for an assist, +1 for a cross or +1 for a shot (+1 more for a shot on target)

Sigurdsson can be equally frustrating, but when he is good, he can be outstanding. The Iceland midfielder is Swansea's top scorer with 11 goals, which is good news as he will earn +10 points if he finds the back of the net, and +1 for each shot (and an extra +1 if it’s on goal).

That is the form that saw him star against West Brom and Chelsea and as he has missed just one Premier League game all season, he has become something of a lynchpin for the Swans. He has made a total of 53 chances and 52 key passes, which include the crosses for which he earns +1 point a time.

Some weeks, it is baffling that Tottenham let him go, and others, he looks like a mid-table player.

Both Sigurdsson and Firmino should be approaching their peak, but they need to find that extra bit of consistency to fulfil their potential. With some more progress, Firmino, in particular, will be one to watch in the future for Liverpool fans.

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